Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20080505

This was a good week, I enjoyed myself at Bland’s gig last night. It was a good show with a killer band (needed more guitar. but that would be me).

Ubuntu released 8.04 and I installed it on my laptop. It went on like a dream. No fuss at all, yes I know I get my jollies in strange ways.

Lets do the real sillies.

Some “Blame” items from the Inbox.
This gem from Keith W..
“I just love this article.  A spa for tired teddies………………..
Luv & stuff
Keith ”

As an aside here.. The ZZ Plural Z Alpha Douglas Adams fan club raises funds by selling “Beeblebears,” two-headed, three-eyed, three-armed teddy bears fashioned in the likeness of Zaphod Beeblebrox.  just thought I would share that with you, continuing on with Blame

This from Jools.
“This is inspirational and it is my pick for this week’s Impedimentia!
Love, Jools  ”
This is just seriously funny.

I spotted this one in the Make blog, and it just messed with the weird part of my head. Jay of the The Plug tied a disposable camera to a bus stop bench and attached a sign that read
“Good afternoon,
I attached this camera to the bench so you could take pictures. Seriously. So have fun. I’ll be back later this evening to pick it up.
Love, Jay / The Plug ”

He came back that night and astoundingly the camera was still there, the whole roll of film had been used up and some of the pictures are cute. I really want to give this a go some time.

Also via Make is the “Walking Bike”, you will recognize this from innumerable cartoons that you saw growing up. It’s a pity that it doesn’t seem to work as well as it looks.

Over at The Guardian, Cory Doctrow wrote a piece titled “How to stop your inbox exploding”.
He wrote “I’ve spent more than a decade tinkering with my email workflow, perfecting it so that I can manage whatever life throws at me through my inbox. I’ve come up with a few tips and hacks that never fail to surprise and delight my friends and colleagues when I show them off, and here they are, for the record”
Now I know this is called “Impediments To Productivity” and I can see some of you wondering why I would be putting something like this here. Well if email isn’t your biggest impediment to productivity then you probably should try just a little bit harder.

Seriously though it was a good read

Nina Katchadourian is an artist who repairs spider webs with thread. They look cool, but it seems the tenants didn’t like her makeovers.
“The morning after the first patch job, I discovered a pile of red threads lying on the ground below the web. At first I assumed the wind had blown them out; on closer inspection it became clear that the spider had repaired the web to perfect condition using its own methods, throwing the threads out in the process. My repairs were always rejected by the spider and discarded, usually during the course of the night, even in webs which looked abandoned. The larger, more complicated patches where the threads were held together with glue often retained their form after being thrown out, although in a somewhat “wilted” condition without the rest of the web to suspend and stretch them.”
Weird but interesting
Synchronicity alert, I just had to evict a large huntsmen from the bedroom where it was annoying Jools.

Silly Noises Dept. Andre Michelle has created a Flash drum machine, I have a ball playing with this while waiting on phone lines, it ‘s a great waste of time.
“FL909 attempts to simulate the original sound of the Roland TR-909. This drumcomputer hits the market 1984 and was a long time the state of art in house and techno productions.”

Which brings us to Duggup.  Jools posted Texas basnd “Black Angels”. Me, I was writing up “Explosions In The Sky” and “Bodies Of Water”. Both of whom are in residence on the MP3 player
Head over and check it out.

Flash Game Time: Today’s impedimentia is called R.O.B.O.T.  It is basically a defense game and a survival game mashup, you use both manual movement and shooting with turretsto get through a level.

The deal is you are a robot defending a pile of junk and dirt, or getting attacked on top of it, however you like to think of it. As you kill enemies and progress through waves, you are able to buy upgrades for you plasma gun (your primary means of disposal), your treads, a placeable (and enhanceable) turret, as well as your shields, armor, and an EMP shockwave for use against heavily shielded enemies. The degree of difficultie increases with more enemies coming in all shapes and sizes and attack styles, which keeps things well busy.

Well that’s enough for this week. Have a good one.


{Currently listening to Explosions In The Sky  and Joni Mitchell}
{Currently reading: Social Networking stuff on the Robin Good site  }
{Quick Status Check: I had it pointed out that Hell is a Christian concept. Hell!? Where’s Richard Dawkins when you need him? }
{Crop Circle Status: We’re back and bugger me if some one didn’t sneak an early on in. The games have begun }

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