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Read and then spew in the Car

Read and then spew in the Car

So what’s happening there is the brain’s getting mixed messages. It’s getting signals from the muscles and the eyes saying we are still and signals from the balance sensors saying we’re in motion. Both of these cannot be correct. There’s a sensory mismatch the... Read More »

The Martian by Andy Wier

The Martian by Andy Wier

They thought he was dead, so they left without him. Kinda sounds like Home Alone, it kinda is. There are accidents, lots of swearing, incredible ingenuity and determination to not let the red planet win.   During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut... Read More »

My Rating: 9 / 10

Influx by Daniel Suarez

 Influx by Daniel Suarez

Physicist Jon Grady and his team have discovered a device that can reflect gravity - a triumph that will revolutionize the field of physics and change the future. But instead of acclaim, Grady’s lab is locked down by a covert organization known as the Bureau o... Read More »

My Rating: 6 / 10

Programming Sucks

"Right now someone who works for Facebook is getting tens of thousands of error messages and frantically trying to find the problem before the whole charade collapses. There's a team at a Google office that hasn't slept in three days. Somewhere there's a database programmer surrounded by empty Mountain Dew bottles whose husband thinks she's dead. And if these people stop, the world burns. Most people don't even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn't make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants."
~ Peter Welch

Facefood Shop

Dear Humanity, please stop this shit.

Oculus Rift bought by Facebook

Oculus Rift bought by Facebook

I really like Oculus Rift. It's fun, interesting and has great potential. This might be old news to you, but I just read that Facebook bought Oculus VR, the company responsible for the Oculus Rift virtual reality gaming headset sometime around March 2014. ... Read More »

David Michell - Backstory

David Michell - Backstory

You might know David Mitchell from the UK panel show circuit - such hits/bullshit as Would I lie to you,The Big Fat Quiz, Mock the Week and 8 out of 10 cats.  Having seen those shows I always thought he came across as a raving, private schooled, know-it-a... Read More »

My Rating: 5 / 10

Flash Forward

Flash Forward

I've just finished reading Flash Forward by Robert J. Sawyer. I got the feeling about halfway through that there may have been a movie or TV series like this - and there is, its called...Flash Forward. Duh. Not a bad story, great concept, the writing however i... Read More »

My Rating: 3 / 10

Black Books Season 1

Entire season 1.

Web Toy - You have a message

Web Toy - You have a message

I had some programming down time the other day, but still felt like making something (its my job and my hobby, lucky I know) So I made a slightly pointless web toy called You have a message, it works like this:  Create a temporary message & share the... Read More »

MortPlayer Audio Book Player

MortPlayer Audio Book Player

I decided to review an Android app because sometimes the good ones are hard to find. IMO Audiobooks are bit of a niche thing as far as phones go, yet despite this, there are shitloads of shitty ones and this might save someone wading through lots of install/un... Read More »

My Rating: 7 / 10

Facebook Envy

Facebook Envy

Facebook has been criticized for making people envious and unhappy due to the constant exposure to positive yet unrepresentative highlights of their peers. Such highlights include, but are not limited to, wall posts, videos, and photos that depict or reference... Read More »

Curious

Curious

I was browsing for audiobooks the other day when I read the following about a book titled 'Curious' - I thought it was interesting.   We've come to misunderstand curiosity, mistaking diversive curiosity, our attraction to novel stimuli, as the real... Read More »

Calculating God

Calculating God

As a prelude to the book the author states that he had an idea for a book, then wrote it in reverse to see where it went, which works. Without keeping this concept in mind, this book might cause argumentative thoughts for an atheist. Regardless, it certainly i... Read More »

My Rating: 7 / 10

A Million Ways To Die in the West

A Million Ways To Die in the West

So I've just finished the audio book of A Million Ways To Die in the West - very funny and not badly written. At the point where I had about 20mins of it left I found out that there is also a movie - Googled - looks like a star spangled live action version of... Read More »

My Rating: 8 / 10

Entropy Area

In thermodynamics, entropy (usual symbol S) is a measure of the number of specific ways in which a thermodynamic system may be arranged, commonly understood as a measure of disorder.

Prince Lestat

Prince Lestat

I've just finished reading (audio book) Prince Lestat, the 11th book in the Vampire Chronicles series and unlike movie sequels that let you down by the second one, this does not disappoint.  One of the coolest things about this audio book is that it's rea... Read More »

My Rating: 8 / 10

What have I missed on Facebook?

What have I missed on Facebook?

Thought I might pop back to Facebook for a quick look - Last week I decided to do just 1 post, requested some suggestions for a name for the social network site I am building...anyway here is what I'm NOT missing.  Being included/tagged in Nike shoes... Read More »

Thank you

Thank you

Man! I can't believe how many views my stuff is getting! When I started this and snobbed Faceberk I really thought this place would be just me, not that I mind, this website is my journal - anyway, Thanks for using some of your Facebonk time to visit, I a... Read More »

Making Alex Famous

So I was at Albany Mall today when I noticed that the Barfoot digital display had crashed, so of course I had to investigate. I got the browser up and of course wanted to see what my own site looked like on the thing. I left it on this page: http://simonbook.co.nz/image/32/alex

The Anubis Gates

The Anubis Gates

This time it's not an audio book, it's a real book - I haven't read an actual real book in a while, which is strange for me as I do enjoy the actual page turning interaction of it, and I have a shitload of books. I'm reading The Anubis Gates http://en.wikipedi... Read More »

My Rating: 6 / 10

Facebook Trust

Interesting...

Timeline

I'm currently reading, rather listening - with Audible, to Micheal Crichton: Timeline.   Michael Crichton's novel opens on the threshold of the twenty-first century. It is a world of exploding advances on the frontiers of technology. Information... Read More »

My Rating: 6 / 10