Monthly Archives: September 2013

The MIM

I wasn’t too interested in Sue’s suggestion of going to Brussels’s Musical Instruments Museum as it didn’t sound particularly exciting but I’m glad I did. We spent the whole afternoon from half twelve to closing time just strolling around the … Continue reading

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Credit Cards and the Luhn Algorithm – how to pass the time when you’re bored

If you’re vaguely geeky then you probably know that there’s some mathematical formula behind the ISBN number on the barcode of a book so that typing errors can be spotted. The same applies to the embossed number across the middle … Continue reading

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Local History update

May last year, I posted about an old painted sign on the side of building that I passed on the way to and from work every day. Last week, a granddaughter of William Fisher found the post whilst doing some … Continue reading

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Café Sci – Sahel monsoons

Good presentations from a Kiwi teaching in Oklahoma and his more home-grown sidekick (Professor Peter Lamb and Doctor Rosalind Cornforth). Takeaway messages – Sehal monsoon weather systems are hard to understand; weather is hard to predict as a result; getting … Continue reading

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Josie Long’s Short Cuts

I must recommend “Short Cuts” on Radio 4 to everyone. The last series finished back in July but the podcasts are still available on the BBC site. After feeling a bit “scienced”-out, I had a browse of the BBC podcast … Continue reading

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