Added by Paul 01 January 2006 20:32
Well, I've finally succombed and get myself a flickr account, so if anyone is interested you can now view our wedding and honeymoon pictures.
Eventually I'll integrate it properly into this site.
Added by Paul 03 January 2006 13:40
It's seems I'm not the only person having trouble with Firefox 1.5.
As someone has noted on this page, I hope this is not Netscape all over again.
Added by Paul 03 January 2006 14:41
A belated Happy New Year.
(can you tell i'm getting a little obsessed with flickr?)
Added by Paul 03 January 2006 14:50
I'm currently reading a book of last years question "what do you believe but you can not prove?".
This year's question is "what is your dangerous idea?".
PS They need to change their logo
Added by Paul 03 January 2006 22:08
A great story for non-believers.
Some edited highlights..
"AN ITALIAN judge has ordered a priest to appear in court this month to prove that Jesus Christ existed."
"is that there was no reliable evidence that Jesus lived and died in 1st-century Palestine apart from the Gospel accounts, which Christians took on faith."
"early Christian writers confused Jesus with John of Gamala, an anti-Roman Jewish insurgent in 1st-century Palestine"
Added by Paul 04 January 2006 17:13
Well, the new F1 season is not a million miles away. Yay.
Irvine's at it again, but in a welcome way for a change - with some wise words regarding Ronson Button.
“Never has a world champion been blown away by his team-mates.
“Jenson couldn’t handle Jarno Trulli and he couldn’t handle Fisichella, and he hardly blew Jacques [Villeneuve] away, who was not the favoured driver at BAR."
Oh, and a picture of Rubens in his new 'livery' for your amusement.
Added by Paul 04 January 2006 21:58
Awful, awful story.
"Bells rang out at a church where the families were gathered, and some relatives ran out of the building screaming in delight. One shouted: "They're alive! They're alive!" and a group of several hundred broke into a chorus of the hymn How Great Thou Art."
Added by Paul 05 January 2006 15:19
Know your homophones from your homographs and your homonyms.
Added by Paul 05 January 2006 19:58
In their own words..
"A gathering spot for ex-Googlers to reminisce and comment on the latest developments in search."
Added by Paul 08 January 2006 15:59
Must, must, MUST watch TV.
Richard Dawkins goes to town on the religious. It doesn't get any better than that.
Monday night, 20:00.
Added by Paul 09 January 2006 09:53
An amusing letter to the Guardian editor from Al Fayed.
Added by Paul 09 January 2006 12:32
More great stuff on the shambles that is homeopathy.
An amusing point made in the comments.
I’ve often wondered what happens to the bottles and flasks in which homeopathic medicines are prepared.
Presumably, at some stage, they have to be washed out.
Following homeopathic theory, would this process not be in danger of ‘ concentrating ‘ the potion to an alarming degree ?
As in - the more you rinse - the stronger it gets ?
Added by Paul 09 January 2006 19:08
I can't add to the original from the Microsoft Website :
During normal operation or in Safe mode, your computer may play "Fur Elise" or "It's a Small, Small World" seemingly at random. This is an indication sent to the PC speaker from the computer's BIOS that the CPU fan is failing or has failed, or that the power supply voltages have drifted out of tolerance. This is a design feature of a detection circuit and system BIOSes developed by Award/Unicore from 1997 on.
Added by Paul 10 January 2006 08:59
Lovely stuff. A man tries to kill a mouse by, rather cruelly in my view, throwing it on a fire. The mouse dutifully caught fire then ran into the house, which caught fire destroying everything.
Added by Dave 10 January 2006 10:50
Ever wondered why it's pronounced Mingis? Look no further
Added by Paul 10 January 2006 13:57
I was surprised and saddened when the news of Tony Banks' stroke hit the headlines.
Anyway, here's a list of quotes including
There will be glitches in my transition from being a saloon bar sage to a world statesman.
Added by Richard 10 January 2006 17:46
The blog of a rant riddden daily mail reader.
Added by Paul 10 January 2006 22:44
OK. You can probably overdo him. I like this though..
"I did used to be addicted to computer programming," he admits. "In the early days, there was no off-the-shelf software and I wrote everything, from my own word-processing programmes to more complex programmes simulating cricket sounds that were necessary for my research. However, I now view programming as a vice, so I don't allow myself to do it."
Added by Paul 11 January 2006 13:17
The webmp3er comes of age. Genius.
Added by Paul 12 January 2006 10:10
I like Chris Evans. In his heyday (for me anyway) his breakfast show on Radio 1 many years ago was brilliant.
Until he started to take himself rather too seriously, discussing issues beyond his remit with all the skill of a sixth former.
Anyway, he's back now. His show on Radio 2 on Saturdays is worth a listen. Though, as my colleague Bob pointed out, he does seemed to be in a bit of a timewarp. Playing the same music (Texas for god's sake!) as he was 10 years ago.
Added by Paul 12 January 2006 12:08
A quick guide on how to use incorporate a Google Map into your website.
Added by Paul 12 January 2006 14:12
Thanks to james
Added by Paul 12 January 2006 15:41
If you ever use chat software, you HAVE to check this out.
Added by Paul 12 January 2006 17:19
.. but cool.
Added by Paul 15 January 2006 10:04
God. The goalposts keep moving. World record for the cube is now 11.3 seconds.
Added by Paul 16 January 2006 07:48
Was actually 11.13 seconds, and even got reported in the Guardian.
Added by Paul 16 January 2006 10:28
Not a bad little weekend's work by yours truly.
Added by Paul 16 January 2006 16:33
Good news for this chap - he changed his diet and it cured his depression.
Though whether or not it is a 'miracle' is another business.
I'm astonished that nutrition is so often ignored in the diagnosis of people's ails. Apart from the food and drink we consume, what else does our body have to work with?
Instead the 'answer' is found in prescription drugs with mixed results and troublesome side-effects.
The most obvious best way to eat is surely to match the food that we have become accustomed to as we evolved. This fellow summed it up neatly
"My main diet is meat, fish, vegetables and fruit and I only eat organic food"
Added by Paul 16 January 2006 21:59
The excitement mounts for the release of the new Steve Coogan film this Friday.
Is 9.7 the highest rating ever, ever on the Guardian website.
Added by James 17 January 2006 14:18
An unofficial Google Maps blog tracking the websites, ideas and tools being influenced by Google Maps.
Added by Dan Harris 18 January 2006 20:12
You can find a lot of cool stuff with this website, with much of the functionality of Google Earth
Added by stones 19 January 2006 09:13
Christian wife returns home to her family after 2 week stint away.
Isn't religion brilliant?
Added by Paul 19 January 2006 09:41
American Government. Always banging on about 'enemies of freedom' and 'protecting their way of life' whilst constantly trying to erode any rights they might have to privacy.
Does it feel like the 'land of the free' when every phone call, email and now, maybe, every google search is being carefully monitored?
Added by stones 19 January 2006 15:22
Yes, I know it's the same site, as the webmp3er but at least it's got a proper name.
Added by stones 20 January 2006 10:33
Blog of a 26 year old fella who was told 6 months ago he had a 4 cm tumour in his brain.
Tells of the build-up to the op and the problems he's had since.
Fantastically written, the fella never loses his sense of humour amazing consideruing he's lost the ability to use the muscles in the right side of his face.
Was featured in the guardian yesterday
Added by stones 21 January 2006 13:01
Online RSS feed manager.
Add the feeds you like, and it'll email you when there's new content added.
And all written in dotnet 2 apparently
Added by Paul 21 January 2006 21:44
What a strangely deluded man?
Here's what he had to say..
"Surely God is mad at America," he said. "He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it's destroyed and put stress on this country."
How is this view any different to that of an undiscovered 'uncivilised' tribe that believe in sun and rain gods? They make all the 'right' sacrifices, perform all of the dances correctly and observe all of the rules. But the harvest fails. What else can they conclude other than god must be angry?
Would a kind, benevolent god really lash out at a city, killing indiscriminately anyway?
I'm by no means an expert in meteorology; however, I believe that, like the rest of the apparent universe, it is a system based on cause and effect. A temperaturee variation here caused a change in pressure and so on (I did say 'no expert'). At what point, I wonder, does the mayor think that god intervened?
I think the idea of a causal universe is a rather important notion. Each and every effect has a cause. I challenge anyone to show me some evidence of an un-caused effect. If I was as rich as James Randi I would offer a million dollar reward. If I am correct, then what room for a god?
Added by Paul 23 January 2006 09:36
Sorry to keep banging on - but added some new functionality over the weekend.
Added by Paul 23 January 2006 20:43
A collection of awesome pictures of Tokyo at night.
For a reason that I can't really explain Tokyo is very high up on my list of places I'd like to go.
After all the ski resorts I've not been to yet of course :-).
Added by Paul 23 January 2006 21:31
... are not all bad.
They've had a bad press of late. Some fair, some not I suspect.
It has become fashionable of late for products to be marketed as 'natural' as if nature is somehow an unalloyed force of good. This view reminds me of the hymn 'All things bright and beautiful', which regales us with all the wonderful things that god supposedly made, quite ignoring the fact that, given his omnipotence, he also made untreatably aggressive childhood leukemia. The Lord God made them all.
Nature is merely life. The replication of DNA between generations. Neither good nor bad. Nature is not just all the 'nice' things; buttercups and baby seals. Nature is also cockroaches, AIDS and ebola.
And let us not forget, that even natural things are composed of chemicals too..
'If someone offered you a cocktail of butanol, isoamyl alcohol, caffeine, geraniol, 3-galloyl epicatechin, and inorganic salts, it sounds pretty ghastly. Yet it is just a cup of tea.'
Added by Paul 24 January 2006 15:36
Despite O'Reilly riling me some time ago when they did not respond to my email suggesting that their titles 'x in a nutshell' should be called 'x in a nutsack', this link to their site is worth a look if you're a techy.
Added by Nathan 24 January 2006 17:59
I cant believe this was pure "human error". Some Programmer did exactly what I would do if I had the knowledge & was in a position of "power"
Added by Paul 25 January 2006 15:06
What with mozilla releasing ropey browsers and google storing information about us (search information, emails and shopping habits for example) it's difficult to know who to love and trust any more.
Anyway, apparently 77% of us aren't aware that google is collating personal data. Which, I'm ashamed to say, I was one of.
And people are worried about ID cards...
It's all part of CEO Eric Schmidt's promise to create a "Google that knows more about you".
A rather chilling thought.
Added by Paul 25 January 2006 16:34
Finally found it. This is the game that was written for the ZX Spectrum by a friend of mine from university.
Genius. This site has everything. The game, the cover (below) and copies of reviews.
Added by Paul 25 January 2006 18:16
Another bit of google bashing.
Added by Paul 29 January 2006 17:54
Added by Paul 30 January 2006 17:33
Liverpool celebrate (they better try and enjoy it while it lasts) the signing of Robbie Fowler.
In the most horrendous way...
Thou art is scoring
Robbie be thy name
Thy transfer has been done
On a free as it is in January
Give us this day our favourite Red
Alonso will give you the best passes
As Carra stops those who pass against us
Deliver us the title
And lead us not into relegation
For eleven is your number
Forever and ever