Category Archives: Personal

Using Qumana

First post using Qumana software on the iMac . Spent ages sorting out the problems of it recognizing my blog. Turned out I needed a .htaccess file  to allow remote posting. Then it transpired that it needed 664 permissions. All sorted now hopefully. Although I seemed to have destroyed Sally’s blog in the process 🙁

One problem only has a US dictionary.

Geoff the lazy so & so

 Ellee sent me the link to the Texperts tonight, these are folks who you can text any question too 66000  and get an answer.

They have a challenge quiz to see if you are suitable as someone to work with them.  Here are my results:-

Category Percentage Pass
General Knowledge – Music 40.00 Fail
General Knowledge – Science & Technology 80.00 Pass
General Knowledge – UK Geography 60.00 Fail
The Basics – Fun With Numbers 80.00 Pass
The Basics – Speakin’ the Queen’s 75.00 Pass
Read It and Weep 68.75 Fail

We’ve tallied your scores and it is official: you are a Lazy So & So. Your brain doesn’t hurt too much right now because you never switched it on. You have beaten the Class Dunce but have a long way to go until you make Gold Star Texpert status. You’ve definitely got ability, though, so freshen up and have another go.

You have been unsuccessful.

So the same as my school reports – lazy must try harder 🙂

Have a go and leave a comment.

Putting your head in a spin.

A cool optical illusion or a computer gimmick. which way is this dancer rotating?

Spinning Dancer

The theory is according to Geoff of Geofftech.

If you see it spinning clockwise, then you are a ‘right sided’ brain person, who uses feeling, is ‘big picture’ orientated and your imagination rules you.

If you see it spinning anti-clockwise, then you are a ‘left sided’ brain person who uses logic, is detail orientated and facts rule.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

So do you see clockwise or anti-clockwise? Are you left or right minded?

So give it a spin and let me know in the comments?.

ps its clockwise for me – most of the time

Link to the Lateralization of brain function

Free those maps

Steve Coast presentationLast night I was up in London to listen to Steve Coast’s 36th talk on the Open street Map project he created (slide show is on slideshare). This is the Wikipedia of the map world. Currently 15,000 people around the world are using their GPS systems to upload tracks and create maps.

The aim of OSM is to have maps, down to street level, that are free of copyright, Open so you can create mashups and Current so that the data is up todate for ALL of the world.

I first met Steve at Reboot8 in Copenhagen, where we had a few beers prior to the infamous boat trip 🙂 but for whatever reason I didn’t pursue the project.

However, recently I came across this great article by Dair where he found “examining the road network shows 89 “errors” in Google Maps:” in just Hayward Heath. So I was inspired to join up. David Earl

I did my first geomapping cycle ride (35miles) with David Earl last Thursday. David has mapped the whole of Cambridge on his own and his now tackling the surrounding area. I have still to get to grips with JOSM (the editor that converts your tracks to map elements that can be rendered so your data looks like a real map) although last night I heard about Potlatch which is a much simpler solution that is available when you upload the gpx files to the OSM website.

Last Sunday on my walk with Sally and Caroline I collected the street data for Perry and Grafham and the walk we did. I then used Mac Simple GPS to upload the data from the Garmin GPS upto my iMac and create a gpx file. This gpx is then uploaded to OSM as a trace . The street names etc can then be entered from my notes using JOSM.
Hours of fun to be had and another example of Coase’s Penquin at work