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Whit and all that

When Iain Banks died, Phyllis and I realised that we had never actually got round to reading anything by him. We decided to order a few of his books to rectify this issue. Since then I've read Consider Phlebas, The Wasp Factory, Complicity and Whit (in that order). I didn't like Consider Phlebas at all, I must admit. I love...


In English, the words "he is not" can be contracted to either "he isn't" or "he's not", but not to *"he'sn't". (The same applies of course to "I am not", "you are not", "she is not", and so on, but for simplicity's sake I'll concentrate on "he is not" here.) Any speaker of English thus needs to choose one of...

WordPress/Flickr Helper


arsp_046 by Anthony Ryan, on Flickr.

Flickr recently removed their WordPress sharing support, so all you get now is some generic HTML code that’s not ideal for WordPress. (Mind you, neither was Flickr’s old sharing code, which didn’t work well out of the box — I described how to fix it in this old blog post.)

I’ve now written a wee webpage that uses some JavaScript to correct Flickr’s HTML.

Just go to Flickr, find the sharing code, select “Small 240 x X“, then “HTML”, and paste the result into the text box on the left and click the button. The WordPress-style code will then appear on the right, and you can copy it and paste it into your blog post.

It’s not quite as convenient as Flickr’s old system, but it gets the job done.

I am a man and I’m wearing a hat

My old friend Kakha from Georgia was visiting us last week, and at one point I asked him whether Rabbie Burns was well-kent in Georgia. "Absolutely, we love the song about the man and his hat," replied Kakha. "The man and his hat?!?" "Yes, you know: კაცი ვარ და ქუდი მხურავს ('I am a man and I'm wearing a hat')," said Kakha. He started to sing: "კაცი ვარ და ქუდი მხურავს //ქედს არ ვუხრი არავის. // არც არავის ვემონები //არც...

Hårdtarbejdende studerende?

Der er flere artikler i de danske dagblade, der påpeger, at danske studerende i realiteten studerer på deltid: På sundhedsvidenskab svarer de studerende, at de bruger i alt godt 34 timer om ugen på undervisning og forberedelse, hvilket dækker over 19 times undervisning og 15 timers forberedelse. [...] På humaniora bruger de studerende i alt godt 22 timer om ugen...
Mangel på strategi m.h.t. SF
Det var ret tydeligt, at både Socialdemokraterne og Det radikale Venstre var ganske lettede over at slippe for SF i regeringen, og på kort sigt bliver alting da også meget lettere. Men jeg vil nu gætte på, at de to...
Language icons
The existence of national flags makes it easy to create country icons (e.g., in a menu where you can select your country of residence). However, at least in a web context it's relatively rare to provide country menus. On the...

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