Toblog

1. v. The act of writing a weblog or 2. n. Toby’s weblog.

TCSOTD 2006-12-19

Michael Stone’s storming of Stormant was ‘performance art’

Giant computer ID plan scrapped

Chatham House Report on Blair’s foreign policy ‘disaster’
BBC report
Duck news

Homegrown Pot becomes top cash crop in US

Patients win right to keep records off NHS computer
… just make sure you do

Video of remote controlled dragon fly

Some great desktop art for multiple monitor displays

Ray tracing and gaming

The Vader Sessions

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan's Labyrinth Poster

Franco’s Spain at the end of World War II. A young girl and her mother travel to live with her mother’s new husband; a Captain in Franco’s army, fighting Republican guerrillas in the countryside. With this simple premise Pan’s Labyrinth soon turns into something almost indescribable. I want to use words like “beautiful” and “fantastic” but it is difficult to use them for a film as dark and gratutious as this. Make no mistake, this is not a pleasant film.

As the film goes on and the life of the young girl Orphelia, played by the excellent Ivana Baquero, becomes progressively worse she retreats into a fantasy world which leads the events of the real. The special effects are wonderful and do not impinge on the mix of fantasy and reality, even though the reality is often far more unpleasant than the fantasy.

Yes, it is dark, and yes I did have to close my eyes at some of the more graphic scenes, but despite all that this adult fairy tale is also beautiful and extremely well made – despite some plot points being driven by characters’ stupidity which always annoys. You really should go and see it if you haven’t already.

Published on 2006/12/16 at 23:49 by Toby, tags ,

TCSOTD 2006-12-15

Verbotomy! – create words to match definitions

Firefox gets support for CardSpace
… only on Windows so far, though.

Reuters debuts machine-readable news for automatic stock trading

Half decent looking spectacles with ‘heads up display’ / microdisplay
Manufacturer’s website

Larger sized clothes ‘should come with warning to lose weight’

Reindeer Tipping the game

The Psychology of conjurers

How to network, for introverts

TCSOTD 2006-12-14

Iraq coalition casualties passes 25,000
… it’s links like that that make me question the wisdom of putting the ‘C’ in TCSOTD

The logic of South West Trains dot matrix displays

Photos of Hail and Lightening

World’s tallest man saves dolphin

Blair questioned by police in Cash for Honours probe
… not under caution though

Coolest psychology experiment… ever?

Potassium: ‘a store that [shows] that good design can be ethical, beautiful, luxurious and ecological’

The curse of Tony Blair

FDA confirms salad evil

Things you can’t do in a London park

TCSOTD 2006-12-12

Home office child porn expert admits child porn charge

The phony war on Christmas

Smart Card Alliance criticizes RFID passport plans

Firefox 3 Alpha Released

Sense of smell may be tied to quantum physics

Wordie: like flickr but without the photos

DNA ‘should be taken from babies’
… “It is about time we had a debate about whether we want to turn from a nation of citizens into one of suspects” — Liberty

The PPL FT advert included dead people

Published on 2006/12/12 at 06:33 by Toby, tags , , , , , , , , , , , ,

TCSOTD 2006-12-11

The Denial Machine

10 Bible verses never preached on

Ask your doctor for the 93C3 form
… not that it’ll make any difference of course.

ID Cards don’t work – even Tony says so

A good resource on all public NHS IT information

Mozilla causes relationship to break up

The Corporation released for free on bittorrent

BottleTalk: Web 2.0, Wine and Social Networking

Published on 2006/12/11 at 00:01 by Toby, tags , , , , , , , , , , ,

Happy Christmas from Canary Wharf

Christmas tree in Canary Wharf

If you go shopping in Canary Wharf you’ll find that the corridors are bedecked with Christmas Trees. Some of them have this rather lovely reminder of the fact that our every movement is being monitored. I don’t know about you, but this I find that this really encourages me to enter into the Christmas Spirit.

Published on 2006/12/10 at 20:08 by Toby, tags , ,

A Night Backstage

Ben and I are in there somewhere

Saturday night saw Ben and I make our way to the BBC Backstage Christmas party and what a good night was had! It has been a long time since I last went to an event like this so my networking skills were low but the only way to improve is to just damn well Do It so here is the obligatory blog report.

As well as free beer, some great spicy food and a huge cake provided by trustedplaces.com I got to meet Matt again after a long time out of contact. and it was weird to know that he has been reading this blog. In fact the phrase “Ah yes, I read about that on your blog” was oft heard throughout the evening.

As someone who is a bit of a lurker on the ORG mailing list it was a pleasure to finally meet Suw Charman. it was great to talk to her about digital rights and politics and hopefully we managed to get something interesting out of the meeting, but I will leave that to Ben to talk about…

I also met David who, after some conversational games, turned out to be working with another friend of mine who wasn’t at the bash. There were lots of similar joining of dots going on around us as people networked away and I hope to see some interesting projects come out of the party.

Meeting Ben’s OSS Advocate friend Dave was interesting, albeit brief, but it was good to finally meet him and I hope to see him again and talk properly with him.

To the Reading student who was convinced that I had been seen around other similar events I can safely confirm that going Core Duo isn’t one of my skills so it was the first time that we had met – but I look forward to your blog going non-beta…

The goody bag at the end had the mandatory T-Shirt and a copy of the latest Make Magazine which I am seriously considering taking a subscription out for – the first time in a long time that I have even come close to wanting to do so for a technology magazine.

Finally, many thanks to all the people who were involved with making sure that this party became reality. I had a fantastic time!

Oh, and Twitter really needs metadata, but I’m not sure I grok the idea of it too well…

Photo is from cubicgarden’s Flickr Photostream.

Published on 2006/12/10 at 19:39 by Toby, tags , , ,

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