Archive for the 'Non-techie stuff' Category

80s computer games I remember

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

When I think about it, I can remember more games I used to play on my Commodore 64 than I expect to.  Here’s what I’ve managed to recall.

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Britain’s only large-scale wind turbine manufacturer to close

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Vestas, the wind turbine manufacturing plant in Newport on the Isle of Wight is set to close this week despite a government pledge only hours earlier to build a green economy. There is a Friends of the Earth campaign about it here, urging the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to save the UK’s wind power industry.

All of this comes at a time when the UK govenment has been accused of having an energy policy that’s too focused on wind power, and when companies trying to increase the UK’s supply of wind power such as Ecotricity are fighting years-long planning battles with local councils to install any. Dorset, the county where I live, has no wind turbines at all and one planning proposal was recently turned down by the council despite having been recommended by their own planning officers.

It’s a mad world.

Hustle: back on form

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The fifth series of Hustle is definitely back on form.  Glad that Mickey Bricks is back from “Australia” (oh, I thought he’d been off making films), and that the writing has got its edge back.  It’s much improved from before.  It’s a pity Jaime Murray is no longer in it, but you can’t have everything.  Kelly Adams is nearly as good in the same/similar role.  Not warming so quickly to Matt Di Angelo but, then again, it was the same with Marc Warren to start with.

Episode 4 is on this Thursday.

Some of our electricity is missing

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

wind-turbine-crop-circleWe use Ecotricity for electricity supply in our household, as they use the money we pay them to build new wind turbines.  Annoyingly, aliens are wrecking them. One early report said that a blade had been torn off and — ominously — was nowhere to be found (perhaps implying it had been abducted). A later report said that it was found at the foot of the wind turbine.  Probably should have checked there first.

Now the county councillor for the area has piped up with a report of seeing a “round, white light” with a “slight red edge” hovering near the wind turbines. So was it aliens, or mechanical failure? Either way, it mightn’t be a bad idea to start installing cameras at turbine sites.

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Automatic photo tagging

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

MyHeritage, a genealogy web site, claims it can automatically tag photos of people.  It uses face recognition to find faces in uploaded photos, then gets you to identify them.  The idea is that you only identify each person once, and it can automatically tag other photos of that person for you.

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