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Moderation in all things

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

…at least temporarily, until my internet connection is back up and running and I can upgrade and install a plugin to kill the spam comments. Sigh. There’s always a few who spoil things for everybody else, isn’t there? I’m sure that actually spam doesn’t really work, it’s just the triumph of hope over experience (except [...]

Not exactly museum-related…

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

…and in a sense tragic, but this guy is (or is that was) surely a candidate for a Darwin Award?

Doggy dog world and other enormities

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

How often have you heard or read something like this:
“The proof is in the pudding.”
Well, no, it isn’t actually. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, dammit.
And don’t get me started on ‘enormity’. Too late. It is not, as so many seem to think a synonym for mere bigness. On the other hand [...]

The return of Doggerel Dave

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

This rhyming stuff just seems to take over your mind - sort of like OCD - one just leads naturally on to another like ritual hand-washing.
And if you keep producing verses
Through toil, and tears, and sweat (and curses),
And sparks of inspiration too -
Though sadly these are all too few -
You’ll find, though it may seem [...]

Fifteen seconds of fame*

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Well. According to this review on the Guardian web site of Tim Worstall’s book I am a gem. As long as that’s a Midget Gem, rather than an Iced Gem (did anybody ever like those?) I’ll mark that down in the “feel a bit smug all day” box.
Oh, and my copy arrived in the post [...]


Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

I gather that every single local authority in Scotland has received an FoI enquiry about works of art that they hold. For some reason the enquirer, working for a well-known national newspaper, wants to know how much the things are worth. Actually that’s not quite fair, as the enquiry asks about the ‘value’ of the [...]

Mission control

Monday, November 21st, 2005

A train of thought stimulated by Talk Politics (again), itself prompted by the Policeman’s Blog on the subject of mission statments, and the general fatuity and indeed vacuity thereof.
Now I’ve recently had to devise a mission statement for the Museums Service (it being one of the requirements of the Accreditation Scheme, the sine-qua-non of grant [...]

Room with a view

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

I don’t blog from work, but as I was sat at my desk just before leaving this evening, I scribbled down a few notes to post up here. It was dusk, and after the big blow yesterday the sea was calm again. All along the horizon the clouds were pink and purple while otherwise the [...]

Schrödinger’s Cat in the Hat Box

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

When Heisenberg announced with pleasure,
“There are some things you cannot measure.
Not simultaneously at least.”
His irritating smile increased.
“The surer the momentum’s grown,
The less position will be known.”
“But that’s not all,” intruded Bohr.
(A name quite apt. I won’t say more)
“It’s observation perhaps
That makes the wave function collapse.
Until it does it’s all just smeared.
OK, I know it sounds [...]

A night at the Opera

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

This isn’t really museum-related, except that I am a dedicated technophile and I also work in a museum. The Opera browser which used to be available free only in a version supported by ads (you had to buy a licence to get rid of the adverts) is now available absolutely free and without ads.
Pop over [...]