Archive for the ‘web’ Category

garfield (garfield)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

I just saw a link to the online comic garfield minus garfield. It’s a simple concept – the Garfield comics without the eponymous and annoying cat – and very funny.

Side note: Toby refers to Garfield as Garthfield. He is very careful to pronounce the “th”.

it’s all academic

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Warning: many sarcastic uses of quotation marks ahead. You may roll your eyes at each one:

Today in Slate, their Hot Document is the style guide and “reviewing” guidelines for the Young Earth-endorsing journal the “Answers” “Research” Journal. I could call them on pretty much any aspect of the document – to pretend that it is academic or properly peer reviewed if they have to do things like allow pen names is pretty low, and to me suggests that what they’re trying to do is a pile of – how can I put this politely – complete and indefensible fabrication. If you have to go sneaking around and to such extreme lengths to try to get people to accept what you are saying, maybe there’s something wrong with the message. Ah, the joys of mixing religion and science.

see my house

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Google maps have added a few more cities to their street view functionality, including Minneapolis. This means that when you’re looking at directions you can also see pictures of what the street or intersection looks like. They’ve even done my street, and our house looks pretty decent. The pics were taken during summer, so the front yard is all verdant and neat (now it’s covered in snow).

in continents

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

If you’re on the main page of this blog and you scroll down and look at the sidebar on the right, you’ll see the little clustrmap picture, which shows approximately where in the world visitors to these humble pages are viewing them (these humble pages with horribly mangled grammar). You can also click here or on the map itself for a closer look.

Reason for mentioning it is that I just noticed I now have had visitors from all the major continents except Antarctica. I hadn’t noticed the blips from South America or Africa before. How exotic! Also in case you’re wondering who is viewing from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, that would be our Bermudian visitors.

david byrne travel writing

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

I often read former Talking Heads singer David Byrne’s blog, he writes really well and insightfully I think. He put up a long post a couple of days ago about a road trip he took from New York to LA – cool pictures and somewhat quirky as you might expect from him if you know Talking Heads music.

uk mottos

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

The BBC website ran a little competition to ask people for new mottos for the U.K. (my spellcheck says it should be mottoes – hmmm). Needless to say my brother Robin, who writes frequently to the BBC’s Magazine Monitor, put in some great ideas. You can see his efforts at #3.

One of the things I noticed as I went down the list is how jaded so many of them seem. I wonder how much these are people joking around, pretending to be really fed up of Britain, and how much is actually real.

friday silliness

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Some silly signs from the BBC.

firefox activex fix

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Ages ago I did a quick post on the fix for the Firefox ActiveX error and how to resolve it. For a few months I’ve noticed people finding the entry through a web search, but just in the last day two kind souls have added thank you comments. It’s quite gratifying to know that I’ve helped make the world happier in a very small way.

Right now I’m in Chicago’s O’Hare airport waiting for my flight home. This has been a good week workwise but I just can’t wait to get home.

worst covers

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

If you have loads of time and a strong constitution you might want to take a look at the list of 100 worst covers ever. Are there any you think might be missed here?

another game

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

With thanks to Paul, here is an online game, excitingly named Flash Element TD. I haven’t played it yet, partly because I’m at work, and also because there’s a “quick reminder” at the top of the screen:

A quick reminder:
Fast levels are [6, 13, 19, 26, 32] Are is [8, 17, 27] Immune are [10, 21, 32] The boss levels are [11, 22, 33] You get wood every 7 levels.