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  • Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher: 'I always felt sorry for her children': When I awoke today on LA time my phone was full of impertinent digital eulogies. It'd be disingenuous to omit that there were a fair number of ding-dong-style celebratory messages amidst the pensive reflections on the end of an era. Interestingly, one mate of mine, a proper leftie, in his heyday all Red Wedge and right-on punch-ups, was melancholy. "I thought I'd be overjoyed, but really it's just … another one bites the dust …" This demonstrates, I suppose, that if you opposed Thatcher's ideas it was likely because of their lack of compassion, which is really just a word for love. If love is something you cherish, it is hard to glean much joy from death, even in one's enemies. ... The blunt, pathetic reality today is that a little old lady has died, who in the winter of her life had to water roses alone under police supervision. If you behave like there's no such thing as society, in the end there isn't. Her death must be sad for the handful of people she was nice to and the rich people who got richer under her stewardship. It isn't sad for anyone else.
  • Can a Puppy Sell a CMS? | Webpop: So how did [the signup form with a picture of a puppy] fare against our standard call to action? ... It turns out, the puppy version had more than double the number of clicks on the signup button than the text only version.
  • What happens when you wring out a washcloth in zero-G? Now we know - Cosmic Log
  • The $12 Gongkai Phone « bunnie's blog: How cheap can you make a phone? Recently, I paid $12 at Mingtong Digital Mall for a complete phone, featuring quad-band GSM, Bluetooth, MP3 playback, and an OLED display plus keypad for the UI. Simple, but functional; nothing compared to a smartphone, but useful if you're going out and worried about getting your primary phone wet or stolen. Also, it would certainly find an appreciative audience in impoverished and developing nations.

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