Weblog entries for November 2004

Sushi eating HOWTO
How to eat sushi. Perhaps I shouldn't have read this before lunchtime: I am extremely hungry now. Anyone know a good sushi restaurant nearby?

A news web site from the people behind Wikipedia.

Good sleep, good learning, good life
An appropriate link for me to post last thing at night.

12-sided calendar
Print and assemble your own calendar on a dodecahedron.

Do It Now
Excellent article on time management.

Turkmen leader orders ice palace
George Bush is possibly not the world's craziest leader. “President Niyazov of Turkmenistan has ordered the construction of a palace made of ice in the heart of his desert country, one of the hottest on earth.”

Fish highway
Like a habitrail but for fish.

Tokyo sewer system photos
I bet London's sewer system doesn't look quite this cool.

Vintage Walkman Museum
“In 1979 Sony warned, ‘Remember the name: Walkman.’ How could we forget?”

They did it their way
Countdown of the top 50 cover versions of all time. I'm constructing a to-buy list as you read this.

View ads, get your computer broken into
If you were using even a slightly out-of-date copy of IE and browsing The Register on Saturday, you've probably been hacked. Simple as that. Do you need any more reasons to use Firefox?

Apple Store grand opening
Photos from Saturday morning. I can't see anyone I recognise and I'm very disappointed in you all.


That's a new one

A gas bill arrived this morning, addressed to Mr W Wetternes. That's a spelling I haven't seen before.

British Gas, you are a bunch of useless fools.

How not to pull a car out of the water
A visual guide.


Improve your company's web site

An open letter to all companies who want better results from their web site. Originally written as an email to one of my clients as a critique of their web site, I republish it here for your benefit.

Continue reading… (1049 words)

Sotheby's auctioning world's largest bottle of wine
It holds the equivalent of 173 standard bottles &mdash 1200 glasses of wine!

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts
If, like me, you have ever thought that cmd-shift-3 is a stupidly obscure key combination for Print Screen, this exhaustive list may be of some assistance.

Inside Apple's new Regent Street store
The first photos of the interior. It opens on Saturday at 10am, folks: start queueing now! Next time I'm up in London I'm definitely going to gawk.

GrApple — Mac themes for Firefox
I like the default Firefox theme, but these take it up a notch.

Ruler bookmarklet
Best bookmarklet ever.

Thinking like a genius
You don't have to have an Einstein-like haircut to think cleverly.

Brushed metal iPod
Yes, you read that right. No, I wouldn't be brave enough to do this. It does look cool though.

Creative procrastination
I'm doing number seven right now. Well, I will in a minute.

The Grey Video
The video to DJ Danger Mouse's “The Grey Album”, mashed up from The Beatles' “The White Album” and Jay-Z's “The Black Album”.

Books organised by colour
Further to last week's post about the San Francisco bookshop organising its books by colour, here are some photos.

Unguarded Moments
Photographs of President Ronald Reagan. There are some great pictures in here. My favourite is the one Michael Jackson is in.

Smoking ban proposed for England
Hear hear.


English is not everyone's first language

It's common knowledge that many companies are moving their call centres abroad, often to India. But how can you tell whether you're talking to someone in this country or not when you call?

Continue reading… (122 words)

The best paper aeroplane in the world
While I'm on the subject of paper folding techniques…

Dragon optical illusion
This little dragon appears to be looking at you. But if you rotate his body his head appears to turn away. Watch the video, it's spooky and amazing.

Hektor — Graffiti Output Device
Two electric motors, a spray-can holder, toothed belts and two cables, controlled by a laptop. The motors, mounted on the wall, make the spray-can follow vector graphic paths to enable it to spray them onto the wall.

Eccentric rich man is trying to collect an MP3 of every song ever recorded
Just don't ask him to share.

Be on a show
The BBC are looking for people to participate in upcoming shows. Embarrass yourself in front of an audience of millions!


In Flanders fields

By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

One San Francisco bookshop is to reclassify its books by colour
It will happen overnight. Then a week later they'll put them all back where they were.

Fast Forward 2005
A list of 101 emerging ideas that may affect the way we work and live in 2005.

Scottish smoking ban to go ahead
Smoking is to be banned in enclosed public places in Scotland. How long until it happens in England?

No more socks
The New Scientist Christmas gift guide. ‘Only’ 44 days to go!

P.S. I'll find my frog
The Internet is full of odd people. Won't somebody please find this guy's frog?

General Grievous
First look at the new baddie in Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith.

Very good quality desktop images.

Firefox is out
It's free, it's fast, it's a whole load of other things beginning with F. Do yourself a favour and get Firefox now.

All I want for Christmas…
…is a nice cup of tea and a sit down. Come to think of it, it'd be pretty nice to have every day.

Group as User
Excellent article by Clay Shirky on the design of social software.

An hourly snapshot of 100 words and pictures from current news stories.

Mr. T and Me
I ain't clicking on no link, fool.

Firefox is coming
From Tuesday, you will have no excuse for using Internet Explorer. I'll remind you again then!

Panther maintenance tips
Yes yes, Mac OS X is extremely stable. But here's how you can keep your Mac in tip-top condition.

Cars trailer
The next Pixar film after The Incredibles. I don't think I can wait a whole year!

Balloon Manor
A haunted house made out of balloons.

Hello Kitty online multiplayer game
It's somewhere between amazingly and sickeningly cute.

The Economist on the music industry
Reliance on one-hit wonders is crippling the industry.


Bush wins

The United States has re-elected George W. Bush as President. One of the major reasons for voting for him will have been that they think he is better suited to winning the ‘war on terror’. Unfortunately, by invading Iraq he has done more to encourage recruits to al-Qaeda et al than they could ever do by themselves.

Conclusive proof that a sizeable number of Americans still don't know the meaning of the word ‘irony’. Here's to another four years. I'd laugh if it wasn't so awful.

In his victory speech, he said, “With good allies at our side, we will fight this war on terror with every resource of our national power so our children can live in freedom and in peace.”

Or, to put it another way, “war is peace.” The nightmares are powerful indeed.

Zen stories to tell your neighbours
You may see something surprising.

Desktop show and tell
Photos tagged with ‘desktopshowandtell’ at Flickr.

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