Thursday, May 25, 2006

BBC NEWS | Technology | Rockstar scores with Table Tennis

See, I realise that they are probably just demonstrating some of the new features of the xbox but don't you think it is a bit crazy that people are playing table tennis on a games console. I mean table tennis was meant as a cut down version of tennis you could play in your garage, beacuse a real court was too big. In ten years time will there be a video game of people playing Space Invaders.

Why not go and play a fucking table tennis for crying out loud.

Grizzly, grizzly grumble.


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Chuff Biff Pow


DaylightMap Beta

Ooooooo this is good.


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Questions, questions, questions ...

I have been doing a few all nighters of late trying to get a system finished. Last night at around 3am I had the urge for comforting 70s prog and found myself purchasing a Supertramp album on iTunes.

Can this be normal? is it sleep deprivation? a cry for help?

Secondly, after exercise, can a pint of Stella and a bag of dry roasted peanuts be considered an isotonic sports drink?

Thirdly is opera good or is it a load of fat people shouting?

Beats me.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Javascript - bang to rights

Norman Stanley Spugster, you have pleaded guilty to the charges brought by this court, and it is now my duty to pass sentence. You are an habitual programmer, who accepts the coding as an occupational hazard, and presumably accepts testing in the same casual manner. We therefore feel constrained to commit you to the maximum term allowed for these offences — you will have to program in Javascript for five years

In wee hours

In the dark dark hills in the dark dark forest there was a dark dark cabin and in the dark dark cabin there was a daft daft computer programmer. Up for all for nighter trying to get the system into test for the morning.I am told that young'uns in silicon valley would eat pizza and drink jolt cola. Here we are just having coffee and victoria sponge sandwich.When I say we I mean myself and our senior operator, aka Betty the dog.Change the tapes Betty, we're going in.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Chutney 2.0

There is a lot of talk about Web 2.0 at the moment. People in the mobile community have now started banging on about Mobile Web 2.0 and what that means. Podcasts are rammed with people droning on and on and on about essentially, bugger all. In fact the only point of it all this is to generate more book sales and conference invites for someone.

Meanwhile the two problems for the Mobile Web 1.0 remain:

1. It doesn't work - mostly.
2. No one knows it's there.

Solve these are we are rocking.

As for people droning on at speaking events, the only thing to do is to follow Spug's first law of conferences:

1. Sit at the back with your coat on.

If you follow this you can always slip out for a pint, or as I did once at a Brighton conference; go buy an ice cream, silly glasses and rent a deck chair.

Friday, May 19, 2006

The Unsuitable Gentlemens' Club

The Unsuitable Gentlemens' Club have made it to Morroco. A triumph really, I was suprised they made it past Membury services on the M4. Not much works on the car anymore and they still have to make it to Fez.



This looks good. It is a little hosted support site thing. Quite cheap. Handy if you are a small firm and have bods all over the place.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Cardboard Programmer

Talk to that cardboard programmer, talk to the rubber duck on you monitor, talk to the Uma Thurman poster . .. . go on let it all hang out.


Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Ajaxian » Google Web Toolkit: Ajax Apps from Java

As I am plowing my way thru Protoype.js and other AJax stuff I stumbled on this.

Wonder if coding in Java is that must easier than HTML/Javascript styleee. Handy if you can re use old code.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Unsuitable Gentlemen

The Unsuitable Gentlemen have made it to Spain

How cool is their car

Monday, May 15, 2006

Case statements

Has anyone worked out how to remember the case statement syntax for all the languages we are supposed to know?Buggered if I can.

Homepage of Crimson Editor - Free Text Editor, Html Editor, Programmers Editor for Windows

Now there's me using TextPad. Spug recommends ..


More css templates .. . .

Another css template thing for your tucker bag.. . .


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Unsuitable Gentlemen's Club

A Long, long time ago three drunken A level students decided to would be a good idea to drive a Citeroen Dyane to Morocco. The idea was to do it on beer and cigarettes and maps were not allowed. Sadly, the trip never got of the ground and we all trudged off too work. Twenty-two years later the trip is back on, in a big old Jag no less. I can't go due to uke commitments, but the "Unsuitable Gentlemen's Club" is born.

The trip, along with Robert's daily haiku can be followed here

My friend Rubbery Chapploe puts it better.

21:00 (10/05/06) T minus 81 hrs and counting :

"Now lets get this straight. Captain Spug and the Spinester (AKA Les Biciclettes unsuitable, AKA the dukes of uke) were supposed to be on this mission. In fact it was the brain child of young Norm, cooked up on a lethal brew of sixth form coffee and bum fluff. We were to take the citroen dian, as soon as our release papers were signed and head south, in a cloud of hashish smoke, to the city of amusing hats (possibly via the town of quim AKA Qum in the land of morocco). The last great European road trip.

No sooner had the ink dried on our A level failure certificates however and the wee fella embarked on the first of a string of unsuccessful marriages. The big one sold himself into a life of slavery in the computer mines and I opted for indolence and petty alcoholism and the dream was lost.

It was only resurrected twenty years later in a pub somewhere in London as a 40th year jape. Once again on the momentary fervor of a misplaced margarita. Need I mention that it was from the lips of Mr. F, that it came, now emerging from his 85th marriage to the lovely Svetlana Miopica. As word spread, the bandwagon filled and it wasn't long before the wheels were creaking at the axel.

As the unserious dropped one by one and the Dukes (peace be upon them) fell further under the thrall of the tiny guitar (it's alright ma I'm only
ukeing) and others became ravening psychotics, The party dwindled to two. My self and Morriati. We are the unsuitable gentlemen. The pictures you see above (or is it below) represent a hiccup only. Farah-Fawcet (our nearly red Jaguar XJ6 4.2L, straight six, automatic, £230, lover, beast, mother, glory, hotel, car) is purring like a kitten somewhere in the wilds of Wiltshire.

Sunday 5am (40 years and a fistful of regrets too late) the journey begins. I will be sending daily Haiku to this site and my friend will no doubt be sending photos of himself, dressed as a gay in the souks of old morocco. I hope you enjoy the ride.

Shoo kran, nihna rooh al ann, enchallah!


Sunday, May 07, 2006

EasyEclipse | Free, open source, easy-to-use Eclipse distributions and plugins for Windows, Mac and Linux

Some people have got together and created distros of Eclipse that include tested combinations of all the plugins that are available.

So you can download a installer fo eclipse with all the server side stuff ready to go. Sort of a free MyEclipse.


Friday, May 05, 2006

Important news from the world of nature

We have been reliably informed that bees make honey and wasps make jam.

Please pass on.

Posted by Isabel Spug, aged 10.

Grails - Home

If you have made some investment in Java and like the sound of Ruby on Rails then this might light your candle.

Grails is an attempt at the "coding by convention" stuff that makes Rails so attractive. It may have more of a chance in the corporate setting too ...


Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Mini Gets Mighty: Introducting Opera Mini 2.0 for your mobile phone

Now if you are only ever going to download one thing for your phone then download Opera Mini. It is a fab little browser for you phone that just works.

It has a go at rendering most sites and makes mobile browsing a do-able doo.

Finally if you are serious about the internet over the next fives years you MUST know about this stuff.


Open Source Website Templates and Downloads

More nobby css open source stuff .. . ...


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Content with Style: A CSS Framework

Gonna be doing some heavy duty css stuff so I though I would cheat...


Building a Smarter To-Do List, Part I | 43 Folders

This is great stuff ...


Darth Pud

Although he attacked me with his light sabre and was clearly using the force, I was still able to wrestle the Dark Lord to the ground and tickle him till he screamed.

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