The Quantum Angler
He never gets Bohred of fishing.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Netbook posing

I finally caved in and bought a netbook. You know, one of those tiny underpowered laptops that are all the rage at the moment. I've always wanted a laptop, but given that I had no use for one whatsoever I've always found it difficult to justify the cost. But when a stupidly cheap one appeared on Ebay I twisted my own arm and took the plunge, leaving me with an exciting problem: what to do with the damn thing?

The obvious one is surfing the web during conferences, and a close second goes to watching American TV on the train. Showing off to friends has worked for me too. Blogging about my netbook whilst teaching 3rd year lab is also clearly a major use for this machine. Then there's looking like a ponce while surfing in Starbucks, and generally using a netbook for all the applications I never needed a netbook for (taking data, thinking about my netbook in between netbook sessions, buying accesories for my netbook). I also plan on installing linux, then realising there's one crucial thing it can't do and going back to XP. But after all that, I'm going to need to get creative.

With their small size and high posing coefficient, notebooks are ideally suited to use in unusual places. On the tube, whilst cooking, on holiday, on the loo, in my lab, in bed. The possibilities are endless! This could be a fun year.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Christian man who refuses to drive atheist bus thinks he knows why

A London bus driver who refused to drive a London bus sporting a atheist advertisement today said he thinks he knows why. Ron Heather from Southampton refused to drive the bus when he saw the fucking awesome advert, which read "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life", but initially he had no idea what made him do it.

Heather offered his current working hypothesis on the BBC News website, stating "I think it was the starkness of this advert which implied there was no God." The revelation comes as a suprise to most commentators, whose consensus was that he wasn't too keen on the pink/orange colour scheme.