Martian Night Panorama

I am still absolutely aghast and amazed at this incredible high def 360 degree panorama of Mars and the Milky Way filled night sky taken by the Mars Rover. It’s almost certainly the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. Simply the most humbling and beautiful experience. As if being there. One of the current furthest outposts of mankind. Awesome.

Mars Panorama – Curiosity rover: Martian night in The World
Go full screen and zoom in. Enjoy

Autocells, The Origin of Life and Gaia Theory


The famous Martian meteorite ALH 84001 contains a “fossil” that was ruled out as life because of its small size, however it could still be an autocell – a precursor to life. Credit: NASA

The World Fantasy Convention 2013 took place at the Brighton Metropole earlier this month. My father was one of the guests of honour. His thing is science fiction, and on one of his panels he mentioned a discovery of a new scientific phenomenon to a dumbfounded fantasy audience. You see that’s the difference between fantasy and science fiction – the former is escapism, the latter merely disorientation but often based on fact. Read more »

In2Deep – a deep house mix tape

I’m proud to say that I used to be DJ Tim The Groovedigger and from about ’91 to ’98 used to have residencies and run club nights playing all manner of dance music.

My favourite spell was running a regular Brighton night In2Deep which I brought down with me from Oxford (where we had a great Sunday night at PoNaNa). Heavily influenced by Paul Trouble Anderson it was a proper US deep house and garage night. Here is one of the best remaining mix tapes for your delectation.

In2Deep – a deep house mix tape

Tracklisting: Read more »

Classy Robotic CGI Showreel

Beautiful Staff Pick from Vimeo – Box from Bot & Dolly, featuring some great CGI, clever robotic program design, a lovely black and white mood and a great soundtrack. Watch on a retina Mac if you get the chance – beautiful!

Tech Round Up Aug 16th


Google have stolen the spotlight back from Apple with 2 new developments in recent weeks. First and most importantly is there move into the space most commonly dominated by Apple since it’s conception of Airplay. Chromecast is a cheap new, small plug in device that works with any TV with an HDMI jack and allows you to stream content from other devices to it. The most common platform for streaming is likely to be Youtube and you can easily start a video playing on your computer Read more »

Drum and Bass – Lost in Space & Divaz n Bass

Still love this old late nineties drum and bass mix tape of mine which is now up on Youtube. For me this was a golden era of drum and bass, after all the ragga and attitude of the dying rave scene had petered out and a new era was heralded by the likes of LTJ Bukem, Photek, John Beltran, et al. It was an era of non-cheesy, non-chipmunk female vocals and hanging chords, and as much about the space between as the bass extremes. I think the sound has stood the test of time but maybe that’s just my nostalgia wafting over me again. Hope you like it – Big Up Yer Ches’

Urban Outlaw – Magnus Walker Porsche

How much of a legend is this guy! And what a great video. Simple story, but something really different. A very lucky guy who’s been able to do exactly what he’s wanted to do. He’s kept the faith and is earning quite a reputation for himself and his wonderful work.
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Amazing 4k Video Showreel

Stumbled across this on the FatSand blog and had to share. Hyperreal video using the H.265 codec.

Solving the world’s financial/debt system

I don’t normally write financial related blog posts but I was inspired by a friend of mine, Tom Nixon after a coffee and Twitter conversation we had recently (as you do). He pointed me in the direction of a documentary from a couple of years back called The Secret of Oz.

No excuses – watch it. It’s embedded below.

The revelation of the documetary (which really shouln’t be a revelation but more just common sense/knowledge) is that there isn’t enough money to go round. There never will be. Why – because all money is created as debt. Read more »

Technical Counselling Support

Dear Technical Support,

18 months ago, I upgraded to Girlfriend 1.0 from DrinkingMates 4.2, which I had used for years without any trouble. However, there are apparently conflicts between these two products and the only solution was to try and run Girlfriend 1.0 with the sound turned off.

To make matters worse, Girlfriend 1.0 is incompatible with several other applications, such as LadsNightOut 3.1, Football 4.5, and Playboy 6.9. Successive versions of GirlFriend proved no better. Read more »

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