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YouTube Music Video - Straitjacket Fits

Friday 28 March 2008 at 9:35 pm Flicking through some YouTube musical-goodness and I came across a video for the Straitjacket Fits classic 'Hail'. Revel in the crystaline wall-of-sound guitars, cheap-ass video and fantastic opening couplet -

Your words feel homesick
Watch them flounder in mid air

The Straitjacket Fits contributed mightily to my tinnitus via their albums and the epic-volume of their live performances. All of their stuff is good if you happen to come across it.

Google Offices + More

Saturday 22 March 2008 at 1:38 pm A friend from the UK ('hi' Stuart) sent me this link to Googles new Swiss Offices - looks like a fun place to work! We have a kitchen cleaning rota, useless aircon and fraying carpet at work - other than that its OK. Here are some pics of other Google Offices (New York, China & Googleplex).

I prefer cats over dogs - none of these pictures work in quite the same way if you substitute a dog - icanhascheezeburger ?

I'm always on the hunt for a better Remote Desktop client application - sure you can save your RDP connections with a custom MMC but its kind of painful. Instead try something like Code4Wards RoyalTS or VisionApps Remote Desktop. RoyalTS seems to be under more active development and doesn't seem to have some of the clipboard hassle I've had with VisionApps RDP but VisionApp has a couple of compelling extra features - tabbed sessions and the ability to save and re-use authentication details into groups for re-use. Having said that teh clipboard glitches were enough to make me switch to the less feature rich but more reliable RoyalTS.

I make mistakes slooooowly :-) In todays fast moving world if you're going to screw up do it quickly - How to Think: Managing brain resources in an age of complexity.

Pretty amusing - Expelled from Expelled. Already 1000+ comments which is pretty remarkable. The film in question is here - I guess if it were taken as a comedy it might be pretty funny but as a vehicle for Intelligent Design it looks pretty lame.

Retro DJ's - ShellacSisters. If you're in the UK and throwing a party this lot seem to have an truly original take on a classic period in vinyl.

Another comic makes it online Elfquest. Seems pretty rudimentary so far - maybe it gets better later on. It took Cerebus awhile to get past its Conan-esque origins too.

Nice typeface for presentations - Nudist. Blurs out the lower half of the type. At different point sizes you get 'censored' signs or fig-leaves.

Handy - Comprehensive Unix Cheatsheet.


Tuesday 18 March 2008 at 7:00 pm Found via this Metafilter thread - someone noticed the synchronicity between a Godflesh song and a Jesus Christ Superstar dance-sequence. Check out the YouTube link - even if you don't like the music stick with it until the 3:30 mark and shake your head in disbelief at the superb timing of the dancers.

Hack your Canon + More

Friday 14 March 2008 at 10:02 am Amazing - cameras have got to the point where you can hack the firmware to gain extra features. Check out CHDK for Canon cameras. Via this interesting Metafilter thread - Things you never thought you could do with your camera.

For grown up Lego fans - BrickArms Custom Military Minifigs.

I can't remember if I linked to this before or not but - Warren Ellis has a free online comic with awesome art by Paul Duffield - check out Freak Angels.

Some great excel tips - create Excel conditional formatting. Ideas to create dashboards and gant charts within your spreadsheet.

Geek fun - Phun is a 2-D physics environment which lets you draw and manipulate the objects to see what happens to them.

Nifty - Bloxes. Create your own interior design with cardboard.

Nice discussion of two sadly under-rated games - Ico & Shadow of the Colossus.

Nice - Time related art. Check out the LifeClock - slowed down 61320 times to reflect your real age. Like a lo-fi version of the old internet Death Clock. 2044 is going to be a tough year.

DST 2008

Thursday 13 March 2008 at 2:39 pm Make sure your EA's & PA's are well briefed - Daylight Savings is upon us again and this week there could well be two weeks of aggravation instead of just the one.

Interesting thatMicrosoft have released updated DST patches


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