Blogging Slowdown Ahead
Expect very light blogging for the next couple of weeks, nothing major,
I'm just going to be rather busy doing other things. Normal service will
be resumed shortly!
Am I the only one of the school of thought who believes a couple
is two or more? I think I learnt the concept from the immortal phrase
"I'm just nipping down the pub for a couple of beers"...
[Sat, 21 Feb 2004 23:00
The Weasel Goes Pop!
So you can easily
beat the latest Pepsi challenge...
If you do, make sure you do the right thing and use the
"The Weasel Goes Pop"? Ok, bad pun based on an old English
nursery rhymme called
"Pop Goes The
now if you'll excuse me I'm off down the City Road, heading for The
[Thu, 19 Feb 2004 14:43
Tivo To Go?
I've got a stack of stuff to get done, but I'm
pulling a Russ,
and musing about ways of getting video media onto my
taco for playback whilst I'm out and about.
It appears at a quick glance to be feasible with today's technology, and
I've got the processes down to around 3-4 steps.
- Obtain video in digital format - likely sources include TV
network and film web sites (like
TV capture cards, DVD ripping, and peer to peer networks, all pretty
straight forward, although the picture sizings, encoding methods and
frame rates are going to be far from optimal.
- Converting the data to a common format - 3gpp seems like the best
bet for this to me, especially as
has mentioned some open source tools, failing that
should be up to the job.
- Getting the video onto the phone - Bluetooth transfer might be a tad
slow given that I'm generally rushing to get out the door in the mornings,
however the USB cable with the N-Gage would be pretty quick. A strategy to
sync the phone's content with a prioritised program list would be neat,
something along the lines of upload one of this list of films or TV shows,
and if that list is empty upload the morning news or last night's football.
- Automating and streamlining the process - the boring bit, but
without it being swift and easy to do, I'm not likely to keep using
the process except for exceptional events.
Interesting thoughts, and something I'll have to look at, but I'll put it
on the back burner for now.
looks very interesting for the media conversion.
[Tue, 17 Feb 2004 23:54
New season, new rules
It's less than two weeks until the first Grand Prix of the season in
Pitpass.com has a
of the 2004 season rules, the major changes are in Friday testing,
longer life engines (a driver has to use the same engine for practise,
race and qualifying), drive through penalties to be abolished, and some
restriction of electronic capabilities (no auto gear changes or launch
The new rules could upset the apple cart a little, but not substantially,
don't expect Minardi or Jordan to run away with the constructors title!
[Tue, 17 Feb 2004 13:31
Business card cubes
One of the chaps here is changing job titles, so he's got a
few old business cards to spare. Ergo, mad card folding following
What we have in these pictures is a simple
(depth 1), I think the eventual goal is a depth 2 sponge as in
Then again, Gavin is certainly daft enough to attempt
the level 3 sponge...
Quick fag packet maths: one cube is 6 cards, level 1 sponge is 20 cubes
(120 cards), a level 2 sponge is 20 level 1 sponges (2400 cards), a level
3 sponge is 20 level 2 sponges (48000 cards); I guess we're safe for
while, I don't think we've got *that* many cards to spare!
[Mon, 16 Feb 2004 13:33
Certainly a uncomfortable thought for vegetarians and vegans, the full
English breakfast has certainly shocked many tourists on first
once told me of his horror on his first exposure to X rated quantities
of meat and fat. The trouble is that the full English is generally
too time consuming to make and eat, so cereals or a rushed bacon sandwich
is far more usual.
neighbour Chris has ended his self imposed blogging exile
with a paen to
and some musings about added fillings. I wonder if he'd read my
recent ramblings about
pork and bacon,
or if it's just a common mid-Winter primeval urge to stuff hot bits of
pig into a chunk of bread.
[Thu, 12 Feb 2004 13:28
Guinness is good for Diego
pretty excited by his
I suspect Martin and I are most impressed by the location, but hey, the
offices don't look too bad either. Last time I was in that part of
Dublin I certainly wasn't looking for office space, I was visiting
the home of the
[Thu, 12 Feb 2004 13:00
Cool beans! The
have given a canned demo of
on Series 60 phones at
we knew this was coming
but it's always nice to see something tangible. Now the big questions are;
when can we play with it on our phones? What can it really do on the phone?
And are there any restrictions on access to the address book, memory, network
They say they've been working on it since 1998, which makes it rather
amusing given that
Symbian's chief systems architect
was asking me
questions about Python less than a year ago. Either Nokia were keeping it
very tightly under their hats, or he's quite a poker player...
[Thu, 12 Feb 2004 00:19
14 Vs. 11
In all the debate about the new
most commentators have missed the small print that says
"Ruud van Nistelrooy
are mostly exempt from this law especially when playing at home"...
There's another good reason that Arsenal are unbeaten in the premiership
this season, it's not just the quality of their squad, it's the number
of players they have on the pitch, sure the three dressed in black have
mediocre ball skills, but they're playing a vital part in Arsenal's
success. I'd love to see stats on how many penalties Arsenal (and also
ManUre) have conceded at home this season, it's probably none.
Do I sound bitter? Yes, well I am rather. The last thing the premiership
needs is to descend to a level where the refereeing is so poor and weak
that a home side or "big-club" automatically has a
significant advantage before a ball is kicked.
[Wed, 11 Feb 2004 14:56
Nokian - Is the fat lady singing yet?
Strange stuff, whilst it's true that
seemed to be the
partner least interested in using the operating system,
for them to effectively bail out of the consortium
at what many regard as a a
is a trifle surprising; buying an asset valued at £240 million
for around £130 is very good business for
less so for Psion and their shareholders...
There's plenty that could happen before this deal is
finalised, I don't think we've heard the last episode
of this deal yet.
[Tue, 10 Feb 2004 12:59
Four Seasons in One Month?
Weird weather in the UK this month, two weeks ago snow,
last week temperatures were almost in the 20s (Centigrade),
and this week back to freezing.
To cap it all we found a bemused wasp flying around the
office this morning, what's next?
[Mon, 09 Feb 2004 13:58
Looks like Matthew has been
shagging the au pair and beating the children
Then again, I could have mis-understood his post entirely :-)
[Fri, 06 Feb 2004 10:42
A real-life FOAF
has a need for a cartoonist, if that's you give me a shout with
your contact details (email, IM, phone, whatever) and I'll ask
him to get in touch with you.
[Fri, 06 Feb 2004 09:16
Predictive text: a cusser's guide
text entry is very convenient, but suffers
greatly from the heavy handed puritanism
amd American imperialism of its owners AOL.
Just try entering common or garden UK English
phrases or mild epithets and you'll soon
be swearing like a
Fortunately more implementations of T9 have a
"ducking book" solution, you can
add words to your dictionary. Sure it's a
pain in the "appe" to do, but
fortunately The Grauniad has come up with a
for assisting in the task...
Update: It looks like Signor 'ammersley is
having fun with T9
too, truly bosnia stuff!
[Wed, 04 Feb 2004 14:14
So after a
I've gone and bought the
I finally managed to track one down at
and ordered it over the 'net.
So I've got the beast, I've started getting it loaded with all the goodies
I need: WirelessIRC, FExplorer, e-books etc. (I've got a "what's on
my taco" article in the works), and lo and behold 50 quid gets lopped
from the price :-(
A Series 60 Symbian phone for less than £100?
[Mon, 02 Feb 2004 21:05