Sunday, February 26, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
And speaking of magic, on the way back from lunch, I noticed a woman holding a sign advertising the City's best magic shop. On the reverse was an advert for a beauty Salon!
Why for only attractive people? And does this mean his access to the media should be curtailed? And did the relative attractiveness of his alleged first victim influence his actions? And does his view of what is attractive coincide with the general view of "attractive"? And how would you feel as a model or person in the public eye to find out that you were the subject of a cannibal's fantasy?
And on the subject of cannibals, I read a question the other day which asked: who supplied the large cauldrons in which missionaries were cooked?
Funnily enough "attractive" was in the news again today. Apparently, according to a US study, non-attractive teens are more likely to grow up to commit crime or as it was explained later in the same report, but with a slightly different slant, attractive males were consistently less likely to be convicted of crimes... but more likely to be pin-ups (for cannibals ... hopefully not literally)!
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch taem at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.Well, actually, I have more to say - now that I've done a bit more research on typoglycemia, which according to Wikipedia is: Typoglycemia is the lighthearted name given to a purported recent discovery about the cognitive processes behind reading written text. While the bit about the Cambridge research is an urban legend, there is some truth about the phenomenon (as those of you who read it would understand - and isn't it funny how much easier it is to understand the faster you read it?). Typoglycemia apparently first came to light with a letter to New Scientist magazine from a Graham Rawlinson in which he discussed his Ph.D. thesis:
- In a puiltacibon of New Scnieitst you could ramdinose all the letetrs, keipeng the first two and last two the same, and reibadailty would hadrly be aftcfeed. My ansaylis did not come to much beucase the thoery at the time was for shape and senqeuce retigcionon. Saberi's work sugsegts we may have some pofrweul palrlael prsooscers at work.The resaon for this is suerly that idnetiyfing coentnt by paarllel prseocsing speeds up regnicoiton. We only need the first and last two letetrs to spot chganes in meniang.
In a car crash that perfectly illustrates the importance of hands-free mobile devices, a Kentucky woman flipped her truck after veering into the median, and severed her arm in the crash. Fortunately, the woman and her six-year-old daughter survived the crash, and paramedics were able to locate the woman's severed arm, which was found still clutching the phone she was talking on when the crash began. The woman was flown to the hospital in serious condition. Use your headsets, people!
Everything's included - and you can also get ideas from their website on sharing each title when you're done. I'm not sure it's for me - but it will be interesting to see how long it takes before it hits Australian shores - and how the approx $US50.00 per title translates into Aussie currency.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Saturday, February 11, 2006
This means I have the weekend free to explore San Francisco and take photographs. I'll post some in the next day or so.
I'm sitting in front of a couple of newspapers - USA Today and San Ramon Valley Times - and still cannot get over their size. They seem to be a strange hybrid mix of broadsheet and tabloid which should make them fairly easy to read on public transport - but having seen the traffic back-ups on the local freeways - I'm not sure if there are people out there eschewing their vehicles for MUNI - SF's public transport network.
I had a quick look through USA Today over my STARBUCKS coffee (STARBUCKS is all in capital letters because I couldn't work out whether to capitalise the B if it was in lower case.) While it felt familiar, it took me until the final section, Life, to realise that I am a regular reader of USAToday - the electronic version is delivered to me each day via Avantgo onto my Palm (or Pocket PC).
Thursday, February 09, 2006
I have taken a number of personality tests over the years, but I had never come across one which looked at creativity/ingenuity. There are the usual four personality types plus one. The flexor. I’ll have to do some checking and see if the tool is generally available or proprietary to the company before I put down too much detail. But it’s interesting. Unlike lots of other tests like this, I have to say I agreed with this. The profile you receive after completing the online questionnaire outlines the basic characteristics of your type, plus Likes, Can Get Stressed When, Contributes, Potential Pitfalls, and Give This Profile. Pretty neat stuff. (Oh no, I’m starting to sound like an American – and I have strict instructions to NOT come back with an accent!)
This is my first time to the States and the first time I have flown with an American airline. It is very strange – since most of my recent overseas trips have been to Asia, to have non-Asian flight crew. It is also different to see older flight crew (something I haven’t seen on recent domestic flights in Australia).
PS 3.5 hours out of Sydney and it’s dark outside. Very dark. I have a feeling that we’re not going to get the same light show that happens over Hong Kong – where the clouds are lit up for miles around.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
In the Daily Telegraph today there is a photograph of a woman with the caption “… leaves court yesterday; (below left) the dress”. On the window of the car is a sign “Anti Theft System”. Which is ironic considering the reason she was in court was because she allegedly stole a $4000 wedding dress from a
Sunday, February 05, 2006
That being said - how would they find you? It would seem use of the internet does not allow for let alone guarantee any form of anonymity. And what of the rights to free speech as contained in the American Constitution? And if you send an annoyance through the mail - can you still do that anonymously? And does this mean that if an American were to claim they were being continuously annoyed by spam - that someone would finally do something about it?