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Entries from June 2004

Lab: The Show

June 22nd, 2004 · No Comments

During the England game yesterday we came up with an idea for a new reality show. There are already shows centred around pop stars, hospitals, pirates and all sorts, but what about scientists?
Introducing LAB: The Show. 12 graduate and postdoc students in biology are placed in a lab for ten weeks in order to produce [...]

Tags: bio · science · silly · tv

A Clash in Civilization

June 18th, 2004 · No Comments

Some time ago, I wrote a long article about a fascinating way of playing the strategy computer game Civilization 3. That article – A Clash in Civilization – has now finally been published online at Kuro5hin, where it successfully ran the gauntlet of the highly cynical and hostile reviewers and emerged unscathed and on the [...]

Tags: games · review

Puzzling photos

June 17th, 2004 · No Comments

A couple of updates – I’ve put a whole bunch of my Australia photos from last year online (note that there are multiple pages to the album with links at the bottom of the page) and I also devised a little puzzle at Unfiction where the prize is an invitation to Gmail.

Tags: photos · puzzle


June 15th, 2004 · No Comments

The reason I went back home last weekend was to use a microlight voucher I received for my 21st birthday, a mere 10 months after I actually received it. The microlight centre (more accurately described as ‘a hangar in the middle of a field in the middle of nowhere’) was about an hour’s drive away [...]

Tags: adrian · travel

Summon the Worms

June 13th, 2004 · 1 Comment

Usually it’s the other way round, but after listening to the incredible Children of Dune TV movie soundtrack, I feel compelled to buy the DVD (and the CD – I believe in buying stuff I listen to a lot). If you’re wondering why I decided to listen to the soundtrack of a movie I haven’t [...]

Tags: music · review · tv

Great balls of fire

June 11th, 2004 · No Comments

When I was at primary school in West Kirby, my teacher once told a story about how our sunsets are world-famous and how she met someone from Japan who’d heard of them. While I thought our sunsets were pretty impressive as well, being young and cynical, I scoffed at the thought that people as far [...]

Tags: adrian · westkirby


June 7th, 2004 · No Comments

An extremely noisy and irritating fire alarm is scraping across my eardrums here at the lab. We have quite a clever alarm system here, in that there are two types of alarms – the first one (which is what I am hearing right now) means ‘get ready, there might be a fire’ and the second [...]

Tags: silly

NotCon and FreeFire

June 7th, 2004 · No Comments

I visited NotCon ‘04 yesterday and had a lot of fun being able to go into maximum geekitude along with the rest of the 300+ attendees. I didn’t hear anything particularly new at the conference apart from the announcement of the wonderful website, but I met a bunch of interesting people and reveled in [...]

Tags: conference · tech

Some photos

June 4th, 2004 · No Comments

Selected photos of my trip to Madrid are now online, along with some old (and more complete) photos of West Kirby Marine Lake. There’s not an awful lot to say about Madrid; our days centred around two things, food and drink, both of which were plentiful, good and cheap (just like pretty much everywhere else [...]

Tags: photos · travel · westkirby

A certain kind of class

June 4th, 2004 · 1 Comment

One of the unexpected benefits of entering the Apple community is that it introduces you to all sorts of interesting people. I’ve already met several people at college – none of them particularly technologically-oriented or solely male – who have come up to me and said, ‘You’ve got a Mac, right?’. I’m not entirely sure [...]

Tags: apple