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How It Was: Watching the test card on TV
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1/30/2012   24 comments
In the days of yore, the television stations would broadcast programs for only a few hours a day – the rest of the time the "test card" reigned supreme…
Looking for a present for your significant other?
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1/29/2012   11 comments
I don’t know about you, but as the years go by it seems to be getting harder and harder to know what to buy as a present for my wife.
Is that a banana in your pocket (or are you just glad to see me)?
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1/28/2012   7 comments
I just found myself looking at a picture of a banana with an associated USB cable and connector...
What were they thinking: Google is at it again
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1/27/2012   Post a comment
Are you worried about how much data the government has about you, well don’t worry, because Google has SO much more…
OMG! I opened the box and…
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1/24/2012   2 comments
I am well and truly flabbergasted. I think it’s safe to say that my ‘flabber’ has never been quite so ‘gasted’. I’m also speechless, and that doesn’t happen very often…
Cloudy with a chance of protons
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1/24/2012   5 comments
We are currently in the midst of the largest solar storm in more than six years.
Do you ever feel like something’s watching us?
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1/21/2012   14 comments
Quite apart from anything else, isn’t it amazing how much this image resembles a human eye?...
What were they thinking: Patent Crazy in LEDs
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1/20/2012   3 comments
Seoul Semiconductor claims to have 10,000 patents about LEDs. I wanted to put that claim to the test…
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – Jan 19th
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1/19/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
Nothing stays the same (philosophically speaking)
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1/13/2012   3 comments
I was never exposed to philosophy at school or university, so I really don’t know much about it apart from what I’ve read in books…
What’s your “MUST READ” list in science fiction? (Part 1)
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1/12/2012   35 comments
If you were introducing someone to science fiction, what would you consider to be the “Must Reads” – the books that really influenced you?
I’m afraid that I’ve been a naughty boy…
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1/10/2012   5 comments
A few days ago I was waffling on about a mega-cool leather belt I’d purchased, but there’s a little bit more to the story…
Jargon translation for research papers
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1/9/2012   9 comments
Do you ever wonder what the authors of research papers are really saying with all that stilted jargon? Here’s a ‘What they say’ and ‘What they mean’ translation…
Counting down to the EOTWAWKI
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1/8/2012   20 comments
Well, the good news is that we may not have to fear the forthcoming Robot Uprising and it may not matter if engineers are lacking in social skills, because…
Engineers may need more social skills, but…
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1/6/2012   14 comments
Everyone on the planet could stand to learn more and broaden their horizons; when you’re done preparing, here’s a final examination…
What were they thinking: mixing up the calendars
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1/6/2012   11 comments
It has been many years since anyone seriously messed with the calendar, but in times gone by, date lines took on a whole different meaning…
Hurray! My jeans are no longer “flying at half-mast”
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1/3/2012   28 comments
I just took delivery of a leather belt from the Saddleback Leather Company – I think this will last me for the rest of my life…


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