Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Monday, 19 November 2007
John Cage did try to alert us to the power of the pause, but nearly five minutes of silence was probably too much, with or without a piano.
I have also been listening to Cage's prose, and marvel at his mastery of words. Cage had taken an interest in Zen and the Tao, using the "I Ching" for composition.
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
The Nike symbol is called a "swoosh". Go figure. I thought it was a classical reference.
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
.... meta name="description" content="Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos to the world, securely and privately show photos to your friends and family, or blog the photos you take with a cameraphone."
No chance that that they could take the name or descripton of the image? Too hard?
Sunday, 19 August 2007
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Saturday, 28 July 2007
A tale of two off licences. My local off licence, with the affection name "Open All Hours" has now closed. They were never much for actual staying open advertised hours. In fact, at 40 minutes before the evening closing time, they had pulled the shutters down. One Sunday afternoon, I ran into one of the staff who had decided not to show for work, saying that he couldn't be arsed.... and he was checking to see if anybody had opened up instead.
When challenged, staff report that they had to go home to eat. Fair enough. I was on my way home from work, I had not eaten, and I wished to pick up a few beers for the evening.
The other off licence was the branch of Oddbins at Canary Wharf (on the ground level of the DLR station concourse). Strange place Oddbins. I always get the feeling that I am not of the correct class to enter and buy some beer. Much like the first off licence, you get the feeling that you are doing them a big favour, so you had be good.
So, they have both gone. Call me old school, but I like service, a smile, conversation, a cheery goodbye, and stick to the advertised opening hours, and don't expect me to genuflect.
Friday, 22 June 2007
This week, three people have told me to stop sending them invites to groups, that is on Facebook, FLICKR or both.
I guess I don't understand the online community yet.
Sunday, 13 May 2007
Monday, 30 April 2007
He asked me about locality: how do you localize services such as
My answer is multicast groups, but multicast has problems of its own:-)
FLICKR does this quite well, with tags and groups, methinks... but that is with a lot of work.
By locale, I don't mean just geographic locality. Social networks have notions of who is in your neighbourhood, who likes what you like.... don't they?
And best wishes for Beltane.
Gang Operating Here
Five Black Teenagers
16 - 19 - Average Height
One wears a white base-ball cap
They carry knives and knuckle dusters. They are stealing phones, bicycles and money
Warning! Armed Robbery
Gang Operating Here
Saturday, 21 April 2007
Monday, 16 April 2007
Monday, 2 April 2007
Small speakers in mobile phones are popular with the youth of today and declining sound quality (iTunes will degrade your CDs to a lower quality when you import them).
Analogue good, digital bad?
Saturday, 17 March 2007
Friday, 9 March 2007
Friday, 23 February 2007
Tuesday, 20 February 2007
Monday, 5 February 2007
The men who collect the lugworms (bait) will only be there for a few more months. The new lock and flood control structures mean that the area where they sift the silt will be a canal (probably by the begnning of 2008).
They may be able to work the river bed behind the House Mill, but this depends on several other factors.
All the narrow boats are to be moved as well. British Waterways are responsible for the moorings, and we assume that theses boats will be relocated.
Sunday, 4 February 2007
Thursday, 1 February 2007
I wrote a short paper on tags in 1992 when I was at UCL CS.
I see that tags are news in 2007.
FLICKR using tags for grouping and sorting images and http://del.icio.us/ for social bookmarking.
Monday, 29 January 2007
Spent all day yesterday at the Renewability Exhibit. Tim did a fine impersonation of Action Man. The exhibit continues until Sunday February 11th 2007.
The Renewability Exhibition Art Pavilion at Mile End Park, Ashcroft Rd off Grove Road, near Mile End Tube. Buses that pass the door 277, D6,339 with 323 25, D7 nearby) from 24th January to 11th February 2007. The Art Pavillion is a similar to
the ecology pavillion in Mile End Park, both being set back from the road towards the canal. The Art Pavillion is just South of the railway lines.
Sunday, 21 January 2007
More at NowPublic.com
Saturday, 20 January 2007
Sunday, 14 January 2007
Friday, 12 January 2007
Monday, 8 January 2007
Sunday, 7 January 2007
But you cannot use your Carnet ticket on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway).
This is Bank Station, one of the interchanges between the Tube system and the DLR system.
Friday, 5 January 2007
The Pembury Tavern opened on 6th January 2006, so we wish them a happy birthday! The opening party was on February 18th 2006, and in 2007 this coincides with Chinese New Year.
Tuesday, 2 January 2007
Fritz Laing's Metropolis (1927) has been realised in 2007. Man and machine, man becomes machine, and we all line up!
DLR is driven by machines. Computers on the train and computers in the central control. The doors are shut by "Train Captains", who have little regard for late running passengers. At Bank station, where trains start their journey, there are often heated words when the doors at shut in people's faces. The staff say "we have to maintain the timetable". Odd that. I have often seen DLR staff hold doors open when it suits them...
DLR is part of Transport for London. As such, it can accept Oystercards as a means of payment for travel. "Oystercard Pre pay" (also know as "pay as you go") and Travelcards can both exist an an Oystercard's ARPHID to be read by men and machines. But the DLR is an open platform system, so you have to remember to "touch in and touch out". Great. Just don't forget!
And aren't all tickets "pre pay"?
But if you go to a DLR start a journey, travel to a destination, and come back within two hours you may find yourself with a penalty fare, since the "touch out" at the destination is a registered as a "touch in", and hence you outward journey is not complete. Hence incomplete. Hence a fine, or a "full cash fare" deduction from your card.