Monthly Archives: July 2005

Pipe Dream

A fun piece of computer animation showing a musical automaton comprised of a Heath Robinson-ish collection of percussion instruments, pipes and lots of well-aimed balls.

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Love Is The Answer

While I doubt that I would agree with Giles Fraser, vicar of Putney, over many aspects of his religion, he has always struck me as a particularly humane and sensible man. That feeling was confirmed when I read his latest … Continue reading

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Great Dishes of Europe

Just stumbled across the Opinionated About Dining  blog, and I see that there’s a photogallery devoted to the Great Dishes of Europe. I’ve not had the pleasure of an acquaintance with any of these dishes, apart from one: the Hen’s … Continue reading

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Dying To Kill

"Dying to Kill" – that phrase graces the cover of the August 2005 issue of Prospect magazine. Given the moral universe in which I live, it’s a phrase that I find supremely unsettling. But clearly, there are those who live … Continue reading

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Ice on Mars

The Mars Express probe has taken magnificent pictures of an ice lake on Mars. The story, and links to other aspects of the mission is here, and the hi-res versions of the images are available from the European Space Agency site … Continue reading

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The Infinite Flickr

Simple, but strangely compelling: The Infinite Flickr

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Bulwer-Lytton Lives!

Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 – 1873) contributed to the society of his day as both a politician and an author. However, he is perhaps best known in our time as being an exceedingly bad novelist. The opening of his novel Paul … Continue reading

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Yes, But Does It Work?

DP over at the Gizmodo blog waxes lyrical about the Alessi lemon Squeezer designed by Philippe Starck. Yes, it does look very striking, I grant you that, but the key question is, does it work as a lemon squeezer? And the … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Avoid McDonalds

Over at the Adventures – The Next Chapter blog, Scott posts a disturbing image found in his local McDonalds. Another good reason for me never to set foot in one of their emporiums, I think.

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The Fall Guys

When I first came across Bikini Girl, I found it somewhat disturbing, and very quickly moved on. But now I see that she has been joined by Dubya and Tony at The Fall Guys site.   Somehow, seeing George W. … Continue reading

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We Are The Web

Kevin Kelly has written a superb article on the history and the future of the World Wide Web. It’s called We Are The Web, and it’s published here in Wired magazine. Go and read it, stretch your mind a little. … Continue reading

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Sluggish Data Transport

A little while back, I mentioned RFC 1149 – a paper describing a standard for the transmission of data using avian carriers – otherwise known as pigeons.   Now, researchers in Israel have built upon this important work by describing … Continue reading

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I’m Cumming

Alan Cumming has long been a favourite actor of mine. When I first saw him as a camp trolley dolly in The High Life, I thought that here was someone destined for greatness.   Now, he has scaled the heights … Continue reading

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Watch Me Change

Oh alright, I’m shallow – but this raised a smile: Watch Me Change.

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Escape From Yesterworld

Oh, alright, I’ll give this a grudging thumbs up. It’s another production from marketing pods, er, I mean people, so you can understand my ambivalence.   Still, this rehash of the original Flash Gordon Saturday morning serials isn’t all bad. … Continue reading

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Crank Dot Net

I came across Crank Dot Net today – a web site devoted to collecting links to material published on the web by cranks, crazies, and the simply misguided. It’s a salutary experience to use the site as a jumping-off point … Continue reading

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A Fatwa For Freedom

A fascinating and true story by Robert Tait in today’s Guardian: the life story of Maryam Khatoon Molkara.

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Bouyeri Behind Bars

Mohammed Bouyeri has received a life sentence for his murder of Theo van Gogh. I trust that he will have a long life in the hope that he will reflect long and hard on what he did. Mind you, he … Continue reading

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Saturn’s Radio Emissions

The Cassinin-Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan has captured radio emissions from Saturn. The two researchers who have published their findings describe the eerie-sounding emissions as a "Halloween soundtrack".   I think they’re wrong; the sounds are strongly reminiscent of … Continue reading

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I Hate You – Now Feed Me…

Those were the words – white on a black background – on a poster I saw on the Toronto Metro some years ago.   It turned out that it was supposedly a cat talking to its owner. I was reminded … Continue reading

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