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Entries for week beginning October 21, 2007

October 27, 2007

oink.cd - the number 1 site in the world for waffle recipes

Oink points to Google which points to a blog post which points torrent trackers which point to music.

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The Superest

Cartoonists playing a fun game: Draw a super-hero who’s skills vanquish those of the previous super-hero.

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October 26, 2007

AppleInsider | Apple yanks wireless backup from Leopard last minute

Wow, I hadn’t noticed this had gone.

Digging deeper, it appears that you can only use Time Machine to backup to network drives shared using “Apple File Protocol”, rather than the more common SMB. Glad I have my Drobo hooked up to a Mac Mini, because that’s one of the main reasons I bought it.

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Sound of the Underground

CD Purchase: Girls Aloud - Sound of the Underground

October 25, 2007

Sorry, Google Reader users...

A bug introduced by Google is causing my feed to break their RSS reader. I’ve reported it, so hopefully it will be remedied quickly.

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What Will the Neighbours Say?

CD Purchase: Girls Aloud - What Will the Neighbours Say?

Grey’s Anatomy, Vol. 3

CD Purchase: Original TV Soundtrack - Grey’s Anatomy, Vol. 3

The Smashing Pumpkins - Greatest Hits - Rotten Apples

CD Purchase: The Smashing Pumpkins - The Smashing Pumpkins - Greatest Hits - Rotten Apples

October 24, 2007

“Dear Bike Thief: You Suck!”

“Dear Bike Thief: You Suck!”

Flyer posted to a phone pole in Union Square.

Flickr: Photos from etchasketchist

Etch-a-Sketch art on Flickr. Some stunningly detailed stuff in here!

Google Translate: "Sarkozy is chirac"

Google’s new text translation service was created by running machine learning over UN documents. Unfortunately, its “learning” for politicians’ names is.. erm.. “interesting”. Try also “Sarkozy sarkozy sarkozy”

(Since Google will probably fix this, at the moment it translates “Sarkozy is chirac” to “Bush is classless”)

Good Feedkeeping

I made a couple of tweaks to my Atom feed earlier this week, which regular readers should be made aware of:

  1. In the spirits of saving duplicity, my main feed no longer contains my Flickr photos. If you still want to follow my photos, you should either subscribe to my Flickr photostream feed, or add me as a contact on Flickr and subscribe to your Photos from your contacts feed.
  2. Finally addressing frequent requests, there is now a link within my link posts to the original item—that link being the mini screenshot. Should save you having to click through to my site.

You may now carry on about your business.

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October 23, 2007

Dopplr Blog > In rainbows

Lovely little design detail on Dopplr — Their “logo” changes colour based upon your usage of the site.

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Vista Is Still Plagued by Incompatibilities - Yahoo! News

“Vista has an aroma like [Windows] ME, and I am not interested in getting sick again.” Ooh, I hadn’t thought of it that way, but it’s pretty true. Vista and ME are not dissimilar in their not-worth-the-hassle-of-upgrading-ness.

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Excellent article from a musician about the loss of OiNK. OiNK was run by and for music geeks — I’d be willing to bet that CD purchasing by OiNK members is higher on average than the general population — and primarily acted as the kind of complete music archive that the music industry doesn’t have the skill, inclination or cojones to create themselves.

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BBC NEWS | Huge pirate music site shut down

OiNK is raided. *sigh*. /me expects RIAA letter in 5.. 4.. 3..

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10 Really Useful Flickr Greasemonkey Userscripts

Some of these look wicked handy.

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What I learned about timeshares, and you can, too - alex.moskalyuk

It strikes me that I’ll have some downtime in Vegas when I’m there for CES in January… what better entertainment than heading to a timeshare presentation?

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October 22, 2007

Moonpig Cards

Customizable cards — Fill in the details on the site, and they mail out a great-looking card. Just got one from my sister.

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Drink Responsibly | The Daily Show

Classic Daily Show clip — Steve Carell gets shit-faced drunk in the name of science.

TNR Online | What the F***?

Fucking excellent article on swearing. “Swearing raises many other puzzles—linguistic, neurobiological, literary, political.”

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Game 7 — An IM conversation

Joy & I watched tonight’s Game 7 in different rooms (Joy upstairs in the bedroom, me downstairs in the living room), but we both had our laptops open, because we’re both massive geeks. Here’s some edited highlights from our IM conversations:

8:57:00 Joy Begbie: tell us, Dane Cook!
8:57:04 Joy Begbie: how many Octobers are there??
8:57:32 Rod Begbie: Frankly, I am So Fucking Excited about tonight’s game, even my distaste for Dane Cook can’t bring me down.

9:15:54 Joy Begbie: the commentator just said, “a base hit cuts the lead in half”
9:16:05 Joy Begbie: uh, no… a RUN does that.
9:16:08 Joy Begbie: fuckwad

(Mike Lowell catches the ball for a double-play, with runners on 1st and 3rd)

10:54:24 Joy Begbie: heart attack.
10:54:40 Rod Begbie: That was 99% luck, 1% awesomeness.
10:55:09 Joy Begbie: Mike Lowell was involved. There was easily 3% awesomeness.
10:56:02 Joy Begbie: but also a HELL of a lot of luck
10:56:10 Rod Begbie: Especially on Lofton’s base running.
10:56:16 Rod Begbie: That should have been a run-scored.
10:56:19 Joy Begbie: and many thanks to their third base coach for confusing Kenny Lofton

(Jacoby Ellsbury makes a great catch in left field)

10:59:51 Rod Begbie: Jacoby would be a good name for a basset hound.
10:59:53 Rod Begbie: I’m just saying.
11:00:01 Rod Begbie: “Jacoby Begbie”

11:02:47 Rod Begbie: Glimpses of Batshit in the dugout. I miss Batshit.
11:02:58 Joy Begbie: me too
11:22:39 Rod Begbie: Do you think Tito might include Batshit in the world series order, instead of Gagné?

(Jonathan Papelbon strikes out two to end the top of the 8th)

11:21:27 Rod Begbie: It was great, looking at the intensity on Papelbons’ face as he walked off the field…
11:21:39 Rod Begbie: Knowing that in about 45 minutes, he’s going to be letting it all out by dancing around like an idiot!

(A Fox announcer mentions the MVP award)

11:30:21 Rod Begbie: Who do you think should get MVP?
11:30:22 Joy Begbie: ooh, good question, who will be the MVP?
11:30:26 Joy Begbie: Josh Beckett
11:30:30 Rod Begbie: Almost definitely.
11:31:20 Joy Begbie: Grand slam notwithstanding, there’s nobody else I can think of that has put in such a phenomenal performance
11:31:12 Rod Begbie: No-one is as responsible for the comeback in game 5 as Beckett.
11:31:41 Rod Begbie: It was almost like “Hey! Beckett’s pitching! We’re bound to win this one, so let’s have some fun!”
11:31:52 Rod Begbie: Set the tone for the games back at Fenway.

(Dustin Pedroia hits a three-RBI shot off of the Green Monster)

11:43:44 Joy Begbie: I am GRINNING right now.
11:43:49 Rod Begbie: PETEY!
11:43:59 Rod Begbie: He may suck at cribbage….
11:44:04 Rod Begbie: but I’ll take that hit!
11:44:12 Joy Begbie: hot dog!

(Cameras show David Ortiz in the dugout, already wearing goggles in preperation for the champagne shower)

11:56:13 Rod Begbie: GET THOSE GOGGLES OFF, PAPI! DON‘T JINX IT!!!!!

(Coco Crisp smashes into the bullpen wall, making the catch that finishes the game)

11:57:59 Joy Begbie: SMART defensive move from Tito…
11:58:07 Joy Begbie: ouch
11:58:12 Rod Begbie: So glad that Coco got to make his mark on the game.
11:58:33 Joy Begbie: he is going to feel that later, i think
11:58:47 Rod Begbie: If only we had someone else who could take his place in the lineup…..

(The Sox win)

12:02:02 Joy Begbie: that was a DIRTY slo-mo of Tek and Pap
12:02:06 Rod Begbie: I want Papelbon’s crazed star jump as my wallpaper!

12:12:09 Rod Begbie: “Is that Papelbon? He’s a little whacko, isn’t he?”
12:12:23 Joy Begbie: ah, such insight
12:12:25 Rod Begbie: Why yes, Fox idiot, yes he is.

12:14:28 Rod Begbie: Losing manager doesn’t get a press conference? Looks like they’re interviewing him round the back of a concessions stand!
12:14:46 Joy Begbie: sad, really.
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October 21, 2007

Eddie Izzard / Lego mashups

A handful of Eddie Izzard routines illustrated with Lego. Quality.

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The Polygraph (wallpaper)

The Polygraph (wallpaper)

When I saw the awesomely complicated and old-school looking EEG monitor at Axon Labs, I commented to Mike that I wanted a close-up shot of it for my wallpaper.

He obliged with a shot, which I've trimmed to MacBookPro 1440x900 resolution.

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