Touched By His Noodly Appendage

Via Alec Muffett.

Touched by His Noodly Appendage

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.

Hmm, perhaps this is the opposite number of Cthulhu? They could be related too. I mean, look at the tentacles!

Old humour

A long time ago (1993), in a land far far away (Aberystwyth) I was reading Usenet (which wasn’t quite all junk) and noticing that a posting had appeared on a bunch of security groups and alt.hackers. They’d completely missed the point of alt.hackers though, and so I posted a witty reply which got spotted by someone in Canada, and hence my only published work appeared, in the newsletter of DECUS Canada.

Anyway, over lunch today we were messing about talking about who would qualify for what belt of UNIX sysadmin (I got nominated for black belt 10th dan, but I personally I think I’d just scrape a mid range belt!) and this posting came back to me.

So read on for the original, rescued thanks to Google..
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Quadruple Your Chance of an Accident – Use a Hands Free Phone Whilst Driving

An interesting piece of research from Perth, they did a study of people who had required hospital treatment due to a car accident and found that using hand-held mobile phone gave you almost a 5x chance of having an accident in the next 10 minutes, whilst using a hands-free system meant almost a 4x chance of an accident.

This study is bolstered by a study done in Japan which appears to have found at least one reason why trying to use a mobile phone whilst driving is so dangerous. It’s all down to the audio quality as the signal drops out as you move from cell to cell or from obstructions.

To quote from the New Scientist article on the report:

Hamada’s team measured the sound quality of mobile phone calls in parked cars and in cars travelling at 65 kilometres per hour. A comparison of the two types of voice signal revealed silent periods of about 300 milliseconds interrupting the signal roughly six times a minute. They also discovered a time lag of about 300 milliseconds for a phone in a moving car, while for 5 per cent of the time, the frequency range becomes distorted.

Then researchers then played 11 volunteers an audio recording of a story that included similar interruptions. As the volunteers struggled to hear the distorted parts of the recording, their right parietal cortex, the part of the brain that perceives sound, became more active (Transport Research Part F, DOI: 10.1016/j.trf.2005.04.016).

And for all of our sakes, please don’t even consider SMS’ing whilst driving, that’s even more dangerous!

Comments fixed

Found the problem, it was just a trivial typo; the new theme had added an extra ‘s’ on the word comment in a bit of code in two places, so very easily fixed!

Of course, because of those evil comment spamming robots out there you still have to register before you can leave a comment.

New look for

After a few years of the old theme (a slightly tweaked Postnuke standard) I’ve decided to change the theme of this website for a bit of a face lift and because I was geting a bit bored with the old one. It wasn’t quite "clean" enough, if you know what I mean ?

So, after some looking around & testing on myself I’ve gone for the xSanctuary theme by Dynawerx which has a nice clean, elegant feel to it and is all done in CSS. I really like what it’s done for the layout of the side blocks (the RSS feeds from other sites in particular), it feels a lot less cluttered and Donna reckons it’s a lot easier to navigate.

Now I just need to figure out where the ability to comment has gone! 🙂