I never thought Benny Hill was funny

The French thought Benny Hill so hilarious, they awarded him their highest cultural prize the Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et Lettres. I however, found his humor to be low brow, lewd and tawdry. There is a theory, popular with the internet community that anything is funny when you play the theme tune from the [...]

Californian Dreaming

From The Times On-Line
“The state of California, one of the top ten largest economies in the world, will run out of money by February, causing “financial Armageddon”, according to dire new budget projections.
As of yesterday, the state’s debts were mounting at a rate of $1.7 million (£1.1 million) per hour.
The de facto insolvency of America’s [...]

I have something better to do

from the Wall Street Journal
“An online survey commissioned by Intel has found, among other things, that 46% of women would rather go without sex for two weeks than give up the Internet for that long. The numbers get bigger for certain age groups; 49% of women aged 18-34 would make that choice, and 52% of [...]

after life

From The Times On-Line
You are dying. Twenty seconds ago your heart and breathing stopped and your pupils became fixed and dilated. Your brain cells are in a state of panic, trying every trick they know to get hold of oxygen and glucose. An electroencephalogram (EEG) would show no electrical activity in your cortex, the thin [...]

faster than the wind

There’s been a discussion going on at boingboing and at randi.org and probably a number of other online communities about whether it is possible to make a wind powered vehicle that can go downwind faster than the wind.  Though I don’t have strong opinions on the matter, many do.  There was rhetoric, polemic, name calling [...]

peak chocolate

Nice chocolate writing from, everybodies favorite,  Boingboing
A couple years back, my friends Paul and James opened a pair of chocolate shops in London, Paul A Young Fine Chocolates, with one branch in the City and the other in Islington, in Camden Passage. Paul is a self-taught chocolatier whose truffles I’d been lucky enough to sample [...]

Paradigm

This  is a fascinating op-ed from The New York Times that reminds us, if we need reminding, that we live in a time of great change and that some of the things that we once thought were the bedrock of our society have suddenly turned into dinosaurs gallumphing off to where ever it is dinosaurs [...]

dream believer

From The London Telegraph
The secret world of dreams has been unlocked with the invention of technology capable of illustrating images taken directly from human brains during sleep.
A team of Japanese scientists have created a device that enables the processing and imaging of thoughts and dreams as experienced in the brain to appear on a computer [...]

inspire

Starting early

I think maybe this is going a little too far with regard to a child’s entry into the digital domain…
“As a baby grows inside the womb, pregnant mothers are constantly and acutely aware of its presence mostly through its movements. With the Kickbee, I intend to extend a baby’s minute contact with the world beyond [...]

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