This station is made of bamboo… we are vulnerable

Friday, 6 May, 2016

Amazing, a model of the Death Star, from the original Star Wars film, built from bamboo by Frank Howarth. The video depicting its construction is just over ten minutes long, but it seems far shorter, so fascinating is the assembly process.

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What you see is what you get, a redundant web designer?

Friday, 6 May, 2016

When I used to design websites, I would code them manually, using a simple text editor for the HTML markup. There were some who disliked my methods, and thought I should use a WYSIWYG application of some sort.

An article such as this, one I could have sent these people to, that outlined the advantages of working manually, might have been useful, even if it refers to hosted site building applications, rather than WYSIWYG editors. I really should have written one myself.

If you build websites for other people, the last thing you should be doing is promoting websites that encourage them to use a DIY approach. You’ll practically be declaring that they’ve wasted their money by hiring you for a job they can do themselves.

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That time we attached a camera to a rocket we launched into space

Friday, 6 May, 2016

A GoPro camera is attached to a SL-10 rocket, and reaches and altitude of about one hundred and twenty kilometers. Needless to say, the resulting video footage is incredible.

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Midnight Oil to reform, tour again… and record a new album?

Friday, 6 May, 2016

Now that my former federal MP, Peter Garrett, has left parliament, he has decided to get his band, Midnight Oil, back together. They commence a tour of Australia, and the world, next year. Garrett says he has also been writing new songs, so I guess that means a new album might be in the pipeline as well?

When I used to live in the area, I’d often see Garrett at the local supermarket, and, unbeknownst to me at the time, frequently walked right passed his old house at Randwick.

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Now that we have your attention, Burn the Witch, by Radiohead

Thursday, 5 May, 2016

Now that we have your attention, Burn the Witch, by Radiohead. Disappearing from view for a couple of days, is one way to draw attention to yourselves, and your new work, I imagine.

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Visualising the evolution of pop music from 1956

Thursday, 5 May, 2016

A look, and listen, at how pop music evolved… based on top ten hits as charted by Billboard, from 1956 through to today.

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Before the Impact is diminished by Radiohead, here’s The Creases

Thursday, 5 May, 2016

And before they are overshadowed by another band who has, it seems, just re-emerged from the shadows, here’s Impact, the new single from Brisbane act, The Creases.

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Postcards from Google Earth… is that really Earth?

Thursday, 5 May, 2016

Having a great time, wish you were here. There are sure some interesting places to visit on good old planet Earth, as this set of… postcards, goes to show.

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Is it time to make Penny Farthing racing an Olympic sport?

Wednesday, 4 May, 2016

Penny Farthing races at the Herne Hill Velodrome, in the south east of London, in 1928. I lived for a short time in Tulse Hill, the suburb neighbouring Herne Hill, but was unaware of its presence, or that it was one of the oldest track cycling venues in the world.

But how about those bikes, hey? Look at them go. It’s time to introduce Penny Farthing racing as an Olympic sport, I think.

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Will the LHC confirm the existence of a mysterious new particle?

Wednesday, 4 May, 2016

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is due to resume operations soon, after a maintenance shutdown, and some scientists think that a batch of upcoming experiments will prove the existence of a new particle, one that might redefine their understanding of the universe. Fascinating…

Last year, researchers there recorded faint but extremely promising signs of what could be a new particle that does not fit within the current theoretical model. The LHC is now about to resume operation after being shut down since December for annual maintenance. If its next run confirms the existence of the new particle, that could open the long-sought passage to ‘the new physics’ – and, hopefully, answer some big, longstanding questions.

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