Comments written on other sites from March 2009

In Pictures: Secret Bits Of The Barbican - Londonist

Regarding the seventh photo: “A gentle reminder to construction workers that the Barbican auditorium is directly below. Work has to be timed to not interfere with performances.”

Although the auditorium is below I imagine this sign is more to do with not disturbing the Barbican’s residents. I doubt anyone is in the auditorium before 9am to be disturbed.

Also, regarding “the larger flats would likely set you back a few million pounds.” You think? The three and four bedroom flats in the Barbican’s towers (with much better views than Frobisher Crescent) reached a peak of about £1 million so I doubt a three bedroom flat there will fetch “a few million pounds” especially given the direction of prices these days.

On 2 March 2009. Permalink

In Pictures: Secret Bits Of The Barbican - Londonist

The cynical part of me would say that the developers have an interest in talking up the value of the properties. The flats do sound big, but “a few million pounds” still sounds optimistic.

Looking at the six three or four bedroom tower flats for sale at Frank Harris and Hamilton Brooks at the moment, they range from 1142 to 1272 square feet, with asking prices from £850,000 to £1,050,000, for an average of £770.21 per square foot. So the developers are obviously inflating things somewhat (even ignoring the state of the market).

Most of the tower flats for sale look pretty nice inside so the Frobisher Crescent ones would, I imagine, need some pretty fancy fittings to get much above £1.5 million, never mind more, given they lack the views and (I assume) balcony space of the tower flats.

It’s still silly money isn’t it!

On 3 March 2009. Permalink

In a twisty maze of corridors, all alike - meish dot org: life, unfolding

To make it more annoying (for me) is that I signed up for O2 broadband and had to create a second account — there was no way I could use the same account for another service.

Did I say second account? I meant third. When I bought my iPhone I apparently already had an account on o2.co.uk (maybe it was created when I signed up to be alerted when the iPhone became available) but this couldn’t be used for some reason.

So I now have three different log-ins for the same bloody website.

On 4 March 2009. Permalink

Witham Political Graffitti 3 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

If I remember rightly the brick building you can see the corner of here was built to house the poll tax office. I never liked it, even aside from its initial purpose — too big and tall for its location.

On 4 March 2009. Permalink

Let’s move to… Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex: ‘England’s friendliest resort’ | Money | The Guardian

gortahork… I think you’re misreading a confusing sentence. I assume it should be read as:

Hourly direct trains to Colchester (an inexplicable 52 mins; better to change at Thorpe-le-Soken - 32 mins). Then the mainline to Ipswich (50-90 mins total) or south to London (90 mins total).

No one, even an “incoming yuppy”, is going to go to London via Ipswich.

On 8 March 2009. Permalink

Let’s move to… Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex: ‘England’s friendliest resort’ | Money | The Guardian

gortahork, the article is saying (not very clearly) that it takes 90 minutes to get to London from Walton, which is why I added the word “total” in my amended quote (which is perhaps still not clear enough).

On 9 March 2009. Permalink

A list of things that will get you removed from my Twitter list - meish dot org: life, unfolding

“When someone (public) replies to my (private) Twitter stream, please don’t show it in the search, dearest darling Twitter.”

This has been nagging gently at me… isn’t that a hacky technical solution to a social problem — people should learn that messages sent by someone whose twitters are private should remain private. In the same way that people know that an email sent to an individual, or a private mailing list, shouldn’t be forwarded to everyone they know.

The difficulty with fixing this social problem is that, as far as I know, most Twitter clients don’t make it obvious whether a particular message is sent from someone whose stream is private or not. So it’s very easy to forget that out of all these identical looking messages, a few of them are only sent to a few friends, and not broadcast to the world.

So there is a technical solution which would encourage the social solution — have clients make it obvious which messages should remain private and thus not re-tweeted.

On 30 March 2009. Permalink