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Entries from February 2007


February 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Interesting article from today’s New York Times, What a College Education Buys:
Moreover, if you’re not planning on becoming, say, a doctor, the benefits of diligent study can be overstated. In recent decades, the biggest rewards have gone to those whose intelligence is deployable in new directions on short notice, not to those who are locked [...]

Tags: arg · edu

Lost and Found

February 21st, 2007 · No Comments

After two years, the Cube has been found, and with it comes the end of Season 1 of Perplex City. A couple of days ago, we launched a new site at (we call it the Puzzle Portal); it’s still in beta, but there are going to be some good changes over the next few [...]

Tags: adrian · arg · conference · perplexcity · travel

Cars off the road

February 21st, 2007 · 1 Comment

M&S unveils carbon-neutral target (BBC News):
M&S said the carbon savings it aimed to achieve under its plan would be like taking 100,000 cars off the road each year.
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of environmental plans being measured in the number of cars taken off the road. I did a search on Google News and [...]

Tags: politics · science · writing

PowerPlay Golf

February 8th, 2007 · 4 Comments

From BBC News Online:
In PowerPlay Golf, each green has two holes instead of one, with a black flag denoting a more difficult pin placing and a white flag the easier one.
Over nine holes, players have to make three powerplays where they have to go for the harder option.
(…) Other innovations being considered include placing a [...]

Tags: games · wii

Their Say

February 6th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I’m not sure whether I’ve mentioned how much I hate the Have Your Say section on BBC News Online (surely a forum the BBC must be ashamed of) – if I haven’t, then I’ll have to do a post about it some time. Anyway, it occasionally throws up some real gems:
Q: Should we build 600 [...]

Tags: bbc · politics · silly

Kingdom of Letters

February 4th, 2007 · 2 Comments

I have an almost unhealthy interest in eBook readers – tablet computers that are made specifically for reading. eBook readers tend to use low-power, high-resolution screens that are easily readable in all light levels; and most importantly, they can hold hundreds of books. Unfortunately, no-one has made a particularly good eBook reader yet, despite my [...]

Tags: book