Pyramid Power

23 07 2014

Only the English (well, Tata from India and Anglo-Dutch Unilever) could go to court over tea bags!

The flat capped Yorkshire (Indian?) tea folk lost to PG Tips’ “superior” brewing pyramids.

So it goes.

PG Tips triumphs as ASA rules pyramid teabags make better cuppa | Business | theguardian.com.

A cup of cha – via The Guardian

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Been waiting a long time for this…

21 07 2014

I heard last year that there was a film about Alan Turing in the works. Turing – one of the fathers of modern computing.

Defined the theoretical “Turing Machine” as early as 1936 – a computer before there were such things. Only 4 instructions, but anything that can be computed could be computed on it.

Also defined a test for artificial intelligence. This gave birth to a simulation called Eliza – after Eliza Doolittle. From Shaw, not the waif-like singer.

Genius.

Gay.

One of my few heroes. Michael Faraday being another. Lenny Butler being foremost… but few will know of him at all. Your loss.

Opted for chemical castration – gay being a crime in the day, and all.

Allegedly insisted on being paid in silver in case the pound crashed. Buried it in a field… then forgot where he’d put it. Typical genius: no common sense!

Killed himself taking a bite from a poisoned apple… some claim this as the back story to Apple’s logo, though it’s denied.

Can’t wait… shame Keira Knightley‘s in it though. I’ve seen fence posts give less wooden performances.

Happy to see from the trailer that they actually filmed at Bletchley Park. I should know… I used to live just over the road.





A father’s missive

20 07 2014

I have two daughters.

Not unlike most fathers, I am proud of my children. Yes – my son too.

They will experience things I can’t even imagine – good and bad.

They are smart. They are considerate. They are, of course, beautiful. As every father’s daughter surely is.

Sure – they can be irksome too. They are, after all, human. They are not perfect.

They have many advantages I didn’t have growing up. The internet is an obvious one.

But some things have not improved in a generation. They live their lives in the 21st Century. And they live in a world where they are still considered “less”. For no reason other than what they do not have between their legs.

They have many advantages their mother and grandmothers did not have. But not all the advantages even their great-great grandfathers had.

This video refers to the US’s issue with healthcare access, and its control by the overwhelmingly male legislature. The same issues exist to a greater or lesser extent in many countries.

Things haven’t improved as much as they should have by 2014, but I have hope: my daughters have a voice. A voice that can be heard. Listened to.

I hope, as they launch themselves into the adult world, that they choose to use them. Choose to speak out for the things they feel worthy of their support. Against the things that need to change.

But if not, then that’s OK too. It is their right to make choices as they see fit – without my interference, or that of any other man.