Archive for the 'Robotica' Category


Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

This is worth a post in its own: TR2N (that’s Tron 2 – goik!) is on its way. Here’s a tiny, surreptitiously cellphone-cam bootlegged version of the trailer, although it looks more like a single preview sequence to me. Tron is revered at Robotperson towers as anyone that has been admitted to the inner sanctum […]

Adios Detica

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Last Friday I left Detica, the consultancy where, for the past year, I’ve suckled at the corporate teat. Lara has always said that it’s possible to tell whether you’re going to like a job within the first week of being there. If I had trusted that instinct I would have been out a lot sooner. […]

Birth story

Monday, January 14th, 2008

“Did you hear that?” “What?” “That pop.” It was 00.45, Friday night into Saturday morning, and I’d just settled into bed having cleaned out Joe and Viv at Joe’s poker night. My clattering had woken Lara and she’d taken the opportunity to visit the bathroom. Her trip must have triggered something, and when she got […]

Oblivion with Bells

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Stef burned Oblivion with bells for me, the latest Underworld album. My first impressions are underwhelming. It starts strongly, in a mellow, low tempo way, with Crocodile. This track has featured in at least one Essential Mix recently, and it stoked my expectations for the album. It segues smoothly into Beautiful Burnout, a blissful number. […]

Sick leave

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

I am completely unable to enjoy any time that I take off as sick leave. Perhaps enjoy is the wrong word. You’re not supposed to be enjoying yourself; maybe ‘relax’ would be better. I am completely unable to relax when I’m off ill. I spend my time sat at my computer, thinking that I should […]


Monday, October 8th, 2007

To reach the essence of things, all non-essential elements must be eliminated – Dr. Koichi Kawana. This is a lesson that most web content publishers would benefit from. Interestingly, it had never occurred to me before that the word ‘essential’ is rooted in the idea of ‘essence’.

Caps lock

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Frequency of intentional use of the CAPS LOCK key: roughly quadrennial Frequency of unintentional use of the CAPS LOCK key: about 6 times a day CAPS LOCK existence weighting factor: 6 x 365 x 4 = 8760 (ooh! nice number!). Question: Do intentional CAPS LOCK usage events save more productivity than 8760 times that lost […]


Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Whoa! Stop the press: For what will probably be a very brief spell, I am currently Google’s #1 result for the search term “Rob Pearson”. There are a lot of Rob Pearson’s in the world (mmm, urinal flushvalves!) and quite how I beat the Wikipedia entry, I do not know, but for the moment I’m […]

Exit planet consciousness

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Severe cuteness warning: Ruby, 14 months, falls asleep on the sofa to the strains of the Chemical Brothers. We’d just had a bit of a dance, and she was very tired.


Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Regulars may have noted that Robotperson has been experiencing a technical fault for the past few days. Digitalspace, my hosting company, switched me to a new server (I think) to update the mail handling facilities. Apparently my .htaccess file didn’t agree with the new v2 Apache server software, and broke the site. I’m pretty annoyed […]