Google Sightseeing

Well, that was one Hell of a weekend. Thanks to birthdays galore but mainly the BUDS old school reunion and ball at Murrayfield, I am absolutely exhausted and will shortly be in bed for the night.

However, things started off a lot more civilized (there was no long-arming of drinks for a start) at the Google Sightseeing book launch at Indigo Yard on Friday after work. The work of my colleague and his brother, this is a really interesting annotated collection of satellite imagery from around the globe. Nice timing for a Christmas stocking-filler guys!

And no, I’m not on commission before you ask.

The Rat Race

“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat”
Lily Tomlin

So my work colleague has entered a team into the Edinburgh Rat Race. All well and good I though until I remember that I’d expressed interest some time in the past after a couple of beers. Sure enough, I was on the team.

I’ve way too much socializing to get done before New Year so I guess training will start in January. I’m not the best of runners so I guess I’ll focus on that first.


Got me a new phone – the shiny k800i (which was codenamed Wilma at Sony Ericsson in case you’re wondering about the title of the post) and I’m stunned at the quality from the image-stabilized 3.2 Megapixel camera. Even the flash is a ‘proper’ xenon version. Still no optical zoom but you can’t have everything can you?

I’ve just found out that it’s the same phone as James Bond’s in the new film Casino Royal – but his is silver.

All good things come to those who wait

It looks like waiting for the Core 2 Duo (Merom) update from Apple may have paid off in more than one way. The wireless card appears to be based on the Atheros AR5008 802.11n chipset, dual-layer DVD writing and the hard drive uses PMR!

Of course, if I waited another meager eight months or so I could have been running OS X Leopard on a Santa Rosa based system . . .

TinyURL game

With all the thinking about the semantic web I’ve been doing recently I devised a new game this week. Granted, it would be a lot simpler if the semantic web actually existed but that would take most of the fun out of things.

The general concept is to try and find a TinyURL code that redirects to page relevant to that code. For example, if redirected to a page about ketchup or baked beans (it doesn’t).

Tip: You may want to turn on the Preview feature of TinyURL if you’re at work or don’t want to be surprised by a result. Like I was when I tried the code “gun” . . .