Posts from January 2002

31st January, 3:15 am

The bloggie results are out. All hail tom, king of european weblogging.

30th January, 9:35 am

Steve has a new design, but it's probably been there for a gazillion years. gazillion, by the way, is my new favoutire word.

the blogger pro 100k limit - is it reasonable for a web log. perhaps it is. the blogging stats for iamcal never reach anywhere near the 100kb limit. Even when i get stats including everyone who posts to iamcal, it only reaches 100k once (last october). i know this weblog is hardly huge in content, but there's a fair amount of discussion here...

want to keep up with everything on but don't have the time to check the site every 15 minutes? then subscribe to the discussion mailing list by sending a blank email to

bored of making things with lego? think it's just for kids? (it's not). then try building a lego beretta

dirving home last night from the cinema with chris, we saw 44 bunnies between oakley and sharnbrook (where chris lives). then i saw a further 12 between sharnbrook and keysoe (where i live). that a total of 56 bunnies. pep must be sooooo jealous.

29th January, 9:51 am

Listen to me: the world is very simple, not at all confusing. We learn as we grow up to overlay sheets of confusion on the simple, stark mattress of reality, and become smothered by the pillow of chaos as we're poked in the back by the loose spring of over-encumbered metaphors.

Consider the futon: simple, practical and dual-purposed. Now imagine reality is that futon. The hinge where the futon folds to become a sofa is the equivalent of your mind: only when the mind bends is the second nature of the futon revealed. A brittle mind will snap, and plunge your mattress onto the floor in a shower of wood shards, possibly squashing your cat.

So, in conclusion: the futon = reality, the hinge = your mind, the wooden vertical slats are society's moral structure, horizontal slats are its ethical structure. Together, the vertical/moral, horizontal/ethical form the lattice of interaction and behaviour that supports the mattress that is society. While society can afford to lose any one slat, vertical or horizontal, perhaps even a couple of them, you wouldn't want to sleep on a bed that is missing too many. Why? It might affect your 'posture', which in this metaphor is the equivalent of the way you 'stand'.

The more slats you lose, the more you end up looking like a pretzel. Eventually, the structural integrity of the futon is compromised, and collapses faster than a Ponzi scheme-based economy.

Go read more quotes, or check out other things said by David Pacheco

The GBLogs list now has 418 sites! As number 26 i have to say "i can remember when it used to be good".

Rumors of my legodeath have been greatly exagerated.

Check out the googlewhack scoreboard [via b3ta]


29th January, 5:10 am

Take the "mackness test" to find out your personality. This isn't your average "what fruit are you most like" kind of quiz. There are quite a few questions and you have to think hard about them. At the end, it give you three words and a graphic depiction of your personality. I'm baleful, latent and meek. What are you?

It's a well known fact that Graham 'Graybo' Spencer is in the next and debenhams catalogues. It's less well known that he's currently appearing on billboard posters for Marks and Spencers' "Blue Harbour" range (he's the one on the left). If anyone has a photo of it, please send it to me.

as a tribute, I shall steal an idea from graham and do a "what's going on in bloggerland round up":

[graham]( is checking his mail [tom]( is taking it too seriously [davo]( is pondering goat theft [matt]( is being carried away [darren]( is thinking about leather [mo]( is leaking [jen]( is at the parade [henry]( is ranking waiters (try saying that fast!)

lots of uses for nail varnish that, up to now, had slipped my attention. [kind of via davo]

somebody sent me this link without any explanation.

Blogger Pro is out. It's only $35 (instead) of $50 for a limited period. I've signed up, have you?

Mo's created a fantastic trans-re-trans-lator that makes look like this.

"the reward for all the things you have ever done is nothing" i love [drew](

use this handy tool to convert images to colored ascii art [via elliot]

29th January, 12:43 am

"Google Whack" is my new favourite game. It's pretty easy to understand, but hard to do well:

1 choose two words in the english language 2 type them in to google (together) 3 if you get more than one match, go back to step one 4 search for each word individually, and note the number of hits 5 multiply the two numbers to get your score (low is better)

my best is "disembowel gorgonzola" disembowel has 8160 matches and gorgonzola has 77,500, so my score is 8160 x 77,500 = 632,400,000

can you get lower? remember, when put into google together, they must match once (and only once).

25th January, 9:32 am

I had a birthday, went on holiday and did some exams, but now i'm back. Did you miss me? Really?

I've voted in the bloggies. Have you? Actually, why bother voting. Me, sul and chris haven't even been nominated! Which is silly because chris has even redesigned.

Get ordained online. It's free, easy and you can officiate wedding ceremonys!

Tom has redesigned

Thanks to the people at [b3ta](, specifically Mortimer Jazz.

Am I This Or Not has been reprogrammed slightly, to show images in a random order and show you results afterwards. It's still full of porn though.

An animation by george bush. [via tom]

I am a Breakout Bat. Thanks [sul](

An amendum to the two cows explanation, sent to me via email (from a canadian):

A CANADIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. The government intervenes to subsidize, monitor, regulate, allocate, and promote the production of the milk.

17th January, 4:42 am

The wonderful pep made me this animation:

16th January, 9:04 am

It's my birthday tomorrow! I'll be 21! Celebrate by buying my something from [amazon]( or [](

I bet you want to vists the journal of wound care site.

I have a new favourite programming language.

Hodgers has been archiving the xiaoxiao animations.

A long piece of cirular mail entitled "The Two-Cow Explanation":

A CHRISTIAN DEMOCRAT: You have two cows. You keep one and give one to your neighbor.

A SOCIALIST: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.

A REPUBLICAN: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. So what?

A DEMOCRAT: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax. The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous.

A COMMUNIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk.

A FASCIST: You have two cows. The government seizes both and sells you the milk. You join the underground and start a campaign of sabotage.

DEMOCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point you have to sell both to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was a gift from your government.

CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.

BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE: You have two cows. The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, then pours the milk down the drain.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when the cow drops dead.

A FRENCH CORPORATION: You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION: You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.

A GERMAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You reengineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows but you don't know where they are. You break for lunch.

A RUSSIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 12 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.

A MEXICAN CORPORATION: You think you have two cows, but you don't know what a cow looks like. You take a nap.

A SWISS CORPORATION: You have 5000 cows, none of which belongs to you. You charge for storing them for others.

A BRAZILIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You enter into a partnership with an American corporation. Soon you have 1000 cows and the American corporation declares bankruptcy.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows. You worship them.

11th January, 9:49 am

The dumbest girls in the worlds. [via pep]

Javascript programmers can check out the mozilla dom status report. It's getting there slowly.

Henry has moved to, but still has unreadable text.

A rhino made from mac boxes. And a giraffe.

Cockeyed is cool: battery testing, cheerios necklace. Infact, read everything...

Don't follow this link.

Read all about a moron spammer. [via james]

We're DOOMED, DOOMED I tell ya! DOOMED, from the middle english meaning 'condemned to ruination of death'! DOO-MED!! [Earthworm Jim]( rocks more than you.

7th January, 8:02 am is now back for 2002, with a slightly different design.

Meetings are evil

Popcorn is an ultra-lightweight email client. It looks good.

This man makes great lego models.

Go play "brad, the game" now!

This site has loads of company logos in eps and illustrator format.

I got design inspiration from jessica. She seems to redesign more often than i post.

Mat redesigned urbanbox a while ago, but i forgot to mention it.

Saima is pretty cool.

Joke of the week: How many freudian analysts does it take to screw in a light bulb? Two, one to screw it in and one to hold my penis, I mean ladder.

An overly comprhensive map of springfield.

I saw "Meet Joe Black" a couple of days ago. Generally, i love everything brad pitt does, but this is particularly good. I advise everyone to see this if they get the chance.

The 2001 highlights are still online, should you havr somehow missed all of last year.

Since we've got a new design again, you can oggle at the previous one here.


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