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Apple Aperture Video Import Bug

June 23rd, 2013

Aperture stopped importing my videos, and I didn’t notice which resulted in some being lost as I had assumed they had imported successfully. Very annoying. If this happens to you it can be fixed by rebuilding a corrupt cache using the following command:

sudo /usr/libexec/xpchelper --rebuild-cache




April 18th, 2010

The eruption of this Icelandic volcano hasn’t affected me much, until today watching the Chinese Grand Prix when it appears the UK-based teams might not be able to fly their cars back to England in time to make the planned repairs and upgrades before the Spanish Grand Prix. BBC News, however, have added this awesome picture of the eruption by Oli Haukaur to the top of their live update page.

Here are some webcams. Would be nice to know what the text on the links means.

Language podcasts

May 17th, 2007

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to speak another language and to use that ability to travel where otherwise the language barrier would not allow? Open Culture have put together a list of¬† language lesson podcasts – I’m going to give Mandarin Chinese Lessons with Serge Melnyk a try.


Mixing It is axed, resurrected on Resonance FM

February 26th, 2007

Mark Russell Robert Sandall

After a 16 year run on Radio 3, the experimental music show Mixing It presented by Mark Russell and Robert Sandall has been axed. According to the statement from Mark Russell the show had to end with virtually no announcement and they were not allowed to say anything except the factual mention that Friday 9th February would be their last show, even though this had been the longest running programme on Radio 3 with the same presenters.

As this was the only radio programme I listened to regularly the news came as quite a shock, and happily it seems they will be resurrecting Mixing It on Resonance FM.

More Arcs ‘n Sparks

February 22nd, 2007

480V arc flash

Bert Hickman’s site, Stoneridge Engineering has a great page featuring high energy electrical failures and phenomenon. Along with video of an exploding transformer substation there’s the world’s biggest jacob’s ladder and an awesome demonstration (pictured) of high current, low voltage arcing:

The thermal energy liberated within a high current arc can be many tens of megawatts, and the arc core may reach 35,000 degrees F (four times that of the surface of the sun!). As the arc “roots” vaporize portions of the copper bus bars, the vapor explosively expands to over 60,000 times its solid volume. It then combines with oxygen in the atmosphere, forming dense clouds of copper oxide that blacken the air and nearby objects. Globules of molten copper are also violently ejected, showering the immediate vicinity with 2,000 degree droplets that can approach speeds of 700 miles per hour. Magnetic forces propel the arc along the bus, extending it in the process, and magnetic forces on the bus bars and cables may be sufficient to cause significant mechanical damage, possibly creating additional shrapnel.”


Site overhaul

February 12th, 2007

The green terminal style that greeted visitors to has finally been laid to rest. MediaWiki is now employed as a content management system for the homepage and directs visitors to the blog, forum or the knowledge base which forms the rest of the wiki. It’s not going to win any style awards but it’s well laid out and changing content doesn’t require FTP access anymore.

The Tower of London

February 11th, 2007

It has lots of cobblestones.