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Geek Egoboo

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on June 29, 2004

Don Box just worshipped me in front of a hall full of developers.

Rar! Go me and my L33T questioning skills …

Geek toy lust…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on June 28, 2004

I want one of these! A mouse with a fish tank. Who needs a hi tech bluetooth desktop when you have a little Nemo bobbing up and down in your sweaty palm? Well, I do actually, but it’s the principle of the thing…

No matter what, it’s still teh cuteness embodied!

Trilobite T-shirt

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on June 27, 2004

Just spotted a chap wearing a rather cool trilobite t-shirt. Five trilobites in white on an olive drab shirt…

I wonder where I can get one.

[mo better moblogging on my Treo]

“A small scaled Scaled Composite!”

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on June 26, 2004

…brought to you by those delightful folk at the wonderful  Joy of Tech, in the shape of today’s comic – the packaging for a toy SpaceShipOne

The PC as a cheap phone…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on June 25, 2004

As spotted in ‘s excellent NewsWireless.Net, Skype now offers tools for dialling the rest of the world from your PC. Could be a bit of a cost saver next time I’m travelling the world -especially for calling mobiles back home and the like.

Now to see if it works. Anyone else got a Skype account?

Scared now…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on June 24, 2004

…as every time in the mirror I feel that it’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall looking back.

Ah well. It’s off to Richmond Park to see if I can find any road-kill rabbits for the pot.

Either that or a haircut. Or something.

That creamed spinach looks good though…

Lego + Gameboy = Robot

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on June 23, 2004

The Xport Robot Controller sounds fun – especially with the new Bluetooth add on! Just add Lego and a Gameboy and you’re off to a robotic start…

The Omniwheels look wonderful…

Draft 2…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on June 23, 2004

…of this big white paper for a large corporate client nearly done. Maybe I can get a day or two of life back now…

Yay!

Of course still more conference calls with the US folk to come. And the editing cycle. But I won’t think about them now.

[Update: posted off. I’m going to leave the house now.]

I really must take up the laser again…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on June 23, 2004

…and get back to making holograms.

It’s been too long since I last mixed up the developing solution, and slipped a pristine piece of film out of the envelope and in between my glass plates, before firing up the laser for a 20 second burst of coherent light. It was a fun and fascinating process, and the results were amazing. Then there was the process of building an optical bench from plywood, scrap metal and Mini inner tubes – and then making and using a Michelson interferometer to stabilise it…

I used to specialise in white light-reflection holograms, simple to make and incredibly convincing. Tidying out the spare room the other day I found an envelope containing some of my early attempts – calculators, clocks, and glassware.

Then I graduated into developing a manual holographic printer that created transmission holograms from computer generated images (much like the technique used to create the recent hologram of the Queen commisioned by the States of Jersey). That was a fascinating project, and I’m still proud of my cube hologram – especially as the cube never had a physical existance.

Somewhere there’s a reference to the paper that was written on my work…

Mmm. Lasers.

Shiny.

Happy birthday DNS…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on June 23, 2004

…you get the key to the door, as you’re 21 today!

Another technology that keeps our modern world ticking along, running in the background and underpinning nearly everything we do on the Interwebthingy.

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