Tram Town
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Category: Theremin(s)
What is it about me and Semi and Theremins?

Category: Parents
Although I'm not a celebrity, I would've liked to have been photographed with my parents during my 15 minutes -- bit late for me I guess.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Category: Circles
Mighty Optical Illusions has a great post with circular things today. Remember, though, they're not optical illusions, they just look like optical illusions.

Category: Headlines
Boy, 12, Dies From Excessive Deodorant Use

Monday, November 24, 2008
Category: Food
According to a corollary of Godwin's Law, the argument against GM foods has just been lost by Margaret Fulton. Go the good guys!

Category: President-elect
Things I didn't know. He's a south-paw, smoking mac user. Gosh who would've thought.

Sunday, November 23, 2008
Category: Outsourcing
My first reaction to this magnificent product was to wonder what we can't outsource to China...

Category: Spotty
Here's our Spotty on a car bonnet:

Thursday, November 20, 2008
Category: GOP
Here are a couple of interesting post-mortems on the US election. The first is by P. J. O'Rourke, the second is by Ron Hart.

Category: Casablanca™
When the Marx Brothers were making A Night in Casablanca, Warner Brothers tried to stop them using that title. Groucho responded. Great reading!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Category: Health
GooTube of the day (CAUTION - Contains contemporary language):


Category: Science...
of the apparently settled variety.
Over Australian Climate Madness, Simon from Sydney points out an apparent contradiction in the climate consensus notion.
ACM is a good one to keep an eye on, Jack,

Sunday, November 16, 2008
Category: Censorship
Jack Marx has a series of complaints to present to Stephen Conroy regarding the contents of a book formerly known as Good.

Friday, November 14, 2008
Category: Duh!
The owner and primary operator of The National UFO Reporting Center is getting a bit irritated at the number of prank calls he is receiving. As noted by PanicWatch:
Well Mr. Davenport, you're in the business of receiving made up stories and you get mad when people give you made up stories
PanicWatch is worth the price of admission on your reader/bookmarks right there!

Thursday, November 13, 2008
Category: RDC
Another one bites the dust. (although possibly not quite dead yet)

Category: Idiocy
What are they thinking/drinking? Monopoly -- The Board Game -- The Movie. Idiots!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Category: October
The folks at NASA GISS must have thought all of their Christmases had come at once when their spreadsheets told them that the October just gone was the hottest one on record. The problem is, that because it reflected their strange reality so well, they didn't do a bit of checking before publishing and putting out a press release. It turns out that somebody had pasted September data in for the whole of Russia.
Over at Steve McIntyre's Climate Audit site there is a post titled Did Napoleon Use Hansen's Temperature Data? with this:
It's colder in Russia in October than in September, as Napoleon found out to his cost in 1812.
I suspect Hitler discovered something similar in 1941.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Category: RDC
Had a life much longer than expected but achieved much. Vale. (although possibly not quite dead yet)

Category: Transport
Tram Town has been very quite about the US election to date so I feel morally obliged to say something. One of the great things about the US election process (as much as I understand it) is that as well as contributing to the election of the Top Job they also get to vote for city officials, a whole swag of other stuff and "proposals". Three proposals I noticed is that MA has now banned dog racing but de-criminalised personal marijuana use (couldn't easily find a link, sorry) and CA has voted for a Cracker of a Train -- jeez, I hope that I live for another dozen or so years. (I eventually got to BART though.

Friday, November 07, 2008
Category: Warmening
Now I for one don't think that Y2K was so much a scam as an overreaction to a relatively simple and inherently manageable risk. Having said that, I love Ian Plimer's use of it to stir up the troops at a Sydney Mining Club lunch yesterday with his assertion "If you thought Y2K was a scam, you wait for this one". He was, of course, referring to the Kruddster's Emissions Trading Scheme™. It is unlikely to be either simple or inherently manageable. My guess is that both big finance and organised crime (insofar as they are clearly distinguishable) are going to be the only beneficiaries of the whole thing.

Category: Politics
Of the US variety, just noting so it's noted -- change.gov.

Category: Space TFF
Sorta' cool look at NASA's Industrial Design Team.

Thursday, November 06, 2008
Category: Crichton
Me Very Sad. Great man. Michael Crichton (it's worth reading the entire article, Jack).

Category: Optical Illusions
DB was talking about optical illusions a post or so ago. This site is an interesting one to follow for Mighty Optical Illusions. It was pure chance that I discovered it today.

Category: RDC
I have one or two of his books. Vale.

Category: Optical Illusions
Or does it just look like one. I would've liked Wolf to pass his hand through her and maybe some close-ups/varied camera angles. Still, interesting use of technology.
I'm none too bright but, off the top of my head, can't think of a useful application. Cool, though. Didn't Graham do something similar in the late sixties for GTV demonstrating a 'proof-o-concept' of broadcasting colour pictures over monochrome TV -- I remember something along these lines.

UPDATE: Not a hologram apparently, a tomogram. Hmmm, thought as much.

Category: Music
Music of the electronic variety even. Early days through to the 1970's. Likely, worth a listen.

Monday, November 03, 2008
Category: Theatre
Hmm, looks a bit long, not sure about the politics (even for me), worth being aware of nonetheless.

Category: Zero tolerance
Here's an amazing story about a student being accused of gang membership because he drew a picture of a vampire during Halloween week.

Category: Tea
Clarkson on tea. All the tea drinking TramTown readers should go and read this one!

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