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I'm finding less time to update my blog these days, but my flickr photostream is often updated.

Playing in my house right now...

At 00:00 GMT on Thursday I was listening to:

More of what I've been listening to

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Wednesday July 31 2002 at 15:16 GMT

Wednesday July 31 2002 at 13:23 GMT

After some network rethinking, and some hardware assistance from Simon (really!), I've ordered my wireless stuff, from Insight. I have never used them before, nor has anyone I know, but they had the best prices and the site seems to be pretty good. As I originally planned, I've gone with a Netgear WAP and an ORiNOCO Gold card. Should be here tomorrow.

When I was reading a newsgroup doing my research, I found a link to a site called nocat.net. They have some excellent links from there, as well as a good quote from Einstein; their site design also pleases my eye. In addition, one of their members wrote the O'Reilly book that I have ordered on Building Wireless Community Networks. Amazon is just a bit too clever these days, though. When I logged in, it suggested I buy an album by Fila Brazilia as I had bought another previously. Then it suggested I buy the latest Beth Orton CD, Daybreaker. OK, call me a sucker. It will be here on Friday.

Have a nice day!

Wednesday July 31 2002 at 02:42 GMT

Sem@code is trying to replace Warchalking. Seems like it is just trying to confuse people. Bar code scanners on mobile phones?!?!?!?!?

Wednesday July 31 2002 at 01:41 GMT

Well, I've got to hand it to Edinburgh City Council. The city centre is really busy around the Festival and Fringe time - in fact the population doubles for the month of August. So, with this in mind, they start repairing the pavement (Americans: read 'sidewalk') on Princes Street, which is THE main street in Edinburgh. Good work council!

Tuesday July 30 2002 at 10:57 GMT

Tuesday July 30 2002 at 01:39 GMT

Minimal blog = busy Martin. On the weekend I *finally* got round to buying a lot of speaker cable and a drill. I asked Jams for advice on the drill, but seeing as I did not have 3000 pounds to get the latest De Wahl machinery, I have a rather nice Bosch, with cool variable speed, which I have found very handy indeed!

What was I up to? Well, I like having long showers, so I like having nice sounds in the bathroom. At Christmas, after my dad helped me decorate the bathroom, I whacked a pair of speakers in there and trailed some cable from my hi-fi in the living room along to the bathroom. It really makes me happy to have music in the morning as I shower and shave. After seven months of tramping on cable, I finally pulled the floor up and got busy. I now have a supreme install - cable goes underneath the floor in my living room, along the hall, to the back wall of the bathroom, into a 'water pipe cupboard' then pops out just a few inches from the speakers. Very nice and tidy indeed! After I did that, I layed the carpet in my bathroom (also missing for seven months!) tore my living room apart, nailed down some carpet in there too and sorted the place out. It was a good feeling to have - achieving something smart. My drill pleases me too - I feel like a real homeowner now.

Tonight I was just finishing off the install to the bathroom with the proper colour of speaker cable (white, instead of bronze) and tidying up the mess I created. Now I am v.tired. Some quick surfing then horizontal until my alarm calls me back to the real world.

Sunday July 28 2002 at 18:23 GMT

If you've got sound, Shockwave and a little patience, check out this crazy GangstaJedi movie. It must have taken WEEKS to create the movie, even after getting the story and lyrics together. Very well done indeed.

Saturday July 27 2002 at 03:02 GMT

Today was good and bad. The good part was that I did NOT go out (on a Friday!!!) but instead came home, had some tasty food, a few beers and watched Kate win Big Brother. Quite a nice night, all in.

The bad part of today was that I *finally* managed to work out that I wanted a Netgear ME102 access point and an Avaya ORiNOCO Gold card, which is, apparently, the de la of wireless cards.. I put my order together on Dabs, knew that I wanted Saturday delivery and was going to have to pay extra for that, selected the goods ... only to be told that as it was my first order, next day delivery was not available. So, no wireless fun for me this weekend. Every situation does have a plus though - I'll be able to do some more research on the Wireless Access Point (WAP) to ensure I have the right one. I am really excited about getting everything now!

My plan is to open it to the world, or at least what I can see of Morningside. My only fear is that somehow it takes off in the same way my MP3 server did, and the bandwidth is squashed. The audience is certainly a lot smaller here, but you just never know!

Thursday July 25 2002 at 19:12 GMT

I've just realised that all the images I post located on my own site don't work when they blog is archived. How silly of me. Now I have static links on my site though... Will need to think through a better way to do this!

Thursday July 25 2002 at 18:01 GMT

Get your Austin Powers Spy Name. Quite amusingly, given my penchant for phones and all things wireless, I am:

Martin "Intrepid" Little

There isn't a situation you ever find uncomfortable as you are a chameleon and mold your identity around your surroundings. You stalk your prey without hesitation, mistake or second guesses and they can feel you on their heels.

Vital Gear
Includes non-descript clothing, sunglasses and various wireless devices.

Thursday July 25 2002 at 17:41 GMT

Today Senor Carlos, who stayed with us a while back, is ordained - I'm guessing he has already been through the ceremony. Allan and I would *really* like to wish him huge amounts of happiness as a monk and super best wishes for his new life.

He will be in England for the NKT Summer Meditation Festival. Let's all hope that it does not rain too much, as he will be camping.

Thursday July 25 2002 at 11:53 GMT

Google! DayPop! This is my blogchalk: English, United Kingdom, EDINBURGH, Morningside, Martin, Male, 26-30

Thursday July 25 2002 at 11:53 GMT

Shoot! After re-reading the instructions for Blogchalking, I realise I have missed a step. I forgot to post the all important post! I remember reading, then I forgot to do it. ARGH. Next post, then!

Wednesday July 24 2002 at 17:28 GMT

HEAVEN IS WHEN YOU HAVE :
AN AMERICAN SALARY
A BRITISH HOME
CHINESE FOOD
AND AN INDIAN WIFE
======================
HELL IS WHEN YOU HAVE :
AN AMERICAN WIFE
BRITISH FOOD
A CHINESE HOME
AND AN INDIAN SALARY

Wednesday July 24 2002 at 14:54 GMT

After reading this article, I am on a real wireless roll. My thoughts are jumping. Tonight I shall be researching-o-rama. If you are in Morningside in Edinburgh and want to test out wireless ADSL access via my house, please contact me and we can set something up. I am really thinking of getting a community wireless project together.

Tuesday July 23 2002 at 13:52 GMT

No idea if this is real or not, but it's an interesting humourous(ish) read.

Tuesday July 23 2002 at 02:12 GMT

I finally got a contact page on to my site. The addresses used to be on the front page, but I got WAY too fed up with the amount of spam I was getting. The addresses for these forms are now much more tightly controlled, so I know if they are harvested!

Tuesday July 23 2002 at 02:08 GMT

Paisley, Oregon looks a little different to the Paisley in which I was born! Let's hope that the fire does not reach there.

Tuesday July 23 2002 at 02:06 GMT

This year I have not been in the States yet - I think it is the first time in five years... I just caught the ABC news on BBC News24, and it has kind of reminded me what it is like to sit in a hotel room and have news 24hours a day on multiple channels! Apparently Paisley, Oregon is almost about to be burnt in a major fire.

Tuesday July 23 2002 at 00:28 GMT

I arrived on time last night to see Rob Hall and the Freewheelers at the Bridge Jazz Bar. Rob and his 'Wheelers decided to take it relaxed though, and only started just before ten! My kind of guys. The place itself is very nice and makes quite a change from Henry's, which is a proper underground jazz bar ... but it is so hard to see the stage from many angles and often costs quite a lot. I expect to visit the Bridge quite some more in the weeks to come.

The festival is coming ... and town is now getting REALLY busy. I am planning to take a week of holiday, so hopefully I will actually get to see some shows.

Sunday July 21 2002 at 12:55 GMT

I was so shocked (read on) that I forgot to mention I actually arrived on time for Tania's meal! Recovery is ongoing.

Sunday July 21 2002 at 12:54 GMT

Friday was Tania's 21st(!) birthday, so she took over the Salsa Hut just off Leith Walk, which was very cool indeed. Once she'd taken it over, she let some of her friends come in too, which was good of her. The food was tasty, authentic and incredibly well priced, and it was BYOB too! A night to remember ... or forget, depending how much you had to drink. ;-) After we'd hit the hut, we headed back to Jill's for some more drink and chat. Good night all in. I even had an espresso!

On Saturday I went to pick up my kilt. Despite spending ages getting measured due to my ... thinness, the kilt was TOO BIG for me. The nice chap in the shop said he'd reduce the waist for me ... which he did. Unfortunately, that then knocked out the pleats under the front apron (I know my technical kilt-talk, me). They'd also made the kilt over half an inch too big around the waist in the first place. So, I now have no kilt as I returned the one the shop had leant to me. They are making me a whole new kilt! I now have a deadline though - I'm going to a wedding on the 2nd of August, so they have promised to sort me out by then. When I was in the shop, another guy getting his kilt made was quoted over 10 weeks to get it done, so they'd better be putting my order on the double-fasttrack!

Friday July 19 2002 at 13:36 GMT

Once again, I have to hand it to Apple for this very cool sync software. Microsoft sync products really can be quite hit and miss, and usually require on application for each device ... and somewhere down the line, the fields get ever so slightly mixed up and everything goes wrong. My next personal laptop will be an Apple TiBook; I'm looking forward to it already.

Tuesday July 16 2002 at 18:30 GMT

The ultimate in mobile computing - a computer on wheels!

Tuesday July 16 2002 at 14:20 GMT

By the time I got into the office on Monday morning, my mohican picture was already on the intranet! Mahyad did a somewhat amusing Photoshop of it - not sure whether to take it as a compliment or not!

I've posted all my pictures online here.

Tuesday July 16 2002 at 14:14 GMT

I have been too tired/busy/sunburnt to give an update of the weekend, but here, briefly, is how it went.

I only managed to leave work at 4.15 on Friday, so had a mad dash round town to get a camping mat and some other bits and bobs. As I was zooming, I decided I needed a new haircut, and quite fancied a blue mohican; my brother did a fine job of barbering my hair but the blue dye just did absolutely nothing (I didn't fancy bleaching it as I had to work on Monday). I decided a quick beard trim was also in order - check out my fresh do here.

Sandy and I managed to get to the campsite, and, with some assistance from Stella got the tent up in a pretty good spot, then we went to catch the Beat 106 party bus. We had a good dance, I got some food, and we consumed a good amount of cider, which I had run the length of Rose Street to purchase! I had some tasty burgers and chips. Mmmm - made from real dog, too. Not so funny was being completely unable to find our tent in the massive tent city for voer an hour.

Saturday began quite early with the sun beating down on the tent, so we headed off to catch the music ... which did not actually start until much after we got there. I felt the line-up on Saturday was not overly inspiring compared to Sunday. Groove Armada were OK, but I was not blown away. I was coerced into watching Oasis to finish the night off which, to be perfectly honest, I found pretty boring - Liam still seems like an idiot and Noel wrote the only two songs I vaguely enjoyed - but at least I can now say that I have seen them live. I'm sure the grandkids will be SO proud of me for that. Right. My heid was somewhat tinged after the weather managed to stay surprisngly sunny ALL day!

Sunday started much later, after a bit of a lie-in. We took half a bottle of cider and black(currant) and filled the rest with two beers, apparently making (a) 'Pink Panther', which was quite tasty. We refilled a few times during the day! We saw Green Day (Green Day) who really made a good stage show, and even had a bunch of kids up on stage playing the drums, bass and guitar (which they then gave to the girl playing it). Sonic Youth were pretty good, but Mercury Rev *really* stole the show - their set was SO good. At one point, everyone was clapping so much that the band were standing on the stage laughing bemusedly. Chemical Brothers finishing the night was good and everyone really got into the music. I did take a picture of this with my Communicam, but it is way too dark to see anything at all. :-( The night finished off with some more Beat106 action - this time my navigation home was faultless!

More when I have time...

Friday July 12 2002 at 11:58 GMT

My day of work is finishing early today so that I can head up to T in the Park, an outdoor music festival. For the first time, I shall be camping, which is always either a brave or foolish move in Scotland. If the weather stays 'cloudy', things should be fine. If it starts raining, however... Click here to see if we are drookit or dry.

Friday July 12 2002 at 11:36 GMT

This is very cool - you can buy a motel on eBay. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd be tempted!

Friday July 12 2002 at 10:15 GMT

Walking is a state of constant falling.

Friday July 12 2002 at 09:40 GMT

I haven't been regoogleised overnight, so doing a search on blogchalk english uk edinburgh morningside still does not pick up my site...

Thursday July 11 2002 at 14:02 GMT

Daypop is always a good place to start a day's surfing, to find out what everyone else is talking about. Today's top link is for Blogchalking, following on from the ideas of Warchalking (for finding access to wireless networks) and Chalkchalking (showing where the nearest store of chalk is!). With Blogchalking, the aim is to be able to find other users based on their geographical location. The idea quite appeals to me, and thus I now have a little blue face up there ^^^. The only problem was that it would only let me say I was online 80% of the day - everyone knows this figure is actually MUCH higher. *8-D

Thursday July 11 2002 at 13:48 GMT

Good news for today is that I just won tickets to see Idlewild from Radio1. I vaguely remember filling something in a month back, but had completely forgotten about it. This morning I received a lovely email telling me I'd won!

Thursday July 11 2002 at 13:47 GMT

I just found this on ultrapersonal computing - I quite fancy one, but my toys budget has already been blown.

My uncle's Dell computer arrived this morning - quite impressed with the service thus far - I ordered about five working days ago. Configuration time tonight. :->

Wednesday July 10 2002 at 20:24 GMT

STOCK TIP

I know everyone is now losing in this market. Here's your opportunity to make it big!!! Pfizer Corp. (PFE) is making the announcement today that Viagra will soon be available in liquid form, and will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power beverage suitable for use as-is or as a mixer, under the name "Mount and Do."

Pepsi's proposed ad campaign suggests: "It will now be possible for a man to literally pour himself a stiff one."

Recommendation: BUY

Mountain Dew

Tuesday July 9 2002 at 10:19 GMT

Micropayments is where it's at - being able to buy your coffee from Starbucks after a quick wave of your mobile phone IS where we are going. Paying USD1.5 BILLION for the company that does this, seems a little on the 'rich' side, particularly in these lean days...

Sunday July 7 2002 at 23:07 GMT

Weekend's FLY past. Weekend highlights were:
  • a quality evening at The Stand with Grant, Matt & Sean
  • TWO early (10am!) starts
  • quality breakfast in the sunshine (really) at City Cafe 2, where, not only did they have a full Scottish breakfast with no mention of mushrooms (I HATE mushrooms), but they also had both vegetarian and non-vegetarian Mexican breakfasts!
  • watching how Robbie is picking up his parent's drinking habit - at just nine months he can hold a can of cider on his own!
  • finally making it to Oloroso for a quick beer, after many failed attempts

Friday July 5 2002 at 17:43 GMT

Time has sped up again! Piquing my Web interest for today is crazy Lego mathematical models and somewhere cool to eat in Edinburgh (I was there last night, and it was v.tasty).

I am now off to meet Grant and co.

Thursday July 4 2002 at 18:32 GMT

This is getting a lot of mentions on daypop today, and quite rightly so. It is very cool indeed - give it a shot and put in a few URLs.

Thursday July 4 2002 at 16:24 GMT

Wednesday July 3 2002 at 01:53 GMT

Tuesday July 2 2002 at 01:22 GMT

Senor Carlos has now left the building. He is missed. :-(

Monday July 1 2002 at 16:05 GMT

FORGOTTEN THING 1: Yesterday, during the World Cup final, I could not believe the level of anti-German feeling there was coming from English people. Those same people who were so often criticising the Scots for not supporting England...

FORGOTTEN THING 2: You can listen to Matt's radio program online, at 8pm on a Sunday night.

Monday July 1 2002 at 14:57 GMT

Today is Canada Day - thanks to Anthony for sending over some ideas for celebrating.

I shall be having a Molson later, if anyone wants to join me.

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