Death Star Canteen

11/09/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube


Little Lego animation to go along with an Eddie Izzard skit.

Given the teller, you may not want to play this in earshot of younger Star Wars fanatics.


Innumerate idjits

11/08/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly


Link is to a failed lottery ticket theme in the UK.

Summary: people who can't do math can't do math. There's a shocker.

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Peahens Fan Too

11/07/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Distractions

Unless these are males of a different peafowl species, this is my first encounter of peahens, the female counterparts of peacocks, fanning their tales in much the same manner as the males do, only somewhat less spectacularly.

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Strange Bible Verses: Numbers 22:8-35

11/07/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Religion

(NOTE: Update about this story at the end of this post)

There are a number of odd tales in the Bible, but some of them are odder than others.

The tale of Balaam and the talking donkey is an odd one, but not just for the talking donkey. This is a tale of God getting mad when you do what he told you to do.

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Evidence Based Scheduling

11/07/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology


Joel Spolsky on another of his smart ideas: a combined process and time tracking tool that allows better estimates for software development. This is pretty much the Holy Grail. Now if only I knew somewhere I could try this out on...


A seriously low MPG vehicle

11/06/07 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube


It's been a while since I've done a Top Gear/YouTube related post, so here's one. I suspect the video will be gone in a day or two as those take-down notices seem to fly thick and fast, but this one's all about the Peel P50 from 1963. It does 100 MPG, it's small enough to be picked up and wheeled around, drive through the BBC offices, fit into normal elevators and generally let Jeremy Clarkson annoy everyone around him.

(Via Wired)


The Leopard has landed

11/05/07 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh

Radio Adam, after a recent outage, is back on the air and has migrated platforms again. Initially on Linux, then on Windows XP, it has migrated over to Leopard on a refurbished Mac Mini (the older PPC version, rather than the newer MacIntel variant.)

But this isn't really about Radio Adam; this is about the newest OSX upgrade: OSX 10.5, aka "Leopard".

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Software development: five easy ways to fail

11/04/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology


Good article from by Joel Spolsky of "Joel On Software" about common ways that software projects crater. Some comments on it are below the fold.

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11/03/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly


First we had gender-reversed NimbleBlog; now the the severely twisted minds behind teh internets bring you: LolNimble!

(Via XOverboard)


CD/45 RPM hybrid

11/02/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music


While I love the ingenuity that went into designing a gramophone-compatible CD, I don't think I would dare stick it into a CD player after the first time a needle had touched the top surface.

(Via BoingBoing)


George Lucas In Love

11/01/07 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube


I saw "George Lucas In Love" a few years ago and thought it was brilliant then. On watching it again, I think it still qualifies as brilliant now.


Stupid, stupid, stupid

10/31/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Whining, Reviews


A year or so ago, I bought a Philips PhotoFrame (7FF1M4/37 model) as a present for a relative. It was well received and was used daily with no problems. That made it a great success in my eyes.

Until tonight when I bricked it.

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Dena and Beowulf

10/30/07 | by Nimble | Categories: Distractions

Was poking through the Old English-plus-translation version of Beowulf I have, and was intrigued that the first line was:

Hwæt, we Gar-Dena in geardagum

There you go, Dena's in Beowulf!

(Even though it means the Danes, here: Gar-Dena = spear-Danes)

Not knowing where Tolkien got his inspiration, there's an awful lot of homage to Beowulf in Lord of the Rings. Beowulf refers to Middle Earth, ring-givers, and one of the Old English words for king, apart from "cyning" (kewningg) is "þeoden" (the "þ" giving a "th" sound). Theoden King indeed!


Darth Vader, Harmonica Maven

10/30/07 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube


If you ever wondered what that gizmo near the bottom of Darth Vader's helmet was, the title above gave it away.

(Via Daring Fireball)


The high stakes of chocolate making

10/29/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly


Squishing fine chocolate truffles with one's thumb? Hanging is too good for him (harumph).

(Via BoingBoing)


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