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March 29th, 2009

What kind of LED? [Mar. 29th, 2009|10:25 am]
Sarah
A broken Blackberry Curve had the following LED for it's camera, but I can't find the data-sheet for it. Has anyone got an idea?





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Drinking Very Hot Tea Can Increase The Risk Of Throat Cancer [Mar. 29th, 2009|10:27 am]
Sarah

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090326215100.htm

http://digg.com/general_sciences/Drinking_Very_Hot_Tea_Can_Increase_The_Risk_Of_Throat_Cancer
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Stem cells to grow bigger breasts [Mar. 29th, 2009|10:59 am]
Sarah
Get bigger, REAL breasts!
Just hold out so you don't waste money on silicon - only insured 10 years.


"The same technique has been used in Japan for six years, initially to treat women with breast deformities caused by cancer treatment and, more recently, for cosmetic breast augmentation in healthy women."
Way to go UK...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article5993187.ece

http://digg.com/general_sciences/Stem_Cells_To_Grow_Bigger_Breasts?FC=PRCT9
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Instructions for using an Indian toilet... [Mar. 29th, 2009|11:36 am]
Sarah
It can come as a bit of a surprise to a visitor of India when they first need to visit the loo.

Ok, so there's the hole in the floor. Your balance isn't too bad, you've not been drinking for long so you can squat without falling forward...
Finally you've finished - and reach out the the toilet paper... but OMG! where the hell is it?!

You should have read the instructions as you went in:



Step by step tutorial here...
http://www.pbase.com/jtodhunter/indian_toilet

A bit of history...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squat_toilet

(I'd hate to think how a heavy drinker, with diarrhoea, vomiting, and barely able to stand would cope with this - would be funny to film and put on MySpace though.)
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Potty trained at one month old... [Mar. 29th, 2009|11:50 am]
Sarah
http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/infant_potty_training/49208
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All versions of Firefox to download. [Mar. 29th, 2009|12:29 pm]
Sarah
They've got ALL 73 versions, and all the change logs for each of them!

http://www.filehippo.com/download_firefox/

Fancy the low-bloat FF1?
It's on this page!

I'm off to load FF 3.1 Beta 3...
http://www.filehippo.com/download_firefox/changelog/5361/
Tracemonkey's working well enough to be on by default! (That's the JavaScript super speedy tweaks)
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TraceMonkey (Firefox 3.1 Beta 3) [Mar. 29th, 2009|01:00 pm]
Sarah
Hm, so-so performance for me...

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Why cops fear cameras [Mar. 29th, 2009|01:07 pm]
Sarah
People of the UK...

We are so buggered...
Remember that filming/photographing police is now against the law?

It was our only defence against corrupt cops, now they can do what they want.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/25/nyregion/25perjury.html?_r=2
http://rorr.im/digg.com/political_opinion/photography_is_not_a_crime_it_s_a_first_amendment_right/

The bit about "think of the terrorists"?
All bull-crap,

"…The 9/11 terrorists didn’t photograph anything. Nor did the London transport bombers, the Madrid subway bombers, or the liquid bombers arrested in 2006. Timothy McVeigh didn’t photograph the Oklahoma City Federal Building. The Unabomber didn’t photograph anything; neither did shoe-bomber Richard Reid. Photographs aren’t being found amongst the papers of Palestinian suicide bombers. The IRA wasn’t known for its photography. Even those manufactured terrorist plots that the US government likes to talk about — the Ft. Dix terrorists, the JFK airport bombers, the Miami 7, the Lackawanna 6 — no photography."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jun/05/news.terrorism
http://www.photopermit.org/?p=252

Screw me!

It's just one big excuse to control the public!
...prohibiting photography was something we used to ridicule about the USSR.
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UK Politician Calls Police War On Photography "Daft" [Mar. 29th, 2009|01:17 pm]
Sarah
"[T]his house is concerned to encourage the spread and enjoyment of photography as the most genuine and accessible people's art; deplores the apparent increase in the number of reported incidents in which police, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) or wardens attempt to stop street photography, and order the deletion of photographs or the confiscation of cards, cameras or film on various specious grounds."

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/03/uk-politician-c.html
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It's already started... [Mar. 29th, 2009|01:20 pm]
Sarah
Lots of UK based events:
http://carlosmiller.com/2008/04/08/photographer-who-was-arrested-by-english-police-posts-photos-of-the-incident/

Photographers criminalised as police 'abuse' anti-terror laws

"The car skidded to a halt like something out of Starsky & Hutch and this officer jumped out very dramatically and said 'what are you doing?' I told him I was photographing the building and he said he was going to search me under the Anti-Terrorism Act," he recalled.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/photographers-criminalised-as-police-abuse-antiterror-laws-1228149.html


A [Manchester] man arrested for taking pictures of sewers!

Still think that if you're innocent, you have nothing to fear from surveillance and control laws? Have a look at this news-video about Stephen Clarke, a man who was accused to taking pictures of sewer-gratings in Manchester and arrested. Though the police couldn't find any photos of sewer-gratings on his phone (and even though "what a sewer grating looks like" isn't a piece of specialized terrorist intelligence), he was held on suspicion of planning an act of terror, imprisoned for two days while the police searched his home, his phone and his computer. When they couldn't find anything suspicious, they released him, but kept his DNA on file, as the biometric of someone who had been accused of plotting a terrorist act.

http://boingboing.net/2009/03/03/manchester-man-arres.html


I'm actually quite scared!
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Dominos - Pizza fail! [Mar. 29th, 2009|03:29 pm]
Sarah
Oh dear - I knew pizza was an art, but up till today's weekend treat, I've never realised just how badly they can go wrong.

Take our tasty half and half pizza here...

We especially liked the juicy pepperoni that we'd ordered. Those beautiful tasty disks! Except we couldn't because there wasn't any on our pizza!


Maybe the order got mixed up over the phone? Fair point, it could have been, but we'd ordered online - so they got a nice itemised list!

A lot of creativity went into this pizza, check out mount-of-olives possibly to celebrate the Catholic period of Lent we're in, and let your eyes wander to nearby death-valley - where nothing can exist... not even the pizza tomato base.

Spot the pepperoni...


Here's a close up of death valley - where's the circling vultures you ask?
There aren't any - because there's nothing to eat in this dry, desolate and tomato sauce free place!


Ok, so at least we can make the most of what we do have here?
Well, we tried - we both like chicken, and it had made it onto the base despite traversing the mount of olives, and death valley.
On closer inspection though, it hadn't survived unscathed... it's trip had been harrowing...
It mustn't have had food or water for days, because it was dry, transparent and cardboard. Here's a close-up of it's battered body...


With that we gave up on our post-apocalyptic pizza. It was hard to do, we'd spent $40 / £20 on it, and got quite attached to its rugged landscape and the struggling fauna and flora.

My partner phoned Domino's and asked for a replacement.
The chef on the phone was nice and courteous, and our replacement arrived promptly...


It was if we'd walked through death valley and come upon an enchanted land, where rivers of pepperoni and sun-dried tomato sauce run, where chickeny bits frolic with the tandori bits in harmony.
Not everything was idyllic - we noticed the chickeny bits had followed us from death valley - they were a bit worse for ware, almost chicken flavoured chewing gum.
The mozzarella pieces where no where to be seen - but were guessing that gets added to the base now.

So - all in all, a good replacement, though it would have been nice to have a few dips "on the house" to comfort our now rumbling bellies.
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