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Need Java? Need it now?

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 31, 2005

And got a Blackberry? Then you want the Caffeine Finder. US only unfortunately, but it does have a database of over 45,000 coffee shops. It’ll even use the GPS chipset fitted in some new Blackberries…

I’ll be trying it out later in the week. I have the urge for a good latte and some cupcakes.

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The next week or so…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 31, 2005

Things are a tad busy at the moment – no sooner do I finish the pile of work on my plate (at the last count that came to more than 8000 words, 60 or so screenshots and 2 working ASP.NET 2.0 web sites in less than 5 days) than have to take to the airport for her trip to San Diego/Boise/San Francisco/Seattle – then I get a rash of meetings in town this week (including lunch with the CEO of Adobe tomorrow) – followed by my next trip to the other side of the Pond.

I think I need to squeeze in updating the house server in there somewhere too…

So, US folk, I will be meeting up with the globetrotting in San Francisco on Thursday and Friday (bearing chocolates for ), before heading up the coast a bit for a few days in sunnyrainy Seattle. No real plans as yet for there – we have places we want to go and see, and we may wander onto the MS campus to go see the identity folk there at some point to follow up from our conversations at the PDC. I’ve booked a hire car so who knows what wil happen…

Back in the UK on the morning of the 14th.

Right. I have a PHP column to write before bed.

Fireworks

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 30, 2005

Last night was and ‘s combined Halloween and Guy Fawkes’ Night party. Much was burnt, and pyrotechnics were deployed in abundance.

Here’s a Flickr set of the proceedings…

Bonfire

Fireworks party chez Dr Pete and Moz.

Photos are from 29 Oct 05.

Bonfire Fireworks Fireworks Bonfire Bonfire Catherine Wheel Catherine Wheel Fireworks Sparkler "Two" Fireworks Bonfire Fireworks Fireworks Fireworks Fireworks Rocket Rocket Fireworks Fireworks

“Two”

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 30, 2005

"Two"
Originally uploaded by sbisson.

Rotation (no other editing at all) of a picture of a sparkler being waved in the air.

From the fireworks and bonfire at ‘s and ‘s October firework party…

London, October 2005

An Ant A Day Keeps The Predator Away

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 29, 2005

Poison frogs don’t make their own poison – they have to get the poisonous alkaloids they secrete from a diet of alkaloid rich ants.

They examined the stomach contents of 21 frogs from the genus Mantella and found that alkaloid rich ants made up 67 percent of their food intake.

If you keep your own, they can be perfectly safe.

But they can’t make more without eating the right types of ants. Frogs kept in captivity and fed a steady diet of flies, for example, don’t secrete alkaloids.

From Live Science.

link via the and site added to the ever growing blogroll…

Neat Electronic Stuff…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 29, 2005

Nichecasting goes <u>too</u> far…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 29, 2005

500 channels and nothing on? Well nothing, unless you drive an Audi.

I’ve learnt my lesson. I shouldn’t have been channel-hopping between all those odd little channels just under the movies.

Because I found it there: The Audi Channel.

Nothing but Audi content on a low-bandwidth satellite channel. While media organisations like Future Publishing built their market position on niche magazines, it seems odd that there’s market space for a manufacturer-run advertorial channel. Sure, sponsor a show or send a DVD out to the world in a mass-mail shot, but fill bandwidth with your own advertising? Has channel space on the Sky satellites suddenly got cheaper than a prime time advert? Or is this just going to be a short-lived PR stunt?

What will be next? The Wiskas Channel? The Cillit-Bang Channel? The All New Ocean Finance Loan Channel? The Yes Car Credit Channel?

I think I’m scaring myself…

Reckless cluelessness, chump. Pull that browser over!

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 28, 2005

In an alternate world C.Hi.P.S. were all sysadmins…

You’ve been bad. And we know it.

So here’s a ticket. Think of it as clue in action.

Reckless cluelessness? Clueless Recklessness? Nah – both!

Found by the folk in another place that dare not speak its name…

You Looking At Me?

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 27, 2005

Bentham
Originally uploaded by sbisson.

Getting my Friday Cat Blogging in a little early with this shot of Bentham – taken while experimenting with Super Macro mode on a Fuji Finepix 9500.

Nice camera, and a cat that didn’t mind posing (unlike the rest of the mogs…).

At last…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on October 27, 2005

…digital cameras that are on when you flip the switch.

A big batch in for us to review, and they all have one thing in common: they’re ready to go as soon as you power them up.

I never understood why I couldn’t just turn it on and take photographs. After all, my film cameras could…

So why did we wait so long?

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