Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Today, our nice new wetbacked woodburner is being installed. Our 90 year old hot water cylinder made the tradesmen make sad faces, but they are toiling manfully to make everything work. Alas, it looks like the niche where the burner sits is about 20mm too narrow for legality, so I'll have to tile the walls around the fire or something so that the inspector doesn't drag me off to gaol by the heels.

So anyway, as a side effect we have no water supply just at the moment. And I am busting to go to the toilet.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Important Realisation! (Not really)

I have no idea why I was thinking about this today, but I was, so I'll blurt it out here on to the internet:

I realised today that although I've often been frustrated by Microsoft products, and sometimes been angered by their corporate bastardry, I've never felt as personally offended by MS as much as by Steve Jobs' and Apple's contemptuous condescension.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Butterfly Knot

Building these symmetrical knotwork designs is pretty easy, and rather meditative. Animorphics are much, much harder.

Squeeeee! Dwarves!

Photo by James Fisher
First look at some of the Dwarves' costume design for The Hobbit. JED BROPHY as Nori, ADAM BROWN as Ori and MARK HADLOW as Dori.

I am SO looking forward to this movie, if only to see how they fuck around with the story to make it ZOMGMOVIE. Thank goodness it isn't being made by Michael Bay (though that does raise a few interesting mental images).

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Steampunkery Ahoy!

Tom Banwell makes these things. Also other things in a similar vein. I like these things that Tom Banwell makes.