Someone - I'm sorry I forget who, but thanks - posted this link yesterday, with a suggestion that it be played at anyone with one of those trendy-wanker ringtones. Probably not worksafe, unless your boss has a sense of humour and tolerates crudity. Contains flash, too, so is sizeable.
I've used that new DVD drive to move some music to work. Machines of Loving Grace at the moment, but I have the complete works of Joy Division and The Jam here too, with a big pile of Neubauten, various other musics and more ISIHAC than you could shake a stick at. And that was just one disk. Of course, I've had to get a player that understands Oggs, but that's a small price to pay.
Also seen today, and well worth reading, is Momus on Gini coefficients. This is much less dry than it sounds :
"The piece I had in mind wasn't just going to be a dry exposition of Gini coefficients as a statistical measure of the gap between the rich and the poor (which is what they are). It was going to be about how Gini is an objective measure of something you're very much aware of subjectively when you visit a country, and how Gini might be seen as a measure of evil, social evil."
Yesterday I got an email from Buabarn Poonperm. It turned out not to be a bizarre spam at all, but an actual mail from a PhD student with a terrific name. This morning, I went and borrowed several thousand pounds worth of glassware from the physics department. It's about the size of my thumb, and they'd like it back this afternoon.
Must feel odd being complimented by Ian Paisley. My sister was, this week. I'll have to ask her how surprised she was. I'd love to have seen her face at that moment.
I have no idea whether this is work-safe or not. I suppose it depends on where you work. It contains Richard Herring, is text-only, and consists of altered song lyrics and references to (but not advocacy of) mistreating primates. Your call.
The Today program this morning was covering the subject of politicians using song lyrics, so obviously they had to get Billy Bragg and John Cooper-Clarke on to discuss matters. Obviously.