Archive for November, 2005


Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

It’s been too long, so here, in one go, is a big gush of links: Desperate to see the Back to the Future Nikes on the shelves? Sign the petition From the celebrity endorsement archive: Snoop, inevitably, is to launch a range of weiners called [groan] ‘Snoop Doggs’. And if the salty tang of Da […]

Mutsumi Sakata

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Hello Mutsumi Sakata. Rob Pearson here. I’m sure you remember me, but for everyone else’s benefit here’s our background: You came to my primary school in Thorpe Willoughby for a few years in the early 1980’s, and through a mutual love of space Lego (I had the Galaxy Explorer; you had the Rocket Base), we […]

Star Wars links

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

The Phantom Menace: so square it’s hip. Apparently. From the cutting room floor of The Empire Strikes Back Star Wars I-VI: the greatest postmodern art film ever Jedi in parliament. MP, Jamie Reed (Copeland, Lab) declares his religion, presumably following the census campaign a year or so ago. Watching all 6 episodes simultaneously Leia’s metal […]


Sunday, November 13th, 2005

I’ve made a long overdue update of the celebrity spot page. Well over a dozen (i.e. 14) famous faces have been added to our gallery of glam, so why not pull up a stool, order a cosmopolitan, and peruse the (newly promoted to main navigation, thanks Google) celebrity section.

The banana experiment

Friday, November 11th, 2005

What does it really mean when I say I like broccoli but I don’t like courgette? Why is it that I find some things less agreeable than others? What is ‘dislike’ all about? I’ll tell you what it’s about: balls. I call bullshit on dislike, and here’s why: Growing up, I wouldn’t eat bananas. Whether […]

Relationship VAT

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

The difference between what it cost and what she tells you it cost, expressed as a percentage. Currently running at about 15% in my relationship, which is just a touch over the average.

This week in New Scientist

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

Most of the content on is available only to subscribers, so I’m quoting heavily here. I’ve still linked to the stories though, just in case you happen to have a login. Excellent anti-ID argument on the letters page: "The use of retrospective probability analysis by ID adherents as proof of God is fatuous. Try […]

How we’re going to be working

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Google is in bed with Sun. Sun CEO blogs about how great it would be to open and save your office files from the web. Google registers Cringely puts it all together, and suddenly we can see the future of office suite applications. Factor in web-based apps to do all your word processing and […]

Karma process

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Since the advent of my Rio Karma I’ve been chewing through tunes at a phenomenal rate. But before I tell you what I’ve been listening to, here’s a little about the process I’ve set up to archive and transfer digital music . At this point it’s only fair to point out that this post is […]

Robot links

Friday, November 4th, 2005

Robot person Review of robot injuries (pdf warning). First fatality: Japan, 1981. Robot pushed repairman into grinder. Defend yourself against the coming robot rebellion Robotic sentry gun. You know, like the ones in the Aliens special edition.