Bill P. Godfrey et al


Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Sammenhold!

I'm now the proud owner of a pack of Danish gammon steaks and a tub of Lurpak.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Animated short of the week (Bees)

Bees, lots of bees. What more do you want?

I give everything. Just ask.
I'm your easiest task.
You are my master, I'm your tart.
I don't think we'll ever part.
-- Lodger

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Excuse me, this is England!

I just had a strange experience at my local supermarket. The checkout assistant was *gasp* friendly! Even striking up conversation, even telling me about this 8 core computer he's building.

The ability to talk with complete strangers is something I like about Americans. It's just a bit of a surprise when it happens in England.

Still, jolly good show old chap.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Boo!

Boo!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Animated short of the week (Squirrel of Life)

From the creator of I've got some falling to do and Can O' Swedes, my personal favourite of his work (so far). The sublime, the ridiculous...


I'm wilfully breaking one of my own rules this week. If you follow this link, you won't see the animation right away. Instead, you'll see the interstitial launch page. There's another button to click which will launch a pop-up window with the animation inside.

(If you have a pop-up blocker, you may have to disable it or make an exception for that site.)

I don't like this arrangement (quell surprise). However, it is common among flash portals such as Newgrounds, FlashPlayer, Animutation Portal, etc. This quote below is from an anonymous comment to my Newgrounds and Me article, which touched on this very topic.
"Moreover, the launch pages allow people to read the description of the animation or game, as well as view the score, reviews, etc. without having to load the movie unless they think it's worth watching. It saves viewers time and saves bandwidth, too."
So I'd like to ask you, what do you think of this issue? Any (non-spam) comments welcome.

Oh yeah, and what did you think of the animation itself?

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Good afternoon Fuller. Bye.

I get the strangest junk e-mail.
Good afternoon,
Fuller
Bye

Fuller
Fuller
Fuller
Fuller
Fuller
Fuller
Fuller
Fuller
Fuller
Fuller
I'll buy one!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

1-800-NOT VERY GOOD

On my way back from the US, my flight (with KLM) from Atlanta airport was cancelled. Instead, they got me a flight (with Delta) to New York JFK to pick up KLM's trans-atlantic flight.

So far so good, but when I arrived in New York, I had to find the departure for my next flight with KLM. This wasn't planned so I didn't have a full itinerary, just the flight number. The big board only had Delta flights listed and it was late in the evening so there was no-one staffing the information desk. And I didn't even know which terminal I wanted.

But, I had the KLM information line! All I'd have to do was call it and find my next flight! And it was a free number too!

So I called it from a payphone in the airport. It answered and a recorded voice asked by to dial or speak the flight number I wanted. I'm no stranger to automatic phone systems, so I just dialed the flight number.

Then, it read the number back to me and asked to if it was correct, and to say "Yes" or "No". Then, I was at the mercy of a deranged gatekeeper who wanted me to say "Yes" in the right way.

Clearly, my accent is too English. I tried a few more times, trying on a fake American accent. It was a good job the airport was empty as I must have looked like an idiot going "yes yes yes" in increasingly bizarre ways.

But really, what's the worse that could happen by reading out information for the wrong flight number? After all, if the automatic operator reads back the flight number and its wrong, all the caller would have to do is hang up and try again.

I've since been informed that my fake American accent sounds more like Russian. My Russian accent sounds French. My French accent sounds Swedish. My Swedish accent just sounds like the chef off the Muppets.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Animated short of the week (Elvis Not Included)

See what you've gone and done? You had a nice little song about walking a dinosaur, and you went and interrupted it with an insane singing potato!


Meanwhile, an anonymous commentor has asked about the music to "Life by Cynical", an earlier featured animation. Anyone know? As I'd like to know too.
"Boom boom, acka-lacka-lacka boom."

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Sky-diving from orbit.

Here's a fun game to play. Can you find your way home from orbit?

Start from Google Maps satellite view. The object of the game is to find your way home by skydiving.

For each phase of the game;
  1. Scroll the visible area (drag with the mouse) by no more than a screenful.
  2. When you have adjusted your route, click the + button to dive downwards.
You can't move back upwards or steer by more than a screenful. You don't have a jetpack when sky-diving!

When you reach the maximum zoom for your part of the world, you've landed. Click [Map] and see how close you got.

Remember, you will have to walk home from where you land.

I did rather well, but then I know the terrain. Thia landed in Nashville, which would be okay except Thia doesn't live in Nashville.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Animation of the Week (Patrick Moore Plays The Xylophone)

Bill isn't available today to post the week's animation. So I'm posting his choice of animation in his absence.

Patrick Moore Plays The Xylophone by Rob Manuel


Enjoy!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Evolution of a theme tune

The people at DrWhoGuide.com have collected together the theme music to Doctor Who over the years, all the way back from the 60s. Its interesting to hear how the same piece of music has changed over the years.

From 1963 to 1981, it was much the same arrangement with only minor differences.
William Hartnell's theme
Patrick Troughton's theme
Jon Pertwee's theme
Tom Baker's theme

With the arrival of Peter Davison in the role, we have this stark change of pace.
Peter Davison's theme
Colin Baker's theme

This one's my personal favourite, used from 1987 to the end of the classic series in 1989.
Sylvester McCoy's theme

In the 1996, the show was momentarily revived by the Americans in TV-Movie form.
Paul McGann's theme

Finally, the current version, from the 2005 series.
Christopher Eccleston's theme

Wasn't that fun!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Remember in August when you said "This is your last issue?"

Of course you do. I scanned it in and everything... Cripes! Scary that I've been online proper for the best part of a year.... "Last ever issue" ?

So what do I find in my pigeon hole... why another copy of "Project Manager" - only this one isn't proclaiming to be my last ever issue. Considering I've never subscribed to (any of) their magazine(s) I find it nice that every so often one of these materialise in my hole.

Wonder how long it'll be before I get another "last ever issue" ?

Monday, January 02, 2006

The matrix has you kitty

Jumping cats. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

This CD won't play. Enjoy.

A leaflet inserted into one of Coldplay's CDs.
(Hat tip: Vital Security)

It may have problems with some players... (A selection)
  • Some CD players that possess CD-R/RW function (such as portable players or car stereos)
  • Some car stereos with satellite "Guidance" systems.
  • Some CD players or car stereos with hard disk recording capability.
  • Some CD-R/RW Recorders used for music.
  • Some portable CD players.
  • Some DVD players.
  • Some CD/LD Convertible players
  • Some Game Players
    Although you can use your PC's Windows program to listen to certain tracks, this does not mean that the CD can be played in all PCs.
  • This CD does not support Macintosh PC software.
  • Except for manufacturing problems, we do not accept exchange, return or refund.
What's left? Every CD player I have is on this list.
Don't even think about asking for a refund!

This what paying customers have to put up with. I'm certainly not going to hand over my hard earned cash to be treated like this.

Update (2/Jan/2006): I've ranted about a releated issue before. (Hello Neil.)

Animated short of the week (Weebl and Bob)

Weebl and Bob is a regular production from Jonti Picking, creator of Magical Trevor and Kenya. Here are some of my favourites.

There's the question for you all now. Who makes you moist in your special places?

Sorry, I'll go now.
When come back, bring pie!