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If technology doesn't seem like magic, it's probably obsolete

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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More pictures from my phone


Sunday August 31 2003 at 21:48 GMT [via mobile]

Saves me typing it up. ;-)

Saves me typing it up. ;-)

Sunday August 31 2003 at 20:24 GMT

Finally - blog updates from Allan (my bro - promoted to 'daily' in my blogroll, for some added incentive to update), Jill, Neil and Sandy. Why did I miss them? Well, none of them have nice RSS feeds (what is RSS, why do I care?) and as such, I only visit their sites infrequently. Next step is to bash something together to auto-grab their posts and RSS-ify them. That's coming in as job #285,110 at the moment.

Sunday August 31 2003 at 15:43 GMT [via mobile]

An array of Asian culture, and food, at the Mela.

An array of Asian culture, and food, at the Mela.

Sunday August 31 2003 at 12:02 GMT

Got to hand it to the boys — they're doing an entire concert webcast, for free. The downside is that it's tonight at 6pm PST, so starting at 2am for me. Going to try and MP3 it, for later listening. The mini story is here, but you would be better checking the main R.E.M. site for details.

[Update at 19.20 GMT]: Further update information is now on the R.E.M. site. Thanks to Russ for the tip of using Total Recorder to grab the stream. I'm going to give it a shot!

Sunday August 31 2003 at 11:26 GMT [via mobile]

On reflection, I prefer this ballet picture.  The perfornance last night was a perfect introduction for me, although I think last night was contemporary ballet. Not sure how I\'d rate one of the \'classics\' like Swan Lake.

On reflection, I prefer this ballet picture. The perfornance last night was a perfect introduction for me, although I think last night was contemporary ballet. Not sure how I'd rate one of the 'classics' like Swan Lake.

Saturday August 30 2003 at 22:00 GMT [via mobile]

:-)

:-)

Saturday August 30 2003 at 21:27 GMT [via mobile]

WOW

WOW

Friday August 29 2003 at 20:51 GMT [via mobile]

Today my little sis is 21. Allan & I got her the bracelet. :-)

Today my little sis is 21. Allan & I got her the bracelet. :-)

Thursday August 28 2003 at 16:46 GMT [via mobile]

2

2

Thursday August 28 2003 at 16:43 GMT [via mobile]

1

1

Thursday August 28 2003 at 12:07 GMT

Like so many others, my mail is knackered - EVERYTHING being sent to me is currently bouncing. I've contacted my ISP, but have not even had a confirmation email to a completely indepedent account confirming they've got my ticket... In the meantime, if you need to contact me, use IM, catch me on #mobitopia or else leave a comment here. Grrrrrrr.

[Update at 13.38 GMT]: Apparently there was a small problem with exim which was causing ALL mail to my domain to bounce. Not very impressed with my ISP right now, however mail is back.

Thursday August 28 2003 at 00:28 GMT [via mobile]

Hadn\'t planned to blog this one, but it shows the real size better.

Hadn't planned to blog this one, but it shows the real size better.

Wednesday August 27 2003 at 21:35 GMT [via mobile]

Nokia have taken a pretty big ad for their next phone!

Nokia have taken a pretty big ad for their next phone!

Wednesday August 27 2003 at 20:42 GMT [via mobile]

Stephan & Borno chill with the gnome outside Rogue.

Stephan & Borno chill with the gnome outside Rogue.

Wednesday August 27 2003 at 17:20 GMT

I'm getting some training at work just now on a software package. As a nice side-effect, I've learned the following:
  • three dots, like so ... are called an ellipse (been trying to find that out for ages!)
  • hyphens are severely mis-used! The correct rules for using hyphens, em dashes (—)) and en dashes (–) are thus [gleaned from here]:
    • use a hyphen to join words, for example re-use
    • an em dash is what we normally think of as a hyphen, and should be used in the same way as parentheses; a true em dash is more like a double hyphen
    • an en dash is used to indicate inclusive dates or numbers, for example 9th July–8th August

Neither the em or en dashes should have spaces on either side of them, although our instructor told us otherwise today, indicating that a special em or en dash space should be used. Both appear to be valid XHTML entities. You learn something new every day.

Wednesday August 27 2003 at 17:04 GMT

Getting sound set up in my kitchen was meant to be a trivial task, but unfortunately it's got a touch complicated. After receiving a SliMP3, I had planned to pop a wireless access point behind it, move my existing bedroom stereo into the kitchen and voila! Unfortunately, I am having some issues with the SliMP3, in that it won't play anything - it's just crackles and beeps. Thanks to some marvellous support from Slimdevices, I'm getting a UK power supply sent over; if my problems are not resolved by that (and I fear they may not be), I'll need to get a replacement organised. Gah. You win some, you lose some.

aego2 speakersAnyway, as you can see, I'd be losing the hifi from my bedroom. So, the logical thing to do, would be to buy a second SliMP3, an amp and a new pair of speakers (via Richer Sounds, for cost savings!). Then I found these lovely powered speakers, thanks to some good advice on here. This would mean all I needed was a SliMP3, a WAP and these guys - pretty good deal, especially when I can find them even cheaper online. Now the tricky part: it would really make more sense to put these tiny little speakers into my kitchen instead of my bedroom, to simplify installation and due to the decrease in installation complications. Hmmm. At this time, the kitchen is winning.

Then, Jams pointed out a neat thing - it is possible to stream Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) via PC with a Psion Wavefinder; this in turn can be streamed via the SliMP3. Unfortunately, it looks like you need a Windows box to make that happen. Grrr.

So, it looks like there are still quite a few problems to get over before I've got a rocking system throughout the flat. Thus are life's trials. ;-)

Tuesday August 26 2003 at 20:43 GMT [via mobile]

Shahzad & Borno a	re in town...

Shahzad & Borno a re in town...

Tuesday August 26 2003 at 17:56 GMT

Phew - Jim has finally left Blogger and moved to his new home. Looks like he's got a bit of painting and decorating to do before it's truly his own, but I'm sure he won't hang about getting that done (no pressure, Jim ;-).

Tuesday August 26 2003 at 09:38 GMT

The Edinburgh flash mob draws near - it happens on Thursday evening. Smartmobs has a nice roundup of stories including from Birmingham, where everyone pitched up at a charity shop and handed clothes in at 12.12. Sounds a bit better organised than the Dundee Flashmob, where everyone started getting arrested (they tried to meet and flashmob in the local Tesco). They do have a site, however it's a Microsoft controlled thing, so I'm not linking.

Update: another flashmob article, including references to our own dear Scotsman newspaper

Tuesday August 26 2003 at 01:57 GMT

With the MTV Europe Music Video Awards coming to Leith, this handy guide can help the stars in attendance know where to go to find what they need in one of Edinburgh's previously less-well-regarded areas.

Monday August 25 2003 at 19:24 GMT

A few days ago we somehow got round to talking about cars on #mobitopia, when Matt pointed us to this comparison of his Golf vs. a Hummer H2. Scary! I'm glad there are fewer Soccer Assault Vehicles on UK roads. Let's hope it stays that way.

Monday August 25 2003 at 17:53 GMT [via mobile]

Venues are starting to pack up and move on ... until next year.

Venues are starting to pack up and move on ... until next year.

Monday August 25 2003 at 16:02 GMT

Burning Man starts today ... lucky peeps who're their! Wired has some pre-coverage, whcih makes me more determined to go. I especially like the bit about getting technology rigged up being a nerd adventure sport. I'd be all about that... The experimental projects sound like fun too.

I'm wondering if these guys might somehow get a ManBlog going for those who can't make it, but it seems unlikely. :-(

Bonus link: ramp of death II.

And another update! I just found this Boing Boing article looking for people doing cool tech stuff at Burning Man to discuss here; this looks pretty crazy! Now, if only there was an RSS feed and I didn't have to keep going back. Hey Jim.... ;-)

Monday August 25 2003 at 15:10 GMT

This weekend just gone was our family weekend - we decided to all get together before my brother (where's the update???) heads to the big smoke. As always, my parents cooked up an absolute storm - food of the calibre they produce is such a treat for me! We spent Saturday walking round Great Cumbrae to Millport, stopping halfway round for the worst sandwich I've ever had in my life; a morning roll with two slices of rubbish processed chicken is not worth GBP 1.85, no matter what way you look at it! The sun was out, though, which made the walk very pleasant indeed.

When we got home, my dad had put together a superb photo contest for us - 30 pictures from the archives, with questions about the location, year etc. I beat off tough competition from my siblings to win! After eating superbly in the evening, we watched several old cine films (cine film is the predecessor to video cameras) which were just classic. Watching the three grow from babies into young kids was hilarious - the clothes and hairstyles providing almost as much amusement as my high-speed motion at all times, normally with a ball at my feet. Oh how things change!

On Sunday the sun was out again, so we lay outside on the grass until some family friends arrived. Then we had more excellent food and some great conversation ... then it was time for Allan and I to depart back to Edinburgh.

As you can see below, I was posting pictures from my phone all weekend. I did get a few with my 'real' camera, but it's just so much simpler to moblog, these days.

A big thank you to my family for such a great weekend - you all rock!

Sunday August 24 2003 at 19:30 GMT [via mobile]

I love this sculpture outside Buchanan Bus Station; it may actually have been modelled on me every time I go for a bus.

I love this sculpture outside Buchanan Bus Station; it may actually have been modelled on me every time I go for a bus.

Sunday August 24 2003 at 16:08 GMT [via mobile]

Still at home, having lunch with family friends. Sun continues to shine! Delicious.

Still at home, having lunch with family friends. Sun continues to shine! Delicious.

Saturday August 23 2003 at 21:21 GMT [via mobile]

My sister got us all little \'party bags\' of things we used to play with when we (kids) were small. I got a small Lego forklift, which was immediately constructed. Ah, Lego.

My sister got us all little 'party bags' of things we used to play with when we (kids) were small. I got a small Lego forklift, which was immediately constructed. Ah, Lego.

Saturday August 23 2003 at 17:55 GMT [via mobile]

The sea air takes its toll on my siblings. Either that, or my conversation wasn\'t so great...

The sea air takes its toll on my siblings. Either that, or my conversation wasn't so great...

Saturday August 23 2003 at 17:41 GMT [via mobile]

The ferry we took to Great Cumbrae.

The ferry we took to Great Cumbrae.

Saturday August 23 2003 at 11:38 GMT [via mobile]

We\'re having a day out, and the sun has taken it\'s hat off for us!

We're having a day out, and the sun has taken it's hat off for us!

Friday August 22 2003 at 20:46 GMT [via mobile]

Here\'s a good reason not to trust the boys from Redmond with your travel plans!

Here's a good reason not to trust the boys from Redmond with your travel plans!

Friday August 22 2003 at 20:01 GMT [via mobile]

I\'m on a bus heading to Glasgow, and the sky looks beautiful. It is kind of weird now that it\'s getting dark earlier in the evenings now.- lights on before 9pm is a painful reminder of what\'s to come! For now though, I\'m enjoying the sunset ... and sharing it with you.

I'm on a bus heading to Glasgow, and the sky looks beautiful. It is kind of weird now that it's getting dark earlier in the evenings now.- lights on before 9pm is a painful reminder of what's to come! For now though, I'm enjoying the sunset ... and sharing it with you.

Friday August 22 2003 at 16:57 GMT

Thanks to Dave's cool RSS comic feeds (AKA Tapestry) I now easily see the daily Dilbert cartoon. Today's cartoon is superbly funny - check it out.

Friday August 22 2003 at 16:27 GMT

I finally took what has turned out to be a few hours to get the 'playing in my house right now' functionality going on my site again.

As of PHP 4.2.0, register_globals was turned off. Thanks to this site, I now have a trivial workaround. As of right now, I'm running TomK32's perl script just to get something online. I'm going to change my own script to drop the track names into a database table, but for right now, I'm going to get on with the other stuff I should be doing (like painting my kitchen!). Feels good to have the information populating online, though.

It seems other people are having the same problem with the emptypages.org script, which my own script is (very, very) loosely based on. Minimal response from the original author, unfortunately. Hopefully my comments will help others. Gotta love the Web sometimes.

Friday August 22 2003 at 13:15 GMT

Last night was pool competition through work. The turnout was not great, but the evening was a lot of fun - pics here, here and here. The team I was in got off to a solid start, although I lost my opener (and a few others). We then built a pretty commanding lead, despite some very tough opposition, to end the matches nicely ahead. I think the trophy will move between our three desks!

Friday August 22 2003 at 13:14 GMT [via mobile]

My good friend Anurag was back home for a few weeks and brought me back this cool wallhanging. It will hang nicely in the hall. :-)

My good friend Anurag was back home for a few weeks and brought me back this cool wallhanging. It will hang nicely in the hall. :-)

Friday August 22 2003 at 11:53 GMT

I've made a few changes to the front page of my site, to show the latest three pics taken with my phone. Hope you like. Now here's some linkage...

Thursday August 21 2003 at 21:16 GMT [via mobile]

LOSERS!

LOSERS!

Thursday August 21 2003 at 21:14 GMT [via mobile]

WINNERS!

WINNERS!

Thursday August 21 2003 at 19:50 GMT [via mobile]

Company <strike>grudge</strike> pool matches.

Company grudge pool matches.

Thursday August 21 2003 at 14:54 GMT

Via Christie:

An old man was sitting on a bench at the mall.
A young man walked up and sat down next to him.
He had spiked hair in different colours; green, red,orange, blue, and yellow.
The old man just stared at him.
The young man turned to him and said sarcastically,
"What's the matter old-timer, never done anything wild in your life?"
Without batting an eye, the old man replied,
"Got drunk once and had sex with a parrot. I was just wondering if you were my son."

Thursday August 21 2003 at 10:58 GMT

Last week I mentioned a program on Channel 4 about guys going to an island to be lapdanced at. Well, it turns out the whole thing is a hoax! Should be funny to see some of the audition videos. Simon - did you make it through to the interview stage?

Thursday August 21 2003 at 00:41 GMT

Over at moblogging.org, they've got a very nice selection of the latest moblog services. It's great to see so many offerings! The last link is particularly interesting, however, avoid if you don't enjoy blood/guts/surgery - you've been warned!

On a different tack, I'm sure Jakob Nielsen knows what he's talking about, but he really should just keep quiet when it comes to mobile devices. He dissed WAP quite a while back, when it was in it's infancy. He's now using some quaint device called a Danger Sidekick, and, according to him, it doesn't actually sync with your main computing platform. Once again, he confirms that we all needa QWERTY keyboard for anything near a proper input method and scroll wheels (yeah, just like you see on most mouses [not mice] these days!) are no good for small-screen user interfaces. The Sidekick doesn't even come with a built in camera.

Jakob concludes that One of two more generations, and we'll have something good. MAN - welcome to the P800, 3650 et al. My last five phones have synced with my main computing platform; it is eminently possible to type an email on a small keyboard and even easier using a pen input method; jog wheels work - I've used either a wheel or a slider on the last four phones I've had.

I've got to say I'm with Russ on this one - what a whingy bitch. Get some proper technology, Jakob!

Wednesday August 20 2003 at 12:43 GMT

Thanks to Diego (if you want to see a well-written blog, his is a class A example), I've found the blog by the author of the book I'm reading just now (Wired - A Romance). Makes a nice accompaniment to the book.

The other thing that reading Diego's blog always reminds me is that I need to subscribe to Salon, so I've just done that. As a bonus for taking the full-deal subscription, I'm entitled to one year free of Wired magazine ... if I live in the States. Gah!

Ater being away from my computer for a few days, my RSS feeds have really got filled up with articles, so I've done a purge on my subscriptions there too. It's an information reconciliation day at martinlittle.com!

Wednesday August 20 2003 at 00:49 GMT

Some crazy deal of a moblog, where you send entries and someone else turns you into a rock superstar ... or something. Worth a quick look.

Wednesday August 20 2003 at 00:45 GMT

Tonight I realised I'd missed Manu Chao - blooming kitchen work... On a mailing list, All Tomorrow's Parties was being discussed. Sounds like a lot of fun. The biggest problem is to decide whether to go on weekend 1 (my birthday weekend) or weekend 2, which feature Sonic Youth and Stephen Malkmus as curators. The other option would be New York also curated by Stephen Malkmus, but that seems awfully far away (time terms). Who's on for one of the UK weekends?

Wednesday August 20 2003 at 00:33 GMT

After a load of hassle from Erik and some good suggestions from Russ and Jim, I've modified my moblog script. Thanks to explode, I can now post proper blog entries, instead of the much more templated 'New Picture From Phone'-style, previously in use. The thumbnail of the image should now be shown, however that requires someone to view the moblog gallery at the moment - further auto-thumbnailing work required. Let me know what you think.

Wednesday August 20 2003 at 00:22 GMT

stove with grouted tilesI've whacked a stack of pictures online from my kitchen rennovation - I've decided that it's WAY more than just an 'installation'!

Current situation is that I've now got all the doors on, which has made a big difference. The two outstanding jobs for the fitters are to put the corner post and plinths in place. That's going to happen once I've got the floor covering down, which is only going to happen once I've repainted the doorframe and sugar-soaped the other woodwork ... so early next week. After that, everything should be mostly done. Should...

I've had a lot of fun finding good places to buy stuff. If you're doing work in your house in Edinburgh, you need to know:

Sure, you COULD go to B&Q, but these friendly, local places are bound to brighten your DIY experience!

Tuesday August 19 2003 at 22:55 GMT [via mobile]

 ive taken control of ml.com for one night only. martin is too busy working.night then. allan.

ive taken control of ml.com for one night only. martin is too busy working.night then. allan.

Tuesday August 19 2003 at 16:53 GMT

I've been off work for the last few days, working on my kitchen. Yes, it is a pretty tiny room, but decorating it is a slow business due to the amount that needs to be removed before progress can be made. Thankfully my rock and roll parents came over and gave me a super-big hand to get things sorted. My mom and I zoomed around all over the place, looking at lights, tiles, wallpaper, paint, floorcovering, mirrors ... you get the idea. Suffice to say, my bank balance is hurting. My dad and brother stayed in and did wall repairing, wallpapering and then we all did tiling. Mixed in with that was my mom washing literally everything in my entire house. A fun time indeed.

Yesterday I was all alone, but battled on. The tiling has now been grouted, a first coat of paint is on the wall and ceiling and the wood at the door has been partly stripped! I'm going to get some more photos tonight and then upload them. Watch this space.

Tuesday August 19 2003 at 12:56 GMT [via mobile]

Ahhh - OJ and raspberry puree!

Ahhh - OJ and raspberry puree!

Tuesday August 19 2003 at 00:25 GMT

Tuesday August 19 2003 at 00:16 GMT [via mobile]

I\'ve been working like a slave decorating my kitchen. lt\'s finally getting somewhere!

I've been working like a slave decorating my kitchen. lt's finally getting somewhere!

Sunday August 17 2003 at 18:40 GMT

Man, this day five years ago I got the keys to my house! Things have changed almost completely since then, with just a few alterations remaining to be made. I'm selling up as soon as they're done, and moving to a tent in the countryside. ;-)

Friday August 15 2003 at 23:25 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, it's after midnight, must get a haircut! The joy of the Fest. [þic taken by Ricl.

Friday August 15 2003 at 01:21 GMT

Seems someone over at Orange FR got a bit excited, and posted details about the P810 to the Web site. Apparently no comment from Orange yet.

Friday August 15 2003 at 00:55 GMT

WiFi in Princes Street Gardens

Here in Edinburgh, the Festival is in full swing. A nice little touch this year has been an Intel-sponsored tent in Princes Street Gardens, where you can either pop in to check your mail on one of the free laptops or else pitch up with your own laptop or handheld and use the connection. It was very pleasant to sit in the sun and watch a live performance on the stage whilst sending live pictures of exactly how nice it was back to my worksmates, stuck inside! The service is allegedly only available between midday and 6pm, however...

On a slightly different tack, some of you will remember I set up a wireless access point at a local pub in Edinburgh, the Jolly Judge. We took the decision to request users simply buy a drink if they used the service, bypassing any complexities with payment issues and barstaff being asked technical questions. It seems that people are using the service - when I checked remotely to see if anyone was connected, I discovered four active users! It's great the offering is being so well utilised - I've also had a few mails from thanking the Judge.

Thursday August 14 2003 at 23:32 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: Remember these planes when we were young? Ah, the memories... (thanks, Viv).

Thursday August 14 2003 at 05:19 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: You can currently get unwired for free in Princes Street Gardens, at the Ross Bandstand. Intel have nicely set up a little tent with some laptops inside, but you can also pitch up with your own laptop/handheld.

Thursday August 14 2003 at 00:23 GMT

Channel4 (UK TV station) is running a program where ten guys go to an island and have to get lapdances all day long. So long as they don't touch any of the 40 professional dancers, they get to stay. You've got to love British TV. ;-)

Wednesday August 13 2003 at 17:32 GMT

After lunch at my favourite restaurant, Rogue, Dave Ramsden, the owner, informed me that they are going to be opening the cocktail bar once again. I've had a good few nights in there drinking some very fine cocktails in great surroundings, so I can't wait! Purely for research, I'll venture back to the bar when it reopens and report my findings. ;-)

Wednesday August 13 2003 at 17:25 GMT

Jason mailed me to check if the Jolly Judge WiFi connection was really live (of course it is - more on that later). He stays on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's historic street which runs from the Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House; whilst the Tattoo is on, he's got the nightly joy of fireworks and twice-nightly at the weekend. His friend Matt has a great photo taken from his room of the crowd waiting to get in to the Tattoo. Imagine that outside your room every day...

Wednesday August 13 2003 at 17:01 GMT

When the first flashmob happened in New York, I thought it would be cool to do the same in Edinburgh, but didn't get round to doing anything about it and now someone else has.

In the original version, you had to know someone to be invited and the whole thing was done with an air of secrecy via email, which must have added to the excitement. The Edinburgh version has clearly taken all of that knowledge on how to organise a flashmob 'event' well, and pitched it out straight out the window. Today's Evening News (Edinburgh evening paper) has an article all about it, including how to join the Yahoo! Group.

The event is planned for August 28th - two days before the end of the Festival, and a time when the city will be a) FILLED with people, making any large gathering even more difficult; b) FILLED with people, making any large gathering irrelevant; c) FILLED with actors/comedians/tourists/clowns/buskers/street entertainers (ever seen a street laugh? me neither)/etc, making a gathering of people to do something slightly out of the ordinary just seem like another act (I kid you not).

Despite all of this, I have joined the group to see what is going on. Following the article, which group members are claiming was written without any help from them but with access to the Yahoo! Group, there seems to be a heightened effort to say quotable things ... it's souring what could have been a very interesting experience.

Wednesday August 13 2003 at 09:47 GMT

Last night Jams, John and I went to the Spiegeltent to hook up a webcam and talk to Christie in Adelaide, who was giving a talk about the Edinburgh Festival. It worked (mostly) and we rocked. Word to technology!

Wednesday August 13 2003 at 01:09 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: Yahoo! webcast is go!.

Wednesday August 13 2003 at 00:44 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: Webcast foolishness at the Spiegel. Can you hear us Adelaide?.

Tuesday August 12 2003 at 20:51 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: Jen has arrived and so has my SLIMP3. Now for the setup fun!.

Tuesday August 12 2003 at 16:40 GMT

Word of the day

J6P - Joe 6 Pack. An everyday computer/device user. See also: 'What Martin is not'. ;-)

Tuesday August 12 2003 at 14:31 GMT

Weekend. Long gone.

Friday was Eric and Karen, Spiegel and a woman bursting balloons wearing a velvet bikini with pins, all done to a hardcore techno track

Saturday was breakfast at Montpeliers then scooting round town to collect and deliver an assortment of varied and random items, relaxing at home, then Tania's great club night until the very small hours of Sunday morning

Sunday was a late start, John's birthday barbecue then Todd Gordon's cool jazz with Sophie and a very late night at a comedy review, starring the incredible Ross Noble, Danny Bhoy, Shappy and Dan Wool with Eric and Karen

Monday was an early start to move all my old white goods down two flights of stairs so that they could be collected by the Edinburgh Furniture Initiative, work and then Danny Bhoy; unfortunately, his set was very like what we'd seen on Sunday night - funny, but compared to Ross Noble, slightly lacking. Then we did bar food at Oloroso and a few outside beers at the Spiegel

Today we've just lunched at Rogue (food mighty, as always - if you haven't been, GO NOW!) and saying goodbye to Eric and Karen, who are now en route home

Why have I not been blogging? I've been busy, having great fun with wonderful friends!

Monday August 11 2003 at 22:16 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: Fullenbaum & Lopez.

Monday August 11 2003 at 22:14 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: Lights over the Spiegel..

Monday August 11 2003 at 01:17 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: Mr Ross Noble in full motion..

Sunday August 10 2003 at 22:31 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: Catching Todd Gordon. Very good stuff..

Sunday August 10 2003 at 15:26 GMT

John

Today is Senor John's birthday. All the best!

Saturday August 9 2003 at 03:22 GMT [via mobile]

For a variety of reasons, my Friday was more angry than Crunchie. After a few beers with the always inspirational dwlt, I met Eric & Karen. Like Grant, I find these guys a genuine tonic, so going out with them is always a pleasure. We've had a cool night at the Spiegeltent, so now we (they) are ready for the full festival experience.

Friday August 8 2003 at 14:57 GMT

Friday August 8 2003 at 08:49 GMT

[Via Jim] Woohoo - the first UK flash mob happened in London, and David Mery got coverage.

I think Edinburgh may already have several hundred of these flash mobs at the moment ... or else that's just festival audiences. MAN, it can be such a pain to get anywhere just now, and if you can get to a show, it costs a small fortune (typically a tenner for an hour of - hopefully - entertainment) plus inflated drinks prices, that never seem to deflate once everyone has gone home. As an Edinburgh resident, I don't even have the benefit of reduced prices to these shows. Double shafted...

Anyway, in other Jim news, I made the cut!

Thursday August 7 2003 at 14:21 GMT

Ben linked Mobi in his Guardian article today. :-)

Thursday August 7 2003 at 14:15 GMT

Whilst cameraphones are getting smaller on one hand, this guy has converted a truck into one giant camera, which actually really works. Cool.

Thursday August 7 2003 at 01:10 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: .

Thursday August 7 2003 at 00:59 GMT

Cameraphones seem to really be taking off - Neil (he really has his own site now, assuming the domain registrars haven't fallen asleep on the job!), Jill and two other friends all purchased last week. Neil has a mighty Sony Ericsson T610 whilst the other three all have Panasonic GD87.

Neil has already discovered that he wants a quick and easy way to get photos off his phone and ideally on to a larger screen for viewing, and possibly sharing (thus he 'decided' to get his own domain ;-). With tools like MFOP available at no cost, blogging via email is the sure way to go here. Just imagine if I can get a bunch of normal level tech users moblogging via their phones ... how cool would that be!

This post is now heading off in two directions:

  1. (one of) my moblogging idea(s)
  2. personal technology helpers

Thursday August 7 2003 at 00:09 GMT

Another benefit of living in California would be the easy access to Burning Man.

Looks like I'll be missing it for another year - next year I am definitely going!

Wednesday August 6 2003 at 23:54 GMT

SF housing

According to craigslist, there is plenty of housing in the San Francisco area at the moment. Perhaps now is the time to pack up and head west, especially now that the buzz seems to be returning to the Valley. Being able to head down Highway One or finally make it to the Monterey Jazz Festival is certainly appealing. The taxes and issues finding employment might not be so welcoming though.

Tuesday August 5 2003 at 16:31 GMT

Adam Curry has some great photos of the first chopped section of the Tricolor, which sank in the English Channel with it's cargo of 3500 luxury cars. He also points to a great site about the Tricolor salvage which has a lovely animated graphic about how the vessel will be cut into pieces.

Tuesday August 5 2003 at 10:51 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: Rich's WLAN launch event at the EICC..

Monday August 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: Neil & Malcy, looking pretty scary, as in real life!.

Monday August 4 2003 at 20:26 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 mighty Spiegeltent - where many adventures have begun, over the years..

Monday August 4 2003 at 20:23 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 National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland - fine tunes..

Monday August 4 2003 at 14:29 GMT

SLIMP3

I've finally done it! Big thanks to Jen, my SLIMP3 player has been ordered. It should arrive here towards the middle of next week, all things being equal. [Quick summary of SLIMP3 player - it's a networked MP3 player, so has no storage of it's own, it plays locally stored MP3s (of which I have a lot on my home server) as well as Internet streams, such as the mighty SOMAFM.]

I think I'll run it in my bedroom, just to see how it fits in, but then I play to pop it into the kitchen. My next hurdles there are ... what amp and speakers, and where do I site them? Once I get home tonight I'll have a better idea about where they might go, and what dimensions of equipment I'm looking for. At the moment, on top of the wall cupboards is looking like a winner. I should really have thought it through and had a socket put up there too.

Last night I saw that SLIMP3 was on the front page of the BBC site. Good work!

Monday August 4 2003 at 14:12 GMT

Friday - quick drink, babysitting, quick drink, more drink at Potterow ... back to my house, collect box of Stella, back to Jams' house ... hello 10am. Ouch.

Saturday - minimal activity.

Sunday - breakfast at Waiting Room, then an attempt to get into town. Due to Festival Cavalcade, I simply didn't get far. Shopped in John Lewis with a female accomplice my advisor for some kitchen stuff and soon realised that many areas of such stores are simply not intended for men. The number of guys there being dragged round by their girlfriend/fiance/wife/mother/daughter was very amusing. I struck out on my own and bought ... a kitchen towel holder and a measuring jug. Show me hardcore. Next week I'm going back to buy a bin (no, really I am). The list of stuff I need (don't ask me to define 'need') is getting longer by the minute... After that, I had a visit from Polly & Sophie's parents to see my new kitchen, then I went to Polly & John's for a barbecue. Dab tasty.

Somehow, I still have a sore head - I think the Stella may have been off. ;-)

Monday August 4 2003 at 13:53 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: Sweets from Dubai..

Friday August 1 2003 at 16:50 GMT

WallflowerAs a result of the digitally gluttonous lifestyle so many of us find ourselves living, selecting a single picture to encapsulate in a frame is simply too much effort; thus we arrive at online galleries.

We do still want to display the photos in our houses, so what better way then using a frame with a digital display and a remote server, ideally using some kind of wireless technology to refresh the image displayed at will.

Wallflower have almost developed that, except they tacked a mighty hard disk at the back of it, making it noisier and more complex than it needs to be - both in terms of hardware and photo album organisation. If someone could come along with the photo equivalent of the wireless SLIMP3 player, that would be sweet. Some neat software to run on the local storage device and a small, neat frame with a little WiFi device stuck on the back - job done! Perhaps it could even be battery powered to save on installation trickiness.

Friday August 1 2003 at 10:51 GMT

It seems that the P800 replacement may actually be called the P900. Mobile Burn have some high res pics of the phone. Nice.

Friday August 1 2003 at 09:28 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: Latest update from my kitchen - it's really beginning to take shape!.

Friday August 1 2003 at 00:54 GMT

Last night I went to see Daniel Kitson at the pretty cool Pod - my first show of the Festival 2003...

The show itself was reasonable. It was a story about a girl with a lot of apples. Hmmm. The venue itself was nice though. It looked like just a big tent from outside, but was actually a smaller, circular tent inside.

So, here starts four weeks of craziness - friends visiting, making new friends, late night drinking, Edinburgh stuffed full of people ... and some shows.

Friday August 1 2003 at 00:21 GMT

Today...
  • sink plumbing done, but incorrect overflow kit supplied from B&Q, so another visit required
  • hob gas supply attached
  • electrical supplies all done
  • washing machine arrived and is in place

I've still to get the hob fixed into place, but I can use it for the moment. It's definitely beginning to look really smart.

My dad headed home today, and I was thinking how lucky I am to have such a great guy as my dad - he really has rocked over the last few days and it's been fantastic having him here, as always. My mum has been missing being involved in what's going on, so tonight I used the gift of Yahoo! Messenger's webcam function to give her a tour - she was very pleased indeed. Technology can be so wonderful at times!

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