I just upgraded geoffarnold.com to WordPress 2.3. It seemed painless; let me know if you encounter any oddities. ((Steve: if you want to upgrade any of the other grommit blogs, you’ll find the WP2.3 distro in ~geoff/tmp.)) I’ve change the default feed from RSS2 to Atom; if you need to select a particular style, there…Read More Upgraded to WordPress 2.3
I wonder if a Grand Prix has ever been run from start to finish behind the safety car, with no passing allowed except when people go off the track or pit… Never mind: they’re finally racing at Fuji. [Later] Overheard on Lewis Hamilton’s radio just after he’d taken the chequered flag: his engineer said, “Well,…Read More Soggy, soggy, soggy
Art and I are shaking our heads in disbelief that Madonna has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Don’t get me wrong: I like a lot of Madonna’s work, ((Sorry, Art!)) especially Ray of Light, but by no stretch of the imagination could it be called rock. The obvious…Read More Does the Material Girl rock? Not like some…
After watching how Chelsea and Manchester United performed today, it’s time to dig out my Arsenal shirt. It’s tempting to conclude that the reds and the blues are simply playing worse than before, but it seems more likely that the rest of the league ((with some notable exceptions!)) have simply raised their game, and the…Read More Time to dig out my Arsenal shirt
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Formula 1 session held up because of fog, ((Of course back in the 60s the BRDC – or was it the BARC? – used to hold a Boxing Day event at Brands Hatch, and it was frequently misty and even frosty. The main race was always started by…Read More Go Lewis!
How much do you think it costs to gold plate a MacBook Pro?Read More Think different… with bling!
Over the last few weeks there has been speculation in the trade press about another big layoff (or “RIF”) at Sun. It looks like today, Thursday, was the day. To those affected: please join the Sun Alumni groups on Yahoo! and Facebook, and sign up with LinkedIn too. There are plenty of fellow Sun alums…Read More More layoffs at Sun
Another day, another scientist. Tonight it was Nobel Laureate James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. He’s just published a fascinating memoir, Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science, and he came to Pacific Science Center to talk about it. The format was billed as a “conversation”, but within a few minutes…Read More Watson @ PSC
OK, not really. But Steven Pinker’s talk at Town Hall Seattle this evening explored three ideas: How language reveals our sense of “folk-physics” How swearing helps us understand emotions How innuendo explains the way we construct relationships These and other themes are from his new book, The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into…Read More Steven Pinker channels George Carlin
From the BBC: British Airways has placed an order for 34 new aircraft – the largest the airline has made since 1998. The airline is buying 12 Airbus A380 superjumbos and 24 Boeing 787s. It also has options for a further seven A380s and 18 of the 787 planes. Now that BA has made the…Read More British Airways takes the plunge