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News is No News

News is No News

If I told you what I did today, you probably would be left unimpressed. Rather obviously, I spent a part of today writing a blog. Let us avoid any metaphysical musings of over whether the blog-writing should be described in […]

Humble Bill Says No Nobble Of Nobel

Humble Bill Says No Nobble Of Nobel

Yesterday I received another letter from Prince Karl Zeis, member of the royal house of Delfthia, and long-time fan of Halfthoughts. Prince Karl often hobnobs with the world’s elite. But I was flabbergasted by the contents of his latest missive. […]

attends the after party for the NME Awards at Sketch on February 26, 2014 in London, England.

Lily Allen: The New Arthur Scargill

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/halfthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/LilyAllenArthurScargill.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.4MB) Enjoy this blog as a podcast here or at iTunes. George Orwell wrote about Salvador Dali: “One ought to be able to hold in one’s head simultaneously the two facts that Dali […]

Ideas: Worth Less, Worthless, or Worth Even More?

Ideas: Worth Less, Worthless, or Worth Even More?

When the US was a young nation, it was greedy to learn and to grow. A good example is Benjamin Franklin a famous polymath who experimented with electricity amongst other things. Benjamin Franklin was an innovator, but he also engaged […]

If Vampires Were Real…

If Vampires Were Real…

Vampires make for the sexiest monsters. Go to a Halloween party, and half the women will be dressed as vampires. In contrast, expect only one bride of Frankenstein and absolutely no female werewolves. Vampires look good, stand straight, dress well, […]

Derren Brown: Magician or Charlatan?

Derren Brown: Magician or Charlatan?

Stage and television magician Derren Brown is something of an enigma. That is not to say his ‘magic’ or his stage persona is enigmatic. It is enigmatic, but there is no such thing as magic. Enigma is the path taken […]

Force To Be Reasoned With

Force To Be Reasoned With

Alastair Darling, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer suggested something laudable, and unusual, and despicable, yesterday. He suggested that legislators should not pass laws that are unenforceable. That is laudable, because we can all agree that a law that cannot […]

Crazy Cliches of Space Opera TV

Crazy Cliches of Space Opera TV

Star Trek (TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT). Battlestar Galactica (original and reimagined). Andromeda. Firefly. Space 1999. Blake’s 7. Babylon 5. Stargate SG-1. If you are still reading, there is a good chance that you, like me, have wasted some […]

The Intellectual Crisis in Copying

The Intellectual Crisis in Copying

Technology is an amazing thing. It makes you think. I do not mean it makes you think about how things work, though it does that too. It makes you think about things you take for granted. It challenges your assumptions […]

The American Sickness

The American Sickness

The United States is sick. I do not mean Americans are physically sick. They are physically sick, but every other nation knows that already. Sickness is a part of life. Barring accident, most of us expect to succumb to sickness […]