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There won't be any photos available until I can restore a backup. [Update 19 Apr 2010] Some photos are gradually being restored. Mum's 80th Birthday is partially back.
My world-famous ephemeris is here.
NASA's Image of the Day
Click on the photo to the right for the full size version of NASA's Image of the Day along with a description of the image. Some of the images are simply stunning.
Notice the full size image has a caption superimposed on it. I wrote a blog entry about how to add a caption to the image.
Latest News From the Blog
Posted 21 Jul 2012 02:41 GMT
Another beautiful Tour de France. We are only three days away from the final stage in Paris and Bradley Wiggins will win.
Last night watching stage 21, I saw Mark Cavendish power from the poursuivants, catch the tête de course and just drive past still accelerating. The lead group had nothing to say. It was a simply awesome display of power and assertiveness.
Wiggins will win, of course, having led from stage 7 and Peter Sagan is the tremendous new ...
Posted 16 Jul 2012 03:53 GMT
I was checking how a server was returning cache and cookie times and needed something to view the timestamp in normal, human-readable date time. The timestamp (e.g. 1340325256487) is a unix datetime (i.e. time from the epoch of 01-01-1970 0:00 UTC) expressed in milliseconds.
You can show the datetime of epoch dates using the
date unix command:
Posted 8 Jul 2012 03:39 GMT
Yesterday, Fairfax (publishers of The Age and The Sydney Morning-Herald) announced 1,900 job cuts and that online editions would move behind a pay-wall.
Many of the job cuts will come from journalists, but the majority will come from the production areas such as printing. A sign of the times and unfortunate for those workers in obsolete technology who will be impacted. (I'm not being cruel; it is obvious to Blind Freddie that printers as a mass industry will go the way of the textile workers who were replaced by mechanical looms and gave the word "luddite".) ...
Posted 4 Jul 2012 03:08 GMT
It looks like the Higgs boson has been confirmed (source: The Age).
The Age is still perpetuating the myth that it is called the God particle because it gives all other particles their mass. Actually, it came from a frustrated early researcher who called it the god-damn particle because it was so hard to find. So, small "g" please if you follow the latest style guides for slang. ...
Posted 20 Jun 2012 02:00 GMT
At long last, Australia gets its R rating (adults only) for computer games. The Commonwealth has passed the necessary legislation in the last few days, and the States have agreed to implement their complementary legislation this year. The implementation date is January 2013.
Previously, our highest rating was M15, which means suitable for over-15 year olds. Any game that warranted a more restricted rating was refused classification, which meant it was illegal to sell in Australia. We were the only western country in the world to ban ...
According to my Wii's weekly online pop quiz, my answers are often quite a fair way away from popular opinion. I have no idea if that means I'm about to be crowned King or stoned for my villainy.
260 metres is the furthest I've been.
What is that strange image?
The odd image to the right is a QR code for this website. It works like a 2D bar code and this particular one is unique to my website. I've written more here.