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Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival: 29th March-5th April 2009

This year’s Oxford Literary Festival lasts a little longer than in previous years, and there are some good speakers to look forward to. My personal highlight will be an appearance by Bad Science‘s Ben Goldacre on Sunday 5th April at the McKenna room. Also appearing of note are Ian McEwan, Aravind Adiga and Raymond Blanc, and many others.

For more information see the Oxford Literary Festival site.

Idle thoughts

  • Am feeling happier and happier to be back using iTunes, after a couple of years using Amarok in Linux. Just find it that slight bit more searchable, and it hooks up with the iPhone a treat, just finding and listening to a lot of different things, both in terms of podcasts and music.
  • New Xbox Live is, err, live. I’ve actually had it a week or so, managed to slip onto the final beta that Xbox podcaster Major Nelson launched. It’s very pretty, definitely better looking than the previous interface. Have yet to use it to play with friends, hope to do that soon.
  • Going to try and nip into the Ashmolean museum this weekend, catch it before it closes for a year for a major refurb. Have found out I can take photos there (no flash though), so will try and get lots of images of how it was before, and hopefully after in a year’s time.
  • Need to make more time for reading. I’ve slunk down to almost zero reading of books at the moment apart from on hols and long journeys, must change this.

On Course

Well a course in Milton Keynes. About telephones. For two whole days. Joy. Actually, its a bit dull but worthy workwise. Not as exciting as Windows courses, which is saying something

Have been reading Michael Moore’s Stupid White Men: …and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!, which is an awesome book. If you do nothing else this year, buy this book, and read the letter to George W Bush. Personally, I’d read the whole thing. But the least that everyone should do, especially at a time when Mr Bush is effectively leader of our country (Well, is Mr Blair going to do anything that Bush doesn’t want him to do?) it is something worth being aware of. Pure Genius.