Okay some random stuff I felt like sharing.
Firstly you should all go check out this new food blog, only one post so far but it's season and looks nom. http://boatkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/10/tagliatelle-with-roasted-pumpkin-and.html
Second if you haven't seen the Grainger Games news story that occured recently, check out this link:
Followed by the links at the end of that posting, especially the difference between the apologies from the event organiser and grainger games themselves
Thirdly, this is one of the best pieces of design I've seen recently and I wish they'd make one that works in this country (though I have no idea if that's even feasible): http://www.nest.com/index.html
For those who can't be arsed to click through, it's a thermostat. Simple enough device really, except this one is really clever. You adjust it as normal, but it has some really complex heuristics algorithms that mean it can program itself based on your behaviours. It can auto adjust the temperature up or down according to your daily rhythms, it can do it for the different days as your schedule changes, and it can tell the difference between a one off change in temperature, and one that's a change to its programming schedule.
Okay so far that doesn't sound amazing, but where it excels is it can learn your habits for an entire year, separating out the seasons, months, and weeks. And yet it sets off just a single week of usage and self-adjusts onwards from there. It's a small easy self-installable module. It connects to wifi, allowing you to adjust settings from the web or smartphones whilst away. It has holiday modes so your pipes don't freeze. The wifi downloads the weather for your local area and matches that up against your temperature settings to see how cold or warm weather spikes affect your usage, and adjusts its programming accordingly. It has sensors to detect occupancy of the house and switches the heating/ac off when everybody is at work. It offers you extra tips to achieve optimal energy and cost savings. Basically this is one of those 'house of the future' style products. It's small, unobtrusive, fantastically designed, packs a lot of kit, is fairly affordable for what it does, and has the potential to revolutionize people's lives in ways that are subtle but hugely effective; it is what good design should be.
As I say, I just wish they'd make one for the UK, I'd totally buy one!