TEDx Imperial College

I attended the TEDxIC conference hosted by Imperial College in London last weekend & really enjoyed the experience.  There were 3 sessions of talks, of which I was able to attend the first 2.  The talks were a wide range of diverse topics, from spray on clothes, to neurotechnology, to computer history, to laughter!  I personally enjoyed each of the talks & look forward to the next opportunity to attend a TEDx event.  Follow @TEDxIC on Twitter. The speakers I saw were:...

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Amsterdam – Photos of frozen canals

The canals are all frozen solid in Amsterdam from the recent freezing temperatures across Europe.  I guess the tourists will just have to walk…

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Ferrari World

I visited Ferrari World on a recent trip to Abu Dhabi. It’s a theme park by the famous car manufacturer that boasts the fastest roller coaster in the world, Formula Rossa:   You’ll accelerate up to 240km/h and see what 4.8 Gs really feels like. You’ll scream over the track and 52 meters into the sky before flying through the chicanes, inspired from some of the most famous race tracks in the world, and across the finish line, with an...

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Abu Dhabi
6 Feb

Abu Dhabi

I travelled to Abu Dhabi (and the UAE) for the first time last week.  Everything appeared very clean, calm, orderly and polite there.  Obviously its a limited opinion given the short time I spent there but a good first impression all the same. I visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque there and was stunned by its size and beauty.  Its an immense building capable of holding more than 40,000 people.  Below are some videos and photos to try and do it justice:...

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Chessington
28 Jan

Chessington

It was cloudy and cold today at Chessington World of Adventures today.  Most of the animals were sheltering, out of sight.  You’d expect the penguins to be unphased but I was surprised to see the Meerkats were out and about.  Its always a good visit but the park is seriously jaded and could do with a lick of paint, at minimum.

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Cork Passport Holder

So I saw a twitter post (by @FQchef) about a People’s Republic of Cork passport holder and thought immediately, “I MUST have one!”. First port of call was proc.com and I was surprised it wasn’t one of their products. A quick Google later and I’d found this company in Navan, Identitas, who are making them, along with a few other versions: Catalunya and Basque. The description sounded good enough to me: Real leather passport cover for the Rebel Republic. With interior pockets, fits the European...

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Nest Thermometer

  So one of the guys who invented the iPod retired from Apple, travelled the world, then decided to tackle a new project and focus on applying his skills to a product that badly needed them!  The results of Tony Fadell’s efforts is the Nest Thermometer – a smart thermometer to control and optimise the management of your home heating/cooling.  It’s as awesome as you might expect and I want one! Check out the Nest website. And here’s a video...

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Apple Vintage Computers

I knew that there would be a gathering of Apple vintage computers and memorabilia at work today, so took my camera along.  I wasn’t disappointed.  There was a great selection on show and it was interesting to hold the old tech. Products on show included (see photos below): Macintosh SE Macintosh SE 30 Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh PowerBook 5300 Newton eMate 300 Newton MessagePad 130 PowerBook 540c QuickTake 150 Original iPod 5GB I especially like the photo of the signatures on...

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RIP Steve Jobs

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these...

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Double Sided USB Design

Sometimes something begs for a simple solution. The nearly-ubiquitous USB port is perhaps the technological poster child for an obvious failure to work both ways (right-side-up or upside-down) despite looking perfectly symmetrical on both sides. Thankfully, and finally, this has been tackled from two directions (appropriately enough): one more idealistic, one more realistic, but both ingenious. Read the full article on dornob.com  

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