Archive for April, 2005

New Kitten!

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Sarah’s family has a new seven week old kitten. He weighs under a pound, is jet black and has a pointy tail like a spider monkey. He hasn’t got a name yet, so good ideas are welcome.


Blessed are the meek. Tasty also.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

We drove up to Stanbridge to visit Sarah’s dad on Sunday. The paddock at the back of his house is full of lambs at the moment, so we fed their parents and got a chance to wave a camera at them.

Three Lambs


Number 14

They’re nice little creatures but, unfortunately for them, they’re also very good to eat. I doubt we’ll see any of these guys again.

Google Maps UK

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Yay! Google Maps UK has launched!

No satellite imagery yet, but hopefully that’s just a matter of time.


Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Thanks Nick and Mara for hosting us in Klagenfurt this weekend! I’ll post more pictures later in the week - in the mean time here are some pictures of Google, their beautiful cat.

Google! Google again!

Google likes:

  • ping-pong balls
  • chewing up make magazine
  • running around at break neck speed
  • hiding under things
  • stairs
  • Nick and Mara

Google dislikes:

  • staying still

Google is:

  • adorable
  • inquisitive
  • named after a search engine (duh)
  • perfectly colour-coordinated with Austrian carpeting and furniture of the 70s

Baby Octopi

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Baby 'Pus

In random octopus news, I just stumbled on this Yahoo story: Eggs Hatching for Aurora the Octopus.

Aurora is a Giant Pacific Octopus, like the one I photographed in the SeaLife centre during our February visit to Brighton. Along with the story, there is a short slideshow.

Random Giant Pacific Octopus fact: although these huge octopi average between 50 and 90 pounds with a tentacle span of 16 feet, they can squeeze through a hole about the size of a walnut. The largest solid part of its body is its beak - if that fits, the rest can follow.

My Nemesis

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

I lead a simple existence free from natural predators. My mortal enemy is this device:

A Pete Trap

Picture this: Pete is making his way in to work, naturally sluggish before his morning coffee kicks in. Carefully dividing his attention between a book and spotting his stop he manages (Hurrah!) to disembark from his train at Highbury and Islington to switch to the tube. Unfortunately a few hundred people want to use the same carriage. They waddle in like penguins, wedging Pete into the middle of the carriage before the tube rolls out of the station. With his arms pinned to his sides, Pete wishes he could get to his book - anything to help forget that an uncomfortable businessman’s face is plastered against his back.

Now is the perfect time for the innocent looking ceiling fan to strike - there is a horrible, sucking crunch as it inhales a clump of Pete’s hair and starts chewing on it. A short battle follows, where Pete tries to retrieve as much hair as he can from the fan. Most of it is covered in gritty black grease.

Creepy Dolls

Friday, April 8th, 2005

Here are some pictures taken this lunchtime in Pollock’s Toy Museum on Scala Street. Despite what that site says the museum is open. I wandered around in there for about an hour with Dave B.

A Ventriloquist\'s Dummy Porcelain Doll Japanese Doll
The most evil doll Dismal Doggie

It’s an odd little museum consisting of two converted houses knocked together. The slightly random collection of toys is intended to give context to a large collection of ornate Victorian toy theatres built from layers of card and sold by Benjamin Pollock in his Hoxton shop.

Up on the roof

Saturday, April 2nd, 2005

BT tower from GT roof Ditto

Fortunately it doesn’t happen often at GT, but our current project requires that I work through a couple of weekends. Being stuck in the middle of London on a great day like today made it seem like a good idea to sneak up the fire escape and eat our lunch on the roof.

Now back to work. <whip:crack />.