Monthly Archives: April 2005

Normal Service will be resumed…

…as soon as possible. I’m going to be travelling for a few days, and I doubt that I’ll have time to dive into Internet cafes to keep up the stream of consciousness here. So you’ll just have to bide your … Continue reading

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The WEEE Man

The WEEE Man is made from the amount of waste electrical and electronic products that an average UK citizen will throw away in a lifetime, if he or she carries on disposing of products at the current rate. At the risk of being … Continue reading

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60 Years Ago On This Day…

…the concentration camp at Dachau was liberated by US troops. This post from Orac should be read, lest we forget.

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Multi-Player Games

I feel such a ham trying to complete games such as NeverWinter Nights in single-player mode, that I’ve never dared venture out into the multi-player version. Perhaps what I need to do is ease myself into it gradually. For example, … Continue reading

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The Falkirk Wheel

In the last entry (on the Animarus Rhinoceros Transport) I spoke of the marriage between Art and Engineering. That put me in mind of this amazing boat lift, which I suppose is more a marriage between Engineering and Art.

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Animarus Rhinoceros Transport

I love the marriage of art and engineering – particularly when it results in the feeling that you’ve landed in some strange universe… Check out the video, and then follow the link to the main page to find out more … Continue reading

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Macintosh OS X 10.4 Tiger

Now, I run Windows here at home, but I’ve always been interested in what Apple were up to with the Macintosh. Actually, my interest predates the Macintosh – I did an in-house review of the Lisa for work, way back … Continue reading

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And Now, For Something Scary…

…the triumph of Faith over Reason. NBC did a telephone survey recently in the US on religion and American life. I find the answers to question 14 more than a little alarming: Which do you think is more likely to … Continue reading

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And Now, For Something Lighter…

… Saul Gorn’s Compendium of Self-Annihilating Sentences…

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Light the Blue Touchpaper and Retire…

Following the publication today of the Attorney-General’s advice, this should be an interesting show to watch…

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What Microsoft Said Then…

Excerpts from a February 2004 letter from Microsoft’s manager of government affairs in the state, DeLee Shoemaker, to Rep. Ed Murray (my emphasis): "Our employees know that they will be treated fairly, without being subject to prejudice or discrimination. An … Continue reading

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Tony Blair or Tony Bliar?

It would have been nice to have been proved wrong. It would have been good to be able to say, mea culpa, I got it wrong about good old Tony. Forget about the fact that I’ve previously written that I’ve … Continue reading

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Real or Imagined Threat – Revisited

Two weeks ago, I mused on how news was being presented to the public by the media in the context of the "war on terror" and used the reporting on the Kamil Bourgass case as the example. In that piece, … Continue reading

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The Answer to the “If You’re Against the War, You’re Pro-Saddam” Tosh

And over at Europhobia is the definitive list of responses to idiots who mouth that tiresome variant of the "If you’re not with us, then you’re against us" rubbish. Absolutely right.

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Halabja? Wassat?

Over at Chicken Yoghurt, Justin McKeating documents the whole sorry tale. Read it and weep. And then politicians wonder why people lose their trust in them…

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Another Set of Photos

I took Vincent’s advice and went cycling. Bought a few plants at a local garden centre. In order to continue the celebration of Spring, I’ve uploaded a few more photos taken in the last couple of weeks around the neighbourhood. … Continue reading

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Yup, Asleep at the Wheel, But Wait – There’s More…

According to a story in the Seattle Times today, it does seem as though Microsoft has been "surprised" at the strength of the reaction to its decision to switch from a position of "support" to "neutral" on an anti-discrimination bill … Continue reading

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Pass the Sick Bucket, Alice

That deathless tagline from Private Eye seems aposite for this crap.

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Happy Birthday, Hubble

Today is the 15th birthday of the Hubble telescope. To celebrate, the European Space agency and NASA have released some new images of the spiral galaxy M51 and the Eagle Nebula. The images are downloadable, and they come in two … Continue reading

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Them’s All God’s Creatures…

Don’t you just love Nature, particularly in Springtime? Well, don’t get too carried away, Mother Nature has a way of revealing her not-so-nice-side.

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