Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Pick a Path Adventure

You start your quest here:

You may head into the dark wood:

Or into a shiny future:

(Image comparison of San Francisco now, SF in Terminator and SF in Star Trek.)

Thursday, 19 March 2009


This chart shows house prices over the last century adjusted for inflation. If this is true it means house prices (outside of a bubble) are stable.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Quantum of Mirrors

Just watched the new James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace (the missus and I are finally returning to cinema going, we have to alternate). I have to say that I liked it very much and may well return to a full review when time allows.

For right now I want to float a couple of tidbits out into the blog.
1. Is it possible that the name "James Bond" is as much an assumed identity as the code number 007? (Ask me about the history of the 007 rating someday.) If you allow that the name is false then all the Bond actors can be placed in a single mostly coherent universe rather than having each actor being a representation of an iconic character that always updates to the present day. It's not that implausible given that there is a conversation in the middle of QoS in which it is established that Mathieu is  not that character's actual name. One might also assume that Felix Leiter is similarly a title and not an individual name.  This means that Judi Dench as M has had to deal with more than one Bond (as did her predecessor Bernard Lee).

2. Were there a lot of reflective surfaces in the movie or did I just exaggerate a personal obsession? I'd like to think that there were and that this is important in a movie about surface appearances versus truthful realities (if there could be such a thing in a spy fiction).

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

No Black Hole

Well if you're reading this then the Hadron Accelerator did not punch a hole in the space-time continuum or open a stable black hole within Earth's gravity well.

Unless we are all within the Schwarzschild radius already and falling infinitely within the bounds of the even horizon.