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Entries from April 2003

A few good men

April 30th, 2003 · No Comments

Cheeks to the rescue – ever been in a desperately embarrassing situation where you wished you could just crawl into a hole? Imagine being a 13 year old and fluffing the words to the American national anthem on live TV, and in front of 20,000 people. Fortunately, NBA team coach Mo Cheeks came to the [...]

Tags: mefi · random

Never good enough

April 28th, 2003 · 2 Comments

The big news today is that Apple has launched its new music service. $.99 for a single track and $10 for an album. However, the folks at MetaFilter are positivery derisory of the entire scheme, even though it has almost no DRM issues (burn to CD effectively as many times as you want). What do [...]

Tags: apple · mefi · music · tech

Natural Artifacts

April 27th, 2003 · No Comments

Natural Artifacts – a well-written post at MetaFilter by someone who has written a program that generates images without human output. Is it art? The creator says no.

Tags: mefi · tech

Phone Booth

April 26th, 2003 · No Comments

Just watched Phone Booth tonight. Overall, an mildly entertaining movie that is somewhat predictable, but with an interesting use of sets (namely, the phone booth) and a compelling dynamic between the caller and the ‘hero’. Could’ve been much better though; I believe that the original screenplay was far edgier and, unsurprisingly, less ‘Hollywood’.

Tags: film · review

On Time

April 26th, 2003 · No Comments

Potter books give Amazon amazing success – Good news! According to this article, Amazon UK wil be sending out copies of Harry Potter 5 in time for the official release of June 21st. This means no agonized wait for me…

Tags: book

SARS

April 26th, 2003 · 2 Comments

A lot of people aren’t worried about SARS. They say, well, it’s only killed a few hundred people, that’s a drop in the ocean compared to malaria, AIDS, influenza, car accidents, smoking, etc. etc. So what’s the big deal?
The big deal is that you do not measure the threat of a disease merely by the [...]

Tags: bio · science

David X Cohen

April 25th, 2003 · No Comments

David X Cohen interview – an interview with the executive producer of Futurama. Covers the new Futurama game, his feelings about the Fox network, plans for the future and anecdotes about the show.

Tags: tv

Smoky

April 25th, 2003 · 2 Comments

Support For New York-Style Smoking Ban – the results of a MORI poll conducted in the UK on whether we should have a smoking ban. One question: is it standard in America to have smoking and non-smoking areas in restaurants, and if so, do they work well? I can’t remember from my previous visits.

Tags: politics · usa

4 million

April 24th, 2003 · No Comments

4,000,000! – the population of New Zealand reached 4 million today. New Zealand has a very nice statistics website which sets an impressive example for other countries (via MetaFilter).

Tags: mefi · web

Adrian on Mars, part two

April 21st, 2003 · 2 Comments

Are you going to be in or around Cambridge on the 29th April? If so, what better way to spend the evening than attending a delightful presentation by me on ‘The Human Mission to Mars’. I’ll be talking about why we should send humans to Mars, how we might do it and how much it’d [...]

Tags: adrian · cambridge · mars