Archive for the 'Non-techie stuff' Category

Streetview-style maps seeing inside buildings

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

This Finnish mapping service has a mode that works like Google’s Street View, but it can let you look around inside buildings!  Take a look.  Try clicking on one of the buildings with a rectangle around it.




Friday, December 19th, 2008

While I was waiting in a queue at the Post Office, I was remembered something I thought while waiting in a queue on the phone to BT.  If there are fewer people serving at the desks or answering the phones and more people in the queues, and this becomes the norm, the people queueing will come to think of their time speaking with a cashier/representative as extremely valuable indeed.  No-one wants to have to re-join the queue and start again.  Having spent all that time waiting they now want to get everything off their chest and sorted out in this exchange and be done with it.



Tuesday, December 16th, 2008


This is a font called Spranq Eco Sans, based on Vera Sans.  The idea is that the little circular holes in the lines making up the letters can save up to 20% of the ink used for printing it out.

I think the idea is to get people to think about how much ink they use, rather than to get everyone to switch over to this font.

Found via EcoGeek.

Super-8 cine film conversion methods

Friday, December 5th, 2008

We have some old Super-8 cine film reels and have been looking around at places that will convert it to something newer e.g. DVD.  It looks like there are two main methods:

  1. Frame-by-frame conversion, where each frame is scanned separately and the frame rate adjusted by occasionally doubling frames.  This seems to be quite expensive!
  2. Filming a projected image.  This sort of conversion is done at (for example) Aarchive.  This is much cheaper of course and there is a shop within walking distance that can convert it like this, so that’s most likely what we’ll do.

Anyone have positive/negative experiences about either method?


Monday, December 1st, 2008

My first dawdlr postcard has finally been scanned in and published.  Seems like absolutely ages ago that I posted it… and THAT’S THE POINT.