Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Winter announced itself

Winter grasses

Friday, December 19, 2008

Dollars and Sense

Lefsetz is always a good read, but  this posting  really resonates.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

I've been enjoying my dSLR a lot lately. I've even been getting all artsy-fartsy ...

Bare witness

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Mr. Rogers: piss off

Well Mr. Rogers has gone and done it: totally screwed the pooch with the iPhone's intro to Canada. The rates for voice and data, especially data, are way out of line with US, UK, and in fact most of the rest of the world. He's caused some pretty serious rage out there in blogland ...

Fuck You Rogers


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Phun for Mac OS X is out

Cool!  You can get Phun on the Mac now ...


Saturday, February 09, 2008

"Radio Ladio" - Metronomy

The 80's have returned in glorious colour!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/zMjmxF58wFc"><img alt="No user-serviceable parts inside: " radio="" src="http://img.skitch.com/20080209-pp4xnhk92sppuhfy2j6gtcyhgy.jpg"/></a>

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Eat Krispy Kremes, save taxpayers dough

Dutch researchers found that the health costs of thin and healthy people in adulthood are more expensive than those of either fat people or smokers.
Link ...

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Symphony In SLANG

Fake Steve Jobs on Real Steve Balmer

FSJ may be fake, but his insights are real. Here's his take on the Microhoo! buyup plan. Brilliant.

[...] here's the really dark part of all this. He knows it won't work. He has to know this. He's not stupid. The cultures will never fit together. And the deal is too big. It's not manageable. And it's completely anathema to Microsoft. It's totally out of character for them. It goes against everything the company has ever stood for. Ballmer knows this, and he's doing it anyway. Because this is exactly what every old-guard CEO does when all else fails. I mean it's right there in the official playbook that you get in business school. And ultimately, smart as he is, Ballmer is an old-school kind of guy. He's not really a tech guy. He has a mindset that was formed in Detroit, where he grew up. He's a Big Three automaker kind of guy. And this is a Big Three move. It's Ford buying Jaguar and Land Rover and Volvo because they can't think of anything else to do.

So if the deal happens -- and I'm not convinced it will -- Ballmer will have bought himself maybe two years before it becomes clear to the entire world that it has failed. By then maybe Ballmer will be gone and someone else will have to mop up the mess. [...]

Friday, February 01, 2008

Post to instapaper (AppleScript)

Update (26-Jun-09): This script doesn't handle more recent versions of InstaPaper very nicely. Another NNW-to-InstaPaper script, "NNWInstaPost", has appeared in the meantime and I suggest that you give that one a try ...

Here's a little script to post the currently selected headline in NetNewsWire (my favourite Mac OS X newsfeed reader) to your instapaper account.

You need to create an instapaper account before using this the first time. The script is not very good about errors, so just correct the issue and retry the script. It creates a short summary by "un-HTML'ing" the description, but it does this naively (using a long sed invocation), so it's restricted to a subset of HTML entities -- basically common Western ones.

To install this, select and copy the script from the box, paste it into the AppleScript Script Editor and drop it into NNW's script folder.

* Submit NetNewsWire headines to instapaper for later reading. See http://www.instapaper.com/
* Create an instapaper account first, select a news item in NNW, then run this script.
* Assumes you're using Safari. Doesn't handle all html entities; works best on English feeds.
* Doesn't check if the submission succeeded, so you need to keep your eyes open. :-)
* -- Bruce Walker <bruce.walker@gmail.com> -- Feb 1, 2008

on unhtml(html)
-- remove markup, convert common entities to ascii (the rest to "?"), nuke blank lines & restrict length
return do shell script "echo " & quoted form of html & "| sed -e 's/<[^>]*>//g' -e 's/&nbsp;/ /g' -e 's/&mdash;/--/g' -e 's/&lsquo;/`/g' -e 's/&ldquo;/``/g' -e 's/&#8220;/``/g' -e \"s/&rdquo;/''/g\" -e \"s/&#8221;/''/g\" -e \"s/&#8217;/'/g\" -e \"s/&rsquo;/'/g\" -e \"s/&#39;/'/g\" -e 's/&[^;][^;][^;]*;/?/g' -e \"s/'/\\\\\\'/g\" | tr '\\r\\n' ' ' | dd ibs=1 count=192"
end unhtml

tell application "NetNewsWire"
set NNWURL to URL of selectedHeadline
set NNWTitle to my unhtml(get title of selectedHeadline)
set NNWSummary to my unhtml(get description of selectedHeadline) & " …"
end tell

tell application "Safari"
-- submit to instapaper using Safari's saved session/account cookies
set foo to do JavaScript "window.open('http://www.instapaper.com/b?v=3&u='+encodeURIComponent('" & NNWURL & "')+'&t='+encodeURIComponent('" & NNWTitle & "')+'&s='+encodeURIComponent('" & NNWSummary & "'),'t','toolbar=0,resizable=0,status=1,width=250,height=150')" in document 1
end tell


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Criminally nude

If they outlaw foreign strippers, then only outlaws will be stripping ... or something like that.

 MPs Mull Proposal To Ban Foreign Strippers 

Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote

Seriously kewl!

Da Shatner Funk

William Shatner and Conan O'Brien remixed.

"They know. They're onto something." "Fear! Woo, woo."

Google Blogger Data API

The Blogger data API allows client applications to view and update Blogger content in the form of Google data API feeds. Your client application can use the data API to create new blog posts, edit or delete existing posts, and query for posts that match particular criteria.
Here are some of the things you can do with the Blogger data API:
  • Add a running list of blog posts and comments to a site.
  • Create a desktop application or plugin that allows users to create and post entries from the desktop.
  • Create a blog aggregator application.

Link ...

Blogger widget for Mac OS X

I'm just trying out the Google Blogger Widget from my Mac's dashboard.  Here's the link ... 


Too cool: Zero Emissions, No Noise ...