Friday, 25 December 2009

Just finished lunch with a bottle of 1994 Warres. Very nice. Starters were served about 8 hours ago.
Maury Domaine Pouderoux 2003 after dinner. Grenache-based dessert wine. Tres yummy.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Right. Whiskers on. I'm going in...
Oh dear. At Euston in plenty of time but dreaded "Inspector Sands" announcement has just started.
Love the way you can use Blippy to see the @blippy founders buying kit to keep it running
Despite the dollar's decline in importance as a global currency @blippy still assumes the whole world uses it ;-)
already thinking about changing my bank to one that @blippy supports
has left the cats a week's worth of food. Hope they don't eat it all today.
OK I love @blippy. Now where's the feed for the public purchase stream? I need that data!
Got a @blippy invite code with relative ease. Now working out what to do with it.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Despite bringing the exact document they asked for, they still won't issue a permit. I am turning into a giant beetle.
this is my second attempt this morning. Had to return home for a document I didn't need last year.
renewing my resident's parking permit. Annual confrontation with pure evil in the form of petty bureaucracy

Friday, 18 December 2009

Confirmation bias and optimism bias have probably underpinned most human progress. As has unmanaged risk.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

One by one, they chip away at my reasons for voting for them. I am now a floating voter.
Sad, and slightly surprising, to see England playing an important test match in a largely empty stadium.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Tomorrow, why not take some footage of your favourite tube station and upload it to YouTube?
Copenhagen riot police don't wear any visible personal id numbers. Makes it difficult to weed out the few over-enthusiastic officers.
Surely overthrows should be Extras, since the bowler is not at fault and the batsman cannot take credit for them.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Google giving me yet more Wave invites. Nobody wanted any of the last lot. They can't give it away.
The BBC's first website (via @geofftech, now working there again)
Gideon Haigh on Cricket's Tangle of Formats - the best cricket writer since Cardus & James

Monday, 14 December 2009

Socialscope is killing my Blackberry - hope it's just set-up noise.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Investigating Kiva ( on @tomayerst's recommendation

Monday, 7 December 2009

Not generally a fan of Clarkson but the hatchback review from Belfast was one the funniest things I've seen in years

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Is it OK for Pastafarians to celebrate Shakehands Midwinter?

Thursday, 26 November 2009

I have some more Googlewave invites if anybody still needs one

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Just registered the domain because I liked the name. Not sure what to do with it now

Monday, 23 November 2009

Microsoft will buy Twitter. Sooner rather than later.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Tried Yoono. Single-column only. Can't drive it from the keyboard. Basic stuff. Come on, it's nearly 2010 people.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Calvin Harris's Wikipedia page has already been updated with news of him invading the X Factor stage

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

I find myself involved with a £30m project that intends to deliver nothing for 12 months whatamithinking

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Billy Gibbons gets tube to gig. Beats rest of ZZ Top by 45 minutes.
Just done my first Wikipedia edit in years. Let's see if the Wikistapo revert it...
Once again NHS staff were attentive and professional for my minor op today. In and out in 90 minutes. welovethenhs

Friday, 30 October 2009

weekend in Sardinia. Should have been a week but better than nothing.

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Did I mention Beardyman? Awesome. And I don't even like DNB.

Monday, 12 October 2009

We get Andy Flower and they get...Mike Hendrick (this is good news for cricket, BTW)

Friday, 9 October 2009

More proof that the best new music is coming from YouTube: (cf Kutiman, Autotune The News)
Somebody's got to say it - there was no impact debris was there? It just fell in a great big hole. LCROSS
LCROSS impact video
C'mon internet - where are my pictures of the moon with a great plume of dust?

Thursday, 8 October 2009

apps than run in a browser window should identify themselves in your taskbar. I've got an icon for Outlook but not for Wave. Browser problem or OS problem?
@foursquare returns the security token you need for check-in in the HTML response from clicking the check-in link (in a hidden input field)
@foursquare POSTs my password unencrypted when I login. Still at least this means I can automate check-ins easily.
@foursquare doesn't sync with FireEagle

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

+1 for @sjberwick starting a blog
Loving jQuery - very intuitive and powerful.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Just looked at Netvibes for the 1st time in 3 years. Wow, is it b0rked! Does anybody actually use it?
New Brightkite look. Must investigate. Also to find out why it tweeted my location just now.

Friday, 2 October 2009

The Georgia font doesn't use the 'fl' ligature unless you specify it with fl (tut tut)
Biting the jQuery bullet at last. I knew this day would come.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Too much IT, not enough tea

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

A jam doughnut counts as one of my five portions of fruit a day, doesn't it? So 2 doughnuts = 2 portions.

Monday, 28 September 2009

I have ricked my back. Tramadol is keeping me sane.
Nice early start thanks to the gift of small children
Time is going by really, really, really, really slow

Thursday, 24 September 2009

No go for my minor surgery - too complex for the duty surgeon. Rescheduled for Gregory House's next available slot.
At Whitechapel Hospital having a lump gouged out of my head

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Aaaaargh. No more cricket.

Friday, 18 September 2009

I'm loving SuperPreview - multi-browser page preview in Expression Web 3 (including IE6 mode)

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Enjoying Not sure what it's for yet, but it's a nice toy

Monday, 14 September 2009

I just post my dazzling insights here. My full online activity is here: or on Twitter at @dominic_all (new!)

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Mojito or Cuba Libre? Decisions, decisions. Probably go with a nice cup of tea.
Enjoying a balmy sunset at 6pm. Am I in Tobago? No, Limehouse.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

I would willingly give the Elgin Marbles back in order to retrieve these: (via @felixsalmon)

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

There is literally nothing that can't be fixed with duct tape

Thursday, 27 August 2009

ICC to review the future of 50-over cricket after 2011 World Cup. Hopefully goodbye to this format.
Two test matches Pakistan v Australia in England in 2010.
England cricket fixtures 2010
Getting 2010 cricket fixtures from @aggerscricket++ before anything appears on Cricinfo, BBC or ECB websites
Climate Camp: no violence = no press or TV coverage. Much better strategy from the Met Police climatecamp
For my NHS appointment I was seen on time, given the information I needed and booked for an op within a month welovethenhs
NHS consultant I saw this week did a minor cosmetic procedure although she was under no obligation to do so welovethenhs

Friday, 21 August 2009

Me renewing acquaintances with Gladys after 15 years:
Ponting and Clarke in the same spell. I take back everything I said about Stuart Broad
Unexpected day at the Test Match thanks to @jobsworth. Good seats, good company.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Despite his inferior Test and 1st Class ave, Broad bats ahead of Swann for Notts. This is why there's some edge when they bat together for England. Good.
Looking like a result wicket, anyway
To my new followers: shutdown -P
This is the worst Australian side since the 1980s. Poor captain. Popgun attack. Only 2 good batsmen.
FWIW I would have kept faith with Bopara. Hope to be proved wrong.
Trott has some vulnerable quirks in his technique. Hope his form makes up for them.
I just signed the Alan Turing petition ( Thinking a posthumous knighthood wouldn't be out of place either
Lily Allen at the Test Match even though Onions isn't playing. Must be Freddy's lucky night.

Monday, 17 August 2009 to syndicate my thoughts, Friendfeed to aggregate my activity into a single stream (@andythomas)
(the humour expired some time ago)
Is there somewhere we can isolate Janet Street-Porter, Kate Hoey, Simon Jenkins etc. where they can write columns and sell them to each other?
I think you all deserve the joke that should have preceded my Fleet Street punchline, so here it is...
Edgar is a wise and kindly leader.
Hello @pingfm - trying to tell a multi-tweet story. Please stop dropping random tweets, makes it a bit Ginsbergy...
Secondly, when we get home Gilbert starts throwing up. At this point only Edgar (18 months old) is 100% so he is nominally in charge.
Firstly, we were in A&E for less than 10 minutes! welovethenhs
So, on Saturday night I'm in bed with a virus when Sam announces she's cut off her thumb with a knife. Took her to A&E. Thumb glued back on.
Oh yeah, it's called Fleet Street.
A kind soul has made a Java version of my email address validator. Working out how to publish it with him.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Wife has lent me some of her Tramadol. It's my new favourite drug.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

I've taken my first Tamiflu. 19 to go.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Phew, glad to be back where I can use my Oystercard.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

buying The Observer today. Print may die but I don't want this one to go first

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Just seen a young man with a tattoo saying "New Beginning's". The kerning was awful too.
3.97. Hurrah!
Reduced to watching the run rate sinking towards 4.0. Small cheer soon after lunch for stattos I hope.
When you see a deep point for the first ball of the day it's difficult to believe the team shares one's hopes
There's uaually something to think about during a Test Match but I may resort to reading the paper
Breathing Yorkshire air. Sun is shining. What could be better, apart from Ottis Gibson getting the sack?

Monday, 3 August 2009

One eye on the cricket on Sky Player (thanks Mum)

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Also, without pointing any fingers, I think telling everybody what music you're listening to is a poor use of my bandwidth :-)
Little bit irritated by back-slapping self-referential cliques. Especially when I'm not in them.
Still, difficult to imagine a better day than the one I've had though.
With hindsight, I should have taken those 2 tickets I was offered for today. Still some life in this Test.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

This is what I've been listening to for weeks in rehearsal next door:

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

is back from the wilderness

Thursday, 23 July 2009

is camping
It's 2009 and my apps still won't remember which of my screens I put them on last time

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

New blog post: Managing by metric

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Cricket South Africa descend further into laughing-stockery
Hadn't planned on installing Exchange Server 2003 SP2 today, but still got some real work done too.
Anybody got a beta password they could share with me?
is fixing an Exchange Server problem. Joy.
Andrew Flintoff is the Desert Orchid of cricket.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Having FOUC problems
Here come the helicopters! (
is having an all-night party
Hoping for some cloud cover and a ball that swings

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Disappointed by Bopara. He has more character than that. Hope he learns from his mistake. cricket
Can't remember seeing cricket that poor in an Ashes match before. Bad bowling, bad batting, bad fielding.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Firebug 1.4 is broken and my productivity is suffering. Gah. Don't need this right now.
You know you're a geek when the fire alarm goes and the first thing you do is "git push origin master"
All the minor celebs I follow on Twitter are at Latitude sitting around the same table.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Firefox Javascript bug: if you use control.getAttribute() then subsequently returns a reference to the getAttribute function
I'm in the presence of a Fourth Plinther. is in my office.
Streisand Effect lives! Guinness World Records call attention to their own FAIL
Scientists have now discovered that cats meow when they are hungry. Who knew?

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Priest: “There’s nothing there . . . it’s just a tree . . . you can’t worship a tree.”
Suggest a separate Ashes competition for Worst Wicketkeeper. Strong competition from both Haddin and Prior.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Slight case of butterflies listening to the cricket

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

I see no reason why your time on the 4th plinth should be dedicated to entertaining the world. Why not just chat to friends? oneandother
A man dressed as a poo is on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square
My first internet email address was back in 1993

Monday, 6 July 2009

Two predictions for The Ashes series: (1) Andrew Flintoff will not play in the final test. (2) Ravi Bopara will emerge as a future England captain.
The final three paragraphs of this story, if true, are astonishing and alarming:

Friday, 3 July 2009

Myleene Klass/Daft Punk missed a trick with that Pantene advert: should have released the music
Disqus comments have started tweeting *by default* all of a sudden. If this is a silent change I'm annoyed.
All wheels firmly attached today
is taking remedial action

Thursday, 2 July 2009

can see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Hope it's not an oncoming train.
Just checking if the broken receiver on my website is working again
I hope, just briefly, that "pussy" was a trending topic in memory of Molly Sugden.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Mrs Slocombe has gone to join Miss Brahms. No word on her pussy.
Is anybody going to the Chief Wine Officer event tromorrow night?
I need the active window to be the window I'm looking at. Future generations will laugh at us for not fixing this.
If it's spelled lingerie why does everyone say it like langerée?
Hello Dolly rehearsals continue, this time with the profoundly irritating title song.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

It's Hello Dolly. And I think I can hear Lionel Blair rehearsing It Takes A Woman. Pity me.
Trying to get as much done as I can before the bloody singing starts
Scott Adams flirting with VRM:

Monday, 29 June 2009

Twitter to the rescue of Geoff Marshall (not suggesting you donate unless you want to - just interesting)
New blog post: Cycling and infertility
Treating show people to "Come to Daddy" at full volume
Back from lunch. They are still rehearsing the *same* *song*
Opera rehearsals have finished in studio next door. Now we have show tunes. Worse, they're doing the "happy" songs today.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Before anybody else says it: the gas company "with attitude":
I do think Gazprom might have thought about the name a bit more carefully: (or maybe they did)

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Behind these gates is Ye Olde Mitre: Come on down
Going for drinks with @mlazopoulou and other friends of long standing.
Just tried addressing my wife as "shawty". Note to self: don't do that again.
From now on I shall turn to @phildawes when I want the word on the streets.
Have learned a new word thanks to @phildawes: shawty

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

If I haven't got you into Auto-Tune The News yet it's probably too late: Sade.
coffee = 3 bottles of wine
Does anybody have a contact at HSBC Global Banking & Markets?
Finally did the obvious thing and added XInclude to ajaxUnit so you can componentize your test scripts

Friday, 19 June 2009

Belatedly building up unit tests for ezUser: 279 tests successfully passed so far.
Some design decisions really benefit from a toilet visit. There, I've said it. oversharing

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Think extra feature was worth it - now I can secure HTML pages over HTTP fairly robustly using ezUser
Should be testing and debugging ezUser, but found myself adding a feature whyohwhy

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Excellent article on the hypocrisy of outing NightJack (via @Glinner)

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Yet another reason to boycott The Times. They claim this is a victory for freedom of expression:
is a physical wreck
Installed Adobe Reader update. It reassociated PDFs back to itself and restored the desktop icon I had deleted. Rude. Bye bye Adobe Reader

Friday, 12 June 2009

Lendl Simmons is a good foot shorter than his uncle cricket
Crowd making this a home game for India cricket
That's four national anthems I've never heard before. Not sure how W Indies qualify for a national anthem. cricket
W Indies winning the music competition because of one genius. Hope it translates to the cricket
Bob Marley and bangla alternating on the sound system. 1970s vs 1990s.
Biggest cheer of the day for Dhoni winning the toss cricket
Pearl-and-Dean style adverts blasting out from the big screens.
Oh, it's the groundstaff wearing orange hi-vis vests. Not the Dutch players cricket
The Dutch players are being made to sweep the ticket. What a comedown for them cricket
My goodness Mends bowls it flat
Pakistan and Sri Lanka standing in one intermingled group for the anthems cricket
Google Latitude showing me in the Tavern Stand. Nowhere else I'd rather be
My train is full of suitcases. Where is everybody going?
Decided to go to watch some cricket at Lords. Will be supporting underdogs West Indies and Pakistan (sorry, @jobsworth!)
is at Lords

Thursday, 11 June 2009

One of my email validation articles has been Reddited. A small flame war has started in various quarters.
Good morning tube strike cyclists! How are we today? A bit sore? Bet you got to work quicker than you normally do. tubestrike
My innerHTML bug seems to affect all browsers - WTF? Maybe I am wrong.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Just encountered a Firefox bug that's been known about for at least 2 years:
Hello to everybody on their first bike ride of the year! How about cycling every day? tubestrike

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

I've got pictures to publish, movie clips of the kids to send to grandparents. 1.6Mb/s upstream doesn't work for me.
When will I be able to get a symmetric broadband service? Say 4Mb/s each way.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Michael Vaughan: Andy Flower needs a batting coach. Retire with dignity.
IE8 rejects scripts of type application/javascript because RFC4329 is merely informational. thenightmarecontinues
"Once you're in the clear, Mary Mary Quite Contrary" - Katie Couric
What is Katie Couric on? Also return of the Angry Gorilla. Auto-Tune The News (takes about 1:30 to get going)
I've always wanted to see Yorkshire as a Trending Topic, but kind of hoped it would be for winning the County Championship

Saturday, 6 June 2009

All done. Cakes out of the oven, bread in, chilli bubbling away. Time to wake son #2 up.
Willie Carson's grandson is riding in a race this afternoon. Willie Carson's *grandson*. Crikey.
Cooking carrot cake, bread and a chilli for later. Glued to a feast of sport of the radio.

Friday, 5 June 2009

I'm now sick of both
Which is better? Custard Creams or Fox's Golden Crunch Creams? I'm eating a whole packet of each alternately to find out. Results later.
Australia's failure to manage Andrew Symonds does them no credit whiteaustralia
Google Chrome is here for us Mactards:

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Opera rehearsals in neighbouring studio have been going on for 2 weeks. Ready to strangle Puccini. Fat lady is now singing though.
RIAA denies ever asking for data - another amazonfail twitterstorminateacup? (@Glinner)

Monday, 1 June 2009

Still making up my mind about the Cricinfo redesign but the typography is fugly. Makes it hard to be objective
FireEagle still thinks I'm in Spitalfields, Co Durham. Can only mean BrightKite is using location *name* to update it. Why?? brightkitefail
Almighty props to @serafinowicz for exposing Time's lazy journalism. Didn't Time used to be a decent mag? (tx @Glinner)

Friday, 29 May 2009

Boys were very excited about Mummy coming home tomorrow.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Imagining Lawrence Llewellen-Bowen, Alan Titchmarsh and Tony Robinson in my garden all at the same time. Don't ask.

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The town of Beckton grew up around the world's biggest gasworks and was named after the gasworks boss. I suggest we rename it Nehalem EX
Steve Martin plays banjo? Who knew? Here he is with Earl Scruggs:

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

I'm not one of nature's completer-finishers. Going to try the @nauiokaspark recipe to get some stuff done. 10-10. I'm down and gone.
I bet Boris Johnson and David Cameron didn't cycle to work today smug

Monday, 25 May 2009

Just seen this mother pootling up the Thames: Caused a bit of a traffic jam

Sunday, 24 May 2009

A week of single parenthood beckons. Wife away selling public art to the Qataris.
Words you don't want to hear after Sunday lunch: "right, let's get cracking"
I'm getting all my news from Auto-Tune The News these days: #3 now out. Katie Couric stars again.

Friday, 22 May 2009

A former boss told me in 2002 he was happy to link my bonus to the MSFT share price if I wanted. Not looking such a bad deal now.
I've decided that knife blocks are OK in themselves, it's the set of matching knives that are naff
Knife blocks: are they naff? I think probably yes.
How did it get to be Friday?
Everybody I know who owns something made by Apple has had to go to the store to get it fixed at some point. Just saying.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Although I'd hate to see smarmy Osborne inherit an increasingly valuable stake in some profitable banks undeservedwindfall
I'm old enough to remember the last Tory government and I don't want it back, but really it's time for a general election isn't it?

Monday, 18 May 2009

WolframAlpha knows nothing about cricket
seems to have evolved an alpha channel

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Fix the MPs' expenses problem easily: halve the number of MPs and double their salary. What's not to love?
Recently I was getting 100s of spam emails a day to an old address of mine. They stopped at 11:52 on 1st May. No idea why.
has sorted out the world's problems and has the hangover to prove it

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

#WallowWednesday @misery, @self-pity, @mud

Monday, 11 May 2009

Why does Drupal think "include on front page" is the same as "include in RSS feed"? Madness.
Something smells funny about - caution advised.

Friday, 8 May 2009

Hailing in E1 but not at Lords. I fear interrruptions are inevitable though. cricket has allocated me the email address Thanks, Radar.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Trying tagging syntax
Dominic Sayers is testing grammar fuddling
Conscious that I'm tweeting cricket spoilers - I will stop if anybody is waiting for Cricket On 5
A feast of Onions! #cricket #sorry
...Spitalfields, Co Durham #WTF?
I told Brightkite I was at 51.515294,-0.071595. It decided that was Spitalfields, London. Then it told FireEagle I was at Spitalfields, Co Durham. #WTF?
Onions served with duck #cricket #etcetc
is making Google Latitude update Brightkite and FireEagle

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Oh, I missed Bopara's 100. Well done, young man. #cricket
Baker went for a dozen that over (sorry) #cricket
50 for Bopara
Bopara and Onions reflect well on Flower [this is not a crossword clue BTW]
Getting the fail whale from the .tk url shortnener #dottk #fail
is dancing round the office to Pete Tong on a Wednesday morning

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Railway operations on Sodor are refreshingly spontaneous. Not sure Agile lends itself to clockface timetabling though #thomasthetankengine
On opening, the case turned out to be 2005 Puech de Glen. Ready for drinking now. So we did.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Picked up a case and half of wine from friend's vineyard. Time to give the 2007 a thorough assessmenting...

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Windows Update is installing IE8 and Office 2007 SP2
Turns out new cat has toxoplasmosis. I'm living in a small flat with 2 cats, 2 small kids & 2 adults. And you're worried about Swine Flu
Not only is the email insecure, but they must have posted my password up to their server in plain text too #security101
I've registered with 2 sites this week that emailed my password back to me in plain text #security101
It's like they're operating some sort of moving-block system when they haven't even got solid-state interlocking yet #thomasthetankengine

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

If I was the Fat Controller I'd be seriously worried about a public inquiry.
Thomas the Tank Engine's line has an appalling safety record.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

is going to CC all his emails to Jacqui Smith
Since announcing the prize for my 100th follower I have lost 2 followers
wonders why "verb" is a noun
On behalf of James Burton, who doesn't do social media, I declare a MOP on Wednesday 12th May. Venue tba. #MOP

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Gordon Brown is here to stay. Like Internet Explorer.
Today I saw a piece of music for 6 ice-cream vans being performed. With free ice-cream.

Friday, 24 April 2009

New book on the creative and cultural economy After The Crunch (edited by a friend) Free to read online.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Auto-tune the news for great justice:

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

has changed tack
...and its so much harder getting the straw in
Surely a 3 litre wine box should last longer than a bottle?

Monday, 20 April 2009

Latest xkcd uses a Two's Complement 8-bit signed integer
My new favourite cake is Battenburg Fancies from Lidl

Friday, 17 April 2009

I can't possibly let my children eat all the chocolate they were given at Easter. So I'm doing it for them. Good Dad.
Mac people: don't let your guard down. The datapocalypse is coming!

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Pleased for Andy Flower a man of principle as I said in January

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

That Firefox add-on:
Firefox add-on where you can replace the word crisis for opportunity on all websites, so you can start seeing things from the optimistic side:
Possibly some might argue that Agile is not quite the same as Muddling Through
Nice piece by John Kay on the success of Agile methods in business strategy (citing a 1959 source - year zero for Agile?)

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

If Afghanistan beat Scotland tomorrow they deserve a chance to complete the Grand Slam at Sofia Gardens
Why it's your civic duty to photograph police officers
When I woke up this morning I realised that gravity was a rotational effect, a 4D centripetal force. Turns out I'm not the first to have this insight