On writing

300,000 words and counting: 25 months of The Compartments

This Blog now contains over 300,000 words. Most of them are in Blog Posts, like this one. Around 24,000 words are contained in Menu Items, which you can find at the top of this page. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” according to a quote attributed to Lao Tzu. I… Continue reading 300,000 words and counting: 25 months of The Compartments

On writing · Technology

More about Breakonium, and Search Engines

Back in February I wrote this piece about Breakonium, a non-existent element described by Nicholas Lezard in the New Statesman as “the most fragile substance on Earth”. I noted that a search for the word on The World’s Most Popular Search Engine yielded “about 19 results”. At the time the World’s Most Popular Search Engine… Continue reading More about Breakonium, and Search Engines

Conversation recall · On writing

A numerical joke, and its relevance here

My cousin Eamonn is a great joke-teller. He also knows the words to hundreds of songs. My brother shares these traits. As I have noted more than once, starting with this piece, there seems to be a link between people’s ability to tell jokes and their ability to remember the lyrics to songs. Many years… Continue reading A numerical joke, and its relevance here