July 2002 Archives
July 28, 2002
Tasmania's Premier visits the giant squid.
There's something delightfully Jim Hacker about this image.
July 25, 2002
I finally got my TiBook back from Frankfurt, where it had been for screen repair (yikes!). The thing that strikes me most about meeting it this second time?
Oddly, having been away from a Mac for almost a fortnight, it's... the text in OmniWeb. It's a joy to read webpages again. Simple as that.
July 24, 2002
My current employer has started selling greeting cards in the staff canteen. They read 'Sorry you're leaving.'
July 19, 2002
Media Guardian on the whole Big Brother/Jade thing. Right at the end, Germaine Greer's take on the matter - and I quote - 'Ah, bullshit. That fat slag deserves all she gets.'
Now, I don't entirely agree, but suddenly I find myself liking Greer more than I have at any time in the last decade. [shrug]
July 17, 2002
This is, quite possibly, the best photo ever of John Prescott. The Guardian's coverage of it is completely irreverent too, which is all for the better.
July 16, 2002
Bob Park's latest What's New column at the American Physical Society continues his ongoing rant against manned spaceflight in general, and the International Space Station in particular. Why? Because it's sold as a research lab, but it's not doing any research. Oh, and putting it in a position where it could conceivably do some research would cost a fortune (in science research terms).
Read the Bob. He talks sense.
July 12, 2002
Here we go again - time for another shake-up of GCSE science teaching.
While I'm sure GCSE science is deeply dull, and I'm hardly in the camp that chants 'they have to learn to walk before they can run,' something about this does worry me. For example, how can one discuss the MMR nightmare in an informed way, without having done any formal statistics? This is, of course, the basic problem with the MMR situation - what's perfectly reasonable for individuals is a bit of a disaster for the population as a whole.
Besides, haven't we heard all this before? Wasn't the whole GCSE thing, back in 1988, supposed to be about relevance and practicality? These may be good intentions, but are they actually new?
July 10, 2002
I'm such a twit. I've gone and installed this blog system with blatant disregard for actually reading the docs. And now I can't work out how to make it do half the things I want.
Whereas, if I'd just slung up a(nother) Geeklog system, we'd be ticking right along, if not looking quite so crisp and clean. [sigh]. Content management systems are well and good, but sometimes, I want a decent content metamanagement system.
July 9, 2002
From one of the mailing lists I frequent, yesterday:
Has anyone come across a supplier of snake models or reasonably realistic toy versions? I'm after a sidewinder snake that can be handled for a feely box exhibit.
Followed, barely an hour later, by:
Try Daisy and Toms Deansgate Manchester; I purchased some funky models there recently.
What's scary is that last Monday we had a similar exchange about insects in resin. Any offers for next week?
July 7, 2002
Actually, I'm just checking to see what happens when I upload a graphic, since I've not done that yet with MT. But still, if you haven't read the book, I heartily recommend it. One's man's account of a very personal war, against (seemingly) everybody in the Balkans and his own drug addiction. It sounds ghastly, but manages to be strangely compelling, even inspiring.
Here's the Amazon UK link.
Testing to see if Moveable Type 2.2.1 installed correctly. If you can see this, I guess it did.
One of these days, I may even get around to writing something interesting in this blog. But I wouldn't count on it.