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Paediatric osteopathy

Nick and I took CU-1 to The Osteopathic Centre for Children this afternoon. There’s nothing wrong with her, it’s just that as she was ventouse (French for suction-cup—sez it all) delivered, the word on the street ...

Search engine referrals

Hadn’t checked my search engine referrals in a while. It’s always interesting to see what’s on peoples’ minds. In order of popularity:

Fuck Verisign

Just got a note from verisign telling me the pumpernickle domain was about to expire. This is interesting because I’ve now started the long slow painful migration away from the servants of Beelzebub and towards th...

New car

I recently bought Nicki a new car. Or more precisely, some faceless financial institution is letting me keep a car that Nicki uses as long as I promise to give them money every month for the rest of my life;-)

Dean Allen and adventures with cable tv

Just thought I’d better tell Dean that there is an unmissable film on Canal Jaune at 22h45 (quarter to eleven) \t It’s Claude Lelouche’s unmissable Un homme qui me plaît which showcases the talents of Farah Fawcet...

Summer hols etc

I was going to say I’m now back at work and describe hols etc etc but i just found the following in my inbox from Jed, my father and I thought it kind of did the job:-)

Alan Watts (on WFMU)

I recently started listening to WFMU again thanks to the miracle of adsl. Can somebody tell me what it is about Alan Watts that make his lectures so impossible to switch off? I know nothing of Buddhism and am not ...

Scottish information architecture

Robbie Bushe is a life-long friend of Billy and one of the most amazing artists I’ve had the pleasure to know. Of course, he makes his own websites and his navigation is as rich, complex and textured as his work i...

24

Right—watched 23 last night and have just finished watching 24. I just have to say I still think it’s rubbish. …don’t let them connect you to Germany oh so Nina is working for some shadowy organisation in Germany?...

24

Billy has chimed in to the 24 debate;-) The offshoot of this email correspondence is that I’m kicking myself for not having sat through the penultimate episode. I guess I’ll just have to pay attention when the “pr...

Re Stupid design rip-off

An open letter to Ian Robson, the guy who put his name to my work. He has apologised and wishes to make amends. Here is his note and my reply.

Man, this is one angry page

Just re-read this blog page… Yes I am going to get out more, yes I will up my hypericum levels and yes I’ll consider anger counselling from Ren and Stimpy;-)

The value of trust is $35

Well, it had to happen — Verisign has handed over one of my domains to some nasty little cybersquatter:-( I’m trying to go on holiday (since yesterday) and shit just wont stop hitting the fan…

Stupid design rip-off

This fucking idiot has grabbed large chunks of the Pumpernickle site (including the basic XHTML template) both code and design and has ‘pre’ dated the stuff and claims it as his own. It’s unbelievable, he’s so bol...

Did you know

That Google is now configurable. It allows you to store useful preferences such as language. Google now reports my results in “Ewmew Fudd”.

Re -- 24

> > (snip) > > But the preposterousness of the series is part of > the fun… Some of it I agree goes a bit too far > (that whole memory-loss thing for one) but on > the whole it knows what it ...

24

was: “Re:24”

24

Started watching tonight’s episode and just decided on the spur of the moment that this has to be the worst written show on tv.

Not Nigerian

(snapshots from my in-tray)

Bush, Dawkins and ford

I’ve just had a few shitty connectivity days. First of all BT cut off my adsl line (yes, my payment was late, but I’m on a ‘business’ tariff and you don’t just cut off business users without a) a phone call b) an ...

Human endeavour is a beautiful thing

When i was a little boy of about seven or eight (I’m guessing) my father sat me down with his sample books and started teaching me letterforms. The one I remember most clearly was Poster Bodoni Italic. I loved the...

Say goodbye to NetSol / Verisign

When a registrar gives away your name to a fraudulent applicant and then refuses to do anything about it, it’s time to change registrars. I believe I put it like this in an earlier post…

Thank you Nicki

For buying me the most stylish shaving mirror I’ve ever seen. Ok, so she did it to prevent me installing my grotty old one in our lovely new bathroom, but is it not the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen?

Écoutez et répétez

I hadn’t heard this in ages. When I was a kid we used to try and learn all the words…

Just when you think you’re sad

Someone else comes along… This person really needs to get out more;-)

Nadinne and the bathroom

Well, in just two weeks, our grotty hell-hole has become a beautiful designer bathroom — In fact, it’s so posh I keep thinking that a guy is going to hand me a towel and expect a tip every time I take a slash, it...

Beer

Yesterday I had a pint in Kilburn for ?1.20 and a pint in Kentish Town for ?1.45 — so how come I’ve been drinking in the West End?

R1150GS

Well, the bike leasing guy (Paul Preddy) has gone off to make some calculations re my lease… posting from his desktop (is that rude? one needs to use all the connectivity one can). So in a few weeks, the big yello...

Ok, have just downloaded GnuPG

Updates to follow if I can get my head round it :-)

PGP designer-aid

OK guys, this isn’t that complicated. There’s a Macos X port on the go complete with binaries to download, and the chaps in charge are doing their best to make it understandable and usable for plebs like myself wh...

Spooky

Good opening editorial from NTK — I’m hoping for a grass-roots reaction. Might be time to finally figure out how to use gnuPG. I wonder how much it would slow things down if we encrypted (almost) every that left o...

Stupid (19k) background image

Sorry reader, I’ve been playing and the result is that the lovely barebones template now includes a goofy background image.

More DOM fun

Thank you Zeldman for pointing to this script by kryogenix.org:

Flash and dhtml select lists

Had a little chat with Eddie Traversa over at dhtmlnirvana.com this morning and we got to talking about how some nice dom manipulation can give you Flash-like effects without the plugin. Or, in other words, how ma...

Italian spelling

Thank you enigmatic mermaid for pointing me at the aria database — perhaps not the net’s most useful resource, but fun, and v. cool :-) Try this text file for the aria that’s been eating me up most recently. Which...

Clever deathmatch chaps

Had a back-up :-) So all is well in deathmatch (trying to get enough to buy the warp drive).

Beer, art and sun

Had a very nice day yesterday kicking around London in the sun with Andrew Keith Ward

bash@local host# rm -rf all kiddies

arse. deathmatch has been hacked. As much as I like the idea of a secure internet with no open relays and exploit-resistant boxes those silly hackers (you know the ones, the ones that shouldn’t be calling themselv...

Been workin nights

I have been sleeping days all week. It’s the only way to be ‘fresh’ for use of the broadband connection without workmen hammering and drilling… I’ve developed a rash and am wondering when The West Wing’s Sam and A...

Let’s put NetSol to death

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