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Two things

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

FontBrowser 2.0 is a nifty little online tool that tells you at a glance what fonts you have installed on your system (PC and Mac).

News just in that His Holiness the Pope has made his first decision since the election. Expect controversy to follow.

About to go to bed

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

…yes I know, it’s a long time since I retired before midnight but had to point you in the direction of this post from Mary. You might have seen the advert before but Mary’s intro is genius.

Also in the radar, the new Aardvark extension for Firefox. Even if you have Chris Pederick’s Web Developer installed, you might like to add this on because (at first glance, I’ll have a proper look this week) it looks as if you can point to the source code behind a specified section rather than searching for it in what is sometimes an offputtingly long chunk of code. At least to us noobies.

I also installed ColorZilla last week, haven’t had a chance to use it properly but basically it’s an eyedropper tool that sits in the bottom of your browser window ready to tell you – hang on, they say it better:

With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program. You can Zoom the page you are viewing and measure distances between any two points on the page. The built-in palette browser allows choosing colors from pre-defined color sets and saving the most used colors in custom palettes.

Glasgow folks and visitors fond of a good fryup might want to bookmark this post on Cafe D’Jaconelli while those interested in photography will want to bookmark this new blog, A moment’s notice: streetphotography and beyond. Not too many photos there yet (just started this month) but I do like this picture of a junkyard.

Okey dokey, I’m taking these tired, car-bootified bones off to bed. G’night.

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!

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.


Monday, March 21st, 2005

I got to thinking about my old school today and a very timely link from Pewari meant that I could search for an archive photo of my own school. A US publishing company has collated thousands of high school year book photographs, along with pictures of school buildings into a huge searchable database. This past year they’ve extended the database to include Europe and other parts of the world (they even have Wales and Scotland listed as separate countries Tiny Heart).

It’s intended to be a paid for service but while it’s in beta you can search for free at World School Photographs.


Friday, March 18th, 2005


I’ve been trying EverNote 1.0 Beta for a couple of days and so far I’m impressed:

EverNote makes it easy to store and quickly access all your notes — handwritten memos, web page excerpts, emails, phone messages, addresses, passwords, brainstorms, sketches, documents and more — on an endless, digital roll or paper.

Windows only I’m afraid. It’s a great tool for the link bloggers among us, have a look at the features. There are Firefox Web Clipper and Thunderbird extensions too but I’ve not tried them yet, too tired.

I keep it open on this machine throughout the evening, throwing in notes, ideas, links, etc. as I go along, knowing that it’s automatically saving at regular intervals. How does it compare to Microsoft’s OneNote? [I use that on the other machine.] The jury’s still out but once I have a chance to explore all the features and extensions this weekend I’ll keep you posted. I’ll also install it on the machine upstairs so that I can test the Ink note feature. I know that this is aimed at Tablet PC users but I’ve found using a Wacom tablet & pen with OneNote very handy for quick notes (especially when on the ‘phone and not able to type something quickly with one hand).

The biggest difference of course is that it’s currently free. OneNote retails at around £70 / $87.99 but you can pick up (legal) used copies for much less through the Amazon market place and so on (I paid around £15 for mine).

Anyway, more later when I’ve had the chance to explore.

I’d be interested to hear what tools you guys use and recommend – not just for blogging. Those that are free are especially interesting!

Weekend entertainment

Friday, March 18th, 2005

Those of you who won’t be watching the rugby all day tomorrow might need some alternative distractions (and besides I’ve a shedload of links to cross out on my list) so:

Can you persuade Sanjeev to give you five cans of Pringles? Hint: you can pose questions and ask him to do things using key words. All great fun. If you’re stuck, let me know.

The greatest show on earth but I got bored with Holly after a few minutes. Or maybe it’s just late and I’m tired [via].

Enter a short word in AmazType [such as Wales or Daisy] to search Amazon for book/cd/dvd titles and get a purty picture [via Katherine].

And finally, I’ve just downloaded eLibPro [via Andrea] in the vain hope of cataloguing my books at some stage. Don’t watch this space.

Pot luck

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

The headache that since Saturday has been in various states ranging from nagging in the background to full blown migraine has finally disappeared -huzzah!- so I’m celebrating with another early night.

In the meantime:

GoogleFight, plenty of good fun to be had.

Or you could create your name in hieroglyphics [via Morgaine]

Oh Manly, wherefore art thou. Again.

The Welsh-Hindi (Windi? Helsh?) link.

Why tables for layout is stupid

A new site all about the Mac Mini for Razor and Adrian.

Autostitch“the world’s first fully automatic 2D image stitcher. Capable of stitching full view panoramas without any user input whatsoever.”

I’m off to think about Amber‘s new meme: Name 3 things you have seen in a move or on TV that you would like to try yourself.

Night night.

Westiv CSS editor and the Man in Blue

Saturday, March 5th, 2005

Westiv have just released Version 4 of StyleMaster CSS Editor.

Bundled in with the software are 30-odd templates (all adhering to web standards), many of which are especially suitable for customising blog templates for Movable Type, TypePad, WordPress and Blogger.

You can download a 30 day trial; a single user licence is $59.99 (c. £31 or € 45). Westciv also has a very good online css tutorial.

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I’ve just discovered The Man in Blue’s Technicolor Experiment. Where do I start? Not only can you play with colours until you have the colour scheme you want, you can then hit a button and it displays (“auto-paints”) that colour scheme on a 2 column+background layout to the right and you can then generate the css of that colour scheme and copy it into the editor of your choice. Delicious.

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