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November 30, 2004
from the Christian Science Monitor of Flickr, which I'm heavily into
at the moment.
November 29, 2004
Great. Just as soon as I go to all the trouble of getting my DVDs sorted using Delicious Library
, along comes a plug-in for the media center that does the same
November 27, 2004
Another shot at Woburn Abbey. Got lucky with the lighting, and managed to keep it fairly in focus by leaning against an archway wall. This whole place is beautiful at night.
Shannon and I went to Woburn Sculpture Gallery last night for the wedding of some friends. Here's an atmospheric shot of a marble bust, caught in the dark.
November 26, 2004
November 24, 2004
Sort of suprised to see this monster burger
from Hardees being launched during the current "anti-fat-food" climate. 2/3 of a pound and 1,400 calories. It's ok, though, because it's being marketed to people who only want to indulge once in a while, and who don't necessarily read food labels. Good job we have marketing to help deter us when all we're thinking is "&$^#-it, I'll have the huge burger!!".
November 23, 2004
November 22, 2004
Shannon has signed up for Flickr, and stuck a few great shots up there
of her time in Spain.
Thanks Lenny for this excellent pointer to the Spring Shoes
, part of a whole site of weird stuff that this guy makes.
November 19, 2004
I'm going to get me one of these!
Probably in the not too distant future.
If you have a blog, you might be interesting in using these fairly cool widgets fromBlogbox.com
Ain't It Cool News
is reporting on the selection of Paul Greengrass as the director for a movie version of the Watchmen
graphic novel. Hadn't even realised they were making a movie. And I wonder if it can be done without too much dumbing down. It's a pretty complex story, with a lot of flashbacks and weirdness.
November 17, 2004
Hope there's enough antarctic left to survey before one of these cool designs
November 16, 2004
The Aibo Master
. "Sorry, Phillip, but with more than 40 Aibos, this guy sort of has you beat in the robotic pets department."
It's at times like this that I wish I could speak (or at least read) Japanese. Here's a cool Japenese design shop
that I'd love to buy lots of stuff at...
November 15, 2004
Some stunning portraits from frank huster
, a friend of mine in Seattle.
November 12, 2004
Are those gunshot wounds, or just a sign of age?
We're in a state of EXTREME autumn...
November 11, 2004
I've fallen for Delicious Library
, an amazingly cool app for the Mac only, that allows you to track items you own (books, DVDs, music and games) and figure out who you leant them to, what you have etc. The great thing about it is the representation of the items on virtual book shelves. It's just so nicely done.
November 10, 2004
I'm a sucker for music awards, like the Mercury Music Prize
, that are even a little bit alternative. The Shortlist Of Music
is an award that takes a weird list of judges (Jack Black, Norah Jones, Robert Smith, Jim Jarmusch, for example) each of whom recommend 10 albums that have not gone Gold (<500,000 in sales). Then they pick "the best" as a group.
November 09, 2004
Moving the 8th street bridge
Take a look at this really cool video
(wmv) of the 9 hour process of moving the 8th street bridge, which crosses the I-405 in Bellevue, about 64 feet to a new location. Talk about work at speed. Here's the project details.
November 04, 2004
"I was thinking today about how the 'red v. blue' states graphic is really misleading considering the slim margins that the candidates won some of those states by, so I sat down and created the map that's attached."
"Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was photographed
by Alabama cops following her February 1956 arrest during the Montgomery bus boycotts."
Just to add to my general sense of "the world not being that nice a place to live in...
"Hunters have shot dead the last female brown bear native to the Pyrenees, condemning the species to extinction and causing an "environmental catastrophe" for France, the government said./'
November 03, 2004
Kerry admits US election defeat
. "Democratic challenger John Kerry has admitted defeat in the US election, giving President George W Bush a second term in office."
This is apparently a "snapshot if a brain as it learns a new task". Quite how they know the brain is focused on just that task and not some of the other rubbish it also has to look after, I don't know, but I like the idea. Bit scary how the red dots are all over the place.More: An Image of a Single Thought
November 02, 2004
Who cares about auditors?
Just been pointed at this lovely bit of politics by "friend: Jason" that's going on in my former state of Washington. Seems that the Republican party didn't look closely enough at the history of a "Will Baker" when they threw him in as candidate for State Auditor.
"Baker is described by his hometown paper, The News Tribune, as "a roadside flower salesman with a history of annoying elected officials." Since 1992, he's been booked into the Pierce County Jail 19 times, said Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Detective Ed Troyer. "
And this quote is just great: "We are stuck with him," said Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance. "It's somewhat embarrassing. We should have been more thorough in checking him out."
If you want a funk backdrop to your work try WeFunk - radio for your mind
. Lots of show archives of funk tracks mixed live in the studio. Play them live off the site, or download them as MP3s.
As pointed out by Boing Boing
, this really is quite a serene shot.
I love the idea that modern kids would still love to wear these 20 year old Star Wars cut-out masks
. They are pretty cool, although the white circle where the eyes should be brings a whole new meaning to the phrase"don't shoot till you see the whites of their eyes". Set phasers to stun.
November 01, 2004
As a dog toy, I have to say that the Humunga Tongue
really beats all. How else could you make your pet look so daft while making it happy all at the same time?
Seem to be a lot of "flexible living taken to the extreme" home designs going on right now. The Hanse Colani Rotor House
has a central cylinder that contains the bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The cylinder rotates to present you with whichever room you want. Reminds me of this other house
, with rooms in different cupboards that can be delivered on demand. Not sure I want QUITE that much flexibility.
The Joy World Pacific $28,000 calorie counter
Now THAT'S calorie counting
. "By placing a food item in the unit, one can get the protein, sugars, and fat content of any food. The unit runs on Windows, although it was initially intended for Linux."