Posts from June 2001

28th June, 10:25 am

Unlike paul, i forgot this blog's one year anniversary. iamcal (the blog) is now 1 year and 25 days old. Hurrah!

22nd June, 11:12 am

Wooooo! Managed to get 4 under par on the crazy golf game (which has been taking up alot of my time is the last few days). Can any of you beat that?

The iamcal software sub-site has finally opened. Now featuring beta 3 of deskcam (new and improved!) and version 2 of slice. Will also feature my game project once it's a little more stable.

Go take the geek quiz. Not as good as the spark quizes though. Talking of the spark, you have been reading out the sister project, right?

The Microsoft critical updates page is my friend. If you're running win2k, i urge you to upgrade to SP2 and apply the lastest two hotfixes. It's for your own good people.

21st June, 11:10 am

Stolen from bridget who stole it from derek. But it's so appropriate.From the "meanwhile" section on wired news:

Goldfish are generally thought of as hassle-free pets. The bowls in which they live, however, can be potent weapons. In Britain, 26 people ended up in the hospital after a goldfish bowl set fire to a garden shed. It appears the bowl acted as a magnifying glass. Sunrays entered the shed where the goldfish were kept and passed through the glass bowl, which concentrated the light, then entered a second shed causing a blaze to start. Chemicals stored in the shed gave off noxious fumes when firemen dampened them. Eighteen firefighters, four paramedics and four neighbors were taken to an Oxford hospital where they were treated for vomiting, nausea and burning chest sensations. The goldfish did not survive the conflagration. Might be a good idea to take care where you put the fish bowl next time. [via Suzanne]

Got this great 404 screen last week from someone at oh-eight, but forgot to post it.

Copying an idea from both paul and meg (though, of course, i first posted my desk last year), here is an annotated view of my desk.

After over 600 votes on the naked blogger poll, the poll system has now been updated to show choices ranked by order on the results page.

Go check out orb8. I demand it.

I just love this story: The origin of foad.org

Finally, i have some spaceEver wanted to put your current desktop on your site/blog? I know i haven't. But if you did, this little application will grab your current desktop, resize it and save it as either a jaypeg or a GIF. and it'll do it every 60 seconds. or whenever you tell it do. neat huh? still in beta, so YMMV. feedback would be appriciated.

stuff it does:

  • captures current screen view
  • box filter resampling to keep it pretty at low sizes
  • GIF or Jaypeg output
  • minimizes to the system tray (so you can ignore it)
  • uses a low priority thread (so wont hang your other apps)
  • customisable capture interval (plus manual capture)

you can get it here:

http://www.iamcal.com/files/deskcam-beta-002.zip

15th June, 11:11 am

Go vote in the important new poll.

Chickenhead is cool.

Now you can purchase the worlds smallest web server. I want one. Really.

When i grow up is a great comic.

Great! Jumping sheep. Clicking them leads you to an excellent sheep game in flash. But it's not nearly as cool as this excellent flash mini-golf game.

13th June, 8:17 am

Blogmeet last night. In attendance were:

mo (mo morgan)

katie

tom (plasticbag)

davo (brainsluice)

nick (nick jordan)

rob (tsluts)

jen (jen-x) - very cute

bella (poptart)

vaughn (wherever you are)

james (jp little)

matt (interconnected) - but i missed him

iansie (blogadoon)

darren (link machine go)

...plus some more. Have i missed you out? [Tell me](mailto:meet@iamcal.com?subject=I was there god-dammit!)

8th June, 8:29 am

The iamcal network presents Choose your own adventure. Wooo.

6th June, 9:44 am

Following hot on the heals of the "10 things about me" meme, 10 real life events. Which one is false?


1 - When his .38-calibre revolver failed to fire at its intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, CA, robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder: he peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. Happily for most concerned, this time it worked.


2 - Labourer Alexander Robinson of Mobile, Alabama, redefined the limits of tactlessness when he opened his eyes after surgery to restore his sight and said agreeably to his wife: 'Boy, you sure have got fat in four years.'


3 - The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat-cutting machine and, after a little hopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company, suspecting negligence, sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine out and lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.


4 - Mourners at the funeral of Anna Bochinsky in Moinesti, Rumania, were naturally somewhat taken aback when she abruptly leapt from her coffin as it was being carried to the grave. Before they could react to this unexpected outburst, the woman bounded into the nearest road, where she was run over and killed by a passing car.


5 - An American tourist in South America had the misfortune to be attacked by killer bees as he stood on the bank of the Amazon. Seeking refuge, he leapt into the river - and was devoured by piranha fish.


6 - A Malaysian monkey that had been trained to gather coconuts from trees demonstrated a pressing need for a refresher course when it leapt onto the shoulders of a passer-by in Kuala Lumpur and tried to twist his head off. The passer-by was treated at a local hospital for a sprained neck.


7 - In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a sixteen-year-old youth was charged with beating up his fifteen-year-old wife after the latter hid the caps to his toy pistol.


8 - A man who shovelled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her dead.


9 - One of the criteria by which Miss Nude USA was chosen in 1979 was taste in clothing.


10 - After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar,a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus-stop and offered everyone in the queue a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.


Answers on a stuck down [email](mailto:quiz@iamcal.com?subject=I know which is false!).


A story about my day (with footnotes for our americans friends):


I went down to sainsburys[1] to get a phone voucher[2]. I went to the cigarette counter[3] since i was in a rush. The transaction consisted of me saying what i wanted, handing over my switch[4] and reward[5] cards and signing the recipet. So why in this simple interaction did the patronising woman behind the counter feel it necessary to say 'thankyou' 12 times? God only knows.


[1] Sainsburys is a UK supermarket. Like wallmart or some such.
[2] I have a pre-pay mobile (cellular) phone. You buy credit in vouchers.
[3] The quick counter that only sells magazines, tabacco and stuff like stamps. It's like a mini post office.
[4] A debit card that your silly US web sites wont accept.
[5] A card wehere you earn 'points' the more you spend at the shop. These points get you discounts and stuff.


Fancy a trip down memory lane? Then check out [iamcal version zero](http://iamcal.com/dev/old/). Still almost working.


Play the [fruit game](http://king.2020tech.com/cgi-bin/nim/nim)!


Everyone's favourite blogger [tom](http://www.plasticbag.org), launches the [Barbelith Webzine](http://www.barbelith.com/)


Do you work for a [Dot-Bomb](http://www.p45.net/workomatics/dotbomb/dotbomb.shtml)? (Apparently I do) [via [nick](http://www.nickjordan.co.uk)]

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