• 27 May 2015

    My Rubik’s Cube Solution

    A number of people have been solving Rubik’s cubes at work recently, and although there are numerous guides out there I can’t seem to find one that matches my approach for every step.

  • 26 February 2013

    Why Nick Grimshaw Is My Latest Excuse for Being Lazy

    Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m pretty terrible at getting up in the morning. (Actually, it’s probably that I’m terrible at going to bed in the evening, but that’s semantics.)

  • 8 November 2009

    Word Clock v2

    I’ve seen a few nice-looking representations of clocks around, but when I saw Gumuz’s word clock I though I could make some improvements to it. Here’s a couple of the changes:

  • 16 September 2009


    Today, after reading over 3000 posts on FML over the the past 6 months, I realised that MLIA is actually more enjoyable than schadenfreude. MLIG is too boring, though. MLIA

  • 10 April 2009

    Paying the Price for Bad Grammar

    This is why we need Grammar Nazis:

  • 30 March 2009

    Things I Learnt Today

    That Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw is a goon; that his early stuff is, if anything, funnier than his paid stuff for The Escapist; that I there will always be something on the Internet that I haven’t seen, and that someone will think I have been living under a rock to have missed it.

  • 17 October 2008

    Yay, xkcd


  • 24 September 2008

    Spotting a Fake Pound Coin

    Supposedly 2% of all pound coins are counterfeit. But how do you know when you have a fake? I heard the news item and had a quick look at the pound coins in my pocket, and couldn’t see anything. I thought that maybe it wasn’t all that easy to spot. But then I saw one my Mum had:

  • 24 July 2008

    Radovan Karadžić’s Disguise

    Radovan Karadžić, the recently captured war criminal, was doing a good job disguising himself as Noel Sharkey:

  • 22 April 2008

    All Work and No Play Makes Facebook a Dull Network

    The walls have spoken. In the last week or so, Facebook has introduced a new feature called Lexicon (learn more), which allows you to enter a number of search terms and see how popular those terms are on people’s walls. The graph of “party tonight” when compared with “hangover” is quite predictable, especially around Hallowe’en and New Year’s:

  • 25 February 2008

    Happy Switch

    After spending too much time looking at images on imagechan, I was reminded of a perfect photo opportunity from childhood, sitting just in my garage:

  • 21 December 2007

    Comic Day

    At our last day at work before Christmas — oh yeah, I got a job by the way — we decided to have a go at some comics after seeing some crazy comics at Pandyland.

  • 5 August 2007

    Square Wheels and Catenary Roads

    The other day Paul told me that square wheels (and, indeed, any regular polygon except a triangle) can ride on a road constructed of inverted catenaries. A catenary is the curve made by a telegraph wire when stretched between two poles — a cable hanging under its own weight.

  • 13 June 2007

    I Can Has Cheezburger?

    Lolcat has taken over my life. I spend far too long looking through pictures of amusing cats superimposed with intentionally grammatically incorrect captions.

  • 10 June 2007

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

    Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me…

  • 12 May 2007

    Spider-Man 3

    We went to see Spider-Man 3 for Jay’s birthday today. I’ve seen the second, and really enjoyed it. This one, I must admit, was no different — despite warnings from critics and friends alike that “there’s too much going on.”

  • 6 May 2007

    College Day

    Always a great day, and this one was no exception!

  • 12 March 2007

    Song Covers That Work, But Shouldn’t

    Strangely, a ska-core version of “Don’t Let Me Get Me” (originally by P!nk) and a punk version of “Just A Little While” (Janet Jackson) seem to me like they wouldn’t sound half bad? Maybe that’s just me then.

  • 4 February 2007

    New Wii & JC’s Antics

    Andy got a Wii the other day. A complete impulse buy — but a good one, I might add! It came with Wii Sports, a game that demonstrates the revolutionary controller known as the Wii remote:

  • 18 January 2007

    Life Soundtrack

    If your life was film what would the soundtrack be?

  • 15 January 2007

    Val Thorens

    I have just got back from my trip to Val Thorens with Collingwood College Skiing & Snowboarding Club. It was great! The snow was much better than Val d’Isère, at least for the first part of the week. The last couple of days weren’t so good, but I missed out on the penultimate day so that was all right!

  • 3 January 2007

    If Only I Could Get Away With Saying This

    Anyone who cannot cope with mathematics is not fully human. At best he is a tolerable subhuman who has learned to wear shoes, bathe, and not make messes in the house. — Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

  • 1 January 2007

    New Year

    Happy new year!

  • 26 November 2006

    First Ever DUFMS Flash Mob

    Today, we had the first flash mob in Market Square. The mission: everyone had to freeze for two minutes when the cathedral bells rang 2pm.

  • 26 November 2006

    Casino Royale & Planet of Sound

    A very different Bond…

  • 10 November 2006

    Less Than Jake + Dropkick Murphys + The Living End + Billy No Mates


  • 3 November 2006

    Faith Restored in WLM

    I have re-installed Windows Live Messenger today, after attempting to get it working before and being a bit miffed. For one thing, the contact list seemed to have lost any control over showing display pictures as per MSN Messenger 7.5, and plugin control for Messenger Plus! Live was handled rather differently.

  • 26 October 2006

    Jay’s New Memory Card

    Jay managed to get a Sony M2 memory card delivered next-day after getting bored of waiting for a month for Orange to deliver. It’s tiny!

  • 20 October 2006

    Boarding Tryouts

    This evening was spent at the artificial ski slope at Silkworth Sports Complex in Sunderland. It was supposed to be tryouts for the DUSSC, but didn’t seem that organised: Upon arrival I purchased a membership card (for £5) that meant I got a discount — except that it only applied to skiers. Thankfully the staff also thought I was a skier and charged me the cheaper skiers’ price for entry! Reg managed to pay for both the membership card, only to then be told that he didn’t need it, but was going to have to pay full boarding price…

  • 13 October 2006

    The Automatic + Mumm-Ra + Alterkicks

    Last night we went over to Newcastle University Union to see The Automatic, supported by Mumm-Ra and Alterkicks. Liverpool-based band Alterkicks played an indie-ish (but not retro, oh no not retro) set to begin with, followed by Sussex boys Mumm-Ra and their eclectic pop/alternative rock mix. Having missed them at Leeds this year (due to sleeping in) I was glad to see them!

  • 29 August 2006

    My Personal Festival

    I think I’ve now managed to work out whom I saw at the festival now:

  • 15 August 2006

    Getting Paid to Blog

    I’m writing this from Hayes labelling machine. I have nothing better to do…