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February 22, 2008

I can see Stargate Atlantis from here…

According to Wikipedia, in the discussion regarding the new McKay-Carter Intergalactic Gate Bridge, General Hank Landry states that the distance between the Pegasus and Milky Way galaxies is "three million light-years", suggesting that the series takes place in the Pegasus Dwarf Irregular Galaxy.

According to Wikipedia, the Pegasus Dwarf Irregular Galaxy is at RA 23h 28m 36.2s DEC 14 44' 35".

Therefore, according to Google Earth's sky view, this is Stargate Atlantis' Pegasus Galaxy:

Stargate Atlantis' Pegasus Galaxy

You know you're bored when you hunt through the Universe to get a picture of somewhere that doesn't really exist...


January 16, 2008

Boredom + Microsoft Narrator = New Ringtone

The full MP3 is about a minute long and has the first 195 digits (including the 3), which is how much could fit in the folder name:

Pi Folder


November 25, 2007

Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main

I was bored...

A12 Paper Boat and DS Lite

It's made from an A12 sheet of paper. and is sitting on the D-Pad of my DS Lite


April 21, 2007

You know you're still bored when…

A friend of mine recently acquired the funds and the stock availability to get himself a Wii. He doesn’t have a wireless router, so we were discussing the practicalities of the wired option.

Anyway, that’s not what this is about; during the conversation he mentioned that, since you can’t turn it off-off, he unplugs it at night to save electricity. This is fair enough at the moment since he can’t get it online, so isn’t losing anything, but it got me thinking about how much power a Wii actually uses. I knew it has the smallest power requirement of the current generation, but how much is not a lot?

I couldn’t find any clues on the power supply or the box (it’s a nice box, so I kept it, ok?) but even if it said, it probably wouldn’t give me standby power.

So, a quick trip to eBay, and about £10 total, got me an electricity meter (similar in appearance and use to the timers that switch appliances on and off to let burglars know you’re on holiday); as I said in the title, I was bored…

So, I now know the power consumption for most of the mains-powered appliances in the house. So here’s a summary:

  • Wii (on) 18W
  • Wii (orange standby) 10W
  • Wii (red standby) 1-2W
  • TV (on) 60W (it was either 50, 60, or 70; I can’t remember which; I was expecting 100s, though…)
  • TV (standby) 1W
  • Kettle 2kW ish
  • Henry 300W ish
  • Sky+ (on) 25W
  • Sky+ (standby) 20W then drops to about 15W after a minute or so of not recording
  • Fridge-Freezer 0W most of the time, but I can’t remember if the compressor was 10s or 100s

So, there we are; it costs roughly 1p to boil the kettle, about £1 to leave the telly on standby for a year, and approximately 5p to play on the Wii for a whole day… asuming my maths is right; either way the Wii doesn’t use much power…


January 02, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #42 Don't Search for Porn

It’s always amused me that if you search for something on Google (kittens, for example) and then do the search again but exclude all pages containing the word “porn” (kittens -porn in this case) the given number of results will always go down; I’ve yet to find a word or phrase that’s so innocent it hasn’t had a single encounter with a reference to porn.

However, what’s confused me about the example I’m using is that kittens returns 12,800,000 pages*, kittens -porn returns 2,680,000 pages* (~10,000,000 fewer!), but kittens porn only returns 844,000 pages*. So either Google searches don’t quite work how I think they do, or 9 million pages keep appearing and disappearing in the time it takes me to search…

(* Correct at time of writing)


December 25, 2006

I Sure Am Beat

It’s been a little under 4 months since I started scheduling daily videos here, and I’m knackered; it’s surprisingly hard work, especially for someone who’s lazy…

So I’ve decided I’ve had enough; I’m bored with them and I’m going to stop. I’m still going to post videos that I’ve made (such as the USB Hub that can blow up the world), but it’s not going to be daily; apart from anything else, I’m guessing you’re as sick of them as I am…

However, as a final video post I thought I’d showcase some of the best.

So, without further ado, we present:

The 15 Best Videos from TROTT’s Video Period, in Chronological Order…

The Microsoft iPod 2005 Packaging

Human beings and fish can coexist peacefully

G! R! Double-E! N! Leaves!

1 Skin, 2 Skin, 3 Skin, 4…

Possibly the best advert in the world

The Origin of Golf

The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel

And it all started as a way to keep squirrels off bird tables…

Bless you!

Roller Blades + Part-Filled Bottles = Mozart’s 40th…

Stop Motion Animation At Its Finest

When Pacman Ghosts Attack!

Torn 2

I can’t even juggle 3 normally…

So Sleepy…

Honourable Mention

The Legend of Zelda

I’m not going to post all 7 videos again, but GameTrailers.com’s Zelda Retrospective is fantastic, and if you enjoyed it I recommend you download the originals from their site; here’s a handy link to help…


July 12, 2006

You know you're bored when…

Follow-up to Uninterruptible Power Supply from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

If my maths is right, my UPS' density is a little less than that of graphite…

May 07, 2005

Freedom!

Follow-up to Trapped between a rock and a hard place from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

The event wasn't as long as I'd expected; I'd half expected it to run for most of the afternoon.
So I'm free! Yay!
Right, time to go to the Piazza for an ice cream, I think…

Trapped between a rock and a hard place

My laptop isn't working, so I have nothing to do. There's no one here, so I have no one to talk to. There's a University 40th Anniversary Event between here and outside, so I have nowhere to go.
I can't go anywhere to do something, I have nothing to do if I stay here.
Ever had one of those days where you wish you'd just stayed in bed…

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