Monthly Archives: October 2006


…I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore… Thus quoth Dorothy on finding herself in the land of Oz. But, here we are in Kansas, at the University of Kansas, no less, and – unlikely as it may seem – able … Continue reading

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Mars In Stereo

To commemorate the fact that NASA’a Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has been traipsing about the Martian landscape for 1000 days, Nasa has released a photographic panorama of the landscape in stereo anaglyph format. Dig out your red/blue spectacles to see the … Continue reading

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Homomonument In Madurodam

Madurodam is a Dutch institution. It’s a recreation, in miniature, of architecture and landscapes found in The Netherlands. Scale models of famous buildings and landmarks can be found there.   Yesterday, there was the ceremonial unveiling of the latest landmark … Continue reading

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Moses Comes To Visit…

The latest episode in the unfolding story of Jesus and Mo.

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Only As Old As You Feel

Andy Sennitt has a nice article about the fact that media advertisers in The Netherlands seem to think that life ends at 50. I don’t think that it’s just here in the Netherlands; advertisers (it’s those damned marketing people again!) … Continue reading

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How Many Others?

I discover that at the moment at least, I share my name with not a single citizen of the US. I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing… There are:0people with my namein the U.S.A. How … Continue reading

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Not Sensible

So there I was, making a backup of some data, when my eye happened to fall on the box containing the CD blanks. Pleomax, it proudly proclaimed, along with the tagline underneath: "a sensible bit of SAMSUNG".   And that … Continue reading

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Fingerpointing Again

Here we go again, the fun of trying to deal with organisations that just blame each other instead of resolving issues.   I ordered a DVD recently from ("the biggest mediashop in the Netherlands"). My purchases from them are … Continue reading

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The Telepresence Spectrum

By coincidence, two major players have announced telepresence products this week. Microsoft announced their RoundTable products (due next year) and Cisco has announced their TelePresence range.   The Cisco products are interesting in a number of ways. They’ve taken the approach of … Continue reading

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Odd Sympathy

Yesterday’s entry in the Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society deals with the phenomenon of Odd Sympathy: The term “odd sympathy” was coined by the 17th-century Dutch mathematician and physicist Christiaan Huygens to describe the strange phenomenon he observed while … Continue reading

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And Here’s One I made Earlier…

Aah, Christopher Trace, where are you when we need you…

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Cultural Collisions

Idle Words has a quite marvellous post reporting on a public lecture given by the great Jane Goodall in Beijing. One feels for the translator (but not too much). And as Maciej Ceglowski (the brain behind Idle Words) says: You … Continue reading

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Two Data Points

The first is a photo I took today in the gardens of a Dutch Manor House:     The second is one that Mike Caine, one of my contacts on Flickr, took during a visit to Poland:   One is … Continue reading

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The Gardens at de Wiersse

Today, we went with a couple of friends to visit the gardens at de Wiersse – a moated manor house in Gelderland. The gardens are only open a few times each year, but they are well worth a visit. Some … Continue reading

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The 10 Biggest Computer Flops

Miguel Carrasco has put together his list of the 10 biggest computer flops of all time. Being the pendant that I am, I take issue with his list in a couple of respects. First, that "of all time" tag always … Continue reading

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The Things We Do For Art

…and for the science of motion.   (hat tip to Seed Magazine)

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Captain Jack’s Back!

I see that Torchwood, the BBC’s spinoff from Doctor Who, starts tomorrow night on BBC Three with two full episodes. And sexy Captain Jack Harkness is back with it. He was last seen being vapourised by a Dalek, so I’m … Continue reading

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The Prestige

Ooh, my interest is definitely piqued. This sounds like a film to watch out for…

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Losing Liberty, Drip By Drip

There’s the transcript of an excellent speech by Henry Porter reprinted in yesterday’s Independent. His theme is his concern that the current British government is mounting a sustained attack on civil liberties. I must say, when I listen to, or … Continue reading

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A Gorey Death

Another quiz:   What horrible Edward Gorey Death will you die? You will be smothered under a rug. You’re a little anti-social, and may want to start gaining new social skills by making prank phone calls. My result from the … Continue reading

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