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The night before last night saw an excellent meal at Harry Ramsden's, which was only improved by our South African waiter (we immediately deduced he wasn't Australian, he was smiling) and a family next to us featuring a stepdad who played everyone in the family off each other all night, castigated his girlfriend's children fir being rude before taking a phonecall and was generally a complete c--t.

Yesterday, we went to a place called the Blue Pool which is a very pretty place to walk around, and at which we also successfully ate a cream tea. This was the prelude to a lazy evening, in which we ate omelette and (finally!) got to go to the pub! There were ten ales available for us to sample:

Tasting notes! )

We are now gearing up for breakfast at a local JDW, catch you all later!


Aug. 19th, 2009 01:24 am
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[ profile] dark_revelation: Right now the tooth is still sore because they inevitably end up shoving some of the debris down into the canals and my body's going, "OH HEY, INVADERS."
[ profile] johncoxon: ATTACK!
[ profile] johncoxon: pyow pyow pyow
[ profile] johncoxon: zap!
[ profile] johncoxon: neeeeow!
[ profile] johncoxon: dokka dokka dokka
[ profile] dark_relevation: That is exactly what I imagine my white blood cells to be doing, actually.
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Members of the University of Leicester's Department of Physics and Astronomy were today sent the link below. It is a scientific paper based on the Galaxy Zoo project and it is of Earth-shattering importance. I urge you all to give it a try... (click the links on the right-hand side to see the paper)

Star Wars

Jan. 15th, 2009 04:00 pm
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I couldn't not reproduce this for people who don't read [ profile] stevegreen's LJ. It's brilliant.

Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn't seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.
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This is the Richard Feynman mask I'm wearing to my house party later. I think you'll all agree, it's made of AWESOME and WIN.
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I went to see Andy Hamilton live this evening, and he was terrific - really funny bloke, did some nifty stuff and had me in stitches at points. After the interval he answered questions that people had written and left on the edge of the stage, and Cardinal Cox (a Peterborough fan, for those who don't know) asked if he'd mind relaying some memories of the late Geoffrey Perkins.

Hamilton replied by saying that he was a "lovely man" and told the audience that Geoffrey was the producer that encouraged his writing, when he was starting out, and then shared a rather nifty anecdote. They went on a roleplay day, arranged by the BBC, in which the staff had to confront their weaknesses, and Geoffrey's weakness was, apparently, bearing bad news - it was felt he needed to be firmer. They did a roleplay with a woman who was £3,000 over budget on her show, and apparently, after three minutes in the roleplay, Geoffrey was offering to pay her deficit out of his own money!

Just a nice anecdote I thought I would share with the flist - it will probably also make it into MH once I've e-mailed it to Carrie.
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As seen on

Myrmidon wrote:
> John Coxon wrote:
>> Moramarth wrote:
>>> M Roberts wrote:
>>>> Sadly, most tables I see are about as flat as Kiera Knightley's chest.
>>> I've never gamed on Kiera Knightley's chest - would you count nipples
>>> as terrain or objectives?
>> Surely that comes down to the line between men who just dash for the
>> valley and men who spend time making a considered advance?
> Ahhh, gamer geeks. You can bath them and make them smell like
> normal people, and you still can't take them out in public.


Sep. 14th, 2008 02:25 am
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My observation of the day is based on a quotation from the Wikipedia page on kissing: "The tongue can also be an extremely important part of the kiss.[citation needed] Lips have many nerve endings so they are sensitive to touch and bite.[citation needed]"

The fact that the editors at Wikipedia need to put "[citation needed]" after both those sentences clearly shows that they have never, ever gotten laid.


Aug. 28th, 2008 04:45 pm
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"LHCb sees where the antimatter's gone, ALICE looks at collisions of lead ions. CMS and ATLAS are two of a kind: they're looking for whatever new particles they can find."

This is the chorus of this rap about CERN. It's the most awesome thing I've seen in a very long time.
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We were discussing Russia and Georgia last night: myself, who doesn't know a lot about international politics; my friends Sam and Ben, both geologists who take a keen interest in international affairs (especially conflict) and my friend Ash, who has done a related degree. All of us play Warhammer 40K, resulting in the following quote: "Well, the Abrams and the Challenger have a front armour score of 14, and the T72's gun is only Strength 7, AP3, so if the Americans intervened..."
johncoxon: (Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)
For those who missed it the first time around, it's now back online. Go!
johncoxon: (London Underground)
Free Tube travel announced by Dutch court.


Jun. 24th, 2008 03:16 am
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"Anyway, never mind the price of oil, have you seen that lemons are now twenty-eight pence each? I'm having to squirt washing up liquid in my gin and tonic!" - Sandi Toksvig, The News Quiz, 13th June 2008.
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"It has been claimed that the Great Wall of China can be seen by the naked eye from low Earth orbit. Assuming an orbital altitude of 300 km and an average wall thickness of 5 m, show that the optical resolution of the human eye (with a maximum pupil diameter of 8mm) is insufficient to resolve the Great Wall."

I love my lecturers, some of the questions on the papers have been great! :)
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Everyone reading this with either a passing interest in physics, a passing interest in computing or a passing interest in funny things (I'm fairly sure that is all my flist) should go and read this essay, entitled 'Richard Feynman and the Connection Machine'. Professor Richard P. Feynman, born in 1918 and famous for his work on quantum electrodynamics as well as his lectures on physics and his immense talent with the bongos, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965.
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The superhero versions of the six of us who regularly meet up to revise, sent to me by my good friend the Reverend.
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From last week's News Quiz, as Carrie Quinlan described something she'd overheard at The Bodleian Library:

American Tourist: "This place is amazing, is it pre-war?"
Porter: "[in a very English accent] Ah, madam, this place is pre-America."
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Someone edited Wikipedia... apparently neither HFS+ or NTFS support wife murdering.

In other news, I am still drunk from the alcohol from last night (we got through multiple cans of Strongbow, fifteen units of cider that came in a 3l bottle costing £2.75 and around two thirds of my gin). Take that, Mr Darling! Those raises on the duty on beer and cider have combated home binge drinking and made going to the pub cheaper! Oh, no, wait...

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