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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


Spread the word, wear the dot

Week ending 4 July [media]

Darn, it’s been a whole week - getting sloppy. Piece in the Guardian today theorising about what will happen when punters become able to apply professional-grade special effects to video. The suggestion is that vi...

Forgotten manga

This cracks me up and this makes me want to shoot myself. Fantastic stuff from Patrick Farley at e-sheep comix and while I’m browsing memory lane, remember air guitar? this was the same year that motion-control te...


great gig, if bite-sized (here’s a few seconds of “Babies” grabbed with the cannon ixus). Perhaps more small-but-perfectly-formed. Billy and I hooked up with Ian, the painter who is doing Andrew’s house. This is a...


Satisfying gig. Apparently, they’re breaking up… (sez billy)


3 mile walk through forest with gps - have arrived at gig:-)

Thanks Jed

CU-1 is three weeks old today and my Dad sent me a father’s day card (no, I didn’t send him one…) which is a really nice lino cut based on a photograph taken a couple of weeks ago.

Family post

Mom, Dad and other family folk, there’s a great shot of CU-1 having a bath over in the scrapbook :-)

Raettig vs Jobs

Never have I met anyone more capable of taking a piece of gorgeous, ground-breaking industrial design and turning it to useless rubble in seconds…

What do they fear?

What is it with everyone these days, first KPMG hassles Chris for linking to them and now NPR (no, that’s the NRA - the NPR is the well-meaning public braodcasting lot) are demanding that people complete a form to...

This week

Well, it’s Friday, and Nick and CU-1 have gone off to visit young Gulia, one of the nct babies. It’s been quite a week, Nick’s parents came down to stay with us, CU-1 discovered the fun of staying up all night and...

Browsers are getting interesting again

I’ve just downloaded the new version of netscape — it has all the down-to-basics functionality of Communicator, but with the added extra of a (largely) standards-compliant rendering engine. Also, my parents should...

Dropped off a bridge into a river

A story I can believe, and one I can’t

More nonsense

I’ve modified the generator script so that the selection of links (over there on the right) automatically extracts my bookmark file and chops out links using a seeded number. This happens every sixty minutes. “Coo...

Mr Raettig’s mum

Just a quick grin of thanks to Mr Raettig. His cutdown version of OpenBSD has been powering mum, the pumpernickle intranet box for the last 16 months and his configuration has proved remarkably robust.


…Eager not only to point out rotundity, He does math too, and shows, with air of profundity, How much more destructive are sweet, fatty snacks Than militant Islamic terror attacks…

Intellectual property -- discuss


has been in the house for a week now. She now sleeps in her carry-cot during the day and in bed with Nick and I at night. In between, she is learning to poo and fart at the same time while having her nappy changed...

Cal Henderson

Been visiting the iamcal network a lot ever since Billy decided to download Cal’s metalinker script. Sites like these cheer me up big time.

Thank you

Also, I just wanted to say “thank you” to all those who emailed congratulations and have not heard back from me individually - please forgive me but it has been a bit of a crazy time

pronunciation query (from billy)

The final word in response to Billy’s query — native english speakers address mademoiselle as

CU-1 has arrived at a strange time

In the history of our little planet. There appears to be an increasing lack of clemency.