Matchbook offer from Amazon

Given my recent series of purchases at Amazon and my preference for Amazon’s Kindle ebook offerings for the past 2 years, imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw this announcement last night!


Basically if you have ordered any hardcopy book since 1995 when Amazon began, you can buy the corresponding ebook at a big discount. Unfortunately it seems that none of the books that I have purchased – even though ebooks do exist for some of the titles – don’t qualify. Anyway hopefully this situation will change sometime in the future.

Doctor Who novels app

After quite a bit of manual data entry (and also thanks to the fans who painstakingly collected all the information prior), I have finally completed the spreadsheet for the list of Doctor Who novels. This forms the backend to Google Visualisation APIs which in turn drives an application running on App Engine.

Well, this is the end result, a list of Doctor Who novels. Next step is to introduce some HTML5 formatting to beautify this list.

It’s certainly been a good learning experience so far!

Avegant virtual retinal display

Wearable “retina” display taking to another level!

I can still remember the first encounter with 3D wearable displays more than 13-14 years ago. The bulkiness together with the low frame rate meant they were not entirely comfortable to use, and the novelty soon wore off because of lack of applications. Now, more than a decade later, there is the Google Glass (introduced last year) which can be made relatively cheaply – for always-connected situations – and perhaps a onslaught of more sophisticated displays for heavy media (as in high-quality cinema) consumption!?