Home for the holidays
I’m off to greener pastures. In fact, the pastures don’t get much greener than where I’m headed. I’m going to spend Christmas and New Year’s in Ireland.
I’m off to greener pastures. In fact, the pastures don’t get much greener than where I’m headed. I’m going to spend Christmas and New Year’s in Ireland.
I made a trip up to London today. I just happened to be in the vicinity of Regent Street so I popped into the new Apple store. It’s quite a stunning shop and I was, needless to say, in my element.
Everybody and their dog has been linking to a blog post entitled “five mistakes that band and label sites make”.
Pete has made some nifty little additions to his site. He’s added some toggle-able layers for his music and his photos (the Listening and Flickr links, respectively). They’re kind of like Dunstan’s panorama information panel. Very nice.
For a long time I’ve resisted using Microsoft’s ubiquitous word-processing software. Recently however, circumstances dictated that I simply had to get a copy of Word.
Remember the kerfuffle about the Accessible Odeon service that Matthew Somerville created so that anyone could check their local cinema listings?
I’m back in Brighton after a fairly short and painless jet-stream aided journey from Baltimore.
I’ve been busier than a fly on feculence for the last few days.
I was thinking of heading up to the Mac Expo in London tomorrow. It’s pretty much an annual event for me (anyone remember this post from three years ago?).
There’s a great interview with John Allsopp over at the Web Standards Group. John is the author of one of my all-time favourite articles over at A List Apart: Dao of Web Design.
London was the setting on Saturday for another gathering of geeks. Patrick managed to get everyone from the last get-together to come to the big smoke (excluding Dunstan, seeing as he’s in San Francisco and all).
I’m a torn geek tonight. I was tempted to stay in and watch the new show on BBC that should be called Walking With Planets. In the end, I decided to come out to a WiFi pub for a Firefox release party.
Maybe it’s just because I was visiting the city recently, but I’m getting a real kick out of this Dublin-based blog, Twenty Major.
Looking through the family photo diaries over at the Guardian website made me realise how much I like having thumbnails in picture galleries.
Last night, I decided not to watch the all-night long election specials on television with their swingometers, pundits and talking heads. Instead, I went to bed to dream of the possibility of waking up to a different world.
I wrote a little while back about a nice little plug-in for iTunes called iPodDownload. It plugged a glaring usability hole in iTunes whereby you aren’t able to simply drag your music from your iPod to your computer.
After a Friday afternoon meeting over at Semantico, I decided to swing by the local Cancom shop and browse through whatever Apple goodies they might have in stock.
Last year BBC Radio One came to Brighton and organised a week of live music. This year, there’s no sign of auntie Beeb but local promoters have organised a week of music anyway.
“Then here’s to John Peel with my? heart and soul”
I’ve been getting some feedback on the toggle-able sidebar sections I implemented last week.
Following on from a posting on the Brighton New Media mailing list today, I just found out that the third book in Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle is now available. It’s called The System Of The World.
I’ve been doing some spring cleaning around here (if you’re reading this in an RSS reader, you might want to visit the site to investigate some of the changes).
Is it just me or do the new Apple mini stores look like the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange?
While I was off galavanting around Dublin, the 2004 Virtual Festival was hosting its Web Awards ceremony here in Brighton.
There’s a very old joke about a man who goes to the doctor and says:
I’m back from my trip to Ireland. It was a short visit but I managed to pack in quite a bit of activity.
I’m off to Dublin for the weekend.
Clean out your fat pipes, here comes some bandwidth-sucking fun.
My brother-in-law lives and works in Seattle. That’s his workplace they’re talking about in this article in this Newsweek article about Starbucks.
The Labour Party Conference is being held in Brighton this week. The area near the conference centre has been surrounded by a "ring of steel" manned by bored police officers pulling twelve hour shifts.
I’ve spent the last week re-living my childhood.
I ventured out of the house yesterday evening to attend an event sponsored by Sussex Enterprise. I was interested in the subject matter of "ebusiness: How can Mobile Technology help your business?" but mostly I was lured by the promise of a free
After reading this you might want to play this.
Michael Pierce is putting together an exhaustive annotated gallery of favicons. It’s quite inspiring.
I was having an iChat with a friend, who I had previously considered to be a reasonably well-adjusted chap, when he asked me out of the blue if I had heard that Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon was an alternate soundtrack for The Wizard Of Oz.
Arrr, it do be that time of year again me hearties.
Yesterday, I put some new music (ripped from CD) onto my iBook. I then transferred the music onto my iPod. Rather than transfer the same songs from my iBook to my iMac, I thought it would be simpler to plug the iPod into the iMac and transfer the songs fr
Since getting back from my (extended) holiday in Florida, it’s been go go go. My workload was piling up while I was away and now I’m making up for lost time with Message and Semantico.
It’s time for me to head back to Blighty. My stay in Saint Augustine wound up being longer than originally intended but there are worse places to be stranded for a few extra days.
The plan to have stunt pilots in helicopters catch a returning satellite didn’t work.
If, like me, you have recently acquired hurricane fever, there’s a handy little freeware OS X application you might like. MegaTrack shows the current and projected paths of tropical storms using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminst
Praise Jeebus! Electricity has finally been restored to the beach house. It’s good to be back online.
The storm has passed.
It was a fairly rough night last night. But it was all sound and fury signifying very little compared to today.
Hurricane Frances is taking its own sweet time. For a while today it stopped completely off the coast of Florida.
Hurricane Frances seems to have weakened and slowed down a bit. This is a mixed blessing.
Frances is getting closer to Florida. The good news is that, at the moment, it has decreased from a category four to a category three hurricane.
Microsoft has soft-launched its music downloading service. Naturally, lots of people are comparing it to the iTunes music store and evaluating their relative merits.
Hurricane Frances is getting closer. People here in Saint Augustine have been stocking up on water and other supplies. Things are still quite calm here though.
In an article entitled Apple’s missed opportunity, a certain Paul Jackson from Forrester Research has this to say about the new G5 iMac:
Since arriving in Saint Augustine, my days have settled into quite a pleasant routine.
The new iMac has been released into the wild. From an engineering point of view, it’s quite a marvel. From a price/performance point of view, it’s also pretty marvelous: unbelievably good value. Doom 3 is going to scream on this thing.
I took a trip to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm today. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to check it out. It’s like Jurassic Park with a better safety record.
Now that I’m in the States, I’ve taken possession of my previously ordered iPod. Needless to say, I’m loving it.
I’m in the land of coral and sunshine: Key West, home to Hemingway, shipwrecks, six-toed cats, wild chickens and lots and lots of seafood,
I’m taking a flight from Gatwick to Orlando first thing tomorrow. Jessica and I will be spending the next two weeks in Florida.
Looking at the unusually large waves being churned up on the shore of Brighton’s beach yesterday put me in mind of a particularly descriptive line from Joyce:
The Web Standards Project has launched a new promotional website to encourage people to switch from Internet Explorer. It’s called Browse Happy.
Here’s a wonderfully Goreyesque Flash game called A Murder Of Scarecrows.
Quote of the day comes from Nick Finck:
This weekend, Brighton was the setting for Geekend 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Richard has added a handy little feature to Multimap. By creating a category for blogs (along with hotels, restaurants, etc.) you can now link a blog to an address in the Multimap database.
This collection of 1920s erotic photos features one flapper with a mandolin and another with a bouzouki.
If you’d like to make a difference in the ever-worsening situation in Darfur, please, please, please make a donation (via the secure WorldPay service) to the World Food Program. I’ve made a modest contribution which, by itself, won’t amo
File this under "Now, why didn’t I think of that?".
I finally caved in and succumbed to the temptation of owning the style gadget de-siècle. I’ve ordered an iPod.
Richard points out that Jamie Oliver’s website is now written in XHTML and CSS.
When I really should be working, the last thing I need to read is this excellent article by Tom Hodgkinson in The Guardian entitled The Virtue Of Idleness, taken from his forthcoming book How To Be Idle:
It’s that time of year again. Brighton is party-central this weekend. Brighton Pride is an annual event celebrating the town—, sorry, city’s gay and lesbian community. It’s Fun with a capital F and it’s make me proud to live
I finally put together some of my slides from the SkillSwap talk I gave with Richard and turned them into an article.
I was on iChat with Andy Clarke recently, shooting the breeze about CSS and accomplishing this or that cross-browser effect.
I’ve mentioned before just how stressful and nerve-wracking it can be to move web hosts. That’s why I’ve been putting off the long-overdue migration of The Session from the hell that is WebServePro.
I’ve been doing a little tinkering behind the scenes here.
Others redesign. I just pile new designs on top of the old.
Yesterday the postman delivered not one, not three, but TWO t-shirts.
In the article “Real ‘frees’ Apple’s iPod player”, the following paragraph appears:
I was in London yesterday for a meeting with one of Semantico’s clients.
The hot topic of the day would appear to be newspaper sites that require visitors to register before allowing them to read any articles. Wired is running a story which ties in nicely with last week’s article about The New York Times and its lousy pa
Given the martial tone of some of my recent posts, I’m starting to feel more and more like a warblogger.
Andy Clarke has resurrected the always topical issue of fixed width vs. liquid layouts. This is something that also arose on the Brighton New Media mailing list last week.
I probably shouldn’t even mention this for fear of giving anybody any ideas but it looks like there’s a way of circumventing pop-up blockers.
Tim Bray points to a great collection of photographs by Richard Friedman.
At the risk of turning this site into “Browser Watch”, I simply have to point to Ben Hammersley’s article in today’s Guardian called “The second browser war”.
Dave Hyatt has been blogging about the way that Dashboard will require some new HTML elements.
I’m back from the west of Ireland. I was sorry to leave. I had a wonderful, music-filled time.
I just finished coding an e-commerce site with Message. The Rapha website, selling cycling apparel, has launched just in time for the Tour de France.
One of the most contentious of the new Tiger technologies announced at Apple’s Developer Conference is Dashboard.
Daniel Bogan pointed out this very interesting tidbit from the iMac page of the Apple website:
I’m back from the wilds of Dorset. As I suspected, the weather wasn’t entirely conducive to camping outdoors so my nights were spent tucked away in a warm bed between four walls under a roof.
I’m off to spend the weekend on a windswept promontory in the West Country.
I almost gave myself a sore neck from nodding my head in agreement as I read John Gruber’s latest article entitled “The Location Field Is the New Command Line”. He talks about the differences (or lack thereof) between desktop and web-bas
The iSight madness continues…
I’ve had my iSight for almost a year now but lately it’s been getting a real workout.
Jamie pointed out something funny to me the other day.
There were a lot of unremarkable television shows made during the seventies and eighties. But because those were my formative years, those shows have an unwarranted prominence in my memories. Tales Of The Gold Monkey… Scarecrow And Mrs. King…
Yesterday was Bloomsday. I wasn’t in Dublin: I was on stage in Brighton with Salter Cane. Still, I couldn’t let the occasion pass unmarked.
The iTunes Music Store has launched in the UK. Hallelujah!
The Brighton Food and Drink Festival has started.
It seems that a number of the bigger Brighton-based bands haven taken to giving quirky, secretive concerts lately.
From Idle Words:
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a big fan of Apple but even by my kool-aid drinking standards they’ve really outdone themselves this time.
In an article called Stress and Emotional Health over at BBC Health, there’s a list of "top stress makers". The "very high" category lists "moving house".
Notice a few things missing around here?
I had so much fun playing with Amazon’s Web Services over at The Session, I decided to give Google’s APIs a whirl.
Ever have one of those dreams that are filled with a bizarre mish-mash of famous people in a familiar setting but doing things they wouldn’t normally do?
Please excuse me while I have a little grammar rant. In the space of one day I have seen the words "resource" and "author" used as verbs.
My last post might have given the impression that I’ve been doing nothing but programming lately. While it’s true that I have had some late nights, writing XSL files ‘till four in the morning, I also found the time for some R’nR
Forgive me reader, for I have sinned. It has been almost a week since I last wrote anything here.
The RSS grapevine is fairly humming today with the news of the Blogger redesign.
The Brighton Festival is in full swing. Everywhere you look, there’s theatre, music, dance and art.
Here’s a song guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of anyone who owned an 8-bit machine in the eighties… Hey, Hey, 16K:
Won’t somebody please think o’ the my-oh!
I have a new gadget.
Brighton has some new wireless hotspots thanks to the good folks at Loose Connection.
It’s the first of May, a day when workers the world over take a day off… except for web designers, like the very talented Nathan Borror, who use this day to launch their redesigned websites.
iTunes 4.5 was released earlier this week.
I’m back in Brighton after my short break in Ireland. For those of you uninterested in travelogues and holiday snaps, look away now.
I’ve been pretty busy lately and not just with web-related stuff.
Here’s a cautionary tale about the dangers of over-reliance on stock photography:
If you happen to be in Brighton and you like Japanese food, be sure to check out the Murasaki cafe/bar on Dyke Road (near Seven Dials).
When I was in Arizona at Christmas time, I picked up some games for my Mac. Since then I’ve been happily playing Halo, not so happily playing Aliens vs. Predator 2 (it’s not a patch on the original) and not playing Unreal Tournament 2003 at al
"Who are we? Why are we here?"
Beatallica perform Beatles songs in the style of Metallica.
It has been quiet around here lately, hasn’t it?
I recently completed my first submission for the CSS Zen Garden. It’s called Hirnlego.
I’ve been comparing air fares recently in anticipation of a possible trip to Ireland.
How cool is this?…
If you’re looking for some stimuli to get the creative juices flowing, look no further than the fantastic Lightboxing organised every month by Veer.
My friend Diarmaid has been over visiting from Ireland for the past few days.
Here are a couple of amusing little films to close the end of the working week:
I have a new picture up on The Mirror Project that was taken in Paris last weekend.
I’ve been updating the stylesheets ‘round here. If things look a little screwy, please do adjust your set: refresh until things settle down.
I’m back from my weekend in Paris.
When I was in Arizona at Christmas time, the focal point of the seasonal celebration was the exchanging of gifts around the Christmas tree.
Being Oscar season, this is normally the time for looking back at the films of the past year, singling out the best for praise and the worst for derision.
I’m back in Brighton after a jolly jaunt in the countryside experiencing Dunstan Orchard’s non-digital social networking experiment. His hospitality was second to none.
I’m off to Dorset. Whatever the collective noun for blogger is, there’s going to be one of them this weekend.
I’m down at the Sussex Arts Club enjoying the hospitality of new web kids on the block, Futurlab ("we got rid of the ‘e’ and passed the savings on to you").
Yesterday was my birthday (discretion prevents me from revealing my current age).
I took a trip on Friday to see the good folks over at Motionpath.
Either the BBC are getting lazy or the Russians are making some pretty outrageous claims:
On Monday, I placed an order at the Apple Store online. The delivery time was estimated at three to seven working days. My order showed up within 48 hours.
I’ve been tidying up the stylesheets around here. Everything should look exactly the same, just executed more economically.
All is well with the world once again. UPS delivered my iBook this morning after trying and failing yesterday morning (nobody home).
I spent hours last night tearing my hair out trying to fix a mystifying PHP problem.
Best. Haircut. Ever.
If, like me, you’re both a geek and a lover of Irish traditional music, you might be interested in hearing that there are now RSS feeds available from The Session.
You know how they sometimes do parody ads on South Park or Ren and Stimpy?
As users of Apple’s web browser will be aware, Safari offers the option to display a bug reporting icon in its browser chrome. I’ve used this feature a few times and, based on the modifications in the subsequent version of Safari, here’s
I’m back from Ireland where I had an enjoyable, if somewhat rushed, weekend of seafood, stout and song.
Seeing windows apps running on OS X kind of freaks me out but not nearly as much as seeing what this guy did to a G5:
An iChat transcript with my friend Diarmaid who I am supposed to be meeting in Dublin right about now:
It’s the twentieth anniversary of the Mac and my iBook has decided to celebrate by popping its clogs.
Things have been very quite here in my online journal lately.
I’m going to have to get my hands on iLife pronto.
Coca Cola today launched an online music download service that aims to compete with the iTunes Music Store.
It is with a certain glee that I have been forcing friends and colleagues attempt the "spot the head replacement" game with the band pictures I put online.
I spent the wee hours of last night honing my Photoshop chops.
Andy has beaten me to the punch on this little exclusive: I found out at work today that my co-worker/employer’s brother, Martin Freeman (of The Office fame) has been cast as Arthur Dent in the upcoming film of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Ga
Jessica and I yesterday celebrated four years of marriage.
The big announcement at yesterday’s Macworld keynote address was, of course, the much anticipated introduction of mini iPods.
I’m back in Brighton. I’m over the worst of the jet lag and back into the routine of work, band practice and wet weather.
My holiday time here in Arizona is coming to an end.
I’ve just come back from seeing The Return Of The King for the second time.