Archive for the 'Thoughts' Category


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

“What shoes do fish wear?”  There must be loads of answers to this.


Mexican Jumping Beans

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

BeansWhen I was at school there was a newsagent around the corner that sold real Mexican Jumping Beans, in little tubes containing about five each. Not the little plastic lozenge-shape toys with ball-bearings giving them momentum, but the real things (see Wikipedia article). I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when one of them would jump. It seems like they only had them around in the shop for about two weeks, and then they were gone. Years ago I went back to that shop to ask them about it, but the person there didn’t know anything about them.


Perfect Storm for Phishing

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

The Government’s cavalier handling of our personal data is now well publicised. What mystifies me is what’s keeping the phishing scammers from taking advantage of it. I haven’t yet seen any emails purporting to be from the Government trying to get people to register to protect their details.

It’s just a matter of time before some scammer realises that they don’t need the HMRC discs, just enough people who are so worried about the HMRC scandal that they don’t think straight when reading about a way to protect their personal information.

Milk bottle tops

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Milk bottle topLooks like the birds in this area are wise to the old “peck the milk bottle tops” trick. But do birds like milk? I’m not sure I really see what’s in it for them except to annoy people.

Of course, I’m assuming it was done by a bird and that the milkman didn’t put his thumb through the top by accident — but if you look closely, it looks like there is a small hole that’s been pecked (see exhibit A, left).

Anyone know what sort of bird does this, and why? Perhaps magpies, trying to collect silvery things?

Pre-order now! (13 years early)

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Not long to wait now for the DVD box set of The Wonder Years. You can pre-order it now at Amazon… but can that release date really be right?