Good Night Oppy

Opportunity, or Oppy as some affectionately call her for short, is a melange of wheels, wires, antennas and solar panels that come together with traits familiar to humans. She has a neck that looks retrofitted from a kitchen sink drainpipe. And her head has cameras spread horizontally in binocular formation like eyes. And when the … Continue reading Good Night Oppy

The demise of key changes

When looking at every Billboard Hot 100 number one hit between 1958 and 1990, we see that the key of G major was a very popular key. This was because the key of G major is easy to work with on the guitar and piano, the two most popular compositional instruments during these years. In … Continue reading The demise of key changes

A new iPhone case: $10,000

George is a digital artist based in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has been working in cinematography for 6 years with diverse aesthetic visions. In his digital artworks, he mixes surrealism with physical and material world adding lux and tactile quality. For the artwork with INKAR, his friend Dima Konjaria, a visual artist with over 10 years … Continue reading A new iPhone case: $10,000

565 Palm Pilot apps in your browser

Yes, I am playing Dope Wars on a Palm Pilot inside my iPhone. It’s thanks to The Internet Archive, which is once again launching a giant collection of software you can instantly play on any web browser, up to and including your touchscreen-equipped phone. There are currently 565 classic Palm apps in all, including games, … Continue reading 565 Palm Pilot apps in your browser

Physical privacy matters

If you’ve ever worried about the privacy of your sensitive data when seeking a computer or phone repair, a new study suggests you have good reason. It found that privacy violations occurred at least 50 percent of the time, not surprisingly with female customers bearing the brunt… More here. It is a fact that many … Continue reading Physical privacy matters

Clinging on to old tech

It took me three weeks to save up £60 to buy my first secondhand video player in 1981. Now I’ve got seven players and more than 6,000 VHS tapes which I’ve collected over the years. Although I do use Netflix, I prefer videos because I enjoy owning something physical, and I’ve got a lot of … Continue reading Clinging on to old tech

Social networks can be controlled by any one person

The recent fuss over Elon Musk and his silly management of Twitter has led many to claim that he will ruin the experience by allowing anyone to say whatever they like. It could well be true that he will potentially allow people to say nasty stuff and to spread untruths, but you would still have … Continue reading Social networks can be controlled by any one person

Now we realise why we love Twitter

Musk appears to be doing everything he can to undermine the reputation that Twitter has built up and it is hard to work out why he spent $44 billion on it. From mass layoffs to treating staff badly to a strangely high number of missteps in a very short space of time. Paying for a … Continue reading Now we realise why we love Twitter

It was so worth it

A surprisingly brilliant new video (below) for an old song that never got the credit it deserved because it was tucked at the end of one of Queen’s lesser revered albums. Personally, I thought The Miracle was a superb album because it was consistently high-level throughout. The lack of an anthem meant it didn’t cut … Continue reading It was so worth it

How many people were on earth on the day you were born?

Just a hundred years ago the world’s population had yet to reach two billion, a fourth of the almost 8 billion people on Earth today. So where do you fit? Click here to see your number. You need to enter your date of birth in the American format (month before day- yeah that makes sense?!?) … Continue reading How many people were on earth on the day you were born?

The Grand Seiko Omiwatari SBGY013 Spring Drive

Not knowing the story does not make this Omiwatari watch any less attractive, though. The SBGY013 comes in a stainless steel round 38.5 mm case, 43,7 mm lug-to-lug width with a sleek 10.2 mm thickness. All the Omiwatari’s surfaces are mirror polished; the bezel, lugs, and the caseback ring holding the sapphire glass… More here. … Continue reading The Grand Seiko Omiwatari SBGY013 Spring Drive

How Timex watches became fashionable again

These were the defining characteristics of Timex watches for men in the 1990s. The once-prestigious American watchmaker had transitioned into a purveyor of dependable but disposable watches sold everywhere from department stores to drug stores. Their function was purely utilitarian, built to keep track of time in the most straightforward way possible. Many of their … Continue reading How Timex watches became fashionable again

When you browse and buy in person, paragraph and place are joined forever

I can certainly remember where I was when I first encountered a great many of my favourite books. I never meant to keep these memories; I seem to have had no say in the matter. The bookstores, my mind decided, were important: the setting for a bildungsroman… More here. Interesting that books can be tied … Continue reading When you browse and buy in person, paragraph and place are joined forever

Young lives are being destroyed

Our children and young people are facing mental health challenges on an unprecedented scale. Tragically, there seems to be little meaningful action being taken in response. My 17-year-old son died by suicide last year. We had spent over a year trying to secure adequate help for him – it never came. Even after his mental … Continue reading Young lives are being destroyed

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