Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Guns: less dangerous when in funny colours?

Saw this one in a shop window in Bremen:


It's a BB gun, CO2-powered, for sports shooting. Nothing fancy, really... except for the weird Lego-like colour scheme. The same pistol is available in ordinary black, and has been for a few years - but probably some marketing department thought that people might be buying more readily if the pistol looked less dangerous, and more toy-like.

Hint: If something does come out of the barrel and hits you, it WILL hurt. Regardless of which colour or shape the gun that the barrel is part of has. Sport guns are nice things to own and play with, shooting at ordinary cardboard targets, or old cans, or whatever, but making a gun look like a toy somehow seems rather wrong to me...

I'm at the North pole???

While travelling from Cologne to Bremen, I dared to test Google Maps on my mobile - which supposedly is able to  tell where I am with at least a few kilometres of precision.

Therefore, I was rather surprised to discover it showing only a blue square around me... zooming out also showed only a blue square... zooming out AGAIN only showed a blue square... until I zoomed all the way back to the world map and discovered I was at the north pole.

So far, Google had always been at least able to tell me that it can't find my current position - but it seems that whoever assigned the coordinates to the base station I was connected with entered 90N 90E instead...

Friday, June 6, 2008

New office mug

Bought myself a mew mug, since I don't get out to trade shows often enough - and the ones we got from marketing were not geeky enough for me B-)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008