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May 10, 2008

Which bunch of idiots should run the country?

Writing about web page https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pHtXzcM6CuvUZxqC3wcTNZQ

If you look at the three colours Google has chosen as the first three colours for charts, you'll realise this poll was almost inevitable...

And don't worry, this is completely anonymous and unofficial.

So please fill in the form, and enjoy the appropriately coloured graph:

UK Politics Poll


May 08, 2008

Hello, I'm a Mac. I'm a PC. And I'm Linux.

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=FC9580522ED83013

Writing about web page https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pHtXzcM6CuvUYew1XvmT_GQ

"Windows, or Mac?", a question that can split a room... as long as the room contains the right people. Of course, the correct answer is "Linux"...

So, if you can hold off on the "holy war" for a second, please fill in the form, and enjoy the pretty graph (and, before you ask: no, it is not just your imagination; they really is no consistency in the configuration of the graphs...):

Operating System Preference poll

UPDATE: I've just done a couple of graphs comparing the preferences.

The first one is the number of people who said they prefer a particular operating system, given as a percentage of the total number of responses. These three figures will, of course, add up to 100%, and so can accurately be represented as a pie chart (that's one reason I wanted to add them: more pie charts...):

Percentage of respondents that prefer the Operating System

This second one shows what Operating System people prefer against which one they use:

Percentage of users that prefer the Operating System


May 07, 2008

This is sitting on my PC tower

Business Card Cube Pyramid


Damn you GTA IV!

Follow-up to Wii, Xbox 360, or PS3? from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

When I was still at Uni, one of my housemates had a PS2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. It was the first GTA I'd played, and I really enjoyed it. He'd acquired it from a friend who'd already completed it, and I had no end of fun just driving around, exploring the world, and spawning countless Harrier Jump Jets (Triangle, Triangle, Square, Circle, X, L1, L1, Down, Up).

This leads me on to Grand Theft Auto IV...

I own neither an Xbox 360 nor a PlayStation 3, and I also don't particular feel the need to buy them. However, GTA IV looks really good. I don't have enough spare cash at the moment to buy one anyway, but GTA IV still looks really good.

As I mentioned in a comment on my console poll, looking at the responses so far (13 - I miscounted for the comment):

  • Everyone that prefers the Wii only owns the Wii
  • Everyone that prefers the PlayStation 3 doesn’t have an Xbox 360 (they may have a Wii)
  • Everyone who owns an Xbox 360 (some own all three) prefers the Xbox 360
  • One person doesn’t own any, but still prefers the Xbox 360. Presumably a friend has one...

This leads me on to my main point:

Why, if I were going to buy either, I would buy an Xbox 360

The main problem I have with the Xbox is that it's from Microsoft, and I'm not a big fan of Microsoft. But GTA IV looks really good. So, on to the list...

  • When the PlayStation was first released, there were some demo units in one of the central sections of the MetroCentre. I can't remember exact details, because it was of course several years ago, but I got a poor first impression.
  • The main problem I have with the PlayStation is the symbols; I just cannot quickly recall which symbol is where (I remember the code I mentioned above as "Top Top Left Right Bottom etc." - the actual symbols don't enter into it). I tried playing a game on the aforementioned PS2 that required you to quickly press certain buttons, and I couldn't do it; for some reason I just can't recall the positions of the symbols anywhere near as quickly as I can recall the position of letter-labelled buttons. And that is where the Xbox wins over the PlayStation for me: it uses letters, and past experience has shown that I have no problems using a controller with letters.
  • The Xbox 360 has achievement points. It's a somewhat minor point, but in discussions comparing 360 and PS3 games the achievements are often cited as a decent enough way of extending the life of a game.

I'm sure that was at least one more, but I can't remember what it was...


May 06, 2008

Wii, Xbox 360, or PS3?

Writing about web page https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pHtXzcM6CuvXRcuCZJ0pcMA

Which of the three current home consoles do you own, and which is your favourite?

So please fill in the form, and enjoy the graph (which is slightly prettier this time since it has multiple colours):

7th Generation Home Console graph

UPDATE: I've just done a couple of graphs comparing the preferences.

The first one is the number of people who said they prefer a particular console, given as a percentage of the total number of responses. These three figures will, of course, add up to 100%, and so can accurately be represented as a pie chart (that's one reason I wanted to add them: I hadn't had a pie chart yet...):

Percentage of respondents that prefer the console

This second one shows what consoles people prefer against what console they own:

Percentage of owners that prefer the console


May 05, 2008

As Good As It Looks? It looks horrible…

We buy our cats "Felix As Good As It Looks" pouches. My main gripe with them is that they look horrible...

My other issue with cat food is with cat food in general. Apparently cats can't process pig, so you don't get ham flavoured cat food. However, I've never seen my cats eat cows or chickens either (although if they did, I assume they'd be able to digest them), but you can buy beef and chicken flavoured cat food. Also, despite cats seeming to love fish, fish is not a natural food for cats. I have no idea why they go mad for fish.

What our cats seem to like eating are shrews, voles, and the occasional weasel (that was a fun afternoon). Why, therefore, can you not buy rodent flavoured cat food? The most common reason I come across is that we wouldn't like the idea of shrew cat food. My counter argument is it's not our food...


May 02, 2008

When were you born?

Writing about web page https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pHtXzcM6CuvXn82qE2hWqXA

A large number of the people that I know have birthdays in either May or October. At least, that's the people that I know where I also know their birthday...

I decided to use Google Docs to see what distribution of birthdays I get from the people who read this blog entry that also decide to fill in the form.

So please fill in the form, and enjoy the pretty graphs:

UPDATE: In response to a comment about privacy, I should point out that all the form asks for is the day and the month. The year is not required, and no other personal information is taken; it's completely anonymous.

Birth Month

Birth Date


April 30, 2008

Hilarious Muppets Bloopers


April 22, 2008

I don't quite understand Google searches

Everyone will know that you can search Google for a word, and I should hope that everyone will know that you can search Google for multiple words. Fewer people will know that you can tell Google to omit certain words. When we compare these three methods, it shows that Google either doesn't work properly, or doesn't work as we think it does.

Allow me to demonstrate:

At the time of writing, there are about 9,630,000 results for "scientology", and there are about 746,000 results for "scientology -cult" ("Scientology" without the word "cult"). Now, logically, we would therefore assume that "scientology cult" would return the remaining 8,884,000 pages, but instead it gives only about 1,100,000.

What I can't figure out, is what happened to the 7,784,000 pages that neither contain nor do not contain the word "cult"...


Buses are trying to kill you!

I was in town yesterday, and I noticed a bus with an advert for the army.

I'd noticed them before, and I'd seen the ads on TV, but it only occurred to me at that moment: there is a very good chance that that bus is going to cause someone to be killed; by having that poster on the side of their buses, there is a high chance that Arriva, and no doubt other bus companies, will be indirectly responsible for the murder of one or more people.

That doesn't seem right to me...


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