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Identifying With Kevin McAllister

Usually when you watch a film, your reaction to it is all tangled up in what's going on in your life at the time. Having had a pretty good day can see you declare The Holiday a filmic masterpiece (it's not far off but come on, Jack Black is in it), while being a bit hungry and without easy access to snacks can mean that Citizen Kane will forever seem like the world's longest and most boring film. Read More >>

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Back-of-the-Fag-Pack Maths on Life and Boredom

I write, because since giving up smoking at Christmas, writing has become the thing I do when I want to smoke. I never smoked for the nicotine, I smoked because I needed a minute. I needed time to get my thoughts in order, a time for reflection. A step back from a problem before coming back with a new approach. Read More >>

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Drive to Mongolia! Because Life is More Fun When You Don't Know What You're Doing

In front of me is an aluminium rectangle filled with more knowledge, wisdom and cat pictures than I could absorb in just one lifetime. It's a wonderful time to be alive when you can find out how many calories are in a pineapple with just a quick Google search, but it's just such a dull and meaningless existence. Read More >>

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What the Hell is the Point of an English Degree?

Hi, I’m Ben and during my five years at university I’ve learnt, errrm… something about communication? Read More >>

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Everytime You Mark Customer Service Poorly in a Survey, a Kitten* Dies

If you had the power to fire someone random with the click of a mouse, even if they'd done nothing wrong, would you do it? Chances are, you may already hold that power without knowing it. Read More >>

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The Irony of it All: Why I Think Pot Should be Legalised

How do I write about a sensitive topic (my love of marijuana is well known in the comments 'round these parts), without sounding like some drugged-up hippy? Let me try. Read More >>

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The Struggle of One Man and an App That Nobody Has Bothered to Design Yet

I look down at my phone, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, it's big enough to draw attention from my fellow commuters on the DLR -- the East London railway system inspired by the Simpsons episode 'Marge v.s. the Monorail'. "Is that a phone or a tablet?" the commuters ask, silently, in their heads. "It's neither," I say, silently, in my head. Read More >>

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You Know a Game's Special When it Makes You Realise How Much of a Dickhead You Are

Papers, Please is an indie game made by Lucas Pope, which did very well in the end-of-2013 round ups. This game picked up a big epiphany plank and twatted me around the head with it. Repeatedly. Read More >>

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Entreprenough: How I Overdosed on TED Talks

"So if a 15-year-old who didn't even know what a pancreas was could find a new way to detect pancreatic cancer, just imagine what you could do." "Damnit! Fifteen? Of course he gets a standing ovation. I'd stand up too if I were there. Man, what am I doing with my time? I feel fat. Ugh...I'm going to tweet him." Read More >>

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Shifting Gadgets and Toys in Retail Hell

I started working in retail at the worst time of year. It was a week before Christmas and my first few shifts were the very definition of being dropped in at the deep end. I was a sales assistant for a tech store in Bluewater, Kent, with no particular expertise in technology... had never sold anything in my life. Except myself, in the job interview, you could say. Read More >>

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Why I'm Kickstarting a Book About Kickstarter, on Kickstarter

Seems to me that it's almost impossible to swing a USB lead without hitting half a dozen people who are working on a Kickstarter project of some sort. Read More >>

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Tech Life in a Rural Place That Isn't London

It's a bit "London!" around here sometimes, isn't it? London's getting a new train. People ride bikes in London now, don't you know? London's getting a special type of coffee only for London people. London's got a new skyscraper shaped like a spatula. And so on. Read More >>

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Journeying Through the Bowels of the London Underground: My Personal Catharsis

I arrive in the station with my arms by my side, and my head tilted sideways at an odd angle. I wipe away the slightly coagulated drool from the right side of my mouth, and pick the sleep that has hardened into a crust from the corner of my eyes. I am squashed. Mentally and physically. Read More >>

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Swimming With Buses and Soaring With the Ducks: Commuting by Bike

I guess it all began many years ago, on a big blue tricycle, speeding down the street where I grew up. Of course, you're more stable with three wheels, but still, at that pace, only one thing can happen when you hit the bend at the bottom of the hill. Over I went, screaming for my mother, and of course I had the biggest scab in the world to show to my streetmates the next day. Read More >>

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The View From the Dark Side -- Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love* the iPhone

If you've been in Gizmodo UK's comments for more than 5 minutes (and if not, hi) then you probably know me -- or, at least of me. "Android Fanboy" is probably the politest epithet thrown at me for my unashamed preference for things Googley in the mobile sphere. So, how is it that I came to use an iPhone 5S? Read More >>

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O Canada, My Home and Native Land

When I first started telling people I was moving from my hometown of London to Montreal, the only difference in the responses I started getting was the number of fingers people predicted I would lose to frostbite. But a few months on, I wish people had warned me about a few other things, too. Read More >>

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