Twenty-something technophobes

posted 16 Mar 2010, 00:21 by Jamie Condliffe   [ updated 16 Mar 2010, 00:23 ]

I’ve always been a fairly middle-of-the-road in my adoption of technologies. There was always a computer in the house when I was growing up, for which I’m phenomenally grateful: if it wasn’t for that, my technological enthusiasm wouldn’t be what it is. But despite a healthy start, I’ve never been at the fore-front of what’s going on, technologically speaking. I’ve always hung back slightly, waiting to see if something works on a basic level before jumping aboard. Or at least, I never used to be, but as time progresses, I feel like I’m changing for the better, adopting earlier. But, maybe it just appears that way because my peers aren’t adapting in the same way as me… 
Before I go on, it’s worth being aware that this is something that really gets to me: twenty-something technophobes. We’re a generation revered to be the first that have grown up with tech, savvy with digital communication, comfortable with computers. Let me tell you, though: it’s a huge myth. Certainly amongst my friends – though most can log-on to a PC and knock out a rough spreadsheet or document – I can think of quite a lot that are just awkward about the whole idea of technology. But, there’s not enough space for me to jump down your throat about everything here, so let me start with something tech-lite: social networking.

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Human body as a tube map

posted 10 Mar 2010, 00:34 by Jamie Condliffe   [ updated 10 Mar 2010, 00:39 ]

I know this is all over the internet, but I meant to post it up a few days ago when it surfaced on Twitter. It was created by Sam Loman, and is one of the better plays on the tube map that I've seen. I've always rather fancied trying to do something like this myself, but am still waiting for a flash of inspiration...

World's highest skydive

posted 8 Mar 2010, 23:01 by Jamie Condliffe   [ updated 8 Mar 2010, 23:05 ]

I've been listening to Boards of Canada a lot recently, and was reminded of this video as I listened to Dayvan Cowboy. The footage comes from Kittinger's  record-breaking skydive in 1960, where he descended from 114,00 ft.

Thinking about it, I wonder when the next attempt (reported here), will be happening?

Hello world

posted 6 Mar 2010, 09:08 by Jamie Condliffe   [ updated 7 Mar 2010, 04:10 ]

Hi there. This will become a personal blog of things that aren't related directly the scientific and technological issues posted at A Life of Pi, or those about food over at Addicted to Pi. Some of it will be interesting, some less so, but there we go. Today, I'm impressed by the announcement that PopSci have released their 137 year archive in partnership with Google. And it's entirely free! Well worth a look.

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