Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20061218


This will be the last one for the year as next Monday Jools and I will be doing the Christmas shuffle. So have a great Christmas and we will catch up in the New Year. Remember Champagne and single Malts are your friends, taxi’s are your friends, driving your own car and trying to find parking is a pain and doesn’t mix with the aforementioned single malts.

So assuming that it’s either a slow week and you are just gliding in to the end of the week lets start with the biggest time soak on the internet. MAPS.
There’s google maps, Microsoft maps and yahoo maps and NASA maps and here is Flash Earth an interface to them all. (One web page to find them all ..) It allows you to easily switch between them all checkout each one’s particular representation of satellite and aerial imagery and see what you like (translate that to “the one that doesn’t have clouds where you want to look). A huge waste of time.


Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20061211


Blame, Blame, Blame, Blame.
Take this up with Jools.
“An Impediment if ever I saw one. ”

Me I always knew I hated dominoes.

But this one is very cool…
“Ah yes, another fabulous time waster. Impedimentia awayyyyy!
Jools ”

And in a attempt to get around the “obscurity filter, Phil sent in this.
“Hi Thatch.
Hmph! Obscurity filter indeed!
Fine then, try this one:
No, seriously. Try it. I dare ya!
Phil ”

So too obscure? What do you think. How about Roger’s attempt.

“this is just weird – but cool

{Previously blogged item removed. nice attempt though}

Rog ”

Hmmm USB Cooking and escaping octopus. I smell calamari?

Generate just about any kind of sign you can imagine at TXT 2 PIC, which serves up nearly 250 sign building tools. The selections range from billboards to Etch-a-Sketch to the Simpsons church sign. Just enter your desired text, tweak a few settings (like font size and color), and click the Generate button (which may be called something else depending on the sign). Once the sign has been generated, you can right-click to save it.

Movie Mashups. First up the Mary Poppins trailer recut as a horror movie ( I liked this one)
And an old favourite. Toy Story 2 meets Requiem for a Dream

And lastly some of the highlights from over at
This week a German Celtic Band, 20 year old sensitive singer songwriters (he’s good) and Madviolet and other interesting stuff, stroll over and have a rummage.

As usual have a good one


{Currently listening to George Thorogood and Dead Can Dance }
{Currently reading: Old Poirot stories – on my handheld }
{Quick Status Check: Phone? Check. Wallet? Check. Still going to Hell? Check}
{Crop Circle Status: Over ’til next year}


Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20061204


Lets start with Art Time: “Waltz of the Polypeptides” is an eighty-foot long, ten-foot high sculpture by Mara Haseltine that was recently installed at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (they do research into cancer, neurobiology, plant genetics and bioinformatics) over in New York. The sculpture depicts a subcellular protein factory called a ribosome caught in the act of producing the BLyS protein, which stimulates the production of infection-fighting antibodies in the body… (I am not making this up). The sculpture is comprised of seven structures, each of which is derived from that of the actual biological forms, observed using scanning electron microscopy, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography. Sod all that it’s just really pretty.

I have been rather taken by the “Steampunk” movement. Have a look at this page from datamancer as an opener.
“The Nagy Magical-Movable-Type Pixello-Dynamotronic Computational Engine

Celebrate the historical heritage of the modern Personal Computer..the way it should have been. While charming in its reticence, the buzzing beige rectangle under a desk hardly seems a fitting aesthetic legacy for what is inarguably the most important invention of the last 100 years. With a little creative anachronism, this project aims to retrocentrically create a false historical heritage for the modern computer.” and
the Telecalculograph and

It’s hard to tell what’s going on here, it appears to be a typewriter crossed with a laptop + a morse code keypad of sorts, but one thing is for sure, it’s awesome and would be realy quite comfortable in Terry Gilliam’s Brazill

Those of us who love Pandora (see my rant at notdeadyet) are so going to enjoy Musicovery, an “interactive webRadio.” Here’s the deal: pick a main genre, next a mood (somewhere between bouncy to bleak). The program then gives a visual representation of your musical selections all looped together pick a bubble, it’s a weird (but fun) way to find music that you wouldn’t necessarily have thought of. Best of all. No registration crap just start listening.

Flash game time. In Asteroid’s Revenge, you play get to play the asteroid who has watched many of your kin destroyed by heartless vector-art spaceships. You are determined to avoid their fate by actively attacking the spaceships.

Rings is a free web-based Flash game. Imagine a cross between Towers of Hanoi and Tetris. Your goal is to make towers of rings in which each ring is smaller than the one below. Once you make a complete tower, which can be between two and four rings with the smallest yellow ring on top, the tower is cleared and your are awarded points based on the number of rings. You have six spots upon which you can build towers, and new rings constantly appear in the center spot. That’s the Tetris component. If a new ring doesn’t have an empty space or a larger ring to land on, you lose. I know it doesn’t sound to promising but it’s like Tetris, it starts out fairly easy but gets faster and more challenging quickly. If you don’t react quick you’re toast. There are no extra lives.

Now let’s face it the phone has to be a much bigger “Impediment” than this little missive. So here is a “Blame” item from Jools

You just go click click click click click click click click, it’s real easy man.

Jools with love”

Oh Phil and Roger, loved the entries but yes (believe it or not) there is an obscurity filter and it kicked in.

And lastly some of the highlights from over at
Guitars, rants about WebRadio, Podcasts and other interesting stuff, stroll over and have a rummage.

As usual have a good one


{Currently listening to Suzanne Vega and New Order }
{Currently reading: Still More MySQL and PHP Manuals }
{Quick Status Check: Oh yeah, Still going to Hell }
{Crop Circle Status Check: Over ’til next year}