My name in meat

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Ok, look at the banner above, this is the story of how it came about:

Don’t think I’ve been planning this,there was no months of preparation.

I was up late doing a coding session and fancied a lamb and rosemary sandwich. but while cutting the lamb I noticed how easy it was to use the lamb as a method of communication.

Your name in meat? Is this the new way?

Your name in meat? Is this the new way?

What next? Lamb-verts? Sponsored meat? Ad-beef? Pork-words? The possibilities are endless…

If you want to sponsor my next sandwich, then please leave a comment.

Are you having a Windows 7 party?

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Ok, I’ve got Windows 7 now, do I need to organise a launch party? Well why not? any excuse for a party is good especially in these grim times…

But aren’t these people a little too geeky even for my tastes?

So far I think Windows 7 is cool, appart from some problems with Firefox it’s been a dream to install and the new features are mostly benificial. But I don’t want to get carried away. A lot of the new features should have been addressed a long time ago and this won’t halt the migration from the desktop to more flexible mobile devices for the masses (iPhone, netbooks et al). Keep trying Microsoft the wars not over yet (ever).

Oh and if anyone thinks this isn’t real, very sorry to say visit: http://uk.houseparty.com/windows7uk I know I will 🙂

Attack of the Giant Wasps

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It sounds like a 1960s Japanese si-fi ‘B’ movie plot but it’s true.

Rie (My better half) and the kids are in Japan staying with her parents. Well they have a Japanese Giant Hornet (or Wasp) problem. Sounds scary enough I hate normal wasps, then I did a bit of searching on the internet…

WTH! Those things are horrible.

You can read about these monsters here Wikipedia Article

Here is a video of them attacking a honey bee hive:

 

Interestingly this hive is not a native Japanese hive as the native Japanese honey bees know how to kill the giant hornets, they leave a gap to encourage the hornet to come into the hive then surround it, this raises the temperature to 47 degrees Celsius which kills the wasp in time.

Anyway back to the story Rie’s parent’s house was under siege but her Mother Setsuko wiped them out with a rolled up magazine. Just goes to show the power of the printed word.

And we learned a valuable lesson, keep on the good side of Rie’s Mother 🙂

Plants invade Twitter!

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botanicall- I want one!
This is great, why should the internet only be for humans?

With this kit you can put your favorite plant on the internet and allow it to express it’s inner feelings!! Cool or what?

How does it work?
The device detects the moisture levels of the plant’s soil and based on predefined levels will send a twitter to a specified Twitter account (for those who don’t already know twitter is a micro-blogging social network site- http://twitter.com)

The botanicalls 2 kit lets your plant use twitter

The botanicalls 2 kit lets your plant use twitter

A neat little package the kit plugs into your switch/router/hub to get onto the internet and send those all important tweets, add your mobile number to twitter and your plant now has the ability to send you an SMS when it’s thirsty! And I thought plants were boring…

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The botanicall in action, you can just about see the probes at in the soil and the ethernet cable is plugged in

The botanicall in action, you can just about see the probes at in the soil and the ethernet cable is plugged in

I found a live example of the device in action http://twitter.com/pothos Cool!

At $149.00 it’s not that cheap but if you’re serious about your plants welfare, in my opinion it’s essential.

So where can you get one?

http://www.adafruit.com