Month: July 2013

Vitamix Blender

This is not a cheap blender. In Japan, it costs the equivalent of $800. That’s more than my oven. Here’s the description from an advert I found : The Vitamix machine is not a blender or a juice extractor. It’s so much more. The surgical stainless steel blades rotate at 240 miles per hour, pulverizing …

Ricoh GRDII

If you are reading this I expect you know all about this marvel, but if not, a quick history. Long ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth, ancient caveman wore bearskins and carried cameras that used actual strips of film. One of the finest of such cameras was the Leica M, considered initially to be hopelessly …

Nikon D50

I owned a Nikon D40 for years and decided I “needed” an upgrade. It happens. I subsequently visited every camera review site. Bad idea. They largely focus, no pun intended, on the wrong things and take up too much time. Predictably, I ended up buying a Fuji X100. You remember the X100 ? It used to …

Billion Dollar Brain

So, we learn that the US is hoovering up phone and internet information on the world, the UK is trying harder to do the same whilst also bugging the G20, and France has it’s own system ( English ). Meanwhile, Mr Snowden hides out, Google gets into trouble, and people finally learn why their email is free …

The Trader’s Desk

Classic shot of the Trader’s Desk. Familiar to any Investment Banker. Let’s deconstruct. First, pride of place on the desktop is the Bloomberg Professional keyboard. The Bloomberg service, at $2000 per month per user, provides realtime news, stock, currency and commodity prices, with first class analytical tools. You’ll make the fee back in your first …