Layout Grid Bookmarklet

This is one of those truly useful little tools if you are laying out a webpage.

Andy Budd at Blogography: has created a Layout Grid Bookmarklet

Inspired by Khoi Vinh’s post about using a background image of a grid for layout, and a subsequent post over at Smiley Cat about the same thing, I decided to knock up a quick Photoshop style Layout Grid Bookmarklet


Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 2007026

Another week gone, we are ripping through them. Yesterday Jools and I went to the hills for a birthday brunch. Talk about impediment to productivity but it was a hoot. Let the games begin.

Revisiting the Dr Who bits from a week or three back. Shigella over at Livejournaller has crocheted a Dalek shaving-cream cozy (I am not making this up). Now I am willing to bet that you will take one look at this and go “I want one”. Make sure you read some of the comments

Now lets play with pretties.
Electric Sheep is a free, open source screen saver run by thousands of people all over the world (my copy runs on my audio PC). It installs on PC or Mac and it chews up grunt like it is going out of style . When your computer “sleeps”, the screen saver comes on and the computers start chatting with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as “sheep”. The result is a collective “android dream”, an homage to Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”.

You get to vote for your favorite animations using your keyboard. The more popular sheep live longer and reproduce according to a genetic algorithm with mutation and cross-over. Hence the flock evolves to please its global audience. You can also design your own sheep and submit them to the gene pool.

Samples Here –
Quicktime Here –

More pretties?
Judith Fegerl is works with a widespread range of material. She plays with the processes of perception and experience and translates them into sculpture and installation for the audience to re-experience.

“In her most recent work she got inspired by the fairy tale “The Chinese nightingale” by Hans Christian Andersen: It is the story of a Chinese emperor who was presented a mechanical nightingale as a substitute for a natural one. A similar mechanical system – in the 18th century these kind of toy-like automats were very popular in Europe – is re- and deconstructed by Fegerl. Once more the inherent tension between human body and machine becomes manifest, in the very end representing the one between culture and nature”

And lets finish off the pretties with Eye Candy for the monitor. Drab desktop? Have a look at and you are sure to find some thing to tart up the tired look of your monitor.

Flashgame time. Eyemaze’s have may have problems with counting (GROW ver.3 came out before GROW ver.2, which came out before GROW ver.1. ) but GROW ver.1 is a short-and-sweet game, but it has the usual Eyemaze colorful animation and fun puzzle action. The deal is you have to choose the correct sequence of seemingly-arbitrary objects to max out the meter at the bottom. If you make the correct choices, you’re rewarded with a fun animation. If you don’t, you’re still rewarded with a (different) fun animation, but the game will end rather sooner and you’ll have to start over. It’s fun to play, and I will bet you keep playing to see the other outcomes once you have solved it.

This was sent to me by Kalene. (you know who to Blame now) it is really only pertinent to people living in Melbourne (unless you are visiting around Moomba {aboriginal for lets get together and spend money}.

“Rockwiz Live

The RocKwiz team will be performing on the opening night of Moomba by the Yarra. The night will include a live version of the SBS smash hit music trivia show, featuring all the usual segments, and of course special musical guests, audience participation and a few surprises.

The evening will also include selected highlights and musical performances from past RocKwiz shows on the big screen. To close the night, the RocKwiz team are proud to present a performance by one of Australia’s true rock and roll legends – Daddy Cool! Bring the family, pack a picnic and put up your hand to be in the show!

*When:* Friday, 9 March *Time:* 6.30pm *Where:* Alexandra Gardens ”
So if you sit there on a Saturday night hitting your imaginary ‘air” buzzer faster than the contestants on the screen (Million Dollar Riff is my favourite) pop this in your diary so that you don’t forget to stroll down and have a go.
Thanks Kalene.

IKEA guitars?
To quote.
“This is one of the most interesting guitars I ever built and it is also one of the best.
The action is great, the tone is unbelievable, the neck is super fast, tuning stability is as good as it gets. In short, everything just worked out great on this guitar. This amazingly figured top is from Ikea Furnishings. I bought one of their unfinished end tables for $15 and I can get three guitar tops from it. What a shame that they would use such amazing “tone-wood” for their cheap furniture. Its a sacrilege.”
Now that’s an Ikea hack.

And lastly some of the highlights from over at
Bad Karaoke (you mean there is such a thing as “good” karaoke???), Bill Canty, Jimmy Camp (iPod hero) and punks from Norway.
Once again business as usual
Have a listen.

Have a good one


{Currently listening to Ralph Towner and Buddha Bar}
{Currently reading: OReilly MySQL Cookbook }
{Quick Status Check: A cheeky little sparkling burgundy and a huge breakfast dripping in fat (yum). I’m going to hell}
{Crop Circle Status: LOST: One crop circle. If found please let me know}


Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20070219


Lets get right down to business after last weeks forgetting to press send, alright forgetting to press open. It was a great party though (Thanks Rob and Doreen).

Flash Game: This one is so deceptively simple and such a time soak. Lots of little red balls, a blue square and a blue circle. Doesn’t sound like much does it? Well folks, kiss goodbye Monday (oh wait, that’s why we do this isn’t it?) My best score was 80 (pathetic really).

This one is truly priceless.
“Welcome to the museum of lost interaction; a timeline of innovation. Nine exhibits ranging from 1900 to 1979, comprising audio recording machines, wireless morse communicators, portable video to the precurser behind iTunes. The museum holds an inspirational array of invention, guaranteed never to have been found, documented or exhibited ever before. ”
I am so in love with this, the PRAT sampler or the the Case Communicator would have to be my favourites. and on a similar theme
we can blame Rob B for this one
“for those with a high regard for music / noise ”

Cats? We haven’t done cats for a while, these are always a great “Impediment to Productivity”. and then and then
That’s enough.

GEEK ALERT: If you are a into tech (nobody like that around here {thatch cracks up laughing}) then you will probably have seen this but I enjoyed this no end. And as Chris Anderson said
“This is why I do what I do:”

Blame time,
“Dear Thatch,
You have been sent this article link by Kalene courtesy of
Personal Message: First sighting of the year?

Eyes in the sky capture toilet humour Stephen Hutcheon
February 1, 2007 – 11:30AM
To view the entire article, click on:

Hmmm? What does everyone think.?

Rashaan Roland Kirk and Ian Anderson would be impressed with this next performer

And lastly some of the highlights from over at
This week we have Richard Thompson, Johnny O”Keffe an a Swedish electronic musician, a graphic designer, audio visual artist.
So really it’s business as usual. Have a listen.

As usual have a good one


{Currently listening to Cornerboys and Linda Ronstadt}
{Currently reading: House At Pooh Corner}
{Quick Status Check: Green Light? On. Check. Red light? on, no off, no on, no off. ahh hell}
{Crop Circle Status: If you go down to the woods today. you wont find a crop circle. yet}


Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20070205


Just a quick one this week. I am dealing with database conversions and paperwork.

Lets start with a great video mashup Dr Who Vs Monty Python. This had me cracked up. The video is from the Dr Who episode “Dalek” and the dialogue is from “The Holy Grail”.
You will need the sound up for this one.

And on the subject of the Doctor, there’s the TARDIS USB hub and it makes noise, every time you connect or disconnect a device, the blue light on the top of the Tardis flashes and that unmistakable de-materialisation ‘vworp, vworp’ sound starts.
You know you want one.

Now I know the drought is talking it’s toll on gardens all across Australia (except North Queensland where they are being washed away in floods), but this might help out your need for greenery (as opposed to pictures over greenery on your screensaver. They are designed to hang from your mobile phone. or not.

Flash Game Time. Today’s nightmare is called Paths 2. In this one you must guide a ball through a maze by drawing its path with a pencil. Once you’ve drawn a path, you press the space bar to set the ball in motion. Easy Peasy I hear you say. well it’s not. There are obstacles which you must move out of the way with your mouse, which as the levels progress quickly becomes a serious juggling routine and then of course you have to get the key first to open the star. All this will make sense by level three.

And lastly some of the highlights from over at
Jools found Joe Frawley (not easy listening but interesting)
Bland wrote up a good piece on Marcel Borrack and I had fun with Back of the Moon
Have a listen.

Also The Brunswick Music Festival has updated their site with the “final” program.
Mad Violet anyone?

As usual have a good one


{Currently listening to Derek Trucks Band and Eric Clapton}
{Currently reading: Access Database Manuals. god it sucks }
{Quick Status Check: Going to Hell. but I got to see Clapton play Layla}
{Crop Circle Status: Not long to go now}