Wednesday, June 30, 2004

The Bush conspiracy generator

Following on from the October Surprise we now have a conspiracy theory generator for George.

The George W. Bush Conspiracy Generator: "George W. Bush caused the Cubs to lose to the Marlins in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series so that Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, the Christian Coalition, big corporations, and oil companies could invade Iraqis."

Friday, June 25, 2004

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

The Chewbacca Defense

We all heard the findings of the Sept 11 report last week, where they concluded that there was no significant link between Osama Bin Liner and Iraq. Nor in fact any significant link between al-Qaida and Iraq.
Of course almost at the same time, we also heard many, seeming gifted, members of the various governments contradicting this report's findings.

While I personally have an opinion, that provided we make good the country/world will be better place - I still have my doubts as to the timing and merits of such an all out "correction" of a foreign country/culture.

The following link did make me smile, I prefer to look at this as the Chewbacca Defense rather than the whatever defense --- you get the picture.

9/11 Panel Finds No Link Between Bin Laden And Iraq; White House Uses "Whatever" Defense

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Essential IPod upgrade

As you know I love my iPod ... both of them :) 
An enterprising soul has designed an upgrade for the iTrip (localised FM transmitter for the iPod allowing you to listen to your iPod on any nearby radio)

The upgrade is an iTrip AMP :)  Simple but I am sure quite effective... and what a fantastic idea those at Boing Boing came up with.  Now you can OVERRIDE the music coming from the car with their windows open next to you.

Now all that I am missing, is a car.

Original article;
"DIY ITrip amp This fellow created an interesting amp design for an iTrip. Boing Boing reader Ian Meyer says, " He said that it would probably be capable of overpowering broadcast stations for a small radium (ie: enough to blast some Queen in place of the hippity-hoppity music that the guy in the car next to me is listening to loud enough to be heard for half a mile)." [Ed: Hippity Hoppity? Did someone see "The Ladykillers"?] Link
[via Boing Boing]"

Friday, June 11, 2004


Everybody loves Badgers.... Cute, fluffy, and highly addictive :)

Thursday, June 10, 2004

SCO - the slow demise

While I haven't been a fan of SCO since Openmail, their corporate strategy for making money does seem strange.  They are writing the book on "how to make friends and influence people" --- or maybe just the chapter on how to upset everybody and your friends.

Not only have they made threatening noises at SUN (probably one of the closest friends) by publicly telling them they can't open source Solaris --- even when the details of such a move are undefined/undecided/hot-air (well they have been talking about it for a few years now)

But also, their revenue has tanked.  I think the line that summarise this CNet article for me is "its SCOsource licensing effort yielded only $11,000 in revenue at a cost of $4.5 million in expenses.

Though it is the line at the end that made me laugh the most.  "The company also announced on Thursday that it had notified the Berlin-Bremen, Stuttgart and Frankfurt Freiverkehr stock exchanges that its ticker symbol had been listed without the company's permission. SCO is asking the exchanges to remove the symbol."

SCO revenue takes a tumble The company's Unix licensing program costs a lot more than it brings in.
[via CNET]

As Britain goes to the polls

For the MEP elections and local government - hope my team doesn't fall at the first hurdle - I was chatting to a friend about what the incumbant American Government might do to secure the election in November.

A quick search later, lead us to October Surprise a rather good/entertaining online survey about that Rabbit will be pulled out of the Bush bag ahead of this years elections.  You can review the results and vote here;

Now, wouldn't it be funny/scarey if this was actually an endorsed project to work out WHAT needed to be done to win the election.

On a similar but much more interesting note, check out the book INTERFACE by Stephen Bury (aka Neal Stephenson + Frederick George)

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Too stressed to work?

Well you must be getting pretty close to be here, reading this :)

Thanks Sean


I ask you!  An awesome presentation found here by Boing Boing, but I couldn't concentrate after reading about Potentialities

Does everybody have them?  Can I buy them at the local Safeways?  Will they help me get thin? 

Sometimes the made up words are the Beezkneez :)


History of the Universe in Seven Snoozes Web art site Locus Novus is run by a Pasadena, California-based designer who does amazing things with hypertext. A Flash-based presentation of writer Jim Ruland's short piece "History of the Universe in Seven Snoozes" just went live today, and I think it is sublime.
Link, and here is another one of my favorite pieces from Ruland at McSweeney's. Link

[via Boing Boing]

Monday, June 07, 2004

Ducks have regional accents: official

I just had to add this one.  For posterity :)


[via The Register]

Friday, June 04, 2004

EMAIL encoding
Ever wondered how to have your email address in clear text yet prevent it from being grabbing by every passing spam feeding robot?

check out this neat little encoder I found...

Gmail or not to Gmail

I have been using as an "away from the office" or "feed the spammers/mailing lists" mail client for many years - so long that it now receives a considerable amount of spam, which bless their cotton socks, YAHOO do actually manage pretty well.

The account has served me well but I am beginning to wonder if now is not the time to move, lose the spam completely.  My investigation has got a far as registering at who offer 2GB of email storage. 

But it is at this point one finds the hardest thing about moving any address... namely telling everybody, every mailing list, ex-colleague, ex-company, product registration that has the current address that there is now a new one.  Even then, how can you tell you have got them all?  I will persist for a bit longer, but I see a day when I will have YET another email address full of spam.

in the meantime, as a test of email address encoding here is my new address