Archive for March, 2005

Not really here

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

…but had to post a quick link from Ebay before it disappears: 10 assorted lures and a novel way of displaying them.

Going to the Blogs?

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Thursday night’s Analysis (31 March 2005) focuses on blogging and politics:

In last year’s American election the internet became one of the key political battlefields. Thousands of individuals took to their computers to discuss the issues on their own Internet web pages, or blogs as they are known. Suddenly the agenda was being set not just by the politicians and the spin machines, or the mainstream media and the press barons, but by anyone with a computer and an opinion.

But this is not just an American phenomenon. There are hundreds of bloggers in Britain already writing and researching their own web pages. According to former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, they will become “a force in Britain, and it could ignite many new forces of conservatism.” Some have even suggested that the Internet and bloggers will change the nature of political debate, journalism and even democracy forever.

With an election expected in May, Kenan Malik explores the world of Blogs and analyses whether they could really change our democracy.

It’ll be broadcast live at 20:30 BST then available on the Listen Again page for 7 days.

Spotted while checking that link: Christopher Eccleston has quit as Doctor Who after just one episode of the new series has been screened.

Another book meme

Monday, March 28th, 2005

More passing the buck baton – a meme from SB on books (scroll down to see her choices).

You’re stuck inside Fahr enheit 451, which book do you want to be?
I’ve not yet read Fahrenheit 451 but SB (helpfullly) writes that folks in this story memorized books to save them (to save the books) from the fire; they became the book they memorized.

Hmm. First thought was Pollyanna but to be honest, I think being or having a full time Pollyanna in your life would be bloody infuriating, much as the world might need one right now. So I’ll go for Jane Eyre. Even though the first part of her life is no picnic, once the nasty business is over and done with I imagine that she and Rochester would live a very happy and contented life.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
A crush? No. But I’d adopt Donald Zinkoff in a heartbeat.

The last book you bought is:
A Sweet Obscurity, Patrick Gale. Our local Ottakers bookstore is selling them at 99p as a “taster” to his other work. The theory is that you buy this one cheaply and come storming back for everything else he’s written. Sounds like a good plan. Will let you know.

The last book you read:
House with a Past, John Courage. Sadly out of print now and I treasure my copy (ex library stock). To be honest, it’s not that well written (too many exclamation marks! and the ending is crammed into two pages where the villians recap their evil deeds to the victims before killing them, as if the reader hasn’t guessed it all by now) so I can’t quite explain my attachment to it. Maybe because it reminds me a little of something Nevil Shute might have written, or perhaps because it was one of the first grown-up, hardback books I ever bought second hand.

What are you currently reading?
Cascading Style Sheets: The Designer’s Edge, Molly E. Holzschlag . Brilliant. Except for the title. I’m sure designers can learn css from it too but it’s extremely well written and suitable for the non designers among us. I wonder if the title puts people off?

Five books you would take to a deserted island:
I read fiction very quickly so the list would have to be books I know I love and can reread at the drop of a hat.
House with a Past, John Courage (out of print)
A Clergyman’s Daughter, George Orwell
[something] by Bill Bryson
Book 4 to be added
Book 5 to be added

Who are you going to pass this stick to and why?
Anyone who hasn’t yet completed it? But especiallly Huwge (when he’s back), Nancy (because we’ve been having an email exchange recently, exclaiming at the similarities in our personalities so I’m keen to hear her selection), Leah [for obvious reasons], Mary, Donna, Neil and lovely Briggy because they’ll all have great answers.

But feel free to join in!

Happy Easter

Sunday, March 27th, 2005

Small yellow chick

AskJesus.org is for sale. What would you do with the site if you bought the domain?

Oh no! I’ve spilt coffee over everything! Go destroy your favourite (and not so favourite) sites at Net Disaster.

There’s a tribute band. To Max Boyce. I was a big Max Boyce fan growing up, saw him in concert on my 15th birthday and treasured an autographed photo for many years. Disillusion set in one night when I watched a televised concert (from Australia I think?) in which he was coarse and unfunny.

Via Pixeldiva, a (beautifully designed) blog showcasing great blog design by Marco van Hylckama Vlieg.

Javascript for scared people

Note for the day: Never, ever move to Switzerland.

Joke for the day:

King Arthur is unemployed and goes to Job Centre. The chap there says “It’s funny you’ve just walked in – we’ve had something come up. Some jousting which might be right up your alley. A one-off job.”

King Arthur: ‘Freelance?’

Job Centre: ‘No, you have to provide your own…’

Boom, boom.

Picture of stool that looks like a giant keyboard key

This oversized key stool from Great Big Stuff [thanks to bleu blanc blog] will appeal to some of you. Personally I’d love one of these big cup and saucer sets and I wouldn’t waste it using as a fruit bowl either, slurp!

Does anyone know

Saturday, March 26th, 2005

the music used in HP Photosmart adverts currently being shown on UK tv?

Solved – thanks to Elisabeth. It’s Picture Book by the Kinks. You can hear a snippet of the song at Amazon.com or have a look at the excellent Commercial Breaks and Beats.

Blog charades #1

Friday, March 25th, 2005

As promised, here’s the first charade:

Category: Movie

Number of words: 3

Other things: Entire concept

Click on the graphic to see the picture clue : Charades01

Update: The winner is Daisy-Winifred at Animated Stardust. She guessed the answer to be Truly Madly Deeply and hopefully will be writing the next blog charade post.

Blog charades

Friday, March 25th, 2005

For the Easter holiday weekend how about we start a game of charades?

The rules for conventional Charades are here but since we’re not all on the same continent, let alone in the same room, let’s amend them slightly.

  1. The first person to guess the answer in the comments below gets to create the next post.
  2. You don’t have to draw your entry, you can paste images, photos, etc.
  3. Use the crayon.gif above to introduce your post and one of the icons below to indicate category.
  4. Ah, if you can’t post pictures to your blog, ignore the previous rule :-) or feel free to h0tlink from here.
  5. If you don’t have a blog or are currently a “blogger without portfolio” but would still like to take part, feel free to comment and I’ll post your entry here.
  6. Suggestions for amendments happily accepted.

Book : Book title

Movie : Movie title

Play : Play title

Song : Song title

Tv : TV show

Quote : Quote or Phrase

I’ve taken the liberty of creating the first one (next post) because given my natural drawing ability (i.e. slightly better than a two year old but not by much), frankly it can only get better.

[Thanks to Icon Archive for most of the icons and Mandarin for the quote gif.]

Geek post

Friday, March 25th, 2005

This is such a good idea – transparent screens [via Adrian]

How to avoid broken images if Gravar is down

A look at how the Neuland and Lithos fonts came to signify Africans and African-Americans [via Social Design Notes – many more interesting links in the typography section, such as Peter Hall’s The Typography of News]

Early next year Microsoft will be releasing six new fonts “created especially for extended on-screen reading”

Still on fonts, have a look at Good Fonts – essential fonts for designers. With 300 to choose from, your only dilemna will be which to choose. Now what can I use vinegar for?

Yahoo! has a separate search engine for content licensed under the Creative Commons license [via Neil]

I haven’t had a chance to have a proper look at Russell Brown’s photoshop tutorials but they look good

And I’ll sneak in a non tech gem: a shaggy dog tale from Billy.

Easter bunnies

Thursday, March 24th, 2005


I had a couple of links to post, then realised that for many children it’s the Easter holiday so it’s turned into a fully blown Easter fest.

First up is the Easter Bunny rap.

Make your own Easter greeting cards (like the one above) with Letter James.

Then there’s a lovely little game called Hatch and Match – as the name implies, you hatch the eggs and match them up. Or how about colouring an easter egg? More Easter themed games here.

Jeff Buckley documentary

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Fans might like to listen to a two part documentary, Mystery White Boy, on BBC 6 this Wednesday and Thursday (23/24 March 2005)

Buckley surfaced in the early 1990s, having honed his unique vocal style, mesmerising chord structures and writing skills in New York’s avant garde club scene. His debut album Grace became cult listening. Amongst Buckley’s own compositions the album also featured work by Benjamin Britten (Corpus Christi Carol) Leonard Cohen (Hallelujah) and James Shelton’s Lilac Wine.

But prior to the recording of the album My Sweetheart the Drunk, which was to be produced by Andy Wallace, Buckley was found dead in the Mississippi River, at the foot of Beale Street – the heart of the music district of Memphis.

You’ll be able to listen live online, via digital radio or listen again.

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