Writing from September 2003


I've been using Bloglines as an RSS feed reader for the past week and I'm loving it, so another vote for that. I'd been using NetNewsWire Lite but when you're stuck on another computer and want something to pass the time, having all your feeds online is wonderful. It works so well I prefer using it to NNW when I'm at home too. So there.

In Misc on 4 September 2003. Permalink

This week’s culture

Tuesday night I went to see Douglas Coupland talk at the Bloomsbury Theatre. The prospect of seeing someone read from a book has never made me part with cash before, but this was Douglas Coupland! I was worried he'd be a disappointment, uncool and mean beyond the saviour of any irony. But it was fun. I wasn't expecting him to walk onstage wearing a grey pinstripe suit, and he looked surprisingly like a cherubic Quentin Wilson.


In Personal on 4 September 2003. 1 comment. Permalink

Eudora 6, inching slowly forward

Six years ago I wrote a review of Eudora v4.0 for MacUser. As I suggested, Eudora had been the only sensible option for anyone remotely serious about email on the Mac, but version 4 marked the point at which Qualcomm began slipping behind.


In Mac on 4 September 2003. 1 comment. Permalink

Wired UK employees

Wired: A Romance, Gary Wolf's book about Wired magazine, came out in the US a while back (like a couple of other books, it's been stuck in the "things people have bought for you" part of my Wish List for ages, but has never arrived). Despite sending Gary a list of all the Wired UK employees twice, hardly any seem to have made it into his roll call of Wired staffers. So, for perpetuity's sake, here they are:


In Misc on 9 September 2003. 6 comments. Permalink


After someone asked for a hand with getting their TypePad site up and running, I've been having my first real play with the system. The result is Gigantomachia, a categorised resource detailing the "primordial battle between different races of gods". I can't pretend to follow much of the content, as it reminds me of the single semester's worth of philosophy classes I took which I, unfortunately, barely understood.


In Misc on 9 September 2003. 1 comment. Permalink

Ella Guru

Heard on Late Junction last night, the Liverpool band Ella Guru and their song On a Beach. Peaceful, late night whisperings from a man sounding like Mark Linkous trying not to wake anyone. Some people I can think of might describe it as hippy goth shit, but it's gorgeous and you can hear it, and buy it, on the simple-yet JavaScript laden Banana Recordings website.

In Music on 12 September 2003. 2 comments. Permalink

Heading south for the winter

A common route through the world of journalism is, after training, to report on council meetings and school fetes for local papers while hoping for a break into, say, the national press. My sister's taking a slightly unorthodox path, however... Having done the local reporting, she's becoming news editor at the Falkland Islands Broadcasting Service.


In Personal on 12 September 2003. 1 comment. Permalink

Bill Nighy

Best line of the day comes from an interview with Bill Nighy:


In Misc on 13 September 2003. 6 comments. Permalink

Farmers’ Market

If you live anywhere near, I can recommend a visit to Stoke Newington Farmers' Market run by Growing Communities. Every Saturday from 10 to 2.30, just here off the High Street. It's smaller than I imagined a "market" to be, but there's lots of veg (the sweetest ever cherry tomatoes), some meat, eggs (fantastic scotch eggs), goats cheese and sausages, a bewildering array of bread (try the vegetarian pasties), and some kind of bottled drink I didn't investigate. All sold by smiling people who can tell you exactly how best to cook onion squashes or whatever they're selling. N16 has an article.


In Misc on 13 September 2003. 1 comment. Permalink

Douglas Coupland interviews

I've been meaning to read, and mention, this Morning News interview with Coupland since Rod mentioned it. And now 2lmc point to another interview, at Submit Response.


In Misc on 15 September 2003. Permalink

Awesome commercial use of XHTML/CSS

Ryan Carver has built a site for Lee Jeans and describes how its CSS and XHTML 1.0 Strict are achieved.


In Web Development on 17 September 2003. 1 comment. Permalink

Greater London Industrial Archeology Society

Another link from my mum, Greater London Industrial Archeology Society. Every couple of months they publish a newsletter full of background information on current events. A quick browse turns up a huge range of stuff: the distilling industry, postboxes, Royal Mail railways, Clapham Common band stand, power stations, tunnels, old shop fronts, and bricks. Shows that you don't need a flashy site, just wonderful content.

In Misc on 20 September 2003. Permalink

Underground Britain

Following a link from the Greater London Industrial Archeology Society site, I discovered Subterranea Britannica, which appears to be split into information about cold war bunkers, and then everything else. There's a list of bunkers that each have a page of photos, floor plans and description, like Hackney WW2 ARP Control Centre & Post War Borough Control near me at Hackney Town Hall. Or this more rural 1950s bunker which is now a museum.


In Misc on 20 September 2003. 2 comments. Permalink

Viewing iChat logs

When I switched to iChat from Fire one of the things I missed (apart from my ICQ and MSN friends) was the ability to browse my chat logs. But I just found Logorrhea, a beautifully simple and free app for browsing iChat logs. Start it up and it just works, allowing you to browse or search your logs. Or you can export the whole lot to a single text file, ideal for when the men in black force you to hand over evidence of your subversive communications.

In Mac on 23 September 2003. Permalink

Family Tree

I've been using, and enjoying, Omnigraffle a lot at work recently, which made me think it was about time I got round to drawing up the Gyford family tree. My dad collated some of the information but most came Rosina in Australia.


In Personal on 23 September 2003. 3 comments. Permalink


I nearly wrote something about the gentle pleasures of Dinnerladies last week, but thankfully Nancy Banks-Smith has done it better for me:


In Television on 24 September 2003. Permalink

Imperial Rome’s high density living

Dan Hill was intrigued by a sentence in Hammersley's Florentine adventures: "There are eight storey apartment blocks built in 1250!!!!!" That reminded me of a chapter in Peter Hall's mammoth Cities in Civilization (Amazon US, UK) about Rome between 50BC and AD 150.


In Misc on 26 September 2003. Permalink

Sensible RSS feeds for "link logs"

A few days ago I set myself up with another weblog just for storing links to pages (RSS feed is here). Sometimes it's enough to point people at a site without discussing it. And sometimes I just want to store a link in case I need it again.


In Web Development on 28 September 2003. Permalink

Link-only weblogs aggregated on Haddock Blogs

If you only read Haddock Blogs via RSS you may not have noticed I recently created a sidebar that aggregates a few weblogs that only contain links -- no discussion, just pointers to interesting things. As I mentioned in a lengthy (yawn) post the other day, this was harder than expected, so there may be glitches. But it seems mostly OK. The RSS feed is here. It'll all appear on the Haddock front page too when I get a moment.


In Misc on 30 September 2003. Permalink