Crickson's electric eye

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I am married to Spiderbaby and live in Banbury, Oxfordshire after eight years living in the USA and Sweden. I am working and training as a clinical scientist for the NHS in Oxford.

There are now over ten years of photographs on my blog! It all started with a photograph I took on the 1st of May 2004... It's been a wonderful journey, thank you all who have shared it with me, and made this blogging community one I keep coming back to!

Interesting things I read recently:

"Only one in five people born [in the UK] since 1975 believes in God".
Source: Prof David Voas, University of Essex

"For every dollar invested in the Human Genome project, $141 was returned to the US economy". Francis Collins, NIH
Source: New Scientist 27 July 2013.

I am Pavlovs_dog on PSN and would be happy to link up with Playstation-owning mobloggers : )

Too Much Information: The first album I ever bought was the Fraggle Rock soundtrack. Pretty cool, eh? I was only 16 : )

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Back to NY pictures later!

Viv says:


3rd Jan 2010, 18:30

Sprocket says:

ha ha, brilliant!

3rd Jan 2010, 20:24

ookiine says:


3rd Jan 2010, 22:42

seaneeboy says:

I love living in the future.

4th Jan 2010, 12:20

crickson says:

Taniwha> It does now I've loaded on the BBC radio series.

4th Jan 2010, 15:45

Caine says:


4th Jan 2010, 21:18

crickson says:

Thanks for the HL :)

4th Jan 2010, 21:41

Dhamaka says:


5th Jan 2010, 20:47

Poppet says:


12th Jan 2010, 09:23

FilbertFox says:

silly billy!!!

I remember listening to the series on the radio when I wor nought but a wee lass

12th Jan 2010, 20:52

crickson says:

Now all I need is a sub-aether radio and I'm off this rock.

19th Jan 2010, 19:47

Oooh... very cool.

I've got an Kindle and Looooove it. They don't sell the Nook outside of the US yet I don't think, but I had a play with one in Seattle. I thought the lower screen was pretty cool, but the page refresh rate was annoyingly slow on the e-ink screen. I'm not sure if they're released firmware to fix that though.

I was waiting for Plastic Logic's Que, but it appears they've decided to go for the posh but ridiculously expensive route.

4th Feb 2010, 01:04

crickson says:

I considered the kindle, but I don't like the fact that you're tied into buying books from Amazon. Although the nook links to the B&N; store, you can buy books from elsewhere and read them on the nook. The page turn doesn't bother me much, it's still quicker than turning a physical page and I can do it with one hand (with a cup of tea in the other!)

Spiderbaby says you're amazon's bitch. : )

4th Feb 2010, 03:38


Yeah, I guess. But the Kindle also supports .txt, .mobi, .prc, .tpz and .pdf files, and I have a program that can convert .epub, .lit, .doc and .html files to Kindle (or txt) format. While it's a bit more of a pain (can't access them through the 3G wireless) I'm not entirely tied to Amazon.

Still, I think both are probably better than the Sony ebook; their touchscreen gives a horrible glare effect to the pages.

5th Feb 2010, 21:54

crickson says:

Agreed, the Sony screens are quite inferior, which is a shame as I generally quite like Sony products.

I'm excited about the iPad, but not for reading eBooks. I think the screen will present the same difficulty as the Sony. However, for reading and accessing research papers it looks like just the thing I've been waiting for.

9th Feb 2010, 19:29

FilbertFox says:

what to do, what to do?!

The Mr is think about buying me an ebook reader for my birthday, but he is confused by the iPad thingy.

Dr's Cricks and RAB - tell him what to buy me!

24th Feb 2010, 07:56

crickson says:

Ummm. I don't know what is available in the UK. I think the Sonys and the Kindle are but I'm not sure the nook is. Best advice I can give is make sure you try before you buy. With the nook I have avoided being locked into one content provider, so recently I bought a book from the sony store rather than the in-built nook store because it was a lot cheaper. The nook still displays it fine. I'll bring my nook with me and you can give it a try.

25th Feb 2010, 13:40

swamprose says:

I am still with real books, waiting for technology to catch up. On the subway, I am surrounded by kindles. If the lights go off, we can see!

25th Feb 2010, 16:32

crickson says:

I don't think it has to one or the other. I still buy more papery books than I can read. eBooks are much cheaper (at least in the US) which now I am 'between contracts' is a great advantage.

25th Feb 2010, 17:42