The personal site of Tom Coates, co-founder of Product Club

2000

It’s 11.30pm on New Year’s Eve…

12/31/2000

It’s 11.30pm on New Year’s Eve, and I think for the first time in about ten years I am not the slightest bit frantic, worried, depressed or feeling inadequate. This is also the first time in ten years that I didn’t go out for New Year’s. After last year – all of the pressure to Read More

I stumbled upon something completely

12/31/2000

I stumbled upon something completely astonishing today – something that I don’t really know what I think of. I think you’ll be able to gauge your own level of interest from the title alone: “ARTIFICIAL SYNCHRONICITY, language MANIPULATION, KUNDALINI AND THE CORNERS OF REALITY: HOW THEY’VE TURNED YOU INTO A MENTAL SLAVE & SOME TOOLS Read More

The BBC does their review

12/31/2000

The BBC does their review of the year’s films: “Hollywood’s year of nostalgia“. The only parts of the article that I disagree with heavily are the penultimate couple of paragraphs: “But the movie to cap 2000 has to be comedy Meet the Parents, starring Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller”.

What is the future of

12/30/2000

What is the future of comic books? For many of you that question will seem laughably redundant. I mean – who cares about comic books? Well you should care – and not just because the rest of the world’s media feed off the disposable writing encased in these 24 page periodicals – but because comic Read More

I know that the design

12/29/2000

I know that the design aspect was never their main priority, but I have to say I am delighted that Haddock.org has redesigned. The new look is much clearer and more intuitive to use.

What is appropriate protocol? When

12/29/2000

What is appropriate protocol? When someone writes something about your site that you think is incorrect – or you think should inspire further conversation – should you e-mail them and talk to them about it. If the original comment is a criticism, should you be able to address it? Or is it more appropriate to Read More

The two questions I get

12/29/2000

The two questions I get asked most regularly about the sites that I run are, “What does barbelith mean?” and, “What is barbelith.com about?” [I’ve left out the “Where do you get off being so self-indulgent?” one, because the answer to that should be obvious to everyone.] The answer to both of the first questions Read More

Spotted: on Oxford Street, a

12/28/2000

Spotted: on Oxford Street, a teenage boy is hitting the sales with his brother and parents. On his t-shirt, large print, white-on-black, reads “Masturbation is not a crime”. Spotted: on the Internet, a weblog: “Masturbation is not a crime“. Are the two related? I don’t know.

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