DVR

Hum… one of the more expensive thing I brought from Hong Kong was a 80 GB DVR (for just under £100 – I know it’s not that expensive, but I don’t have a lot of money to spend…).  I have to say, this purchase is definitely one of the best ones I’ve ever made – I mean, I just love the idea that you can pause live TV and record TV shows in (almost) it’s original quality.
 
So for those of you who have a (or few…) hundred quid spare, a DVR is definitely a must!
 
As for my old VCR… well… I haven’t taken it apart (and probably destroying it in the process of doing so…) yet, since I still have those old video tapes I might digitize… – but yeah, I won’t be recording any more stuff on VHS tapes, not after seeing the quality you can get from recording on a DVR  !
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An interesting thing about erotic images…

Here’s something interesting I read on newscientist.com the other day that made me think.  Below is the article:
 
KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD
They say that love is blind and now it seems that the same is true of lust – erotic images stop us registering what we see immediately after.
 
They say love is blind. Now it seems that the same is true for lust. Erotic images stop us registering things we see immediately afterwards.
 
The effect, which also occurs with violent images, will fuel calls by road-safety campaigners to ban sexy billboard adverts near busy roads because they could distract drivers.
 
David Zald from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and colleagues flashed sequences of 100-millisecond images in front of male volunteers. They asked the men to say in which direction a particular picture in the sequence had been rotated. Most images were of landscapes or buildings, but the psychologists included a few sexually provocative pics.
 
If the target image was preceded by a neutral picture, the men were correct 90 per cent of the time. But if it was preceded by a pornographic image the subjects did no better than chance. The "attentional rubbernecking", as the researchers call it, lasted up to 800 milliseconds. The effect also occurs in women and with violent images.
 
"We think there is essentially a bottleneck for information processing and if a certain type of stimulus captures attention it can jam up the bottleneck so subsequent information can’t get through," Zald says. The team will publish their results in Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.
 
The effect could exacerbate the more obvious problem of drivers simply being distracted by large, arresting images. "We should be concerned if drivers are experiencing split-second breaks in concentration, which could result in an accident," says a spokeswoman from Brake, a UK road safety organisation.

Broadband in Hong Kong

Wow, I only found this out yesterday from my cousin, apparently, broadband in Hong Kong only cost $100 – $200 (£8 – £15) and you get a… wait for it… 10 Mbps cable connection (like the one I’m using at the moment  )!
 
Alright, I know you sometimes get only half that (5 Mbps) but still, beats me paying £25 / month for a shitty 512 kbps connection…

Traffic in Macau

Sorry that I haven’t been putting any updates on this space for such a long time – I’m currently on holiday in Hong Kong and the weather is bloody hot (and humind…)!
 
Anyway, went to Macau the other day, and if you think the traffic in London is bad, forget it.  Go to Macau and see for yourself.  I mean, there are tonnes of pedestrian crossings there but the problem is, the cars don’t seems to care – I really don’t think I’d survive there a year without getting ran over!
 
I’d love to get a copy of the traffic law there in Macau and see what it says there – that is if they have one,  .
 
I might put some more stuff here if I have time during my holiday.