In the usual ever rush of Monday and work, Gaberlunzie confesses that he has not even considered any light entertainment...with one exception which you can see in the picture and its caption. He really went a bunch on this, probably because CES, and IEDM are shows everyone technology should be at at least once in a lifetime, and its going to be interesting to see what emerges as the MUST attend for graphene shows!
In his "Just say No" leader, Brendan O'Neill, editor of Spiked-Online argues that "in essence, then, the new phenomenon of ‘Scottish independence’ can be seen as an end result of the dual crisis of our times: the crisis of the state and the crisis of the left, with the former inciting separatism and the latter undermining the old values of universalism
HexHog caught Gaberlunzie's attention for its name alone as worth investigating. He suspects Accentuate is a very funny Badults game and the illustrated Secrets of Glbal B2B PR will make the rain not nearly so objectionable!
Amazing what catches the eye. Gaberlunzie loves the Crown Estate for its story on Teesmouth as "a shining example how industry and nature can thrive side by side. " He flinched at the idea of an earthquake in Orkney, (computers always get the stick there) and he is intrigued by how us tax payers come to be saved millions!
Well aware that politics are very strange technology, Gaberlunzie simply has to love the pink paper and its oh so thorough research into the subject. He also takes his hat off to the Bumble Bee Conservation organisation. Such a relief from politics, such an education!
Gaberlunzie sees the laser's history getting an airing with the retirement of laser inventor Charles Hard Townes, Professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, who turns 99 on July 28, and has an adoring campus about to throwing him a long-overdue birthday party.
Gaberlunzie having just returned refreshed from his sojourn in the Lowther hills, sees that Google has a great Commonwealth Games Doodle, but what has Google got against animation? All those lovely games we used to get to waste time on and take our minds off terrorists, wars and shotdown planes. Animated play box please Google!
The Good Country Index is one of a series of projects Simon Anholt will be launching over the coming months and years to start a global debate about what countries are really for. Do they exist purely to serve the interests of their own politicians, businesses and citizens, or are they actively working for all of humanity and the whole planet? The debate is a critical one, because if the first answer is the correct one, we’re all in deep trouble.
Gaberlunzie has had a quick prowl among his varied resources and for those in west of Scotland, he reckons the Loch Fyne Viking festival is a must. For those not in that location, no worries. Chill out with some games like Bejewelled and Cut the Rope and improve your skills.
Just as Gaberlunzie expected, trust the kids to have a new game for that increasingly versatile tool, the 3D printer. Currently working in food, bio/skin/organs/ not to mention, engineering, textiles and all things additive, it hjas now has been put to a new use - that of the tattoo machine!
Gaberlunzie ponders the dilemma of the software house named after Palantir, the vision stones in Lord of the Rings. Partially funded by the CIA, the company makes extraordinarily insightful software and is also intriguingly an attempt to introduce altruistic ethics with world saving applications, against a corrosive real world of wealth and corruption.
Team a scientist and a poet in Sheffield and the result has been a 10m by 20m giant poster poem in praise of air, that is coated in microscopic, pollution- absorbing titanium dioxide nano particles that absorbs the poisonous compounds from around 20 cars each day if placed by a busy road.
"It's very simple: if you work in communications, the media or related professions in Edinburgh, just turn up, grab a drink and catch up with some old contacts or meet new ones," said Stewart Argo. "The idea is just to get folk out from behind their desks / mobile screens, and spend a bit more time face-to-face.
Gaberlunzie loved playing Rock Paper Scissors as a kid, and can always be lured into a game by anyone, so he was totally enchanted to see that its now got hotly technical and scientific over the issue of strategy and the most likely way to win the game. In the "attachable counts as wearable" outlook, he sees that Uiee is bidding to be way up there with the current smart glasses, watches and bracelets. Cleaning up he thought you might like to consider lemmings
As Easter ended, there was nothing quite like the idea of hummingbirds to brighten everything up, both exquisite, outrageously brave and very territorial; chameleon's have such a sense of humour, while the dung beetle is related to the more exotic scarab with rebirth potential. There were pouty puffer fish, intelligent looking macaque's, alas alive in zoos unless you are in Japan, but the mild sting, four ring moon jellyfish does indeed lurk in UK waters.
The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum at the University of Dundee celebrates Easter by introducing the public to its recently rediscovered emperor penguin. This took pride of place in the original museum; survived the museum demolition in 1950; got misplaced, but by 1970 was the Biology Society's unofficial mascot, often propping up the bar at the students' regular drinking dens. Amazingly, it has remained nameless.
As Maria Miller resigns in the wake of the damaging expenses furore, Scotland's public spending watchdog is being urge to investigate the First Minister's trip to the Ryder Cup, two years ago, if he fails to file the details about the full costs.
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