Saturday, May 11, 2013
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Friday, February 08, 2013
The thing that surprised me playing them back was just how quick the journey was. It felt a lot longer when I was doing it.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I started using twitter in July 2006 when it was called twttr. My first tweet was one of the first ten thousand. It wasn't very profound.
TestMy next tweet was in October 2007. Twitter asked me a question, I can't remember what and I responded:
— Paul Morriss (@paulmorriss) July 14, 2006
working, what else?Then in November I tweeted daily for a while. Here are some highlights:
— Paul Morriss (@paulmorriss) October 30, 2007
shining my shoes
— Paul Morriss (@paulmorriss) November 1, 2007
I tried haiku:
batting emails back and forth about Catalyst and XSLT.— Paul Morriss (@paulmorriss) November 5, 2007
Watching kids football/our team losing by several/nice to be out though— Paul Morriss (@paulmorriss) November 10, 2007
Walking to the bus, not our usual transport, boys most excited.— Paul Morriss (@paulmorriss) November 20, 2007
I expect you've falled asleep by now. I'm finding it interesting. Maybe I should tweet more, and use the archive as my diary.
Lovely mild dry day, kids playing in the garden, their homework can wait— Paul Morriss (@paulmorriss) January 26, 2008
Monday, December 10, 2012
"I'm not core business?" he exclaimed.
"Yes," I said, "and we have to focus on our core business at the moment. Take Lego for example."
"I do take a lot of Lego," he said.
"No, that's not what I mean. The Lego company used to run Legoland. They made clothing and girls jewellery too. They discontinued those, they sold Legoland to the Madame Tussauds people. They decided to concentrate on their core business. Look at your suit, for example."
"What of it?" he asked.
"It's red. It used to be green."
"Coca cola branding initially. Now everyone thinks it's normal. It's just a colour. Anyway, what is core then?"
"A baby," I said. "For this occasion our core business is the baby."
"Do you know my other names?" he asked. "Saint Nicholas. Saint as in saint, as in something to do with the baby." With that he leaned back.
"Yes, putting money in stockings."
"Presents you see. As in wise men. There - you can't deny presents aren't core."
"Who got the presents though? Me, anyone else? No - the baby."
"You can't give presents to the baby these days though. So people give them to each other."
"Oh, so you aren't involved then? People give them to each other."
He looked worried now. "But..."
"If presents are core then you aren't even essential for presents."
"OK, what about fir trees then? They aren't core. Tinsel, crackers, mincemeat - all non-core. Are you thinking of getting rid of them?"
"Hmmm," I said, "now there's an idea..."
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
I've just read someone else thinking how to celebrate their blogs 10th anniversary and I thought I'd check this blog, and lo and behold, it's over 10 years old. I started my first blog in 1999, but it was on editthispage.com which has since been taken down. I have all the content though, and if I had more time I'd put it back online.
This blog started when blogger.com wasn't part of Google. My first post was about The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams. Full marks to Bloomsbury for making a 10 year old link still do something useful. I can't remember if I ever did actually read it. I probably did.
I toyed for a bit with using it as a place to record comments that I'd put on other people's websites, so I could keep track of them, but I soon tired of that.
Then, in order to make myself blog more often, I tried to blog just 10 words per day. Of course to think of exactly ten words that make sense takes a bit of time, but it was fun while I did it. I kept it up for a couple of years, but not every day by any means.
In Feb 2004 I started a blog for more technical things, leaving this one for random thoughts on books, music, photos and other stuff.
That is all.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Russell Davies wrote a really interesting post about it:
I saw a generation realising that it was now Top at Culture. 30/40 somethings were suddenly seeing the stuff they liked, that they grew up with, was now the dominant cultural stuff. Their favourite things are now 'officially' mainstream, dominant culture.Coming Top at Culture
Closing ceremonyPink Floyd, Genesis (well someone from Genesis), Kate Bush, elbow, Beatles, Queen, ELO - that's my music. Plus other bands to be proud of - Madness, Blur, PSB, Fatboy Slim, Muse and Eric Idle. Fantastic.
- The ability to dip into the taxpayers pocket.
- A time limited product, with no need to consider sustainability.
- Something excited to be involved in.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
For more reasons I can't go into it got wider as I went along, but it wasn't a problem as I just turned it into little hat. I can highly recommend the multi-coloured wool for beginners as it means that there's a contrast between previous rows and the current stitches.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Recently I came across a video by Jude Pullen showing how to make a right angle joint with card and it inspired me to share what I'd done, via a PDF rather than a video though.
The PDF below is for a Playbook but I would have thought that any seven inch tablet, like the Kindle Fire or the Google Nexus 7 would fit. If in the unlikely event they are more chunky than the Playbook, you can just cut the slot wider. It's probably more sturdy if you make it out of a corrugated cardboard.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Thursday, March 01, 2012
I first came across etsy - a site for selling handmade or vintage stuff - when I came across a series of pictures of boyfriends wearing hand made hats their girlfriends had made (and not looking to pleased about having a hand-knitted hat on their head).
Then when I got a Kindle I went looking there to see what sort of cases were available. I was pleasantly surprised to see loads of good stuff.
When I got my Kindle I made a cardboard case for it. At Christmas I got a proper case and since then I've been meaning to offer my cardboard case for sale on etsy, purely for my own amusement. If I sell one, I'll make another. If it really takes off, I might we quite busy fulfilling orders. Unlikely.
Feel free to prove me wrong.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I was reading a book recently set in the world of the Arthurian legend. It described a cross as a "crog". That reminded me that as a child when we crossed our fingers to get away with lying we called it "crogs". So after you tricked someone you brought out your crossed fingers, said "crogs" and they couldn't complain that you were lying.
We had other dialect words that I haven't hear much elsewhere. I was visiting some people in Derbyshire as an adult and a mother called her child "mardy", which means in a cross mood. Down in Surrey where I lived by then I came across the word "strop" as in "to be in a strop" or "being stroppy".
Sweets were "goodies". If you had a ball bearing when you were playing marbles they were "bollies". When you greeted someone you'd say "n'en" which was short for "now then".
Today I just came across this map of words from the BBC website.
What words did you have in childhood that you don't hear?
Picture from discoodoni.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Just this evening I heard it on the News Quiz on Radio 4. Many years ago I first heard the word "internet" on the same programme, and I knew that yet another geeky thing was beginning to come into public consciousness.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Hope moreThe internets tell me this is half of a Swedish proverb:
Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.
Friday, November 25, 2011
I clearly remember the first time that the word content made me mentally shudder. I was listening to Scot Mills who was doing a prank call to some of his colleagues in BBC Radio 1. The woman who answered the phone said to one of her colleagues when she'd worked out what was going on, "It's probably Scott because he needs more content for his show". What? I thought. All that stuff he does with interviews on Stupid Street and Becky's contest with that other guy and "What's Becky's forte", all that is just "content".
The trouble with hearing it described like that is that it made me think about how Scott, and Chris Moyles too, come up with all that, er, content. So they probably sit around in meetings and come up with ideas and send people off with tape recorders to do vox pops or edit all the times that Brian Cox says "millions" on his TV show. Well of course that's how it gets there, but are they doing it just because they want more content? Don't they want to entertain us?
For me, the word "content" makes me think of content farms. As I have technical oversight of a website content farms represent
I recently heard a clip of Eric Schmidt in the MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh Media festival talking about content (I know it was a few months ago) to broadcasters. (It has to be said though, all credit to Google for trying to free the search engine results from content farms.) So you mean all that wonderful documentary and drama and comedy is just content? Shudder.
A couple of relevant references:
"Content" is such a horrid word, but it's what we've got.That magazine I referred to at the top
We must understand the complex relationship between “the content” and “the business.”
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
We borrowed Kirby's Epic Yarn for Wii over half-term. It's a delightfully inventive game and I'd recommend it for children of all ages. It's quite forgiving, but that doesn't make it easy. One of the things that struck me was the variety of music on the soundtrack.
Before I cover that though, some thoughts on computer games music generally. Because gaming doesn't occupy a high place in popular culture compared with its turnover, and because it's mostly background, I think it doesn't generally get thought about. Recently, though, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra played a concert to mark 25 years of Legend of Zelda.
Mostly it seems like it's pretty generic stuff, see Exhibit A - the music to Da Blob. However even the music on that is cleverer than it appears as the melody only plays while you're painting, but cuts in and out at the right moments.
The World of Goo music is quite distinctive and I think it sounds like a film soundtrack. You can even download it.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Anyone with a motor powering their two wheels looks down on those who have unpowered two wheels. So I wonder what hierarchies there are amongst cyclists. I don't know but I imagine people with fixies look down on other cyclists as theirs is a purer form of cycling. Maybe the shiny road cyclists look down on the muddy mountain bikers. Or maybe the world of cyclists is tribe-free. Maybe not.
Who's at the bottom of the heap? Kids with stabilisers I should imagine...
Update: Here's the word from my brother on cyclists:
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
This one is to SSK as Ommadawn is to Tubular Bells. (At one point I had an idea that I'd write series of semi-serious, semi-not-serious-hoping-to-be-funny reviews of albums, making sure in each one that I'd compare it to ELO's Mr Blue Sky. This idea came from the bit in the Brady Bunch film where Mr Brady designs a series of commercial buildings, all incorporating that crazy paving exterior wall and other features from his own home. If I write any more reviews they may contain references to Tubular Bells. Or not.) So it's not so commercially appealing. There are a number of parallels to the previous one - the title comes from a line from one of the tracks released as a single. (Can't be bothered to work out if it was the first one in each case.) Both albums have a track released which is like the sour sweet in the packet - Grounds for Divorce, Neat Little Rows. There are probably others. (Two is still a number.)
The first track is a long one and the second half sounds like a Peter Gabriel track. Which is a good thing. All through it though I'm wishing they'd thrown their integrity to the winds and included a singalong festival crowd pleasing song like "One Day Like This". Eventually something like that does come with "Open Arms".
As for the rest of the tracks I recommend you read the review of someone who does it for a living. Alex Petridis in the Guardian sums it up well:
"It may be that people drawn in by One Day Like This hung around because they found music that, while less straightforward, was warm and generous and inventive. If so, they'll find more of it here."
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Google are rolling out a new reverse image search which is available for some people using the Chrome browser. If you go to images.google.com and there's a camera icon in the search box, then you've got it.
I did a search for one of my popular pictures on flickr (below) and found 18 places which are using it. I started contacting the websites saying they were using it without permission, but gave up after a couple. You are allowed to use it so long as it's not for commercial purposes, and as long as I get credit. Those sites weren't. I'm not really that annoyed, as it's not as I make money out of my photos, but it's the principle of the thing. Most of the sites are visitors guides to Cadbury World, one of which looks a bit like an official one, but isn't.
Friday, June 10, 2011
"But how do I choose one?", I thought. A while later I came across an advert on some other website for boilerguide's "get you a quote" service. That's fortunate for them, because I didn't realise they offered it when I searched before. They tried to get me three quotes, but could only do two. One company didn't call me, but another did, a local man.
I also tried eon and nPower. The eon website was very unhelpful. It had a little chart saying what the steps were for getting a quote. The first step was "fill in the form at the bottom of this page". However there was no form at the bottom and you had in fact to fill in a form at the right. I did that and they said they'd ring me back within three days. They never did. Epic fail.
nPower and British Gas both let you choose a time for the visit for someone to quote - very good.
In the end I went for the local company: NBBEnergy which was £1000 cheaper than the highest quote from one of the other two. I'm very happy with the job that was done.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Then Tron came out and although I didn't go to see it I changed my Windows 7 desktop wallpaper to the one in the architecture set that was the Melbourne link gateway bridge at sunset as that had the same sort of neon feeling.
Then in spring I changed my wallpaper to the Selfridges building in Birmingham.
So to answer the question, probably never.
Photo from mar00ned.