Tuesday, June 28, 2005
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Grauniad gets it right!
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
The idea is that the logo will market our fair city to businesses and to tourists. In this way, it will halp to inject more money and investment into this fine city. To help with this aim, City of Edinburgh Council hired Interbrand, a London design agency, and paid them £800,000 to come up with a new logo and slogan for Edinburgh.
Here it is. Pretty inspiring, eh?
Let's leave aside whether or not it is any good (don't worry, we'll get to that in a second) and ask this question instead: if CEC wants to encourage more investment in Edinburgh, maybe they should have started with handing £800,000 to one of Edinburgh's creative agencies, rather than a London firm?
They have just earned the opprobrium of Scottish creatives, and probably of the ordinary Edinburgh people too ("Who are these Sassenach bastards to tell us how to market our city, eh?").
The other bonus is that, knowing and loving the city as those of us who live here do, Edinburgh designers might have come up with something as beautiful, historic and dynamic as the city itself.
The logo is not inspiring. Is it the Forth Bridge? Is it the Crags? Arthur's Seat? Even the designers don't know. They seem to have gone for the scattergun approach of claiming all and any major Edinburgh landmarks as inspiration. And blue? How exciting and dynamic is blue, really? Blue is a cold colour, a background colour.
As an extra joke, Interbrand forgot to gain the domain names that attach to the slogan "Inspiring Capital". See here for details. Ha!
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Tony lies shock!
Essentially, Our Glorious Leader says, explicity, that even if other countries veto the Consitution, Britain will have a referendum. Interestingly, if you scroll yet further, to here, then you can have a really good laugh as Tony says that all other countries in Europe are in favour of the Constitution and that, if Britain were to vote "No", that we would be the only ones. I laughed my arse off for fucking ages. (Almost as long as I laughed for when I found out that the "Make Poverty History" wristbands were manufactured in sweatshops paying less than the Chinese minimum wage.)
Other highlights of this little debate include Tony repeatedly dodging the question of whether economic policy will—under the Consititution—be subject to Qualified Majority Voting and Teddy Taylor pointing out that the EU has not had its accounts signed off by the auditors for about 8 years.
What he failed to point out, of course, is that we are breaking the EU's own anti-money laundering laws by paying money to an organisation lacking proper accounting procedures. You really, really couldn't make this shit up...
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Waiter! There's an Intel in my Apple...
Most commentators seem to have been caught out by this one, it has to be said. Most of the ones that I read either thought that it was complete rubbish, or that Intel would, in fact, start manufacturing PowerPC ships (the Apple/IBM/Motorola designed chips that replaced the older CPUs in Apple Macs in the early 90s).
The timing does seem slightly bizarre, it must be said. Multi-core PowerPC chips have finally arrived and the new XBox and Playstation machines are going to start using PowerPC chips (one justification for the idea that Intel would manufacture PowerPC chips).
It's also something of a climbdown for Apple, who have been—aided by AMD—lecturing us about the "megahertz myth" and how much more efficient, megahertz for megahertz, the G family chips were than Intel's Pentiums. So what has changed?
I watched Steve Jobs's keynote speech from the WorldWide Developers Conference this morning, and IBM's inability to deliver 3 GHz G5s, or a G5 efficient enough to run in a notebook seem to have been major factors. There also seem to be rumours that IBM was trying to get Apple to commit to a large volume of the multicore PowerPCs. Steve Jobs is well known for being slightly capricious—see Folklore.org for some amusing stories about the man—and IBM's inability to deliver what they said they would (why else would Jobs have promised 3 GHz machines unless IBM had told him it was possible) and (rumoured) attempts to tie Apple down, would be adequate reason for Jobs to look elsewhere.
Jobs talked about Intel's future chip "roadmap" being much better than that of the PowerPC's, and maybe this was the real reason for the switch. I would suggest that all of these points have been factors in the change.
It is also obvious that Apple have been incredibly wise in preparing for just such a scenario. According to Jobs, all of the variants of Mac OS X have been run and tested on Intel processors, as well as PowerPCs, since the very first release of the OS. Indeed, Jobs revealed half way through the presentation that the computer on which he had been demoing software was, in fact, an Intel machine (although we were unable to see it, so we don't know if it was a Pentium-equipped Mac, or a "standard" Pentium box).
Furthermore, developer CDs with XCode 2.1 (Apple's programming enviroment) that allow compiling for both Intel and PowerPC processors were ready at the WWDC for developers to take away. Apple have been working at this for some time, and they have obviously thought through all of the complications and consequences.
And what are these consequences? Well, afficionados such as me will be slightly horrified—although Steve's "reality distortion field" has partially cleared that up—and Apple will have to spend time explaining to them that, actually, the Pentiums are better than the PowerPCs, and that Apple has just been joking about the higher efficiency of the PowerPC for the last 10 years.
They are going to see a certain amount of the Osbourne Effect, i.e. that PowerMac sales will now drop, as people wait and hang on for the Intel machines. However, I suspect that Apple are prepard for this and, given that IBM's slow production of G5 chips has meant that fewer machines have been produced than needed, I suspect that Apple's inventory of PowerMacs is pretty small.
What will be interesting to see is if Apple contribute towards Intel's chip research in the way that they did in the old AIM grouping, and whether they use custom designed chips, or the usual Pentium 4. Because, this is the rub...
If the Mac OS runs on Intel machines, then surely people will be able to run the Mac OS on bog-standard "Wintel" boxes. This will remove a certain amount of demand for those that might buy Apple machines to do so. Also, why should existing customers pay over the odds for Apple hardware when they can run their favourite OS on a cheap Wintel box? Much of Apple's income is from the hardware that they sell, but I don't think that people are going to be willing to pay a 20% premium just because the Mac looks prettier. If it is the same on the inside as a Pentium box, what would be the advantage?
It may be that Apple simply doesn't care, and that its current strategy is just to increase its market share in terms of system use, rather than hardware. What then? Perhaps it will become the next big thing, and the Mac OS will start to replace Windows. One fears that this would be at the expense of its individuality, and I can see fewer and fewer "fanatics" flocking to the cause. This is probably a good thing, but one can't help thinking that the individuality of the Mac is being slowly eroded in the drive for greater market share.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Go Go Gadget Euronihilism!
By the way, I must apologise for the lack of posting. I have been not only working may way around the blogosphere (and generally reading comments and opinions that are far more eloquent and better informed than mine), but also working like a maniac. Those of you who have ever started a small business (with no method of funding it) will, I am sure, sympathise with me here. Every day is a scrabble for money, and a lot of effort goes into reassuring your employees, too.
However, things are beginning to look up slightly: I have made some good contacts, money is starting–at last–to come in and I am faced with the possibility of not having to worry too much for the next three months or so. So it's time to get a network of people who are willing to sell for us. With no shopfront and no coherent strategy, we have been relying on those contracts that we already have, and a couple of people who are just not reliable. It is time for me to sort out what we are going to do and start going out and marketing us as a valuable company.
I have to admit that I've never given a thought to the company not succeeding, so I had better ensure that it does actually do so. Besides, as Jamie, my programmer, said: we've all invested too much in this company to just let it slide.
So, visit our site: feel free to email comments about ways to improve it, or leave them as comments on this blog. Or, if you feel that we can help you out, you know what to do.
I will also be making a return to blogging a big more regularly. Well, I say blogging: I mean ranting, of course...
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- "The best British political/libertarian blog on the web. Consistently excellent but not for the squeamish."—Christopher Snowdon
- "[He] runs the infamous and fantastically sweary Devil’s Kitchen blog, and because he’s one of the naughtiest geeks (second only to the incredibly, incredibly naughty Guido Fawkes) he’s right at the top of the evil dork hierarchy."—Charlotte Gore
- "I met the Devil's Kitchen the other night. What a charming young man he is, and considerably modest too..."—Peter Briffa
- "The Devil's Kitchen exposes hypocrisy everywhere, no holds barred."—Wrinkled Weasel
- "People can still be controversial and influential whilst retaining integrity—Devil's Kitchen springs to mind—and attract frequent but intelligent comment."—Steve Shark, at B&D
- "Sometimes too much, sometimes wrong, sometimes just too much but always worth a read. Not so much a blog as a force of nature."—The Nameless Libertarian
- "The Devil's Kitchen—a terrifying blog that covers an astonishing range of subjects with an informed passion and a rage against the machine that leaves me in awe..."—Polaris
- "He rants like no one else in the blogosphere. But it's ranting in an eloquent, if sweary, kind of way. Eton taught him a lot."—Iain Dale
- "But for all that, he is a brilliant writer—incisive, fisker- extraordinaire and with an over developed sense of humour... And he can back up his sometimes extraordinary views with some good old fashioned intellectual rigour... I'm promoting him on my blogroll to a daily read."—Iain Dale
- "... an intelligent guy and a brilliant writer..."—A Very British Dude
- "... the glorious Devil's Kitchen blog—it's not for the squeamish or easily offended..."—Samizdata
- "... a very, smart article... takes a pretty firm libertarian line on the matter."—Samizdata
- "By the way, DK seems to be on fucking good form at the moment."—Brian Mickelthwait
- "Perhaps the best paragraph ever written in the history of human creation. It's our Devil on fine form."—Vindico
- "Devil's Kitchen is the big name on the free-market libertarian strand of the British blogosphere... Profane rants are the immediate stand-out feature of DK's blog, but the ranting is backed up by some formidable argument on a wide range of issues particularly relating to British and European parliamentary politics, economics, and civil liberties."—Question That
- "... an excellent, intelligent UK political blog which includes a great deal of swearing."—Dr Aubrey Blumsohn
- "I like the Devil's Kitchen. I think it's one of the best written and funniest blogs in the business."—Conservative Party Reptile
- "The. Top. UK. Blogger."—My Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
- "For sheer intelligence, erudition and fun, Iain Dale's Diary, Cranmer and Devil's Kitchen are so far ahead of the rest I don't see how they can figure in a top ten. They are the Beatles, Stones and Who of the blog world; the Astair, Bogart and Marlon Brando of the blog world; the Gerswin, Porter and Novello of the blog world; the Dot Cotton, Pat Butcher, Bette Lynch of the blog world..."—Wrinkled Weasel
- "It's the blogging equivalent of someone eating Ostrich Vindaloo, washed down by ten bottles of Jamaican hot pepper sauce and then proceeding to breathe very close to your face while talking about how lovely our politicians are... But there's much more to his writing than four letter words."—Tom Tyler
- "God bless the Devil's Kitchen... Colourful as his invective is, I cannot fault his accuracy."—Tom Paine
- "The Devil's Kitchen is a life-affirming, life-enhancing blog ... This particular post will also lead you to some of the best soldiers in the army of swearbloggers of which he is Field Marshal."—The Last Ditch
- "... underneath all the ranting and swearing [DK]'s a very intelligent and thoughtful writer whom many people ... take seriously, despite disagreeing with much of what he says."—Not Saussure
- "... the most foul-mouthed of bloggers, Devils Kitchen, was always likely to provoke (sometimes disgust, but more often admiration)."—The Times Online
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- "Frankly, this is ranting of the very highest calibre."—The Nameless Libertarian
- "I don't mean it literally, or even metaphorically. I just find that his atheism aside, I agree with everything the Devil (of Kitchen fame...) says. I particularly enjoy his well crafted and sharp swearing, especially when addressed at self righteous lefties..."—The Tin Drummer
- "Spot on accurate and delightful in its simplicity, Devil's Kitchen is one of the reasons that we're not ready to write off EUroweenie-land just yet. At least not until we get done evacuating the ones with brains."—Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
- "This hugely entertaining, articulate, witty Scottish commentator is also one of the most foul-mouthed bloggers around. Gird up your loins and have a look. Essential reading."—Doctor Crippen
- "The Devil's Kitchen is one of the foremost blogs in the UK. The DK is bawdy, foul-mouthed, tasteless, vulgar, offensive and frequently goes beyond all boundaries of taste and decency. So why on earth does Dr Crippen read the DK? Because he reduces me to a state of quivering, helpless laughter."—Doctor Crippen's Grand Rounds
- "DK is a take-no-prisoners sort of libertarian. His blog is renowned for its propensity for foul-mouthed invective, which can be both amusing and tiresome by turns. Nevertheless, he is usually lucid, often scintillating and sometimes illuminating."—Dr Syn
- "If you enjoy a superior anti-Left rant, albeit one with a heavy dash of cursing, you could do worse than visit the Devil's Kitchen. The Devil is an astute observer of the evils of NuLabour, that's for sure. I for one stand converted to the Devil and all his works."—Istanbul Tory
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- "This fellow is sharp as a tack, funny as hell, and—when something pisses him off—meaner than a badger with a case of the bullhead clap."—Green Hell
- "Foul-mouthed eloquence of the highest standard. In bad taste, offensive, immoderate and slanderous. F***ing brilliant!—Guest, No2ID Forum
- "a powerfully written right-of-center blog..."—Mangan's Miscellany
- "I tend to enjoy Devil's Kitchen not only because I disagree with him quite a lot of the time but because I actually have to use my brain to articulate why."—Rhetorically Speaking
- "This blog is currently slamming. Politics certainly ain't all my own. But style and prose is tight, fierce, provocative. And funny. OK, I am a child—swear words still crack a laugh."—Qwan
- "hedonistic, abrasive but usually good-natured..."—The G-Gnome
- "10,000 words per hour blogging output... prolific or obsessive compulsive I have yet to decide..."—Europhobia
- "a more favoured blog from the sensible Right..."—Great Britain...
- "Devils Kitchen, a right thinking man indeed..."—EU Serf
- "an excellent blog..."—Rottweiler Puppy
- "Anyone can cuss. But to curse in an imaginative fashion takes work."—Liftport Staff Blog
- "The Devil's Kitchen: really very funny political blog."—Ink & Incapability
- "I've been laffing fit to burst at the unashamed sweariness of the Devil's Kitchen ~ certainly my favourite place recently."—SoupDragon
- "You can't beat the writing and general I-may-not-know-about-being-polite-but-I-know-what-I-like attitude."—SoupDragon
- "Best. Fisking. Ever. I'm still laughing."—LC Wes, Imperial Mohel
- "It made me laugh out loud, and laugh so hard—and I don't even get all the references... I hope his politics don't offend you, but he is very funny."—Furious, WoT Forum
- "DK himself is unashamedly right-wing, vitriolic and foul mouthed, liberally scattering his posts with four-letter-words... Not to be read if you're easily offended, but highly entertaining and very much tongue in cheek..."—Everything Is Electric
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- "[This Labour government] is the most mendacious, dishonest, endemically corrupt, power-hungry, incompetent, illiberal fucking shower of shits that has ruled this country..."—DK
All: Daily Reads (in no particular order)
- Tim Worstall
- An Englishman's Castle
- Bishop Hill
- Guy Fawkes' blog of parliamentary plots, rumours and conspiracy
- A Very British Dude
- Dick Puddlecote
- EU Referendum
- Automomous Mind
- The Daily Mash
- UK Libertarian
- Adam Smith Institute
- Anna Raccoon
- UK Libertarian
- Behind Blue Eyes (occasional)
- Mr Eugenides (retired)
- The Appalling Strangeness (retired)
- Bella Gerens (occasional)
- Obnoxio The Clown (occasional)
- The Croydonian (occasional)
- Dizzy Thinks (retired)
- Burning our money (retired)
- NHS Blog Doctor (retired)
- Twenty Major—still smoking in Dublin bars. (retired)
- Is there more to life than shoes? (retired)
Politics (in no particular order)
- IEA Blog
- FREE MARKET FAIRY TALES
- Civitas Blog
- England Expects
- Squander Two Blog
- Stumbling and Mumbling
- The Welfare State We're In
- The Joy of Curmudgeonry
- Shuggy's Blog
- Chicken Yoghurt
- Ministry of Truth
- Not Proud Of Britain (But Would Like To Be)
- Archbishop Cranmer
- Freedom and Whisky
- rhetorically speaking...
- Tampon Teabag
- Dr Rant
- Jon Worth
- Robert Sharp
- Libertarian Alliance: Blog
- Nosemonkey / Europhobia
- Factchecking Pollyanna
- Strange Stuff
- The Remittance Man
- The Daily Mail Tendency
- John Redwood's Diary
- Boatang & Demetriou
- tygerland.net title="tygerland.net"
- Capitalists @ Work
- Conservative Party Reptile
- James Cleverly
- Cllr. Gavin Ayling
- Curious Snippets from a Cynical Optimist
- NeueArbeit Macht Frei
- The TaxPayers' Alliance
- The Last Ditch
- POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG
- John Trenchard
- Mike Power's 'Not A Blog'
- Counting Cats in Zanzibar
- Shane Greer
- Douglas Carswell MP
- Jerub-Baals Spleen Vent
- Tim Almond
- Taking Liberties
- Dan Hannan MEP
- TheFatBigot Opines
- To Miss with Love
- The New Adventures of Juliette
Climate Change (in no particular order)
General & Humour (in no particular order)
- <em>Chase me, ladies, I'm in the cavalry</em>
- Sometimes Funny is All I Have
- I am livid
- Emerald Bile
- Private Secret Diary
- Woman of experience
- For Your Delectation.. The Penny Dreadfuls