Monthly Archives January 2014

It’s official – NHK to become government propaganda mouthpiece

“When the government is saying, ‘Right,’ we can’t say, ‘Left.’ International broadcasting has such a propagandist nuance,” Katsuto Momii [new chairman of NHK ] told a news conference held to mark the start of his three-year stint at the public broadcaster. … NHK’s programming “shouldn’t be far removed from (the stance of) the Japanese government,” […]



Normal service has been resumed as soon as possible

This site was attacked recently from Chinese IP addresses, and as a result, my site was shutdown due to “excessive program executions”.  I’ve blocked access from Chinese IP addresses. (If you are not an afficionado of classic British comedy, and therefore do not recognize the quote in this post’s title…http://splicd.com/k0qAuA2RcIc/603/608   I recommend the following […]



China starts televising the sunrise on giant TV screens because Beijing is so clouded in smog | Mail Online

From the department of “woaahh!”… China is not a country I’ll be visiting any time soon. From the Daily Mail: The smog has become so thick in Beijing that the city’s natural light-starved masses have begun flocking to huge digital commercial television screens across the city to observe virtual sunrises. The futuristic screens installed in […]



#Fukushima I NPP Reactor 4 SFP Fuel Assembly Removal: 10% Done | EXSKF

Good news, so far. Ex-SKF has been keeping an eye on TEPCO’s page which reports on its most tricky operation of emptying the Spent Fuel Pool (SFP) of reactor #4 and transferring the contents to a safer location. Breakdown of transferred assemblies: Spent fuel: 132 assemblies/1,331 assemblies Unirradiated New fuel: 22 assemblies/ 202 assemblies So […]



O Holy Night

It’s not Christmas, but who cares! This is a beautiful song. It’s not the version of Holy Night I learned as a child, and perhaps for that reason I prefer it. Tracy Chapman’s slightly tremulous delivery adds a unique charm to this particular version. [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h46231asrlc’] I recommend the following guides: Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, […]



If 3 Little Girls Did This To My House…

Oh, how cute! Some men designed this complex Rube Goldberg structure then got 3 cute little girls to act in their video! Or did they? [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIGyVa5Xftw’] [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohlVifswFL8&list=PLcycpKlXS5t3xXtFM6N7Y3zm_aAyPTEcz’] Fewer than 3 in 10 graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are women. And barely 1 in 10 actual engineers are women. Early in a […]



The Unthinkable Risks of the Cloud | CFO

On an article on the risks of cloud computing, someone cleverly commented: I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now your data’s “safe” but still somehow it’s past abuses I recall I really don’t trust clouds, at all. via The Unthinkable Risks of the Cloud | CFO. It’s been more than 30 years since I […]



Housekeeping

I’ve added to my blogroll a couple of blogs that I visit frequently, and removed several that had not updated for a long time, or that I had not visited for a long time. I want to change the theme of this blog, while keeping the present layout of 3 columns. However, that reduces the […]



Jetpack Lite (WP plugin) update warning

Update: The last version of Jetpack lite, a stripped down version of Jetpack, a stats-collecting plugin for WordPress, which did not require Jetpack to be installed was 2.3.4.1. I had a copy of this version in my backup folder and have been using that. However, someone has kindly produced an alternative: SO Jetpack Stats Only. […]