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Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:46:02 +0000When we have proper and affordable self-driving vehicles, will that be the end of the railways?
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:56:21 +0000For ‘Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy’ fans… I noticed that we had an old touch-tone phone sitting on a shelf, and since it’s many years since we had a landline, I’ve been sitting here cleaning it with isopropyl alcohol before giving it away to a charity shop. I’m not doing a very good job. Then Continue Reading
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:47:17 +0000If you’ve done any serious video work, you’ll know that European TV runs at 25 frames per second, essentially because early TVs used the frequency of the mains power supply, which is 50Hz, while in America, where the power is at 60Hz, TV runs at 30 frames per second. Except that it doesn’t. It actually Continue Reading
Sun, 09 Oct 2016 16:47:18 +0000
Sun, 02 Oct 2016 18:22:20 +0000This afternoon, having an old show tune running though my head, I turned to my new Amazon Echo. “Alexa, play Some Enchanted Evening.” Short pause while it explores Spotify. Flashing lights. Music about to start… “Some Enchanted Evening by Bob Dylan.” Really?!! Bob Dylan?!! I was somewhat stunned. Partly because my image of the rebellious Continue Reading
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:15:26 +0000The Amazon Echo arrived in the UK a couple of days ago, and by combining some of my earlier work with John Wheeler’s excellent Flask-Ask framework I was able to make it talk to my electric car. Also available on Vimeo here if preferred.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:53:00 +0000In the last couple of months there’s been a lot of discussion amongst electric vehicle owners in the UK about Ecotricity’s decision to start charging for its ‘Electric Highway’: the network of rapid charging points at motorway service stations and similar locations. Some think it’s outrageous that, if you’re charging away from home, it can Continue Reading
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:32:36 +0000Like many Mac geeks, I’m a fan of the ‘hyper’ key. “What”, you may well ask, “is that? I don’t see one of those on my keyboard.” Well, you’re familiar with the normal modifier keys – shift, control, alt/option and command – and there are various utilities, both within the operating system and as third-party Continue Reading
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 23:10:16 +0000Alan Bennett’s wonderful sketch ‘Take a Pew’ may resonate with fewer and fewer people as time goes on, but for those of us brought up on the sermons of the Anglican church, it’s still hilarious. There are many different recordings of it out there, but none of them, I think, is quite as polished as Continue Reading
Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:33:45 +0000A witty road-safety campaign in this part of the country has been putting up signs: THINK! SPEED LIMITS ARE NOT TARGETS! Unless you’re already exceeding them, that is. In which case, presumably, they should be…
Sat, 10 Sep 2016 20:26:20 +0000Last week I visited Caernarfon for the first time, which has a splendid castle where Edward II, amongst other people, was born. Here’s how I’m descended from Edward II: “Wow!”, I can hear you say. “Quentin is royalty? I didn’t know that! But it explains an awful lot.” Actually, I should probably focus on Edward Continue Reading
Sat, 10 Sep 2016 17:23:06 +0000Cregennen Lakes, Wales
Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:24:38 +0000I love these nihilistic security questions from Soheil Rezayazdi… Thanks to Rory C-J for the link.
Sun, 04 Sep 2016 22:27:54 +0000North Wales is very moist. But very pretty.