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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...

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

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Latest pictures from my phone

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Sunday November 20 2005 at 13:32 GMT [via mobile]

Baroque on Broughton Street in Edinburgh offers free wireless access. For once, I had nothing to do with it.

Baroque on Broughton Street in Edinburgh offers free wireless access. For once, I had nothing to do with it.

Thursday November 17 2005 at 13:35 GMT

Happy Birthday Erik, King of Links. On a side note (in the same post), enjoy Kansas, Matt.

Monday November 14 2005 at 00:56 GMT

My parents have just returned from six weeks touring around Japan, Australia and New Zealand. They had an excellent time and have loads of pictures, taken with their shiny new IXUS 50. Just working out how to get some of them online. They're already considering plans for the next big trip. Go parents!

Monday November 14 2005 at 00:54 GMT

On Saturday evening, Hazel and I went to the cinema and saw Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Empire gave it 5/5 stars. Yes, it was good, but the shorter animations are more enjoyable, to my eyes.

I just found this 37 signals post on Aardman Animations, pointing to some of their other stuff. Well worth a browse!

Friday November 11 2005 at 01:37 GMT

It's been a while since I've really been surprised by a new piece of technology and really wanted one for myself (apart from phones, obviously), but it's happened twice today. First up was the new Squeezebox 3, which just looks fantastic. That IS on my shopping list once I get a new computer and dump a lot of CDs to FLAC.

The second thing was seeing that Matt finally received his Nokia 770. This thing is billed as an Internet tablet, and just looks immense. No GSM/3G connection, just straight wifi, but ... man, I want one. If the Nokia store had had one in stock, my bank account could have felt a little lighter. Couple that with a Canon Digital IXUS Wireless and I could practically say goodbye to wires in my house. Oh, I'd also need one of these, just to complete the set.

So many gadgets, so little money... ;-)

Wednesday November 9 2005 at 11:48 GMT

London truly was a whirlwind visit. My flight into London City Airport was superb, and I managed to swiftly navigate my way on the Tube to the Tate Modern, taking in Rachel Whiteread's EMBANKMENT and the Jeff Wall retrospective work (I love photography, so much so that I bought the book). If I'd planned a little better, I would have aimed for the Tate Britain to see this year's Turner Prize entries.

The MobileMonday London meet was great fun, and particularly excellent to catch up with Jim, Rafe, Russ, David and Tom, whom I shared a train ride all the way back to Brighton with (thanks Allan for letting me stay).

Yesterday I managed lunch at the Porthouse pub in Covent Garden which is recommended for a visit, and then a fleeting pint at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese before zooming back to the airport and home again.

It was excellent to see everyone, but too bad to miss Al and Grant, Ryo & Maki. Potentially I'll be back down towards the 17th of November, in which case I'll give more advance warning.

More links about MoMo: Russ, Tom & Jim. Some photos on flickr. More from Karen, not about technology.

Tuesday November 8 2005 at 00:50 GMT [via mobile]

A Frenchman, a Scotsman, an American and an Englishman went for dinner at an Italian restaurant. No joke! David Mery, me, Russ Beattie and Jim Hughes.

A Frenchman, a Scotsman, an American and an Englishman went for dinner at an Italian restaurant. No joke! David Mery, me, Russ Beattie and Jim Hughes.

Tuesday November 8 2005 at 00:46 GMT [via mobile]

Rafe & Jim, with Dan Applequist in the background.

Rafe & Jim, with Dan Applequist in the background.

Tuesday November 8 2005 at 00:42 GMT [via mobile]

World of boxes at Tate Modern.

World of boxes at Tate Modern.

Monday November 7 2005 at 19:43 GMT [via mobile]

The first meeting - packed out.

The first meeting - packed out.

Monday November 7 2005 at 11:16 GMT

Plans for tonight: meet Jim at The Coal Hole (91 Strand -- map) at 5pm for a few beers, then head to Shell Mex House (map)for the meeting at 6pm.

I'm staying with Allan tonight, but Tuesday post-work is still open for a beer...

Sunday November 6 2005 at 23:34 GMT

It wasn't looking hopeful for a while, but on Friday my place was confirmed at the first MobileMonday London. I'm flying down (to City) tomorrow at about 2pm, then back up on Tuesday at 8pm from City. Like Russ, I'm travelling light -- super-light. Should be fun.

This is quite literally a flying visit, but if you fancy a post-work beer on Tuesday let me know. I'll be working near Strand...

Sunday November 6 2005 at 22:57 GMT [via mobile]

Last night Jams had a job at the Museum of Scotland. Looks pretty cool, eh? Jams knows his lighting!

Last night Jams had a job at the Museum of Scotland. Looks pretty cool, eh? Jams knows his lighting!

Friday November 4 2005 at 15:36 GMT

Tomrorow is the 400th anniversary of the attempt to blow up parliament, for which Guy Fawkes is famous. Be sure to enjoy the fireworks! If you're in Edinburgh, the Meadowbank fireworks display is always good.

Wednesday November 2 2005 at 12:59 GMT

One of my friends via Mobitopia has been nominated for a Scottish BAFTA, in the Best Interactive Media category. This is in recognition of his podcasting work, particularly for his Edinburgh Fringe podcast. Go EWAN!

Tuesday November 1 2005 at 01:45 GMT

Provence pictures Our yearly group holiday was this year in Provence, at the Olive Garden (alternative link), in Caromb.

As ever, it was a huge amount of fun. The weather smiled kindly on us, and even though the pool never really heated up, we managed to utilise it to the max. The holiday was in a relaxing style, with visits to Carpentras, Avignon, Mont Ventoux, Orange and Chateauneuf du Pape.

One thing that did change this year was the number of times we ate out. More on that later... For now, enjoy the pictures.

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