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Transformaçaõ de Armas em Enxadas

I’ve been spending quite a lot of time looking at the British Museum website these past couple of months. I’ve nicked this graphic from Compass, their editor-selected presentation of 5000 significant pieces from t...


I’m on a couple of usability lists and one of them sparked a slightly strange exchange of messages a few minutes ago:



Well, I’ve been on the verge of buying Tiger and going through the upgrade thing with the five-odd machines I’m responsible for. It looks like I’ll loose key functionality if I do (virtual switch networking) and I...



Sunday afternoon and my eyes are still going mental. This is beginning to worry me slightly, after all I rely quite heavily on my eyes to do my job. If things haven’t improved by tomorrow morning, I think I’ll go ...

Puffy and smelly

So I’m sitting here at my desk, it’s 5am and I’m trying to get some writing done, but my eyes are killing me.


ER -- The Video Game

Just been contacted by Francis Poku at re featuring the new ER game on Donkey.


Sitting here in MUF where I work on personal projects thinking about the structure of a huge, museum website and have just noticed that Technorati’s tags page is almost 50% non-roman.

Memory machine

I’m not sure whether I prefer the Flickr ‘most recent’ or ‘random’ badges, but one of the nice features of the random badge (which grabs pics at ‘random’ from your photosets) is that is reminds you of days past.

Getting clients to the Land of Usability…

I forget if I’ve mentioned this before, but we’re all carrying all manner of legacy decisions about producing web pages. We’ve got the web-safe colour thing, the acessible Javascript thing, the quirks or no quirks...


Feeling Tufte today -- -)

Doing some background reading for a big IA project and came across this classic from Edward Tufte

Asquith Court West Hampstead

I was beginning to think the good works of the Asquith Eight were going to go unnoticed forever.

Touching screens

What is it with account execs? They can’t help themselves from poking the screen. One in particular had the endearing habit of using a biro which left little blue smudges…


OK everybody, today’s the day. Time to head for a polling station.


Have just spent three hours inputting all manner of stuff into the Aquent website.

Tom Coates on trackback

Tom writes Trackback is dead. Are Comments dead too? I’m not sure I agree with his findings. To be honest, I have a problem understanding exactly how trackback works, so time to delve deeper. What is undeniable is...


Asquith Court Parents Association

There has been a real grassroots effort by the parents of kids at Asquith Court West Hampstead. It got so bad we moved CU-1 to a new nursery (which she calls her “new nursery” which is kinda cute…).


Evil hackers on IRC

OK, it’s abit geeky, but this story has just had me in stiches:-)

More ‘customer support’ nonsense

I got this note at work this morning. This is crazy as it’s now the second time I’ve got the note and for some reason, this company cannot operate outside its scripted customer support parameters. This a very impo...


A new kind of customer service

Just got this from Flickr…

Workflow for Movable Type

If you can get past the mind-bending idea of plugins having their own plugins, it really shows how plugin developers have taken a place next to strategy consultants, content mavens, and implementation experts in b...



Yesterday, I watched a man carry a little white box.


Wireless magic

Sitting in the car outside my flat typing this. Thank you open 802.11 networks :-)


Isobel Daisy Holmes

I know I do overdo it on the baby content, but I just this minute received this email:


Just about to drive back to London.


April Fool

Don’t miss OK/Cancel’s fabulous new ‘re-experiencing’ of their site :-)

Amsterdam for weejuns

So that was fun, if utterly exhausting (started my day 06:00 on Friday and got into my hotel bed at 01:30 only to be kicked awake by little girl at 06:30–and it went downhill from there on the sleep front).



Wey hey! Nicki has scored our little familly an all-expenses-paid press junket to the Dutch capital. Nick and CU-1 left earlier today and are currently enjoying that particular kind of Dutch hospitality (brusque?)...



I want one of these

Big boys playing nice (part two)

And in the spirit of lo-fi open source advertising, check this out. Anup Kurian is the director of an independent film showing at the Waterman’s in Brentford. He wrote in asking for help. Read the post, but go see...

Say no to 0870

A co-worker just passed this around:

Killing Chickens

Life just got easier it says. This just has to be a piss-take…

Wi-fi on the go

Just wanted to register my surprise at the poor quality of BTOpenzone’s wi-fi offering. Apart from the just plain cryptic interface of the wi-fi start page (the page your brower is redirected to when you attempt t...


Things stumbled across by accident

Just read this nice little emotional roller-coaster from Wil Wheaton’s blog.

Big boys playing nice

Well, Google is courting entertainment marketers apparently. The piece explains how new Google film listings are making studio bosses nervous. There’s some classic old-world thinking

I can feel a new banner campaign coming along

Still waiting to hear back from Fnac (a great place to buy French stuff - iTunes licensing doesn’t allow French ‘variété’ tracks on the UK store grr) re my earlier note to them.

Dispositif anticopie numérique

Cher Fnac, Je me fais un devoir de vous informer que (bien qu’ayant été sur le point de le commander) je ne vais pas acheter le cd “Le Fil” de Camille car la présence d’un “Dispositif anticopie numérique” est d...

Carbs ahoy

Just had my first roast potato in I don’t know how long.

Fascism Anyone?

From but all 14 features might fit us western 1rst worlders quite nicely too…