Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.
20 August 2014 11:00 PM
Rhodri Marsden makes many more failed attempts to plug in a standard, type-A USB cable than he does successful ones. So is there an easy solution?
Mortality maths – like the realisation that the last of those name-checked in Madonna's 'Vogue' died last week – make us feel our own lives are racing by
18 August 2014 09:32 PM
Numbers game: Lauren Bacall (pictured) was the last star name-checked in Madonna's 1990 hit song 'Vogue'
16 August 2014 12:00 AM
* This week in 1977, the spacecraft Voyager 2 was launched. Attached to it was a copy of the Voyager Golden Record, a gold-plated LP with an aluminium cover. It contained a selection of music and images chosen by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan.
14 August 2014 09:30 PM
14 August 2014 12:00 AM
The case of John Schindler is a curious one. A former NSA analyst and, until recently, a professor at the US Naval War College, he resigned on Tuesday following a college investigation into whether a widely circulated picture of his penis was actually his.
09 August 2014 12:00 AM
* The flyer is 41 years old, tatty and scrawled in biro on the back of an index card. It's for a "Back To School Jam" in the recreation room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, a high-rise block in New York's Bronx district, with admission a very reasonable 25 cents for women and 50 cents for men. At a glance it looks like a pretty nondescript event, but that night is deemed by many to have seen the birth of hip-hop.
Rhodri Marsden: Being anonymous online is cowardly, whether you're saying something unpleasant or not
06 August 2014 10:30 PM
About 12 years ago I sent an anonymous email. As I typed that devastatingly romantic Valentine message, I felt a strange kind of thrill. After all, this was something I would never have dared to say in person.
06 August 2014 09:00 PM
The organisation promotes mindfulness by getting people to participate in art, sculpture, reading, writing and performance exercises
03 August 2014 12:00 AM
02 August 2014 12:00 AM
* This week marks the centenary of the installation in Cleveland, Ohio of the world's first electrically-powered traffic light system.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist