10 years old today

October 13th, 2008

I’ve been working at GT for ten years as of yesterday. In internet years, which are somewhat shorter than dog years, I must be well over 100. To celebrate my advanced years I’ve been plied with cake and champagne by my colleagues (thanks very much!) and Dave H recounted the story of “how I got my foot in the door of a web agency”.

While noodling around in my third year at University I stole some Java applet code from a GT site (kylie.com) and some pictures from a comic and hammered the two together into Dress Tank Girl [1]. When I needed a job, I emailed GT and asked if they had any objections to my shameless theft and if they knew anywhere I could look for work. The rest is now history (and some 1,300,000 lines of code in GT version control!). Thanks to all the fearless and talented freaks who’ve worked here over the years I’ve somehow never gotten around to getting bored with the place.

[1] Fixed after ten years by a quick - decompile, debug, recompile. Otherwise exactly as Tom Hume left it when he wrote it for “Dress Kylie”.

“Lipstick”

September 26th, 2008

Check out the trailer for the new Sarah Palin movie.

You’ve probably already seen the SNL Palin and Hillary speech, but if you haven’t it’s worth a watch.

Who watches the Watchmen trailer?

July 18th, 2008

http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/watchmen/

5th Kyu pass!

June 23rd, 2008

I moved slightly closer to basic competence in Aikido on Saturday morning by passing my 5th Kyu grading. I’m extremely grateful to everybody who has taught, practiced and put up with my clumsiness at the Airenjuku London dojo over the past year or so - thank you!

Salute to a.P.a.t.T

June 2nd, 2008

From Friday’s a.P.a.t.T show at the Whitechapel Gallery. They were spectacular. Again.

Gobama!

May 8th, 2008
Here is what the www.intrade.com charts for Obama and Clinton look like as of this morning. If you think Barack Obama is going to be the nominee, you can put down $90 and win $100 if he is nominated. If you think Hillary Clinton is going to win it, for $9 you can get $100 back. Its pretty clear what the market thinks.

Charts

- from www.electoral-vote.com

The lengthy race for Democratic presidential candidate appears, at last, to be over.

Flower travellin’ band

April 9th, 2008

That’s one awesome stage prop:

Time Travelling Frustrations

March 19th, 2008

Abyss & Apex : Fourth Quarter 2007: Wikihistory

At 18:06:59, BigChill wrote:
Take it easy on the kid, SilverFox316; everybody kills Hitler on their first trip. I did. It always gets fixed within a few minutes, what’s the harm?

At 18:33:10, SilverFox316 wrote:

Easy for you to say, BigChill, since to my recollection you’ve never volunteered to go back and fix it. You think I’ve got nothing better to do?

Republicans Vote For Clinton

March 18th, 2008

I’m continuously baffled by American politics… take this example:

Many Voting For Clinton to Boost GOP

Conservative radio giant Rush Limbaugh said on Fox News on Feb. 29 that he was urging conservatives to cross over and vote for Clinton, their bête noire nonpareil, “if they can stomach it.”

“I want our party to win. I want the Democrats to lose,” Limbaugh said. “They’re in the midst of tearing themselves apart right now. It is fascinating to watch. And it’s all going to stop if Hillary loses.”

He added, “I know it’s a difficult thing to do to vote for a Clinton, but it will sustain this soap opera, and it’s something I think we need.”

Limbaugh’s exhortations seemed to work. In Ohio and Texas on March 4, Republicans comprised 9 percent of the Democratic primary electorate, more than twice the average GOP share of the turnout in the earlier contests where exit polling was conducted. Clinton ran about even with Obama among Republicans in both states, a far more favorable showing among GOP voters than in the early races.

GAH! How is this even possible? What kind of system are they running over there?

Mission complete

March 16th, 2008

As the primary witness and bag carrier, I can confirm that Sarah completed her charity run today. She started about here:

The starting line

and 29 minutes later she finished by Blackfriars bridge:

Somewhere quite close to the finish line...

Also, this:

A dog in a headband