Archive for March, 2005


Friday, March 18th, 2005

Oblique Strategies. Creative thinking tips by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt: Both Schmidt and Eno realized that the pressures of time tended to steer them away from the ways of thinking they found most productive when the pressure was off. The Strategies were, then, a way to remind themselves of those habits of thinking – […]

The Beer Champions League

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

Gentlemen (for yes, today I address the males of my readership), the time has come. I have a vision, a vision that together we can find, once and for all time, which beer is The Greatest. Behold! <fanfare>: The Beer Champions League. What is it? Okay, back to reality. The Beer Champions League (BCL) is […]

Grey / gray

Tuesday, March 8th, 2005

Whenever I need to write the word "grey" I get caught for a moment in a logic loop. Both ‘grey’ and ‘gray’ are acceptable spellings, so I can’t decide which to use. Today I was critiquing a website and needed to write about how bad the grey navigation was, so I tried both ways and […]

Ways to keep warm while your wife’s away

Monday, March 7th, 2005

At times it’s been pretty Baltic whilst Lara’s been away (see photo, taken last weekend from the top floor, click to enlarge). The pursuit of warmth has led me to take all kinds of special measures. Top 5 ways to keep warm while your wife’s away: Alcohol. Let’s be clear, I’m not saying I’ve been […]

Clone Wars

Sunday, March 6th, 2005

Cleaning up my hard drive this afternoon I rediscovered the Clone Wars. Set in the Star Wars timeline between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, Clone Wars is a Lucasfilm produced (and hence fully sanctioned) series of 20 short cartoons. Created by Genndy Tartakovsky (also responsible for another favourite, Samurai Jack) I […]


Saturday, March 5th, 2005

After a stinging rebuke in the pub last night I’ve updated the Celebrity Spots page > The broken submission page has also been repaired, which probably accounts for the drop in numbers of spots recently. Sorry about that. Anyway, eagle-eyed robotperson readers can now switch radars back to full power and send in your celebrity […]


Thursday, March 3rd, 2005

If you have any time left after Zookeeper, give Squares 2 a go. It’s a superbly simple shockwave game liable to induce fugue state in no time. I love games with simple controls and Squares 2 uses only your mouse – and no buttons at that. Beat 136 163 squares. You can order actual reality […]

The Baroque Cycle

Tuesday, March 1st, 2005

The System of the World by Neal Stephenson is the third and final part of his Baroque Cycle of novels, and I’ve just finished it. Since December I’ve been immersed in these books, totally engrossed in the story of natural philosophers, vagabonds, money and science in the era of the Enlightenment. To say I have […]