October 19, 2004

I really like these simple montages, created by David Hilliard, with just two or three shots taken from slightly different perspectives.

October 18, 2004

Mini GI

Yup. Another picture of my nephew. Not news, but how could I resist?

October 17, 2004

Post swim nap

Gus. Knackered after his first swim.

October 15, 2004

Here's a tool that attempts to help you put yourself on a matrix, politically, between that "left" and the "right" and "Authority" vs "Liberty".
Brad's head

October 11, 2004

The mother of all T-Shirt sites. "Threadless is an online, ongoing tee shirt design competition. Threadless receives over 200 tee shirt design submissions per week of which 4-6 of the highest scoring designs are printed and made available for purchase on our website each month. This system guarantees public interest in all of our product and has resulted in the discovery of some very amazing work over the years."
Katamari for PS2: roll over stuff and get big - This game looks unusual and visually cool. Do you actually ever "win" if the goal is just to roll around and pick stuff up like a big ball of gum? Maybe there is no winning. Although there is a 2 player version.

October 10, 2004

Just last week (although it feels like a month ago) Shannon and I were in Athens. She had a team meeting there, and I joined her for a few days of work and fun.

October 09, 2004

A highly amusing online catalogue:
G.W. & Crew - Flip Flop
Redmond town center

View from my hotel window. A shopping experience at my feet.


I just love how chubby this plane is. It has Japanese cartoon personality.

October 08, 2004

"The Alter Ego exhibition in London juxtaposes a person's real life image with the virtual character s/he chooses to adopt in online games and 3D worlds."
Thought this mix of aerial and cartographic maps is pretty stunning.

October 06, 2004

Upgrade your Pigeon. "In 1903, Dr. Julius Neubronner patented a miniature pigeon camera activated by a timing mechanism."
A pogo stick that can jump more then 5 feet.

October 05, 2004

Leg waxing for men
I've never seen this done at all, let alone on a man. Or with an audience. The pain goes without saying. It seems to leave very neat strips, like a newly mown garden.

October 04, 2004

Lat picture of Greece

The last one. I promise. Especially as I've not been there for over 24 hours. Hotel at sunset. There. I'm done. With Greece. Not with posting annoying little photos from my cameraphone.

October 02, 2004

Some great photos of Wednesday's successful flight by SpaceShipOne . It's going out on Monday for the second flight of the two it needs to take to win the Ansari X prize. This is really feel-good, "right stuff" science.

October 01, 2004


Enjoying Meze and cooling off after visiting the Acropolis.


September 29, 2004

The sad thing is that I want one of these. I suspect they work pretty badly, but after trying out (and liking) a dance mat, I like the idea of taking that one step further and using an exercise machine to kill the denizens of Doom. I'm not sure it would work as well with stealth-like FPS' though...
This is pretty insane. The Chinese have a magnetically levitated train that hits 268 mph. Apparently, if we had one in Europe we could do London to Paris in an hour. Instead, we have the Virgin high speed train that does, gasp, 140mph and was crippled on its first day by...a faulty wheel.

This hotel is pretty stunning for the price! I've already managed to steal the network cable from the web tv system, so should be no problem getting some work done. Looking forward to a swim later on though...

September 28, 2004

Having all my CDs backed up and digital has seriously changed the way in which I consume music. I can listen to it anywhere, and through any convoluted playlist of songs across my whole music collection that I can imagine.

Next step for me is definitely to do the same thing with my DVDs. I'm fed up with having to sit on the floor at the top of our stairs where the DVD shelf is, trying to remember what we own and then figure out where it is. I want the same flexibility and ease of choice with my movies that I now have with my music.

This article is a step in the right direction in terms of giving me the basics.

This is just a reminder for me to read this PDF on simple and painless ways of saving energy at home.
I don't know why, but this conversion of a Boeing 727 into a 50 seat limousine is so stupid it must be nothing short of genius.

September 27, 2004

Shannon and I attended 100% Design, which was part of this years London Design Festival. We last went to this interior design show about 4 or 5 years ago, and it's unfortunately evolved from being about 80% small craft-ish businesses and 20% large companies to the opposite. A lot of big, impressive stands, and more emphasis on the "trade" of interior design.

Here are some highlights, though:
- A light that is designed to be mounted in a book shelf.

- Paint-by-numbers wallpaper.
- I'm a sucker for all things cubic, like this furniture.
- Thought this network-like wallpaper was also cool.

- This range of products from the MySpots design team based in Taiwan is cool, especially the USB wristband.
- David Mellor's stuff still looks cool.

- You can't really resist these tupperware-looking ceramic containers.
- This furniture that is also low-key fitness equipment was very cool. Not sure where we'd fit it in our house.

- Some cool wall mounted square plates that do different things like hold pictures or tea lights.

- This pebble supplier just makes me want to lay pebbles around the whole house.

- This is the place to go if you want a big stool shaped like a Delete key.
- Some really nice kitchen design work.

Just saw Hero, a martial arts movie very much in the vein of Crouching Tiger. This time, Jet Li takes the staring role (and does a great job at it - much better then his Western efforts to date), and the beautiful vidography seen in Tiger is ramped way up. Stunning color palettes signify different parts/versions of the story in reds, whites, greens and blues.

The story itself is set during the Emporer Qin's rise to power (pronounced Chin). This is the same emporer that had the Terracotta Warriors made, and it was interesting having seen something of that era when Shannon and I were in Xi'An on our honeymoon.

Anyway, beautifully shot and choreographed, although with performances that perhaps weren't quite as engaging as in Tiger (maybe this is just because the feel is now more familiar).

A re-release of the 1984 text adventure of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy from Infocom. This time in Flash with (simple) pictures.

September 26, 2004

Paul Smith window display #2

George W cards.

Paul smith window display

The black olive

Now with 50% less parking space.

September 25, 2004

Wimbledon (2004) - I was actually pleasantly suprised by this movie. If you don't have any expectations over, say, a romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant then it's pretty good. You can't help but like Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst, and their chemistry definitely seems to be better than that between Hugh and a certain Ms Roberts.
Finally posted shots from the holiday in Ireland that I took with Mum and Shannon.

September 24, 2004

Tube art

London Underground tube art. One in a series. All with pandas.

I can't decide if coats for carrying stuff, like this Tumi Yellow Jacket are a good idea or not. I mean, what about the summer? Or what if you have more then one jacket? This one looks cool, though. Wonder what it's like when it's really bulging with hardware?
Engadget has finally asked my ultimate question. What's the best gadget bag?.

The guy who posted the question doesn't want to also carry a laptop and SLR camera (weener) so he wouldn't be interested in my current bag of choice, the Crumpler Farmer's Double. I love Crumpler bags. Totally solid and comfortable, and the backpack format doesn't mess with my back like the messenger bags because it's center of gravity is in the right place and it's not pulling on just one shoulder.

This is a design site called |:ni9e:|:. The work itself is cool, but the subversive little video showing them printing "The USPS does not acknowledge the authority of the Bush administration" onto United States Postal Service mailing stickers and then planting those stickers back into post offices is genius.

Our bloody roundabout.

September 23, 2004


The cat. Is cool.


I've just got a replacement for my old crappy mobile. It can post to my blog, which is nice. Here's a shot i took with it, of Shannon concentrating hard.

I seem to remember something like this a few years ago, but it's still fun to see the results. 100% tiles is a competitiion held this year as part of London's 100% Design show with the challenge to design interesting bathroom tiles.

September 22, 2004

We stayed at the Portobello Hotel for our anniversary. A decent little hotel, hidden away west of the Portobello Road. Our room was the most basic of the double rooms, which was reasonably priced. Wish we'd sort of spent a bit more on one of the unusual and better finished Special Rooms.
Yesterday evening Shannon and I went and saw The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre in London. This is pretty much the first non-musical theatre production that we've seen since we moved back to the UK.

I think we were both suprised both by the standard of the performance, and the fact that it was actually scary. The build up of tension, and the trick of people leaping out of the darkness suddenly, that works so well for movies like Halloween also works wonderfully well for this show set in the 20s (ish).

It didn't hurt that we had two rows of 15 year olds behind us, and the girls screamed at pretty much anything. Still, very much worth seeing, and with only 2 performers and the most basic of stage design it leaves a lot to the imagination (which is good).

Support our local Kubrick outlet, playlounge.
Is it dangerous to swim with an MP3 player?. Is this worse then walking down the sidewalk with headphones on? Maybe you wouldn't hear the cries of "shark". Roy Schneider wouldn't approve.

September 21, 2004

For some reason I derive tremendous satisfaction from the fact that Apple didn't design the scrollwheel on the iPod, particularly as this is seen as one of it's key innovations.

September 20, 2004

If you're a stranger and you ever find a memory card with pictures of mine on it, please don't post them to a website and pretend that you know me. That's just weird and would freak me out. Get your own friends.

September 17, 2004

I love this idea of GPS Drawing. As you move around you create an image. I quite like the tic-tac-toe game they played in downtown Hollywood.

Here's a newly developed urban soil. It's designed to go under pavements, giving them a compact enough structure to support the pavement itself, while not being so compact that trees can't grow through it. More trees in cities seem like a fine idea. Carbon Monoxide aside.

September 16, 2004

Wow. Now this is flexible living. A home with tracks built in that moves different cabinets automatically from one room to another. You can just change the use and content of any room on the fly. "The same space in the Allan Builders' Colridge model home at Pabst Farms' Eastlake Village subdivision transforms into a fitness center, children's play center, handyman workshop and all-purpose room."
I can't decide if BubbleGum Alley is disgusting, or some sort of refreshing public art.

September 03, 2004

Ingenious Tours of the never-before-displayed items in Blythe House at the Science Museum in London.
Sometimes I wish I was Austrian. Except they seem to eat a lot of meat and potatoes, and not a lot of greens. Which is pretty hypocritical coming from an Englishman. Anyway, the have some really cool supermarkets from MPREIS. Every one is individual. And the site is pretty cool, too, except it's not in English.

September 02, 2004

Three die in Saudi shop stampede. "A stampede of hundreds of shoppers in western Saudi Arabia has left at least three people crushed to death."
I think the "A" frame golf bag is pretty cool. Then again, I don't play golf, so what do I know.

September 01, 2004

Not quite big enough to hold all my junk, but these custom designed wallets are quite appealing.
Beautiful furniture made with stereo lithography.

August 31, 2004

This is just bizarre. 14,000 bags of candy accidentally ship to stores containing small toys depicting an aircraft flying into the World Trade Center. I mean, how does that happen? Who made the toys? What exactly would constitute the "ideal" market for them?
Tall Buildings - The Museum of Modern Art

August 30, 2004

I thought this plywood push toy was great. I can imagine you get quite a bit of shock absorption in it, especially when you take this puppy off road.

August 28, 2004

PaperFormers. Just print and play.
Seattle Bride Resource Guide 2004 - take a look at the picture in the top-left of the cover of this book. Pretty funny. 2 years ago, now.

August 26, 2004

How the Pros work the Athens Olympics.
I like the idea of watching a line representing your route gradually appear on your watch as you jog along. Then again, I'm a watch freak.

August 25, 2004

Build your own Hamster-Powered Night Light. Syrian hampsters recommended, since they are nocturnal, but remember to leave them in a room other then your bedroom.

August 24, 2004

Shannon and I walked out of this one trying to decide if it was the worst film we had ever seen. Then we remembered the Next Best Thing. But it was close. Very close. Bad comedy. Bad writing. Bad acting. Bad timing. Awful. Did I mention that I didn't like it? Do yourself a favor and see the original, which is a beautifully paced and acted DRAMA.
So Weirdly Wrong. This is a fun if unsettling, account of a conversation between a guy sitting OUTSIDE a library, using its wireless internet connection, and a policeman, who comes up to stop him. According to the policeman, new federal laws prohibit "theft of signal". What a weird thing to make up.
Veer: Ideas: Wallpaper. Lots of cool desktop wallpapers.
Here's a program that allows you to connect to, and download songs from, a shared iTunes library.

August 20, 2004

Hypocrite, Thy Name Is Real. An article from Fred von Lohmann at the Electronic Frontier Foundation about how RealNetworks current "Freedom of Music Choice" barage against Apple is a little, shall we say, rich, coming from a company well known for giving it's users little choice, musically.
Bitter Greens is a daily blog by a girl called Lulu telling the simple things that happen every day to her through cartoons.

(Thanks Dan)
Cleartype is a technology on Windows that makes fonts look much smoother and easier to read if you're using a laptop or flatscreen monitor. Here's an online Cleartype tuner that helps you set the technology up so it works best with your flatscreen.

August 19, 2004

It's been a big week for me as far as taking photos of nice buildings go. In the US last week I managed to visit the absolutely stunning Seattle Public Library. The outside is good. The inside is amazing. I'd find it hard to read a book there because the spaces are so breathtaking, and the furniture is so comfy.

In L.A. the following week I managed to revisit the Walt Disney Concert Hall, this time after construction was finished. You can walk across the top of the building through a park, which really gets you inside all of the curves and titanium.

And finally I managed to get to the Getty Museum on my last day in L.A. It's west of the city, up on a small hill. I can admire this building, but I found it a bit bright and a little boring as far as shapes go. And the idea that they shipped so much Travertine marble over to make this just remind me of Hearst. Still, it's pretty, and some of the areas where the marble gets more rough are interesting.

August 18, 2004

Let them sing it for you - type some text in the text box and here an audio-sentence prepared by cutting up words from different pieces of music. You might need to be a bit creative with what you type since their database is by no means exhaustive. I couldn't find the words "headphones" or "husband", for example.
Three-in-One Breakfast Toaster Coffee Machine Egg Boiler. I can't imagine a better machine to wake up to.
iwantoneofthose.com - a site for "stuff you don't need but you really, really want."
A cool, if a little bulky, iPod cradle from Kubrick.

August 17, 2004

Another thing to add to the list of desirable Bodum items.

August 16, 2004

Apology Given for Lemonade Stand Closing. Well, they WERE selling dangerous ice!!
Finally, an organization that lists the coolest hotels around the globe.

August 13, 2004

Looks like the Livestrong bracelets that I gave out to family over July 4th weekend have taken off like hot cakes (not that hot cakes can fly). 8 million sold. A million on backorder. And selling well over price on eBay (I wonder if the Lance Armstrong foundation gets anything from an eBay sale?)
Only from Japan. The cutest PC ever, based on a Gundam character.

August 11, 2004

SIGGRAPH 2004: Computer Graphics Go Virtual. This is what I'm at at the moment.
This article in the New Scientist reminds me of that amazing intro to the movie Contact with Jodie foster, which follows the radio waves of terrestrial TV transmission out into space. The camera flies out from Earth with the audio of the television transmission in the background. The further the camera gets from Earth, the further back in time the transmissions get, until it gets far enough away that it catches up with the first TV broadcast that could have been heard from space. Ironically, it's a speech by Hitler at the 1936 Olympics in Munich.

The irony now is that as technology advances we rely less and less on terrestrial broadcasts, and more and more on cable or satellite TV. Those transmissions that leak into space, the first thing an alien would probably "hear" from our planet, are drying up. Earth is going quiet.

August 10, 2004

How to Complain - "demonstrating excellence in complaints handling". I love the simple promise of this site. "Find the organisation you want to complain to...simply fill in the specially designed form...click 'submit' to send your complaint".

August 09, 2004

Lewis Carroll Scrapbook. Posted by the Library of Congress.
Turf-carpeted call-box at Aussie grocery store. As Cory points out, this is a cool example of someone wanting to make an environment more comfortable for others. As long as it doesn't get too wet. Or too attractive for dogs.

Boing Boing

August 08, 2004

The heat_horse, a pants-drying radiator. I guess I could make some jokes about what a radiator that dried British pants would be shaped like.
Personally, though, I'd prefer a radiator that's shaped like a towel. Oh wait. That would be a plain rectangle...
The Official Predicta Television Site! - refurbished Telstar TVs.
99ROOMS.COM - I don't THINK there's a goal. But the rooms are atmospheric.

August 07, 2004

Wynniatt-Husey Clarke Garden Design. Here's the website for a couple of friends who have a company designing extremely cool, contemporary gardens.
The Phonesafe. This is where Spiderman might keep his phone. Except I guess it might end up getting in the way of the bit of his wrist where his web-stuff jets out.

August 06, 2004

itv.com/f1 - Button makes shock Williams return. This is a bit of a shock. Cool for Williams. But I kind of think that stability with a team is a good thing, and I think he has that now with BAR. Plus being number 1 on that team gives him some confidence. I don't think Webber will be happy being a number 2 (and Williams don't work that way, anyway), so this could end up backfiring on Jense.

August 05, 2004

FHL - 4 Teams 4 Visions - There's just something about architectural project boards that are inspirational. Here are 4 proposals for the master plan of the Highline abandoned elevated railway in New York.

August 04, 2004

Citizen Alterna Watch - another (unavailable) watch to slather over.
The Ohio Garrison of Storm Troopers on parade on July 4th.

Boing Boing
Freaks and Geeks - I know we're kind of late to this party, since the show was cancelled in 1999, but Shannon and I have really been enjoying the DVD of Freaks and Geeks. I remember reading the amazingly positive reviews of this show, which is set at a high school in 1980, and then the wierdness of the cancellation. A total shame. We're dreading getting to the end of the 6th disk.

August 03, 2004

Here's a shot I took of the Space Invader we saw yesterday.
Webcam of Cloud Gate - Anish Kapoor sculpture at Millennium Park, Chicago.
SPACE INVADERS - we had dinner in Neal's Yard, near Covent Garden today, and I noticed one of these moasic space invaders on the wall. It had small mirrored squares for eyes.

August 02, 2004

gapingvoid: how to be creative - a list from hugh "cartoons drawn on the back of business cards" macleod
Tiger Woods hits balls into the gulf. What a cool perk for Tiger Woods, hitting golf balls from the helicopter pad of the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, into the waters of the Arabian Gulf 321 metres below. Photos here. Story here.
Hard drive - circa 1975 - it's good that these things are a little more...portable now.


July 30, 2004

You may notice that I'm messing around with the site design quite considerably. Sorry if the (possibly temporary) lack of readability offends anyone. I'm just getting bored with the old design, and playing around with using CSS to do all the layout. Please stay tuned.

July 29, 2004

Hewn and Hammered - arts and crafts blog

July 28, 2004

Bionic Dolphin - Dolphin submarine can perform jumps and barrel rolls.
Photo of the week - My friend Charlotte used my photo of Steph and a toad as this weeks photo of the week on MSN Photos. That's rather nice of her, I think.

. Once my week is up I think you should be able to see the shot here.

July 27, 2004

TRASHLOG - A piece of trash a day

July 26, 2004

Gish - be a ball of tar - cool, cheap 2d platformer with interesting physics.

July 22, 2004

Electr-O-Sketch - computer controlled Etch A Sketch. Feels like cheating. I know.

July 21, 2004

Cancer Research UK 10 - 10 10k runs at various stately homes

July 20, 2004

badlystitched :: scrapbook collection - Nice example of virtual page turning
2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize - nominees announced
k adorable the perfect t-shirt - T-shirt subscriptions.

July 16, 2004

July 14, 2004

July 08, 2004

Visual Pinball - Pinball machine emulator

June 28, 2004

Beer device cheers football fans - Pouring the Perfect Pint.

June 25, 2004

WearYELLOW LiveSTRONG - Lance Armstrong foundation

June 24, 2004

T 282 B - a very big truck.
MAYWADENKI - 26 Nonsense machines

June 22, 2004

tokyoplastic v.2 - some slick flash animations

June 21, 2004

Indian Spiderman - Peter Parker becomes Pavitr Prabhakar.

June 19, 2004

Chairfix - a snap out chair

June 18, 2004

Dot matrix bicycle - "prints" messages on the floor as you bike.

June 17, 2004

TWW - itrip_amp - iTrip antenna. Boost your iTrip.
Dark Passage - a site for urban archaeology
Matt Lyons, a rambling Fool? - Matt has finally joined the land of Blog.

June 10, 2004

LEGO SERIOUS PLAY - Adults playing with Lego to foster team building. That's my kind of play.
Amusing places close to you - for those not in the UK, here are the one's near us

June 08, 2004

London ducks are noisier and more brash then ducks from Cornwall.

June 07, 2004

June 04, 2004

This to That - Glue advice on what to use to stick different materials together

June 03, 2004

SUCK UK - Home of the gun vase and the LED mirror.
DUNNY SHOW - 50 "Dunnys" (whatever they are) decorated by different artists.

June 02, 2004

Flash animations of Japanese prints - in Japanese. Just click the links in the Gallery section on the right.

June 01, 2004

May 28, 2004

I love our new smart. It's just so damn cute.

Watching Paint Dry - an alternative to reality TV.

May 27, 2004

Un_Fold Chair Design Contest: 90 Days, 200lbs, and a FedEx Box - Build a chair in 90 days that fits in a FedEx box

May 26, 2004

Troy reminded me of Star Wars Episode One. There's this fantastic cast up there, but for some reason they seem to have lost the ability to act. Is this what blue screens do?

Just for fun, I posted one of my shots of St. Ignatius Chapel in Seattle to the architecture website Archinect

May 24, 2004

At first I thought the ducks swimming around and around in our 7 foot diameter pond were cute. But today they spent time with their back-ends in the air, searching for food on the bottom, and up-ended a couple of my eleocharis acicularis, tipping dirt everywhere. Now the water is muddy-brown, and I'm no longer water-fowl friendly. At least, not until they lay another egg on our lawn. Which is also very cute. I'm a sucker for ducks. And, I know, the page about the pond is pretty anal.
Heavy Backpack - a catalogue of design creatives
Welcome to LaMiDesign.com/Plans - modern house plans/

Gukanjima - View of an Abandoned Island Beautiful photos of an abandoned island, formally the most densely populated in the world. Here's a link directly to the pictures.

p i c t o p l a s m a - contemporary character design and art

May 21, 2004

Online Conversion - Convert just about anything to anything else
Political donators - around our old house in Kirkland
Pendemonium - great review of some pens, including sketches of the pens using the pens.

May 20, 2004

THE PHAIDON ATLAS - contemporary architecture atlas

May 19, 2004

Lorem Ipsum - Generator2 - generates Latin text, often used as nonsense in graphic design layouts.
RSS Feed for TIME.com - more and more major publications are adding newsfeeds.

May 18, 2004

May 17, 2004

Postmodern Pets - Beatle Bed - great site if your cat insists on all things Modern.

Eva Solo - Some beutiful products in this site. Check out the birdtable in the Living section.

The Woman's Day Star Wars Playset - a self build space station from from 1978, with working conveyor belt!

May 13, 2004

May 12, 2004

Here's (probably too many) shots from our recent walk along the Cinque Terre in Italy. These are a set of small towns, clinging to the cliffsides, that are connected by great coastal footpaths. All the towns are made up of really tightly packed, old, colorful buildings, and most of the countryside is olive groves or vinyards.

May 11, 2004

May 10, 2004

May 07, 2004

Groovetube - Disco lighting from your TV

May 06, 2004

May 05, 2004

May 04, 2004

In April we had a visit from Judy and Lee. Lee ran in the London marathon, and we went along to provide support.

April 23, 2004

April 22, 2004

April 21, 2004

April 20, 2004

April 19, 2004

April 18, 2004

I've added a few shots from our recent trip to Santa Barbara in California.

April 16, 2004

Famous Places - Terraserver

April 13, 2004

April 10, 2004

April 09, 2004

Windows Noise - Flabber.nl

April 08, 2004

April 07, 2004

Homemade Tron outfits - Tron Sector

April 03, 2004

April 01, 2004

March 26, 2004

Just saw Alan Titchmarsh ("britains best loved gardener") on Brewer Street, and Ricky Jervais on Stephen Street. Celebrities must be converging on London.

March 25, 2004

March 24, 2004

March 22, 2004

March 14, 2004

London street fronts - Street Sensation!

March 11, 2004

March 10, 2004

Retro handheld games - HANDHELDEN

March 09, 2004

March 04, 2004

March 02, 2004

February 24, 2004

A liquid man in flash

February 23, 2004

February 20, 2004

February 18, 2004

sketchbooks - Corey Senderov Jackson

February 17, 2004

the Creatures in my Head - Daily illustrations by Andrew Bell

February 11, 2004

February 09, 2004

February 08, 2004

From here to Modernity - Open University

February 06, 2004

February 05, 2004

London Underground art - Platform for Art

February 04, 2004

February 01, 2004

The Weather Project is an amazing installation at the Tate Modern in London. It fills the huge turbine hall. You just have to bask.

January 31, 2004

I've spent a little time reorganizing my favorite photos. This is something I've been planning on doing for a while. I've tried to find a rought categorization for it all, based around architectural, object and people shots. And I've really tried to cut stuff out. But I've still ended up with over 150 shots. I think my bar for "favorite" may still be a little low...

January 30, 2004

January 27, 2004

Guardian NetNotes. Stories in links - Guardian Unlimited

January 26, 2004

Xbox Media Player allows streaming of media to your XBox

January 25, 2004

I've finally got around to posting some more architectural shots. I'm missing visiting "cool" buildings. These are shots I took of the Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany, that I visited a couple of months ago.

Crescent House - stunning house we saw on Grand Design by Ken Shuttleworth of Foster & Partners

January 23, 2004

For those of you (or, rather, both of you) who noticed that I'd already posted photos from the reception of Sam and Josh Terrell, I went ahead and redid them a little larger, using the same album generating tool I used for the frosty towpath (see previous entry).

January 22, 2004

OK, after a long period of extremely manual album making, I'm finally trying something more automated with this series of shots of the towpath outside our house on a frosty day. I'm using a tool called JAlbum which alows the creation of complex templates from which you can publish your pictures.

Thumbnail generation is automatic. Sub-page generation is automatic, and they have a whole set of tage you can use to set up the pages any way you want. It's a bit like MovableType for images, but feels more flexible (to me) then MT for handling albums.

January 20, 2004

January 19, 2004

Ryan McGee's blog - horse hockey

January 14, 2004

January 13, 2004

zipdecode - ben fry

January 05, 2004

bampot - Kaori and Douglas' website

December 20, 2003

New fashions from some friends - Social Suicide
I've finally got around to creating a page that points to all the different photos of the house at its different "stages" of purchase.

I've also dropped in some new photos on the after page that show the living room, dining room and master bedroom all painted, and the walk in closet part way through construction.

December 15, 2003

December 04, 2003

Mario paper models - gotorion.com

December 03, 2003

December 02, 2003

November 24, 2003

November 20, 2003

Trash your favorite movie - moviemistakes.com

November 19, 2003

Swarm and other cool reactive displays. - Daniel Shiffman
Hotspot directory - HotSpot Hotel

November 18, 2003

Xplay allows you to use a Mac formatted iPod on a Windows PC.
Top Ten Internet Fads - kuro5hin.org
Unusual clocks - Klockwerks
Ten Most Violated Homepage Design Guidelines. I should try applying these to my homepage someday. - Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox

November 17, 2003

Here's a new Amazon feature, done by an ex-Microsoft friend of ours that shows you what items are being bought by people who are typically "early adopters", i.e. what will be cool soon - Amazon
Here's a picture of Shannon with Steve Sinofsky at the launch of Office in China. Steve is the one in the green shirt. - Tech.sina.com.cn

November 16, 2003

Here's a cool bar that Shannon went to in Shanghai - TMSK

November 11, 2003

Carl Ledbetter's cool house - The Seattle Times

October 30, 2003

TechTV Blooper - Video file

October 29, 2003

October 28, 2003

Longhorn coverageCNET News.com

October 27, 2003

Some beautiful shots of the magnetic storms taking place on the sun. - NASA's SOHO project

October 24, 2003

It's been a while, and I'm finally catching up with a backlog of photos. Here are some shots from Yaz and Sarah's wedding in September, which was good fun. Shannon was in Heidi's wedding in Seattle at the same time, hence the lack of shots of her.

This is a beautiful record of Yin Yu Tang, A Chinese Home. Look especially at the geneology tree, and the videos of the way the house is constructed. - Peabody Essex Museum

October 23, 2003

X10 files for bancruptcy - Seattle Times

October 22, 2003

Stunning how close he got, in 1945, in As We May Think - Vannevar Bush

October 17, 2003

October 16, 2003

October 09, 2003

Good flash reference site - ultrashock.com

October 07, 2003

Find local Wi-Fi hotspots - Wi-Fi Alliance
An awesome doodler. - jonburgman.com

October 04, 2003

Betting on the future - Foresight Exchange

September 30, 2003

September 24, 2003

September 17, 2003

Lehman's Non-Electric Store - for times of trouble

September 16, 2003

September 10, 2003

September 08, 2003

September 05, 2003

iPod killer? - Philips Jukebox

September 04, 2003

A physical digital museum - ARS Electronica
Towel Amnesty Day - Holiday Inn
I've just added a couple of before and after shots of the fireplace, just so we know we're comfortable with the damage we've done.

September 03, 2003

Cartoons drawn from memory - Bad Toon Rising
Bella Rugosa - our florist of choice

September 01, 2003

The Center of the World - New York: A Documentary Film | PBS

August 28, 2003

Finally got some pictures up on the site of what's going on in the new house. We've been working on it quite a bit in the last two weeks that we've had off from work. This has involved a lot of sanding and painting of the skirting boards, trying to keep ahead of the guys laying the hardwood floors.

We've been hardcore, and painted the brick fireplace black and white. It looks a lot better then it might sound, and photos will follow of that soon, too.

August 24, 2003

We're in our new home. I'll post more photos soon. We're mostly painting. The new floors are being put in starting on Tuesday, so we're in a race to beat them, and have the skirting boards painted white before then. And for good measure, we're also painting the brick fireplace. Risky though it sounds, it should actually look a lot cooler then the drab brick it is now.

August 15, 2003

Ok, we're down to the last few hours. Money is on it's way to them. Keys should be picked up in T minus 35 minutes (or so).

And spending a couple of weeks sleeping on matresses, on the floor, in a house devoid of furniture or most things of a material nature should be healthy for us. Kind of a materialistic detox.

How everyday things are made. - Stanford University

August 14, 2003

We're getting closer and closer to moving in to the new house, and the closer we get, the bigger the plans, and the more paint we'll need.

We're excited primarily because we think we can really put our own mark on it. We totally loved the Kirkland place, and that created a problem, because there was nothing we wanted to change about it. We love the look of the new house, particularly from the outside. Inside it's a blank canvas.

The Nissan Figaro - AutoSupplyUK.com
The Sloop Inn - St Ives
CarbisBayHotel - St Ives
Wi-Fi Photo Transmission - Nikon USA: WT-1

August 07, 2003

August 04, 2003

August 01, 2003

July 30, 2003

Finally posted some shots from the Race for Life which is a walk for Breast Caner that Shannon, Mum and Sarah undertook in Reading.

And here are some shots from a walk that Shannon, Mum and I took over the Medes, near where we're hoping to live.

July 15, 2003

A (small) shot of the new car.

July 14, 2003

Quick update on the site's home page, just to start getting the pictures a little bigger by default. Let me know if you think it's bad/good.

July 11, 2003

July 04, 2003

July 02, 2003

- Cinemabox UK - Plasma Screens etc
- Robert Whyte Ltd - Plasma TVs etc
- The Matrix in ascii
- The Register - 128Mb USB watch
- eyegonomic

June 30, 2003

June 23, 2003

We're steaming ahead with the house purchase. Well, as fast as the UK house buying process will let us steam. Probably more like chugging along. Could be weeks, could be months. It all feels extremely out of our control. Anyway, I stuck some new photos of the house and of the tow path and surrounding areas on the house page.

We also visited my Grandad a couple of weeks ago, down on the South Coast, and this weekend we went to Kelmscott Manor, the summer home of William Morris. Very idylic.

June 18, 2003

June 17, 2003

June 11, 2003

June 06, 2003

June 04, 2003

Just added a page that attempts to pull out all the buildings that I've visited and photographed. Still working on it, and I'm leaving some space for buildings I still want to visit.

June 03, 2003

Ok, been a while (and oh how I hate seeing that in a blog). Some quick updates, though, not least of which is that we've found a house along the banks of the Thames that we're considering putting an offer in on.

It's not quite what we expected to be looking for because a) it's new and b) it's not as near a cool town center as we wanted, but the location along the Thames, with a private mooring, is just too tempting. The house itself is great, has plenty of character and a good garden, and we can definitely make it "our own".

Ironically enough, I've also posted a bunch of photos of the Kirkland house, which I took when it was empty, and the only occupier was Sidney.

May 29, 2003

May 20, 2003

May 16, 2003

Our lives have been temporarily reduced to a small pile of bags and boxes in Matt and Julie's spare room. I'm not quite sure how we're going to fill our weekend.

May 15, 2003

Things are getting close. Yesterday Sidney was packed off to Willowslea Farm, a Quarantine Center near Heathrow, for a month and a half vacation, courtesy of a seat just below coach-class on British Airways. She arrived safe and whining. Today the house closes, which is sad because it will no longer be our home. But we're getting closer and closer to leaving. Currently looks like next Thursday will be the big day, then on to the next adventure.

May 14, 2003

May 11, 2003

May 07, 2003

May 03, 2003

The exit point from possibly the most miserable customs and immigration experience in the world.

May 01, 2003

Flags on a pedestrian bridge.

April 29, 2003

We spent the weekend in the UK looking at different areas that we could potentially imagine living in, that are commutable to Reading. I've just posted a quick explanation and some shots of the options. There are more (we should think about looking South of Reading, and over nearer Windsor) but living in central London seems out of the question. The commute is just too tough.

April 28, 2003

I'm just back on my own from the UK. Shannon is still there, after our weekend area hunting trip (more to follow later). I had an unusual day, being upgraded into Club World on BA (in those strange reclining beds they have on the flights), then being first off the plane (it's been a while since that happened), then getting a small ding on the car window in a traffic jam on the 405, then finding a dead squirrel just by our front doorstep (maybe it fell out of the redwood?). Sidney was very pleased to see me, and had done a very fine job of coating the sofa in white fur while we were away.

April 23, 2003

We're off to the UK for the weekend, trying to figure out which area of West London we're most likely to want to live in. We have the choice of Urban (Putney Bridge, Chiswick etc), SubUrban (Richmond, Oxford etc) or downright countryside-ish (Henley On Thames). I need a coffee, newsagents, pub, river and train station within walking distance, which should help narrow it down a little.

April 21, 2003

April 20, 2003

My birthday weekend, which was all very nice. I was highly spoilt by Shannon. We stayed downtown in the ACE hotel, right in the heart of Belltown, in Seattle. Yes, Kirkland is only 15 minutes drive away, but staying downtown really makes us feel like we've been somewhere.

Dinner and a movie. This time Bend It Like Beckham, which has been doing pretty well over in the UK.

I enjoyed it. It had shades of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but only the good shades. The family members felt a little more 3D, and fleshed out, although they still felt stereo-typical. The film managed to cram in every axis of diversity possible, including racial, gender and sexual, which was quite a feat for what is really a fun, family movie. The football action was good, although the Saving Private Ryan-style camera work (very choppy, with every other frame missing) made it hard to spot any skill.

Finally, after an easy-going Sunday, we met Rob and Agnieszka for a very fine dinner of Pow Wok Lamb, 7 Flavored beef and more at Wild Ginger.

April 17, 2003

More tortuous Goldworthy-esque random geometrical images. Now with their own special page! Get a life, Richard.

What started with this...

...has turned to this...

...surely we don't have to get rid of both of them? :-(

April 16, 2003

April 15, 2003

April 14, 2003

We spent the weekend in Portland, visiting friends, looking at stuff, staying in nice hotels with thick matresses, the usual...

While we were there we also stopped at Fry's Electronics (Richard's first time). Oh, and the Gordon House, by Frank Lloyd Wright, in the Oregon Garden Center.

April 10, 2003

Just returned from the Seven Gables Cinema in the University District. This is such a strange little place, like an old residence. Single screen, which is covered most of the time by a painted curtain depicting a "romantic" scene entitled the Last Castle. The walls are covered in curtains, and the seats are old, faded, with bursting seams.

I went to see Rivers and Tides, a film about Andy Goldsworthy. To generalize terribly, he basically walks out of the door to his home every day, with no idea what he's going to build, and goes through this high-patience, highly torturous process of interpreting the land around him with natural, found objects, in the process creating breathtakingly beautiful scultures. The film captures his process well, and shows the scales at which he is capable of working, and the depth of thought around even the simplest ideas. In fact, all the ideas look simple, but you come away knowing there's no way in a thousand years that you could create them.

April 08, 2003

Virtual Garage Sale!!
Yup. Finally getting rid of some stuff. And what quality! Actually, we're sad to see a lot of it go, but voltage being what it is in England makes it a little difficult to hang on to a lot of it. I'm going to have to rebuild my whole electronic lifestyle in 240 volts.

April 07, 2003

April 06, 2003

We saw Spirited Away today at Bella Botega. This is Miyazaki's latest, and better I think then Princess Mononoke. It's an incredibly imaginative film, beautiful, softly paced, and incredibly drawn. I came away feeling a little like I was missing a huge amount because of my obvious lack of knowledge for all the cultural and spiritual references that I assume most Japanese have, and that (I think) the movie is full of. But it's still highly accessible, and doesn't seem its 2 hrs and 20 minutes.

Stunningly strange Brazilian Grand Prix (see this blow by blow account by the BBC). Peter Windsor tried to explain the new tyre regulations in the coverage I saw here in the US of A through Speedvision, but I'm still left highly confused by why no one really had the tires they should have for this very wet race. Ross Brawn has some comments on the subject, which make it all seem highly political, the fault of Michelin if they are to be believed. Politics doesn't seem to be a good reason to put all of the driver's lives at risk, though.

I just couldn't believe the action in the 3rd corner. 6 drivers out at that point, including Michael and Juan Pablo. You'd think that in itself would be enough to stop the race. But both Webber and Alonso's spectacular crashes came later, and it's a miracle they walked. If the space-age technology that makes up the cockpit around a driver, and allows them to survive these huge impacts, ever makes it to the public I wonder how that will change the standard of driving? Can anyone say "nothing to lose"?

Anyway, the boredom of last years season seems to have been replaced by a highly exciting, and highly unpredictable, set of races, due in large part to the new rule changes. I can't believe that Ferrari are in the position that they are (3rd in the constructor's championship behind Mercedes and Renault), and I'm not sure what they can do about it. At the same time, Michael went out today due to driving error, and Rubens because of technical difficulties (whilst in the lead), both things that were the teams fault, not the new rules.

April 05, 2003

April 04, 2003

I love what this page says about the state of the box office. Scroll down near the bottom and compare the Current High Scores table with the Weekend Box Office table. As I'm looking at it, there are 15 films currently in release with a score of 85/100 or more. And the top weekend grosses have scores respectively of 45/100 (Head of State), 38/100 (Bringing Down the House), 44/100 (The Core) and 30/100 (Basic). That's democracy in action. People voting with their feet.

April 03, 2003

Just added a google search to the bottom of the page. Now, finally, I can switch my IE default homepage from Google to this one.

April 01, 2003

Things are shooting along with the house sale. It went on the market yesterday, and we have an offer already today. Fast. We're kind of stunned, pleased, excited and sad. Tough set of emotions

March 29, 2003

Got the shots up onto the site from our visit to Neosho, where we finally saw Sandy and Rodney's very beautiful Victorian house. It's facinating to see the differences between homes here and in the UK. I love the wrap around porch. I don't think it's uniquely American. It must be something that could be transplanted back home, even in the damp English weather. I mean, if they can have them in Seattle...

March 28, 2003

Finally uploaded some shots from the walk I took along Alki Beach about a month ago. Kind of mixed. Weather was good, and I ended up focussed heavily on rust, rather then the beach, or people.

March 27, 2003

March 25, 2003

Just returned from seeing the Pianist, by Roman Polanski. This is a harrowing, deeply personal, unsettling movie that is truly amazing. You just walk out wandering how the situations it depicts could ever have been possible, and how the utter disregard for life could have come about. Adrien Brody and Polanski totally deserved their Oscars, and in light of seeing this I'm stunned that Chicago could ever have been considered a better film. Hollywood weirdness.

March 22, 2003

I've been looking at this MSNBC site, which is the best thing I've found for following what's going on in Iraq. It's impersonal, giving you about the same feeling of connection with what's actually going on as the Major League Baseball website does to a real baseball game (and the game analogy fits). It all feels negatively voyeuristic, but it's the only thing I can find that maps names to real places for me.
Saw Chicago on Thursday night. I can see that it's good. That the acting is good, and that all the set pieces feel exciting, and that the music doesn't drag on, and that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere do a great job (yes, even Gere!), and that the dancing feels amazing, and it's cool the way they cut from reality to fantasy. But for some reason I didn't really get engaged. I didn't sympathize with anyone (John C Reilly even felt a little wooden to me), and I know that's probably deliberate. Anyway, I'll watch the Oscars and watch it wipe the floor with everyone, and I guess that's ok.

March 21, 2003

My own T-Shirt store!
Richard's Online Emporium
The designs in here are kind of weird. A personal in-joke with people at work. I don't expect anyone else to get it, and it's geeky. What can i say? AND I don't make any money from it. I'm kind of wondering what the point is.
Thoughts for grouping my favorite photos.
By those that glow.
Things are finally moving with the move. It's public at work for both Shannon and I. Lots of details to figure out in both the work and home worlds, though.

March 20, 2003

March 18, 2003

March 17, 2003

March 16, 2003

March 15, 2003

March 13, 2003

March 07, 2003

March 06, 2003

March 04, 2003

March 03, 2003

March 02, 2003

And just dropped in the link.list below. My plan is just to blog stuff I see into that list (probably with no explanation).
Just added a favorites page. It'll take a time to download all the thumbnails, so prepare to test your patience.

March 01, 2003

I've realised that with all the changes I've been making to the site that I'd kind of messed it up for anyone not running a highly approved Microsoft browser. So much for trying to be clever by making it all driven by XML. Maybe I should go back to the site being a little more dumb. Anyway, if you have problems, let me know please!
Shannon's still in the UK. I spent some of the day on Alki Beach, in West Seattle, taking pictures. Most of them were pretty mundane. Of course, I managed to find some rust.

February 28, 2003

Made up jargon of the day:
Becoming more passionate then normal about your home country just because you're in someone elses.

February 27, 2003

Over the weekend we went up to Mount Baker with Matt and Julie, mainly for the snow (which was very, very good on Saturday - forgiving and confidence building). We stayed in a rental cabin near Glacier with (count 'em) FOUR recliners, including two with upper AND lower massage support. I hate the idea of these things, but we couldn't stop slouching in them.

Continuing my weird habit of taking shots of overpasses and night scenes, I spent some time in the freezing cold on Tuesday night at the junction of the I-90 and the I-405. Nothing particularly spectacular. I guess I just like the converging lines that you get with narrow pedestrian bridges and highway edges, and the soft orange light from the street lighting:

I like this shot taken outside an empty warehouse on 148th, though. The stark white light is great.

Looking at these two, and all the lines disappearing off into infinity, I should just go and take photos of train tracks and get it out of my system.