April 28, 2006

Linux: A European threat to our computers

Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:32 PM

F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content

"Eyetracking visualizations show that users often read Web pages in an F-shaped pattern: two horizontal stripes followed by a vertical stripe."
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:18 PM

BBC Programme Catalogue

Details of 946,614 BBC radio & TV programmes, dating back 75 years
BBC Programme Catalogue
Thanks to Newty
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:01 PM


This Week:
* COCKS - Made of clay
* SCAM - Undeserved Blue Peter badges
* JOHN LENNON - What a fucking spacker
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:47 PM

Judge creates own Da Vinci code

"The judge who presided over the failed Da Vinci Code plagiarism case at London's High Court hid his own secret code in his written judgement."
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:11 PM

Help Win This Bet

"So, here's the story... I said to my girlfriend that any stupid website could get tons of hits, simply because people are bored all the time. She said that I was an idiot and couldn’t make a website that could get tons of hits if I wanted to. After a long argument (mostly centered around the fact that she called me an idiot) we made a bet:"
Help Win This Bet
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:16 AM

April 27, 2006

Blender's 50 Worst Things to Happen to Music

AOL Music
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:01 AM

April 26, 2006

Microsoft launches Google Scholar rival

"Microsoft has entered the academic search field, launching this month a beta version of a tool called Windows Live Academic Search, which will index peer-reviewed subscription content from different publishers. Experts generally welcomed the new product, which rivals Google Scholar, but suggested it could pose problems for librarians and commercial vendors."
The Scientist
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:16 AM

April 24, 2006

A Spy Speaks Out

"When no weapons of mass destruction surfaced in Iraq, President Bush insisted WMD claims were the result of faulty intelligence. A former top CIA official tells CBS the White House only used intelligence it liked, ignoring other information."
CBS News
Posted by Martin Sewell at 4:24 PM

London Marathon

Posted by Martin Sewell at 4:18 PM

April 22, 2006

Why ‘fair’ trade is a bad deal for poorest farmers

"THIS is Fairtrade Fortnight, the time of year during which we are encouraged to pay more for everything from cups of coffee and chocolate bars to cosmetics and cut flowers. But while filling the shopping trolley with “fair trade” goods may help relieve the guilt of affluent middle class consumers, its effect in the marketplace is far from benign. A combination of economic illiteracy and do-gooder foolishness has created a monster that threatens the prosperity of the poorest producers."
Note that the author is Director-General of the Globalisation Institute, a trade and international development think tank in London.
Comments always welcome via e-mail.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 7:12 PM

April 21, 2006

Rendezvous - Google Video

On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris. The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine, through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.
No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit.
The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly 140 MPH in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.
Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was arrested. He has never revealed the identity of the driver, and the film went underground until a DVD release a few years ago.
Rendezvous - Google Video
Posted by Martin Sewell at 4:16 PM

100 Facts

Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:36 AM

The Worst President in History?

"George W. Bush's presidency appears headed for colossal historical disgrace. Barring a cataclysmic event on the order of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, after which the public might rally around the White House once again, there seems to be little the administration can do to avoid being ranked on the lowest tier of U.S. presidents. And that may be the best-case scenario. Many historians are now wondering whether Bush, in fact, will be remembered as the very worst president in all of American history."
Rolling Stone
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:33 AM

A Tour of Microsoft's Mac Lab

"Today I'll stop my 3rd person perspective. I'm going to write a little bit more about what I do to help MacBU ship great software and provide some color around what's it's like to work on Mac software at Microsoft. Often when we have press events or special visits from our MVPs I'll give them a tour of the Mac Lab and explain what we do. They've always found it very interesting and so I thought I'd share a virtual tour of our Mac Lab."
David Weiss
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:29 AM

The 100 unsexiest men in the world

"Welcome to the first installment of ThePhoenix.com's 100 Unsexiest Men in the World. After pouring through thousands of photographs, millions of frames of movies and TV shows, the staff at thephoenix.com has compiled a list of the least sexy males on the planet."
The Phoenix
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:19 AM

April 20, 2006

April 19, 2006

Atheism is a liberating world view

'Atheists are "seen as a threat to the American way of life by a large portion of the American public," according to a national survey conducted by the University of Minnesota.
The research, reported in April's American Sociological Review, sadly confirms to me that many of our citizens are uninformed and undereducated. The conclusions are an insult to an estimated 30 million Americans who are honest, rational, moral and unfortunately far too quiet.
It is therefore time for atheists to "come out of the closet" and shout out loud the famous line, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any longer!"'
www.azstarnet.com ®
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:44 PM

Sex cues ruin men's decisiveness

"Catching sight of a pretty woman really is enough to throw a man's decision-making skills into disarray, a study suggests."
BBC NEWS | Health
Link thanks to Dave.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:25 PM

April 18, 2006

Cruise 'will eat baby's placenta'

"Actor Tom Cruise has said he plans to eat the placenta of his new baby."
BBC NEWS | Entertainment
Link thanks to Steve.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:25 AM

April 16, 2006

Religious Attendance: More Cost-Effective Than Lipitor?

"A recent meta-analysis demonstrates a robust but small association between weekly religious attendance and longer life. However, the practical significance of this finding remains controversial."
The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 19:103-109 (2006)
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:12 PM

April 15, 2006

Overcoming Procrastination

Dexterity Software
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:47 PM

Top 100 - Google Video

Top 100 - Google Video
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:14 PM

I want a Freeware Utility to ... 300+ common problems solved

"Extremely useful free utilities that do specific jobs really well and save time and money."
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:05 PM

Men, Women, Cars, and Crashes

"Overall, the data show that about 73 percent of all people killed in car accidents are male. For every age, all the way through the mid-90s, male fatalities outnumber female fatalities by a factor of 3 or more. At age 20, for example, there were 14,325 male and 3,238 female drivers killed while traveling alone during the 29-year period.
Interestingly, a similar ratio holds for pedestrian deaths. The period from 1975 to 2003 saw 126,715 male deaths and 55,669 female deaths. Indeed, even among infants and young children, male fatalities invariably outnumbered female fatalities."
Science News Online
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:01 PM

April 14, 2006

Blokes with computing PhDs don't score chicks

the Inquirer
Independent Online Edition: Women decide on speed-date in seconds
Link thanks to Tim.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 6:03 PM

April 13, 2006

Mapping religion in America

"Let's look at a remarkable set of U.S. maps. Using 2000 Census information on a county-by-county basis, the maps focus on various aspects of religion. Each section of this post will look at a particular map."
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:45 PM

Academics Develop Formula for Perfect Butt

"A team of British academics has developed a mathematical formula to determine just how perfect your posterior is."
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:38 PM


Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:35 PM

All the pleasures of alcohol, with no downsides

"CASUAL drinkers are unlikely to have raised their glass to the news last month that most people who suffer severe alcohol-induced liver disease are social drinkers not alcoholics. Nor to the finding that moderate drinking might not, after all, help prevent heart disease.
There may, however, just be a solution to our drinking woes - one that will allow us to go to a bar and drink as much as we want; get merry, not legless; wake without a hangover; and never have to worry that one of our favourite pastimes may be killing us. It's a cocktail of drugs that mimics the pleasurable effects of alcohol without the downsides. The idea is only on the drawing board, but there is no scientific reason why it could not be made right now, says psychopharmacologist David Nutt of the University of Bristol in the UK."
New Scientist News
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:49 AM

April 12, 2006

Racial Diversity Improves Group Decision Making In Unexpected Ways, According To Tufts University Research

"New research from Tufts University indicates that diverse groups perform better than homogenous groups when it comes to decision making and that this is due largely to dramatic differences in the way whites behave in diverse groups--changes that occur even before group members begin to interact."
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:08 AM

April 11, 2006

Another Friend's Blog

After lying dormant for 18 months, Auntie Em's house of cookies is back.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:21 AM

April 7, 2006


Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:49 PM

April 6, 2006

Birth of a Blog

A mate of mine, Tristán White, has started a blog; mainly to share photographs taken during the Soulclipse festival in Antalya (Turkey).
My Locus Amoenus
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:27 AM

April 5, 2006

Atheists identified as America’s most distrusted minority, according to new U of M study

"From a telephone sampling of more than 2,000 households, university researchers found that Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in “sharing their vision of American society.” Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry."
News Releases: UMNnews: U of M.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:22 PM

Health warning: Praying for the sick makes them feel even worse

"PRAYING for hospital patients can make their illnesses worse and lead to significant post-operative complications, new research has found."
Scotsman.com News - Health
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:12 AM

April 4, 2006

Dr Frank Ellis

The original text of the article Frank Ellis submitted to the Leeds Student is available here. (Scroll down to "Time to Face the Truth about Multiculturalism".) There is also a comment by Chris Brand (ex-University of Edinburgh).

BBC NEWS | Education | Racism row lecturer is suspended

Letter on race and IQ published in Sunday Times, 2 April 2006

Petition-them.com: In support of academic freedom for Dr.Frank Ellis
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:18 PM

The strange case of the man who took 40,000 ecstasy pills in nine years

"Doctors from London University have revealed details of what they believe is the largest amount of ecstasy ever consumed by a single person. Consultants from the addiction centre at St George's Medical School, London, have published a case report of a British man estimated to have taken around 40,000 pills of MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, over nine years. The heaviest previous lifetime intake on record is 2,000 pills."
Guardian Unlimited | Special reports
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:37 PM