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Some therapeutic reading (may be added to, newest first, check back...):

[Mike Pence on Facebook invites people to the Inauguration - some hilarious responses]
[Remembering Obama, by people who actually met him]
[BBC: Trump team moving away from supporters on climate science]
[Bushes write a touchiing letter to Obama sisters]
[Obama's final address to the nation as commander-in-chief]
[Guy shuts down friend's Obamacare rant by pointing out he's on Obamacare (both hilarious and sad)]
[Obama enacts permanent ban on new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in Atlantic and Arctic Oceans]
[DoE rejects Trump Transition Team's request for names of staffers who worked on climate change programs]
[California's governor issues serious warning to Trump on climate change]
[Bill Gates and other billionaires have launched a fund of more than $1 billion, focused on fighting climate change]
[Trump voters complain that already he isn't delivering what he promised]
[America's Finest]
[Things Donald Trump can and can't do with his Executive Power]
[Why business will step in to save Obama's sustainability agenda]
[The Shadow in the West - how we can make the world a nicer and safer place]
[What Trump's 2,000-mile wall on the U.S.-Mexico border would actually look like]
[Gatorindo: The Oxford English Dictionary's editors nominate "post-truth" as word of the year]
[George Takei: The challenge ahead under Donald Trump, and the way out of darkness]
[US Election 2016 — in-depth views from Oxford University]
[TED: Beware online "filter bubbles" that distort your view of the world]
[Trump: The best thing ever for climate change? (unintentionally, but really)]
[Nov 18: World's poorest countries to aim for 100% green energy ]
[Nov 18: Elon Musk's announcement just changed the solar industry]
[Oct 26: The world just made a major shift toward renewable energy]

and from my web site:

[The Shadow in the West - the full version]

— from this excellent article.

It's worth reading the whole thing (Seb Emina and Daniel Jones are really interesting people, too). Click the excerpt above to read more.

I dropped in on this Internet radio station throughout a waking day recently, and took some screenshots which appear below. The sunrise pictures change as the world turns. Sometimes the pictures are local to the current radio station (one of more than 250 being played in sequence), sometimes they are from somewhere else in the country, or aerial photos where no other picture is available. I'm sure these will change over time, and you can probably send in your own photos!

Click any screenshot to listen to this rather wonderful invention. It's a very human window on our world - even in troubled areas of the Middle East, you realise that when you get down to it, folks everywhere are just folks.

There is also plenty more interesting stuff written about Global Breakfast Radio.

BTW: I discovered this (as I do so much other good stuff about news, gadgets and apps for computers and smartphones) on the BBC's excellent Click Programme.

Some useful stuff on HTML, web/HTML editors and web site building here.

"Wake" is a highly enjoyable novel, the first of a trilogy about the World Wide Web, by the Canadian science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer, probably best known for Flashforward.

It is the story of a maths- and internet-savvy 15-year-old girl, Caitlin Decter (online moniker "Calculass"), who has been blind from birth. When she is given an experimental computer-linked implant to restore sight in one eye, it is discovered that her brain has co-opted the visual cortex in order to help her navigate the web. The result is that instead of seeing the real world around her (at least at first), she "sees" the complex and fascinating structure of the World Wide Web itself.

It is also the story of the World Wide Web, and the idea that its huge connectivity, combined with one aspect of its communication mechanisms behaving as cellular automata, could give rise to a machine consciousness.

What happens when these two consciousnesses meet - one human, one "other" - is truly fascinating, both as a story and as scientific speculation, and is seen from both their points of view.

The trilogy continues in "Watch" and "Wonder" (which I have also read). Highly recommended.


Because of the coincidence of names, I am reminded of another science fiction writer, Robert L. Forward, who is sadly no longer with us. A physicist who really knew what he was talking about, his stories could make hard science a fascinating subject for anyone. His death in 2002 was a great loss, but his books live on.

If you're interested...

[A fascinating introduction to Cellular Automata: Conway's Game of Life]
[My books page (science fiction section)]

(Original post: May 1st, 2010)

From the page:

"One of the most important collections of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts - for centuries kept at Corpus Christi College - has been entirely digitised, making it the first research library to have every page of its collection captured.

"The Parker Library was entrusted to the College in 1574 by Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury under Queen Elizabeth from 1559 until his death in 1575, and one of the primary architects of the English Reformation.

"The Library's treasures are now available online to anyone with access to the Internet at"