Archive: November 2008

Yesterday (I rule at this Daily Update thing) was the birthday of Benoît Mandelbrot, creator of the Mandelbrot set fractal, possibly the single most recognisable fractal image there is. So popular is it, in fact, that a Mandelbrot generator is…

The Open Rights group founding was interesting. At a talk just over a couple of years ago, organised by NTK, someone suggested that an organisation to protect the rights of people in the UK would only cost a few hundred…

Today, I went to the Future of Mobile conferency thing in Kensington. This happens to be the very first industry thing I’ve been to where the company I work for has had a major showing, and a major showing we…

Am back from The Eosian Council 10. tEC is the name for a series of the UK -based contingent of alt.fan.eddings’ meetings. The definition of a tEC varies from person to person, but the basic format is that the group…

In World War One Forty two million people were mobilised for the Allies There were twenty two million casualties on the Allied side. There are less than ten people alive left who fought. If you could hear, at every jolt,…

I missed this the first time around. Did you know that when the West Wing writers were looking for a candidate to base Matt Santos on, they went for a young politician – not even a senator yet? For what…

[The Kansas City Shuffle is] not something people hear about. Falls on deaf ears mostly. This particular one has been over twenty years in the making. No small matter. Requires a lot of planning. Involves a lot of people. People…

I should have posted this a while ago, but anyway. This year I am not doing Nanowrimo. Writing an entire novel in november seems too much like hard work. I am doing something that will make me look equally silly,…

Gosh, Five days in and I’m already a day behind. I suck. A book review, today. Or, rather, the circumstances behind the book review. Every so often, I do something that I can foresee is going to be a bad…

The mood in America has been likened to the one here in ‘97 when we managed to kick the conservatives out for the first time in about 20 years, which amuses me. However, the fact that ours failed to live…