Archive for May, 2011

A recent article and earlier research describes the work of two neuroscientists who have demonstrated that it is possible to identify the sounds of imagined speech in someone’s brain. The article suggests that soon it will be possible to convert thought into speech. This has huge potential benefits for people who, due to illness or […]


It’s not really important, but for the sake of historical record I’d like to say: “it rained today”. It was the first decent rain since 26th March. My lettuces, carrots, beans and spinach were delighted. Elsewhere in Norfolk children were looking at the sky with their mouths open and farmers were dancing with delight, sardonically. […]


According to an article in Harvard Business Review (June 2011) the collective intelligence of a group of people does not correlate with their individual IQs. In other words, a committee of clever people is no more likely to make a good decision than a committee of averagely intelligent people. But if a group contains a […]


On Facebook I have discovered that I could ‘like’ or even become a ‘friend’ of the following: The manufacturer of my car My favourite breakfast cereal The company which made my toilet bowl My gas supplier My electricity supplier A ‘male 27 Kansas’ Many books I have bought and Pampers nappies (in multiple languages). However, […]


Sisyphus

22May11

Because the world did not end on Saturday, and I because I didn’t get round to betting all my money on the world not ending (I knew I couldn’t lose on that one), I had to resume my house maintenance chores today. I found out that it is not really worth the effort to paint […]


Warning. Signs.

19May11

There was a cluster of people waiting for the lift in the multi-storey car park. Squeezing round behind them politely to take the stairs I stumbled over something and fell headlong through the door on to the staircase. Brushing the dust off my knees I peered sheepishly back to see what had tripped me. I […]


Rabbiting on

18May11

Driving home at dusk we passed a roadside verge crowded with rabbits grazing on the dried out grass. Mrs R. remarked that you hardly ever see a squashed rabbit in the road these days. She’s right. Twenty or thirty years ago you would always come across a flattened rabbit or two on a country road […]


The driving lessons continue – eating into valuable blogging time. There was a slight hiccup this evening when the car wouldn’t start again after one particularly vigorous stall. But it corrected itself eventually. There are some professional lessons booked for half-term. Mrs R told me that I shouldn’t teach him too much before then because […]


Sunday driver

15May11

Sunday morning at the industrial estate, a solitary blue car lurches almost to a stop and then kangaroo hops down the road before coming to a stalled halt. “You were just a bit slow with the clutch there,” I say calmly. Then I wind down the window because I am getting a bit hot. I […]


Empty gestures

12May11

Does anyone actually put gloves in the glove compartment of their car? I’ve noticed that most motorists don’t wear gloves when they drive, unless they are in a race. And why do people use a gesture which mimes using a hand-cranked movie camera to show that they are referring to a film when they are […]


Age concern

10May11

I’m on a training course. There are seven people on the course. Before we joined we had to send in a short biography, a few lines describing ourselves to our course mates. When we arrived the thumbnail sketches were waiting for us on a sheet of paper, to help us get to know our colleagues. […]


Final touch

08May11

I spent most of the weekend painting the exterior woodwork of the house. I started with a part that is not easily viewed, just to get a bit of practice. To clean and access the area to be painted I removed the guttering. Which is easier than it sounds, I found out that it just […]


Online help

05May11

One of the envelopes on the doormat this morning contained a booklet: “Easy Online Banking”. It was from a bank. The Easy Online Banking booklet contained 48 pages of text and screenshots. There were two photos of attractive women in their early thirties and two photos of grey haired men. Both the women had laptops. […]


Monday morning dawns bright and clear. Or is it Tuesday? Hang on. All these holidays and bright clear mornings have confused me. I turn to the local paper to check the date. Good to see that nothing in the world is more significant than the front page news about Norwich City’s accession to the premier […]