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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...


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

Flash and dhtml select lists

Had a little chat with Eddie Traversa over at 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

This from

And as long as we’re hammering antiquity

with poorly framed art-historical references, here’s Pat the plaster hard at work in the bathroom. He does look fairly Herculean, no (or am I thinking Atlas…)? And what a smooth surface — months of practise and I ...


our bathroom designer is sitting in the kitchen weaving silver thread. I half expect her to pull out a golden fleece or pose with a six-legged lion (or was that five-legged, must check my Assyrian art history ;-)...


But if you have adsl works well. I liked “It’s good to be here” (I would have provided a link, but hey, the whole site is a big swf so no links).

Chrimble the magician in a wardrobe

Clearly old Chrimble has too much time on his hands. His power rating in paranormal deathmatch (and he could afford the magic wardrobe) would indicate that the man has fought 4,761 opponents, taking an average of ...



The 5k

Is it just me or did the 5k disapoint this year? This year for the first time, most of the ‘cleverer’ entries don’t work on my machine. The fact that these same entries are often highly rated worries me. Mebbe nex...

Just put Nick and CU-1 on a train

They’re off to Scotland for the week as the bathroom builders move in this week. On the way home I dropped in on the Odeon and saw Minority Report - interesting film.

Chirpy Cockney cabbies

Just spotted two muslim women with three kids outside the mosque in St John’s Wood trying to flag a cab. As I sat at the lights I saw no less than four (!) empty black cabs refuse to pick them up.

Site update

(Friday 2 August– works still in progress) I was making some moodboards in illustrator the other day and hit “outline” ? which got me this groovy background pattern of random boxes…

Had lunch with Sven yesterday

Hadn’t seen the man in years (literally). It was strangely reassuring - he hadn’t changed a bit, still the same high-energy unstoppable force of nature :-) He has moved on from being London’s top celebrity photogr...

More liberal winging

What is going around here? Can you believe the British government wants to remove the double jeopardy rule, make previous convictions admissible in court and do away with jury trial in some cases. No legal student...

Wear a yellow ribbon

Does anybody else find the thought of Israel building walls around Palestinian enclaves disturbing? Can you say Warsaw? I guess the next step on the road to a peaceful settlement will be the mandatory wearing of y...

Who hosed Nick’s imac

Ooops… Tell you what, kextunload is intense. Imagine editing the kernel via an ssh conection. It was fun til I killed the usb bus completely (no keyboard no mouse)

Decapitation can be fun

from - the cellphone theatre mini movies (originally designed for viewing via mobile).

Are you listening?

nato davos enron wto chechnya milosovic afghanistan cyberterrorism network terror waco oklahoma suicide bomber iraq iran ngo gmo homeland security ashcroft cia nsa fbi saddam hussein chemical weapon mass destructi...

BT’s new £1,000,000 website

From Simon Willison via Zeldman


I’m sure Blogchalk is a just silly trick to get people to publish this sentence (must be an evil backstory somewhere…): Google! DayPop! This is my blogchalk: English, United Kingdom, London, West Hampstead, Dug, M...

Call-center integration

Very impressed with Tomy UK (the people who make those funny radio powered baby monitor things). I thought mine was broken as its flashing light morse code alarm was doing what I thought was the wrong thing. I che...


Mmmmm… CU-1 had her first colic last night. Not fun :-(

Ghost NASCAR driver

I remember preparing for Halloween when I was in 3rd grade at the American school in Milan. One of the kids had a real Bell helmet and a driving suit painted black with a white skeleton all over it. I couldn’t bel...


Nicki and I were on holiday in the land of Ben and Laura last year, when we stopped for lunch in West Virginia. Food was fantastic basic southern stuff, served with those large brown plastic glasses full of home-...

more on plagiarism

Hi dug, Here is the site favoured by academics who are involved in the fight against plagiarism. Its quite a big project about electronic detection, and does mention

A potent cocktail of music and linguistics

playful, retro, unpredictable, jazzy (occasionally, and not in a good sense, I’m afraid). But definite potential overall.

More designs are getting copied

apparently, and these people want to help students avoid it. You’d think that a site called might try and make a more unique logo. I mean it’s a logo with a swoosh(!):

More than a misunderstanding

More strange and wonderful stuff from Cal. Check out this icq conversation


Now, this is silly :-)

The Joy of Sex

Funny article in the Guardian this morning. Barbara Ellen remembers the hairy hippies of “The Joy of Sex”. She laments the passing of said hippies as the new edition has replaced the daft drawings with (no doubt v...

Things you didn’t know about Google

Gosh, you learn something new everyday on the web. The following from a Stanford U paper