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The Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius
The Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius
by David Thorne
Edition: Paperback

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please accept this spider drawing as form of payment for this book, 28 April 2011
The patronising voices of authority have become a little too loud lately, imposing pointless rules & regulations that are impossible to adhere to. They send annoying letters and patronising emails, if only there were someone who could be twice as annoying, twice as patronising, someone to beat them at their own game!

Thank the Papua New Guinean Mud God for David Thorne!

The Internet Is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius is a tangible, portable version of the 27bslash6 website with never before seen content, content too rude for the internet! Ok, that's not actually true; it's more likely it was deliberately neglected for online content in the hopes to one day make a profit by releasing it on some sort of paper object for people to buy.

David Thorne's ability to trivialise the most serious of scenarios, yet maintain the relevance to the subject matter is astounding. Read David's (sometimes cringe worthy) responses to outlandish allegations and statements, and feel somehow empowered by his capability to get things done and identify shortcomings of inept institutions.

One of my favourite email correspondences is between David and Simon Edhouse, in which, David explains to Simon that his idea was fundamentally flawed as it was essentially created 3 years ago in Facebook and Twitter. For those who have read Martin Lukes: Who Moved My BlackBerry?, it would be David telling Martin Lukes where he can shove his "creovative" idea!

I've enjoyed every aspect of the book and will do again, I thoroughly recommend it, and aside from being extremely entertaining it never runs out of batteries! Alternatively, if you don't like it, you can always use it as a drink coaster and buy Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever, My Story.
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Russell Hobbs 12693 Black Satin Coffee Maker Classic Timeless Design
Russell Hobbs 12693 Black Satin Coffee Maker Classic Timeless Design

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the office, 27 Jan 2011
We bought the Russell Hobbs Memo aover a month ago and it has been a great!
The machine makes a great tasting coffee and provides a "Slow brew" feature so that if you are only making a couple of cups/mugs, it brews the coffee for longer, allowing the coffee to taste as if you were making the full pot.

No one has made any complaints about the time taken to brew as it gets put on the same time computers are starting up in the morning and when someone goes on a break, so I can't really comment on the other reviews about it taking a while. I can only reccomend checking if the slow brew feature is turned on?

Our only complaint is the lid, steam condences on the bottom of it, causing water to come out all over the desk when opening. Fortunately health and safety haven't come to check it yet as I am pretty sure it presents an electrical hazard!

Coffee taste: ****
Ease of use: *****
Amount of coffee made: ****
Cleaning/refilling: *** (marked down for the water problem)
Total: ****


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