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Let the interface-off begin…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on March 31, 2004

but watch out for the Tuftenator

(Introducing a web comic about user interaction, OK/Cancel.)

An American favour?

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on March 31, 2004

Would one of the US folk on my friends list be able to help me out?

Issue 4 of Anime Play magazine is out, and apparently is a Last Exile special. I can’t find it in the UK, and would be happy to reimburse someone via PayPal if they could pick up a copy and mail it to me in the UK…

Thanks in advance!

One for <lj user=”live_gerbil”>…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on March 31, 2004

Finest New Zealand Buggering Hamsters

(as presented by a friend of )

Laptop consolidation

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on March 31, 2004

I’ve decided I have too many laptops.

So my current plan is to sell both the Toshiba Satellite Pro and the HP/Compaq Tablet, and replace them both with a shiny new Toshiba Tablet PC.

Anyone interested in buying one of my cast offs?

A narrow escape

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on March 30, 2004

This evening the divine Ms gave me a lovely ring, with a stone made of polished dinosaur bone. It’s the sort of thing I’ve been after for a long time, especially since the custom made ammonite ring I’d ordered was stolen between the building post room and my desk…

Walking down Charing Cross Road a while later, I realised the ring wasn’t on my finger. Somewhere, somehow it had fallen off (probably while I was fiddling with the strap on my heavier than normal bag).

Urk. Not good. Time for a little panic, and then a concerted search.

I retraced my steps, all the while knowing that someone would have picked it up and walked off with it. After all this is London we’re talking about…

Luckily, for once, this wasn’t the case. Not only was it still lwhere it had fallen from my finger, I was actually able to spot it, lying in the gutter outside my favourite gaming shop.

Possibly the luckiest find I’ve made in a long time. And certainly a great relief.

Big big boats on small rivers…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on March 29, 2004

The Thames isn’t the world’s smallest river. However, up around Hammersmith you don’t expect to see anything much larger than the occasional tourist pleasure boat. I was driving over Hammersmith Bridge this afternoon, on my way back from a client, when I had a bit of aa surprise. The largest vessel I’d ever seen on the Thames was just about to go under the bridge. Not only that, but it looked like wasn’t going to fit, even at low tide…

Luckily I had a digicam to hand, and found a side road where I could stop. I nipped out, and grabbed a handful of photos…

The enormous barge begins to emerge from under the bridge.

Its bridge slowly rises up from below the decks, where it retracted to avoid the span.

Almost fully back in place. Crewmen were taking photographs of the passage as if they didn’t quite believe it themselves.

The barge carries on upstream, heading for the next bridge…

Thinking about the timing, and the descriptions in various news items, I’m guessing that what I saw was the sea-going barge that’s going to carry the last Concorde from Heathrow to Edinburgh next week…

[Update: yes, it is that barge according to the BBC News and a transport news site found by that nice ]

Seasonal Signs

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on March 29, 2004

I have just heard the first parrot of spring in Putney…

This could be fun…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on March 29, 2004

I’m doing my first bit of “media training” this afternoon.

A storage manufacturer has been training three key customers today, on how to deal with the media. This afternoon I get to be the test journalist, and am being paid (at a rather nice rate!) to interview them for an hour or so…

The only hassle is that I have to go out to Stockley Park…

Cow farts on Mars

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on March 29, 2004

It appears that there’s methane in the Martian atmosphere.

Methane isn’t stable in the Martian atmosphere, and so needs to be replenished. As no one has found an active volcano or a volcanic hotspot, then it’s a possibility that we may be looking at microbe activity…

Glass in the sky

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on March 27, 2004

I love the works of Dale Chihuly. Maybe it’s because I used to be a glass blower (albeit not very good…). Or may be it’s just the sweep and flow of his works.

I’ve posted pictures of his jellyfish works at the Monterey Bay aquarium before now, and I’ve seen larger pieces in Salt Lake City and in New York. But it was the glass ceiling in the lobby of the Bellagio in Las Vegas that really took my breath away. Hundreds of backlit glass forms in as many colours, they swept down from ceiling in a fan of light…

I’m using a photograph I took as the screen backdrop on my tablet PC, and I thought it was something I should share with you. Just click on the image below to open up a 1024×768 version of the picture, which you can then set as the screen backdrop on your Mac or PC…

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