Tom Lehrer

Just random browsing, came across a lengthy and learned essay about Tom Lehrer, and one quote particularly struck me:

Another pervasive change in this country has been the decline of literacy. Admittedly, one always used to hear that a picture was worth a thousand words, but that was before they devalued the word.

Something else to go and look at, if you’ve a yen, and you missed it when it was on the mass media because you were busy with an ALMO meeting or Group AGM: the Lib Dem party election broadcast. Marvel at how familiar the vox pops look.

The group AGM has serious consequences for me: a change of committees, and a lot more responsibility next municipal year. Eeep.

That wedding

Didn’t see it, didn’t hear much about it, but there were extracts from it on the 10pm news on Radio 4.

The Prince and the new Duchess have very good taste in hymns. Immortal, invisible (OK, not bad); Love Divine to tune Blaenwern (truly lovely, but avoid sacharine tune Love Divine, and as for the suggestion of singing it to Hyfrydol! — the less said about that the better. It’s a lovely tune, but not suitable for Love Divine); and Praise My Soul the King of Heaven (not great, but a bit high).

Me, I’d go for Lead us, heavenly father, lead us, and possibly The King of Love, My Shepherd Is.

If I only get one hymn at my funeral, however, I want ‘O Sacred head, sore wounded’ to the Passion Chorale with the twiddly Bach arrangement. I’ve been searching around the net to find a reasonable downloadable arrangement, and found this, which is quite good, attached, horrifyingly, to a hymn called ‘O God, that great Tsunami.’ The last time I sang it was with the Magdeburg university choir, with Christmas words, on a hospital ward.

Geography AND photos

Last week I posted about pictures, and a few days ago about GEOurl.

Now a site that combines the two: www.geograph.co.uk — a project to get a photograph for every map square in the country.

I’ve submitted a few.

Also: www.nearby.org.uk is also fascinating for listing things physically nearby you, including trig points, geological features, stuff like GPS beacons, caches from people who hide things. And best of all, an incredibly comprehensive co-ordinate converter.

Jo Public never clocks a damn thing

Press Conference today in the East Midlands, for which I had a fair hand in organising. (I did the East Midlands side of things, other people ordered the carbon-neutral executive jet for Mr Kennedy.)

Here’s the backdrop, as seen by millions of News24 viewers across the world

What they don’t realise is that it’s held up by elastic bands as a last minute quick fix:

So, Niles…

Why were you up til 1.30am again?

Oh, I just got taken up with some computery things. Dealing with work e-mail, I sent out a few more calling notices about Charles Kennedy’s press conference on Wednesday. I watched the most recent episodes of Alias (v Kill Bill) and CSI (graphic immolation) while I was doing that. I caught up with cix conferences and news, and an interesting link to GeoURL caught my eye.

So, what I was actually doing was adding my longitude and lattitude [1]to the meta tags of my homepage and then adding my homepage to an ICBM database. I can now use this little button
GeoURL
to find the websites of things that are physically close to my co-ordinates.

And when I did that, I found lots of cool, if inevitably techie blogs and websites of my neighbours. Hello to BlogEd and NunOnCasters and Interaction++

And a big hello to Open Guide to Nottingham — remind me to populate some of your pages RSN.

You know, this internet thing, it might just take off?

[1] I happened to remember that Streetmap can turn postcodes into a variety of co-ordinates, including longitude and latitude, and OS grid.