The Malkovich Effect

I got a timer remote release control for my DSLR camera in order to take some timelapse footage on our holiday in Guyana. I didn’t use it much because of the need to mount the camera on a tripod and leave it there – Guyana is not the safest of places. But I did have a good idea.

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Vehicle Checklist

A company I worked for had abdicated responsibility to maintain their fleet of cars by making individuals perform car checks when using a ‘pool car’. Nobody knew what they were looking for so I made this checklist to help everyone out. Somebody may find this useful and at the end of the day, being in a safe car could not only prevent injury or save your life but could save lives of other road users/pedestrians.

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Windows XP Backup-Restore Procedure

On occasion, you may need to re-install Windows XP because a system has become ‘unhealthy’ due to malicious software (e.g. viruses) or just general cluttering. For the last decade, I have, on an annual basis (at least), had to backup files from my Windows drive, save them elsewhere, re-install Windows and then put the files back in Windows.It’s not enough, it would seem, to backup up the ‘My Documents’ folder, only to find that later, you’re missing those vital Microsoft Word templates. I’ve developed a guide to this procedure for the following reasons… This process can be risky because of the potential for data loss by not capturing all the files you should have backed up. The process of searching through folders for potentially needed files (often involves finding out what file extensions mean) is tedious. The guide contains common file locations so you just need to worry about those folders. This process is time-consuming, therefore some step by step instructions (removing the need to re-think) should help speed things up for now and any subsequent times. I don’t claim this procedure to be a definitive guide and I make no assumptions bout your level of knowledge or expertise. It’s[…]

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Night Navigation

Walking in the dark, outdoors, can be difficult because paths and tracks can be hard to distinguish. You can picture the scenario of defaulting down the left path, you lose your bearings, you convince yourself you’ll get back on track eventually, you get cold, tired, panic and then, yep, acceptance – “we’re lost”. Forests in the dark are especially difficult places to get back on track because, although you won’t particularly notice it, our eyes are not great at discerning colour in low light and the environment looks all so similar. Thankfully, there are a few tricks.

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Headless Human Clones

My forum post on MedWeb (Birmingham University) It seems to me, that discussions of medical ethics with peers, in journals and the media tend to focus on ethical implications of only current medical abilities, despite however long they have been in exercise. An example would be abortion which was practised in Greek and Roman times. The first recorded recipe for an abortion producing drug was in 2600BC. Thomas Aquinas considered the scientific and theological aspects of abortion in depth in the 13th century. Other examples include organ transplantation and euthanasia. Medicine, is one of the most, rapidly changing disciplines in society. Constantly new techniques, evidence and trials are being developed. I wonder whether or not we should be considering ethical issues concerning medical practice where the possibility of that medical practice will not emerge until a few decades. Cloning and the benefits to humans are becoming more obvious. Scientists have already a headless frog embryo. It does not seem a distant possibility of headless human clones. In fact, it is real possibility that in a few decades we could have the ability to grow clones of ourselves from birth. These clones would be engineered to be biographically dead (a persistent[…]

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