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Archive for December, 2003

Am I talking to myself?

Happy new year folks, I’m off to Brussels for a few days….

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, December 31st, 2003

Snowboard artwork

Anyone know of any sites that have large collections of the designs on snowboards? A pretend chocolate fish to anyone who can send me cool links.

I found this, which has some funky old boards; and this one, which was the closest thing to what I was looking for, all though not exactly what I had in mind.

I was looking at the Sims site and they have some great designs (check out Montoya, Fader, and my fav, Sedition). You can get some of these as wallpaper for your ‘puter. Nice use of Flash too.

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

A note on links to other sites

If you are a regular visitor to bucketFountain, you may be aware the bulk of the links to other sites open in a new window. If you were to hover over the link prior to activating it, you will see the title tag displays “Link opens in a new window”. I use this technique so that there are no surprises. I realise that this pisses some people off.

If you use Moz, you can always hold down ctrl whist clicking and the link will open in a new tab in the background. If you use IE you do not have this functionality, but you can use shift and the link will open in a new window regardless, although it will not be in the background. I may move away from this in the future, and then leave it to the user/user agent to determine what they do with links.

In fact, if I can remember, I will do it from this day forth.

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

Christmas in Baghdad

Talk about exotic destinations for your holidays. My friend Paul has just left Iraq after spending a few days there, including a soiree to Baghdad. He had to do a bit of fast talking to get across the border, but found people to be friendly and helpful on the whole. “Only when I saw 2 Apaches fly over me this afternoon did it start to hit home exactly where I am!!” Crazy kiwi….

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

Church at Les Houches

Church at Les Houches

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

Chamonix (Les Houches)

The mountain


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

How times change:

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. – Theodore Roosevelt

Maida Vale, London, Saturday, December 27th, 2003

The fat tongued menace

Jamie Oliver has a weblog . I think that his search facility was broken when I visited though, I searched for ‘wanker’ and ‘loser’ and nothing came up….

Maida Vale, London, Tuesday, December 16th, 2003

Saddam captured, double standards still on the loose

Saddam captured – the promise of ‘justice’ being served to this tyrant may cause many not to consider the double standards and hypocrisy represented by this action.

I heard on the news a surprised British interviewer saying that Saddam’s trial might be held in Iraq. Why was he surprised? Saddam did nothing to Britain or the US until they attacked him. His trial should be an Iraqi affair – the Iraqi people have suffered more than the Iranians or Kuwatis, and certainly more than the US and the UK. In the mean time when will Cheney / Rumsfeld / Kissinger et al be tried for their crimes?

We all know the atrocities that Saddam committed against the Kurds, but why is there so little condemnation of Turkish raids against the same people?

There are too few ‘good-guys’ in this saga – it’s not a simple matter of one side being ‘right’. I hope that more people realise this and can condemn the crimes of anyone, regardless of what side they’re on.

Maida Vale, London, Sunday, December 14th, 2003

Screaming of a white xmas

Less than a week until I hit the snow. Tash organised a seven day snowboarding sojourn to Chamonix where I will learn afresh the true meaning of pain. I have not been boarding for nearly three years, and I’ve gained about 10 kilos in that time. This weekend was mostly spent buying new gear – goggles, gloves, thick toasty socks, and a kick-arse West Beach jacket. Yee-hah!

Maida Vale, London, Sunday, December 14th, 2003


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