Friday, November 28, 2003

Heres a tall tale you want to hope isn't true :

Chicken Little: In San Francisco, you never know what you're going to find when you knock on a car window -- but nothing prepared the cops for what they found the night of Nov. 3 down by Aquatic Park.
The window came down and there was a guy with a chicken sitting on his lap and a second chicken in a bag on the passenger seat.
'What's with the chickens?' the cop asked.
'I'm going to take them home and eat them,'' the driver replied.
'Lift up the chicken,'' the cop said.
The driver did -- and the next thing you know, the driver was in cuffs and the chickens were on their way to the humane society -- where (we kid you not) the hens were given a sexual battery exam by a vet the cops called in.
All we can say is, it's going to make for some very interesting testimony on the witness stand.
'But the killer will be the other evidence,'' a law enforcement source said. 'A 15-ounce jar of Vaseline . . . with three feathers in it.

Chicken Story in the News

posted by Mike Foord on Friday, November 28, 2003

Thursday, November 27, 2003

Pixel Art House

Venturer pointed me to a few pages on 'pixel art'... it's wquite interesting....... but I still don't see 'the point'... as if there needs to be one of course... hmm..... Anyway - this is quite a good example - a house that builds itself... I think it's done in flash.....

Not sure if it counts as art - but the isometric techniques this guy shows us in his tutorial make it look like even *I* could do it... which needless to say isn't true......

Did I ever tell you about the flash games ? Some of them are quite sick - but theres a lot of fun ones (unfortunately some of the sick ones are also the fun ones).

2 Flash Games

This website is *well* overdue an overhall (I think I've said this before...) - the links all need updating, I've got an article on basic HTML design to post, some new photos etc..... Unfortunately I'm still absorbed in Python - which I'm really enjoying..... Oh well.........

The lack of FTP access at work doesn't help either........
posted by Mike Foord on Thursday, November 27, 2003

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Tao of the Machine - Zoids

The weird (and wonderful ?) thing about the internet, is that every bizarre hobby you never wanted to imagine can be found there somewhere.

Anyone remember the 'Zoids' plastic motorised 'techno-dinosaurs'..... they were great fun to make and play with... when I was ten....... Well apparently there is a thriving hobby/nostalgia market for them. Soem of them are worth so much there are even people making fake ones. Bizzarre.

The website is from the weblog of a python programmer by the way - he blogs on lots of subjects and shows what a *proper* blog ought to be like.
posted by Mike Foord on Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Thursday, November 13, 2003

The Onion | God Angrily Clarifies 'Don't Kill' Rule

The funny thing is... this is actually true....
posted by Mike Foord on Thursday, November 13, 2003

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Google Press Center: Zeitgeist

This is an interesting one - sociological trends - as determiend by the searches people make using google !

For all the fuss Linux is causing in the computer press - only 1% of google searches are made from machiens running Linux............

Apparently for September the most popular UK google searches were :

United Kingdom
Popular Queries
September 2003
1. david blaine

2. orlando bloom

3. easyjet

4. christina aguilera

5. justin timberlake

6. ryanair

7. cheap flights

8. david beckham

9. eminem

10. eastenders

The page only shows information up to the 27th October... but ho hum... still interesting.........

Apparently everything you've ever searched for using google is logged and recorded under your personal id number (o at least an id for your computer)........... scary hey !

posted by Mike Foord on Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Saturday, November 08, 2003

Wired News: Simpsons Plant Seeds of Invention

They talk about life imitating art... here's an article about life imitating the Simpsons........

Some wacky biologist has created the 'tomacco' plant - a hybrid of tomato and tobacco that Homer invented in an episode of the Simpsons. Bizarre... the creator reckons the fruit (of which he has one) is poisonous because it probably contains a lethal dose of nicotine....... What the article doesn't manage to explain... is what is the *point* of the new creation...............
posted by Mike Foord on Saturday, November 08, 2003

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

The Flying Cow - Flash

Here's another one from the same page.............. and it's a doozy...........
posted by Mike Foord on Tuesday, November 04, 2003

how to dance properly -

I have a little 'thingy' that tells me what page people who visit my website come from - so I can tell if anyone has linked to me.
Now I've had 96 visitors from a link placed on an online gambling discussion board - of all places (hi guys !!)....

Page of weirdo links

They were obviously taking a break from gambling - it's a list of weird websites... I don't know whether to be complimented or insulted.........

Anyway - the top link is from the same page... and is great fun.......
posted by Mike Foord on Tuesday, November 04, 2003

BBC NEWS | Technology | World drowning in oceans of data

Ever felt like you were drowning in a bewildering flood of sensual stimulation, information overload, images, sound, ideas...... Well with the average attention span of my generation at 10 seconds and falling - perhaps it's a surprise that we've now got to the point where
every year 800MB of information is produced for every person on the planet
or perhaps not.... that's the equivalent to a 30ft pile high of books each apparently.

Not only that - but it's getting worse (isn't everything ?)... I was speaking to a friend of mine on Saturday (at our 'Men Alive for God' day - which was fantastic by the way...). He's scarily clever and doing his phd on data archiving for the folk at CERN who build atom smashers.... He reckons that in about 5 years of operations the new one that's coming on line will generate more information than has ever existed previously..... Not only that but they want all the information to be available to scientists and searchable...... but they can only store if it if it's compressed......On top of that... but they haven't got a clue *what* they'll be looking for in these huge mountains of information... so the whole thing has to be accessible - they can't jsut store 'relevant' data... because they don't know which bits will be relevant.....

So he's working on a compressed, queryable XML format for those of you who understand such things :-)

I was at a bit of a loss last night... I've just finished the current 'phase' of my atlantibots project. The next stage is a big one - coding a gooey (actually a GUI - the 'graphical user interface') and is a steep learning curve..... Last night I sat at my computer,. didn't quite no what to do and actually ended up tidying up... I mean it..... far out......
posted by Mike Foord on Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Monday, November 03, 2003

The EffNews RSS Reader for Windows :::

Discovered this great little utility for showing 'RSS news feeds' - I'm sure there are better utilities... but this is really lightweight and it's by a big contributor to the python community :-)

It's also the first one I've tried - I've added a few nice 'newsfeeds' (easily updated sumamries of the latest news) from places like the BBC, CNET and Wired (computer stuff), Scientific American etc etc

There's a good list of different feeds - here


posted by Mike Foord on Monday, November 03, 2003