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The scourge of security questions

Is there anything more annoying than those security questions you need to login to certain websites? I cannot understand how they are supposed to make websites more secure. I understand that passwords can be cracked and the security question is a safety net. But let’s face it. All the advice on passwords is that they […]

Grand Prix posters

I recently received this print as a gift. It is a poster advertising the 5th Monaco Grand Prix, held in 1933. Doesn’t it look great? A great deal has changed in the past 78 years. But this is unmistakably Monaco — the exit of the famous tunnel, with the harbour to the left and the […]

Why filling up the car is like using teletext

I have problems with my nozzle. When I am filling up the car, I can never get it quite right. When visiting the petrol station in the past, I usually just filled the tank right up. But in the light of fuel price-geddon that has gripped the nation this year, I have switched to aiming […]

Mysteries of Silverstone Wing complex solved

Silverstone’s new ‘Wing’ pit complex has been getting a bit of press recently as the circuit has been showing off the progress so far to journalists. Whenever I have seen designs of it, I have felt like it reminded me of something, but I could never quite put my finger on what. Then I logged […]

Pacman coasters

A couple of friends made these Pacman coasters out of Hama / iron-on beads and gave them to me as a flatwarming gift. I got them a few months ago, but haven’t got round to photographing and blogging them until now. They are pretty cool! I use them at my computer desk. You can find […]

Rob sport

John Humphrys sees himself as a defender of the use of proper English. But I surely can’t be the only one to notice that he has a remarkable tendency to drop the use of full sentences altogether when he is presenting the Today programme? It seems particularly bad when he is introducing the sport. “Seven […]

Dishonest loo roll

Am I the only one totally perplexed by the recent trend for loo roll manufaturers to print cuddly stuff on their products? It is impossible to pop off for a poo without becoming familiar with the pictures of feathers, flowers, big shaggy bears and cuddly little dogs that now adorn the world’s most important pieces […]

Professor Eric Maskin lecture in St Andrews

There was great excitement at work yesterday when I updated the University of St Andrews homepage to advertise some exciting news related to economics, which was my chosen subject in a previous guise. A public lecture is being given by Professor Eric Maskin on the subject of how Members of Parliament should be elected. Very […]

Problems with looking too old

What qualifications do you need to become a bouncer? I think it helps to be big, although I once witnessed a great spectacle in Kirkcaldy when a tiny woman strong-armed someone out the door when a fight was about to break out. Beyond that, I am not sure. I only ask because so often they […]

Google’s science competition

Google has teamed up with some awesome organisations to offer budding young scientists some great prizes for coming up with neat ideas. Along with Cern, Lego, National Geographic and Scientific American, Google is asking for people aged between 13 and 18 to submit their projects to the Google Global Science Fair. They describe it as […]