I love tigers, they are my favourite animal in the world and it is my greatest ambition to see one in the wild. I would also love to meet a tiger in person but I realise that this cannot be practical because this isn’t the way that tigers behave in the real world. I don’t like seeing Tigers in captivity but I understand it is good to look after them in the west for their preservation but I am unsure about socialising them. My greatest challenge however is that even though I love them I worry about preservation tourisms impact on wildlife.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/blog/2010/apr/29/india-bans-tiger-tourism

On the BBC Internet Blog, Andy Quested has discussed the various issues around the addition of a test signal to BBC HD. It makes for very interesting reading, well worth it for anyone wanting to better understand their television and get a better picture.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2008/12/a_christmas_present_from_the_h.html

I actually emailed Andy about one part of his article:

 “The audio is actually two blocks of wood being banged once a second – nothing to beat the real thing!

I emailed him to say that in college one of my much respected lecturers (Morgan Jones) proposed using a spark gap as a syncronisation source. Few things in nature are more instant than a spark and the correlation between the light and the light is absolute (subject to the speed of sound, etc).

His response was that he would look at it but he also raised another issue, how do you deal with the fact that an audio compression system based on the psycho-acoustic model might ignore such a short spike of audio? Frankly I don’t know, I am not sure I know enough about compression systems, but it seems worth a look.

Bob

This weekend we visited West Sussex, on the South coast of England, near Chichester and visited a former priory which is now in ruins (although the fantastic church still stands well).

I have used it to achieve my first 100% Synthy panorama in Microsoft Photosynth, take a look here.

Adrian Childs on the BBC’s coverage has asked what the medal table would look like if the gold was given three points, silver two points and bronze one point. So I found the data and have created a table for it here.

Feel free to maniplulate the data as you see fit.