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US Visa

So, today I went to apply for a Visa to visit the USA. Despite holding a full UK passport, I am deemed SO dangerous that I have to make a special application for a full Visa. It’s quite amazing to

Multi-multi-multi tasking

I read quite often in the many marketing industry emails I get each day that the modern person generally multi-tasks in the evenings, tending to have the TV on in the corner, while browsing the web, chatting on IM –

Petition to ban strike on London Underground

If you approve – sign this petiton http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/tube-strikes/ 

Will we face an advertising backlash?

Everywhere I look, I am reading about how advertising is going to save the world. In the past week, Google talked about how adverts can fund mobile phone charges, Vodafone announed an advertising subsidised service and a virtual network operator

At last – a sensible use for The Bible

Tired of all that sanctimonious crap inside The Bible ? Replace it with something vastly more interesting instead then…. Via The Green Head The Good Book Flask is the ultimate place to stash your booze. On the outside, it appears

Antique Maps on Google Earth

This is rather spiffy. Google has “officially” added some antique map layers to Google Earth so you can compare todays sat photos with maps of places from a hundred or so years ago. To use this, expand the Featured Content

Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted in Germany

It would seem that God is German

CCTV’s cause UK’s Obesity epidemic

Consider two seemingly unrelated issues: A combination of CCTVs, biometrics, databases and tracking technologies has resulted in Britain becoming the most spied on nation in the world, according to a government privacy watchdog. http://www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=333302&ssid=204&sid=LIF and…. British health officials claim obesity

WWII archive photos go online

More than five million aerial photographs of World War II are to be made publicly available on the internet. The pictures will go online on Monday. Taken by the RAF, they were used by Allied commanders to help devise their

A “silent” passenger plane

A radically redesigned passenger jet could alleviate a major complaint of people who live near major airports–the deafening sound of planes taking off and landing. A team of 40 researchers from Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spent

Website Explains How To Make A Nuclear Bomb

The US government posted on the Internet Iraqi documents that explain how to build a nuclear bomb, the New York Times reported on its website. The Times said that officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency had complained to US

Illness

It’s two years to the day since I collapsed outside the office and ended up being carted off to hospital in an Ambulance. And the start of several months of serious ickyness – although in hindsight, I had been ill

It is now officially “Christmas”

The local starfucks is packed full of xmasy stuff and they have dragged out the red paper festive cups. I now declare it is officially Christmas.

Witches are not grisly old hags…

…says, a grisly old hag. Laurie Cabot is a proud witch, and she’s fighting for her civil rights. In between psychic readings and running a shop that sells everything a witch needs to get started, Cabot is mailing letters to

Speeding up websites

Found (via Digg) this very interesting article about how to optimise the delivery of webpages, written by a Google Geek. http://www.die.net/musings/page_load_time/ I am familiar with most of them at a superficial level, having a while ago, read an equivalent article

Engrossing magazine = missed train stop

Each morning on the way to work, I read The Economist. This week they have a special about France, and I am afraid to say that I got rather stuck into it. So I managed to miss my underground change

The clocks go back

…or at least they do at home. I come into the office to work, and presume that the clocks on our phone system display would also be correct. I don’t pro-actively make that presumption (as I would have tested this

I think I just fell in love

One day, I will own something like this… This wave-piercing luxury trimaran may look like something from a Star Trek movie, but it’s no fantasy. In this case, a 148-meter hull has its advantages, with split-level luxury staterooms providing room