Simon’s Backup Weblog


Spreading the link love

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 30, 2007

“If Edward Gorey had written the Trouble With Tribbles”

“By Friday afternoon, the population had risen to a somewhat alarming number.”

Fog Streamers

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 30, 2007

Fog Streamers

Fog streaming through the Golden Gate.

VS019, over San Francisco Bay
August 2007

Another Kerouac Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 29, 2007

On the road again, and off to the airport…

This time it’s Bay Area – New York City – Seattle – Bay Area – Charlotteville – Las Vegas. Or perhaps rather better as Adobe – HP – Microsoft – Intel – Digital ID World – SAS.

We hope to see some of you as we go!

Husband and Wife

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 28, 2007

Robert and Carol

We spent the weekend back home on Jersey for a big family wedding – my little brother was getting married. The whole clan was gathering, from all over the world for a few days of celebrations. Jerseyfolk, especially the old island families, are clannish, and love a good party. Any excuse will do, but a wedding is one of the best…

Here they are, the man and woman of the hour: my brother, Robert, and his wife, Carol, coming out after signing the register at their wedding ceremony.

St Saviour, Jersey
August 2007

Corbiere Sunset

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 28, 2007

Corbiere Sunset

At the end of a near perfect summer day, the sun slowly sets into the Atlantic horizon.

St Brelade, Jersey
August 2007

Summer seas

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 28, 2007

Paddling the board

All the families met up for a post-wedding brunch at our favourite surfer cafe, the excellent Big Vern’s. Stretching our legs after a slap-up feed, I spotted this chap, paddling his surf board out to the waves.

St Ouen’s Bay, Jersey
August 2007

Moonlit harbour

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 27, 2007

La Rocque By Moonlight

Driving back from my mother’s home to where we were staying with my cousin’s family, we stopped to watch the shining silver light of the moon over one of my favourite Jersey places, La Rocque Harbour.

It was such a bright night, that there was enough light for a picture…

La Rocque, Jersey
August 2007

Rethinking Google Sky…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 22, 2007

…it’s a great tool, but it’s about to wipe out a small niche of the software industry, without Google even noticing. So much for “Do no evil”.

The result, a rant at our IT PRO blog:

Google’s latest version of its Earth mapping tool adds a significant new feature; Sky. It’s a great tool, you can scroll around the heavens, zooming in for detailed Hubble shots of the most beautiful astronomical objects, and all for free…

That’s great for us, but a terrible thing for all the small software houses and software developers who’ve invested their lives in developing planetarium software. Astronomical applications have been a profitable niche for a large number of companies, and sophisticated sky explorers have been developed over a number of years. Now, overnight, that market has been blown away.

Read more here.

If you want to use Google’s new embeddable maps on LJ…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 22, 2007

…you can’t.

While LJ lets most media sites that use an OBJECT tag to embed in an entries HTML, Google is using an IFRAME to host its maps. As part of its defence against cross-site scripting attacks LJ blocks IFRAMEs from any entry HTML.

So no Google Maps for you…

(also no Popfly, nor Google Mashups, nor – the list goes on…)

First the Earth, now the Sky

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 22, 2007

Google’s just added the Sky to Google Earth, using images from various sources, including the Hubble. Sadly it doesn’t just switch on – you’ll need to download a new version of the application first.

There’s some fantastic imagery there, and it’s well worth exploring the bundled KML files. I rather enjoyed the “User’s Guide to Galaxies”…

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