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Entries from May 2002


May 31st, 2002 · 1 Comment

So it seems that this summer I will be working at UCSD in San Diego for a bit over six weeks from late June to early August, and then spending a week in Washington DC. Any readers live nearby, or have any tourist tips?

Tags: adrian

Spooks Yahoo

May 31st, 2002 · Comments Off

Someone has set up a Spooks YahooGroup to discuss the game. Amusingly, I can recognise least three of the twenty-two current members as Cloudmakers veterans.

Tags: arg · tv


May 30th, 2002 · Comments Off

Squirrels – are they really a force for good?

Tags: silly


May 29th, 2002 · 2 Comments

I was reading a thread on Metafilter about television when I realised that there are now two ways to look at it. You can watch television, or you can watch a programme.
To me, ‘watching television’ treats television as an end in itself, whereas ‘watching a programme’ treats it as a means to an end. This [...]

Tags: ad · mefi · tv


May 23rd, 2002 · Comments Off

My answer to a firewalking question was published in today’s Notes and Queries section of the Guardian.

Tags: adrian · bio · newspaper · science

Trinity nuclear test

May 23rd, 2002 · Comments Off

Anecdote of the day: Physicist Ted Taylor used a parabolic mirror to light his cigarette with the flash from the Trinity nuclear bomb test (from Rich).

Tags: physics · science


May 22nd, 2002 · Comments Off

Quote of the day: “The thing with behaviour is that we don’t know what subjects are thinking. I don’t know whether my rats are pressing the lever because they know they’ll get heroin – and I don’t know whether children will be surprised because they think ‘Hey, the laws of gravity have changed!’”

Tags: psych · science · silly


May 21st, 2002 · 1 Comment

I won’t be updating this weblog regularly for the next couple of weeks, as my first exams are starting on Friday. Over the course of 14 days, I’ll have eight exams totalling 22 and a half hours. Surely there’s a better way?

Tags: meta


May 20th, 2002 · Comments Off – various neat alpha-stage applications including Google Glossary (works fairly well for the technical terms I tested it with), voice searching and keyboard searching.

Tags: google · tech · web

BA Festival of Science

May 20th, 2002 · Comments Off

With its magnificent riches, Trinity College has awarded me a grant to attend the British Association Annual Festival of Science this September in Leicester. It’s a five day long convention of British scientists covering all the different disciplines of science, and should be great fun. It’ll also give me an opportunity to check out the [...]

Tags: conference · science