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Wednesday, October 13, 2010



I have a(nother) video editing emergency…

I want to add title screens to .avi files. The basic files are ~20Mb as they come out of my analysis software. Adding titles in either Windows Movie Maker or Pinacle Studio 9 squashes the x dimensions of the file, reduces the image quality and quadruples the file size (they must still be .avi files).

Virtualdub doesn’t seem to be set up for adding stills, and people have problems with the frame rate not matching according to various forums…is it possible to use VD?


Thursday, March 5, 2009


This morning a man cycled past me with a 4ft length of scaffolding pole gaffa-taped to his cross bar so it stuck out in front of him like a battering ram. Mean streets…

Also! I bought some of these awesome pink-rubber bike lights as mine fell off and got mashed up. They rule, and I highly recommend them to other bike folk for ease of attachment and brightness and general satisfyingness (available in other colours from Wiggle.co.uk, made by ‘Knog’)
The front one is quite wee so I want another to go beside it to be googly eyes!

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Friday, January 9, 2009

2:54PM - Hair Experiment!


As some of you know I have recently conducted an exciting experiment comparing two brands of shampoo and conditioner - for the good of all mankind. My hypothesis was that there is no appreciable benefit to using more expensive products, and that we are all being scammed by evil marketing departments and our own crippling insecurities.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

6:13PM - Word-up!

Bike for sale!

I had a bit of a shopping accident...Before I hit ebay does anyone want my old bike?

Info under the cut...

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Friday, August 15, 2008

12:25PM - Boring!

Does anyone here use Reference Manager? Do you know how to tell it to make the in text citations non-superscript? Or how to download new reference format files?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

9:17AM - Nuts!

What is the point in not buying bikes on ebay just because you are drunk and possibly judgement impaired, only to find that some other fucker has snaffled it up in the night, demonstrating that it was a bargain after all!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

1:38PM - Idiot computer question

A while ago I copied loads of CDs onto my laptop. When I put the disc in it said something like ‘do you want to copy files from the disc’ and I said yes, put ‘em in this folder. And it was good.

Now, some time later and a different laptop …when I put music CD’s into the drive is doesn’t ask me if I want to copy it, I have to go to the specific drive. The track listing comes up as just track 01, 02 etc not the names, and they are all 1kb in size. They will play ok with Realplayer and Windows Mediaplayer.
If I c+p the files from the CD into a disc drive on the PC they will play, but only when the CD is in the drive.
I have tried several discs including v old ones so I don’t think it is copy protection.
Wrong default media player maybe?

What is the problem!?

Monday, March 31, 2008

9:40PM - IamX

I got a spare ticket for IamX on Thursday at the Ballroom £14. Anyone?

Pub beforehand? Quinns?

Friday, March 28, 2008


Now I’m no computer genius, but I think that the man from Dell who says that the (60% cheaper) AC power adaptors from ebay (for a laptop) are fakes (possible… likely?) and will almost certainly explode and destroy not only my house but many surrounding ones as well, might be telling porky pies?

I mean….AC power adaptors are not a cutting edge technology pioneered by Dell, which nobody else has quite mastered yet…are they?

Am I risking fiery death?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008



Nearly holiday times! I need to speak to the boss before I go and she wont come out of her meeting! Gnnnhh!


Have a good week, and remember to plan fun activities for me to do over Easter weekend! We get back late on the 20th.

Saturday, March 1, 2008


So this week barn & eva are off skiing, leaving me home alone. This is the first time I have ever lived alone! ...Mere hours after they left I locked myself out and paulo had churlishly left his slabkeys in kew. So I went to borrow cleggy's ladder, which was way too short. Then we went to the fire brigade who kindly opened the front door using...a piece of cardboard. Hmm. Better be double locks (and remebering keys) from now on.

The I put up pictures and listened to Peal Jam with alex.

Tonight is project dont-get-too-drunk-to-go-to-work-tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

Monday, December 17, 2007


Yo yo,

Does anyone in the vicinity have a saw I can borrow? For cutting MDF into shelf sizes, so not a hacksaw.

And by any chance has anyone seen my black fleece hat or black leather gloves with a criss cross lace on the back.

Bad time to be losing all my warm stuff...


I have been collaborating on a project that will hopefully lead to the development of a new technique for early detection of heart disease in a non invasive manner, which will be quite awesome if it gets to clinical use. Experiments seem to be going well for that, and an abstract has been accepted to the Journal of American College of Cardiology. Next stop THE WORLD!

I think this means I can sleep under my desk for the rest of the day.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Canvas and wood shelf unit
It is pretty flimsy, so not suitable for heavy loading.


Black wooden coffee table
Slightly tatty. Why not make it into a fun art project!!!111!!

Clothes rail

SLAAB lost property see eariler post.
Come and get it! Or all gone. GONE.
You can find me here on the internet, or by telephone, mail or in person. If you ask I will say when I am home or going to be in x place for exchange of goods.

Thursday, May 10, 2007



I am trying to sort out the figures for my paper but I dont understand the words it is saying to me...

I need to convert my figures to .tif files...

"High-resolution TIFF and EPS files are the standard for proper print production; although PowerPoint files can be accepted, they will not yield results as good as TIFF and EPS files. Note: We require that all color TIFF and EPS files be in RGB mode; so disregard our printer’s CMYK mode requirement and use RGB instead. Black-and-white figures should still be grayscale rather than CMYK or RGB. Our printer's guidelines are at " target="_blank">http://cjs.cadmus.com/da/guidelines.asp."

My options when doing the conversion are CMYK, RGB 256 colours, RGB millions of colours and monochrome. The only one which passes the 'image inspector' software is monochrome, which is no good because I need colour.


...so yeah...any ideas? RGB failed because it had 'alpha channels' in it, which are not supported....I don't have photoshop, or know how to work it if I did. Can I remove the alpha channels? What diaster will strike in the absence of alpha channels?

Monday, October 30, 2006

9:52PM - Lost Property

If you have ever been to the SLAAB read this...

Lost property...may go in the bin if not claimed when we move!

Buffalo trainers, black, 5" platorm. Size 37. Gone! To Tori.
Black padded snow boots. Size 43 (Gone! To Barn)
Black Mary Janes. Low heel. Size 8.
Black lace up trainers. Bowling/skate design? Silver diagonal lines on side. Size 5.(Gone! To Emmie)
Black velcro fastening trainers. Size 10. Muddy!
Black Nike fingerless training gloves (cycling? weights?)

Patent leather D-ring cuffs Gone to Targ!
Surgical mask
White surgical jacket
White Calvin Klein T-shirt

Plain black T-shirt. Small-ish Gone to Targ!
Democracy in Progress T-shirt Gone! To Spooks
White New Look summer blouse thing.Size 12. Gone! To Alex
Black t-shirt, white bits on arms. Medium.

M&S black & grey fleece (grey inside) Medium.
Black Spank fleece. Silver lines. Broken zip.
Skull & crossbones bandanna/scarf Gone to Targ!
Raven cobweb net top. Black. Gone to Targ!
Black combats with dangly bits. small/medium
1 red knitted chenile glove.

Metal colar with large O ring. Gone to Targ!
Rubber collar with 4 inch nails and D-ring. Gone to Targ!
Collar, with spikes (missing some spikes). Gone to Targ!
Mesh skirt with overlay with big oval holes in Gone to Targ!
Black canvas apron.
Long pvc trousers. Some padded patches on thigh & shin. Medium. 38 leg? Gone to Targ!
Assorted kitchen stuff & metal goblets Gone to Targ!

Update: And many many socks. There is also a big pile of stuff I think is Andy's...but some of it might not be, so stay tuned for round 2!

Friday, September 8, 2006


I really wish I had the sense to go to sleep at a sensible time just occasionally. Although I seem to be getting better at functioning without sleep, so really I am just winning more life! …unless I die young due to exhaustion :(

Also! Look! It is totally going to be sunny this weekend! I think I feel mojitos coming on…

In addition to these fascinating nuggets of information, I will share with you the fact that I have just received an email from one of our collaborators in Italy relating to some work I have done for them. I have just spent about a week doing some confocal microscopy work for them (at their request, with not a great deal of notice) in order for them to have some nice images to put on a poster for an upcoming conference. I sent these off, along with a detailed protocol, and this bint has just replied asking me to write a figure legend to go with them! FFS! You have the information, just re-write the protocol I sent you. Chisky fucker. madface.

Thursday, July 27, 2006


Yes...that is a good idea....


(start about half way through, the first bit is dull)

Thursday, June 22, 2006


This month I have spent an impressive £300 more than I earned. Ooops.

Thursday, May 18, 2006


News just in from The Magic...todays exam was 'better than expected'.

Which is good. Lets just hope he gets through immigration now...

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