Monday, July 31, 2006

Mmm... girls are pretty and not like men and some of them blog, which is cool

Scripting News: 7/31/2006

Oh, good lord.

Dave Winer went to BlogHer, and thought it was full of hott Chixxor.

I'm speechless.

Friday, July 21, 2006

YouTube - Roy Smeck - Tiger Rag



OK, so yesterday's YouTube post (which I'm off to delete shortly) was part of a demo of t3h aw3some powaaar of teh internets to some people at work. They wanted the human beatbox.

How I wish I'd known about this fantastic Ukulele playing instead. The blowing over the soundhole is particular genius.

Last summer I bought myself a ukulele, intending to pick it up again - I could play the basics when I was eight or nine years old. But, alas, I discover that like the guitar, bending my fingers around the fretboard brings on my RSI something terrible, and after five minutes I'm in pain that lasts for a day or two. I wish I'd known that using an orbital sander so intensely one summer more than ten years ago was going to permanently affect my life.

Let this be a salutory lesson to you all.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Windows Live Local

Windows Live Local

A pretty remarkably good satellite shot, this.

You can actually see my kitchen window. Blimey.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Existentialist Spam

Comment spam to blogs is approaching crazy scales. I have a good few friends who are despairing of their MoveableType installs; having to spend hours daily strimming out crude adverts for get rich quick or pharmaceutical schemes.

Any open system is eventually going to get gamed, sadly; and the web's free-for-all nature makes it especially prone to exploitation.

It's not all bad though. The comment spam on
Kevin Wen's blog has reached a Beckett like nadir of lonliness - a thousand spambots telling the world that they did nothing, and their lives are empty.

Imagine a web made up of automated scripts, singing their boredom to each other quietly in the dark of thousand server farms. Poetic, n'est-ce-pas?

Monday, July 10, 2006

Doug Engelbart 1968 Demo

Doug Engelbart 1968 Demo

A placeholder post, reminding me to watch and talk about this.

What an extraordinary piece of history.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

London Bikeathon - Simon's Supporters!

London Bikeathon - Simon's Supporters!

This is a worthy cause. Some work friends are taking part in a very, very long bikeride to raise money for Leukaemia research. Why? One of our work colleagues is currently undergoing treatment for Leukaemia.

If anyone out there is feeling generous, a few quid would really help.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Reccomended Reading

Amazon.co.uk: Listmania! - View List "New Media, Games and the Web"

So, I was searching for a book to reccomend it to a colleague. And I though, hmn, I wonder if that List will give me any helpful suggestions for alternative titles. And I scanned down it going 'Yep, read it, read it, read it, read it... yes, got, read... How odd, this is a weird coincidence, this many similar titles...'

And only at the foot of the page did I realise it was a list I'd made.