Category Archive: Ranty McRantypants

Jul 08

A common misconception

Something that’s been bubbling up for a while that I haven’t had time to sit down and type up. Probably not if interest unless you’re in to weird laws. Despite what many “weird laws” websites claim, it is not illegal to die in the House of Commons, at least in the sense that doing so is …

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Jan 06

Regarding the latest kerfuffle

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning. – Samuel Langhorne Clemens Those who cannot remember the past are, famously, doomed to repeat it. And the easiest way to ensure that the past is forgotten is, as Orwell said, …

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Jul 02

The Reeds of Runnymede

It always bothers me when I discover that I, a chemist with no legal training whatsoever, know more about the law than the people whose job it theoretically is to make it. Thursday night’s Adjournment Debate in the Commons concerned possible amendments to the regal succession rules, specifically ending the current bias towards male children …

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Feb 26

The clue is in the name

There is a reason why they’re called “killer” whales, you know.

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Feb 03

In which PETA goes way too far

This made me want to vomit. Which, in all honesty, is probably what PETA intended; except I want to do it OVER them. Luckily, the ASA saw sense and banned it. Still, ughhhhh….

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Feb 01

Amazon shenanigans

Want to know why a sixth of Amazon’s catalog vanished over the weekend? Scalzi Scott Westerfield TNH What an almighty clusterfuck. Scalzi, of course, has the best quote: Amazon apparently forgot that when it moved against Macmillan, it also moved against Macmillan’s authors. Macmillan may be a faceless, soulless baby-consuming corporate entity with no feelings …

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Jan 21

Java stupidity

Warning: what follows is a rant about a very minor technical point of the Java programming language. Click through only if you really want to.

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Apr 27

The rotational velocity of E. A. Blair

This is just disgusting. Any UK people reading this, learn what TOR is and how to use it. As for me, I’ll just be sitting here and waiting for the one-eyed Scottish idiot to announce the establishment of MiniLuv.

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Apr 10

Headdesk of the month

You would think that the director of counter-terrorist operations at MI5 would know not to get out of a car in Downing Street with a top-secret document containing details of an ongoing investigation on display to the waiting press cameras, wouldn’t you? Epic. Fail.

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Mar 30

I shouldn’t have expected better

As expected, the British Tabloid Press is all over the latest scandal to rock our unelected Prime Minister’s government. Mention the word “porn” and their reaction is utterly predictable. Le Sigh. Just in case the point isn’t getting through, though: the real issue here is not that the Home Secretary’s husband watched a couple of …

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