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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...


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


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More of what I've been listening to

Latest pictures from my phone

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Thursday July 31 2003 at 00:41 GMT

Phew - another day is over. Today has seen:
  • all cupboards now installed as well as all available doors fitted
  • oven, hob and fridge set in place
  • installers now finished
  • I asked the plumber to investigate why the drains in the bathroom were now running away so slowly - he spent several hours and used a variety of dangerous chemicals and large wire implements to discover why...

Before you think it is all over, here's the list of remaining tasks:

  • completion of sink installation (Thursday)
  • connection of gas hob (Thursday)
  • completion of all electrical tasks - front plates put on all sockets, connection of oven, hob (electronic starters), fridge, under unit lights and ceiling lighting (Thursday)
  • delivery and installation of washing machine (Thursday)
  • delivery and installation of final doors and plinths (next week...)
  • plastering of ceiling and walls (next Wednesday)
  • decoration of room (next week/week after)

After that, I'll be holding a party to celebrate, and you're all invited! It's looking like it may be a mid-week party, cos weekends are just non-existant during August for many people. Watch this space.

Wednesday July 30 2003 at 19:45 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: This is most of the install done!.

Wednesday July 30 2003 at 13:56 GMT

This is a test from the meeting.

Wednesday July 30 2003 at 13:56 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Team.

Wednesday July 30 2003 at 09:19 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: The latest from my kitchen - door panels are now on, worksurface in place & wall cupboards mounted. :-).

Wednesday July 30 2003 at 08:16 GMT

This sounds like an interesting service - shame it's Windows only...

Wednesday July 30 2003 at 00:17 GMT

Today has been:
  • no water from 1am this morning - the thread on the on/off valve has been stripped
  • decision to go with a built-in oven hood - dad and I collected from Howdens, doing our best to look like Trade Customers Only - and succeeding
  • unit construction - both floor level and wall units are now up, wall units even have their doors!
  • work surface is now in place

It's been a pretty busy day all in. Dad and I fired out to IKEA to get some under unit lights and to look at the splashbacks, as well as to eat breakfast. Then we headed to Howdens and collected the extractor unit, then I went to work. :-S

Tonight, we've played some pool and searched for the two Maglites that have mysteriously disappeared...

Tuesday July 29 2003 at 17:07 GMT

I've had an email back from Douglas Friedli, answering some of my points (I'll ask him if I can blog it). I'm going to put together something outlining what I know of in the Edinburgh wireless scene, and maybe Douglas will be able to pull something together from it...

Dave forwarded me this cool Lockergnome article, which I will read before writing another big email!

Tuesday July 29 2003 at 11:56 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Lunchtime update..

Tuesday July 29 2003 at 08:49 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: If one IKEA breakfast costs one pound ... you know what's going to happen!.

Tuesday July 29 2003 at 00:20 GMT

[Via a friend who wants to remain nameless, like a shadowy mafia figure] Scotland on Sunday, one of our broadsheet newspapers, published this article on wardriving in Edinburgh, and how, supposedly, two thirds of commercial networks are completely unsecured. I'm pretty tired of the kind of story being punted, especially since it is so blatantly just an advert, with some distorted figures to scare people.

I don't normally respond to these any more, given that so little ever happens, but I've just sent the following to Douglas Freidli, the article's author. We'll see if anything comes back...

Hi Douglas

I saw your article in Scotland on Sunday, and had some questions on the figures and the motive behind the article.

Firstly, I would debate whether there are 152 unique wireless networks in the New Town and West End - sounds like quite a large figure to me, based on my experiences. Secondly, I would love to know how the consultants from Celare were able to tell that these were specifically corporate networks. Simply wardriving does NOT give this information on every nework found - indeed it is highly unlikely to give that information on many, if any, at all. Specifically breaking into those networks would be required, which the consultants say they did not do. Finally, many networks are intentionally left open, so that passing users CAN freely access the attached network, often with the sole intention of sharing Internet bandwidth.

Stories like this have been running for so long now that they are simply boring, offering no new positive information and misleading the public. Without question, security is top priority, however anyone at all who takes a minute to read the blurb enclosed with an wireless access point can quickly decide how much security they want and then set that up. Second guessing the motives of the person or organisation that owns or runs a specific access point is worthless. The story reads as an ad for Celare - and not a very honest one at that.

Why not write a more forward-looking and interesting story on what is happening with Edinburgh WiFi? You could cover the main group of people doing work with freely sharing wireless networks, Backnet (http://www.backnet.org.uk/), the Jolly Judge pub on Lawnmarket which was the first commercial location offering free wireless Internet access in Edinburgh (http://jollyjudge.co.uk/ & http://jollyjudge.co.uk/wifi.htm) as well as how people can get involved - whether that be sharing their own broadband connection or helping set up a community network. Interested people can sign up via http://wifi.meetup.com/ or else contact me directly. If Celare were focussing on wireless security, it would be good to hear what they have to say too.

Hopefully you can answer some of my questions directly, if not, perhaps you can pass this mail on to your contact at Celare - I'd like to hear their reponse to my comments or even see the log of access points they found.

It would be very beneficial, as well as relevant and interesting, to get a good article on the other side of the wireless Internet discussion published and out there, to show good things happen with wireless networks too and raise awareness of what is going on already. Please let me know if I can provide you with any more details at all.

I look forward to hearing from you
Martin

PS Yes, I put my money where my mouth is. This email has come to you via my publicly available wireless access point - see http://martinlittle.com/unwired/ or http://www.nodedb.com/unitedkingdom/sc/edinburgh/view.php?nodeid=5〈=en for more details.

Monday July 28 2003 at 22:32 GMT

Here's what has happened today:

  • removed *everything* from the kitchen including tiles and wallpaper
  • discussed plans with builders - changed as much as possible ;-)
  • had two additional lighting circuits installed - I now have main lighting, under unit lighting and a 'special', for a small project
  • had the plumbing and gas connections sorted
  • all units constructed
  • went to B&Q, purchased downlighters and some other stuff that mysteriously came to over a hundred pounds!
  • visited B&Q, Wickes, Comet, Currys, Argos and John Lewis searching for a hob hood - no joy
  • had a new ceiling put into the room ... but I'm not sure it's got enough depth to handle the downlighters I bought
Man, it's been a long day! Hopefully tomorrow will be more relaxing.

Monday July 28 2003 at 18:15 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Ah, you can't beat food cooked over an open fire!.

Monday July 28 2003 at 17:31 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: My dad gets bored looking for a hob hood, and plays with the Lego at Currys at Newcraighall. :-).

Monday July 28 2003 at 17:28 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: .

Monday July 28 2003 at 17:27 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Bare kitchen..

Sunday July 27 2003 at 14:26 GMT

My kitchenWe are now at T-1 for my kicten installation, and I'm actually getting pretty excited!

Yesterday, I caught up with Jams to work out what I should do in terms of lighting - I'm *aiming* for flush mounted dichroic ceiling lights - but that's going to depend on the quality of my ceiling, which may not be such great quality.

Sound was something I hadn't fully sorted, but I have a plan now - in fact, I have two. The first is to take a fresh feed underneath the hall to the kitchen, like the bathroom, and pop some speakers on the wall. The second plan is to finally buy a SLIMP3 player, one of these boys, a small amp and do the whole thing properly. The second plan is likely to happen ... soon!

Sunday July 27 2003 at 11:32 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: My sister sent this to me. Just in case you can't quite read the text in the photo, it says: "I'm smiling because I'm your sister. I'm laughing because you can't do anything about it!".

Saturday July 26 2003 at 10:05 GMT

Congrats to Dietmar and Birte for quitting smoking. I'm not entirely sure what they did, but I know it involved a conference in Glasgow. Whatever, the result is a good one!

Thursday July 24 2003 at 22:37 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Iain & Amanda :-).

Wednesday July 23 2003 at 23:16 GMT

Enginneer jobs by SMS - handy.

Wednesday July 23 2003 at 15:39 GMT

OK, get used to these...

Today I bought a new tap (PDF full spec, photo) and washing machine. Friday and Sunday delivery, respectively. Nice.

Wednesday July 23 2003 at 15:11 GMT

k_sangden (17:53:12): it always makes things seem more doable when you have a small meeting with yourself
ceemrl (17:53:24): I need several of those
k_sangden (17:53:36): if you break things into small doable parcels, then the bigger picture takes care of itself
k_sangden (17:53:43): emptiness in action!
k_sangden (17:53:50): first smile
k_sangden (17:54:09): then breathe
k_sangden (17:54:54): then take care of the small packets with a calm, clear, happy mind

Tuesday July 22 2003 at 14:07 GMT

Mozilla headI used to be a Netscape diehard, until the damn thing just became way too big, fat and slow for my liking. I've tried Mozilla, but it was too big for what I wanted too. Opera is nice (especially on my P800), but, it just never clicked with me, and thus I have stuck with IE.

On Friday, weird things started happening with me IE - all the bookmarks started flashing every few seconds and it stopped opening pages 80% of the time. So, I thought I'd take a look at Mozilla Firebird. MAN, what a find! This app is rocking. It does exactly what it says on the tin - puts me as a user at the centre of the experience. It is so beautifully designed, fast and a delight to use all round.

Tabbed browsing is a revelation to use - I am one of those people who opens a stack of links whilst reading a longer article, for reading once I'm finished the main article, so having only one browser button on the Windows toolbar makes things so much tidier. Yes, a touch of screen real estate is lost inside Firebird, but I have quickly learned to live with that.

Popup blocking is nice, and having a google box right there is very useful indeed. There are a stack of useful keyboard shortcuts as well as a wide range of extensions, including one that lets you use mouse movements to control activities (a la Minority Report).

click here for better browsingMicrosoft has got way too used to IE having huge market share, and, as so often with Microsoft, we are in danger of being forced into using their technology as opposed to selecting the best application for the job. What can you do? Get out there and try a better browser! My recommendation now has to be Mozilla Firebird. Try it, you might like it.

Tuesday July 22 2003 at 13:31 GMT

I'm going to get some friends together and see if I can do this too - video. [Via Diego]

Tuesday July 22 2003 at 11:07 GMT

Last night I bought my very first sink (an Onyx Plus One). Woohoo - I'm getting excited about my new kitchen already!

Sidetracked thought: who remembers the Dream Warriors' - Wash Your Face In My Sink? Man, that takes me back ... back to a kite festival in Glasgow, with my brother and dad, for some reason. :-)

Tuesday July 22 2003 at 10:49 GMT

Yes, I am still alive. The weekend was hectic-o-rama, but very good fun. On Friday, I caught up with Neil, Ker, Evan and Scott for a few Sunny Beaches. Then I went home, had some food and headed to Pete's, for his birthday, which was a great laugh. I think I finally got to bed at around 7am... Then it was Tan's birthday! We all met up at the Cougar in Timberbush, for a lovely drink in the sunshine (and the opportunity for me to show Sandy my superior pool skillz - aiiee). We also had the chance to discover just how slowly it was possible to actually make a Long Island Ice Tea (if anyone can beat 12.42 minutes, let me know and I'll take the award away from the barmaid).

After that we headed up to the Outhouse, where we sat outside for a few hours, watching Jill ... dancing the night away. Tan had some friends having a party in a basement close by, so she, Sandy, Kaz, Andy and I headed there - what a laugh! There was only a select crowd (yeah, I had to sneak in under cover ;-) but they were such a great crowd of people. Another early morning finish...

Somehow I didn't feel too rough on Sunday, so Sandy and I went out for food to Baroque, then caught up with Tan and Jill at ... the Outhouse again. People came and went all evening, but I left before the night activities began (wisely).

Another superb friend weekend has come to a close! Particular word to Pete and Blaise for a great party on Friday, and Sandy, Jill and Tan for such a fun Saturday and Sunday (they even pressganged me into another roadtrip ;-). Hello to John, Nigel and Chris too!

Saturday July 19 2003 at 17:12 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Tan's birthday and it's a beautiful sunny day!.

Friday July 18 2003 at 19:33 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Stark enjoys a Sunny Beaches.

Friday July 18 2003 at 10:39 GMT

After MANY months of patronage at Oloroso, I finally ate in the restaurant there last night (no, I wasn't paying). The food was very interesting and tasty, but I'm not sure how I'd feel if I was paying the bill myself... Rogue remains my favourite, just in case you want to take me out for a meal. ;-)

After the meal, we had a quick beer in the bar, where Rich joined us, then he and I put on our best pretentious style and headed round to Opal Lounge. It was Biz's birthday when we got there, and then Pete's when I left. This morning involved a very early start for me (8am!!!), so I was taking it easy. Tonight is Pete's real birthday party. Ah, I can smell the weekend already!

Friday July 18 2003 at 00:12 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Happy Birthday, Pete!.

Thursday July 17 2003 at 17:31 GMT

Soft BulletinMAN, I have had a hard day! Anyway, I picked up this album by the Flaming Lips, and it's been on pretty hard rotation. I've just MP3'd it, so if you would like to enjoy it too, you can - visit my jukebox, which is finally back online.

Uhm ... just as I went to check that it was online, I found that it wasn't. Seems that the import is not working for some reason - grrrrr. So, you can enjoy some other tracks, whilst I work out what has broken.

Gah, just listen to some Interpol instead.

Wednesday July 16 2003 at 21:17 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Beers at the Pear Tree with a rake of Festival production managers. Need tickets, know these people..

Wednesday July 16 2003 at 17:34 GMT

Big Brother has been a bit of a washout this year, with one million fewer viewers per night. My view is that the producers of the show were trying too hard to make it cool, and they've ended up with a significantly reduced variety of personalities in the house, making the whole thing a lot less interesting.

So, what to do for next year... One option is to bin the show. But what would we have to fill our tabloids with then? Wimbledon just doesn't cut it and there is only so much you can write about the British weather. No, I say keep the show, but find a new way of selecting the house inhabitants.

Perhaps a huge big game of British Bulldogs would do, but that kind of cuts out disabled or impaired people. I'm recommending a lottery - pure and simple. Get the 10,000 entrants, give them each a number, then pick the first 12 out the machine, just like the National Lottery. Job done.

That could make some really great TV - imagine the potential diversity of personalities, in a confined space. Something really worth watching! Now, who is in charge of this show so that I can sell my idea...

Wednesday July 16 2003 at 17:17 GMT

Via Rich: The Palm. I am considering moving here. In my dreams. ;-)

Wednesday July 16 2003 at 12:40 GMT

Compay SegundoSad, sad news, but Compay Segundo has died.

His big introduction to the mass audience here in the UK was thanks to the Buena Vista Social Club album and film by Wim Wenders.

By all accounts, he has led a full life and has lived to a good age (95). He was still performing with his group until recently. He'll be sadly missed, but the rich musical heritage he has left is something we can continue to treasure and enjoy.

The BBC article has a huge number of messages on it. Worth a read.

Wednesday July 16 2003 at 11:29 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a video taken with my phone to the videolatest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: My gorgeous Godson, enjoying seeing himself on video..

Wednesday July 16 2003 at 11:11 GMT

After a month or so at the gym, it seems that I have somehow managed to get heavier than I have ever been before in my life - my weight has increased by over 5%. This is quite something for me seeing as I've been the same weight for the last, uhm, X years!

Wednesday July 16 2003 at 10:58 GMT

Man, somehow no real time for blogging!

Tuesday July 15 2003 at 13:25 GMT

One - How Italians differ from Europeans (Flash movie)

Two - MatrixXP2 (Quicktime movie)

Monday July 14 2003 at 21:41 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: A man's drink & a ladies drink.

Monday July 14 2003 at 21:34 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: .

Monday July 14 2003 at 21:17 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Foolish.

Monday July 14 2003 at 19:37 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: John's arm!.

Monday July 14 2003 at 17:45 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Beers at Oloroso with Jams and John..

Monday July 14 2003 at 13:36 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Upper 20s at lunchtime. Yeeha!.

Monday July 14 2003 at 00:22 GMT

After last weekend's rocking time, this weekend has seemed almost pedestrian, even though it's been busy.

Friday I looked after my gorgeous Godson Robbie, then caught the boys for some beers after I persuaded my bank to give me some cash. Seems many banks were having big problems on Friday. We visited assembly (the old Iguana) then resided at Beluga. Thanks to a low Stella intake (but reasonable Lowenbrau pintage), no sore head on Saturday.

Saturday was pretty relaxing. I collected some photos I was having framed (three out of four taken by my own fair hand - see if you can guess two of them from here ;-) and they look GREAT. Now I need to get on and hang them. Then I caught Allan at the gym, where I nearly broke, then my sister came round to watch Romeo Must Die with Allan and I. We all sat on the sofa, just like we used to do when we were little (yep, I've heard all those jokes already...) except this time we had beers or Bacardi Breezers in our hands.

Sunday I got up early, to go and play in the park with my Godson and his dad. We managed to tire him out much faster than we expected, so didn't make it to the beach, just home. After a quick Robbie-nap, we went to another park and played again. By this point I was feeling pretty tired (Robbie is the closest person I know to having limitless energy) so I ... met Allan at the gym. Tonight we've consumed a lot of food and watched random TV. Thanks to the weather being incredible here today, I have a slight pinkish tone to my arms and face, so I'm off to moisturise. ;-)

Friday July 11 2003 at 16:56 GMT

Clarity is on a train to the beach, chatting to us via IRC and moblogging the entire event [permalink is here]. Way to go!

Friday July 11 2003 at 13:41 GMT

P800 internal file system corruptPerhaps after 24 and then the wedding last weekend, my phone was just too tired. Whatever the reason, it decided it needed to be fresh, so told me that the internal file system was corrupt, and that it would now be reformatted - no questions asked.

At the end of the 30 second process, I was left with a naked phone - all my photos, text messages, contacts, emails, utilities, games, ringtones were gone. Really really gone.

Thankfully, my photos are all posted online, so no loss. Texts are mostly time-sensitive, but I lost a few I'd have preferred to keep. My contacts list is sync'd daily with my computer, so I recovered that in a few minutes. Emails ... can be lost - anything important had been filed. The rest can be reinstalled. PHEW - thank goodness for backups.

My phone does seem to be running faster now, and I haven't installed as much junk, yet. Here's the apps I just can't live without:

The only game I have on there is Solitaire/Homerun, which still keeps me entertained. Men In Black was fun to play, but I'm not sure how good it was for the screen to be stabbed as I shot aliens, particularly when I got slightly too involved! Any suggestions for things I'm missing here gratefully received.

[Update at 14.30 GMT]: Life is funny. Literally two minutes after posting that, I started speaking to Asri, who is involved with MySymbianUsers, who pointed me towards Catalog (his review is here), which is a database product for the P800. Time to investigate.

Friday July 11 2003 at 01:01 GMT

It's somewhere around five years since I first used a digital camera for posting on my site. When I was buying my flat, I took some pictures so that I could remind myself what it looked like in years to come.

As I was uploading Grant and Maki's wedding photos, I noticed I'd hit the 1100 photos mark. That's pretty crazy, especially since I've only had a real digital camera for less than a year, and I only post a selection (maybe just over half) of all the photos I actually take.

What will things look like in five years from now? For arguments sake, say an 11 megapixel camera is roughly equal to a medium quality professional camera, and we already have 5 megapixel consumer cameras for a few hundred pounds as well as >1.3 megapixel cameras on phones. Quite possibly, we'll be looking at professional quality images built into phones. Now THAT is crazy. Those 3G and 4G networks had better have some serious data capacity, although who needs to see a professional-grade photo of a group of inebriated individuals in the local pub is yet to be confirmed.

Friday July 11 2003 at 00:12 GMT

I've heard from Raphael that 24 was a nice success. Thanks to him for handling the orgaisation. The site was show at 1imc.

Amusingly, some of my colleagues found the site, and now I have to do an internal presentation on blogging, moblogging, RSS, CSS, XHTML, etc. Cool. Live demos will need to be used, so watch this space.

Friday July 11 2003 at 00:08 GMT

UML Pocket ReferenceThe mighty dwlt has finally got his name in an O'Reilly book.

He's always entering book ideas and was finally contacted a while back to see if he'd proof a book on UML, which he did. Now he's got his name in the Acknowledgements section. De la.

Dave was sent a few copies of the book gratis from O'Reilly, and I'm now lucky enough to have a (signed!!!) copy.

Thursday July 10 2003 at 12:56 GMT

Last night I slept really badly. When I finally got back to sleep, I had some crazy weird dreams. Here's one of them, chopped from an IM conversation:
ceemrl (11:58:53): I was at a bar in (?)Florida(?) with my bag with laptop
ceemrl (11:59:03): then someone dropped it in a big pool inside the club
ceemrl (11:59:07): then it melted
ceemrl (11:59:15): finally got it back into bag
ceemrl (11:59:26): found someone had put a selection of hamburgers in there
ceemrl (11:59:42): two guys came over, and I stuffed the hamburgers into their hair and ears
ceemrl (11:59:49): then I walked outside with my other bag
ceemrl (11:59:55): and went into a corner shop
ceemrl (12:00:09): then there was a fascist riot
ceemrl (12:00:16): and I got beaten up in the shop
ceemrl (12:00:24): but they didn't find my melted laptop
ceemrl (12:00:31): so I left the shop and walked away
ceemrl (12:00:39): then walked back to sneak my laptop out
ceemrl (12:01:03): only to get picked up by this guy, who threatened to kill me in the toilets unless I came home with him
ceemrl (12:01:07): then my alarm went

Any ideas what that means? Guess I maybe need to let go of the laptop a bit... ;-)

Thursday July 10 2003 at 12:27 GMT

Thursday July 10 2003 at 12:08 GMT

Jim rocks with Python and whips together a lovely LeTour RSS feed. Thank you!

As a sign of how a weekend it was, I didn't even realise the race had started. In fact, I saw no news all weekend. It actually felt like a holiday...

Thursday July 10 2003 at 12:01 GMT

I'm catching up on my old news at the moment. Sunday's word of the day was toper, which was far too relevant to miss mentioning!
toper \TOH-puhr\, noun:
One who drinks frequently or to excess.

Although he was no toper, God forbid, he took a glass of aquavit . . . .
--Isaac Bashevis Singer, Reaches of Heaven

But there remains a core of bottom-line voters to whom the promise of tax cuts is as seductive as gin to a toper.
--David Nyhan, "Tax cuts for all - wheee!" Boston Globe, January 21, 2000

You may walk around a bar with a big mug of beer . . . , but if you sloshed it all over a fellow toper, you'd pay the cleaning bill.
--Randy Cohen, "At Random: Everyday Ethics," Chicago Tribune, June 10, 2003

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Toper is formed from the verb tope, "to drink," originally an interjection used in proposing a toast, from French tope!, "agreed!" from toper, "to cover a stake in playing at dice, to accept an offer, to agree."

Wednesday July 9 2003 at 00:35 GMT

Grant and MakiI'm still recovering from the festivities (does this mean I am getting old, or just foolish?), but I've managed to get the photos from the weekend online.

I've been reflecting on the weekend all day, and it really is an all-time classic. It's the most fun I've had since Berlin. It really is all about friends!

To Grant and Maki - huge congratulations and very very best wishes for a happy marriage!

To everyone else - thank you for making the weekend such great fun. My house is open to you all, when you return.

[Update on 10 July at 09.52GMT]: Dave, Eric and Grant have all added their comments online, and I've had some very nice messages via email and text too. :-D

[Update on 15 July at 18.19 GMT]: Dave and Rachel have both put their pictures online.

[Update on 25 July at 21.30 GMT]: Eric has finally got his pics online!

Tuesday July 8 2003 at 19:15 GMT

Today is Mr Stark's 30th birthday - congratulations to him. He's poorly at the moment with viral meningitis, so no beers for him at the moment. Get better, dude.

Tuesday July 8 2003 at 15:39 GMT

My 'weekend' has just ended. :-((

Grant and Maki's wedding hardcore rocked supremely. They managed to gather an impeccable group of friends from far and wide who have made the last three days, and four nights, truly memorable - thank you to all of you.

More later. Today I'm taking things easy.

Tuesday July 8 2003 at 00:04 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Mr & Mrs Baxter gave me a Gucci keyring for ... being the 'King of Edinburgh'. I'm the man. ;-).

Monday July 7 2003 at 23:44 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: The hardcore kids at Favorit .

Monday July 7 2003 at 23:41 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Grant & Maki's wedding. :-).

Monday July 7 2003 at 01:29 GMT [via mobile]

The weekend has been fun - check here for more.

I think my moblog now has to take its own shape, and fight Rafe's 'fad' thoughts!

Saturday July 5 2003 at 17:12 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Edinburgh hosts a profusion of hen and stag parties each weekend. These guys fron Leicester, all 28 of them, were on great form, and looking good too!.

Saturday July 5 2003 at 14:55 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: OK, the 24hour moblog is done, but moblogging is still fun. This is Karen and John at the Fruitmarket Gallery, with a girl with the coolest hair ever in the background..

Saturday July 5 2003 at 01:08 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: And finally, back to the start. Hope you've enjoyed the trip. Martin.

Saturday July 5 2003 at 01:05 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: The Penny Black opens at 5am, in case you need an early beer..

Friday July 4 2003 at 23:55 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: ME, Eric & K-Lo..

Friday July 4 2003 at 22:15 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: At the Cafe Royal..

Friday July 4 2003 at 21:51 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Eric & Karen arrive..

Friday July 4 2003 at 21:11 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: En route to meet friends. You can't beat free train travel!.

Friday July 4 2003 at 20:38 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Welcome to the Caley..

Friday July 4 2003 at 20:20 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Transit..

Friday July 4 2003 at 19:03 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: Mmmm-a fine selection of beers. Nearly time to head out..

Friday July 4 2003 at 18:16 GMT [via mobile]

I just added a photo taken with my phone to the latest gallery. You can view it directly by clicking here. My comment about the picture is: The corporate duck. ;-).

Friday July 4 2003 at 12:24 GMT

I don't plan to do update here today, but I will be moblogging - should copy the pictures over here too. Check out for the full rundown.

Thursday July 3 2003 at 16:31 GMT

Moblogging for Other PeopleTomorrow is the 24 hour moblogging event, so I've been getting everything ready in advance. Raphael is using Movable Type to power the event, and recommended signing up with Moblogging for Other People (MFoP) to do the email to Movable Type conversion. I've just done a few tests, and it is indeed a very nice piece of software that simply works. Respect to Kevin.

As I followed a link, I didn't notice that there is already a new version of the service available, Moblogging for Other People Too, offering some new functionality including multiple image handling and templating. Once I've got a little bit of spare time, I'll maybe fire up my old blogger account and try the new service.

Wednesday July 2 2003 at 12:25 GMT

It's been a while since I read about someone a) using a T39 (good phone, but o-l-d); b) seriously considering a P800 for real, proper usage, as opposed to games/poser value.

Dan Gillmor is considering just that. Sounds like it is just the job for him. Hopefully he'll go for it and raise the profile of the phone a bit, instead of that pesky 3650 getting all the attention.

Wednesday July 2 2003 at 11:06 GMT

Wired bookAs I've said before, I'm a real sucker for all things Wired, so when Dave sent me a link to a new book all about Wired's founder, I zoomed straight over to Amazon and ordered.

I'd been hoping that the book would have arrived today, but checking my order, I've been given a despatch date of May 31 and a delivery date of April 1. All a bit strange, even for Wired. I'm calling my local bookshop just now, but ... no answer. I may actually have to GO to the bookshop!

Wired have an article on the book today.

Wednesday July 2 2003 at 09:42 GMT

Looks like I've almost missed it - it's been running this week and I'm busy this weekend. If anyone in Edinburgh has a car and a spare hour or so on Wednesday/Thursday/Friday evening, please let me know.

Tuesday July 1 2003 at 23:42 GMT

An interesting article on BoingBoing about R.E.M., one of the greatest bands in the world, endorsing peer to peer sharing of unreleased and bootleg material. Nice one.

Tuesday July 1 2003 at 10:04 GMT

I love these kinds of things - during the month of July, take 26 pictures of the specified subjects. On August 1st, upload them. [Via ShiftedLibrarian]

[Update on 1st July at 15.06 GMT] I'm going to have some fun and do this, using my cameraphone. I've grabbed the list of items and made a jotter entry on my P800 - if you plan to do the same, just cut and paste this list into an Outlook Note, and sync - viola, you have the list!

International Photo Scavenger Hunt

  • love - something you love, something that is loved
  • you - a self portrait, someting that represents who you are
  • food - breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, dessert, midnight snacks
  • new - just bought, current, modern, unused
  • animal - domestic or wild, land or water, big or small. rare or common
  • scape - your surroundings, panoromic views, terrain, cityscapes, landscapes
  • sound - things that make noise, loud or quiet
  • construction - being made, creation, in the making, building
  • home - a house, town, state, country, what makes your home, home
  • time - seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, calendars, clocks
  • transport - how we get from A to B
  • light - natural or artificial, bright or dim, unique lighting
  • water - large quantities to droplets
  • colour - show colour, bright, bold, lots of colours, contrast
  • signage - stop signs, go signs, shopfronts
  • numbers - quantities, items with numbers on them
  • authority - rules and regulations, authority figures or restrictions
  • symmetry - balance, equality, evenness, mirror image
  • empty - deserted areas, finished products, blank expressions
  • a sunset - one sunset in july. the sky before the sun goes down
  • weather - hot, cold, spring, summer, autumn, winter, sun, snow, rain
  • communication - how we speak to each other, how to express your thoughts
  • little things - the small things in life that make us happy
  • footwear - what do feet wear? what goes on feet
  • money - cash, coins, change, currency
  • monument - remembrance, tribute, tomb, dedication

Tuesday July 1 2003 at 00:03 GMT

Canadian flag

Today is Canada Day, so have a good one, my Canadian friends. Just to be polite, I'll pop out for a cold Molson ... probably unlike real Canadians.

As we all know, Canadians are some of the nicest people ever. They even have a really nice flag clipart gallery! :-D

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