St Peter's Cathedral, Rome. It's difficult to retain in your head how huge the place is.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Monday, November 29, 2004
Sunday, November 28, 2004
I just think this little animation is so funny. I especially like the little dog. It was stolen from bifurcated rivets.
Not speaking German, I have no idea what this is supposed to be about, but it sure cured my constipation. Thanks to the excellent octupus dropkick!
Posted by Son of Groucho at 7:06 pm
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Having only recently installed Firefox, I have found the following extensions extremely useful:
- ScrapBook: This is a superb tool for saving web pages, or parts of web pages, in a searchable hierarchy that you define, like the Bookmarks tree in Firefox. This is extremely helpful for hanging onto things that you discover while surfing, but want to keep for later use, eg in a blog.
- Sage: This is a extension for reading RSS and Atom feeds from websites. For example, if you are keen to monitor a whole list of blogs, and they have feeds, Sage can scan them and alert you of new posts.
- All-in-One Gestures: This extension allows you to navigate using your mouse, including opening new tabs and new windows. Once you've start using it you'll wonder how you managed without it!
- Super DragAndGo: This helpful little tool is another boon for the lazy web surfer. If you point to a link and then move the pointer to a blank bit of page the link opens in a new tab. If you do the same thing with an image you automatically download the image. If you do the same thing with a piece of text it is automatically entered into whatever search you have set up on the right of the Firefox window, be it Google, Dictionary.com or whatever. How neat is that?
Posted by Son of Groucho at 2:59 pm
Friday, November 26, 2004
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
I'm on holiday this week (What do you mean "Again?"), so I met Gdog in Glasgow and we went to see The Grudge. Despite some of the negative comments made by others about this film, we both thought it was genuinely scary and thoroughly enjoyable. My daughter delighted in telling me that I "screamed like a girl" at one point. Our bums definitely left our seats on several occasions!
There clearly is a fad at the moment for Hollywood remakes of Japanese films, but this movie was unusual in that the same Japanese director also directed the second film. It seems to be an automatic response in some people to say that the remake is not as good as the first film. I haven't seen the original version of The Grudge, but I have seen both versions of The Ring. I definitely preferred the new version---and you can call me a Philistine if you like!
Posted by Son of Groucho at 10:22 pm
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Monday, November 22, 2004
Isn't it nice that Microsoft is at last getting some serious competition on various fronts? The phenomenal success of Firefox is not just because it's a superb browser. It's got a lot to do with the fact that it's free and, most importantly, not made by Bill Gates' Boys.
Google's designs on our desktops seem another one in the eye for MS, but the clever Google guys better watch out. If they end up being too dominant a player in the market place then maybe we'll end up hating them too!
Posted by Son of Groucho at 2:12 pm
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Friday, November 19, 2004
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Monday, November 15, 2004
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Sog woke today to the sound of Gdog, as we say in this part of the world, "talking to Huey on the giant telephone"*. She had turned a delicate shade of green and, without any prompting from him, voiced the immortal words "Never again!" with reference to her alcoholic excesses of the night before.
It's amazing the excuses people come up with for vomiting after alcohol excess. People rabbit on about "mixing my drinks", "drinking on an empty stomach", "it was the curry that did it", "I had a bad piece of lemon/ ice cube" etc. The fact is alcohol is a poison....but we like it! OK?
*IE Vomiting down the toilet.
Posted by Son of Groucho at 1:06 pm
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Patients attending people mechanics currently are accustomed to being told that practically any of the symptoms they present with are "probably due to a viral infection", and that there is basically nothing their hard pressed GP can do about them. With this in mind, I was intrigued to read on CNET news.com some predictions from the slightly wacky Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading.
Our Kevin, who's a bit of a cyborg himself, can see the day, hopefully when I'm dead and gone, when most humans will be networked in some way to a computer. He sees this as a form of upgrading for humans (!), but admits that this form of cosy symbiosis might well make the resultant hybrids prone to computer viruses and hackers, just like the pc's of today.
I can just imagine the GP of the Future being visited by his third heartsink patient of the morning and saying "Well Mrs Confusion I'm afraid you've got a touch of the latest MyDoom virus, but it's not as bad as it sounds: just download this prescription from the McAfee website. But while you're here, why don't we just defrag your hard drive?"
Posted by Son of Groucho at 9:43 pm
Friday, November 12, 2004
The other day I was talking to Gdog about some obscure actor and the previous films he'd been in. I told her to look him up in the Internet Movie Database, and casually opined (good word, don't you think?) that the answer to any question could probably now be found on the Web.
This episode prompted me to wonder how effective the Internet would be at answering the most fundamental queries: like "What is The Meaning of Life", for example. My decision to use Google was not at all influenced by the latter's ownership of Blogger.com (honest).
A standard Google search for Meaning of Life and The Meaning of Life produced 19,300,000 and 19,900,000 pages respectively: not too helpful if you want to avoid repetitive strain injury in your mouse-clicking finger! Doing an advanced search for the same things as exact phrases narrows things down to a mere 1,080,000 and 768,000 pages respectively: still a bit of a needle in a haystack. Restricting the last search to pages in English only reduced the number to 728,000. I won't go on: the main point is that searching for The Meaning of Life in the 21st Century may be harder than I thought.
The lists include the inevitable links to the Monty Python film and an excellent Wikipedia article on Douglas Adam's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". There's also a rather intriguing link to FAQ about the Meaning of Life! I've not chased up all the leads yet, but as Captain Oates once said "....I may be some time." .
Posted by Son of Groucho at 11:39 pm
Thursday, November 11, 2004
As a fan of Gary Larson's Farside Cartoons, I can well remember one that is split into an upper scene depicting Heaven and a lower scene depicting Hell (I can't show you this for copyright reasons). St Peter is saying "Welcome to Heaven....Here's your harp", while The Devil is saying "Welcome to Hell....Here's your accordion". With this in mind, I was truly horrified to discover via Boing Boing that Roland has produced a digital accordion.
Now that's just WRONG!
Posted by Son of Groucho at 9:23 pm
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Here is my final comment on the 2004 American Presidential Election. One of my favourite sayings is "Many a true word spoken in jest". This little gem from Soapy Goldfish I think amply illustrates the point.
Incidentally, after one failed attempt I seem to have grasped Trackback. So today has not been a complete waste of time!
Posted by Son of Groucho at 6:30 pm
Monday, November 08, 2004
Like Jasper Gerard in the Sunday Times yesterday, I was aghast to discover that Salman Rushdie's gorgeous fourth wife, Padma Lakshmi says he's "handsome, beautiful, and very sexy".
Is it not bad enough that he's smarter than me, more famous than me, and richer than me! Up till now, I'd been able to reassure myself that despite all that he was an ugly bloke who was probably crap between the sheets.
It's an ill divided world, right enough!
Posted by Son of Groucho at 8:39 pm
Sunday, November 07, 2004
Saturday, November 06, 2004
Went to visit Mosog (Mother of Son of Groucho) last night. She's getting on in years, and her memory is not what it was. The closely guarded secret of Sog's origins is very likely to remain unrevealed. In view of his strong resemblance as an adult to Mr Marx, Sog can only assume that he was, in fact, Groucho's love child. Even though the signs were there from an early age, his apparent father somehow didn't make the connection, and the family has lived a lie all these years!
It's secrets such as these that tear families apart, and Sog and Wosog have vowed to always be honest with each other, thereby setting a better example to their beloved Gdog and Gsog.
On that serious note, I leave you tonight dear reader....
Posted by Son of Groucho at 8:00 pm
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Have just installed a Site Meter, but was dismayed to find the graphic placed right at the edge of the page, which was a little irritating, and instantly marked me as a blogging neophyte. Tried e-mailing Sitemeter.com, and they very efficiently e-mailed me back. They said what I needed to do was to go into the template and "move the HTML for the counter to the position where you'd like it to go." I really don't think they appreciate how ignorant I am! Dare I come clean, and ask them to spell things out in a little more detail? If you're really interested you can check back later and see if the little blighter has migrated!
Today I decided to add Haloscan Commenting and Trackback, but, to be honest I'm not sure I completely understand what they are all about! Commenting fair enough, but what is this Trackback business? Installation went like a dream, I'm glad to say.
As far as I currently understand it, I will now be able to show comprehensively not only that nobody is visiting my site (apart from me), but also that nobody is linking to it.
Now that is progress!
Posted by Son of Groucho at 2:53 pm
Monday, November 01, 2004
Isn't it interesting that Osama bin Laden chooses now to threaten further attacks on the USA? This appears to have had the fairly predictable effect of enhancing Bush's chances of victory in the imminent election.
Considering the fact that Al Queda is supposed to abhor the policies of the current regime, one might ask why the leader of that organisation would want to make a Bush victory more likely? The current president must be one of the most unpopular holders of the position, outside the USA, that there has ever been. A USA that continues to be led by Bush is far more likely to be the subject of continued antagonism from various factions overseas, and the hatred that people like bin Laden need to thrive will continue to ferment.
Posted by Son of Groucho at 1:36 pm