In which I augment reality
I have now included gravatars on this site. Not that I get many commenters to use them *sniff*....
I've added a comment below to show how they appear. If you don't have a gravatar then you'll get a default icon (I have plans afoot to automatically assign these should the commenter not have a suitable gravatar set - but first I have to generate a few icons).
Clicking on any gravatar will take you to the gravatar website.
Feel free to experiment to see how your comment will appear.
Update: I have added Identicons for those without Gravatars
Via Userfriendly, I arrive at Correlations. The idea is simple. You have two questions, and the aim is to check for correlations between them. You can submit your own questions. Obviously, the quality of the site will depend upon user submitted questions, and there are some duffers in there already.
The site isn't tremendously user friendly, the opened out form with the stats is larger than any screen I've seen it on to date - and one has to hit 'next' to get the first question. If submitting a question, there is no preview screen, or ability to delete it if it's gone wrong.
That said, it's quite good fun. For about a minute or so.
I've entered question number 348 (type in 348 and hit 'next') - I also did 347, but typoed! Have fun!
It's an acquired sense of humour for many, but for me it hits the nail right on the head. I've only browsed a few so far, but they've all been excellent.
I've been playing with the excellent Google calendar. Calendars can now be embedded in a webpage - if you're not reading this directly on my site, you may need to click through to the site to see an example as it may not survive an RSS feed!
This is one of the most frequently requested features since the calendar started - and it makes it really easy for a big organisation to keep many people up to date. The organisation could easily maintain a calendar online and have the website version, and the ical version, automatically updated (ical allows people to import events into their own calendars). It's trivial to have different calendars for different jobs.
The above calendar is a simple one listing certain TV and Radio shows, if you share similar tastes, then feel free to subscribe - if I know you (and you share similar tastes) let me know and I'll give you editing permissions - many hands make light work!
(To subscribe, switch to 'month' mode, and a subscribe link will appear - if you can use it, here's the ical feed - alternatively just click the google button)
Google Calendar screenshots can be seen here on flickr
The simply inspired 'Mario Live', as filmed at a student show in the USA. Wonderful stuff.
If using an RSS reader and you don't see the following, click through to the site - start the video using the play button at the bottom left)
Today, in Australia, Qinetiq (the MOD company recently floated on the LSE) are to crashtest a Scramjet in Australia The thing will impact at a little under mach 8. It will probably leave a big hole in the ground and scare the odd kangaroo.
I do hope that they can aim it well enough to produce a meaningful video....
I'm a sucker for watches and timepieces, especially unusual ones. At the moment I am wearing a binary LED watch, at home I have a Binary LCD watch (yes, the time says 01001001 etc...). I have a Solsuno LED watch too (I got a huge discount - bought it on ebay). I am fond of watches with 24 hour dials, so one sweep of the hour hand takes 24 hours (which is, if you consider the origins of timepieces in sundials, quite logical). I have two 24 hour watches, a Raketa and a Vostock - both Russian. (More pictures here and here, note I have not used these sellers).
Near my front door I have a backwards clock (as would have been produced if timepieces had not originated in the Northern hemisphere).
I have even made electronic clocks for various purposes (usually work related).
I even have a regular wristwatch, though that has some nice features like an LCD 'back' screen.
So, given all of this, browsing the TokyoFlash website is not healthy for me.
One might wonder 'how do you tell the time with THAT', well, with the various styles of clock around one soon learns they're vagaries - a 24 hour clock or backwards clock is easy, it's an 'at a glance' thing, and the other timepieces are similar (if a bit slower). Ultimately there is nothing 'natural' about the 12 hour clockface, we all had to be taught how to use it, it's just that we were taught this at a young age - we then had to learn how a digital clock works (although admittedly these days the two skills might come in a different order!) Spicing up the mundane with the unusual can provide some piquancy to day to day living! Especially when the 'usual' is that way for no reason other than convention.
Today is a special day in Manhattan. Manhattan is built on a grid system which is slightly offset to true North/South.
The upshot of this is that today, the sunset lines up with the Manhattan road network, and pedestrians at streetlevel will be able to watch the sun set between the skyscrapers.
With today being April Fool's Day, I thought I'd spend a little time seeking out the inevitable April Fool's Jokes. I expect them to be pretty few and far between, not expecting many on the news sites due to the international situation. Some of these links may disappear in time.
Anyway, first up is Newcode, a language in which it is impossible to express code which contains security violations. There is also the annual Joey Skaggs April Fools' Parade (here is a review of the 2002 Parade).
DALNet has been taken over by Hello Kitty
Paul McCartney is to play for the Pope in a concert. 'I think he might try to get the Pope join in a duet, if he's not too tired.'
There is a new internet standard, RFC3514, in this standard, any data packets which have evil intent should have their evil bit set in order to make their filtering easier.
This is an entry for the sole purpose of plugging my good friend CJ's business CJ makes casts of bodyparts, and calls her business Rockabelly Lifecasts. The little icon is a picture which was taken on our wedding day, showing our casting along with the original hands. CJ gave us the casting as a wedding present.
It was an enjoyable experience, though it was slightly odd feeling the casting goo set around the hand. The finished result is excellent. A nice 'special occasion' present for someone living in the South East of the UK.