Category Archives: Technology

Horses’ arses

Anyone ever really stopped and wondered about railroad tracks? They’re very interesting things. The standard railroad gauge (the distance between the two tracks) in the USA is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. A somewhat arbitrary number, if you stop and think about it. Why was that number used? The answer is simple: because that’s the way […]


People often say to me: “Illusive Man, you callipygian super-being, what are your thoughts on X?” where X can be any topical issue of the moment. Well, I thought it was about time I got it all down in a post for everyone to read. If I’ve missed something important, feel free to let me […]

Quote of the day

This, on the subject of the anti-fracking protesters, comes from the pen of Sir Bernard Ingham, the Press Secretary for Margaret Thatcher during her time in government: It seems they want us all to live in their yurts, tepees and wigwams in a sort of glorious, save-the-planet pre-industrial squalor – regardless of our manifest objections. […]

Good riddance, says Voyager 1

VOYAGER 1 has expressed relief at being rid of the human race, as it leaves our solar system. The widely-travelled NASA probe was launched 36 years ago to examine outer planets but soon became embarrassed about its origins. Voyager 1 said: “No offence, but Earth is like the Swindon of the universe. It’s a mathematical […]


I figured that would get your attention. Now that I have it, permit me to hold it a little while longer. I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while now, but each time I sat down at my keyboard to write something, all that came out was RAAAGE! Well, hopefully I’ve settled down […]


Its no secret that Research In Motion – the makers of BlackBerry smart phones – have been struggling of late. Prior to the launch of their latest model, the BlackBerry 10, they had reported losses for several periods running. Well, it seems that BlackBerry 10 has helped to revitalise their fortunes. Not content with that, […]

Cold fusion

For those that don’t know, cold fusion is a form of nuclear fusion which takes place at or near room temperature. Long thought to be impossible, purely because nuclear fusion relies on high temperatures and high pressures – which in turn create high temperatures – and because all working examples of nuclear fusion, namely stars, […]

Bletchley Park

I had been meaning to go to Bletchley Park for a long time. I was planning to go last year, but 2012 turned out to be rather more hectic and eventful than I had foreseen and I never got to go. Well, one took the proverbial bull by its proverbial horns, and today the Illusive […]

The physics of warp travel

To quote Douglas Adams inHitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, space is big. The nearest celestial object to Earth is the moon, and that is 383,400 KM away from us. It takes light just over 1 second to travel from the lunar surface to the Earth’s surface. When you look up at the sky and see […]

The future of paper

Are we ready for a paperless world? Perhaps not… H/T: The South African, via email.