- A false sense of security -
The real danger of social networks is complacency, not cancer, says Bill Thompson
- Ryanair mulls charge for toilets -
Irish budget airline Ryanair has said it is considering charging passengers for using the toilet while flying.
Chief executive Michael O’Leary told the BBC that the Dublin-based carrier was looking at maybe installing a “coin slot on the toilet door”.
- Leeds Carnegie: Beware the Bees’ sting -
Leeds Carnegie will be aiming to avoid a giant-slaying in the second city this weekend – and it won’t be a place for the faint-hearted, according to Brummie Leigh Hinton.
All-conquering Carnegie visit the parochial surroundings of Sharmans Cross Road to face National Two title chasers Birmingham and Solihull in the last eight of the EDF Energy National Trophy on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).
- UK government backs open source -
The UK government has said it will accelerate the use of open source software in public services.
Tom Watson MP, minister for digital engagement, said open source software would be on a level playing field with proprietary software such as Windows.
Open source software will be adopted “when it delivers best value for money”, the government said.
- ”Rents down’ amid flooded market -
The cost of renting a home has dropped as frustrated property sellers have been flooding the market, according to two separate surveys.
Owners were choosing to let rather than sell, having accepted that property prices were likely to stay low for some time, said property website Globrix.
- Sounds of Brass hits top 10 -
Phillip Hunt’s weekly hour long ‘Sounds of Brass’ radio programme, which is broadcast on nine BBC Local Radio Stations throughout the West of England, has entered the BBC IPlayer Top Ten.
- Ryanair and the ‘idiot bloggers’ -
Ryanair has confirmed that one its staff abused a blogger who questionned the airline site’s credentials.
But far from apologising for the volley of abuse, Ryanair today dismissed bloggers as “lunatics” and “idiots.”
Monthly Archives: February 2009
Even when I was a kid and had some semi-regular visits to Sunday School at our local church (United Reform you know – I’ve always been a non-conformist) I never really believed all that crap about Adam and Eve.
What? We all descended from one man and one woman? And she was made from one of his ribs? Really?
It’s a stupid idea but there are plenty of people that still think that this is literally true. Not so many in the UK, perhaps, but plenty in the States. Us so-called Church of England lot prefer to take our Old Testament with a pinch of salt. It’s all “metaphorical” you know.
Of course it is.
Anyway, a certain person of a Toxic mindset posted a video recently of a performance by the legendary Bill Hicks, and he says it much better than me.
[Careful - lots of extremely rude words]
Thanks Bill. I can hardly believe it’s been 15 years since his death but the world of comedy is much worse off without him in it. There was nobody quite like him.
I’m not one to be too fussed about being smartly dressed or wearing fashionable clothes but I do like the look of some of this “geek chic” stuff.
I’m not a 100% full-blown geek but I like to dabble. I had a ZX81 back in the day followed by a ZX Spectrum, and I’ve had a love of computers ever since. Not a physical love, you understand. That would make me a nerd.
Anyway, I was reading this article by Wil Wheaton, he of Stand By Me and STNG fame-dom, and he linked up the following t-shirt:
That thing, right there. is all kinds of awesome. I ordered one (sorry Jo) and it’ll be with me in 1-3 weeks.
There’s some great stuff on that site too. Clothing to warm a geek’s heart.
I was driving in to work this afternoon and I was overtaken by a guy in an Audi TT. I quite like the TT (this was the old shape) but this one had been ruined by the owner’s decision to add a personalised license plate.
There’s nothing wrong with that, per se, but this one was “T7 SCX”. He’d also added the obligatory “screw” into the number plate so that the C looked like an E. “TT SEX”. I see what he did there.
The first word that came into my mind when I saw that was: “cock”. I’m sure that his Lordship Jeremy Clarkson would agree.
- NABBC National Convention -
A bright but cold morning recently greeted the delegates for the 2009 National Convention of the National Association of Brass Band conductors (NABBC) at their convention venue in Lincoln.
Our band performed at this event. We were delighted to be conducted by the legendary Major Peter Parkes
- Don’t be bitter as Twitter gets fitter -
Click reporter LJ Rich talks about Twitter and whether the surge of interest in it is improving or impairing the micro-blogging system.
- Join the Internet Blackout – Protest Against Guilt Upon Accusation Laws in NZ -
Join The New Zealand Internet Blackout to protest against the Guilt Upon Accusation law ‘Section 92A’ that calls for internet disconnection based on accusations of copyright infringement without a trial and without any evidence held up to court scrutiny. This is due to come into effect on February 28th unless immediate action is taken by the National Party
- Join New Zealand Internet blackout protest against insane copyright law -
Reason didn’t work and the Parliamentary process failed, which is why we in New Zealand now have arguably the world’s harshest copyright enforcement law. Sections 92A and C of the amended Copyright Act establish a guilt upon accusation principle that can see anyone accused of “copyright infringement” getting his or her Internet connection severed.
- Npower urged to drop ‘juice’ row – Npower seem to think that they came up with the term “Juice”. They’re idiots
- 50 Wonderful, Inspiring Photoblogs -
A photoblog is a very specific type of blog. Its focus is photography, and there are typically few words beyond a caption and comments. Photoblogs are easy to set up and maintain, and they make great photo galleries for photographers who are put off by the complexity of HTML coding or installing a CMS such as WordPress.
It’s because of this simplicity, not to mention the development of free yet sophisticated tools like Pixelpost, that photoblogging has exploded in popularity over the last few years. Photoblogs.org, for example, lists over 32,000 photoblogs! That’s a lot of photos, and a lot of photographers vying for your attention.
Dedicated as ever to making your life easier, we’ve handpicked over 50 brilliant photoblogs for your viewing pleasure.
- Galaxy has ‘billions of Earths’ -
There could be one hundred billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy, a US conference has heard.
Dr Alan Boss of the Carnegie Institution of Science said many of these worlds could be inhabited by simple lifeforms.
He was speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago.
- Appreciating evolution on Darwin’s 200th birthday –
Today marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, and later this year will see the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species.
- Millions ‘opt for DIY dentistry’ –
Millions of people in England have resorted to DIY dentistry, a survey by consumer magazine Which? suggests.
The poll, of 2,631 adults, found 8% had tried to fix their own dental problems – and a similar number knew somebody who had tried.
Of those who admitted trying the DIY approach, one in four had tried to pull out a tooth using pliers.
- Charles Darwin: a Fulcrum Appreciation –
February 12th 2009 sees the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth. Along with Isaac Newton he was one of the greatest British scientists, though his science is still controversial. To some he was a great scientist and to others the devil incarnate!
A religious perspective on the work of Charles Darwin
- Russian and US satellites collide –
US and Russian communications satellites have collided in space in the first such reported accident.
A satellite owned by the US company Iridium hit a defunct Russian satellite at high speed nearly 780km (485 miles) over Siberia on Tuesday, Nasa said.
- ‘Heat the Hornet’ by Richard Dawkins –
How can you say that evolution is “true”? Isn’t that just your opinion, of no more value than anybody else’s? Isn’t every view entitled to equal “respect”? Maybe so where the issue is one of, say, musical taste or political judgement. But when it is a matter of scientific fact? Unfortunately, scientists do receive such relativistic protests when they dare to claim that something is factually true in the real world. Given the title of Jerry Coyne’s book, this is a distraction that I must deal with.
- In pictures: Stamps honour Darwin –
A series of stamps is to go on sale commemorating the British scientist Charles Darwin, 150 years after the publication of his seminal work on evolutionary theory – On the Origin of the Species.
February 12th 2009 would have been Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday if he’d have somehow evolved into some Methuselah-like being.
He was one of the most important scientists of his era – if not any era – and his discoveries that formed the Theory of Evolution have transformed how we understand the world around us.
Today is Darwin Day and I, for one, will be sinking one or two in his honour. Sorry I forgot the card though.
Also, Happy Birthday wishes to my sister-in-law Marie who isn’t anywhere near 200 today.