Google streetview has recently published their UK version so there has been lots of moaning and groaning here about ‘invasions of privacy’ – I find it bizarre that people can happily accept being watched every day by the mountains of CCTV cameras in the UK yet they don’t want photographs of streets on the internet ‘that anyone could see’. When someone says ‘a burglar could look at my house on streetview’ remind these people that a burglar can also walk down their street and look at their house.
I had a look online and found that my home town is on streetview! I couldn’t believe it! In fact, heaps of rural Queensland and Australia is on streetview. And you can even see the highway that you drive along to get to my parents’ farm and you can see the dirt road that goes off the highway and right up to the gate into the farm!
If you’d like to understand just what exactly those CERN physicists are planning with the Large Hadron Collider but are having trouble making sense of it, this wonderful 5 minute Large Hadron Rap by Alpinekat will explain it to you with a funky beat. Long live geek rap!
I came across this in the comments of a post on Bad Astronomy about a great segment on the Daily Show about the LHC and the nutjob who is claiming it could cause a black hole (the man actually claims there is a 50/50 chance of a black hole forming because it will either happen or it won’t).
I have had a really awesome fun weekend.
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On Saturday afternoon Paul and I went to the Mythologies exhibition at Haunch of Venison (that I had been to during the week). Paul liked lots of the stuff there too. I liked the rude silhouettes by Tim Noble and Sue Webster. There were skeletons of Tweety and Sylvester in full flight by Hyungkoo Lee (which we’re sure we’ve seen before). Carlos Amorales had some cool films – one had floating black objects of varying shapes and sizes and it wasn’t until I recognised mainland Australia and then Alaska that I figured out what was going on. I realised that there are a lot of countries/islands that I don’t know or recognise! Every now and then, the black shapes would all come together and become a map of the world. When all the countries and islands are separated it is hard to tell them apart (but I did recognise Italy, the US, Greenland, mainland Australia, Spain and Iceland). The exhibition space was pretty cool too. I think I read that the private gallery (Haunch of Venison) have leased the space from the Royal Academy for three years.
After that we headed East to Liminal: A Question of Position at Iniva in Shoreditch which was small but had some cool interactive new media art. As we were close by we went and checked out the White Cube Hoxton Square and saw Ashley Bickerton: Recent Wurg which was ok. By this point we couldn’t be bothered going up to the Victoria Miro Gallery to check out the dancing in the gallery (even though it wasn’t that far up the road).
On our way to Iniva we got a bus that didn’t quite go where I was expecting but it did take us right next to Bunhill Fields Cemetery which I was very excited about. William Blake, Daniel Defoe and other nonconformists are buried there!
I really want to go to Abney Park Cemetery again and take photos – it is really big and overgrown and is packed with graves.
Saturday night we had dinner with Matt and Neena at Hummous Brothers in Soho. It was really yummy and we hadn’t seen them in ages (since last year some time).
It only snowed twice in London last winter but this winter is has snowed maybe 5 or 6 times. It snowed on and off today (Sunday, 1st Feb) and tonight I took some photos out of the windows of the snow on the ground. It’s not very deep but it’s pretty thick for London. Actually I just looked out the window and the snow on the balcony furniture is probably twice as thick as it is in these photos. And it’s still snowing! Cool. I’m really glad we have double glazed windows.