Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20070129

Just a quick one this week., It’s a bit busy at the moment.

Way back in the dim dark past of the last century ( feels like it was last week actually) there was an amazing show that could possibly be considered the demented dark god father to Mythbusters (not as many explosions though), It was called “The Secret Life Of Machines”. I believe it was made for Channel Four over in the Eighties.

My all time favourite was “The Electric Light”, I could rabbit on about these but it is way easier for you to stroll over to
and watch them.
The electric light episode is at

How many of the albums covers in the following quiz do you recognise.
I didn’t get them all right, but damn I owned a lot of them.

Flash Game Time… Catacombs

Fight your way through 6 levels of monsters with a range of weapons and power-ups to save your land from the Demonic Hordes, and decide on the path towards Good or Evil! You know the drill.
Game Instructions: Click and hold the mouse at the point you want to move to -Press keys A, S and D to attack -Press keys 1-5 to change weapons

And lastly some of the highlights from over at
My Favourite this week was (and still is ) the new John Mellencamp album.

Have a listen.

As usual have a good one


{Currently listening to John Mellencamp and the Stones}
{Currently reading: Essential Systems Administration }
{Quick Status Check: so this guy walks up and says “Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste}
{Crop Circle Status: Over ’til next year. not long now}


Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20070122


Well let’s begin the last week of the holidays with a bunch of eye candy, flash games, and silliness.

Shall we begin?

Flash Game time. This weeks offering is called BowMaster Prelude. You are an archer with magic arrows and as you skill up you get better weapons. It sounds crappy but it’s an insidious little tme waster. A word of advice skip the intro (it’s the big red cross, top left)

Another Flash Game.
Goggles is a flight simulator that draws its imagery from Google Maps. It lets you fly a carton plane over a bunch of locations, including Mars, and the Moon. Dublin was my pick. You can control the plane with your keyboard’s arrow keys. The A and Z buttons control the speed. And you hit space bar to fire. Yep start in Washington and pick an appropriate target.
Silly as all hell

Banksy is a an artist (Jools blogged him last year) and he decided it might be better to give away desktop patterns than to have the folks stealing his work have all the fun, here’s a great collection of images for computer or as the artist says….”Prints look best when done on gloss paper using the company printer ink when everyone else is at lunch.”

Blame time..

“Many hours worth of flash things here (and I don’t mean bling). Some
really tricky maths going on.

I like Emotion Fractal. The Emotion Fractal is a recursive space
filling algorithm using English words describing the human condition.

Almost looks like something our typography tutor would make us come up with.

Jools with an evil grin ”

I blew so much time on this one.

According to Scientific American, researchers have devised a mathematical formula for calculating just how much you’ll procrastinate on that Very Important Thing you’ve been putting off doing. The equation’s factors are the desire to complete the task (U); the expectation of success (E); the value of completion (V); the immediacy of task (I) ; and the personal sensitivity to delay (D). The magic formula is U = E x V / I x D.
Head over to Scientific American and read the article. eventually?

And lastly some of the highlights from over at is back in business as well. My Favourite this week was the Plagiarists
Have a listen.

As usual have a good one


{Currently listening to Evermore and Jefferson Airplane}
{Currently reading: Ikea Catalogs. sad isn’t it }
{Quick Status Check: Going to hell}
{Crop Circle Status: Over ’til next year. not long now}


Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20070115


Well as some of you are aware Jools and I moved house over the Christmas break (assisted by some wonderful friends). There are better ways to spend a break and next year Jools and I will explore them thoroughly, but until then. we’re back and let’s get the show on the road.

Photographer Ilker Yoldas offers a 2007 calendar of images for use as your desktop wallpaper. The set of 12 1024×768 nature scenes include the days of each month at the discreetly positioned at the bottom right of the image. You can check out the images at Flickr before you download and use 7 Zip to unrar them.

I’m sure we have all seen games like Flash Element TD before and been just a tad under whelmed. Trust me though. this puppy’s a keeper. It’s of the “tower defense” school, wherein you have to protect against wave after wave of baddies by building towers. Each tower has various strengths and weaknesses against different enemies, and each wave gets progressively tougher (otherwise it would get pretty boring. On the upside, kill a baddie and you get gold, which you can use to buy more towers, and for every seventh wave you get wood, which you can spend to unlock new types of towers. At the beginning of the game you have 20 lives, and you lose one life for every enemy you let pass. On the down side? You will find this one completely addictive.

Jeff de Boer makes these amazing suits of armor for cats and mice…
“From his parents’ garage, he worked continuously on his art, developing four distinct bodies of work: armour for cats and mice, armour for executives, exoforms, and space objects including rocket lamps.”

What would “Hamlet” look like if it were performed by cats? Well youtube may have the answer. At least it makes as much sense as the versions on the ABC at the moment.

After having a ton of fun getting various service switched off and reconnected, including the mail this tickled me no end. A Welsh steelworker addressed a Christmas card to an old mate by drawing a map showing the approximate location of the town his friend had moved to and the words “SOMEWHERE HERE” and the bloody Royal Mail actually delivered the card in nine days.,,2-2007000420,00.html

Some Blame? Here is a candidate from Andie.
“from my mate Howard….just watch and be impressed

From: me
To: Recipient list suppressed:;
Subject: very clever
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2006 15:19:45 +1100

I was.
And this was from Roger C
” For the next MMItoP
the timer is there to see just how long you can stare at this – need I say more?
“Never make the mistake of looking for logic where there is none” – Me
have a happy one…
For all those people who want Rogers address so you can pop around and thank him personally Send parcels of small denomination notes to the new address and I will make sure you can “thank him” personally.

And lastly some of the highlights from over at is back in business as well. Sophe Lux is turning into a very popular (if somewhat brain damaging)act stroll over and have a rummage.

As usual have a good one


{Currently listening to Belle and Sebastian and Frightened Rabbit}
{Currently reading: Old Linux Format magazines. I found them when we unpacked }
{Quick Status Check: Moving house and unpacking. Training for hell}
{Crop Circle Status: Over ’til next year. not long now}


Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20070108


Just a short one to keep you going until the regular service returns next week.

Jools and I have nearly finished moving (you know the whole pack stuff, find things you had been wondering where they had got to, put them in a box, never see it again… until you move again).

Hands up everyone out there who remembers the episode of Northern Exposure where Chris “flung a piano” using a trebuchet as a piece of performance art. Hmmm… just Jools and me huh?

OK here is a virtual trebuchet for you to play with. NO you don’t get to fling a piano or a cow (dont ask) but it’s great fun.

Our normal service will resume next week. If you need a fix between now and then goto the thatchspace website

As usual have a good one


{Currently listening to “a random selection of things on LASTFM”}
{Currently reading: Linux System Administration}
{Quick Status Check: We moved house… what’s your guess?}
{Crop Circle Status: Over ’til next year. not long now.. but I got a nifty book with lots of pictures for Christmas.}