Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Well, it's been a while ... partly life has been busy, partly I lost access to this Blog and so haven't been able to get back into it until today ...

... not sure why I couldn't before (though I'm pretty sure there was a mail "whitelist" that didn't have the correct entry set, so the "reset my password" emails weren't coming through .... ) ... but for whatever reason, today I was finally able to associate my gmail account with my old Blogger/Blogspot account.

Not 100% sure what I'll do with this blog, now that I've got it back, that I haven't been doing with my LiveJournal, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ etc. accounts .... so that will be something to think about over the next few weeks/months.

Monday, March 04, 2002

Oxymorons A nice list of things like "old news", "paid volunteer" and "Microsoft works"

Thursday, January 31, 2002

Ah, back again!

A wonderful page, science fiction short stories, each based on an element, and selectable from a Periodic Table ... note not all elements have stories (yet?) but the underlined ones do and are really quite good (at least the half dozen I've read so far...)
SF Periodic Table

Friday, January 11, 2002

An excellent "Error 404" page, looks pretty normal until you actually read what it says!

UPDATE this page appears to have gone away :-(

Thursday, December 13, 2001

Formula 1 team (and Hi-Fi company!) McLaren have just opened their new world domination control centre "Paragon", much of which is underground. I think that James Bond would not look out of place here ...

It includes things like a wind tunnel, an underground tunnel between two circular buildings with a car museum in it, a swimming pool and a restaurant. The main building being in a ying-yang shape with one half being a lake (which also acts as the heat dump for cooling the building)
The technology centre alone is big enough to hold nine jumbo jets ...

BBC report

Official McLaren-Paragon Website

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Not posted much recently, so here's a couple of cool sites for gadget freaks! - Lots of cool stuff in the UK! LED lights, swiss army toolkits, survival stuff and a whole lot more, including lots of funky lights! The AdventureKit domain actually just forwards you to the site, but it's easier to remember!

CoolWire! string that glows! Great for costuming, marking off areas, raves and 1,001 other applications (ok, I can only think of a few dozen off the top of my head, but I'm sure you'll do better!)

Friday, November 23, 2001

A site that I think is one of the great undiscovered/underpublicised personal sites on the web The War Against Silence. Glenn McDonald is a Cambridge, Massachusetts resident, works in computing (though this is hardly ever mentioned) and writes a weekly music review column, for himself as much as for anyone else reading. His new column is published every week, regular as clockwork and his reviews are more about the human condition and how pop music illuminates or distracts from it than anything else. His taste in music is based on 80's pop music, but from there he can go in many directions. He appears to buy at least an album a day and goes into occasional sprees when he finds an artist that's either obscure or that he had ignored but who, for some reason, has appeared inside his event horizon.
When I first started reading these columns, he was mentioning a lot of bands/artists I'd loved (Kate Bush, Marillion, Tori Amos etc.) plus some I'd heard of but never really followed up (Big Country, Runrig), and a lot I'd either never heard of, or had heard of but not heard (Low, Liz Phair, Buffalo Tom, Emma Townshend, Ian McNabb etc.) and he really hasn't changed much from there. He is (I think) going off on more tangents into related music and to older music (such as the Lloyd Cole stuff he talked about last week and the new Lloyd Cole album this week)

He's up to issue 356 of TWAS, and all of them are still available on line (including his records of the year going back to 1995), just type in the URL (e.g. and replace the 0356 with any lower number to get that week's issue.

Some weeks he is so obscure and references all bands to other bands I've never heard of, and other weeks he's reviewing the albums I have and love, and I realise that if he loves them as much as I do, and has such interesting and insightful comments on them, that there must be a lot of equally good (or better!) albums out there I've never heard ... highly recommended
How many died at the World Trade Center on September 11th? Initial reports were in the 10-20,000 range, current news stories quote 5-6,500 but an article at CNN.COM says that the latest estimated number is in fact 3,682, and 1,399 of those are still on the "missing presumed dead" list (no death certificate issued yet). And a number of those 1,399 may still be alive because they were reported to have been in the WTC, but in fact may have gone missing or the list just hasn't been updated when they showed up alive and well ... especially residents of foreign - Trade center death toll drops below 4,000 - November 21, 2001