Archive for October, 2009

This Week’s Tweets

Oct 28th, 2009
  • @thezombiecow There'd be a shock revelation in week six when it's discovered that one of the Brians is infact a Bryan. (I vote May BTW) in reply to thezombiecow #
  • Yay, package arrived safe and sound. #
  • Backing up and ready for reformat. Doing it all manually as don't trust automatic systems to grab everything of importance. #
  • @LadyMcScamp Its interesting that they've done it the opposite way round to usual and thus have minimised disruption. in reply to LadyMcScamp #
  • @LadyMcScamp I don't think its thoughtfulness so much as realising that they risk screwing themselves otherwise. in reply to LadyMcScamp #
  • Didn't watch #bbcqt for fear of shouting and spitting at my TV. However twitter feed suggests Griffin just getting trounced. #
  • No they're fucking not! The British population has had different groups moving across it for many thousands of years. #
  • Oh fuck. Now all the anti-immigration folk start speaking up. #
  • The Moir article would have still been wrong if Gately was alive. #bbcqt #
  • Heading home early with illness. Hope I can head it off before it downs me for proper. #
  • @andyvglnt If it is anything like their laptops, it should be possible to get a converter dongle. (Which they still charge a fortune for.) in reply to andyvglnt #
  • http://j.mp/2IwN9I Teach both evolution and creationism say 54% of Britons. WTF?! I can only hope they don't intend equal consideration. #
  • I can understand it being covered from a historical perspective, to give background to Darwin and subsequent work, but little more than that #
  • Shouldn't have been back to work today. Major hedache started 2ish. Gave up an hour ago, took 'till now to get stuff to a leaveable state. #
  • Gah, can't decide to call in sick or not. Feeling better than the worst of yesterday, but worst than the best. #
  • Would a dynamo powered by a slider be sufficient to provide enough energy to refresh an e-ink screen I wonder. #

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This Week’s Tweets

Oct 21st, 2009
  • Oooh! Just noticed Twitter have added little descriptions of why a topic is trending. Neat. #
  • Yay! For once the mistake that cocked up my experiments wasn't mine but someone else's. #
  • In an E-mail from my web-host: "I apologize for any incontinence this may cause." Clearly web-hosting issues can cause some serious fear. #
  • @slummymummy1 Google Wave is bit like a fusion of chat, E-mail and a wiki, and allows for multimedia rich, real-time, messages. j.mp/bkvFj #
  • Oh dear. All my stuff slipped out of the plastic wallets it was organised in. Now I'm not sure what goes with what. #
  • @Gaoandlove Replace it all with J-pop. in reply to Gaoandlove #
  • Wow, Twitter has been busy today. I feel like I've missed out. #
  • Assumed thumping bass was soundtrack to peep show, was vaguely impressed with TV speakers. No, just the neighbous again. #
  • Oh dear, twitter is doing its time-warp thing again. At least the associated trending topic is vaguely amusing. #
  • Oh, how odd, I've noticed Seesmic is picking them up okay #
  • Got tonnes of spam last night for some reason. #
  • Random thought: Does the rhyme scheme of a limerick sound silly because of their content, or is something more implicit in the rhythm? #
  • @antonvowl Ahh, once again my education lets me down. I only half followed the wikipedia page on spondees. in reply to antonvowl #
  • @LewieP I can still see it all proper like. I'm assuming you've tweeked the DNS records? If so it can take a while to propergate. in reply to LewieP #
  • @RealDMitchell Well your imposter has been suspended, so all should be back to normal soon. in reply to RealDMitchell #
  • Crap. Amazon have dispatched my order by Shitty Link. No Idea how I'll reach their depot in the middle of nowhere. #
  • I'd have prefered to have it sent my Royal Mail, even if it means it'd arrive a bit late due to strikes. At least I'd get it. #
  • @TimRogers Oooh! How did you go about doing that? I've got the same issue and it would make my life a lot easier. in reply to timROGERS #
  • City Link are actually a bit more competent than last time I dealt with them. Arranged to have parcel left outside or with a neighbour. #
  • Just booked tickets to go see @jonathancoulton in Edinburgh in November. #

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This Week’s Tweets

Oct 14th, 2009
  • @dave_turner I've asked for a touch more off on occasions, but that's usually when its my Dad doing it. in reply to dave_turner #
  • Do any of my followers have Google Wave? I've realised a flaw of wanting to test a service with no one to talk to. #
  • Google Wave seems to be struggling with server load issues at the moment. Hope they scale things up soon. #
  • Two girls behind me pretending to be German. They have the most unconvincing accents ever, and laughable, 'Dis is the British Isles yah?' #
  • @OyeBilly Sadly my German extends to counting to ten. in reply to OyeBilly #
  • The way the papers are treating it you'd have thought the Tories had already won the election. #
  • Hmm, Amazon order dispatched by Royal Mail. Despite strikes I'm still somewhat relieved. Somehow other couriers manage to be even worse. #
  • @SmartLudmilla Yeah, in the UK a C— is far more likely to be male than female. It implies arrogance and general unpleasentness. in reply to SmartLudmilla #
  • Amused that Bono is trending higher than Cameron. #
  • Everyone is a bit quiet arround here. Is twitter having issues? #
  • Errm, how odd. I can see people's tweets if I go to their page, but my feed isn't updating. #
  • Hmm, seems I'm not the only one: http://bit.ly/RamdN #
  • Talking into this void somewhat highlights the ultimate futility of twitter. Or something. Either way, it feels odd. #
  • Twitter timeline slowly seems to be grabbing posts, but all in the past. Still not convinced I'm seeing everything though. #
  • Ooh! Only 15 minutes behind now. That possibly even means all is well! #
  • Just read an article for the second time, only then to notice that it was illustrated with gratuitous breasts. Why?! #
  • I realize that my previous tweet was ambiguous. My Why?! was directed at the need for gratuitous breasts, not that I didn't notice them. #
  • @MsKitton@bengoldacre Many UK freecycle groups have now split off from the US parent and are called freegle groups. http://j.mp/1Xbbkb #
  • http://twitpic.com/kt6tg – Unfortunately named sweets. #
  • Gah. Completely lost track of politics etc. and am now entirely confused. #
  • Crap. Just said 'wanker' at passing car pumping out loud dance music. Windows was open. Driver wasn't happy. #
  • @OyeBilly At least your grievence was somewhat more severe than being subjected to their taste in music. in reply to OyeBilly #
  • @OyeBilly http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OddNameOut in reply to OyeBilly #
  • Fuck. Fuck. Fuckity. Fuck. Yet another shit result. Seriously don't think I'll be able to get these experiments working in time. #
  • While I like consistency across a computer, I somehow doubt its value when it adds my cat to my address book. #
  • Finding Micro Men strangely sad. #
  • @GeekinTheGambia Aggh! I did Biotechnology YES a couple of years ago. We were useless, had no idea about buisness stuff whatsoever. in reply to GeekinTheGambia #
  • Hah! Once again the Streisand effect is evident in the trending topics.There is something enormously satisfying in that. #
  • @janole I think fetch date may be better as otherwise things may get confusing across time-zones. in reply to janole #
  • @leighalexander Planescape:Torment obviously not only removed death, but made the PC's immortality central to its story. in reply to leighalexander #
  • @MsKitton Did you know that you've been linked by Sunny over at Pickled Politics? http://bit.ly/rPJcx #
  • Just had a 'wrong number' on Skype, which shouldn't even be possible with my privacy settings. How odd. #

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This Week’s Tweets

Oct 7th, 2009
  • Applied for a Google Wave invite. Doubt I'll get one, as I can't exactly explain why I want one. Other than for pure curiosities sake. #
  • @qikipedia There are a series of genes that control development called hedgehog genes. Inc. Indian, desert and, erm, sonic hedgehog. in reply to qikipedia #
  • @qikipedia Mutations in sonic hegehog can result in polydactaly (extra fingers and toes) in reply to qikipedia #
  • RT @indiegamescom Machinarium Demo is Available for Download http://bit.ly/47Svzt #
  • Follow and RT @WPWebHosting For a Google Wave Invite. Giving one away every hour! #
  • Court order served via twitter http://bit.ly/uFD1a (With URL this time) #
  • @guardiantech So that'll be one peak rate first class open return between Edinburgh and London then? in reply to guardiantech #
  • Just had a chilling thought. Perhaps MS intended the whole W7 launch party thing to be a viral mess of saccharine opiated horror. #
  • I am a mastermind-seeker, what kind of gamer are you? http://survey.ihobo.com/BrainHex/ #
  • Just caught the end of DB before peepshow. Did he genuinely fuck up, or did it make more sense in context? #
  • @botherer CiF especially has always been a bit mad, seems that they'll let anyone write, but that is just laughable. in reply to botherer #
  • @botherer I'd suggest getting Goldacre in there, but that would only reinforce Andrew's bizzare notions that there is some kind of war on. #
  • Ugh, how do you go about complaining about noisy neighbours? Last time I tried (different set) they just started ringing my doorbell at 4am #
  • @MsKitton I think it just sends you through to the police station. Its not too bad though, I have earplugswhich cut out most the noise. in reply to MsKitton #
  • Yay! Finally seem to have the knack for unlocking front door. Unlocked first go twice today. In, up and twist. #
  • Oh dear god, I'm glad that was an advert to attract social workers and not a poorly concieved Tetlys advert. #
  • @rockpapershot To celebrate Kieron's defeat to the monster, what is your favourite monste? (Gaming or otherwise) in reply to rockpapershot #
  • Smoke alarm going off downstairs. How do you know when a flat is actually on fire? #
  • @LadyMcScamp It seems to have stopped now. So either they've sorted it, or it is a smouldering heap of burnt plastic. Possibly both. in reply to LadyMcScamp #
  • Receiving spam (allegedly) from someone famous enough to have a wikipedia page about them. It appears to be encouraging peace. How odd. #
  • Wait, people still use Hotmail? #
  • Yes! I have a Google Wave invite! An actual invite, activation URL and all! #

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Google Wave

Oct 1st, 2009

I first saw the Google Wave videos a few months ago, shortly after Google first announced the product.

It looked quite exciting, although admittedly it wasn’t something I was entirely sure exactly how I’d end up using. The simple benefit of a communication system which fused E-mail and chat was obvious, especially when it was also media rich, something that is becoming increasingly important in modern communication. However, at the same time I realised that Google were providing a toolset, which would quickly offer up novel uses, discovered by those who used it. Just as my twitter account has morphed over time, and is now used for far more than just simple “I am eating a sandwich” tweets, so I could picture Google Wave expanding rapidly beyond some of the uses concieved of at its exception.

Of course, the only real way to find all these uses is by using the thing, but at the moment Wave is still in its closed stages. Google have started giving out invites, although I imagine my somewhat late discovery of the application form, not to mention my admittedly limited skills in web development, have lead me to being somewhat low down on their list. Fortunately however, I managed to get hold of an “invite nomination” from Andrew Badera, whose blog I happened to stumble across by accident. Andrew was very kind to drop one my way, especially as I admitted to not being a regular on his blog, so I thought it only fair that I drop him a link in return.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of the invite nomination, and should I get some invites of my own, I’ll make them available here, and via my twitter feed.

Update: I recieved my invite this morning. Unfortunately I don’t have anyone to talk to. If you have a Google Wave account, then feel free to wave at me.