Infrared Light, Death & rebirth

Guess which muppet accidently connected his Infrared Light led’s to a 12volt power source rather than a 5 volt power source,……doh, yes I was me, I blew all the leds, i’m blooming annoyed about it.
I’ve decided that its taking too long to make an infrared unit so i’ve bought an Infra Red Illuminator.

It’s that time of year

Hope you all have managed to get your shopping done and your gifts wrapped.
We have been quite organised this year, I did all the gift shopping online from Amazon and had it all delievered to work :o).
My parents and I put the decorations up today and my folks have cooked the turkey, the ham is on the oven cooking at the moment, its going to take 4 hours.
My sister is who is pregnant should have had the baby three days ago but it seems the little one doesn’t want to come out yet, my youngest nephew was the same, he was almost a week late and popped out on the 29th Dec, so we might end up with another christmas baby, i’ll keep you all posted.

Take That: ‘Williams can join us for a song’

Boyband Take That are thrilled to be touring again next year with or without Robbie Williams
– but they insist he is welcome to join them for a song if he feels the urge.
The remaining foursome – Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald
– will tour major UK stadiums for the reunion which marks 10 years since their split.
Even though Williams refused to rejoin the band which rocketed him to fame, he is starting to feel left out.
Orange says, “I spoke to Robbie a couple of times last week, he’s delighted for us and, I think, a bit wistful.”
Owen adds, “If he wants to come up and sing a song, he’s more than welcome.”

As if Robbie Williams would return to that bunch of washed out wannabe’s.

I’ve been Blue Witch’ed

Last night I had great pleasure in meeting Blue Witch & Mr Blue Witch at one of their outdoor gatherings.
I must admit I was a little nervous at first but after chatting to BW and guests from “blog land”, I started to feel at home and was totally amazed at BW’s Coven which is very cosy.
We had a fab evening trying to find items in BW’s garden for the quiz, even with my bad spelling I managed to name a few object and yes, “near green house” is a perfectly good answer for N :o).
While BW’s I had a nice little supprise, a little four legged person who BW looked after turned up, I thought he was lovely, really friend little chap and i never knew a little four legged person would like cheese :o).
Thank you BW & Mr BW for a lovely evening, I hope we can do it again soon.

PDA & WAP Support

Dear Readers,
Over the past few months I have noticed that there are a few of you out there who ready my site using either a PDA or a WAP browser on your mobile phone, i’ve tried to do the same myself and have discovered that either the pages don’t load properly or there are too many images or banners to load the page at all due to the cache on pda or mobile becoming full.
In order to make my blog/journal more accessable to mobile readers I have created a template purely for readers using PDA’s or Mobiles the page is a plain text version of my blog/journal so it should load quckly.
The new PDA/Mobile page can be accessed at
I would like some feed back on the page so if you can email with some details like, type of device, did the page load, was the page readable, i will try to fix any bugs that might pop up.
On a lighter note, someone Buy me a DVD please.

Japanese develop ‘female’ android

Japanese scientists have unveiled the most human-looking robot yet devised – a “female” android called Repliee Q1.
She has flexible silicone for skin rather than hard plastic, and a number of sensors and motors to allow her to turn and react in a human-like manner.
She can flutter her eyelids and move her hands like a human. She even appears to breathe.
Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University says one day robots could fool us into believing they are human.
Repliee Q1 is not like any robot you will have seen before, at least outside of science-fiction movies.
She is designed to look human and although she can only sit at present, she has 31 actuators in her upper body, powered by a nearby air compressor, programmed to allow her to move like a human.
“I have developed many robots before,” Repliee Q1’s designer, Professor Ishiguro, told the BBC News website, “but I soon realised the importance of its appearance. A human-like appearance gives a robot a strong feeling of presence.”
Designed to look human
Before Repliee Q1, Professor Ishiguro developed Repliee R1 which had the appearance of a five-year-old Japanese girl.
Its head could move in nine directions and it could gesture with its arm. Four high-sensitivity tactile sensors were placed under the skin of its left arm that made the android react differently to differing pressures.
The follow-up has the appearance of a Japanese woman. To program her motion, a computer analysed the motions of a human and used them as a template for the way Repliee Q1 moves.
She can be designed to follow the movement of a human wearing motion sensors or to act independently.
“Repliee Q1 can interact with people. It can respond to people touching it. It’s very satisfying, although we obviously have a long way to go yet.”
Professor Ishiguro believes that it may prove possible to build an android that could pass for a human, if only for a brief period.
“An android could get away with it for a short time, 5-10 seconds. However, if we carefully select the situation, we could extend that, to perhaps 10 minutes,” he said.
“More importantly, we have found that people forget she is an android while interacting with her. Consciously, it is easy to see that she is an android, but unconsciously, we react to the android as if she were a woman.”
Full story and images

Police chief ‘sorry’ over death”

BBC NEWS | UK | Police chief ‘sorry’ over death
My personal view :
I’m sorry this guy died but after last weeks bombs you don’t do anything to cause suspition, the guy vaults (either jumps or smashes through) the automatic ticket barriers and heads for the platforms,
he then ran down an escalator after being approached by up to 20 plain-clothed police officers and tried to board a train, he apparently refuses to obey police instructions and after running onto a northbound Northern line train,
If all the above is true, what else could the police do?