Sunday, 25 September 2005

Mankind resolves the Universe

According to NASA, we have now resolved the universe. It's composed of 73% dark matter, 23% cold dark matter and 4% atoms. All created by a Big Bang that still expands the universe at 71km/sec. So there you have it. Problem solved. Unless you think that the big bang and dark matter are science-speak for "haven't a clue". We don't understand our nearest neighbour but claim to understand the entire universe.

Saturday, 24 September 2005

War Pornography

For almost a year, American soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan have been taking photographs of dead bodies, many of them horribly mutilated or blown to pieces, and sending them to Web site administrator Chris Wilson. In return for letting him post these images, Wilson gives the soldiers free access to his site. American soldiers have been using the pictures of disfigured Iraqi corpses as currency to buy pornography. Link.

Wednesday, 21 September 2005

Are we getting smarter or dumber?

Interesting article on the development of human intelligence.

Sunday, 18 September 2005

Most violent country

A recent UN survey has concluded that Scotland is the most violent country in the developed world. You are thirty time more likely to be the victim of violent assault in Scotland than in Japan. This comes on top of a 2003 report that branded Glasgow "the murder capital of Europe" - with a higher murder rate than Belfast and twice the rate of London. And some people are more likely to be attacked than others.

Thursday, 15 September 2005

Wednesday, 14 September 2005

Google Blog Search

Google has just launched a blog search service. It's beta but seems to work pretty well. More...

Sunday, 11 September 2005


Shutterbook is an online photo service pretty much like the excellent Flickr. But it's offering free lifetime premier accounts to anyone who signs up for the current beta programme. I've got mine.

Impeach Bush

There'a a campaign to link to this blog. I guess Bush deserves it more than this guy.

Monday, 5 September 2005

I did it!

I managed to complete the half marathon yesterday. The weather was fantastic - too hot for running - but I got there. So that's something ticked-off my 43Things page. And we collected more money than I expected. It was a great experience.

Saturday, 3 September 2005

Strange blogs

Having recently linked to the blog of a dominatrix, here's another strange blog. At least Matisse can write.

Thursday, 1 September 2005