Picking on Karl Marx’s carbuncles

Reuters reports that a British scholar claims that Karl Marx, the great daddy of Communism, suffered from a skin condition that must have affected his writings. University of East Anglia dermatologist Professor Sam Shuster believes that Marx suffered from hidradenitis suppurativa, aka HS, or Acne Inversa. This curse (as Marx himself referred to his condition)… Continue reading Picking on Karl Marx’s carbuncles

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Andy Capostagno, Semeiotikos

Being seriously irritated by the painful drone from the various commentators, during the Rugby Cup and, especially, the great Paris finale, I was saved by using my remote’s mute facility, only to realise that I also lost the electrifying background sound of the crowds. I set out to find out more about commentating, as the practice… Continue reading Andy Capostagno, Semeiotikos

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Avatarcide in Maple World

This is a follow up to an earlier piece, in which I Toingtoinged! about two teenagers who were convicted of a virtual theft. British playwright William Congreve a character in his play “The Mourning Bride” one of the most known (and misquoted) lines: “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury… Continue reading Avatarcide in Maple World

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Buzzwords galore

Like most Internet denizens, I receive my daily dose of infoschticks. Some have been with me for years, while others were dropped during my periodical bull-purge. An all time favourite missive is Buzzword of the Day. A buzzword “buzz.word (buz´w»rd) n. A usually important-sounding word or phrase used primarily to impress laypersons.” Sometimes it’s also… Continue reading Buzzwords galore

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Virtual Crime e-Pays.. NOT

Asimove’s LOR During the halcyon days of technological innocence, Isaac Asimov wrote “I, Robot” – a collection of 9 short stories set in a world in which humans and robots co-exist. This co-existance was predicated on three rules that Asimov invented and named ‘The Laws of Robotics’ (LOR), The LOR laid down essential principles governing… Continue reading Virtual Crime e-Pays.. NOT

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Idea Connectors

Scott Wurtele is a man with a mission. He is what Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point) calls a connector,  offering means of communication to those who are interested in engaging in some form of exchange. Wurtele is the visionary behind exchange hubs such as WorldBid.com (the largest network of international trade marketplaces in the world,… Continue reading Idea Connectors

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A gauntlet in your eye, Steve (update)

An interesting afterthought to my previous pieceon the battle between Microsoft Office and Google Apps was posted on Garett Rogers’ “Googling Google” blogon ZDnet’s Blogosphere. Rogers noted Balmmer’s belitteling remark on Google Apps – “you can’t even put a footnote in a document”  and says: Perhaps what happened directly after he said that is precisely why Microsoft… Continue reading A gauntlet in your eye, Steve (update)

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