Friday, April 22, 2005

Sometimes it pays off to be a pack rat

When UK engineer David Clark heard that Intel was looking for a mint copy of the magazine where Gordon Moore proposed his famous law, he took the morning off work to look for the copy he though he had. He was hoarding it under the floorboards, which shows a great dedication to being a pack rat.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

You can't trust online surveys. But they are fun

Online surveys like this can very easily be biased, despite the best efforts of their creators. I expected the result to be Lib-Dem because they often have the most reasonable sounding policies. In a way I am surprised that Labour came out so high for me. The biggest failure surely though are Greens, aren't they the natural home of a vegetarian? My guess is that they have unreasonable policies...
Who Should You Vote For?

Who should I vote for?

My expected outcome (i.e. what I guessed before):

Liberal Democrat

My actual outcome:

Labour 8
Conservative -13
Liberal Democrat 16
UK Independence Party -3
Green -2
I should vote: Liberal Democrat

The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.

Take the test at Who Should You Vote For

Friday, April 01, 2005

A golden age for Children's literature

This is a golden age for Children's literature according to the Guardian. Of course it is just demographics, baby boomers have children who are reading.

San Francisco is a great place for kids, but...

According to the the 2000 census, San Francisco has the lowest percentage of people under 18 of any large city in the nation, 14.5 percent, compared with 25.7 percent nationwide.