Happy hallowe’en | 万圣节

Hallowe’en was a special time for me growing up. Alongside St Patrick’s day it made me feel connected with with my wider family in Ireland. We would have a barm brack sent to us by my Granny. This is kind of like a giant tea cake but richer or less stodgy than say Soreen. It […]

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Future Perfect » The Touchmedia Tax – fascinating myth of the ‘captive audience’ The facial recognition revolution – CNN.com Blogs Five-Year Plan launches China textiles on new course – move to South East Asia and less developed parts of China coupled with increasing automation Panasonic expected to post Y300 bil loss ‹ Japan Today – […]

Real-world McGyver

YouTube user SpiritPlumber put up a video showing how to make an impromptu cellphone charger from off-the-shelf components available in a Radio Shack (think Maplins in the UK). The impressive thing is that these were not bench assembled, but built on-the-fly in the electronics store a la the US  fictional TV show McGyver of the […]

European protests against ACTA gain a bit of steam

La Quadrature du Net have dialled up their protest against ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) in advance of the European Union bringing it into law. A report by the European Parliament has pointed out that ACTA is bad for EU countries. Or as La Quadrature du Net put it: ACTA is an agreement secretly negotiated by […]

Interesting video of a manufacturing process

Nokia (NOKA.NX) released an interesting short film of the manufacturing process for its Nokia N9 handsets. You can watch it on Tudou here. A number of aspects of the film fascinated me: The amount of work that was done by CNC machines (the drill-type machines) rather than mouldings to create the polycarbonate body of the […]