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  • YouTube to the rescue

    For several years running, I had to call out a plumber every autumn; the central heating pump would quit shortly after I turned on the system. One year, I had a magnetic filter installed to catch the gunk that kept… Read More ›

  • Pencil-Tip Sculptures

    It’s one thing to create sculptures on a pencil-tip, but to make them so recognisable is quite amazing. You can see more here.

  • Georgia

    I was in a coffee shop at the weekend and the above song was playing in the background. One Shazam and a purchase from iTunes later and the album was mine in seconds. Such a sweet song.

  • Apple Watch: conflicted

    I don’t think I have ever felt so conflicted by a new mobile product as the Apple Watch, but I suspect that I will have a lot to write about over the next week. Comparing it to the Pebble and… Read More ›

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  • $13.6 billion

    “CUPERTINO, California—April 27, 2015—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28, 2015. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. These results… Read More ›

  • Smart watch(bands)

    My quite ridiculous watch experiment above turned out to be kind of practical, but ultimately looked amazingly silly. However, the idea of a traditional watch with some smart functions around the band has some merit and so the Kairos T-Band… Read More ›

  • Calbuco Volcano

    You don’t see that every day. The full collection of images is at demilked.

  • Where Are the Children?

    “The kidnapper sounded polite, even deferential, when she called on a Tuesday afternoon last May. Melida Lemus and Alfredo Godoy had left their clapboard house in Trenton, New Jersey, to pick up their two daughters from school. Godoy, who works… Read More ›

  • An oral history of Airplane!

    “In 1980, a trio of gentlemen from Wisconsin – Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker – took a cast of predominantly non-comedic actors, put a parodic spin on the disaster-film genre, and created a film which not only… Read More ›