There and back again

Dis­tance from my house to Edin­burgh: 220 miles
Dis­tance achieved today before fuel pump on motor­bike died: 92 miles.
Hours elapsed between call­ing the AA and being returned back to my house: 7.

Num­ber of mum’s birth­day din­ners missed: 1.

Not one of my bet­ter days, today.

Crocodile Surgery

(image © Bar­croft Media)

Not exact­ly sub­tle but when you look like a croc­o­dile to start with, it prob­a­bly does­n’t mat­ter that much real­ly…

In Decem­ber 2008 an unfor­tu­nate 3‑m long, wild Amer­i­can croc­o­dile Croc­o­dy­lus acu­tus was run over by a car, in Flori­da. The ani­mal sus­tained sub­stan­tial head injuries: appar­ent­ly its snout was ‘hang­ing limp’ and it was unable to feed. It was cap­tured and tak­en to the Mia­mi Metro­Zoo.

From Tetra­pod Zool­o­gy.

Hackers crack Apple’s iTunes gift card algorithm

Hack­ers crack Apple’s iTunes gift card algo­rithm:

$200 iTunes Gift Cer­tifi­cates are sell­ing for less than $3 in Chi­na now that a group of local hack­ers has cir­cum­vent­ed Apple’s algo­rithm for cre­at­ing the dig­i­tal vouch­ers and built their own gift cer­tifi­cate gen­er­a­tors.

This was bound to hap­pen soon­er or lat­er. It’ll be inter­est­ing to see how Apple are able to counter this — at the end of the day, any mech­a­nism that’s strict­ly algo­rithm-based is going to be able to be bro­ken.

(Via AppleIn­sid­er.)

Snowflakes as you’ve never seen them before

Snowflakes as you’ve nev­er seen them before — New Sci­en­tist:


These snowflake pho­tos were tak­en by Ken­neth Lib­brecht of Cal­Tech, using a spe­cial­ly-designed snowflake pho­tomi­cro­scope. They show real snow crys­tals that fell to earth in north­ern Ontario, Alas­ka, Ver­mont, the Michi­gan Upper Penin­su­la, and the Sier­ra Neva­da moun­tains of Cal­i­for­nia.

(Via New Sci­en­tist.)

When the webmaster disagrees:

Phil Minton: Cen­tu­ry FC — pub­lic prac­tice ses­sion:

My recent expe­ri­ence of work­ing with peo­ple, many of whom think they can­not sing, has strength­ened my con­vic­tion that the human voice is capa­ble of so much more than is gen­er­al­ly under­stood. I encour­age peo­ple to realise that any­one who can breath, is capa­ble of pro­duc­ing sounds that give a pos­i­tive aes­thet­ic con­tri­bu­tion to the human con­di­tion.”29

29Phil Minton’s opin­ion

Found by David Mor­ton

Morph flashmob honours Tony Hart

Morph flash­mob hon­ours Tony Hart:

A flash­mob of tiny Plas­ticine fig­ures have gath­ered on Lon­don’s Bank­side to hon­our the mem­o­ry of the late TV artist Tony Hart.
Almost 200 mod­els in the shape of chil­dren’s TV favourite Morph were arranged in a Ter­ra­cot­ta Army-style for­ma­tion out­side Tate Mod­ern.
Hart’s daugh­ter Car­olyn Williams said she was “com­plete­ly bowled over” by the ges­ture in mem­o­ry of her father.

From BBC News