Can a sea anemone see an enemy sea anemone?

August 2015

Memory recall hysteresis vs marijuana intake

This is nonsense, really, and the semi-medical, research-paper-esque title is just there to annoy Google.

My recent TV appearances re Ashley Madison

The last couple of days were hectic for me as I responded to media requests for copies of the Ashley Madison data (they couldn’t or wouldn’t download the torrent themselves). It cost me a few USB sticks! Thereafter I was chased to explain how the files worked and take reporters etc through the data.

Wait But Why: SpaceX and Elon Musk

I love Wait But Why – the articles are in depth, fascinating, well written and full of humour.

The latest piece on Elon Musk’s SpaceX program and what’s it’s really about is awesome. Just saying. it’s a long read, but worth it 🙂

http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/08/how-and-why-spacex-will-colonize-mars.html

Ashley Madison Hack

So the hacking group Impact Team lived up to their threat and released 9.7GB of Ashley Madison (ashleymadison.com) website data to the Dark Web. Ashley Madison is a dating site geared towards people in relationships who want to have an affair – their motto is “Life is short. Have an affair.”

Nostalgia: TV shows from the 70s and 80s

If you’re a child of the 70s and 80s, like me, then television was probably a huge part of your life. New Zealand wasn’t known for its drama, comedy or sci-fi back then, so we were forced to watch whatever was popular in the US and UK at the time. We only had two channels in 1975 when I was very young – TV3 only came along in 1989.

Everyone’s TV experience as a child was unique, and we all had our favourite shows. There were also shows for adults that, while we didn’t understand or necessarily enjoy them, we had no other viewing choices.

So, here are some shows that hit the nostalgia button for me. I’ve tried to dig up clips that represent the show’s heyday, or particular episodes that were favorites. Where possible I’ve linked to a whole episode, but often it’s just the intro you need 😉

Raspberry Pi 2 Security System

Last week I got myself a Raspberry Pi 2, the credit-card sized computer-on-a-card that can run a number of operating systems and comes with a 900MHz CPU, 1GB RAM, Ethernet port, HDMI output, 4 USB sockets… it’s an amazing little gadget.