Bill P. Godfrey et al


Monday, February 27, 2006

Twelve reasons to be happy (#1)


Wales

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Animated short of the week (Geeks in love)

One for geeky lovers everywhere. Enjoy.


"For where thou art, there is the world itself. And where thou art not, desolation."
-- William Shakespeare

I'm willfully breaking my own rules for this one. I normally prefer to leave 6 weeks before featuring another piece the same same artist, and I featured Andrew Kepple's Squirrel of Life only 5 weeks ago, which was itself the last time I broke my own rules. Its only because the irony appeals to me that I'm featuring this one today.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

What Is A Virus Scanner? A Product, or a Service?

There's possibly nothing worse than a computer with an out-of-date virus scanner. All the time taken to perform the scan is ultimately wasted. It couldn't recognise a new virus if it danced a jig and sang "Viruses are here again". But this is the situation that many people find themselves in. They purchase anti-virus software and assume that their computer will be safe forevermore.

Commercial anti-virus software is sold as a product. You hand over your money and you get the software in a box. But, good anti-virus software has to be an ongoing service. New viruses appear all the time and anti-virus software has to be updated to keep track of the new threats. Most anti-virus software packages include a one year subscription to their update service, but what about when that year is up? Many of us don't even notice until its too late and a virus has made it past an outdated scanner.

In my ideal world, anti-virus software would be given away for free, with the vendors charging a monthly fee for updates. Stop paying the monthly fee and the software wouldn't even pretend to work. (That would be a great wake-up call.) After all, the value of anti-virus software is the ability to handle current threats. With outdated software, you are left with a fairly useless file scanner.

So, if ongoing service is key, why is virus scanning software packaged in a box with a limited service period? I think we all prefer tangible solutions to our problems. It's probably the reason the vendors market the way they do. Imagine you wanted to buy a padlock and I tried to sell you one that would only work if you paid a monthly fee.

You would probably look at me funny.

Wisdom In A Cookie?

Today as my friend Rick and I finished lunch, we each ripped into our fortune cookie packets. What wisdom did our favorite Chinese Buffet impart on those tiny bits of paper?

Rick's: The eyes believe themselves; the ears believe other people. (Okay, that kinda has the David Carradine/Kung Fu philosophy sound to it.)

Mine: In God we trust; all others must pay cash. (Hmmmm...I'd say there was a cranky baker in fortune cookie land.)

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Animated short of the week (Buck and Larry)

Yeeeeeee haw!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Citizenship tests

USA:
You Passed the US Citizenship Test

Congratulations - you got 8 out of 10 correct!


UK: (BBC News UK citizenship test)
You got 9 right!
  • 0-5: Seat in Heathrow arrivals....
  • 6-10: Seat on the district council......
  • 11-13: Seat in Parliament.....
  • 14: Seat on the throne

Friday, February 17, 2006

More fun with magnets

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Animated short of the week (Island in the sun)

One for Valentine's day.

Something 'bout the way the hair falls in your face.
I love the shape you take when crawling towards the pillow case.
You tell me where to go, though I might leave to find it,
I'll never let you head hit the bed without my hand behind it.
-- John Mayer, "Your body is a wonderland"

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Name that tune.

Click the button to reveal the answer. Enjoy.

Wooo, wa wa wah, wa wa wah, wa wa wa wa wah, wa wa wah, wa wa wah, wa.


Dididy didy de dom.
Badom badom badom badom badom badom badom badom.
Didy de dom.
Badom badom badom badom badom badom badom badom.
Ooooh.
Dada da dada da.
Badom badom badom badom badom badom badom badom.
da da da da dom.


Do do do do do de do do do do diddle de de de de de de dom.
Do do do do do de do do do do diddle de de de de de de dom.
Dum.


Dow dow, dow dow,
dow bomma da bom da bom bom, de de de de,
bomma da bom da bom bom, de de de de,
bomma da bom da bom bom, de de de de,
bomma da bom bomma da bom, de de de de,
bomma da bom da bom bom, de de de de,
bomma da bom da bom bom, de de de de,
bomma da bom da bom bom, de de de de,
bomma da bom da bom bom, de de de de, awooo.
bomma da bom da bom bom, de de de de,
bomma da bom da bom bom, de de de de,
bomma da bom da bom bom, de de de de,
bomma da bom da bom bom, de de de de,
bomma da bom da bom bam,
bomma da bom da bom bam,
bomma da bom da bom bam,
bomma da bom da bom bam,
bomma da dom da bom,
bomma da dom da bom,
bomma da dom da bom,
bomma da dom da bom,
bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom,
dum, dum dum,
dum dum,
dum dum,
dum dum,
dum dum,
dum dum,
da de doo, da de doo, da de doo de doo do,
awooo woo woo woo, woo we woo woo woo woo wooo
na na na, na na ne noo noo noo na na,
na na nee, nooo, noo, nanananananananananananananananananananananana
da, de da da dah, de da da dah,
dum dum dum dum,
da, de da da dah, de da da dah,
da da dah.
da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da bom,
dum dum,
da da da da da da da da dum dum da da da da da da da.


Wasn't that fun!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Xinveya

He is the way and the truth and the life. No one gets to Xinveya except through Phil.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Animated short of the week (Da fly guyz go pop)

Welcome to the 365th article of the blog.



And now, an open solicitation. I'm running a bit low on good stuff. If you are an animator or you know of something you really like, please mail it to me. billpg@gmail.com. A note of thanks await the lucky winners.

Friday, February 03, 2006

War and peace

War on...Peace with...
  • Want
  • Page 1
  • (1/17/06)
  • Terror
  • Journalism
  • God
  • Inn
  • Justice
  • Food
  • Geese

Thursday, February 02, 2006

That's my photo!

Aeons ago, I wrote about someone who made and hosted a "burger time" game, which was later being used by a fast-food chain, without the permission of the original author.

It had to happen, now one of my photos from this website is being used by someone else. Hurrah!

Socratic method.


He taught a class about binary arithmetic using the Socratic method. Looks very interesting. In short, the children were led to work out how binary works with the occasional nudge. Go read it.

Hemlock is bad, hmmkay.