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Old 30th May 2005, 23:07   #111
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damn. i can see that place doing me out of a job!

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Old 31st May 2005, 1:54   #112
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John,
Glen Duncan is the author whose book I just finished. "The Death of an Ordinary Man" Good stuff by the way. I posted on the book reviews page and no one had much to say. Duncan lives in London and "I, Lucifer" was a pretty popular book.

I originally thought the book was going to be somewhat like "The Lovely Bones". Not even close. Just the same idea, in that the deceased is viewing his surviving family.

Sorry to say there was nothing about bi-sexuality, non-humaness or even being middle aged for that matter in "Death of an......." :?

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Old 31st May 2005, 11:25   #113
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I tried it - I forget the preferences I expressed, but they were sincerely chosen. Up came, top of the list, David Mitchell's number9dream, which, on the basis of Cloud Atlas, is already number one on my get-this-book list. Scary.... It seems to work.
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Alternative browsing at Stumbleupon. I've yet to try it, but it looks potentially revolutionary.
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I've tried it, and it doesn't look like there's enough users yet. The toolbar is slightly unprofessional and the password functionality is flaky at best.

It does direct you to some really good sites though that you would never have found otherwise.

A diversion rather than a revolution. Although give it a little while and who knows...
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Next up is Google Earth. Amazingly good bit of software this.

Tip: America is the most detailed area so far naturally. You can fly down Broadway, or anywhere else for that matter. Get in close, go to Tools, Options, Navigation tab, and select G-Force. This gives you a little plane icon in the main view that you can tilt the view with (use the buttons in the tool bar because they're easier to control) and away you go.

I can see my house, the park right behind it that i never knew was there, and, oooh well, all sorts really.

Alternatively, help save mankind with Google Compute.
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On the topic of the Google tools, one that is well worth having a look for, especially for those who have a lot of digital photos, is Picasa.

It's bascially a photo organiser: it searches out for all the photos on your computer, and allows you to touch them up a bit, make picture CDs, nimated slideshows, and produce fairly nice simple webpages with them on.

It also works as a Flickr-style photo sharing tool in conjunction with another Google-owned service called Hello, which in turn ties in with the blogging service Blogger. You can also email them, with Picasa resizing photos for you before they are sent. It is on these sharing services that Picasa lets itself down a bit though: the Hello/Blogger link is confusing and irritating in that it won't let you post photos to blogs on other systems - an example of Google tying products in together which is rather annoying, when you consider that Flickr (owned by Google's rival Yahoo!, who of course offer similar stuff to Google) will let you do pretty much as you like. Also, on the emailing front, it's far easier if you have a Gmail account, and so those without miss out on some of the best features.

But it is the best photo organiser I have used, and it's varioua tools make it a worthwhile download, even if you don't end up using it that much.
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I'm hooked on google earth now, thank you!

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ooh i think i just crashed my plane
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Me too, although I was dissapointed with not being able to see much of rural England, the bit's I live in specifically. I did manage to send my mom a nice aerial view of where she grew up though, just NW of Philadelphia. She was amazed! :)

Oh there are too many ways of not doing any work out there!
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Just found that The Guardian have an Arts blog here.
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