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Which Really Useful Boxes stack?
Which Really Useful Boxes stack together? "Really Useful Boxes" are great. They come in lots of sizes  and are used everywhere. The sales literature gives examples of what you can store in them . But which sizes stack exactly on top of each other? The list ...

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Tin Overlords are here
Yesterday I blogged about what work is going to look like in future, as robots start to take over. I must correct myself. This isn't the state of work in the future. It is now. Several articles in the news caught my attention: the first concerns a problem w...

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Our new tin overlords
In yesterday's Guardian was an article about  the impending takeover of robots , as described in a new and rather depressing book " Age of Em ". I won't spoil the armageddon-scenarios for you. Curiously, I am reading another far more encouraging book on a s...

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The First Floor (Wivenhoe House)
Americans don't share the same language as English people. A North Carolinian recently tried to explain to me what a "biscuit" is. It looks like a heart attack in a giant scone, not a biscuit. Americans also confuse the "ground floor" with the "first floor"...

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The First Floor (Wivenhoe House)
Americans don't share the same language as English people. A North Carolinian recently tried to explain to me what a "biscuit" is. It looks like a heart attack in a giant scone, not a biscuit. Americans also confuse the "ground floor" with the "first floor"...

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Can I be 21 forever?
One of my colleagues celebrated a birthday yesterday. To maintain the illusion of youth, he suggested that we start counting years in hexadecimal rather than decimal. Hexadecimal (counting in Base 16) is used a lot in computing. Hexadecimal is used to repre...

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A Christmas Present
What does one buy for the person who has everything? My brother doesn't have everything. But he freely confesses that he has too much stuff. Like me, he is great at starting things and not finishing them off. He has a dozen kits part-built. He has a number ...

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Brussels
Brussels is supposed to have a rather good Christmas market. In Grand place was a grand Christmas tree and a rather good nativity with real sheep grazing inside. The Christmas market itself was in the streets between there and Bourse. Maybe it was the rain,...

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The Nativity
You can't buy a nativity scene from Lego but you can make one. (Thanks to Marlena for the photo). I am not the first to make a Lego Nativity scene. Others have paved the way for me, in "minifig" scale (the ubiquitous smiling Lego men) and in the larger "min...

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The Christmas Delivery
There's a bit of a story here. My colleague had ordered for her boyfriend a Star Wars R2D2 alarm clock which projects the time onto the ceiling. There are a number of variants of this thing on the market, and she ordered the one with good reviews about 4 we...
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