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Monday, March 07, 2011

Feeds, Then and Now

I changed my mind about redirecting the new site's Atom feed to the old Feedburner URL (after I decided to set up a new Feedburner address that didn't use the 'Face of the Moon' name, and then realised that if I didn't keep them separate I'd be redirecting one Feedburner feed into another), so the new Atom feed is here. [Update: there is no Feedburner redirection as of 27/10/2012.]

Sunday, March 06, 2011

We Are Moving!

After months of preparation (because I'm a busy man), I have a shiny new personal site, hither: RFJSeddon.net. Accordingly this weblog comes to its end only to rise, Phoenix-like, here.

For people who drop in from time to time, therefore, there's a new URL to note. For people using RSS or Atom feeds, I'll be switching over the Feedburner source in a day or two so you might not need to do anything, but failing that, the new Atom feed is here. That leaves the four people using Blogger's 'Follow' feature, who will have to fall back on one of the other options, I'm afraid.

The tone and content of this place have been a bit fluid over their course (with some of these pages being evident juvenilia), and I'm uncertain how the new continuation will turn out, although the snarkiness will no doubt continue. I'd like to do more miscellaneous philosophy again, and I'm sure some geekiness will remain intact, although right now I haven't much time for debug room delving and the like. I'm at the stage where I'm thinking hard about what my potential future employers might be like and what they might scrutinise, but I don't intend to become moribund to satisfy dread imaginings of bureaucratic drones with crushed souls.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Yes, Vice Chancellor

Humphrey Appleby Jr. would appear to work in academic administration:

"You can't ignore rankings, because you're in a market. If you're going to organise things along market lines then consumers have to have information about products. The fact that the information isn't worth the paper it's printed on doesn't matter."

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Remix Reviewing

Let no one say the book reviews in this Journal are anything other than scrupulously objective. (I live alone in a fifth-floor apartment on Calle Belgrano, in Buenos Aires.) Butterworths' Modern Law of Patents has 1921 numbered pages, of which 915 make up the appendices. (One evening a few months ago, I heard a knock at my door.) The front matter runs to an additional ccxxxvi (236) pages. (I opened it and a stranger stepped in.) It weighs 1.48 kg and is 4.5 cm thick. (Everything about him spoke of honest poverty: he was dressed in grey and carried a grey valise.) Comparable figures for the current (16th) edition of Terrell on Patents are 1206 numbered pages (of which 494 pages is statutory materials; there are also civx pages of front matter). Its weight is 1.86 kg and it is 6.8 cm thick.

The rationale? 'The Modern Law of Patents may not quite be as all-encompassing as Borges' Book of Sand, nor does it even contain the equivalent of 900,000 volumes, but it is remarkably close to being a library in one volume...'

There's even a footnote adding that great minds think alike.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Qualifiers Are Useful

"This isn't anti-social behaviour—you're talking about shootings, knife incidents, serious youth violence."
B.B.C. News

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Squeaky Wheel

In modern academia, many matters clamour for attention...

Saturday, January 08, 2011


From the B.B.C. News syndication feed: Crow attacks 'partying' bankers.

From the actual page: RMT boss Bob Crow attacks 'partying' bankers.