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There’s a tiny little orchestra in your iPod shuffle

A conversation between my Wife and I as we were lying in bed listening to  California Love by 2Pac on her new iPod shuffle:

me: Is this TuPac?
her: Yes.
me: Isn’t he dead?
her: Yes, this is a recording. 

Could You Pass 8th Grade Science?

Well, could ya?

I got 88% correct, or a B+.  How embarrassing :)  Scores in the comments please! 

Scratchcard withdrawn due to withering levels of ignorance

This is hilarious:

Tina Farrell, from Levenshulme, called Camelot after failing to win with several cards.

The 23-year-old, who said she had left school without a maths GCSE, said: “On one of my cards it said I had to find temperatures lower than -8. The numbers I uncovered were -6 and -7 so I thought I had won, and so did the woman in the shop. But when she scanned the card the machine said I hadn’t.

The best bit however comes next:

“I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher – not lower – than -8 but I’m not having it.”

Tina for president, I say.

Halloween zombie mistaken for murder victim

BERLIN (Reuters) – Passengers on a German train mistook a Halloween reveller dressed up as a gore-covered zombie for a murder victim and called the police.

The 24-year-old man fell into a drunken slumber on his way home from a Halloween party in Hamburg, police in the northern town of Bad Segeberg said on Monday.

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Map of all the freecycle groups in the US

Just for fun I plotted all the Freecycle groups in the US on a google map (as you do). An interesting side-effect is that the map shows population density, the darker the area the greater the population. It is easy to spot the cities:

Freecycle Map

The data is fairly old, there are almost certainly more groups than this now.

Playing with Cameroid

This is a photo of me taken at cameroid.com with my iMacs built in iSight camera.

Cameroid

Fun! And yes, Paul, it does look like me :)

And now Carl has done one too, an improvement over the original I feel:

Carl on Cameroid

From the office IRC channel:

[15:16] carl: http://www.cameroid.com/9OJ-A1, me > mona lisa.
[15:16] greg: lol
[15:16] greg: is that going up on your blog?
[15:16] carl: No!

Correct, it’s going up on my blog!

Greg has also been playing, though unlike Carl and I, Greg has decided to take a photo with no comedy overlay:

Greg cameroid

Man Gets $218 Trillion Phone Bill

From the article:

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) – A Malaysian man said he nearly fainted when he recieved a $218 trillion phone bill and was ordered to pay up within 10 days or face prosecution, a newspaper reported Monday.

But I think the best bit of the article is this:

It wasn’t clear whether the bill was a mistake…

Really!

Wagamamas (Manchester) 2 for 1 meal voucher

For another brief period I will almost be able to afford to eat lunch at Wagamamas:

Wagamama voucher

This voucher is valid from August 7 to August 13 2007, just print it out and take it with you. Apparently a new voucher is released…

…every tuesday starting from 31 July, 2007 we will release a new voucher valid for 1 week.

via.

Wifi network and computer network names

John Gruber over at Daring Fireball has posted some of the wireless network names his iPhone picked up recently, here are a selection:

  • McJesus
  • TuckerPoo
  • breasts

I particularly like breasts… Anyway, this started us talking in the 29degrees office about our wireless network and computer names. At the risk of starting a meme, here are mine:

Wireless network name: foo

Computer names:

  • Laptop (PowerBook): marmot
  • Linux machines: Patrician and Plebian

I am interested in Tony, Carl, Dean, Stig and Paul‘s nerdy naming conventions. Let’s see how far this can go ;)

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