Saturday, January 17, 2009

Great Photo Blog

I've just spent the last couple of hours going through the pics on this great photo blog.

Be aware that some of them are NSFW!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The world is a Hologram

What was thought to be interference in a German gravitational wave detector could turn out to be proof that reality is in some sense a hologram.
While this is a fascinating discovery in its self it is a perfect example of one the things that makes me love science (Yes, I love science).

Every so often in the world of physics there is a theorist wondering how to find proof of their new idea while someone performing an experiment designed to measure something completely different sits scratching their heads at a set of results that seem to make no sense. It happened with Einstein predicting the Brownian Motion that baffled Robert Brown and with the discovery of cosmic background radiation which researchers initially thought was due to their antenna having a fault until they found out about some scientists at Princeton theorising that just such a signal should be found.

So to sum up:

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Take A Logic Test

A quiz to test your powers of logical reasoning.

I got 100% but then I did take a course on logic at university.

Don't forget that just because a premise isn't true doesn't mean the conclusion doesn't logically follow.

Monday, January 05, 2009

I don't normally do cute but I'll make an exception

"Two German children - aged five and six - have been stopped by police from eloping to Africa to tie the knot in the sun, reports say.

The budding lovebirds, identified as Mika and Anna-Lena, packed bathing costumes, sunglasses and a lilo and headed for the airport.

They even had the presence of mind to invite along an official witness - Anna-Lena's seven-year-old sister."

Read more at the BBC

Super Ubuntu

For those of you who fancy a go with Ubuntu, but don't want all the bother of having to install all the extra codecs and bits of useful software that can't be distributed with the main build then Super Ubuntu might be the thing for you wrapping it all up into one handy distro.

The BMA Debunk Medical Myths

The BMA have published a handy one stop shop to point people to when they insist on drivelling on about how you only use 10% of your brain, that you have to drink 8 glasses of water a day, that eating in the evening makes you fat, or that reading in low light makes you blind.

See also the nonsense of Detox:

Well done Science kids!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Windows 7 Looks Rather Good

After the numerous Vista bashing and pro Linux posts you will have seen me make you would be forgiven for thinking I was a raging MS hater, not so.

I've been reading up on Windows 7 and so far I'm quite impressed.
OS news have posted an interesting review here and the Microsoft Engineering Windows 7 blog has a really great article about the sensible sounding changes they have made to the taskbar.

Couple that with some rather promising looking benchmark results and I could even be persuaded to give it a try (Once SP1 comes out that is).