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CSS3, now with more ukuleles

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I think that this man deserves a little love.  You don’t hear much about Opera these days, which is strange given it’s often the best mobile/console browsing experiences available – even on platforms like Maemo where it’s not officially supported.

They also employ engineers that own ukuleles, and love the web so much that they compose songs about the new features in CSS3.

Next week, a checkout attendant sings a song about conveyor belts, backed by the Latvian Male Voice Choir.

Most Played

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Here’s a selection of what’s currently most played on my N900, which is listened to for at least 2 hours a day here.  How representative it is of the tripe that I listen to is for you to decide.

1. Lindstrom – Grand Ideas

2. Edvard Hill – Indeed I Am Very Glad To Be Back Home

4. Cliff Wedge – Go Go Yellow Screen

6. Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days (Extended 12″ Mix) [Why? It’s miles worse than the 7″]

9. The Vengaboys Megamix by Nick Skitz

10. Q-Tex – E-Creation ’95

15. Skatebard – Data Italia

16. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

17. WVKEAF – Jump (12″ Edit) [The link is mislabelled]

20. Terry Wogan – The Floral Dance

The Great Fashionista Swindle

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Loads to say but not much time to do so, sadly.  Most of my plans for this week have fallen through, mind you, so I might get the chance to exude some prose.  In the meantime, here’s an excellent tune from a couple of years back which has been gracing the N900 a lot recently:

Dada Life – The Great Fashionista Swindle

This is the original mix – not the (worse) Laidback Luke mix that everyone claims is the original (but isn’t.)

As an aside, here’s what’s been keeping me up all night by rebounding around my head like a squash court:

Edward Hill – Indeed I Am Very Glad To Be Back Home


Under Destruction

Monday, October 26th, 2009


It’s hard to shed a tear for the demise of GeoCities, even though I should as it started my web design career.  It’s difficult to mourn that which is long-forgotten, though – it’d be like becoming upset about for my cat who died years ago.

ma_geo_1The truth is that I once had a GeoCities site, but all I recall about it was that the background was black, the URL was impossible to remember, the web FTP interface was unbelievably bad even for those days, and they had some Javascript that stuffed a shuddering GeoCities logo into the bottom-right corner.  I have no idea what it was actually about, and slipping peacefully away into history is the best thing for it.

The Archive Team are to be applauded for their efforts, though.  They’ve rescued all the under construction GIFs that they could possibly find and whacked them on one eye-bleeding page for posterity.  I haven’t seen so much irritating crap in one place since I was last in a Starbucks, so naturally I picked out a few of my faves and archived them here too, y’know, just in case…

MoMotorCity4109construct“More updates to come once I’m back from primary school”

AtAthensTroy1330underconstructodoecran“Who turned out the lights?”

CaCapitolHill1114Under_ConstructionNothing says class like a 3D rotating construction sign (with only one side)

SiSiliconValleyVista2013constructor-indexNothing says “we’re not quite sure what we’re archiving” like saving ancient Javadoc .gifs for posterityTokyoFuji7118constructsonic

Hey, quit ruining my childhood memories!


This is just a little bit like that Catchphrase episode.CaCapitolHillLobby9717construction

I seriously have absolutely no idea what is meant to be going on here.


Believe it or not, this was actually about as reliable as Mac OS 9 dialogs got in my experience.

CaCapeCanaveralGalaxy8999construction1 Achtung!  Awful designen!


Actually, I know a couple of people who could use this.

Operation Crisslefridge

Monday, September 21st, 2009

19385Since this blog seems to be a natural home for white goods-related stories, here’s one about my fridge that transpired over the last week or so.

Y’see, I’d been waking up to find a puddle of water in the middle of the kitchen.  It appeared regularly, of varying size, and puzzlingly appearing to leak from the corner of the fridge or freezer.  Troublesome to mop up and unpleasant to step in, it proved unwilling to yield any clues to its whereabouts.  The fridge appeared fine on inspection, and the freezer – though in need of a good defrost – wasn’t dripping at all.  I turned it down a bit, the water became more voluminous, and the odd phenomenon continued.  Did I have some aquatic ghoul slurping around my kitchen at night?

The origin of the mysterious fridgetoplasm was only revealed yesterday afternoon, when I opened the fridge door and the large glass jar of tap water kept there fell in half right in front of my eyes.  It seems that upon turning up the fridge a while back, I’d frozen the water in the jar, which for whatever scientific reason had expanded outwards, snapping the jar in two and producing a slow trickle of water from the exposed ice-cube therein.

It must have been a fair amount of force to break the jar – it’s pretty thick – and clean enough that the jar held itself together until I jerked the door open.  The wonders of the physical world, eh?

Location Crisslefridge was an ancient PD game for the Atari ST/Amiga (I think) which I spent some happy time playing back in the halcyon days of the early 90s, and thought was called Operation Crisslefridge ’til literally moments ago.  Respect to you Gweez, wherever you are…