Our Lady of Discord makes the Solar Pantheon

The distant world whose discovery prompted leading astronomers to demote Pluto from the rank of “planet” has now been given its own official name. Having caused so much consternation in the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the object has been called Eris, after the Greek goddess of discord. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5344892.stm All hail Discordia!


If you want to piss of Microsoft, you endanger their DRM system, which protects its connections to content suppliers. FairUse4WM strips DRM off media files allowing you to do what you like with the files you paid for. It’s now at version 1.2 and looks like it’s going to keep ahead of Microsoft. You can Read more about Fairuse4wm[…]

Philip K Dick Android

Someone made an android of Philip K Dick, and left his head on the airoplane, so now it’s missing. The software has been released as freeware and was fed with all the information available on Philip so that the android could talk and answer using the correct voice, posture etc. Guardian Article Software

Modern Day Jousting

A blow by blow account of jousting by people who joust today. Oddly enough they haven’t changed the armour technology at all – I guess they want to be true to the spirit, but lighter and heavier duty armour (maybe Kevlar) sounds like a plan to me.

How Big is the Universe and what does it look like?

There are loads of ways of visualising the universe – through radiation, dark matter, gravitational fields, distribution of visible light etc. And then there are the times as which the universe is visualised – at the beginning, as it grows, now and projected into the future. String theory makes for even more different ways of Read more about How Big is the Universe and what does it look like?[…]