Archive for May, 2007

May 31st

DRM: They listened!

I recently posted "For cock's sake, if you're a content producer of some kind, stop adding DRM to your stuff" and it seems Apple have been listening! You can now buy your music from the iTines...

Royal Mail Special Delivery

This appears to mean "come down to the post office at a time suitable to us only and collect your parcel yourself". Doesn't feel very royal, special or delivered to me. I suggest they change...
May 27th

Powers of ten

If you've never seen this classic short film before, set 10 minutes aside and watch closely. The premise is simple - start at a metre and zoom out by a factor of 10 every 10 seconds. How long...

Quadtastic

Quad bikes make no sense. I know this because I rode one yesterday on a bumpy off-road track (the image above isn't me). They're not quite cars, not quite bikes. Seems like you get the worst...
May 26th

The best of recycling

Do you recycle stuff? Its hard to have missed how politically correct it is to recycle things these days. We are meant to collect up used paper to turn into new paper products. Old glass can be...
May 24th

Surviving Lost

(warning: contains Lost season 3 spoilers) Advice for attractive young women: Don't join the cast of Lost. Your odds of survival aren't good. Even if you do survive, you won't get an easy...
May 22nd

DRM. Again.

For cock's sake, if you're a content producer of some kind, stop adding DRM to your stuff. Here's why, in very simple terms: You're alienating your customers by making them jump through...
May 20th

I'll go no more a roving

Over the last few years it has become increasingly difficult to get anywhere in Britain. Trains are vastly overpriced and unpleasant. Buses are worse. Cars can hardly move on motorways for all the...
May 16th

What shall we do with the drunken hard drive?

I have a dead hard drive from my old Deeperbeige computer that is just collecting dust. It spins up and seeks, and even reads data for a while. The question is what to do with it. I have...
May 15th

Physics and Intuition Answer

In this article I posed a physics/intuition question for your ponderance. The point was to see how well you intuition served you in a simple bike puzzle. If you stand to the side of...
May 12th

The most annoyingly unfair game ever

A new concept in gaming - browser abuse! Play my new Scrollmaze game. Starts easy. Feels like a fun concept, then you hit about level 5 or 6 and the impossibility factor ramps up absurdly...

Shiny shiny; Shiny boots of rubber

Lou Read sung the title. Well, almost. But he probably wasn't singing about his new motorbike tyres. I have cause to sing about mine though. What with the new tyres having a round...

Definition Corner

Eurovision Song Contest: A bad reason to take Doctor Who off the air for a week.
May 11th

Bikes: Still scary

Had my first real slide on the bike this morning. Cornering ultra-slow on badly worn tyres I caught a patch of wet tree-mulch with the front wheel. I stood the bike up to avoid it slipping from...
May 9th

ID II

Further to this post , I'm now back from the ID lecture. Thankfully it wasn't quite what I expected. I'm always happy to be surprised. The speaker didn't go down the well trodden (and well...
May 5th

Voting Procedure

I didn't vote last Thursday. I never do. I don't know much about politics but I do understand a bit about statistics. For me to vote I'd have to make a decision on who to vote for. This would...

Slowly slowly bloggy bloggy

Apologies for the poor frequency of bloggage over the last few weeks, but I have a good excuse (well I think it is anyway). I've been making The Hazard Perception Challenge website for...

ID

On Wednesday I'm off to a lecture arguing for Intelligent Design. No, not arguing for the human use of intelligence whilst they're engaged in the act of designing things (which I'm all for), but...

Physics and Intuition Question of the Week

Try this as a thought experiment. There's no tricks here, just use your judgement to guess what should happen in the following physical setup. You have a bicycle with stabilisers stood on flat...
May 1st

Where am I? ...You're in a room

A friend at work today happened to mention he personally knew the one and only team to ever complete the ancient children's TV show Knightmare. Several hours of nostalgic video clip viewing later...