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the big issue
March 31, 2004
The Cape Town wing of The Big Issue just published one of my articles in their April edition. Here's the leader...

Many are the prophets of the Information Age. They preach the wonders of technology, of “information at your fingertips.” Soon, we are told, the Internet will usher in a new era of global connectivity and human understanding. Soon, computers will cure our diseases and do our dishes. But 'soon' means different things in different countries.

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chinese food
March 21, 2004
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argentina chile brazil berkeley
March 13, 2004
again, i don't think there's any hope in catching up, so i'm just going to put up a bunch of pictures. the first one is by far the coolest. it's from day 4 of an 7-day circuit i did with my dad southern chile. that's me leaning into the wind, which was strong enough to support my weight (which was considerably higher than normal after 2 months in argentina). picture #2 is with sam, my partner in crime at podestá. we weren't as drunk as we appear to be. the third picture is from mar del plata, which, if you can see past all the people, is a beach.


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at play in the fields of the lord
March 12, 2004
Her clear face combined an air of innocence with something as saucy and irreverent as a hot cross bun. (19)

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the mouse that roared
March 11, 2004
All these things the Duchess Gloriana XII thought of as she rode her ducal bicycle from the castle to Tully’s cottage on the fringes of the forest. (14)

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the great train robbery
March 10, 2004
Men could not expect to share much with their wives. Mandell Creighton wrote that he found “ladies in general very unsatisfactory mental food.; they seem to have no particular thoughts or ideas, and though for a time it is flattering to one’s vanity to think one may teach them some, it palls after a while. Of course at a certain age, when you have a house and so on, you get a wife as part of its furniture, and find her a very comfortable institution.” (83)

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granta 73: necessary journeys
March 9, 2004

Backpackers on Ko Pha-Ngan looked nothing like the tourist on Ko Samui. At first glance, though, they did all look like each other. Everyone looked good, in the way young people do when they have lost a stone and grown used to wearing hardly any clothes. They were scuffed with bites and bruises, but these imperfections were all part of the look and so didn’t really stand out. The Italians had good skin and wild hair, the Dutch had tattoos, and Americans came in rather serious, thiry-something couple, or as galumphing college boys, but this was as much as we noticed at first. To the naked eye, the Ko Pha-Ngan dress code appeared to by entirely relaxed.
       It took a day or so to grasp the full hierarchy of style rules. A sensible Netherlands sandal was unsexy, but an obviously sexy shoe was out of the question, so anything involving straps or heels was unwise. A flip-flop worked best, implying frugality as well as beach bum/mountain goat agility. It was also important to have a tan deep enough to suggest you took being a backpacker seriously. They correct positioning of the know in one’s sarong was evidently a fraught issue; we watched one girl discreetly tie and re-tie hers using the reflection of a window for fifteen minutes. Bikinis were strictly of the stringy sort, thongs being too Baywatch, and underwired cups too C&A, and ethnic jewelry was essential, although too much betrayed amateurish enthusiasm. Combat shorts were all right for boys, if worn topless with a good tan, and the classier girl traveler rolled the waistband of her skirt down into a hipster. Here and there you would spy pale-skinned boys wearing long trousers and Ben Sherman shirts. They stood about awkwardly, studying everyone else’s outfits with dismay.
        Friendliness was taken for inexperience, and considered shamefully gauche… (Decca Aitkenhead)

It was in his clear moments he was troubled. It wasn’t the wound, though it hurt at every step, and it wasn’t the dive-bombers circling over the beach some miles to the north. It was his mind. Periodically, something slipped. Some everyday principle of continuity, the humdrum element that told him where he was in his own story, faded from his use, abandoning him to a waking dream in which there were thoughts, but no sense of who was having them. (35 - Ian McEwan)

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technology and social inclusion
March 8, 2004
The goal of using ICT with marginalized groups is not to overcome a digital divide but rather to further a process of social inclusion. (8)

The starting point for a progressive consideration of ICT in any institution should not be the digital divide and how to overcome it but rather the broader social structures and functions of the institutions and how ICT might be used to help make them more democratic, equitable, and socially inclusive. (209)

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the sun, the genome, and the internet
March 7, 2004
It is possible that clinics will supply take-home do-it-yourself kits for parents who are willing to learn the necessary skills. Having reprogenic babies at home might become a popular hobby, like desk-top publishing today. (111)

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