A view of life (it's hard) the Universe (it's quite big and mostly full of emptiness) science (it's just as hard as life but with more maths) and technology (the good, the bad and the ugly) from the perspective of a highly harassed technician, which admittedly might be skewed. They say the glass is half empty- experience tells me to check whether or not that glass is cracked and leaking, and check exactly what it's half full of. Prepare for strangeness.

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I haven't put up anything on this blog for some considerable time. It's because I'm overworked......long string of excuses...moans about things.....bit of a whinge......and lazy. However I'm back and I'm ranting about a recent debate on the moon landings. Well, I say debate. Some of the people did not have the brainpower that could be supplied by one AAA battery. They're the funniest, viewed objectively.

Posted by Ian Lang on Apr 9, 2017 7:27 pm BST
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How an over-reliance on the big red button is leading us to our doom. Ish.

Posted by Ian Lang on Jul 10, 2016 4:31 pm BST
The stuff they never mentioned in Classical Studies lessons..........
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Artificial Intelligence
Posted by Ian Lang on Jun 3, 2016 8:12 pm BST
The first of what is intended to be a series of short articles about discoveries and inventions that revolutionised the human condition.

No.1 - The Blade.

Posted by Ian Lang on May 29, 2016 7:00 pm BST
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A bit of a rant about why we can't describe huge things as huge.

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And a couple of human issues:
1. The sheer number of people involved in the space programme makes a cover-up ridiculous to anyone who understands human factors,
2. I actually think these stories - particularly when spread by engineers - are insulting to the huge achievements by individual scientists, engineers and technicians over the last 70+ years.

Unfortunately the internet gives fuel to conspiracy theorists. The people who deny the moon landings are the same people who believe in chemtrails, that the earth is flat and that vacinations are a global mind-control conspiracy. You just can't reason with them. 
Next facilities managers will believe in their staff, where will this end ? Ian Malone
I forwarded this to my daughter who said that it reminded her of the film 'Idiocracy' where an ordinary man is put into hibernation for 500 years. When he wakes up he finds that everyone has been so dumbed down by the reliance on technology that he is seen as a genius god.
It does become ever harder to get into the details of an electronic device. My first computer, a BBC B, came with a circuit diagram. Given time I could actually understand what every piece was for and could play around in machine code and assembler. I can still apply the principle to my current computer, but for the details no chance.