Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
One of my secret-admiration sites has tooled-up for Halloween (as has every other bugger in the world it seems) and I thought I would post a couple of docs for you to play with.
You simply download the PDF, print and cut-out....voila! Lazy-blokes Halloween costume!
The Canon 3D Papercraft site was a real shocker when I discovered it; half of me was marveling at the brilliance and the other half shocked at the audacity of the ink-cartridge suppliers. I soon got over my cynicism when I saw the plans for the scale model A320 aircraft! Just click on the picture to download the template.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I realise that I've said 'Fact' too often, and that I appear to have lost 50% of my vocabulary, but by setting aside 10 minutes per week to keep this current, I'm taking a step in the right direction, right?
I'm not going to go into the shit I've given Franc, or the time I haven't spent with the kids, I'm just going to promise now that I will TRY to talk once a week on a subject that will amuse, or inform, the few folk that still read this.
As a start, I'm going to implore you to try Desktop Tower Defence as a stress reliever. Should you be asked to leave your name for the highscore table, then please feel free to use the table Group name TEAMDESKTOP so we can play (rehabilitate?) together.
More soon, I promise...Ben
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
only a Digg-find, but wow!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Prepare for Boredom!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Security stepped-up now stable empty!
4am or so at Gatwick airport and a couple of days after someone sets light to themselves and drives into a wall...sure enough we step up security to ensure that nobody tries to smuggle dynamite onto a plane disguised as toothpaste.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Now I'm a dabbler in Linkedin, and to feel the benefit you really need to spend time and effort in schmoozing, tailoring your CV etc. I've spent time on neither, and to be honest, apart from word-of-mouth tales and Marketing spin, I've heard no stunning tales of success. John takes it one stage further and maintains that he enjoys a certain an anonymity with regards his career furtherance. Ironic bearing in mind he was bemoaning my lack of activity on the Blog front and has had a spurt of posting lately (he's a great writer and is completely wasted trying to convince Corporate Europe that online services from a certain Info-aggregator are worth buying into).
I have promised that I'll send him an invite to Linkedin so he can start widening his horizons and possibly garner some interest from someone who is looking for the right mix of Frustrated-Muso meets Cautious-Aggressive Business promoter cum online evangelist. Which brings me to the point of my post....can anyone remind me of my Linkedin login? I thought it was the same as my Plazer/Flickr/Last.fm/twitter/myspace/facebook login, but apparently not....
Friday, June 08, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
I'm from the camp that firmly believes in spreading it about unless it's my Pint (get your own, scrounger) and so I was pleased to see that one of the concepts that visited Ray in his bath recently was immediately passed to a Concept Development Team (wouldn't we all love to have THAT kind of resource for every bright idea we've had!) and has started to emerge under the banner of 'Live Clipboard', a standard for the interchange of content (at its most simplistic). Whilst not quite an epiphany as there are precedents such as Yahoo Pipes, it does bode well for the future of sharing and Mashups, not least of all because of the weight of Microsoft. It is progressive however, in that MS are releasing their work under a Creative Commons license, which means it is open to development and enhancement in the same way as Linux has been, based primarily upon a framework of rules and an overwhelming desire to see developments achieve high up-take.
The down-side of this attitude is also blatantly obvious on exactly the same page, in the form of nearly 900 'Trackbacks'. These are provided as a directory or index of blogs, articles and pieces discussing or commenting upon the original article. In the case of Rays latest brain-child, most of them selling Viagra, pushing gambling sites and tempting you with images of many kinds of mammal in various states of undress.
Oh, its wonderful to be open, but the earliest and most prolific adoptors are BOUND to be commercially driven and less targeted than your average American Ally Support squadron.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
I decided to have a night in the hotel tonight rather than exploring Brussels, and ended up listening to the Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium sing "what a wonderful world"......
I think I'll stay in more often!
For those with a bent toward the World Musical, the band playing is Wayanbalawan and if you get a chance, ANY chance, you have to see these guys play!
**UPDATE** I have a copy of Balawan's album "gloBALIsm" signed by the man himself, and the Indonesian Ambassador...eBay anyone?!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Now it's unlike me to get carried-away with fame and power, so in keeping, I have decided to make it my life-mission to increase the membership of this illustrious group to 1000 souls, strong and true.
Now in fact, I ain't that fussy, so regardless of Strength or Honesty, I ask you to blog, email and cajole friends, relatives and complete strangers into posting a picture of Brighton, and joining the Group.
It will in no way benefit anyone but Pete and I, and God (it's a little known fact that Joseph, step-father to the Little Baby Jesus lived next to Oasis, 24-hour massage and Hotel-buy-the-hour during his formative years). But surely that's enough; to know that you have made a little man feel very big (Me I mean, Pete) as he dashes headlong toward his 40's.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
I am surrounded by Gadgets and toys, gizmos and Stuff, so its great to realise that after spending hours in the Kitchen, and hundreds of pounds in exotic ingredients like hand-rolled maraschino sugarlumps, I still have the power to turn half a dozen old Hot Cross Buns into a perfectly average Bread-Pudding.
It even tastes like Hot Cross Buns.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Pete managed to blag me an invite for the new TV-like video streaming service from the folks that brought you Kazaa and Skype...Joost. I've not had time to play yet today, but when I do, expect a fullsome update. It works on the principle that tiny bits of any particular show you wish to watch comes from not one set or servers (a la GooTube) but instead from snippets cached on other viewers computers. oooo!
Originally uploaded by benhollingsworth.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
I woke up about an hour ago. I still feel like I'm watching a TV show rather than acting in a play (actually, thats not right, I feel like I'm acting in a play rather than going through life) but I have no pain....and the only thing I can imagine this is, is a migraine.
I used to have them fairly regularly when I was in my teens/twenties, but they were HUGELY painful, protracted affairs with much wailing and gnashing of teeth (and plenty of sickness too). In fact, to this day, it is probably the only thing I am really, genuinely afraid of. But at the moment, I feel like I used to feel for a couple of days after having one. I have to go to Paris tomorrow, and I am aware that I am rambling (not really a symptom, I know!) but I feel like stuff is sped-up and my brain is on fast forward.....I can't close my eyes now, I'm not tired, but I know that sleep is exactly what I need.....
Ahh yes, the point (!) It's not news as such, but Pete hadn't heard about it so I had a look myself...there appears to be a strong link between a small heart defect and migraines.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
A woman (somewhere between 18 and 28, it's getting harder to tell the older I get) reading a 'ladies' magazine such as Cosmo, Hell-o or Good God spends half as long reading an article entitled 'SEX, how to get what you want' as she does looking at an article on frocks. Probably more surprising bearing in mind the stereotypes we are fed, the 'Sex' article got twice the eyeball-time as that of the piece on 'How to get your ideal man'.
I don't know, you ladies may be getting it wrong....we want to be Woo'd after all...
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I'd like to think about this a little deeper, so I'll stop posting for now, but I expect I'll pick-up again tomorrow.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Its like Independance Day in London, and I have murdered vicars and cast old ladies to the dogs in order to secure a seat on what could possibly be the last train out of town, heading to Brighton.
To liken the scenes in Euston station to those during the Blitz would be a cliche, and entirely inaccurate; if we had just stood in groups looking at display boards during the war, hoping that the row of 'canceled' signs were group hallucinations, we'd all be eating Weinerschlom and the trains would be on time.....
I bailed when I realised the Grolsch was getting warm (a sure sign its been a good afternoon at The Brittania) and I wasn't going up to Rugby in preparation for a Talk I've been asked to deliver. 4 stops on an empty Tube Train and step Bond-style onto a departing train without breaking step or sweat.....Sweet!
Wait....it gets better....the Char-Lady has just wheeled her trolley up to my executive bunk laden with Gin and Salad...hooray!
John was on a train this morning that was hit by a falling tree (that'll show him, coming back here and taking all the high-paid jobs that didn't exist before he convinced some poor Pom that they really badly needed him!) So he spent 2 hours waiting for guys with chainsaws to remove the rail-abberation (why the hell do they PLANT trees alongside railtracks?!) and is facing a midnight return home as someone in his office wants to talk about fullstops in marketing plans at 5.30 tonight... (awww...shame!)
So...the latest plan involves me catching a Virgin train to Glasgow at silly-o-clock tomorrow and flinging myself from the train somewhere around Rugby....wish me luck!
Monday, January 15, 2007
You all have no idea how proud Anna and I are of the urchin here-pictured. Russell (for 'tis he) DRAGGED me for a beer at the Castle Inn tonight, to break the great news that he has been made Division Director of Anglian Windows.
Its not the distance he has come, its the fact that we have seldom met someone that deserves it more. Well done Chap!
Originally uploaded by Russ Perryment.