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So now 2 more women have been found in Levington, and it seems increasingly likely that they are the 2 missing prostitutes, Paula Clenell and Annette Nicholls – although the police aren’t confirming this until they’ve been officially identified. The feeling in and about town, particularly at night is very strange at the moment. There definitely seems to be less people about town in the evenings now and it’ll be interesting to know how busy Ipswich is (or more likely isn’t) on Friday and Saturday night. Driving past the Nacton turn-off yesterday on the way to work makes it all seem a lot closer to home and it’s weird watching the evenings news and then hearing police and news helicopters flying by overhead. I just hope that Ipswich isn’t forever tainted by these events in the way that Soham seems to have been following the murders there.My hope is that the story has now become so big that the killer will be scared off although, that said, if prostitutes are still going out then he still has opportunities. Or maybe the punters will be scared off and make the whole thing a pointless exercise anyway. 


Update: Ok, so first the police arrested Tom Stephens, a supermarket employee from a small town called Trimley, not far from Ipswich. The mass media found his myspace page and subsequently his pictures where plastered all over the prime time news programmes and newspapers. It turns out that this is most likely not the murderer, because the following day the police arrested another guy, Stephen Wright, for the murder of all 5 girls. He has since been charged and the hearing is due on 1st May 2007. There’s a pretty good write-up of the whole thing on wikipedia. Another interesting part to the whole investigation is that there is a possiblity that these crimes could be linked to a series of other similar crimes that have occurred over the last 15 years in East Anglia. 


Update 2: The trial date has been set for January 2008. I imagine that there will be a fair bit of news coverage surrounding this. Ipswich has largely returned to normal now, and the events of last year are rarely brought up in conversation now. It’s hard to tell what people’s feelings are outside of Ipswich, but I *think* the town has pretty much escaped being tainted by this event.

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Ok, so I haven’t actually gotten it to work yet, but the promise of Eqo is that you can make Skype calls on your mobile phone, and this covers most mobile phones with a GPRS connection. You download java applet on your mobile phone (Eqo send you a text with a link) and then you download a client plug-in for Skype (available for Mac and PC). I’m not 100% on how this works, but my rudimentary understanding is that via your phones data connection so find out who is online, choose the person you want to speak to, which gets sent to the Eqo servers. They then contact your computer (which needs to be on for this to work) which then gets Skype to call the person and then call your mobile phone, making the connection. I think. Either way, at the moment there’s no subscription fee while it’s in beta. Potentially this could halve my peak-rate call prices since Eqo calls your mobile and thus the only price is the SkypeOut credit used to call your mobile and the data call to make the connection in the first place. My current peak-rate mobile tariff is 35p/minute to landlines and so the 14p/min that Skype charges for mobile calls effectively halves what I pay at the moment. The real clincher I think is for when calling people abroad from your mobile.

Update: Ok, so I’ve still not managed to get this to work despite trying different GPRS set-ups suggested on their FAQ. I’ve also heard from a mate who tried it and says “it sucks” (I paraphrase, but it’s close enough). Shame, because the concept is great.

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So a lot has been happening over the last few days in little old Ipswich. It’s looking increasingly likely that we’ve now acquired our own serial killer. Over the last few days 3 women have been found dead in different locations around the outskirts of Ipswich, and two more are reported missing. It seems that the killer is targetting prostitutes in the area, presumably since they are easier targets.

And as if a prowling serial killer wasn’t enough, there was also a stabbing and a shooting in Ipswich over the weekend at a local nightclub called Zest, leaving one bloke dead. Suddenly London sounds like a nice, safe, cozy place to live again. I think everyone in the town is getting spooked by the serial killings and I reckon that the place is going to be a lot quieter in the evenings as a result, with taxi drivers being a lot busier.

Apparently left-handed people think more quickly than their right-handed counterparts. As a left-hander for some time now, this pleases me. Since studying cognitive neuropsychology at university, I was aware that left-handers tended to share brain functions over both hemispheres. It led me to wonder that if a left-hander suffers a stroke, are they more likely to maintain some language functions than a right-handed stroke victim? I still don’t know but it seems to follow, since brain damage in stroke victims tends to be contained to one hemisphere.

Either way, the sentenece at the end of the article seems to hold true – my tennis backhand is always my preferred shot. Unfortunately Neil, my brother, is accutely aware of this and tends to win everytime we play a match.

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So today is Short Film Friday. It is without doubt the first Short Film Friday on my blog, and possibly the last.

First up is a Nokia presentation showing some ideas for phones of the future. I particularly like the touching phones to exchange files.

Second is another Nokia future phone concept – this time showing a cool touch screen user interface. I can’t see anything revolutionary novel in this one, but it’s got some funky interface tricks.

And finally, a fun little CGI animated short by a masters student to send you in a good mind into the weekend…