So, I like geo locating my photos, and now I've found Yuan.CC Maps that shows them all on a map at the same time, or at least whichever you choose to have. Brilliant !
I use del.icio.us/cight a little. I thought I'd just back up my list of links here, handy I thought. I'm going to try to sort a way I can add a recent cool links to this blog without having to do a whole new entry each time I find something cool. I wondering maybe a separate links blog would be good that publishes its simple output here.
Ever looked in your cupboards saw a range of things but had no inspiration of what to eat? I know I have. And then even if you do dare pick up a cookery book you end up not having this and that. This site goes at it the other way, tell it what you've got and it will give you loads of great ideas og what you can make. Some classics to be had, "Bacon Surprise, Bacon Surprise", the surprise, its just bacon, add sauce and break to taste... no complaints here...
Gazotto lists and comments on gadgetty crap and trends and the like. I thought it was vaguely interesting in the same way a stuff magazine and T3 (the latter being far better than the former imho).
Foound this the other day, faily well filtered interesting news, of the failry techie variety, Shoutwire.com » Internet News for the Masses. Its al about people volunterring news stories they've seen, probably similar idea to the popular/new thread on delicious
BBC NEWS - A380 takes off for maiden flight. Just watched the live stream of this with Benjamin, he said it was a turtle, but I told him it wasn't. So it went along the runway what seemed like very slowly after a good long wait. So I was half thinking, oh will it make it, but it did. It was quite dull after all, you couldn't really tell the scale, so it was just a plane taking off, tootling off into the distance and turning a bit then the stream ended. Oh well that's history for you I guess.
Just bought a summerhouse for the garden.
After procrastinating for 6-8 months finally got round to it and bought it. So it should arrive in a couple of weeks, not sure what colour it is going to be yet, but we think a (mildy) reddy mid to dark brown. Should be good, if the instructions I've read are correct then it fits together with interlocking panels one at a time, just like the 'Fort Dallas' I had as a kid growning up :-)
So, we'll put it up and then we can have a BBQ and summer-house warming party, yay !!
well I'll give it a try and see how it goes.
Its them pictures where they are like loads of dots and stuff, and you stare at them and then a picture, like, arrives in your head - Stereogram Page.
This one is very cool, almost makes you wonder if there would be a way to invoke mind control by having a certain picture.
For fun why not change your monitor to 60Hz and really screw your eyes up.
(that was a joke, its bad enough staring at the monitor at 85Hz)
roses are #FF0000
violets are #0000FF
all my base
are belong to you
Just when I thought of giving up on trackbacks, (mostly because I can't seem to trackback to others due to a flaw with my hosting):
Cue Janine Melnitz (the secretary) in Ghostbusters - "We got one", whoop! whoop! (fire alarm).
So I finally have people reading my benign drivel. well I may as well leave trackbacks on for now, unless of course I start getting this trackback spam
Ok so yesterday I blogged about ebuyer, today I found they have a cool feature I've not spotted anywhere else before. I'd found something else I wanted to buy and I'd then found it at ebuyer, so, as I have before, I thought well the order isn't fully processed or dispatched yet, I'll go and cancel it and start again, adding this other item. So I get to the oder screen and notice an 'add item' tab along the top. So now I've added another item to my order which will still turn up when it was going to in the first place, and I don't have to cancel my order and remember everything to re-add or pay extra postage for the new item.
Just found out the term for losing your job for writing contravercial things in a blog 'dooced'.
But my online monika comes out quite well from this : Cight - Very good, awsome, tight, sweet, cool. - as in - That was really cight when the panda blew up the town with a nuclear bomb and then conquered the world.
Of couse pronunciation is anyone's guess.
Wow, that's some job they've done there... buffyology : searchable Buffy cast, crew and episode database. Nice counterpart to the fact that my girlfriend has every episode on video (and angle, oh except maybe the last series of both). Yay !!
(orininally from interconnected)
Just notice our facilities management provide Speyside Glenlivet - Natural Mineral Water for meetings now. I think I'll be taking some home to accompany my Whisky collection. I don't often have water in malt (and NEVER anything else), but on occassion... and this seems just right.
So, you want something for nothing? Well this is a good start, an agregator of links to competition sites sorted by when they end, comps-online. Thanks to the lovely people at mozilla (and opera I'm told) you can use tabbed browsing with it too, so you can open all the comps from a day and then go though and do them all, well that's what I do anyways.
There is a offline version too if you feel inclined to go though and write out loads of postcards. And it all comes from the comps.org database, which you can help to fill using this bookmarklet Add Comp (instruction on how to use bookmarklet).
Its pretty easy, you find a competition page and hit the bookmarklet, it then opens you a pop-up where you can fill in information about the competition, and quite importantly, the closing date of the comp. And if you're already doing the competitions then it won't take but a few seconds longer.
Really brilliant medally version of "(somewhere) over the rainbow" and "wonderful world" - mp3 linked from some german blog.
You may have heard of it in a few films or also (allegedly) in ER Season 8, Episode Title: On the Beach.
Anyway its a great track, makes you feel kinda happy, pity the chap that did it dies a few years ago.
Looks like there is a good package of goodies and freebies in the ApacheCon attendees pack - blogged in Ted Leung on the air : Hackathon or Packathon
I'll be detailing the pack once I get one, but it looks from the above like you get a nice bag with it, which is good, cos all I have just now is a Siemens bag, which has political implications as part of the BBC (bbc technology) was just sold off to them. I really hope its an apache bag, something I can carry with open-source pride, rather than just some other 3rd party commercial
being made by fraunhoffer (mp3 codec writers?)
Following doc in german Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Mediendienst 11-2004-Thema6 But you can try google translate
...output in the extended entry...
Beamer for the vest pocket
A projector in the pocket size is in range: In it a mobile micro mirror develops the picture line for line. In laboratory prototypes researchers could increase its frequency of oscillation and dissolution so far that diagrams and texts appear clearly readable.
Not much more largely than a piece wuerfelzucker could be the Beamer of the future. Built into Handys would always participate the mini projector - approximately for a PowerPoint presentation in the small circle or the fast view into an on-line journal. In strange cities it could facilitate orientation, by projecting simply a city plan to the next house wall. Still is this future music. Researchers of the institute for Fraunhofer for silicon technology ISIT in Itzehoe however already built a demonstrator for such a tiny equipment. It projects texts and diagrams with a dissolution of 320 x 240 pixels. Heart is a mobile mirror with a diameter of 1,5 millimeters, which can be manufactured as mass product on a chip. It directs a laser beam by speedy changing of its tilting angle, and develops so the picture pixel for pixels.
"the special at the mirror is its suspension", stresses Ulrich Hofmann. "by a special attachment at two torsion bars the mirror can be tilted around two axles. Thus it can divert a laser beam horizontal and vertically." After each deflection the feathers/springs withdraw the mirror so fast into its initial position that it can be tilted several thousands times per second. Suitably the high mobility the researchers accelerated electronics. It decides within the range of nanoseconds, how it must modulate the laser light, so that each pixel in the correct brightness appears. In order to avoid errors in the projection, a second laser serves as control. It radiates likewise on the mobile mirror; the reflected light meets however a photodiode, which locates, as the mirror tilted. "the mirror changes its position for example by vibrations inadvertently, notices control this", explains Hofmann. "electronics can react then flexibly to it and adapt the picture information accordingly." The system is thereby to a large extent insensitively in relation to disturbances from the outside.
Still the demonstrator fits into no mobile telephone. "for the test we had not made, say electronics smaller yet to a minimum" Hofmann. That is however one of the next goals of the researchers, who in addition the frequency of the mirror movement and so the dissolution would like to increase. Also in other place it hooks still: As tiny source of light with sufficient life span and leuchtstaerke there are so far only red laser diodes. Within this range the researchers wait now for developments of their colleagues. They however already prepared their system for the multi-color enterprise.
So Firefox 1.0 is released. Well its good. And it works to standards, by why has the Default skin got to look like IE6 :-(
I mean I think I know why, its so the funkyness won't alienate newbies or those people who can only really handle MS products; but some of the good features could have been a bit more obvious. I take for example one conversation I had with one of the programmers I had here. "It looks like IE, IE works on the sites I read, why would I change"
At least with mozilla they include the modern skin and you don't need to go though a, frankly, silightly alienating theme picking process. (alienating for newbies that is, but not entirely easy for those who aren't )
Yes Yes, I know I'm a day late, but I aint "fan-boy-ing" I'm commenting on issues post release.
So we had a Halloween party which was great fun, lots of novelty food, drink, ballons, pumpkins, bobbing for apples and playing with fire. Oh and everyone singing along to the sound of music, shrug.
The Halloween Party pictures.
So after about the 5th attempt, and 4th complete redraft, I finally submitted my talk to the planners of ApacheCon TU17 - Migrating the BBC website to Apache 2, and have a speaker logo on the cight.com homepage for now anyways.
So I've had a practice session or two and I've got a month left for some more of the same. People wanted me to change a few bits, but nothing much... So I'm pretty happy with how it looks now. The big issue is not knowing the audience that is going to turn up. Last year when I went I was surprised by some of the basic questions that were asked, as in they were very basic. But with is being the only migration talk, I think, I reckon some of the apache authors may turn up to see what is said about their baby, so I'd better be careful where I tread.
Yay, its the old BBC kids progs title music, Battle of the Planets (yay, its 7-zark-7), Bagpuss (ahh... Bagpuss), Box of Delights (Ding, diddle, ling, ding, ding ding, ding), Roobarb and Custard (episodes).
... ahh them were the days with proper TV.
Yee olde pirates is back from the days of the Amiga, and by the looks of it, it will be brilliant !! Sid Meier's Pirates! . Out 17th November.
That's right, Sid Meier, the bloke who made the civ games, railroad tycoon, etc etc...
So what's Pirates like, well, its a bit adventure game with find the treasure, etc, a bit "elite" with buying and selling and the occasional plunder (well quite a lot of that actually), and a bit street fighter in the sword fighting sections - defend, defend, attack, up-left. And the sailing and attack bits of the game look cool as ever. I remember the days of - "quick follow him", "no he's in a barque and we've got a galleon with sail dammage, we'll never catch him" or "shoot, shoot him some more, whoops, that's too much, his power kegs have gone and he's sank will all the booty".
We went to Lincoln's Inn Fields near work, where they wer giving away free icecream, unfortunately it was strawberry cheesecake so was a bit sickly to go back for seconds, and they only had the one flavour, which wasn't cherry garcia, but oh well, it was nice all the same: