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March 2008

microprojectors: the poverty of predictions!

By Pierpaolo Andriani  ·  March 31, 2008  · 

On the New York Times (March 30) there is an interesting article on micro-projectors

“The (micro)projectors may be particularly useful for business presentations — for example, when road warriors need to show a product video to small groups. No coordination would be needed to arrange for a screen. Instead, a patch of wall within a cubicle or restaurant could serve for an impromptu presentation. Carolina Milanesi, a research director in London for Gartner, the research firm, says she thinks the microprojectors are most likely to...

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Dialogue on a map does not a story make

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 31, 2008  ·  Musings

OK I have a question to ask all those science fantasy readers our there?  Who spends anytime on the maps of the various lands that appear at the front of most books?  I may attention to them on the few (the very few) novels that I read more than once.  Once has the map being a part of the story.  I recently continued on trilogy set in a future or past landscape where the map at the front was identical to the middle east.  That helped me understand some of the points the author was making, but it did not add much to the story. ...

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Great blogger needs help

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 30, 2008  ·  Requests

One of the most useful science blogs I know is Neurophilosophy.  He recently issued an appeal for help, so if anyone can make a contribution (or find some suitable paid consultancy/research) then please do so.  I have never managed to set up a PayPal account I am afraid, so I made a contribution by purchasing something on his wish list and will have a think about other ways to help out.  And, if you feel up to it, pass the message on.

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once in a billion years

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 30, 2008  ·  Musings

Sentient Developments has a nice piece on the one in a billion years chance that planned experiments at CERN will create a black hole which will destroy the earth. It's a good general piece on some of the dilemmas associated with scientific research and I commend it. Compared with some of the other ways in which we could go, a black hole would be a relatively clean death I suppose, with the odd chance of being transferred to a parallel universe in which the Treaty of Montgomery was honored by Edward I and his successors. One quote...

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Second Row success

By Dave Snowden  ·  March 29, 2008  ·  News

I am pleased to announce that St John's Marlborough won the County Cup (Wiltshire) yesterday (5th form level, don't expect this reporter to know the year numbers).  In poor weather conditions Marlborough went into half time with a three point lead from a 40 yard penalty.  The second half saw Marlborough in difficulties in the scrum but achieving turnover ball in rucks and lineouts, holding on for a memorable win.  Huw Snowden played second row and his father was unable to watch as he was in Hong Kong ......

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