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Archive for September, 2003

gif vs. Flash

A history of the US state boundaries in a gif. And to think that we’ve all seen poorly designed Flash sites that do less than this….

Maida Vale, London, Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

McDonalds – I’m loving it? What dumb arse thought of that?

I was told a story that when I was a kid in NZ, someone had their birthday party at McDonald’s in Newtown. A Vietnam vet happened to be dining at the same McDonald’s, had a bit of a turn, and attacked Ronald McDonald who had been entertaining the children. All that red, I guess. It was not a happy meal.

To see if this was an urban myth or an actual assault, I found the ‘McSpotlight’ website, run by some people that share the same love of Ronald as the vet. Here are the highlights:

1954 — Ray Kroc (his real name) became the first franchisee appointed by Mac and Dick McDonald in San Bernardino, California. (I also know that the company was nearly named MacDick’s. You would have been able to order a ‘Big Dick’ and fries).

1961 — Hamburger University opened in Elk Grove, near Chicago.

1967 — The first restaurants outside of the USA opened in Canada and Puerto Rico.

1974 — The 3,000th McDonald’s restaurant (I love the word ‘restaurant’ used in that context) was opened in Woolwich (south east London) in October, the first in the UK. The company admitted that NOBODY went in and later decided to target children with TV ads.

1976 — New countries – Switzerland, New Zealand.

(1979 — Ronald McDonald attacked at the Newtown McDonald’s in Wellington by a Vietnam vet.)

1984 — Founder Ray Kroc dies.

— James Huberty shoots 22 people dead at a McDonald’s in San Diego (USA).

(These were unrelated incidents, Huberty merely wanting to be served the breakfast menu after 10:30am).

Maida Vale, London, Tuesday, September 30th, 2003

design type links

While trying to fine funky web forums for inspiration on how to make one look good, I found the following specimens.

By way of design is kinky , the texelse boys . Unfortunately the site uses frames and tables, but is pretty cool to look at.

I didn’t find any cool forums, although I remember seeing some a little while ago that I liked. Do people just opt out when it comes to designing these things?

Maida Vale, London, Monday, September 29th, 2003

Notes 6.5

Version 6.5 of Notes is out tomorrow. Hooray.

Maida Vale, London, Monday, September 29th, 2003


Films that I have watched recently:
This is a fucking weird movie. Fucking weird. There aren’t too many films that I watch and then don’t have clue what the hell they were about. Dudes with an all consuming fetish I guess.

The 6th Day

Arnie delivers more one liners. Like a number of Arnie films, The 6th Day is short on production polish, but it is a thought provoking story on an issue of some sort, this time human cloning. If you know anything about human cloning you will probably think this film is a pile of shite. You may think that it’s a pile of shite anyway, but I liked it.

The Wickerman (again)

Superb, I might buy this one as I could watch again and again the deception and entrapment of a police detective by modern day pagans living on a remote Scottish isle.

High Plains Drifter (again)

Superb – Tash is studying western film at the moment so we’re getting to watch a few. This is one of my
favourites. Clint Eastwood starred and directed.

Unforgiven (again)

Loved this film when I first saw it, although this time some of the shine came off. A brilliant climax though, and Clint stars and directs this archetypal revisionist western.

The Pianist (again)

Moving and amazing. We watch as a the central character, a pianist, has his humanity gradually stripped away until he is reduced to something akin to a giant rodent. At his lowest ebb is he is given hope by a Nazi officer, and allowed to play the piano. A far more sophisticated and subtle depiction of the horrors of the holocaust than Schindler’s List. A testament to the determination and bravery of oppressed peoples.

Casablanca (again)

Super duper.

The Maltese Falcon

Great – Bogie in fine form. Want to see more Noir-esque films like this.

Glengarry Glen Ross

Awesome – great performances all around. To give you an idea of what it’s like, during production it was nicknamed the “Death of a fucking Salesman”.

The Running Man (again)

Tash said this was a bollocks film, but I like it. While delivering a slew of cheesy one-liners, Arnie warns us about the power of the media. I can’t believe that the guy’s a republican.

Maida Vale, London, Sunday, September 28th, 2003

Commie bastards and links galore

For all you mac-heads out there –
1100 G5s in a cluster
– and I guess there’s a little mac-head in all of us….

That link came to me by way of DarkLemon which features a way rad css menu. Darklemon was courtesy of antipixel by way of my bro’s most excellent disassociated.

And love this slogan, courtesy of this commie bastard:

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

Stewie for governor

Who said that everyone was running for governor of California?

Stewie for governor

I can’t believe that Fox produced and ran three seasons of “The Family Guy”, as Peter, Stewie, Brian and the gang cut it pretty close to the bone and it sounds like Fox are a bunch of fasci….

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

Burton and Gravis

I had been bitching about how slack the Gravis web site was. I got a hell of a surprise the other day when I went to the Burton website to look at snowboards and saw a Gravis logo on the home page. I guess that Burton have taken over Gravis? Or has Gravis always been part of Burton? Anyhoo, now points to its own section of the Burton web site and I reckon the new site is much better. Hopefully this means that it will be easier to get Gravis gear now. In London it is hard to get anything other than the bags….

Maida Vale, London, Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

Some photos taken in Paris

Napoleon's Tomb
Napoleon’s Tomb

Statue in Napoleon's tomb
A statue in Napoleon’s tomb

Ben in a street near Sacre Coeur

Maida Vale, London, Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003

People I work with #1

the cleggmiester general

We all work with one of these types don’t we. Firstly, sorry about the large file size – but you need to see the priceless expression on his face. This chap sits next to me at work. His name is not really David Blaine. David Blaine is a sad attention seeker who has shut himself in a small box hung next to the Thames for 44 days (or something) without food. The tricksters who set this up are alluding to David Blaine not because he is an attention seeker but rather because he is sitting around doing nothing all day….

And I entered a strange world today. I bought a vacuum cleaner. What has become of me?

Maida Vale, London, Monday, September 22nd, 2003


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