Friday, July 30, 2004

LILEKS (James) Old Newspaper Ads

LILEKS (James) Old Newspaper Ads

The world is a sadder place for the lack of adverts like this...

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

House of Apology Pits Survey

House of Apology Pits Survey

Furry pits on ladies - yay or nay? And what does it say about you?

Very, very amusing. Although I think I may find Worf more attractive than blondes.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Wonderland: Feng Shui motherboard

Wonderland: Feng Shui motherboard

Aaah, gorgeous. Alice has a wonderfully charming attitude to technology that is entirely humanistic.

I love that these guys are actually living the old adage that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishambe from magic.

Worth it just for the HM Department of Vague Paranoia joke.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Wired News: The Incredible Shrinking Comic

Wired News: The Incredible Shrinking Comic

Comics on your Mobile. Ann Kelly, Take Note.

London Underground - Tube maps

London Underground - Tube maps are a bit of an obsession (well, along with 50% of other London based bloggers, it seems.

So the little flash animation on the LT site that morphs between the 33 map, the current map, and the geographical reality ROCKS.

Monday, July 19, 2004



Aha! A track listing!

Funny, I was sure that was Winnifred Atwell, not Russ Conway...

Chemical Warfare

This is your army on Drugs.

Rather fantastic footage of tests into LSD - looks like the late 40s to me.


Friday, July 16, 2004

Vintage electrical

Vintage electrical - found this via Lee's blogroll.

That? That's my mum's hairdryer, that is.

I wonder wha it's worth on ebay?

I think I may take up collecting vintage electrical stuff, too.

Ducking and Jiving

A rather super trip to see Lemon Jelly live at Sommerset house last night. The usual Jelly fun - Play your Cards Right, and a free CD to take home.

The leaping about at the gig was puncutated by a text conversation with Sarah at home, which I've decided to preserve...

S: Custard is not an explosive

K: No. But custard POWDER is

S: What did we do wrong? Yucky burnt custard smell.

K: Try blowing it across a naked flame

S: Kaboom.

K: I'm going to be the first person to lose a fiance in a hideous custard related accident

S: Wahahaha...


S: Bwh-ha-haa! Pyrocustard!

K: Um, where's the cat?

S: Buy cat wig.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Comments from strangers

Comments from strangers on this here blog are a new thing for me. The first one I got was more than a tad trollish, and probably part of a general effort to increace someone's standing in the Nigritude Ultramarine SEO challenge. But I'm going to answer it anyway.

It's not that I dislike SEO. I do a lot of SEO work with metadata as a routine part of my job. However, I do it as a public service to help people, not to sell anything.

What I dislike are SEO _Companies_ - the kind of people who charge money for doing things that any good web designer should have done for them in the first place, and pollute search engines with pointless results.

I'm a big beleiver in the semantic web, and best practice for metadata. I don't think it does anyone any favours to click through on a result and be taken to a page that is essentially garbage - having your brand or service associated with that kind of activity is ultimately going to damage public perception of that brand.

So, what I dislike is companies charging innocent souls money to perform a service that will ulimately harm their business model, and the polity of the web.

Spam-related SEO techniques just aren't cricket.

The other comment is a lovely passing comment about my NPR post; from someone who knows their onions. I wonder how on earth the nice chap found me?

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Good labels make life better.

Interesting from a usability point of view - and worth thinking about when you're implimenting rich media searches?

This 404 page from the US NPR website has a lovely contextual search - not only allowing you to enter keywords, but search by date and by programme. The thing that seems really usable is the way they've entered text in the search boxes that explains the functions of each in very natural language.