Digital Rights

While I’d quite like to get to a situation where I no longer own physical media (books, DVDs, CDs, etc) I’ve yet to find a satisfactory way to do this. Even if I could find all the content I want at a reasonable price an electronic copy falls short in some situations. For example, how exactly do you give them as gifts (I’m sure most of us give books and DVDs as presents fairly often)?

As someone who used to run a second-hand book website I also wonder about resell rights. A physical copy may well be more expensive (though rarely by that much) but you own that copy and are free to sell it on, thereby recouping some of the outlay, or donate it to charity so they can profit from it. Electronic copies are typically just ‘rented’ from the owner. Then there’s loaning a copy to a friend, something which I’m sure we’ve all done, but isn’t possible with electronic versions.

So it was with some interest that I read about Apple’s patent for a loan and resale system for protected digital content. Continue reading


Punny Business

A bit of a random post, but I thought some of these were too good to go when they drop off iPlayer.  This all stated when Adam Catterall was looking for a name for a hair dressing business that a friend was starting, so he asked for suggestions on the radio show he was hosting.  It was such a good feature he continued it for the rest of the week.  Here are the results:

Tuesday (Hair Dressers)

Mentioned: The Hair Port; Bob On; Chop Suey; Head Office; Hair to the Throne; Uppercuts

Top Five:

  1. Blood, Sweat and Shears
  2. Curl Up and Dye
  3. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
  4. Hair Force One
  5. Barber Black Sheep

She ended up choosing Crops and Robbers apparently. Continue reading

Lord of The Rings fan makes miniature Frodo Baggins' home

It’s a fairly twee article of the sort you would expect to see in a local paper rather than the Telegraph but there’s one thing in this article about a Lord of The Rings fan who has made a miniature hobbit hole that shows it’s wasn’t written by a fan:

The kitchen is stocked with miniaturised food and utensils and a barrel bearing a longbottom leaf label the ale drunk by the hobbits in the record-breaking films.

Surely even the untrained eye can spot Longbottom Leaf is not a name for ale (how much ale is made from leaves?) but is actually the brand of tobacco they smoke in their pipes. Talk about an elementary mistake! What do you mean I’m sad?


SubTropolis wasn’t the first to make use of the underground environs of a disused mine. During WWII many precious cultural artefacts were stored in old mines, for example. It does seem to be the largest and most modernised though. I do wonder why we don’t make use of what’s below ground more often (especially in the UK where cellars/basements are very rare). Not sure I’d want to live there full-time though.

via io9