Archive for January, 2004

The Handshake Buffer Zone

Monday, January 26th, 2004

Informally, a greeting handshake is pretty much standard when seeing someone for the first time in a while. You’d also expect friendly handshakes on major public holidays and significant life events, like New Year – or the birth of ones first male heir. Conversely, it’s not deemed necessary to shake hands with, say, friends at […]


Thursday, January 22nd, 2004

This week has seen some fairly intense work on the site. It might not seem too different, and there’s certainly not much extra content to read, but from an architectural point of view there’s been some significant tectonic activity. The re-shuffle was triggered by the imminent arrival of Sweet Poison, Stefan’s anticipated new column on […]

A light straw colour

Friday, January 16th, 2004

A paperwork clearout session over the holiday unearthed a long-lost advice sheet given to me by the urologist after my kidney stone episode, two years ago. The sheet is entitled "Advice for stone formers" which sounds like an album by David Byrne. Take my word for it, kidney stones are profoundly unamusing and definitely to […]


Wednesday, January 14th, 2004

Whilst I was an undergraduate I never understood relativity. I could do most of the math, albeit badly, but it never really went any deeper than the symbols and a few ‘wow’ factor examples. Then about three summers ago I was reading a book called The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, and suddenly it clicked. […]

The Daily Grind

Tuesday, January 13th, 2004

Well, the season of goodwill to all men has passed, and I can get back to being a misanthrope again. Phew. Christmas itself was spent in Yorkshire chez family robotperson. Highlights include copious quantities of superb food consumed at increasingly odd times of the day; watching Father despatch ninja’s with the aid of the eye-toy […]