Archive for March, 2006


Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Here’s something random to distract you on your next coffee break. As many people are no doubt familiar, when you play a song on an iPod it displays the following information arranged in three lines:

Title of song
Title of album

On the way to work this morning with my colleague Dave, I noticed that his iPod was displaying

The Hand That Feeds
Nine Inch Nails
With Teeth

and after briefly wondering whether those nine inch nails had teeth or were being fed them, I set off thinking about other songs which spelled out phrases and sentences in the same way. They seem surprisingly uncommon – besides a few dubious constructions (“I Do Edie Brickell And The New Bohemians Shooting Rubber Bands At The Stars”) the only good one I could come up with was “In A Graveyard Rufus Wainwright Poses”.

Any others? Three million bonus points if you can find one that fits 5-7-5 syllable haiku form.

PizzaOnRails Mar 2006

Monday, March 27th, 2006

PizzaOnRails, Ruby On Rails meetup with free pizza

Way of the exploding phone

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

This is my phone.
It fits very comfortably in the palm of my hand.
At Stansted Airport this weekend, the security people decided that they had to take it away and do their thing with swabs, to test it for explosives.

This worries me slightly. If modern-day terrorists can pack any meaningful amount of explosive into a package that size and still have room for a working mobile phone, aren’t we all a bit screwed?

And if so, is there any chance we can have litter bins back at railway stations now? I know they took them away to stop people planting bombs in them, but if in fact it turns out that they can do the same damage with a bit of chewing gum under a chair, then it would seem to be a bit of a moot point.


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

[Screenshot: Haluzkynation]

This demo won the ZX Spectrum demo competition at Forever 2006. It did this not by being an amazing piece of coding, but by playing on six years’ worth of in-jokes built in previous Forever parties.

I did mean to do a proper demo, honest – I spent three days working on one of the cleverest effects I’ve ever done. But then I realised that it was only two more days to the party, and a single half-finished effect wouldn’t make a demo, so I rushed ahead with some silly ideas instead.


Forever 7

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Forever 7, 8-bit demo party in Slovakia

London 2.0 RC3

Monday, March 13th, 2006

London 2.0 RC3, web frameworks / Web 2.0 meetup

Ig Nobel Tour 2006

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Ig Nobel tour of the UK, Oxford event

UKscene meetup, March 2006

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

UK demoscene meetup – Freemasons Arms, Covent Garden