Archive for October, 2008

When Gordon finally calls an election…

… can we have a British one of these, please?

Funny ‘follow-up’ vid after the jump.

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Friday, October 31st, 2008 Politics No Comments

American Presidential Election 2008

I don’t know about you, but I have been spending waaaay too much time thinking and reading all about this for the past few months.  The primaries, with Clinton’s famous mistakes and lies exaggerations, and Obama’s sheer likeability.  The campaign proper, once it became clear that it was going to be Obama vs. McCain.  Sarah Palin as McCain’s VP pick!

Of course, I have no say in any of this, and I’m not even sure that the outcome will have much of an effect on me personally, but I am enjoying following the race, and not just because it more-than-adequately fills the void left by The West Wing.  (Other West Wing fans will probably love this, if they haven’t seen it already)

Now things are really heating up, and with the only area of disagreement being just how badly McCain is trailing in the polls, the Republican infighting has begun.  There are even reports that straight-talking Governor Palin has ‘gone rogue‘.

Friday, October 31st, 2008 Politics No Comments

How to find things that you have lost

Professor Solomon has the answers.  Simple wisdom, clearly stated.  Wouldn’t it be nice if everything on the web was this useful?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 Uncategorised No Comments

Film Club – 18 November 2008: Superbad

James Bond has a lot to answer for.  Last month, he inspired our screening of Layer Cake, but way before that, back when I was a wee lad, he had me convinced that the only way a girl would ever find me attractive was if I saved her from mortal peril.  Quite honestly, I thought I was never going to get a girlfriend, because Newport Pagnell has to be one of the safest places on earth.

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 Film Club 3 Comments

Article: Website Navigation Essentials

Though it sounds simple, one of the keys to making a website easy to use is giving people a clear indication of where in the site they are now, have been previously and should go next. This is the job of the site’s navigation elements.

In previous years, the consensus was that the main function of website navigation was to take visitors from your front page to the area of the site they wanted to visit. However in today’s search-engine-dominated World Wide Web, this model is unlikely to be the most accurate.

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Monday, October 27th, 2008 Published Elsewhere, Web Development No Comments

Moving the ‘millionaire’ goalposts

In amongst an interesting post from Lisa Everitt over at BNET on the online shopping habits of the rich, I saw this:

Google surveyed the shopping habits of 263 millionaires (shoppers 25 to 64 with an income of more than $1 million [emphasis mine]) and 730 ultra-affluents (net worth of $1 million, household incomes of $250,000 or more for married couples).

Given that the usual definition of millionare (‘A person whose wealth exceeds one million units of any currency’) would cover all of these people, I feel almost sorry for the ‘ultra-affluents’ whose million-dollar net worths and quarter-million incomes just don’t cut it any more.  I wonder who is going to break the bad news?

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Friday, October 24th, 2008 eBusiness No Comments

Film Club – 28 October 2008: Layer Cake

Just in time to whet your appetite for A Quantum of Solace (released in the UK on 31st October) we are showing Layer Cake; one of Daniel Craig’s first leading roles. 

When the film was released in 2004, rumours were circulating that Pierce Brosnan was not going to be hired to play Bond for a fifth time; pushing 50, and never one to obsess over his physique, Brosnan was in danger of heading into late-Roger-Moore territory.  That led to the inevitable speculation over who would be next in the chair, with Clive Owen, Hugh Jackman and even Ewan McGregor among the bookie’s favourites. My money was on Clive Owen until I watched Daniel Craig in this.

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Friday, October 17th, 2008 Film Club 1 Comment

So why start blogging now?

I’ve had a nagging feeling for some time that I really should have a blog – after all, all the cool kids have been doing it for years*. Trouble is, the fact that everyone else is doing it is pretty much the best guarantee that I won’t do something.

Honestly, I’m terrible; if I’m ordering a meal and more than one person orders the thing I was planning to have, I generally won’t order it, even if I really like it.  It’s not single-mindedness; it’s embarrassment.

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Friday, October 17th, 2008 Uncategorised No Comments

The obligatory first post

A moment of history.  I’ll get better with practice.

Friday, October 17th, 2008 Uncategorised 1 Comment