Ah, Bush... you'll be missed.
31 December 2008
22 December 2008
Greatest Robot Dance
The only way to explain this is if he's actually a real robot and we're on the verge of the robot uprising.
Now excuse me while I go and try to buy a shotgun.
Lego Millenium Falcon Stop Motion
Very nice animation. If building a lego model isn't hard enough, why not also make all the pieces dance on their way to being placed?
20 December 2008
A short animated film where every frame is a painting - over 6000 of them!
17 December 2008
15 December 2008
17 November 2008
12 November 2008
Squirrels dancing to Michael Jackson
It's impossible not to smile while watching this.
I like smiling.
05 November 2008
I have newly renewed faith in the American people.
Barack Obama has won the election by a landslide
03 November 2008
Jonathan Coulton sings Creepy Doll live with Neil Gaiman!
I can't believe that Jonathon Coulton and Neil Freakin' Gaiman were both on their way to Manchester on the same day that I was flying out of Manchester on business.
Neil's blog post
29 October 2008
Deal of the day
To add a little context, this deal was posted on the day that this was going down.
16 October 2008
15 October 2008
John Cleese on Sarah Palin
John Cleese cuts to the chase. I couldn't agree more.
02 October 2008
Amazing miniature midtown Manhattan
Wow. Now that's impressive!
Michael Chesko built this scale model of NYC's midtown using balsa wood and a love for detail -
This scale miniature of Midtown took 2000 hours to complete. As reference, he used blueprints, old photographs, digital reproductions, and satellite images. On a good day, he'd work his way through four city blocks. The entire model is 36" x 30"... a good deal smaller than most office desks. At the 1:3200 scale, the Empire State Building Chesko's favorite skyscraper) roughly reaches the dizzying height of a Campbell's Soup can.- Check out Tinselman's blog for more pics and info - Stop and Smell the Miniatures
01 October 2008
Dolphins play with bubble rings
Wow, now that's seriously cool!
11 September 2008
Pussy versus Printer
Cats are funny.
10 September 2008
04 September 2008
22 August 2008
The US election is frustrating to watch
At least we now know that McCain's grasp of his personal finances is no better than his grasp of America's.
I'd be content to sit back and laugh if the American economy wasn't so likely to drag half of Europe down with it. As it is I feel like screaming at the stupidity of it all.
Obama camp ponders its man's slipping poll lead
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has attacked his rival John McCain for not knowing how many homes he owns.
25 July 2008
Why is DRM bad? Here's why.
This means that if somebody tries to copy their music to a new device it will no longer play.
Now imagine that Apple has to shut down its iTunes license servers for some reason. Maybe they are found guilty of fiddling the books and go bankrupt in 2010. Not terribly likely, but who knows what the future holds? It would basically disable millions of dollars of purchased music overnight. Most people probably don't realise that a track purchased with DRM is actually only rented.
Obviously, if you had just downloaded the track illegally, without paying the rights owners a penny then you wouldn't have any problems at all. And the music industry STILL can't understand why piracy is so popular. If you want to fight something that's free you have to do it with a better product. Trying to make people pay over the odds for something that is massively inferior to the free alternative is never going to work, no matter how many people you threaten to sue.
News on the Yahoo thing is here
22 July 2008
08 July 2008
The Scourge of Violent Video Games
enough we can send some to the media.
'Rubbish' golfer hits hole-in-one for £15,000 prize
You know it's time to start playing the lottery when...
26 April 2008
My first OS upgrade
Well yesterday I installed an update for Kubuntu 7.10 via the automatic updater (actually just a minor bugfix in firefox) and when it had finished it told me that there was a new version of Kubuntu 8.04 available. It offered to upgrade me to it automatically. I was planning to install it anyway so I clicked yes.
It had a look round my system, told me that I would need to download 1006 meg of updates and that this would take 2 1/2 hours on my connection. I went to bed and this morning everything was downloaded and waiting for my permission to install.
So I'm now typing this on a nice, shiny kubuntu 8.04 system :-) The whole operation was amazingly painless and has upgraded not only the core OS, but also all of my software to the latest versions.
So far the only thing I've noticed that wasn't how I would have liked it is that it upgraded firefox to the version 3 beta 5 release which isn't compatible with many of my add-ons. I opened the add/remove programs tool, searched for firefox and asked it to install firefox 2. I also uninstalled version 3 to be on the safe side. Click "accept changes" and bingo! Firefox 2 is back.
Could you imagine an experience like that on windows? My move from XP to Vista on the same machine (now reversed) was a torturous process that involved me sitting in front of the computer typing in arcane product keys, downloading drivers, calling MS for activation, installing every application I needed from a different CD or web site and finally culminated with a pop up bubble telling me that my motherboard wasn't supported by Vista. Even after getting through all that the resulting OS was intrusive and annoying.
Kubuntu never ceases to amaze me.
18 February 2008
Bush vs. Left Wing Bloggers
14 February 2008
American Nuclear Weapons Safety
I think the quote below shows the remarkable arrogance of the US military in a very succinct way.
"Iqhman added the Pakistani government would be willing to offer technical advice and assistance to the United States on improving its nuclear weapons handling procedures. Speaking anonymously because of the issue's sensitivity, senior Pentagon officials said it is Washington's role to give, not receive, advice on nuclear weapons safety and surety issues."