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Entries for Saturday, August 12, 2006

August 12, 2006


I’ve decided that on my forthcoming trip to Scotland, I’m going to play the British National Lottery.

The plan: Buy one lucky dip ticket for the main Lotto draw, every day that I’m in the UK . None of those scratchcards or EuroMillions bollocks for this punter.

I’m aware that the lottery is a mug’s game, and the statistical odds are crappy, and all that. Don’t care. Pappa wants a HDTV.

Indeed, Joy & I have been quite lucky on previous trips. On our cruise to Alaska, the very first quarter Joy dropped into a slot machine netted her $80. Of course, we pissed that up the wall, and I now have a conspiracy theory that on cruises, the slots are looser at the start of the week to trick passengers to spend more as the week goes on, but luck nonetheless.

It doesn’t hurt that UK lottery winnings are tax-free. And there’s no need for Uncle Sam to find out, right?

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Joho the Blog: How to catch very bad guys legally

Reminder: The British terror suspects weren’t found through profiling and illegal mass-data-trawls, but by good community policing and focused, restrained intelligence operations.

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Addiction is...

A discussion the other day reminded me of this post by Mark Pilgrim from 2001, and re-reading it, damn if it isn’t one of the best things ever written in the name of “blogging”.

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Technobabble and Social Engineering 101

Posting a nonsensical item on a company’s “For Sale” board, and watching the responses. I’ll have to try this on the RhymesWithNose message board!

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This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.