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Off Topic: The recession according to Google Trends...

Jack Hughes
John Naughton has created a great post outlining the development of the recession in Google Trends. My suspicion is that Google Trends will also show the upturn before anything else too. I wonder which searches will be diagnostic of the upturn?

Off Topic: Chin up

Jack Hughes
I personally think the doom & gloom is being overplayed at the moment, every bit as much as the euphoria overshot during the boom years. Things certainly are going to be different for a while, but I don’t think we’re all going to go back to depression era levels of unemployment and the social deprevation associated with it. Whilst the various world wide responses to the crisis haven’t been great, they’ve been a whole lot better than the response during the great depression.

Off Topic: Autumn switch

Jack Hughes
It was uncanny yesterday. I entered the office in summer and when I left to go buy an espresso mid-morning the air had changed to an early autumn chill. The nice summer smell had gone too, replaced by a fresher autumn bite. Oh well, that’s summer 2008 gone. Not a classic by any means. And I’ve got my 50 miles sponsored cycle ride to do this Sunday too. That’ll be nice in the wind and rain that is currently being forecast.

Off Topic: Slug fest

Jack Hughes
Had a really gross moment last night. I was busy pouring my evening cup of tea (organic rooibos) when what should appear in my cup but a nice big fat juicy slug. How the slug managed to get into my kettle I do not know given that there aren’t any obvious ways in (the spout has a filter over it.) Annie just told me that slug slime is supposed to be used for anti-ageing products so maybe I’ll get a nice youthful complexion out of the whole thing.