Monthly Archives: December 2005

From The Sublime To The Ridiculous

In my trawls through the web in search of interesting stuff, I include some frankly dubious ports of call. One such is a web site called Cute Overload. It is well named, since the saccharine nature of much of the … Continue reading

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Teaspoon Research

Here’s a prime candidate for a mention in the Annals of Improbable Research: a longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute, published in the British Medical Journal this week.   (hat tip to Nicey … Continue reading

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Warning – Pedant Ahead

I’m afraid this news story brought out the pedant in me. It began with the headline – "New Aluminum Windows Stop .50-Caliber Bullet". And no, it’s not the fact that Americans use "aluminum" and "caliber" instead of the proper English … Continue reading

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100 Things

Courtesy of the BBC – here’s a roundup of 100 things that we didn’t know this time last year.

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Just One Question…


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Is The Lid Coming Off?

It would appear that the story that the UK government uses intelligence that has been acquired via torture in Uzbekistan has just been turned up a notch or two higher. Documents in the possession of the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan … Continue reading

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I see that the Guardian carried an article earlier this week on the Microsoft Research project: MyLifeBits. Gordon Bell, a computer pioneer, is the guinea pig who is having his every waking moment recorded for Posterity – although whether Posterity … Continue reading

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Britons’ Ignorance of Classical Music

The Guardian reports today on a survey that apparently shows that more than half of Britons polled did not know that Elgar was English, or that Beethoven was born in Germany. But before I get too worked up about this … Continue reading

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Odd Books

Courtesy of the Improbable Research blog, I have been pointed to OddBooks – a web site devoted to odd books. I look forward to many happy hours of browsing.

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Windows Vulnerability

There’s apparently a vulnerability in the graphics rendering engine of Windows that’s being exploited in a new series of attacks. No fix as yet, but a security warning has been published by Microsoft. Be careful what websites you visit.

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Japanese Beauty Aids

It must be tough, trying to be beautiful in Japan.   (hat tip to Zapato Productions intradimensional for the link)

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Charles Socarides

I see that Dr. Socarides died last Sunday. I can’t say I’m sorry – as the obituary says, he inflicted enough pain and suffering on gay and lesbian people in his time, and the organisation he founded (NARTH) continues to … Continue reading

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The Citizenship Test

Both the UK and the Netherlands are toying with the idea of introducing a citizenship test for immigrants. Last night, one of the Dutch TV channels had a programme: De Nationale Inburgering Test (the national citizenship test). It was the … Continue reading

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Dr. Crippen’s Cautionary Tale

I’ve started reading Dr. Crippen’s NHS Doctor blog. He seems to be another fellow soul; close to having a Victor "I don’t believe it!" Meldrew meltdown like me at the foibles of today’s modern world, infested as it is with management … Continue reading

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Managing Photo Libraries – Part 4

Time to return to another hobby horse of mine – using computers to manage libraries of digital photos. I’ve been here before – starting back in February 2005 when I berated Microsoft for insisting on having a proprietary scheme of … Continue reading

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Brussels Sprout Bidding

People do the strangest things. Such as bid for a single cooked brussels sprout on eBay. But at least the proceeds are apparently going to charity, so I can turn my disbelief back a notch or two. While we’re talking … Continue reading

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The Algebraist…

…is the title of a science fiction book by Iain M. Banks. I’ve just managed to get around to reading it and finished it today. Banks did not disappoint.   This is big, glorious space opera – hard SF that … Continue reading

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Christmas Greetings

To one and all – Merry Christmas and Yuletide Greetings.    

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A spiffy-looking set of dining table and Japanese-style chairs from a Norwegian company. Although the lack of any indication of price is never a good sign in my opinion.

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Lenovo Concept Tablet PC

This concept Tablet PC by Lenovo has won an award. I hope that the award spurs Lenovo on to actually manufacture and sell it. I’m already lusting after it.

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