You know the story of Van Halen and the brown M&Ms right? That their gig contracts in the 1980s included a clause saying the backstage area should be kept clear of brown M&Ms was not some kind of privileged rock n roll excess, but a more prosaic safety matter, inserted into the paperwork as a test to … More Trump’s spelling and brown M&Ms
Barack Obama made clear in his final news conference as president that he was ready to intervene if his successor went too far. It took 10 days. Frm Pres @BarackObama is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country. pic.twitter.com/X5Fk3xRDEX — Kevin Lewis (@KLewis44) January 30, 2017 It’s a big … More Barack Obama’s first intervention
I learned today Senator Chuck Schumer's middle name is Ellis. After his uncle A post shared by Rob Crilly (@rob.crilly) on Jan 29, 2017 at 12:37pm PST Full context: The senator for New York was giving a press conference on Donald Trump’s moves to tighten entry to the US for people from seven Muslim majority … More Chuck Schumer’s middle name
Very keen to read Andrew Harding’s new book on Somalia, The Mayor of Mogadishu. There’s a fine review in The New York Times which finishes with some lines about the moral complexity of dealing with Somalia (much like other failed states)… As Harding’s fine book makes clear, morally compromised figures like Nur may be the … More Somali good enough
Apple Removes New York Times Apps From Its Store in China http://nyti.ms/2hTHtWd This is one of the many reasons why I avoid Apple. The company’s central control may keep software and hardware in sync, giving a more reliable product often, but it means it has too much power over what users can use. See also the … More NYTimes: Apple Removes New York Times Apps From Its Store in China
Much hilarity at Donald Trump’s tweet this morning (since deleted and replaced)… It took Trump and his team 87 minutes to fix the word "unpresidented." pic.twitter.com/Bz7NxSqwlo — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 17, 2016 Followed by analysis and what it might mean in terms of a president-elect tweeting without any sort of oversight by comms team … More On typos and errrors of ignorance
I wrote this in September 2011, as the Libyan regime of Col Gaddafi collapsed, and calls for intervention in Syria began. At the time, the interventionists were on a high. But the conditions that made action in Libya attractive were very different to the conditions in Syria, for reasons I bullet-pointed…. (I have no link as … More Something must be done in Syria. But what?