Some friends got together this weekend to celebrate Kyb‘s birthday in a cottage just outside Wales, not far from Hay-on-Wye. There was wine, helium balloons, port, fires (the log-burning stove reminded me just how much I like fire), Baileys, cakes and board games. I slept in a bunkbed for the first time in years. There […]
The custom Google header image tells me that LEGO turns 50 today. I’m a huge LEGO geek (that’s my collection on the left), and to celebrate the milestone I thought I’d share a custom LEGO creation of mine from 2005, ‘Luke Learning the Force’.
Every tribe has its talismans. Here and now, mine seem to be: Moleskine notebooks (if you’ve never owned one, I dare you to pick one up and not fall in love) digital cameras (I’m rather excited about the new Canon EOS 450D / Rebel XSi) Macs. PowerBook, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, … pretty much […]
Back from a lovely few days seeing friends and staying with our families in Dorset. I’m at home now, and won’t be back to work until Monday 7th January.
A tip: if you manage a domain (example.org, say) don’t set up your email forwarders to forward email@example.com to your email address. It might seem clever (“oh, this way even if someone typos an address, I’ll still get it”) but If you set things up this way and someone decides to send thousands of spam […]
I recently wrote about the iPlayer, and made a throwaway comment about not having a TV licence, yet enjoying the ability to finally be able to legally watch TV programmes online, on my Mac. It sparked quite a discussion. Nick Reynolds (no relation) of the BBC kindly pointed out the new licence fee page on […]
If you really know me, you know two fact about me: I’m quite tall. (at 6′ 4½”) I don’t have a TV license (though I do have a TV, connected to a Wii and a Mac Mini) The first fact means I don’t mind standing near the back of gigs. The second fact means that […]
Mind Candy (the company behind Perplex City) have a new project. Moshi Monsters is their latest thing, and I really like it. It’s actually two things in one: a flashy-spinny-phone-charm-thing and a web-pet-tamagotchi-puzzle thing. The ‘MoPod‘ mobile phone charms are conveniently available from Michael Smith’s other company, Firebox. Let’s start there, since it’s currently (at […]
The IET were kind enough to give me a silver dish (which also has a very attractive lid, not pictured here) as a thank you for giving this year’s Mountbatten lecture. It has my name on it and everything. Rather than let it gather dust in a cupboard, I’ve decided to fill it with sweets […]
Back in September, I listed the books I’d been reading recently. Well, here’s the selection for October (and early November). ‘Miss Wyoming’, Douglas Coupland – not my favourite Coupland, but enjoyable enough. ‘The Xenephobe’s Guide to Icelanders’ – a birthday present, together with The Wisdom of Crowds and EBC&B, from Kaman (thank you!). Very funny, […]