Archive: December, 2006

Giant squids and a Merry Christmas

This is cool. Last year researchers succeeded in obtaining the first ever photos of a giant squid. Now, for the first time a giant squid has been caught on video (article here). You can watch it here. This one was 3.5m long, weighing in at 50kg. Have a Merry Christmas!

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An Australian white Christmas?

My hometown of Armidale has just been ravaged by a mega-hailstorm (news story here), with tennis ball sized hailstones wreaking havoc and piling up to 1/2 a metre in places. A state of emergency has been declared. We had a very similiar storm about 9 years ago now, which caused considerable damage. In fact, some […]

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Don’t worry, be happy

According to this article, entitled “Sniffle-Busting Personalities: Positive mood guards against getting colds”, a test study indicated that people with positive moods are less likely to have colds than those with negative moods. Sounds plausible. Their explanation? Positive emotions stimulate symptom-fighting substances. Now call me a half-baked moron, but here’s a completely different interpretation for […]

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Bloody accountants…

Hate the tax system? Try this one on for size. From the SMH, “Iraq kickbacks tax deductible” A tax office investigation has found the $390 million AWB funnelled to Saddam Hussein’s regime were not bribes and could rightly be claimed as tax deductions. Good work.

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British e-Passports cracked

According to this article from the BBC, the British e-Passport has already been cracked. The new cards contain an RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) chip, which stores personal information that can be accessed wirelessly from up to a few metres away. Apparently it was demonstrated that the contents of the chip can easily be downloaded to […]

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Person of the year

Time has just announced that they have named the annual ‘Time Person of the Year’ – to ‘you’. That’s right, you. That’s just fantastic Time. How long did it take them to think that one up? More importantly, how many yoga-practising, pot-smoking hippies did they have to employ to come up with ‘you’. Bravo indeed!

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QIP earlybird registration deadline

For those of you planning on attending QIP in Brisbane next year, DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER. The earlybird registration deadline is this Friday. Additionally, the conference is limited to 200 attendees and is filling up very quickly. So, register early to avoid disappointment. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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New DJ Rohde track – new audio software

A new DJ Rohde track, Eternal Revolution, is available for download here. This track is made using my new toy – Ableton Live 6 – and incorporates Islamic Prayers, Adolf Hitler, Joesph McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Apollo and George Bush Snr. What a fantastic combination you say? Indeed. I’ve just switched audio production suites. I was […]

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Australian Institute of Physics Congress

I’ve been at the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) Congress here in Brisbane all this week. Yesterday I gave a talk on “Error tolerance and tradeoffs in loss- and failure-tolerant quantum computing schemes”. In this talk I discussed observations we previously made in quant-ph/0603130, where we noted that many recent loss-tolerant protocols for performing quantum […]

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Movie: Mont Blanc Sunrise

After much delay, I’ve finally gotten around to finishing my short movie of the summit of Mont Blanc (4810m). See it here on YouTube.

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