Alchemy at the BBC

by David on November 25, 2006

The BBC has reported that Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with thallium, which The Telegraph decided was a liquid

Dixons – not at all bad

by David on November 25, 2006

The UK retailer Dixons/Currys has a rather mixed reputation. Some say the sales staff aren’t as well-trained as they might be, or that they push extra warrantees for the commission, and there are stories of poor after-sales service all over the web.

But, but, but. I’ve just bought a Nikon D80 from their website with no trouble at all. It was very competitively priced and delivered on time. So, tentatively, thumbs up for Dixons. I’d buy from them again.

American Corn

by David on November 21, 2006

Lincoln at Hodgenville, Kentucky

Lincoln’s statue at Hodgenville

Photography Sunday

by David on November 20, 2006

Helen’s keen on rust, dirt, decay, broken windows – you know the sort of thing:

Elk in space

by David on November 18, 2006

Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang has decided to treat his fellow space travellers to dried elk meat

The Local

Flickr maps and Google maps

by David on November 17, 2006

Check out Flickr’s new maps for London. This is stunningly good stuff… Yahoo and Flickr now have good maps for Britain and the rest of Europe as well, which should help the whole geotagging thing really fly outside the US. I’ve known this was coming for a while, but it doesn’t make its arrival any less welcome…

Tom Coates on Flickr’s maps

Tolerance and Religion

by David on November 16, 2006

The media-savvy Archbishop of York – the most senior cleric in the CofE after the Archbishop of Canterbury – has had a go at the BBC:

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has accused the BBC of bias against Christianity and says the broadcaster fears a terrorist backlash if it is critical of Islam.

The archbishop, the second most senior figure in the Church of England’s hierarchy, said Christians took “more knocks” than other faiths at the hands of the BBC.

Hen’s teeth

by David on November 12, 2006

Stephen Jay Gould published the collection of essays Hen’s Teeth and Horses Toes way back in 1984, 22 years ago; so when the National Geographic recently published an article headlined Dolphin With Four Fins May Prove Terrestrial Origins I was less than suprised, except by the exaggerated claims for the significance of the find. As Jan Haugland wrote recently about the same story,

Politicians Sweep Midterm Elections

by David on November 9, 2006

The Onion, as so often, gets to the heart of the news:

WASHINGTON, DC—After months of aggressive campaigning and with nearly 99 percent of ballots counted, politicians were the big winners in Tuesday’s midterm election, taking all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, retaining a majority with 100 out of 100 seats in the Senate, and pushing political candidates to victory in each of the 36 gubernatorial races up for grabs.

Schmap

by David on November 5, 2006

Schmap is producing ‘dynamic’ online travel guides and is using CC-licenced photos from Flickr. Some Flicker folk are confused about a possible commercial reuse of non-commercial photos but Schmap seems to be legit and anyway, anybody approached about their photos can always say no.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History