Bill P. Godfrey et al

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Animated short of the week (Comfort Eagle)

"We are building a religion."

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

      Turkey day eh?

Just a quick thanksgiving wish to all those people out there who enjoy this fine day.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

$1,500 for a power cable?

It must be magic! (Audiophile)

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Animated short of the week (Lost Rhapsody)

Featuring one of the oddest cover versions ever, but not as odd as some of Neil's.

Lost Rhapsody will take a while to load. If you want to, watch this one to pass the time.
"Bod, he's a king all the time."

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Five minute think.

Here are the rules. Sit at your computer with your blogger editor ready, making sure that all lights and distractions are switched off. Set an alarm to ring in five minutes time. Type everything that goes through your mind until the alarm rings. Then hit the Publish button.

What a stupid idea. I had to do something. There goes my life, ticking away second by second waiting for the stupid bell to ring. The monitor has light.

Pens. I have gel pens. Ooh. I saw a hedgehog today. I didn't really, I just thought those words, I don't know why. Shaving is not fun. Why do we live here? Wouldn't it be better in the sky amoung the clouds.

I did the insurance. Insurrection. Take all my clothes off and get a can of Sprite from the fridge. Good job I'm living alone. I wonder if my mother will read this.

I can see the blinking light. Breaking the rules. It must be five minutes now. I'll keep it up for now. This is embarrassing. I bet people will think I'm a right nutter for typing all this out. Cloudy cloud cloud. What a nice cloud. This is stupid.

I can't think of anything clever auuugh. You can dance, you can dance having the time of your life. Here's a llama, there's a llama. Why am I thinking of songs? I should do that thing with the questions. Get the insurance. Why did I type that bit about taking my clothes off. Naked women.

That was fun! Now you try.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Examiners should be more precise

(Hat tip: Chris Sells)

I remember being faced with this question when sitting my 11+. (The examination taken by 11 year olds in England. If you pass, like I did, you get a good education.)

I just wish I was that creative back then.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Animated short of the week (Menya Zovut Schnur)

My name is Shnur, my name is Shnur.
I will come to you in your dreams, my friend.
With cripples and uglies and junkies, my friend.

Be warned, this one has lots of swearing... In Russian!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

That is a silly place to keep a birdhouse.

I like this. I shouldn't, but I do.
(Hat tip to Greg Falcon aka VeLoSo)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Remember when music CDs just had music on them?

Recently, Sony BMG were found publishing a CD, Van Zant's Get right with the man, which when played on a Windows PC, installs a software gizmo, written by First4Internet that interferes with the CD driver.

Mark Russinovich discovered the gizmo running on his computer and wondered where it came from. (Read his writeup.) He found that;
  • It hides itself by modifying the operating system to hide any files that begin with a magic five character sequence. (That could include software from anyone, including the next crop of viruses, hiding from your virus scanner.)
  • The process is always running, using up around 1% of processor time even when the CD isn't running.
  • If you do manage to find it, it identifies itself as a "Plug and Play Device Manager".
  • If you delete the gizmo, your CD drive stops working.
  • There were no facility to uninstall.
  • There was no mention of any of this in the licence agreement.
Since all this negative publicity for Sony blew up, they offered an update which "removes the cloaking function". You have a jump through hoops and agree to another licence to get it. According to Mark Russinovich again;
"Without exaggeration I can say that I’ve analyzed virulent forms of spyware/adware that provide more straightforward means of uninstall."
This is happening to paying customers. Meanwhile, people who download copyright infringements get on just fine.

And now for my usual pieces of unasked advice.
  • Disable autorun. When Windows sees a CD inserted into the drive, it checks for an "autorun" program and runs it. It was convenient once, but its now being exploited. To install legitimate software, open the CD and click on the "SETUP" icon.
  • Microsoft: Disable autorun. It's too much of a security risk to expose to your customers now.
  • Don't buy CDs that do this, even if you can bypass it. It only encourages them to do it again.
  • Look for the "Compact disc digital audio" logo, pictured right.
  • Remember that Windows comes a perfectly good CD player. Don't run the player on the CD.
  • If your computer has already been infected, make backups of your files and consider reinstalling your operating system. (To test, make a folder called "$sys$Test". If it disappears, you have a problem.)
  • If you can't backup your files because your CD recorder stopped working ever since you tried that new CD you bought, remind yourself how much you enjoyed listening to it.
  • Music industry: Stop bundling software with your CDs. It only looks bad and pushes your loyal customers towards copyright infringement. But if you must insist on doing this, be honest about it. And that doesn't mean including weasel words in a long and incomprehensable licence.

What happens if you have 100 CDs, each of which leaves behind a process that takes 1% of your computer's time?

How many CDs do you have?

Sunday, November 06, 2005

New titles for Torchwood.

Announcing the titles for Torchwood, the new spin off of Doctor Who, starring Captain Jack.

Well okay, not really. But go watch it anyway. It's called "Captain Jack" and you'll find it on Page 2 of "DW Vids" at

Animated short of the week (Hippo Noodles)

Its got a singing hippo and a pig called Roy. What more could you want?

Saturday, November 05, 2005


Street lights

Friday, November 04, 2005

Denial of service attacks are legal - who do you want to bring crawling to their knees?

A teenager charged with launching a denial of service (DoS) attack against his former employer escaped punishment when the judge threw out the charge after his defence successfully argued that DoS attacks were not covered by the parts of the act he was charged under.

The youth had been accused of sending five million e-mails to his ex-boss as part of a DoS attack that crashed the company’s e-mail server.

He was charged under section 3 of the 1990 act, which covers unauthorised data modification and system tampering.

His defence argued that sending a flood of unsolicited e-mails did not cause unauthorised data modification or tamper with systems, as an e-mail server was there for the purpose of receiving e-mails.

The judge agreed with this argument and said DoS attacks were not illegal under section 3 of the act.

Lifted directly from "Computer" - Here it is, here, in printer friendly format "Court shock: denial of service attacks not illegal" by Antony Savvas, Thursday 3 November 2005

So, who would you bring down before the UK changes its laws to make DoS attacks [which I originally thought was hitting people over the head with antiquated operating system software media] illegal?

Oh, and you can't pick Micro$oft - everyone choses them - be a little creative, please!

There she is!!! (Redux)

Ever wondered what the epilogue to "There she is!!! Step 2 - Cake Dance" says? The one where the cat returns and replaces a word.

Or do you just want an excuse to watch it again? If so, here you are.

The talented people at who created the There She Is!!! series have given their site an overhaul to be slightly more friendly to English speakers. This includes an English version of the two There She Is!!! productions. The songs are (thankfully) the same but small things like signs have been translated, including this mysterious epilogue.

Its worth it. To watch, go to their home page then click on English, then Amalloc and finally View. Enjoy.

I'd love to link to the animations directly instead of these four step instructions, but those pages include the message
"Please do not link this page or movie file."
How could I refuse such a polite request?

I have no idea why they don't want me to do that. If I had done that list of "click here, click there, etc" on a regular ASotW feature for an unknown animation, a significant number of people would either not bother or lose track on the way.

Take a note from VeLoSo, creator of Irrational Exuberance (Yatta). The link leads directly to a page with the animation on. You don't have to find your way around the site or click on any stupid "Click here to watch this movie" buttons. Once you have finished watching (or while its loading) there are lots of other things to read on the same page. He could even have put some ads and some web-forum gizmo on the same page.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Bad lip synching

A funny video of two people doing the worst lip-sync since Gary Brolsma. (Hat tip: Google Blog.)

I find it funny for the other guy in the background, totally oblivious to what's going on. I must be strange.

Bill P. Godfrey - He finds the backs of a head amusing.