Honk. (Mouseover: Quack.)
The joy of a deadpan Amazon review when you least expect it. Nice punchline in the comments.
Cory Doctorow: It would be madness to hand over our archives to VCs (Boing Boing).
All my blogs are dead (“so I’ve started backing up my work”: oh dear, oh dear).
Have a dekko at Cathy Wilcox’s grouse cartoon A-Z of all things Oz.
A few final links on Charlie Hebdo I missed before, plus some further thoughts first posted in the giant Metafilter thread about them.
When I first moved to Edinburgh in 2001, I spent a lot of time in its second-hand and antiquarian bookshops, which were more prevalent then than they are now. On one visit I found a small hardback with a title and author that seemed to come from one of those “awful books” compilations, and picked it up for a pound on a whim.
Satellite images reveal the extent of Boko Haram’s destruction in Baga. I posted a MetaFilter thread on the attacks the other day.
Week one of the new EU VAT rules. Terrible for digital small businesses.
Ship Your Enemies Glitter. Offer may not be available in the EU.
Why the EU doesn’t need new anti-terrorism legislation. It isn’t as if there aren’t other laws that could be used to prosecute. Pretty obvious and old ones.
Cory Doctorow: How laws restricting technology expose us to greater harm.
Graham Linehan on Count Arthur Strong. I love the TV series more than I ever did the radio show.
A longtime reader’s letter to my British friends.
[Most links via Mefi.]
My first reaction to the events in Paris this week was, obviously, dismay, not just that this depressing drumbeat of the 21st century was still sounding, but that this time the target was a satirical magazine, an enterprise close to my heart. My only previous exposure to Charlie Hebdo had been seeing it at magazine stands in French-speaking countries, but I knew it was something like the French Private Eye, and that was enough to empathize with the French people’s reaction to, not just an act of terror, but an attack on a beloved national institution.