Rik's Ramblings

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Sagars

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Corn Starch + Water = Science

Take two parts corn starch, to one part water. Mix the cornstarch into the water slowly, it takes a while!

At the end of it, you have a bowl full of a very strange liquid.

Ben and I spent some time playing with this today!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Google PDF Viewer

It's bloody amazing!

They actually render a PNG to your browser.  So the page you see is just a picture of the PDF they've decoded on the server.  That's not the cleaver part though! 

They trap the mouse events (down/move/up) to fake the text selection and they trap the control+C, so you can select the text in the original PDF.  This is despite the fact that your browser has no idea there's any text there :-o

Splendid stuff.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Best way to kill a frog?

Ben's pet frog is lame. Well, it's been that way for a few months. But now it seems to have a defective swim bladder(+) as it's unable to get under the water and it lists to starboard. Infact it's entirely on it's side.

Debbie wants me to put it out of it's misery.

It's quite easy for someone to say they want a frog killed, but if your the one tasked with the act, it's not that simple.

- Hit it with a brick?
- Chop it's head off?
- Lethal Injection?
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Cyonide Tablets

(+) I'm assuming they have some kind of bladder for buoyancy control, but I could be wrong! I ain't no frog expert, frogologist, whatever.