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Archives for August, 2009

Off on holiday

I’m going to be away for most of the next week on holitag in Prague! Ostensibly to present a poster at a conference, but I’ll likely skive off to do some sightseeing. Definitely not going to miss the session on “watermarking, chip ID, and IP protection”: should be very useful for my imminent corporate career. […]

Spudski Kartoffelstampfer

I have a new potato masher! Received as present from my mum. It is Spudski Kartoffelstampfer. Here it is: First impressions are good: the handle is soft and comfortable to grip; the shaft is longer than most mashers giving good leverage against the potato. It’s plastic so it won’t scrape away the pan, but feels […]

Wonder of Modern Science

I received an 8GB microSD card from the tubes today. It is small! But it contains 8GB of datas??! How have have scientists achieved this??!! Wondrous. Here it is next to its mothership that turns it into a regular SD card: UPDATE: readers have demanded the microSD card be compared to the coal lump previously […]

MECHANICAL PIG goes web 2.0

Recently the MECHANICAL PIG joined Twitter. Now the pig has been upgraded to take advantage of the emergent collective intelligence of web 2.0! The MECHANICAL PIG can now be controlled via the remote PIG TERMINAL. Users upload programs in the PIG CONTROL LANGUAGE for the pig to execute on Twitter!

Coal lump

By popular request, here is a photo of the coal lump extracted from the mine.

Coal Mining Museum

Went to the National Coal Mining Museum on the way up to York on Thursday. It’s fantastic! Well worth visiting if you’re near Wakefield and have even the slightest interest in mining. Best bit was the underground tour with a real miner! Proper northern as well. Got a fist-sized lump of coal out of the […]

Foot disease

I’ve just looked at my feet and something shocking has happened: The feet display a non-uniform colour! What terrible disease have I acquired?! Stay away: it might be contagious!

Self-signed certificates on Nokia S40 phones

I’ve been having a problem for a while with my Nokia 6300 phone not accepting the self-signed SSL certificate I use on my IMAP server (dovecot). This is a bit annoying because I can’t read emails on my phone. Various Nokia forums suggest that you need to download the certificate over HTTP to install it. […]

A lighthouse, mini trains, and a nuclear power station

Went on a family day out to Dungeness today. It’s a fascinating place: not only is it one of the largest areas of open shingle in the world, it’s got not one but two nuclear reactors (one currently being decommissioned), two lighthouses, and a mini train! When I was about ten you could go on […]

Slough and its environs

I’ve been up in the Slough area for the last few days as I’m shortly to be employed there. Slough was best summed up by the opening lines to this poem by John Betjeman: Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough! It isn’t fit for humans now, Unfortunately, seventy years later this is still largely […]