So because 43% of cyclist deaths in the capital involve HGVs
we should consider banning HGVs in the capital. Without meaning to trivialise their unfortunate deaths, surely 100% of cyclist deaths in the capital involve cyclists, so why not ban cyclists? I love statistics, but I really wish the media would use them a bit more sensibly...
posted by Gruntfuggly # 22:27 Comments...
I've finally got round to implementing a stylesheet switcher - just take the pill in the top right hand corner. As usual, it only needs a simple (and tiny) bit of jquery
, and stores your choice in a cookie.
I don't suppose anybody will really like the alternative colour scheme, but I quite fancied going orange as it's my favourite colour. Once you have children, it turns out you must choose a favourite colour and stick with it...
posted by Gruntfuggly # 23:24 Comments...
I think I've created the simplest and smallest lightbox script so far. [Edit: actually, it's not the smallest
, but I still think it's the simplest].
OK, so I doubt the world wide web (or whatever it's called these days) needs another one, but it does just what I want and not a lot more. It uses jquery and works with proper browsers (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) and also IE6 onwards. I haven't tried it with IE5, but I'm not holding my breath.
Try clicking this image to see it in action:
Get the source code here
. For further details, have a look here
posted by Gruntfuggly # 21:55 Comments...
So I decided to bite the bullet and write my first Chromium extension:http://chrome.google.com/extensions/oogle
posted by Gruntfuggly # 23:14 Comments...
I can't be the only person who hates the new google image search.
Firstly, the new image results. OK, they look quite nice, but soon you realise that they've hidden the useful information like the image size and type. That's annoying, but I do quite like the way it loads the images as you scroll down the page.
But the big one for me is the annoying 'lightbox' when you choose an image to visit. Lightboxes are fine when you click on an image for a better look, but why do I need to see one when visiting the page? I've already seen the image out of context in the search results - I don't need to see it again. Why should I need to click the page again? Very irritating.
posted by Gruntfuggly # 21:01 Comments...
Check out this picture from the Vintage Computer Festival
at Bletchley Park last weekend. That's Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
) listening to a version of one of their tracks I did on the BBC Micro nearly 20 years ago!
The music even made it on to Radio 4, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnj3
at around 58:30...
Thanks to Dave Moore for the photo.
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posted by Gruntfuggly # 22:36 Comments...
OK, so I like a good conspiracy theory as much as the next man. Maybe I don't really see them everywhere, but I certainly don't buy the official line on a whole load of things.
9/11 doesn't add up to me. There are just so many things wrong with the official explanation for it to be true. Here is a link to the most balanced article I've read so far:http://www.realitysandwich.com/traumatizing_mythology_9112001
posted by Gruntfuggly # 22:55 Comments...
Jaws - from when Hooper, Quint and Brody head out to kill the shark onwards. Top quality Spielberg - brilliant stuff, and 35 years old!
posted by Gruntfuggly # 23:38 Comments...
Here's one that does a useful job:
And here's another useful one:
posted by Gruntfuggly # 19:27 Comments...
Some of my avid blog readers were a bit confused when adding comments - it's not obvious how to format urls, images, etc.
So - the first step was to add a live preview! It should at least show you what your comment will look like before you post it.
The next step will be to add some buttons to insert the codes for you - around any selection. For now though, the supported UBB codes are:
[b][/b] - bold, [i][/i] - italics, [u][/u] - underline
[list][/list] - for lists, which must surround [*][*/] list items
[center][/center] - to center align
[url=][/url] or [url][/url] - hyperlinks
[img][/img] - to link images
[code][/code] - for preformatted source code
[quote][/quote] - for quotations
I haven't tried all of these, so feedback is welcome (Will).
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I've also finally found a theme I like:
posted by Gruntfuggly # 22:49 Comments...
I thought I'd dig out my Virtual Boy
a few days ago. I thought the kids might be interested to have a go on something a bit different to the Wii. Unfortunately, one of the displays had started playing up which spoilt the effect somewhat. A quick bit of research latter and it turns out that the trick is to take the display out, stick it in the oven for a couple of minutes, and then rub your finger on it for a bit. Book.
Except getting the thing open is a bit tricky. The security screws holding the unit together need something called a gamebit
. I found one on ebay and got ready to go, but some of the screws are so deeply set that the gamebit wouldn't reach them! So I had to dremel the hex section to make it circular and cut a slot in the end for a screwdriver. Eventually the case was opened and the offending display was removed. Two minutes in the oven later, a bit of rubbing and we're back in business!
The kid's interest lasted about 30 seconds.
posted by Gruntfuggly # 22:44 Comments...
How on earth did they ever convince John Malkovich, Colm Meaney and Steve Buscemi to be in this film? Even John Cusak should have avoided it. Still, it's one of those films I can't help watching every time it's on - along with Starship Troopers...
posted by Gruntfuggly # 00:00 2 comments
I've found two more chromium extensions which I'm finding useful:
- csscan which is an ultra simple CSS inspector.
- Wayback Machine for single button access to the internet archive website when you get a 404.
I've also found a RSS feed
for the latest chromium extensions.
posted by Gruntfuggly # 21:28 Comments...
I've been forcing myself to use Chromium recently - it seems much faster and less bloated than Firefox, but it still lacks some features that I really would rather not do without - namely, a vertical tab bar and icons only on the bookmarks bar. Most other things can be got round more or less, and I do love the way you can add and remove extensions on the fly.
So far I'm running with:
Vertical tabs are in development apparently...
posted by Gruntfuggly # 19:30 1 comment
decided to stop supporting FTP publish blogs, leaving me a bit stuck. I had a play with Wordpress
but it didn't seem to be very easy to customize, and doesn't support arbitrary scripts.
So I decided to roll my own in perl. It should publish a valid RSS feed (please accept my apologies for anyone who received multiple updates during development!) and supports comments with via logging in to a local account. I had a look at some code to implement OpenID
, etc. but it all looked a bit too tricky...
posted by Gruntfuggly # 21:20 3 comments
We've been using Bugzilla
at work for a while now and it does it's job reasonably well. It works even better as an SSB (created with Fluid
However, it does have a couple of small niggles - for some reason the columns in the search results are truncated, and you can only click the defect number to visit the defect. Luckily both of these can be fixed easily with some Userscripts
: Click Row
and Expand Columns
posted by Gruntfuggly # 23:15 Comments...
I quite like the idea of Safari's Top Sites feature - it just seems to make a bit more sense than a blank home page. As a Firefox user, I thought there would be an extension that provides the same functionality, and as expected there are a few, eg Fast Dial
and Speed Dial
. Crucially however, neither of them use your browsing history to provide the most relevant pages - you need to manually configure them, so in effect they are just bookmarks displayed as thumbnails.
There is a way to get what I wanted though - using Google Toolbar
. Install it, go to the settings page, enable the 'Google New Tab page', and there you have it - a page of thumbnails based on your recent browsing history. Job done, except there is now a really ugly, bloated Google toolbar cluttering up the window. A quick trip to the toolbar menu to disable it, and we're back to normal. However, now the flippin' new tab page has stopped working!!?? Luckily there is another setting under the Layouts page - 'Keep features working with invisible toolbar'. Hmmm, snappy name....
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