Google Fight

September 27, 2007 at 10:01 pm (internet, odds) (, )

This is a fun idea – google fighting You pick two words, pitch them against each other and see who wins!  The results come from the number of search items found for those words.  So, you could see who wins out of girls vs boys, cats vs dogs, or surfing the web vs doing homework or whatever!

All very daft.



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September 9, 2007 at 10:43 pm (computers, internet) (, , , )

I started writing this post, using a stylus on a virtual keyboard in a text-only web browser (called ‘links’) on my Nintendo DS running Linux.  It got as far as the ‘post’ part, at which point I got a weird error, (I don’t think ‘links’ supports JavaScript), so it didn’t quite make it all the way, shame.

Linux on a Nintendo DS is quite a bit of fun though (if you like that sort of thing).  It connects using the built-in WiFi.  Also supports IRC, but you really need an extra memory card (like the one you get with the official NDS Browser) to do anything useful.


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Salcey Forest

September 5, 2007 at 10:35 pm (kids, places) (, , , , )

Despite living on the south(ish) side of Northampton for some time, I’ve never been into Salcey Forest – until now.

We went to the visitors centre and cafe and followed one of the walks through the forest.  We were able to go up the tree-top walk, which is a gradually sloping set of platforms leading from ground level, up to over 15m high, with a set of steps at the top to take you to 20m – high enough to see above the trees of the forest (you can see Northampton and the lift tower in the distance!).

Apparently its made using radio mast technology, with wooden tops and walkways.  Its quite unnerving walking over the large spans and having it wobble under you!

Incredibly impressive and well worth a visit.  You don’t have to worry about kids either, the walk-way is fenced in.  Its also pushchair and wheelchair friendly (apart from the steps at the top).

Will be visiting again, probably with bikes and for longer.


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Umbrella Fair

September 3, 2007 at 9:28 pm (interesting, kids, odds) (, , )

On Sunday, we cycled over to the Umbrella Fair in Abington Park.  It was great – a real nice, friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  We just put down a blanket, let the kids go and play, got out a drink and watched the world go by as we listened to the bands.

Congratulations to the organisers.  A real achievement for them.  Really felt like a nice, community, event for local people.

Look forward to the next one.


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