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Entries from October 2003

We Can

October 31st, 2003 · 1 Comment

iCan is a new website set up by the BBC to let people discuss local issues and team up with other citizens to effect change, by using a clever combination of forums, locational information and databases. Some issues they’re tackling are schools, anti-social behaviour, litter, traffic and so on.
So, why are people whining about iCan? [...]

Tags: bbc · tech · web


October 30th, 2003 · No Comments

Seal on Music – the Guardian Online interviewed Seal today, and he’s remarkably well-informed on the latest technological and IP matters. Nice to see that at least one musician has a brain.

Tags: music · tech

In Print

October 28th, 2003 · 1 Comment

‘One of the best veteran bloggers’ (scroll to the bottom of the page) – that’s what I am kids, according to the NetGuide NZ magazine. A while back I got an email from some reporter asking for weblogging tips for a magazine. I was in half a mind to delete the email because it looked [...]

Tags: adrian · meta · web


October 28th, 2003 · 4 Comments

In what must be a record for me, I finished Robert Sawyer’s Hominids in around three hours this weekend; that’s about 30 seconds per page. I don’t normally read that quickly, but Hominids was a particularly easy read and had several sections on the science of DNA and quantum physics, both of which I am [...]

Tags: book · review · science · sf

Planet Jemma

October 26th, 2003 · 1 Comment

It’s a great idea – create a fictional online journal of a 19 year old English girl who’s interested in science (and boys, etc etc) to get other girls into science. And that’s what the British Council has done with Planet Jemma.
Now, I don’t dare to presume that I have any special insight into the [...]

Tags: politics · science · web

Middle England SF

October 15th, 2003 · No Comments

Radio 4 on SF – the Open Book series on BBC Radio 4 recently aired (12th October) a very good programme introducing people to science fiction. You can listen to the programme at the link above, which features authors such as Pat Cadigan, Stephen Baxter and Iain Banks. I was pleasantly surprised to hear a [...]

Tags: bbc · book · radio · sf


October 14th, 2003 · No Comments

Neal Stephenson’s latest novel, Quicksilver, arrived on my doorstep (metaphorically speaking) some time last week. Initially I thought to myself, ‘I’m a busy guy, I don’t have time to read this 900 page book in one go, as I usually do. Instead, I think I shall read it in little chunks, perhaps a reasonable hundred [...]

Tags: book · history · review · sf

Thank you

October 5th, 2003 · No Comments

Thank you… – this MetaFilter thread on how to write thank you letters is going to get very silly, very quickly.

Tags: mefi · silly · writing

On memory

October 4th, 2003 · No Comments

My 4 year DPhil here at Oxford is funded by a studentship from the Wellcome Trust. This is a great thing because it means I have enough money to, for example, live, and it also means that any research groups I join will not have to pay for me. It’s even better than that, though, [...]

Tags: adrian · bio · neuro · science

On Oxford

October 4th, 2003 · No Comments

Oxford is quite a bit larger than Cambridge, which isn’t a remarkable feat, and still leaves it small enough to across the city centre in 30 minutes – if you can get through the crowds, that is.
There are an incredible number of tourists in Oxford. I think that the majority of pedestrians in the city [...]

Tags: oxford