Red light for cyclists

No cycling UK road sign

I saw it again last night – a cyclist going through a red light.

I’ve almost been run down twice by cyclists going through red traffic lights.

I’ve cycled myself in the past – but it never crossed my mind to jump lights.

Cyclists are not exempt from the UK Highway Code and the legal aspect is clarified on the Department for Transport’s site.

The decline of newspapers

Roy Greenslade summarises the current situation facing newspapers.

I agree with his conclusion:

Unless traditional newspaper publishers can find a way of securing substantial online revenue streams, by attracting sufficient eyeballs for their editorial content, there is no future for them.

Forget HD – I want Super Hi-Vision!

The Guardian reports on Super Hi-Vision.

The system claims a resolution of 7680×4320 pixels, compared to the HDTV maximum of 1920×1080.

The Guardian encapsulates the one big problem “of how to transmit huge amounts of data remains”.

3D printing for everyone

Speaking of 3D this looks amazing.

The Industry Standard reports on the background to the University of Bath open-source printer that can even replicate most of its own parts.

The Replicating Rapid-prototyper manufactures components by building them up in layers of plastic.

The next version will allow the machine to make its own and other circuitry, bringing it one step closer to complete self-replication.

The future is here!

Forget HD – I want 3D!

At the weekend the BBC carried out trial live coverage of the Six Nations rugby match between England and Scotland in 3D high-definition.

This is the first time such an outside broadcast has been carried out in the UK.

Pictures were captured by three sets of dual high definition cameras bolted together for each 3D picture channel.

The clever stuff was carried out by The3DFirm technology, with the result viewed through polarising glasses.

The trial involved BBC Resources London Outside Broadcasts – ironic given the announcement last week of the plan to sell the department despite no agreement from BECTU.

Work less

37signals are running an interesting workplace experiment.

In particular the four day week:

We found that just about the same amount of work gets done in four days vs. five days.

Historically it was assumed that advances in technology would lead to everyone working less. It now seems the opposite has happened.

How did that happen?

I’ve long been an admirer of 37signals – their manifesto encapsulates my approach to the web.

Version umpteen

Welcome to version umpteen of this site.

I’ve put together a new design, and moved to a WordPress platform, an estimable system I’ve used for a number of recent projects.

I’ve had various journals, ramblings and assorted jottings over the years on this domain.

I’ve decided to start again and begin posting on a regular basis.

Hope you enjoy my thoughts – feel free to contribute comments.