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2009-08-01

I just checked the spam folder in my Google Mail account and saw two messages purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs which said I was due a tax refund and included instructions for reclaiming it. Since I never gave my Google Mail address to the tax people I knew it was a scam, as confirmed by this scam alert.

2009-04-18

The Esotericist has an interesting article on The Strange Death of Robert Maxwell - I have no idea how much of it is true.

2009-03-29

The Timothy Leary Archive covers forty years of lectures, TV guest appearances, performance art, talk shows, and experimental films from Timothy's personal archives.

2009-03-14

I just read a good article by Kevin Kelly, provocatively titled The Unabomber Was Right.

2009-01-10

A couple of months ago on this page I linked to an article about how Porsche made a lot of money by fleecing hedge funds. One of the people who lost a lot of money was Adolf Merckle, who committed suicide a few days ago by throwing himself under a train. Here is the updated story with a nice explanation of the so called "short squeeze".

2008-12-03

I just played a very strange web game called i made this. you play this. we are enemies by Jason Nelson. I rarely play computer games of any kind but as it happens I also played a web game yesterday - a Heavy Metal/Guitar Hero inspired thing called Deth Toll.

2008-11-10

Despite not being physically attracted to other people, Paul Cox, 24, explains how he and his wife found love and happiness as an asexual couple.

When Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave a gloved Black Power salute on the Olympic podium in October 1968 it sent a shockwave through sport. But what happened to the other man on the platform?

Vendee Globe yachts get under way.

2008-11-04

How Porsche fleeced hedge funds and roiled the world's financial markets.

Photos of this year's Illegal Soap Box Derby in San Fransisco.

2008-10-24

Humorist John Hodgman rambles through a new story about aliens, physics, time, space and the way all of these somehow contribute to a sweet, perfect memory of falling in love.

2008-07-24

I only just found out that legendary occultist Aleister Crowley was a keen mountaineer. In 1902 he took part in the first (unsuccessful) attempt to scale Chogo Ri (better known in the West as K2). I never really took much notice of stuff about Crowley, so I didn't know that he founded something known as Thelemic Mysticism. I am sure I have listened to music by a band called Thelemic Pulse - I guess that must be what the name refers to.

2008-04-15

I just read an informative article by Jeff Atwood called Adventures in Rechargeable Batteries.

2008-03-25

I just read a good article by David Owen in The New Yorker - Penny Dreadful They're horrid and useless. Why do pennies persist?

2007-11-14

One of my favourite entries on uncarved is Pseudo Skins! from way back in 2005. It mentions Oi!, the SWP, Stewart Home, Garry Bushell, Chumbawamba and The Weetabix.

2007-10-22

It is nearly a year since I added anything to this page so here is something. Once I took a walk down Duke street in London and stopped to look at a mysterious doorbell. Next to the bell, hand painted in black, are the words "SUPREME COUNCIL OFFICES RING BELL ONCE ONLY".

2006-12-17

Police in Denmark have arrested some 300 demonstrators in the capital, after a protest against the closure of a youth centre turned violent.

2006-12-11

UK banks are making billions of pounds each year from penalty charges. But now the legality of these charges - which cost their customers an average of £30 a time - is being called into question and thousands of customers want their money back.

2006-11-28

A few days ago, Alan Turnbull was granted an audience with Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, Director General of MI5!

2006-11-21

Virginia lawyer allegedly outs wife as CIA operative.

2006-10-25

There was a hilarious piece by Mark Morford on SF Gate in January titled 9 Things Your New iPod Can't Do.

2006-09-13

September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

2006-04-13

From a Guardian Obituary for Rudolf Vrba:

The truth about the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp was the best-kept secret of the Nazi architects of the Final Solution, guarded from discovery by more than 2,000 SS personnel, 200 vicious dogs, two lines of electrified fences, and a terrorised, fearful Polish population living around the camp. Throughout the five years of its existence there were hundreds of attempts by prisoners to escape. Seventy-six of these were by Jews. Of them only five succeeded in getting away to reveal the secrets of Auschwitz and to survive the war to tell their stories. Rudolf Vrba, who has died of cancer aged 81, was the most prominent escapee of the five.

2006-01-09

It is rumoured that Dusko Popov was the inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond character. It has also been said that if J. Edgar Hoover had not ignored him the disaster at Pearl Harbour might have been avoided.

Ever needed to know which country exports the most peanuts or has the highest murder rate? There is a website called NationMaster "Where Stats Come Alive!" I don't know how reliable it is but it is probably a good place to go if you need some figures.

2005-09-13

Till Derrida do us part is a transcript of an unusual wedding ceremony.

2004-12-03

In October 1986 Dan Rather was attacked by two men who repeatedly asked "Kenneth, what is the frequency?". This cryptic question was referred to by R.E.M. in their song, "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?". The reason for the attack has remained a mystery, but Paul Limbert Allman came up with a plausible explanation in December 2001 which was recently published in Harpers as The Frequency.

2004-11-19

In the last few days I have put up two new pages in this section, one about an organisation called KOBE Headquarters and the other about an individual by the name of Matt Parker.

2004-02-13

I have moved the page about Aidan Andrew Dun out of this directory and he now has his own directory here.

2003-08-05

This directory contains pages about various unrelated subjects some of which have not been updated for a while. I did just add something to Perfect Science - Perfect Scam? which is actually the page which has provoked more response than anything else on my site.

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