The Sun, an homage to Isaac Asimov and his love of numbers

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy tells us that space is: “big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space, listen…” Wolfram Alpha, that enigmatic fountain of factoids, seems…

Irrefutable signs I’m getting old(er)

Ah youth, I’m glad it’s gone and yet I miss it so. My age has started to creep towards me in very much the same way that my windscreen creeps towards insects as I’m speeding down the motorway. In the not too distant future I will have a four at the start of my age…

Better Movie Ratings

It’s the start of a new year, 2011 and today I watched a film I’ve never seen before. Waterworld. Look at that lowly 5.7 IMDb rating. Seems rather pathetic doesn’t it. But to be honest, I don’t know why Waterworld garners the hate it does. For the most part it’s an interesting film that is…

Some words I like, others not so much…

One of things I love about the English language is it’s ambiguity. One of the things I hate about the English language is it’s ambiguity. English is a wonderfully expressive language, consider some of these popular examples: I wandered lonely as a cloud. For sale, babies shoes, never worn. Through autumn’s golden gown we used…

Modern electronics… pressing a button is a request not an order

To me, the digital and electronic age has been a silver cloud with a dark lining. I can’t complain too much, with the exception of mobile phones, I love gadgets, computers, the internet and electronics, I even did an electronics degree at University. Despite all this I sometimes get the feeling that Skynet is already…

My weight, my nemesis

Let me be honest, I don’t like exercising. It’s not that I dislike it, it’s just I’m not the type of person who gets off on adrenaline rushes and looks forward to their next iron pumping session at the gym. However, given that I work at home and I’m a Software Developer I have to…

It’s like a zoo around here

I spent my formative years in the North of England, on the outskirts of Bradford to be precise.  We lived close to the countryside and my friends and I would often spend the long hot summer days playing on the rope swing next to the stream, visiting the large conker tree at the end of…

Food, glorious food

I’m not much of a foodie.  Having grown up as the eldest of three children to a single, unemployed Mother in the north of England meant that we never had money for fancy food.  We never went hungry, by some small miracle my Mother always managed to ensure that we had full bellies.  I grew…

Bioshock 2 – A rant

You know, I really enjoyed Bioshock.  Once I’ve stumbled past the need to upgrade my video card, the poor little thing it could barely reach a measly twenty fps, I could play Bioshock in all it’s watery glory.  Of course the game is not without it’s faults, the plot has holes you can drift a…