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Sunday, January 14
Time to switch

Apparently, I can migrate my blogs to the new Blogger now (instead of the original blogger, which I've been on before Blogger became huge - when it was part of Pyra Labs and was nothing more than an experimental publishing platform they were running as a demonstration of their main product, called Pyra (the 'Blogger' part of their system was but a part of their product! And check out how big it is now).

Indeed, Pyra coined the term 'Blogger'. They should've copyrighted it as a performance work, and asked for royalties ;)

Anyway, time to make the switch... Some geek stats:

My account (chriswoods) is the 187,628th profile on the original Blogger site. Which, when you consider that peoples' profile IDs now number into the tens of millions, I think you can safely say I've always been an early adopter (yes, this is something I'm proud of - the measure of a true geek!) This blog's ID is 2,937,298, and by comparison my other blog (the Uniblog which I'm always going on about) has an ID of 16,332,307... So you can see just how many blogs they provide service for. I'm pretty sure that this number doesn't take into account the amount of hosted blogs they provide on their BlogSpot service, but I've always preferred having the actual content hosted on my server (until they were bought by Google there was always that worry they might suddenly vanish off the face of the Web, which they very nearly did a few times back in their humble beginnings!

For more information on Pyra Labs, a true bit of web history, go read their Wikipedia article.

Right, time to go hit that big Migrate button on my control panel... Wish me luck! :)



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Monday, January 8
Bored in your Monday lunchbreak? Check these out

And yes, this is safe for work. :)

Time to expand your mind (and have a little fun) with this crop of sites I've come across recently. The first is "The Universe within 1 billion Light Years: The Neighbouring Superclusters", available at http://www.anzwers.org/free/universe/superc.html - and you can zoom in and scan around! Very cool, even if you're not a big space nut.

The second site is YouTubeIndir.com, a site which culls content from the YouTube site without any of the clutter, allowing you to browse and download the content directly (in its Flash Video (FLV) format, so you will need a FLV viewer/converter) without having to be offended by the actual YT site. Another site in a similar vein is tinytube.net, formatted for mobile devices, which culls videos and content from six other sites (they did do YouTube until they were kindly sent a Cease & Desist from them), which is one of those great little bookmarks for your smartphone if you have one.

And here's an interesting factlet from Popular Science:

Q: Why do I get a headache when I eat ice cream too quickly?

A: “Brain freeze” or an “ice cream headache” hits when a cold substance makes contact with nerve endings in the roof of your mouth. A particular nerve in the back of your throat (impress your friends by calling it the sphenopalatine ganglion) stimulates the trigeminal nerve, the largest of the sensory nerves that lead from your face to your brain. The result is that characteristic stabbing pain, centered in the midfrontal part of the brain. Migraine sufferers are typically susceptible to cold-induced headaches, and a 10- or 20-second brain freeze can often be a trigger for a longer, more severe migraine attack. There’s really no way to avoid such headaches if you insist on wolfing down your icy dessert, says Seymour Diamond, founder and director of the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago. Next time you sip a Slurpee, just remember to take it slow.


I never knew it was the nerves in the top of my mouth! I'll have to melt ice cream and drink it with a straw next time ;)

Right, time to pack up my stuff and head back to Birmingham, it's time for a new Uni term to begin. In a bit...



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Monday, January 1
Goodbye Dog, Hello Pig

I know Chinese New Years fall on different days every year, with their calendar's 01/01/2007 equivalent (Chinese calendar 4705) falling on the 18th of February, 2007 (Gregorian) - but never mind those small things. ;)

Happy New Year everybody.



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