Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20061127


Just taking a short break waiting for some backups to finish. This week we are going to do some more of the arts.

One of my favourite writers is Jack Kerouac, this is a youtube clip of him being interviewed in 1959 by Steve Allen and reading from what I am pretty sure is “Visions of Cody” and not “On the Road” (great excuse for a re-read eh?). He is painfully shy but it’s fabulous to have a voice to put to the words.


Robert Pirsig (another of my favourite authors), the author of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, gave a really rare interview with the Guardian, Here, he talks about anxiety, depression, the death of his son and the road trip that inspired the classic book. You can read the book here

My favourite bit of the interview is where the interviewer asks what Chris (Pirsig’s late son who features heavily in the book) thought of the book,

‘He didn’t like it. He said, “Dad, I had a good time on that trip. It was all false.”

You can find the interview here.,,1951397,00.html

Flash Game time. Continuing our vague literary theme, the goal of “Scribble ” is to get your “Blots,” which are walking, anthropomorphic drops of ink, to the flag at the end of each level. Think Lemmings, the Blots walk continuously in one direction until the hit an obstacle and they do an about-face and start walking in the other direction, or until they’re killed (with a cool squish sound)… this sounding familiar? You have a limited amount of “ink” on the screen at any one time, but your lines gradually disappear and replenish your ink supply. This is a serious “impediment”, complete with tons of levels, a save function, and endless retries. (it’s really pink isn’t it)

OK then, how about sculpture, head over to the stationery cupboard and grab a couple of boxes of paperclips then head over to Justin Schlecter’s website, and checkout his “portfolio of intricate geometric paperclip sculptures”. According to Justin “Paperclips are a wonderful medium to work in as they are very portable and inexpensive”. No instructions (that would be way to easy) just inspiration. send me any pics of your creations and I will put them up.

“Blame” time and thanks to everyone who sent in the “CSIRO Air Guitar T-Shirt” but the winner was Bill C by about 3 hours. Here is the deal.
In a demonstration project intended to put their skills on the line, a team led by Research Engineer Dr Richard Helmer created an objectless musical instrument, or ‘air guitar’.

‘Freedom of movement is a great feature of these textile-based interfaces,’ he says. ‘Our air guitar consists of a wearable sensor interface embedded in a conventional ‘shirt’, with custom software to map gestures with audio samples. It’s an easy-to-use, virtual instrument that allows real-time music making, even by players without significant musical or computing skills. It allows you to jump around and the sound generated is just like an original mp3.’

NO I don’t want one. well maybe a bit
Here and here,,.html

And lastly some of the highlights from over at
Seriously heavy indie pop hit this week
Lots of other interesting stuff last week, stroll over and have a rummage.

As usual have a good one


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Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20061120


Christmas is just down the track and I can see that some of you are wondering what to get the Goth in your life for the silly season. Well “The Graveyard Gothic Garden Terrarium Kit” by Dunecraft will help maintain their gothic sensibilities, and as a bonus has plants you can grow. that bleed. (I am not making this up). A bit of water and some sunlight (even Goths go out in the day) but this an indoor terrarium!
{insert headshaking disbelief here}

Now while we are visiting at the far end of the bell curve, over at CrabfuSteamworks website is a steampowered “mousetrap” game. This is one of those times that you wish YouTube used a higher resolution and bandwidth. But the stills give you a good idea of what’s going on. A Gloriously Pointless Impediment. Needless to say I want one.

And from just a bit further out on the curve is this video of “A pool filled with non-Newtonian fluid”. I saw this done with a swimming pool full of custard on a terrible English Mythbusters knockoff and it was the only thing on the show that raised a smile. These Spanish comedians used a cement mixer load of cornstarch and a big “Clark” pool. It’s still funny.

(Jamie and Adam would have done it better)

Flash Game Time ? Quite simply Asteriods meets Missle Command (if neither of those mames don’t mean anything to you. What did you do with your childhood???). This is a time soak, I repeat this is a huge time soak.. One more time this is a ginormous time soak. Oh what’s the use. Don’t Die

Su Blackwell makes amazing sculptures from books, I am trifle unsure about cutting up books at the best of times but make up your own mind and have a look at
My Favourite is one of the Alice pieces.

This has been around the traps so many times I am amazed that there are still people who haven’t seen it. It was mentioned three times in diverse places this week so I figured I would give it an outing.
What is it? The ASCII Starwars Animation of course. use the fast forward Luke

And lastly some of the highlights from over at
Folk Rock is not dead and actually sounds pretty healthy
and Jools found a thrash band that uses a drum machine?

Lots of other interesting stuff last week, stroll over and have a rummage.

As usual have a good one


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Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20061113


I grew up during the space race (as did a lot of us) and have always been fascinated by the things people do while they are weightless, blowing perfect bubbles and all the great footage from NASA over the years (I wonder if the Russians did the same things?) Any way here is the latest piece of fun footage from space, One bubble of water and one Alka Seltzer tablet (you know what happens next…)
I will swear that the last scene looks like the Jack Skellington

Today’s “Blame” is from Jools.
“Now I’m not into advocating cruelty on cats (I love cats) and I’m not much of a game player – but this is a flash game that fits the bill of time waster par excellence. My score is too puny to advertise. however person who is responsible for my wasting time on it, got 140.
Very silly. ”

WEBoggle is an online Boggle-type game in which you compete against dozens of other players to see who can create the most words from jumbled-up letters. Just type in your name, then choose your preferred board size: 4×4 or 5×5. You’ll immediately join the game that’s already in progress. Type your guesses as fast as you can; WEBoggle keeps a running tally of your score. Each game lasts three minutes, with a 30-second break in between.


Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20061106


Well even a drive crash has an upside. I don’t know what it is yet, but I am sure there must be one.

First up. The Chubbchubbs are coming!

Jools found the game for this week. Her record was 17 metres, mine was 29. I possibly had more practice at the real thing.

Oh look. The Chubbchubbs are coming!

There are days when I wonder if I have fallen through the looking glass and into the Star Trek-verse. I am amazed by the totally of the wall things that people can do while playing with rapid prototyping technology. Here, members of the Swedish design group FRONT use motion capture tech to record the free-handed strokes of their furniture drawing and then a rapid prototyping machine fabricates the pieces they’ve drawn in liquid plastic. Welcome to the 21st century
Go to and click on the movie link near the bootom of the page. (Needless to say I want a tank)

Have you noticed that The Chubbchubbs are coming!

More “Blame” for craig

“A game. Not sure if you have covered this one before, but I was pointed to it by someone else so hopefully it is new:

Very simple, but addictive. You hold the ball of paper down until you judge you can make the shot into the waste bin, allowing for wind speed and

Regards Craig ”
I will only add that the FAN BLOODY CHEATS. Bitter? No not me. I am going back to keeping the drunk company. bloody wind. mutter.

Did I mention that The Chubbchubbs are coming!

And lastly some of the highlights from over at
Even with the missing two days entries there was still lots of other interesting stuff last week, stroll over and have a rummage.

As usual have a good one

Oh and “one more thing” you can find the Chubbchubbs over at
Blame Jools . she found it.


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Open Source Technology

Firefox Zealotry: An assortment

We haven’t done Firefox zealotry for a while.

Lets start with getting rid of the download window by using the Download Statusbar by Devon Jensen

The Download Statusbar Firefox extension gives you a small visual representation of your downloads at the bottom of your browser window, forgoing Firefox’s (occasionally annoying) default download window. It gives you a discrete view of your recent downloads, hides when you’re not using it, and lets you easily manage opening, clearing, renaming, or deleting downloaded files without ever leaving your main browser window. You will love this one

Next up lets have a look at the Tiny Menu by Anthony Lieuallen
The Tiny Menu Firefox extension compresses all the menu items into one pulldown, a great place to store those “less frequently used items”.

After you install Tiny Menu and restart Firefox. It will compress the menu bar down to one item called “Menu”, this now contains all the normal menus as sub-menus. Right-click on a toolbar and select “Customize.”
Next drag all of the items from the navigation bar up to the menu bar, one a time. (Yes I know it will be a tad tedious). What you are doing is combining the menu bar and the navigation toolbar. Click on DONE when you are finished and then right-click on a toolbar and un-select the navigation toolbar.

It’s amazing how quicly you notice it missing when you use “normal” browser.