Monthly Archives: October 2005

XBOX 360

Apparently Microsoft’s XBOX 360 has just been released. I doubt very much that I’ll be lining up to purchase one – all the gee-whizzery seems to be devoted to games of the first-person shooter variety. This is a genre that … Continue reading

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Autumn Woods

Yesterday we went for a ride through the Bergherbos – the woods that lie between Beek, Stokkum, ‘s-Heerenberg, Zeddam and Braamt in the province of Gelderland in The Netherlands. We were lucky enough to be invited to ride in an … Continue reading

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Jack The Lad

The owner of the riding school that we visited yesterday breeds both Labradors and Jack Russell terriers. Here’s a shot of one of the Jack Russells.   (Ed and Chris – this one’s for you!)    

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Online Memorials

Danah Boyd, over at Apophenia, comments on an emerging phenomenon: the use of social networking services to act as sites for mourning and remembrance. What struck me about the example she uses (the online social profiles of Christine Dao, who … Continue reading

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Autumn Trees

Yesterday, we rode through woods in a horse-driven carriage. More on that later. One of the reasons for doing it was because the trees are showing their Autumn colours.   Carl Zimmer, over at the Loom, points out that there are … Continue reading

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Cameras and GPS

One day soon, the majority of cameras will come with built-in GPS like this Ricoh Pro G3. Then it will become so much easier to add geo-spatial metatags to photos. And once the online photo services such as Flickr start … Continue reading

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Library Downsizing

Wendy Lesser, in today’s Guardian, explores something that I try not to think about: downsizing one’s library. I know that at some point in the future, it will be inevitable that I will have to let some of my books … Continue reading

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Turing’s Cathedral

Interesting piece penned by George Dyson that has been posted over at the Edge. Dyson is reflecting on his visit to Google in the context of the history of computing, from von Neumann and Turing onwards. My visit to Google? … Continue reading

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Only 80%?

So I’m not Mr. Spock then, but at least I’m down in the bottom left corner, where I expected to be…   You fit in with:Atheism Your ideals mostly resemble those of an Atheist. You have very little faith and … Continue reading

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George Takei Comes Out

If you have to ask who’s George Takei?  then you are clearly not a Trekkie – a fan of Star Trek. Takei is the actor who played the role of Lieutenant Sulu, the helmsman of the Starship Enterprise in its … Continue reading

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Why Bother Going to the Cinema?

That’s the question that Diamond Geezer raised on his blog recently. He rightly notes that the time between a film being released in the cinema and it being released on DVD is becoming alarmingly short. It used to be a … Continue reading

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Going, Going…

… Almost gone. The Routemaster bus from London, that is. The red double-decker Routemaster bus, with its open platform at the back is an icon, but it is being removed from service in London. Today, it vanishes from route 38, … Continue reading

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Another Recruit to the Ranks

It was just over a month ago that I was writing about the retirement of an ex-colleague of mine. Last night I was back at the Shell offices in The Hague to join the farewell celebrations of yet another well-liked … Continue reading

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Amazing Ad

I’ve just come across this amazing advert for Honda cars, which I hadn’t seen before. Heath Robinson would have been proud. According to this, there is no computer graphic trickery involved – it is all real. It did, however, take … Continue reading

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Recognising Faces

We humans do it easily – at least with people we are familiar with. But it’s a bit more tricky for computers to do it. At least, it used to be.   I’ve just upgraded my copy of Adobe’s Photoshop … Continue reading

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Spray It Loud

I came across a photograph reproduced on the Feministe blog here. I know this photograph. It was taken by Jill Posener (apparently in 1979) and collected, along with other photographs of graffiti, in her book Spray It Loud, published in … Continue reading

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What Lies Beneath

As part of the process of selling our house, the buyers have commissioned a technical report on the construction and state of the house. So yesterday they turned up with a building engineer in tow whose task it was to … Continue reading

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Elephants and Their Dead

Fascinating story in New Scientist this week about research that seems to show that elephants are one of the few other species besides our own that pay homage to their dead.

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But Is It Art? – #3

Kader Attia’s Flying Rats. Not for the squeamish or those with a hyper-active imagination – even though no animals or children were harmed during the making of this.

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Perceptual Illusions

Here’s a fascinating perceptual illusion: Dr. Angry and Mr. Smiles (scroll down on the linked page). Perhaps even more terrifying is the illusion that follows: Thatcher/Blair. Art imitates Life?

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