Archive for September, 2005


Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

An octet of music related links for your cogitation: “I’m like the guy, the old white man that comes out with a cane who’s all dressed in white with a white beard”. Robotperson hero, Timbaland compares his very bad self to Gandalf on musicthing. Some good info in the comments. Vestax Groovecaster. Prototype, but for […]

Happy birthday

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Today as I left work I had to run pretty fast to stay motionless as the Earth span beneath me, and London Bridge rotated my way. I was lucky to keep up: If I hadn’t boarded my train I would’ve been stranded in the city, and carried northwards as it zoomed away, leaving my still […]

Minimum – Maximum

Monday, September 26th, 2005

You’ve got to love Kraftwerk. You’d think that with the machine-music, and the German stereotype, they’d be dour and straight. But no, the humour is in there. Dry and understated. I’ve been listening to their live album, Minimum – Maximum, a lot recently. As well as the music being superb, it’s frequently funny if you […]


Monday, September 26th, 2005

It must be perculiarly annoying to find out that someone has named an enormous, water-saturated volume of high velocity, low pressure oxygen and (mostly) nitrogen after you. However, exactly this has happened with my mother and hurricane Rita. Alternatively it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snip hilarious headlines and stick them to your pin-board, like “Monster […]

Google Earth

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

If you haven’t played with Google Earth yet, you’re missing out. In short, it’s a free PC app that lets you explore the surface of our planet. Made up of stitched-together satellite images, it’s like having a globe on your computer, but one with incredible resolution (at best you can almost make out car models […]

Web annoyances

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

How to annoy me with your website: Make pages open in new windows. This is especially annoying for pages within your site, but outbound links which open new windows also irritate. If I want to come back to your page I will use the ‘back’ button, and so will everyone else. Pop-up new windows for […]

Back from the beach

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

And with a sigh, our holiday ends. Relaxing complete; books read; stomach slowly recovering from protein oversupply. It’s been good, and all the usual benefits have featured in abundance: fine weather, rich eating, the glorious self indulgence of the siesta. But there were a handful of little things, unexpected differences that lent living differently for […]

Metaphors for Information Architecture

Monday, September 5th, 2005

After a particularly frustrating day at work a few weeks ago I vented with a couple of metaphors for Information Architecture on the train home. Off the laptop, here they are: If you imagine a website as a prefectly geometric plane (like the light cycle grid in Tron, say), and the contents of the site […]


Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Most of you are using Internet Explorer to read this. About 80% of you in fact, according to my server logs, but I suspect that most of you think of that blue ‘e’ icon as simply ‘the internet’ and not as an application at all. But it is an application, called Internet Explorer (IE), and […]