Archive for November, 2004

News to me: Titanic was not a complete waste of time

Thursday, November 25th, 2004

Nice Wired article by James Cameron: The Drive to Discover

I have a confession to make. I made the movie Titanic because I thought I could talk the studio into letting me dive and film the real ship, 12,500 feet down in the North Atlantic. I was an avid wreck diver, and it was the ultimate shipwreck. Making the movie itself was actually secondary in my mind. So when I proposed the movie, I pitched the Titanic dives as a marketing hook - and the studio bought it.

Illicit Axolotl Pictures

Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

Snapped last night at the Aquatic Design Centre on Great Portland Street. It’s a great shop for an after work browse - open til 8pm most nights.

Axolotl! Axolotl again! Spotted Puffer-fish Small Yellow Fish Mudskipper

On the way out, I noticed a “Photos by request only” sign….. hah…. too late!

I’ve been contemplating getting a pet lobster. In theory I could eat it if I got tired of looking after it, but I’d probably get too attached to it.

Isometric Pete

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Like the episode of the Simpsons where Homer goes 3d, this is the blog post where Pete gets turned into an isometric character in a video game. Check out FT.com’s latest promotional game: Tools of Business.

The characters in this game are fictitious and are not based on any real person. Any resemblance is purely coincidental. Enough of a coincidence for me to claim another 15 minutes of fame:

FT Pete

I’ve been working on it for the last few weeks as part of a small team of highly skilled flash monkeys at the gt.network. It’s a nice little isometric flash game where you wander around an office looking for a stolen stapler and some other bits and pieces. You can customize and rename the office denizens so they look a bit like your cow-orkers before sending it on to them.

For the ultimate Pete-experience, play in an office full of Petes.

At last, I have my revenge!

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Let’s hope this devastating picture of Klingon Chris will end the star trek madness!

Klingon Chris

How many more innocents will see this rubbish? Think of their poor eyes!

To boldly go….

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Anyone fancy watching these two kiss?

Captain Kirk Lt. Guyhuru

I thought not. My head is broken today…. please send help.

Fireworks at Alexandra Palace

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Last Saturday I saw Fireworks at Alexandra Palace with Sarah. One of Sarah’s colleagues invited us to a pre-party with delicious food at her flat - thanks Simone!

For posterity, here is a blurry firework snap and a picture of the indoor funfair.

Ooooh! Indoor funfair

EOTN @ Surface Noise (Infinity club)

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Traffic on this site is starting to fall back down to pre-pretzel levels. While complete inactivity would slowly convince new readers to stay away, wittering on about “my friend’s band” is bound to burn through my good karma faster. Here goes nothing.

Last friday I went along to another end of the new night at the Infinity Club in Picadilly. As always I enjoyed the show, but this time a few of us in the audience agreed a threshold has been reached - the band is good enough to deserve an audience beyond friends and family. If you’re interested in coming along to support a great new London band, check out these mp3s on their site - Vices and Twenty-Two.

Without further ado, here is another batch of “Blurry pictures taken at End Of The New gigs”

#12: A giant red octopus reaches for Jamie’s guitar

A giant red octopus reaches Jamie's guitar

#13: Miniature lobster-tinted drummer

Miniature lobster-tinted drummer

#14: Nat’s glowing aura

Nat's glowing aura

#15: Another step back would have fitted everyone in…

Another step back would have fitted everyone in...

#16: Q: What’s on Jamie’s rider? A: Sliced chicken and a banana

What's on Jamie's rider?

October All Over, second band on the bill, were also damn good and worth remembering:

October All Over

Pretzel payload has been delivered!

Friday, November 5th, 2004

The UPS tracking page tells me that my pretzel gift has been delivered.

Status: Delivered
Delivered on: Nov 5, 2004 9:52 A.M.

Signed by: NALDO
Location: RECEIVER
Delivered to: WASHINGTON, DC, US
Shipped or Billed on: Nov 3, 2004

A secret service man is probably eating my pretzels as I write this. I guess there’s a slim chance the president could walk past and grab a handful.

Looking through the referrer logs, traffic on this blog has been way up over the last few days. I’ve had about 1200 extra unique visitors so far, most of them coming through hotmail proxies. Following on from the Boing Boing post I’ve been mentioned in a number of places including a French news site and a number of forums and weblogs. I know for sure that a few more packets of pretzels have been sent along the way - hopefully many more people have sent some without letting me know. Blind luck and salty snacks could still prevail where American democracy has failed.

Pretzel status update

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

Looks like my pretzels are being thoroughly checked out before they get to the big man.

Here’s the latest news from UPS:

Nov 4, 2004
11:40 A.M.

LANDOVER, DC, US

PKG DELAY-ADD’L SECURITY CHECK BY GOV’T OR OTHER AGENCY- BEYOND UPS CONTROL

Pretzel status

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

From the UPS tracking page:
Your package is in the UPS system and is on time with a scheduled delivery date of Nov 4, 2004.