Archive for the “Science and Technology” category

by David on June 22, 2010

We didn’t get quite as far as Billings, Montana last year, when we visited Yellowstone last year. I had no idea tornadoes got up that far north.

There’s something about Drupal…

by David on March 1, 2010

There’s something about Drupal that makes me feel disinclined to post blog updates. Just one more page to hurdle before you’re into an edit box, perhaps that’s all it is. So. WordPress again then

Invite to Google wave

by David on October 1, 2009

I haz it. [Update] : Any invites I send out aren’t processed by Google immediately. In their usual charming way they explain they have lots of stamps to lick [Update] : All invites gone

PHP problems in cron jobs at Dreamhost

by David on July 13, 2009

Dreamhost, excellent hosting company on the whole but I had a php cron job setup that worked fine from my browser but failed with strange error messages when run from the command line. Could it be, I wondered, that the (…)

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PC World Scam

by David on August 23, 2008

PC World has what it calls a Collect@Store deal for some of its offers. When I tried to pick up a Toshiba A300-1bz laptop, it turned out that the only laptops the offer applies to are ex-display or refurbished. The (…)

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Top tip: miles, kilometres, Fibonacci

by David on August 13, 2008

Here’s a useful observation: The Golden Ratio is roughly the same as the ratio between miles and kilometers. As successive terms in the Fibonacci sequence approximate the Golden Ratio, the sequence comes in handy for quick conversions. Here are the (…)

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Transcendental IPO

by David on July 1, 2008

When Google went public, its IPO announced a intention to raise $2,718,28,183. The transcendental number e is, of course, roughly 2.71828183….

Snakes of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona

by David on June 28, 2008

As we’re off to Denver shortly for a tour of the … what do you call the area … the Southwestern States? The Mountain States? Well, anyway, we’re probably going to be taking in bits of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico (…)

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Epiphenomenalism

by David on May 14, 2008

I saw the original of Caspar David Friedrich’s painting, Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer‘, (‘The wanderer above the sea of fog’), or a painting very like it, several years ago, in a travelling exhibition in Edinburgh titled, ‘The Romantic Spirit (…)

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Rah Rah Rah

by David on April 19, 2008

So, Friday the GP told me I did have rheumatoid arthritis after all … after a practice nurse told me over the phone my blood test had been negative for the rheumatoid factor (RhF) antibody. In fact I have a (…)

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