20th October 2014

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A few years ago, I was used to getting post (as opposed to email) that was obviously the result of a mail merge marketing operation. Occasionally it would be amusing, when the people sending out the bumf hadn’t switched caps off, or had written the template badly, so I got letters addressed to

Dear LEE BARNETT

GOING CHEEP On the changing salutations of spam.

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19th October 2014

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There’s a list I discovered online a while back of common fallacies. The site is dated in format, but not in content which I guess you’d kind of expect from something called an explanation of “common fallacies”. Maybe I should really call them “zombie fallacies”, as no matter how often they get…

GOING CHEEP On zombie fallacies, and those who employ them.

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18th October 2014

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You can get used to anything, I think. Repeat a pattern enough times and you anticipate the result, and are then unsurprised at both the result and the consequences of that result. Not for nothing is it commonly known that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting…

GOING CHEEP On the birthday problem… probably.

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17th October 2014

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Over the 700 or so fast fiction challenges I’ve been challenged to write, and which I duly completed, there were surprisingly few repetitions. To be fair, with the number of potential combinations of individual words that could make a title, I’d have been astonished if there were more than a…

GOING CHEEP On liking words and using them.

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17th October 2014

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I’ve blogged about politicians and how I have some - but not much - sympathy for them.

It’s not often I sympathise with British politicians. Their behaviour doesn’t easily lend itself to sympathy, and while I have little time for the argument that they’re paid too much, it’s undeniable that their attitude to, and claiming of, expenses over the past few years has been contemptible at best and downright criminal at worst. I don’t for a heartbeat think that all MPs who misclaimed expenses did so with malice aforethought, but neither do I accept for a moment that all of those who could have been prosecuted for fraud felt the copper’s hand on their shoulders, along with an accompanying “you’re nicked, my son…”

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16th October 2014

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I’ve been rewatching The Sandbaggers recently. Dated it may be, but the performances and writing is among the best there’s been on television, and Greg Rucka has been very open about it inspiring the wonderful Queen and Country comic book and associated novels. Set (and filmed) in the 1970s, it…

GOING CHEEP On life’s centre of gravity, and how it’s moving.

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15th October 2014

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There’s this thing called acting. I’m pretty sure you’ll have heard of it. And what’s more, you’ll have seen a favourite actor play many parts over a career, but oft times, an actor becomes associated with a role to the point where - to use an old phrase - that’ll be the first line of his or her…

GOING CHEEP On acting and actors.

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14th October 2014

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I’m a sucker for a beautifully elegant turn of phrase, and in Warren Ellis’ MORNING, COMPUTER yesterday, he mentioned about being “a host for the words” when writing. I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment and the feeling of words and lines and whole paragraphs appearing fully matured in my…

GOING CHEEP On writing to rewrite.

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13th October 2014

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I’m not absolutely sure what I was doing thirty years ago yesterday, but I’m pretty sure that every spare moment I had, I was glued to the television news, watching the fallout - if you’ll forgive the word - from the IRA’s attempt to assassinate Margaret Thatcher and several of the Cabinet by…

GOING CHEEP On a bomb, a song, and seven weeks.

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12th October 2014

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I was wondering about the speed with which storage devices improve when it struck me that there’s somewhat of a reverse correlation between the bigger the splash with which a storage medium is introduced and the length of life of the storage medium itself.

GOING CHEEP On storage media and how time flies…

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11th October 2014

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I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy people-watching, and people-listening as well; I’m firmly of the opinions that there are no uninteresting people, and no uninteresting snippets of conversation: all of them can provoke stories. Well, I may have written too precipitously. I just came across…

GOING CHEEP On being people watched.

10th October 2014

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I was channel flipping this evening and came across a semi-regular (maybe once a year or so) feature on BBC Parliament; they run the election braodcast from some years ago ‘live’. For a politics junkie like me (or rather an election junkie) it’s manna from heaven; it’s always good fun seeing how…

GOING CHEEP On political cynicism and confusion.

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9th October 2014

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The first mobile phone I used was a work phone; I was the second keyholder for my employers and the phone was a chunky lump of hard plastic. And then I got my own phone, and was loyal to Nokia for some years, before I switched to Samsung, and I was similarly loyal to them for a few years. Although…

GOING CHEEP On the mysterious case of the case.

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8th October 2014

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You rarely come across the word “strolling” any more. I must admit that I only tend to use it when I’m observing someone as they walk past whatever coffee shop I’m outside. I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy people watching. I’m content to sit outside that aforementioned coffee shop, and watch the…

GOING CHEEP On strolling.

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7th October 2014

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Geometry on Flickr.

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Geometry on Flickr.