Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2012«

Stockholm Syndrome! Fun for You AND Your Dentist!

March 22, 2012 by


So the thing about dentists, okay, the thing is I like them. I’ll just… leave you with that one for a moment. Still with me? Okay. I know this is a bit of an outlier perspective, most people are somewhere around, Dentists are pain and repeating grinding argh.* And I’m more thinking, Dentists are fun […]

Synthesising Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine

March 21, 2012 by


These are the things I would like to share with you today. First this: Synthesising Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine Over in the US it has apparently become so difficult to get hold of pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), that a pair of eloquently named researchers have published a paper explaining how to manufacture it out of crystal meth. I […]

The Death and Rebirth of my Life/Work/Writing/Soul/Addiction

March 20, 2012 by


Okay, today, today I love Apple. I think they are brilliant and wondrous and shiny. Which is a big step up from yesterday where I wanted to hit them with something heavy. There’s a lesson here — the highs are never quite as atmospheric until you’ve crawled through the gutter. Or something. Cause see yesterday, […]

Carpe Diem, Quan Minimum Credula Postero*

March 19, 2012 by


Me: I haven’t sent anything out this year because I’m crap. Arkem: I wouldn’t have put it that way — but yes. So I am doing that today. Or at least, lying about doing that today. But I think — I hope I’m not. And if I write this here perhaps the appalling fact that […]

Dawn of the Metatext…

March 16, 2012 by


There have been a few articles of late regarding publishers and how they act with libraries (see: Penguin removing their ebooks from library catalogues, in response to Amazon’s Kindle Lending Service, ouch!) And of most interest is Techdirt’s article, Libraries Are The Best Counter To Piracy… So Of Course Publishers Are Trying To Limit Them. In it, […]

If I Don’t Write to Empty My Mind I Go Mad — Lord Byron

March 16, 2012 by


Rick: What are you doing? Me: I’m insulting myself in text. Silence. Me: You’re just not going to touch that one, are you? Rick: You’re writing your blog for tomorrow? Me: …yes? Rick: It all makes sense. I have been in the middle of an explosion for like a week now. It’s making me edgy. […]

I Have This Theory That All the Best Things in Life Are as Terrifying as They Are Brilliant. Love. Children. Freedom. Choices. Deep Fried Mars Bars.

March 15, 2012 by


I am innately cautious. I like to think things through. To consider the consequences. To make fully informed decisions, aware of the pros and cons and possible outcomes. I see a motorbike and I see the world blurring past at speed, I feel the hum of the motor through the warm metal between my legs, […]