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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:30:08 +0000Many of my friends have expressed surprise that I don’t have a drone yet. I’m rather surprised myself, actually – I’m very tempted by the DJI Mavic Pro. So far, however, I’ve resisted. Getting a licence to fly them anywhere close to humanity, or to use them for commercial work, takes a little while and Continue Reading
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:10:26 +0000You shouldn’t, of course, believe what you read in the papers. This is a good general rule, but recently we had a rather striking example. On Feb 11th, The Times ran an article entitled, “Electric cars mean UK could need 20 new nuclear plants”. Here’s an extract, talking about a Transport for London report: The Continue Reading
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:44:16 +0000Now here’s a downside to self-driving cars that I had completely failed to consider: An article on Slate’s website points out that the current desperate shortage of organ donors is only going to get worse: It’s morbid, but the truth is that due to limitations on who can contribute transplants, among the most reliable sources Continue Reading
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:59:59 +0000In Cambridge marketplace, there’s one of those installations that I presumed was supposed to be art, and as I walked by I pondered all the other things that taxpayers’ money could usefully be spent on… It was labelled, so I thought, ‘Litter of light’. Yeah, yeah, green eco modern art, blah blah… But then I Continue Reading
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:06:57 +0000Rumours emerged last year that Shell were thinking of installing electric-vehicle charging stations in their forecourts, and they have now confirmed that the first ones will be rolled out in the next few months. This is great news, though I’ve complained before that having an electric vehicle means you tend to spend more time in Continue Reading
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 01:04:51 +0000At a dinner at a friend’s house tonight, we finally worked it out. Donald Trump is Zaphod Beeblebrox. For those well-versed in late-20th-century literature, a lot of things then suddenly make sense.
Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:05:49 +0000
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:02:53 +0000Technology doesn’t only help humans move around in new ways: This project at CMU allows a goldfish to drive its tank around the room. Now they’ve done the difficult bit, all they need to do is work out how to explain to the goldfish what exactly is going on. I fear that may still take Continue Reading
Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:33:29 +0000Holme Fen
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:09:31 +0000A photo taken last weekend in Monks Wood, with a little processing. (To hide the fairies. They’re very camera-shy and wouldn’t sign a model release.)
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:16:42 +0000We had a rather chilly but very pretty walk on the Wimpole Hall estate this morning. Here’s the view from near the folly: If you really want to see the whole picture from here, though, there’s another of my scrolly-panorama things here. Then we walked back through the woods.
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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:53:07 +0000I’ve always liked this particular link. I can pretty much guarantee that there will be at least something on the other end of it that you don’t know. How do I know that? Well, that link takes you to a random page on Wikipedia. Since the English version of Wikipedia has over 5 million pages, Continue Reading
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:54:41 +0000I got a new tripod yesterday, and took it out to play today (just very briefly while I was ostensibly walking the dog). One thing I’ve been enjoying recently is stitching together multiple images to create a panorama, and a tripod makes this work very much better. But how to display the very wide images Continue Reading