Harry’s back

I feel like I’m temporarily living in Potter land. In what may actually be the highlight of of career so far, I managed to get into press screenings of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and to get to review the new Deathly Hallows book. Between writing up both of these things, I… Continue Reading

Faulty cameras and dodgy MP3s

Two experiences in the last week have left me feeling less than enamored with the customer focus of two different international companies. Firstly, and bear with me on this as there is a point here somewhere, I recently picked up a funky new stereo for my car. It’s a Sony and I’m thrilled with it.… Continue Reading

These go to eleven

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and… Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten? Nigel Tufnel: Exactly. Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder? Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You… Continue Reading


Apparently I should be restricted. I mean more than normal, that is. I shamelessly lifted this idea from Jamie, a neat guy I met at boot camp. I read his blog every day. Usually it makes me feel inadequate, because he actually finished his book, but I wouldn’t admit that publicly. Oh wait . .… Continue Reading

Author interview: Paul Johnston

I met crime writer Paul Johnstone a few weeks ago for a very pleasent few hours in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin to shoot the breeze over his new book. The resulting interview was published in The Sunday Business Post. Enjoy. First Person: Johnston bounces back Sunday, July 08, 2007 – By Alex Meehan Crime… Continue Reading

Specialisation is for insects

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook… Continue Reading

Is your worldview naturalistic?

Is your worldview naturalistic? If so, you might find the brights to be interesting. So just what is a ‘bright’? This is a new term coined by a group of web activists who want to create an online constituency of people who identify themselves as having a particular worldview, one that’s predominantly naturalistic and is… Continue Reading