Writing from August 2003

What are the chances of that happening, eh?

I hadn't listend to 6 Music since just after it launched, but I gave it a whirl this evening and within minutes a Brian Eno documentary started! I was intrigued as it was billed as the first part of a series, and while I've heard hour-long shows on him before, a whole series would be a real treat. Unfortunately the series is only two parts long. And each part is half an hour.

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In Music on 4 August 2003. Permalink

Pre-client spam filtering

The last few days I've been collecting my email via Knowspam.net, one of those challenge and response systems where unapproved people have to click a link and verify their existence before their email reaches you. It seemed a good solution to the spam problem -- the problem being receiving any spam at all -- but I've decided the whole idea is not for me.

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In Misc on 5 August 2003. Permalink

Summer playlist

I've nearly finished Greil Marcus's Mystery Train and his eloquent enthusiasm has had me hunting for music I'd never usually listen to, all of which sounds unusually good in the UK's current heatwave. So, in case you feel like doing the same...

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In Music on 7 August 2003. Permalink

Updated Haddock Blogs

For those that care... I've updated the Haddock Blogs script so that if a source RSS feed includes the full text of an entry, this is also included in Haddock Blogs' own RSS feed. This post will test whether the script's working or not...

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In Misc on 7 August 2003. 2 comments. Permalink

Telegraph poles

My mum has, in her capacity as a local historian, become interested in Witham's telegraph poles (I only now realise I should probably call them telephone poles). Each one has certain markings and, so you can amaze your friends, here's how to decipher them. There are three marks, one above the other, in this order:

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In Misc on 8 August 2003. 3 comments. Permalink

David Lynch on sheds

In The Guardian's Guide on Saturday, Jacques Peretti wrote about sheds, apparently flavour of the season in the worlds of fashion and style (it's entirely possible this article is on the site somewhere, but I couldn't find it). This reminded me of something from Lynch on Lynch (US, UK) that I'd read only the day before. A hidden, dark and terrifying side to David Lynch...

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In Misc on 18 August 2003. 4 comments. Permalink

Post boxes

At the risk of turning this into the UK's premier street furniture weblog... Look, postboxes! So I like it when people pay more than the usual level of attention to everyday objects. And there's more (beautifully, in a subdirectory titled "hobbies"; I should get one of those). Apparently there's a Letter Box Study Group although I can't access the site right now. I'll have to amuse myself with browsing Unicorn Kiosk's range of original street furniture... up to three grand (plus VAT) for a Victorian post box or nearly five for a K6 red phone box complete with Jubilee interior.

In Misc on 20 August 2003. Permalink

Movable Type time zones

I finally got round to playing with TypePad yesterday, which was fun; almost every page had me muttering, "ooh, that's nice!" But it did remind me of a problem I noticed with Movable Type some months ago.

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In Movable Type on 21 August 2003. 2 comments. Permalink

iCal time zones

In a strange temporal coincidence a discussion started in The Well's Mac conference the other day about the way iCal handles time zones. It appears to have exactly the same kind of problem Movable Type has (discussed in my previous post): If you change the time zone of your Mac, via the Date & Time preferences, then the times of all your iCal appointments change in a way that is, shall we say, less than optimal.

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In Mac on 26 August 2003. 2 comments. Permalink

Colours

I'm no good with colours, as you can tell, but here are two simple yet handy things that I'll forget how to find unless I link to them here:

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In Web Development on 29 August 2003. 3 comments. Permalink