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Archive for February, 2004

Safe as houses

Proof that not all advertisers are liars:

windows - safe as houses

Found at merauderweb .

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

Freeware and Spyware

As we all know, when you download freeware it usually comes with added nasties. I have installed Ad-aware 6.1 from Lavasoft – recommended by yours truly for removing unpleasant spyware from your treasured ‘puter. Best of all, it’s free (and doesn’t come with spyware)!

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, February 25th, 2004


Thought I had a googlewhack but it turns out that it only counts if you use two words.

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

Reboot your website on May 1st

The MAY 1st REBOOT is an interesting idea – I’d never heard of it before. Lots of peops get together and redesign their sites for May 1st. I was pretty keen to join in until I read this in the overview:

“As a collective it makes a manifest demonstration of the very idea of community. It is, quite simply, an indeterminate group of designers subscribing to one event in order to publicise their work at one specific time across any number of different locations…..”

I know what, I’ll be a sarcastic c*nt and use an indiscriminate amount of commas, long sentences, and unnecessarily circuitous lexicon in order to impart my verbose conceptualisation of an undertaking that should be facile to elucidate. This sort of wank really puts me off. To who(m)ever is responsible for that – stick to the graphic design.

bubblebathgirl – had the homepage open for ages just to listen to the funky tunes – like maybe half an hour and I didn’t get sick of it. Great.

And, in the process of being a smart arse I found the fantastic english usage search at

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

Wedding Day in Mansfield

Liz and Gaz’s wedding, 21 Feb 2004

Gaz waiting for Liz

Gaz waiting for Liz

Gaz and Liz signing up

Gaz and Liz signing up


Natasha, whooo har!

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

Bob Dylan is a god

I’m using Bearshare which is part of the gnutella network . I’ve downloaded some Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Split Enz and, hallelujah, gospel. It’s cool, and as much as MP3 is a crappy format, it’s a great way to get a taste of the music – I’ll be following this up by buying a few CDs…

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, February 25th, 2004 update

I mentioned a few blogs ago that had no discernible bias . Actually, no, it is as biased as fuck, but it doesn’t hide its angle, and I haven’t seen it dress self promotion as news, so I like it.

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

TVNZ bullshit at

A New Zealander looking for local news? Please don’t go to nzoom, the self titled ‘homepage’ for New Zealanders. I usually use as my news source. It is run by a newspaper company, and while it looks a little bland, it is well coded and has good selection of news highlights. The other day I decided to start using nzoom as my NZ news source as it is slicker looking and had plenty of stories about the recent Waitangi day fiasco .

At lunchtime today when I visited the site I realised that something was wrong. The headline story related to a viewers poll conducted on Paul Holmes’ nightly show which overwhelmingly found that respondents were in favour of Don Brash’s (leader of the opposition) white reactionary policies on the Treaty of Waitangi, Maori affairs (the only Maori MP in the National Party was sacked last week), and Maori land issues.

Who is Paul Holmes? Last year he called Kofi Annan a ‘cheeky darkie’. He also once ‘threatened’ to go to Australia because he felt he wasn’t getting the respect or financial reward he believed he deserved. Luckily for the Australians he never acted on his word.

This speaks volumes about who watches the Holmes Show, indirectly a lot about the man Paul Holmes, as well as TVNZ’s editorial position.

Happily there was also a story entitled TV3 interview ruled unfair about TVNZ’s rival, TV3, and an interview they conducted with the Helen Clark. A judge ruled that the interview was impartial. In TVNZ’s eagerness to sling mud at the competition by giving a minor story greater emphasis, they have drawn attention to their own editorial hypocrisy.

I confirmed at that these were not in fact the top stories (there was no mention of either on the stuff homepage, I didn’t bother to go digging any deeper) but instead the tabloid trash that I have come to expect from TVNZ.

nzoom is not the homepage for New Zealanders. Some New Zealanders perhaps, but not the 63% who support the Prime Minister Helen Clark and her government. Like any politician, Helen Clark has her problems, but she is possibly the best leader New Zealand has had in my lifetime.

As a result of this fracas I’ve discovered – plenty of the kind of news I want to read, and at a glance, no discernible bias.

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, February 11th, 2004

Firebird morphs into Firefox

Holy crap – just read at Ben Poole’s site that Mozilla have changed the name of Pheonix/Firebird to Firefox…. How about calling it er, um, I can’t decide.

Maida Vale, London, Wednesday, February 11th, 2004

I’d be more apathetic if I weren’t so lethargic

First time I’ve opened my laptop in what seems like weeks… Odd. I’ve been watching a lot of movies, working, generally in hibernation mode. It’s a good time to hibernate as it snowed here last week.

Just watched ‘Amelie’ – what a freaking awesome film! Highly recommended. Feel-good city without the mush or sentimentality.

Last night I saw ‘Lost in Translation’. Yep, it was lost on me, either that or Coppola Jnr intended it to be two hours of self indulgent, arrogant, borderline xenophobic beastliness. Two thirds of the way through the film I realised that I was trapped in a camouflaged rom-com. I don’t mind slow films, some of the best films I have seen move at a slow pace, but I am accustomed to something actually happening. Take evasive action at all costs. Wait for the DVD to come out if you’re still curious.

Maida Vale, London, Sunday, February 1st, 2004


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