Some curious links for a Sunday afternoon

~In association with the Orwell Trust, Orwell’s Diary will be published on a day to day basis; the first entry was yesterday.

From 9th August 2008, you will be able to gather your own impression of Orwell’s face from reading his most strongly individual piece of writing: his diaries. The Orwell Prize is delighted to announce that, to mark the 70th anniversary of the diaries, each diary entry will be published on this blog exactly seventy years after it was written, allowing you to follow Orwell’s recuperation in Morocco, his return to the UK, and his opinions on the descent of Europe into war in real time.

~Can your gender be determined from your browser?  An advertiser’s view. And you thought the government was busy collecting information on you! But do you need to put on your tin-foil hat before subjecting your own browser history to this test?

~Save the time you would spend going through all the newspaper circulars for specials. has a digest of specials from all your neighborhood chains like Bestbuy, Target, Circuit City as well as some online ones you probably never heard of. They just compile the information though; google for reviews before making the trip to the store and check the store’s website to see if it’s in stock.

~If you are looking for a prepaid cellphone that is an alternative to the telecom immunity trio–Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint–who lobbied so hard and expensively for the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, the best resource is at Too many review websites are written by some techie geek person who basically copies the manufacturer’s information into a post, or just writes about three or four major companies based on their websites.  This one is different.  It has basic rundown on every phone service company you can think of, and dozens of reviews from users will tell you about customer service, tricks for using the phones and the usability of the phones themselves.

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