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Tom Gibara
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Programs computers, reads the LRB, learning harmonica.
Programs computers, reads the LRB, learning harmonica.

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For reasons I’ve never seen explained or even thoroughly engaged with, there seems to be an unbridgeable crevasse between the SF/fantasy audience and the wider literate public.

Is this true?

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Avatars now supporting the new generated backgrounds and some decent facial hair.

(I know I haven't got the dark blonde hair colour anywhere near correct yet because Google+ never offers to tag the avatars that feature it.)
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I'm temporarily back onto generative backgrounds.
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Six more randomly generated faces. Tricky things, necks.
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For the amusement of Brits, and the education of non-Brits.

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The Ordnance Survey have an excellent document that explains geodesy to non specialists. In passing it informed me that under a weather system 'high' the inland areas of Britain sink about half a centimetre.

As I tangle with the elliptic geometry, I keep thinking how remarkably dynamic the earth really is.

This worked out well: using a canvas to overlay arrows onto a set of HTML controls. The controls are laid out in a table and the transparent canvas draws arrows between them based on their screen coordinates as reported by the DOM.

You can see the result below by hovering over one of the scales. Absolute positioning and some drawing instructions was all it took.

http://www.tomgibara.com/harmonica/tunings/

The BBC have put together good site for the Olympics, replete with a variety of chunky footers that recast some of the footage from their TV trailer.

Each footer features a slick looking animation. Here's one example:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18787235

It had me wondering how they made it so slick. So I took a look at the source code and found this:

http://static.bbci.co.uk/sport/ui/1.3.3/css/desktop/img/branding/olympics-2012/sprite_sprint.png

I was surprised; I have a lot of respect for what the BBC do with their websites, so I ask seriously:

Are half a dozen varieties of functionless eye-candy worth megabytes of downloads to millions of unsuspecting visitors?

I'm thinking that I may need to recalibrate my notions of what constitutes a typical page-load.

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In the terms of the article I count as Birmingham 'talent'. I'm delighted to see the city getting some press.
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