Movie websites

Movie websites annoy the shit out of me. Not the sites themselves, but their URLs. I rarely (never) visit them, preferring to get any such data from IMDB.

A Google search for "themovie" brings back pages from the following sites as the top five results:

The list goes on, no doubt through Google’s 493,000 (approximate) results. Basically, when a movie creates an associated movie, they generally strap "themovie" on to the end of the movie’s name, possibly with a preceding hyphen, then add whichever domain extension that’s still available.

Would it not be better for one of the big movie companies (or even an independent body) to consolidate all of its campaign sites (for that’s essentially what they are) under a single URL (, for example), each movie taking its own sub-domain?, etc.?

As well as centralising control for the seemingly endless proliferation, it would allow a more logical experience for the end user.

3G coldspot

There is a 3G coldspot across the whole of Vauxhall Bridge and all the way up Millbank. The heat returns just before Parliament.

Can make for a very annoying 87 bus journey.

You are currently 1.59 Sudokus away

Instead of measuring queue time at Alton Towers and the Post Office, for example, in hours and minutes, they should do so in Sudokus. My 23 minutes in the queue of the Trafalgar Square Post Office this evening were occupied completing 2.06 Sudokus. The two were the Simple and Medium ones that appear in The London Paper. The extra 0.06 was down to the first four cells being completed of the 66 empty cells of the Difficult one, upon which Cashier Number Eight was free. Given that 37 people that made up the queue on my arival, that equates to 0.056 Sudokus per person in the queue.

Update: Jon is right in his comment, something that I thought about at the time, but didn’t have either the time or the inclination to allow for. Assuming the Simple Sudoku takes 50% less time than the Medium, and the Difficult one takes 50% longer, then my Medium Sudoku took an estimated 14m 28s. So I was 1.59 Medium Sudokus from the front of the queue, as opposed to my estimate of 2.06. Or else 3.18 Simples.

Access keys

Over the last few months, I’ve started trying to access things using entirely the wrong access keys. I’ll wander down my street, up towards my front door, readying my work access card to flash at the non-existent sensor. Or I’ll get my house keys out on the way into my local Tube station, leaving my Oyster card safely in my pocket-clad wallet.

Quite a frustrating habit. I guess I’m getting old.

Easter x

I was going to write a post about how the date on which Easter Sunday falls is calculated. But having researched it, I’ve decided it’s way too complex; and annoyingly unscientific. So here’s a link to Computus, the calculation procedure itself.

This year, it will fall on 23 March, the second earliest day possible. (It last fell on 22 March in 1818. Remember? Next time will be in 2285.) The latest it can fall is 25 April, this last happening in 1943; next time will be in 2038.

Finally, the weekday on which Easter most commonly falls is a Sunday, an outlier that is statistically significant.

I wonder if Jesus was aware of the rigmarole that people would have to follow in his wake (in the water sense of the word, of course).

Stat. of the day

In recognition of Rob’s trip to Statistic Shell, I thought it timely to share a statistic of the day:

53% of Two Ronnies jokes/quips were based entirely on either a speech impediment or a homophonic misunderstanding.

Dr. Brian Cox

I had quite a few issues with the BBC’s iPlayer, so much so that I uninstalled to avoid its sapping of my intel® Centrino® Duo CPU. But if you needed a reason to install it, look no further than tonight’s Horizon.

In the programme Dr. Brian Cox, whose Wikipedia entry informs me that he used to be the keyboardist in D:Ream, brings to life the beauty behind gravity along with its ongoing mystery at the sub-atomic level.

Fabulous TV.

The Snail, the Whale and the memory of an elephant

The Snail and the Whale was the first book I bought for my daughter, and what a great book it is too. My only regret was not buying the board book, instead going for the easily-chewable paperback.

I’ve realised recently that I can now recite the entire book off by heart, all 695 words, or 3,450 characters. Which will be a blessing when we’re out and about and she needs a story.

I am only able to recite 22 digits of pi, each being a choice of only ten, compared to 695 words, each having so many more choices. But sentence structure, coupled with the associated rhymes and the memorable storyline, make the challenge a different kettle of fish altogether. If only pi had some order to it…

Not not McDonald’s promotion

I heard a promotion on the radio this morning offering a free coffee mug with every McDonald’s big breakfast meal bought with a coffee. The disclaimer ran "excludes all drinks except coffee". Somewhat unnecessary double-negative, I felt.


A few things.

First of all, I’d like to know the production ratio between Bounty blue and Bounty red, the milk and dark chocolate varieties respectively. The red variety (30–50% better, in my opinion), is difficult to come by in shops, although the one at the top of my road sells it.

Secondly, I always felt slightly cheated as a child when my dad bought a Bounty (invariably blue) from the petrol station as a side dish to his petrol. I remember it being a toss-up between a Bounty and a Yorkie, a decision he made within the shop while we/I waited in the car. The Yorkie, with its seven chunks (don’t get me started on their decision to take this down to six), was much more conducive to sharing (I always loved getting a chunk), particularly given my childhood hatred of the Bounty, both varieties.

Finally, I’d like to do a comparison of chocolate bar prices. I recently refused to pay 57p in a WH Smith for a Bounty, my refusal being made after the counter-scan, flummoxing the assistant somewhat. In an effort to understand WH Smith’s mark-up, please could you comment with the price of the following three staple chocolate bars, together with the outlet at which they were being sold:

Thank you. Feel free to respond more than once with prices from more than one outlet. If there is enough response, I’ll do some spreadsheeting.

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