Archive | November 2005

Vale Fireworks

Ok, I’m being slack with posting and this event was a while a go…woops! Any the Vale Fireworks are one of the things I really enjoy about the start of November. Firstly it is free. Secondly it makes me get reminiscent (as it is on the Vale, all the freshers at UoB stay there). For the first time I actually went on the fun fair, I’m always suspicious about fair ground rides… they go on the road you know!! I love rides, but like at Alton Towers where it is permanently fixed to the ground! Anyway I digress. The fireworks were as wonderful as ever and yes I was one of those annoying people trying to take photos with his/her mobile phone. Well I didn’t do it for too long as it was obvious to me that they were not going to come out as good as last years ones. Anyway here are a few highlights of the night… (a few more [here])




Foggy weather

Today is much better but the last few days in Brum have been awfully foggy! It is unbelievable how odd people act when there is a little bit of bad weather. At least one good thing has come out of this time; I got to take what I think is a rather cool image of Old Joe, the clocktower on campus.


I always think the University of Birmingham campus is great for taking pictures, no matter the weather, the natural beauty of this place shines through – well that depends if you are looking at the hideous Muirhead tower!

A party at Maz’s…

Before my trip to London on Sat was a night of alcohol at Maz’s… well not so much only about 10 bottles of Carlsberg. It was a good night and obviously the picture phone had to come out at some point didn’t it! 🙂 I took this wonderful photo of Ran:


and this brilliant action shot (umm maybe not!) of Adam after he was attacked with chocolate cake (he looks gob smacked!):


I even tried to get a photo of Maz but they all came out blurry…and no we wasn’t listening to Puddle of Mudd (I obviously am now, for some reason):


Oh what fun 🙂

Weekend fun in London

Last Sat I had the fun of going to London. I always like going to London as I normally get to do something a little different. My primary reason to go was for a meeting of the council of the Federation of Astronomical Societies (I’m the secretary). This is always an interesting meeting and today was on time, so I can’t moan. Today I decided to stay on the tube to [Piccadilly Circus], I can’t actually remember ever going there so I though I should. Was pretty cool, I even took the two pictures and tourist would take (the neon signs and the Shaftesbury Monument memorial fountain with “The Angel of Christian Charity” ontop):



My walking also took me to this really nice church but I have already forgotten the name and then to the Royal Society. I went to look for the Royal Astronomical Society headquarters (as I’m a fellow I’d though I’d have a look in). It was shut! Argh! So I went to the Royal Academy of Arts in stead. All in all I really enjoyed myself – I do like randomly walking around London and it was so easy to get there and back on the train.

Past, present and future of CSS layout

Interesting article about CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) [] in particular I am very interested in the future developments of CSS and I can see some rather cool changes.

God violates Intel trademark

Ok this is an oldish article but it made me laugh. [TheRegister]


Smash My iPod

I don’t own an iPod but if I did I doubt I would do what the subject line of this post suggests. The concept of the website: is clear:

“After we collect $400 in donations, we will take that money to a local Apple Store. We will purchase the iPod, open it right inside the store, and destroy it right on the spot. The whole thing will be shot on film, and displayed on this site. This is only a social experiment, for the entertainment of the donors, and visitors of this site. “

Sounds like fun…well it is to watch. Shame about the senseless violence and the fact that the $400 could have so easily been spent on something a little more constructive. Though I guess it gets the anti-iPod point over. Talking of that take a look at: It has some funny stuff on it though some of it seems like a bit of a bitch fight. All fun.

More objects orbiting Pluto

New HST images have revealed the presence of a few objects orbiting about Pluto. I hesitate to use the word Moons mainly because I’d argue against Pluto being a planet and therefore by the traditional definition it can not have moons (I guess satellite will do though). Well saying that I’d quite happily take Pluto to be a planet on traditional grounds but I wouldn’t on mass limits / orbital info…it is a Kuiper belt object. I guess I’m a planetary scientist now, so you have to believe me! LOL! Here is the image (much larger [here] Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI), and the Hubble Space Telescope Pluto Companion Search Team):

pluto system

Saying all that the interesting stuff can be found at [Spaceflight Now Article]

Unfortunate URLs

I got this rather funny fwd today, though I’d distribute it for the masses:

People spend a lot of time thinking up their children’s names. It’s just a pity they don’t always think as hard about their domain names.

Firstly there is Who Represents?, a database for agencies to the rich and famous:

Second is the Experts Exchange, a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views:

Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island (Ed: I love this one!):

Need a therapist? Try:

Finally we have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales: