A web log, a test of my web design software, stories about the absurd, the dumb & interesting stuff.
Dolphin Bubble Rings
It would be a seriously difficult task
to create a machine that made rings
of bubbles, more accurately hoops of
air, as you can see in these pictures.
These are a continuous rolling
cylinder of air that does not float to
the surface. Presumably the rolling,
moving nature overcomes the
buoyancy. The physics of these things
must be pretty complex.
The fact that dolphins can produce
these bubble hoops is just
astounding. They seem to make them
for fun, as a toy to play with.
The fact they can teach other
dolphins the trick is even more
How do they do this?
Check out the original video here.
Google - the evil empire.
Google’s - ‘Don’t be evil’ motto is
B.S. according to Steve Jobs.
He’s not wrong. Google are not only
becoming ‘the evil empire’ abusing
of their monopolistic dominant
position (hey, everything they hated
about Microsoft, Google are now
being accused of, by someone or
other), but they are hypocrites as
My lawn mower broke
and so, in no time at all, my lawn has become a flower meadow. Very pretty it is too.
Perhaps I should leave it like this.
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I’ve owned an iPad since April 2010. I was one of the first owners in the UK, and had
mine shipped from the US a couple of days after it was released. I believe this is a
revolutionary device. It will change the computing landscape.
It’s also fundamentally flawed, as many Apple devices are. Read here what I think is
wrong with it and why you’re probably better of waiting for the clones. More...
(OK, more than a year after I wrote this you’d still be waiting for any decent clones. I
have a Samsung Galaxy Tab, and a Motorola Xoom. Bottom line: they are still not
competitive. I have an iPad2 as well, and it was a pretty minor upgrade, but keeps
Apple in front.)
I want one
Awesome looking electric car.
Copy / Paste pictures into Gmail
Cloud computing is the future. I’ve believed this for a very long time - even started a
company doing cloud-based software more than 10 years ago. I’ve been surprised how
long it’s taken to become established, but cloud-computing is now becoming
mainstream. And there’s almost no type of software that can’t be done better in the
The highest profile examples are web-based email, such as Hotmail and the current
king Gmail (from Google).
But one problem of using a web browser to operate software such as Gmail or Google
Docs (web-based Office applications) is a pretty basic one - you can’t copy pictures
from desktop applications into web-based ones. If you do a lot with graphics and
photos, as I do, this is a real pain. The only way to copy a graphic from Word, say,
into Gmail, is first save it from Word then in your email program select Upload,
browse to the image and upload it to the server. And some email systems don’t even
provide image upload.
Well here’s a utility that solves the problem. It’s called PicturePaste. It’s great. (I
would say that though.)
Let’s screw the bankers - tax them 98%
I'm no lover of banks, but when I see the witch hunt going on in the media regarding
the bankers bonuses and bankers in general I despair. This is a McCarthy-style witch
hunt, lead by the media (as always), whipping up anger, hatred and jealousy.
I never thought I'd live to see 98% taxes imposed on anyone in this country, but that’s
what is now imposed on bankers. No it’s not the 50% ‘bonus tax’ you thought it was.
It’s a lot, lot more than that. Of say a £200,000 bonus, 98% of it goes as tax. Unreal,
but true. Check this out.