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:

More of what I've been listening to

Latest pictures from my phone
More pictures from my phone

Monday April 23 2007 at 00:33 GMT

Over the last 8 weeks I've been loving Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, where Bear gets dropped into an inhospitable location with minimal equipment (water bottle, knife, flint) and has to find his way back to civilisation. If they repeat it, make sure you catch it ... or else come round to my house and watch it; I've recorded them all.

Bear was interviewed on Radio 1 last Friday, and said that the second series had already been filmed, with a third series in the offing. Great news all round.

Monday April 23 2007 at 00:08 GMT

My sore foot has kept me away from exercise for over a month now, but it finally feels like it is getting better. I've been meaning to get my bike out for the last few weeks to see if cycling affects it, and today I finally got out and about, partly inspired by Ewan, partly after watching the London Marathon on TV.

My route wasn't particularly long or exciting, but it has put me in a very relaxed and happy mood this evening (despite some %$%& having nicked my seatpack at some point when my bike was either in a stairwell or locked outside). Cycling is something I'm going to aim to build into my life as a compliment to running; the two should ensure all parts of my legs are being used, and reduce risk of injury.

Here's my route for today. As I got to the Pentlands I pulled out my phone to get some nice pictures, but the battery died immediately. Doh!

Sunday April 22 2007 at 23:48 GMT

Hazel organised tickets for T in the Park this year, and thanks(?) to a twist of fate we ended up with camping tickets. The thought of sleeping under canvas and using communal showers wasn't exciting everyone, but luckily we've got a tipi in the Tangerine Field which looks like being fun.

Tipis and tents are selling out fast, so get there quickly if you want in on the action.

Sunday April 22 2007 at 17:19 GMT


In the garden across the road from my old flat, there was a lovely Cherry Blossom tree. This year, I'm enjoying our very own tree. :-D

Sunday April 22 2007 at 13:41 GMT

Last Thursday, Hazel and I checked out The Big Word, a performance poetry night, at The Jazz Bar. Some of the performers were slightly too high-brow for us to fully understand, but all in it was a very enjoyable night, hosted by Jenny Lindsay. Most memorable and enjoyable for us was definitely Mark Rafferty, who brought some amusing songs to the stage. Well worth checking out his site.

The Big Word is a monthly event, and there is more in that genre with the Scottish heat of the Radio 4 Slam on 20th May.

Thursday April 19 2007 at 16:57 GMT

The inimitable Russ Beattie is back with mowser, a site that sorts out those horrible HTML-style problems to display non-mobile sites in your mobile browser. Very well worth checking out (and good to see you back Russ).

Thursday April 19 2007 at 16:35 GMT

My brother and I both have places for the London Marathon this weekend, but due to hurting my foot a month ago and being unable to walk properly, never mind run, there will be no action in the London Marathon this weekend. :-( /p>

Going from full-on training to complete inaction really hasn't been good for me. I'm definitely missing the exercise from a physical and mental perspective. Here's hoping my foot sorts itself out and exercising can being again. For my many friends running on Sunday, enjoy it! I'll be watching on TV.

Thursday April 19 2007 at 16:07 GMT

Thursday April 12 2007 at 15:42 GMT

We had a barbecue last weekend, hopefully the first of many now that we have a) a garden; b) chairs and stuff; c) a hardcore barbecue. Check out the pictures on flickr, below:
This is a Flickr badge showing photos in a set called Easter barbecue. Make your own badge here.

Thursday April 12 2007 at 15:12 GMT

Now that the latest revision of firmware for the P990 is out, it's not too far from the phone it should have been at launch ... although the Nokia N95 has certainly raised the bar.

If you have a P990, be sure to upgrade. Speed and stability are up, as are features. Nice.

Thursday April 12 2007 at 15:07 GMT

The whole micro-blogging thing has rocked on a step, and now we have Twitter, Jaiku and Loopnote. Crossposting abounds. Join the party/ies: I'm 'martinlittle' wherever you go.

Friday April 6 2007 at 17:50 GMT

A few months ago I splurged a massive 35 on a Holox BT-321 GPS Bluetooth receiver. I'd link directly to the Holox site, but it seems to have fallen over. If you decide you want one, eBay is most likely your friend.

Anyway, the reason I bought a GPS Bluetooth receiver was to have some phone fun. First off, I installed TomTom 6 (you may want to check out this Esato thread for pointers, maybe from page 6 onwards...). Bingo -- immediately I had a working sat-nav system in my hands. Again, eBay is a good place to look for the software and maps.
On Tuesday, I ended up checking out the Mobile GMaps site, and spotted, which lets you post your current location back on to the Web. As you can see, it works extremely nicely. The site is quite bare at the moment, but the potential is incredible and I'm sure Cristian's mind is buzzing with ideas.

If you have a phone and GPS unit, it's well worth checking out. There will definitely be a lot more in this area in the coming few months, particularly phones like the Nokia N95 coming with built-in GPS.

Friday April 6 2007 at 17:17 GMT

Neil pinged me today to say I'd only blogged eight times since I'd moved house. Yikes. One thing that has changed is that when I post a picture from my phone it no longer appears in my main blog. Keep an eye on my flickr page (or even better the RSS feed).

Anyway, I am very much still alive and kicking. You could even give me a call if you're missing me that much. :-)

Thursday April 5 2007 at 14:33 GMT

Weber One-Touch Gold 57cm

We've bought a bad boy barbecue (Weber One-Touch Gold 57cm), ready for some excellent weather at the weekend.

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