We are developing the social individualist meta-context for the future. From the very serious to the extremely frivolous... lets see what is on the mind of the Samizdata people.

Samizdata, derived from Samizdat /n. - a system of clandestine publication of banned literature in the USSR [Russ.,= self-publishing house]

The year is almost gone

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We at Samizdata will be onto the champagne soon, but it is gingerbread hippos for now.

Not much blogging tonight because…

…there is a party celebrating a half century (not out), at Samizdata HQ tonight.

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The company was delightful…

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…the booze plentiful…

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…the gifts were exceedingly creative

Samizdata party in pictures

On Saturday various Samizdata team members and associates descended upon HQ for copious amounts of wine, chilli and cheese.

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The party commences.

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The goddess Elena holds fort.

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Samizdata’s infamous bar.

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Tomas Kohl drops in on us from the Czech Republic.

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China’s hottest export.

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There’s something important on the computer.

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Readers of Brian’s blog are surging.

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The Briffas – Peter Briffa is the purveyor of the fine Public Interest blog.

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By 3:30am, everyone had fallen asleep apart from the guardian hippo.

Attention Singapore readers

I am presently doing a littlle travel on (or perhaps off) the Malayan peninsula prior to Christmas in Australia. Right now I am in Penang, and as always there is much to write about, but I do not alas presently have time to write it. So, a few photographs. Also, I shall be back in Singapore from this evening, and I am free on Thursday evening. If we have any Singapore readers who feel like meeting up for a drink, or dinner, or perhaps even some air conditioned indoor prawning, please let me know, preferably by leaving a comment at the end of this post.

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Do I find it cool that I can look at high resolution satellite images of my current location on a tiny battery operated hand-held device while sitting in a coffee shop in Penang? Hell yes.