Archive for January, 2007

Weekly links

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

New Dolby kit automatically turns-down the volume on loud commercials. Oh yeah, add that to the list of robotperson pet hates. I currently hit mute whenever the ads start, which is really what I’d want this to do, but it’s basically just a compressor. Ars Technica spot a problem: No word on what happens when […]

Tate Modern lunchtimes

Friday, January 26th, 2007

I’ve been hanging out at the Tate Modern at lunchtimes for a while now. I’ve discovered some tremendously comfy leather chairs on the level 3 balcony, and it’s a great place to work at the Sisyphusian task of getting through the Economist before the next issue arrives. But there’s only about a 50% chance of […]

Space Invader

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Have you ever spotted an 8-bit style, mosaic tile space-invader, glued somewhere high up in your urban environment? These are the work of Space Invader, a mysterious (by dint of anonymity) French chap, who by doing so is making a commentary on invasion of our urban spaces. Or something like that. Since the new year […]

Economist quote

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Beautiful writing on the Doha trade talks in last week’s Economist: To trade wonks versed in psychoanalysis, President George Bush’s embarrassing slip of the tongue last month was revealing as well as amusing. The Doha round of global trade talks, which he referred to as the “Darfur round”, is, like the bloodied province of Sudan, […]


Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Modern Drunkard Magazine profiles Andre the Giant, star of The Princess Bride, and the most prolific drinker ever These were standard 12-ounce bottles of beer, nothing fancy, but during a six-hour period Andre drank 119 of them. It was one of the few times Andre got drunk enough to pass out Want an iPhone? Beware […]


Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Yesterday Ruby was six months old. I celebrated by buying her My first book of colours, and My first book of shapes from the Tate, and two large pieces of Konditor rocky road for mummy and daddy. Mmmm. Half a year! How quickly has that gone? Something tells me that the months are only going […]


Monday, January 8th, 2007

Well, I’ve signed up to Myspace. Not because I’m in desperate need of social networking (although the whole idea is starting to grow on me), or because I secretly have the mentality of a 14 year old (although I actually do), but because I’m interested in it. Interested, and also the fact that more and […]

2006 retrospective

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

2006 has been a good year for Robotperson. A year of change, and a year of increasing tiredness. But also, overwhelmingly, a year of tremendous happiness and fun. For posterity, here’s my retrospective. In the last few years Lara and I have moved forward a lot: In ’03 we got married, we moved house in […]