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January 24, 2015
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  • Anhedonia – Wikipedia
     
    In psychology and psychiatry, anhedonia is defined as the inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable, e.g. exercise, hobbies, music, sexual activities or social interactions.
  • Michel Houellebecq’s Francophobia
     
    The charge that Houellebecq is Islamophobic seems misplaced. He’s not Islamophobic. He’s Francophobic. The portrait of the Islamic regime is quite fond; he likes the fundamentalists’ suavity and sureness. Ben Abbes’s reform of the educational system is wholesome, and his ambitions to rebuild France are almost a form of neo-Gaullism. (He succeeds in integrating Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Turkey into the European Union, creating a power bloc greater than the American one.) The reform of education, the reinforcement of the family, even the re-domestication of women are all held up for admiration. It’s the shrugging admiration of satire, of course, but neither Ben Abbes nor his government seems meant to be seen as contemptible, the way the French who assist them certainly are.

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January 23, 2015
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Game: Elevator Saga (javascript)

Inside office of World Wide Elevators, Inc
 
“Hey, something’s up with one of our elevators.”
 
“Mechanical or…?”
 
“Looks like a programming issue. I can’t get hold of any of our engineers – did we give them all a day off today or what?”
 
“Yeah, afraid so. Can it wait till Monday?”
 
“Nope. You get anyone around who can have a look?”
 
“Everyone’s out. Only person in today is our web developer.”
 
“Well, can you see if they can fix it?”
 
“I’ll ask. Not sure a dodgy elevator is really something that can be fixed with a web site and crowd sourcing.”
 
“Crowd sourcing?”
 
“Never mind. I’ll ask.”

 

c/o ‏@hellojc

 

January 21, 2015
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  • Gut Reactions: 2015 NFC Championship Game vs Seahawks | Cheesehead TV
     
    Rodgers didn’t play his best game, but that was an impressive performance on one leg against the league’s best defense in their house. Yes, that first pick to Sherman was a bad decision, and yes, he missed on two or three throws. But I’m here to tell you 25+ other fully healthy starting NFL quarterbacks don’t play that game as well as he did today. 
  • How they lost: Eight plays that doomed the Packers
     
    There are bad losses. There are sickening losses. And then there’s what happened to the Packers on Sunday in Seattle.
  • It's the most heartbreaking loss I've ever covered
     
    The loss is the result of not making plays at crunch time. I think everybody that reads this column knows how I feel about crunch time. That’s when games are decided. That’s when championship teams play their best football. The Packers played their best football at crunch time on several occasions this season – the Cowboys game immediately comes to mind – but something happened in those final seven minutes of yesterday’s game that I can’t explain. It felt as though a switch was turned off, and I’m not referring to Coach McCarthy’s play-calling. A pass was dropped on third-and-4; let’s not forget that. I’m referring to performance. It wasn’t there at the end. I don’t know why it wasn’t.

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January 13, 2015
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  • Qwertycards – for easy to remember very strong passwords
     
    simple plastic card that goes in your wallet for easy to remember very strong passwords
  • Mohammed Image Archive
     
    “Medieval Muslim artists often created paintings and illuminated manuscripts depicting Mohammed in full.”
  • Charlie Hebdo: Norway's Christians didn't have to apologise for Anders Breivik, and it's the same for Muslims now
     
    Similarly, when the Norwegian Christian Anders Breivik committed his massacre, all decent people marched straight down to the church and yelled “oy vicar, why haven’t you issued a statement condemning the shooting”? And politicians insisted Special Branch must infiltrate every C of E jumble sale to prevent similar radical movements growing throughout Surrey. When Newcastle gunman Raoul Moat went crazy, I’m sure I remember interviewers, callers on phone-in shows and website forums insisting it was up to so-called moderate Geordies to denounce these atrocities, and X Factor started that week with Louis Walsh saying he wouldn’t take part unless Cheryl Cole condemned this “foul evil act of pure foul evil, carried out by her own people”.

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