How to make the governments attempts to view your search history that bit harder (in Chrome)

I’m sure a lot of you have heard our sorely out-of-the-times member of parliament Theresa May wants to give UK police to request users internet history + search queries without a warrant at any time. I for one am not a fan of a nanny state and especially not one that believes this is somehow OK. This coming from the same lady who thinks it’s possible to build a back-door in to encryption that only the government can use though is hardly a shock. If, like me, you use Chrome and often search from the “omnibar” (the address bar), may … Continue reading

America, religion, marriage for all and why those who disagree are not American

The next time anyone mentions anything to do with America and refusing to accept gay marriage, straight marriage or any marriage between two people – particularly those people in government jobs, please just point them to the first amendment page on Wikipedia and quote: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof Or in modern English: The “establishment of religion” clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one … Continue reading

Google Maps – now with Timeline

In what I can cool but many will call scary, Google has released Timeline which basically allows you to stalk yourself, quoting from the announcement on the Google blog: Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you’ve been — whether it’s a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help. Most of us will know Google has had location history on its devices for a long time now and you’ve been able to view where you’ve been, Timeline just … Continue reading

Back to the … Theatres

Christopher Lloyd and Michael J.Fox (Universal) Yup, Back to the Future is coming back to cinemas (hopefully across the country) on October 21st 2015 alongside the launch of several box sets including the movies, the animated series, extra content, a light up flux capacitor, behind the scenes footage and more. October 21st is the date Marty goes to when he travels to the future to deal with his kids and will probably be a very eventful day around the world for all fans of Back to the Future. Universal knows this and are definitely on the hype train to help … Continue reading

Cloudant (IBM) Query – Indexing arrays directly using Erlang

Really short post this one on indexing using Cloudant Query to index arrays in your document, e.g. documents that have a field like this: { “ids”: [ “alpha”, “bravo”, “charlie” ] } I was reading the documentation and just could not get it to index these items using anything but the default _all_docs indexer (don’t use this for large databases!) but then I came across the source code for Mango and hidden in the tests and the implementation was the answer I needed. To create an index, as the documentation states, you just need to POST to /dbname/_index with something like: … Continue reading

The Crystal Maze is Back – and it’s for all of us!

In what may be one of the happiest events of my life, The Crystal Maze will be back in a format for everyone to enjoy! At the moment there is a funding event on Indiegogo with a rather easy target of £500,000 – at the moment of writing this, just 8 hours in from the midnight launch, it is over £63,000 – so I doubt very much this won’t happen. Quoting from the site: You’ll get to play the maze just as contestants did on the original show – placing you at the centre of the action. What we really want, … Continue reading

The Crystal Maze is back! …. in some format

Well it looks like one of my biggest wishes is coming true – The Crystal Maze is coming back to the world! However it quite possibly will not be a TV series to enjoy for a few years – boo! What it might be though is a theme park-esque style location to go to – EPIC! Either way it makes me giddy with excitement. There is very little to go on right now (how apt that it’s all cryptic) other than some stuff on instagram and a page you can sign up for….something. Whatever it is…I want it, and I want … Continue reading

IP Uniqueness – An SEO Perspective

I recently overheard a discussion in the SEO world to do with IPs and the dangerous* world of link acquisition. The discussion was to do with clients who ask for things like “unique class C” as a requirement. Many moons ago, IP was almost certainly a factor in link acquisition, big bad Google did not like lots of links coming from the same IP address – or at least, it was a common belief. Then, one day, people realised “oh dear, we’re running out of IPv4 addresses” – and sure enough, we really are. In fact, ARIN are due to … Continue reading

Single Ladies versus Duck Tales works beautifully

There’s not much to say about this other than you have to watch it because, ignoring Beyonce’s lips, it works near perfectly. Thank you internet for bringing two apparently unrelated things together perfectly. So here it is, Single Ladies featuring Duck Tales.

Kickstarted 80’s epic short movie Kung Fury Has Arrived!

What can only be described as “the 80’s in a movie” is finally here, the epic named Kung Fury. Described as “a homage and a love letter to the 80’s from the director David Sandberg”, this fill was a Kickstarter that was bound to succeed. Paying tribute to everything that was crazy and awesome in the 80’s this movie features: arcade-robots, dinosaurs, nazis, vikings, norse gods, mutants and a super kung fu-cop called Kung Fury. There is very little to be said about it, it’s silly, nostalgic and most importantly, totally free. GO WATCH IT!