October 10th, 2007

marcus 2013

Thought on the UK national ID card.

Assuming they ever get the scheme off the ground there will be lots of information on that card, and it can be accessed by all sorts of organization - but not the person carrying it if he's a private citizen. And when someone shows the man in the street his card and says "Trust me, I'm xxxxx...." how the hell are we supposed to know if it's real or not?

The whole point of introducing this card is allegedly that it's too easy to forge other forms of ID. But shorn of the electronic side of things this is just another piece of plastic. I will have no way of verifying if someone showing me his card is showing me the real thing or a fake. More important, I will have no way of verifying that the person asking me to produce my card for scanning is real or fake.

I suspect that the government answer to all this is that police etc. will wear uniforms - easily faked - or carry warrant cards and other forms of ID - but by the terms which they are using to justify this scheme, they are potentially false documents. Only the one true UK identity card is unforgeable. Yeah, right...

Anyway, this thing is going to cost about 60-90 quid per person - I think that for that money it should come with a card reader that as a minimum displays the name and picture displayed on the card, and that citizens should have the right to see the cards of all visiting officials, anyone stopping them in the street, etc.

Anyone wants to run with this as an article, petition, etc. please feel free!
marcus 2013

Question for anyone with knowledge of home brewing

One of our biology experiments on the chemistry of fermentation uses a 10% yeast and 5% glucose solution which has to be set up a couple of hours in advance. Naturally this produces a LOT of froth - e.g. the 2L beaker I set up half an hour ago with 1L of this mix overflowed some time ago, and there's at least another couple of litres of froth in the tray. It ought to settle down by the time they're ready to use it, but a lot of the mix is wasted.

Is there anything like a reverse widget which will stop it from frothing over?

Two days later Had to do this again today, mixing the 1L of gunge in a 5L bucket just worked - the froth came up to the edge but it didn't go over.
Tooth and Claw

FF X - Tooth and Claw RPG - Biology section

I'm hoping to steer clear of gamespeak entirely until I get to the rules for dragon characters, so the opening chapters will be a fairly generic guide to Jo's world. Here's the text of the biology section - it's pretty long. Any comments gratefully received.

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This has been approved by Jo, but if anyone spots anything that looks like a typo etc. please let me know. And remember that what the dragons believe about their evolution is not necessarily entirely true before you start throwing bricks at my version of parallel evolution.