31 March 2005

No More Pics

for the time being as I am using Microsoft "More Crash for your Cash" software. Back when service allows....

30 March 2005

30th March 2005. Cheap pun about rose (rose) tinted glasses? I refuse. Anyway, nice glass of red, some soft music playing, photos to edit and party playlists to compose - what could be better? Posted by Hello
28th March 2005 Posted by Hello

29 March 2005

Intelligent Blog Alert

www.AndrewSullivan.com - Daily Dish
While I don't agree with everything, he's an interesting and thoughtful blogger whose take on the Terry Schiavo case has helped me come to some conclusions about it myself. A genuinely caring Republican, I think.
Now, I'll post a pic in a few minutes when I've sorted out a subject. In the meantime, a dumb one from yesterday will follow this post.

27 March 2005

26 March 2005

26th March 2005 Those pesky gerberas are back. What sort of industrial-strength chemicals are they given to make them that colour do you think?  Posted by Hello
25th March 2005 Sorry about the blue roses - they seem to be a product of a combination of flash and indoor lighting in automatic mode.
That said, you can of course nowadays get blue roses.
Happy Easter to both my readers, btw. Posted by Hello

24 March 2005

24th March 2005 First trip to Isabella this year. I liked the look of this even though Prunus Serrula looks as if it's skin is too tight - as if bound perhaps, or blistered after a burn.  Posted by Hello

23 March 2005

23rd March 2005 Euterpe, Muse of Instrumental Music, from the facade of the Apollo Inn on Tottenham Crt Road (1898), now in St George's Garden, Bloomsbury. You wouldn't defy those eyes would you?  Posted by Hello

22 March 2005

20th March 2005 Posted by Hello
22nd March 2005 Windmill Walk - not featuring in Country Life any time soon.  Posted by Hello

A couple more points....

Seen the story on the BBC about 25% of the worlds zombie PCs being in the UK? Read further to find that the total number in use (globally? or in UK? I suspect the former but the BBC story doesn't make this clear) declined between July and December last year from 30,000 to 5,000. Erm, is the story reported as "Massive Overestimation of Threat Posed by Zombies"? Guess what, no. It's reported as "Rise of PC Zombies 'threatens UK'".
And another thing: why are these industry-sponsored reports still used as "news"? Reminds me of the "Majority of Computer Users Give up Passwords in Exchange for Chocolate" nonsense we had to endure a while ago (you remember - a guy at a railway station says to you he'll give you a Crunchie if you tell him your password - one white lie later and you're snarfing down sugar on the 1834 to Guildford and he's telling the computer security company he works for what they want to hear).
The modern world? It's fab.
Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4369891.stm

21 March 2005

Great Lies of the Internet #401

It just isn't is it? I guess "LosingthewilltoliveTime" didn't have the same ring to it.
(File this entry alongside: "PDF - a convenient file format").

20 March 2005

19th March 2005 Despite my affinities lying elsewhere, I have to say Wales deserved to win.  Posted by Hello

19 March 2005

18th March 2005 BM lunchtime - headshot. If only I had the confidence to take portraits (with permission of course).  Posted by Hello

17 March 2005

St Patrick's Day 2005 and what better way to mark it than to have a portrait by Hans Burgkmair, drawn in 1511, of Jacob Fugger The Rich, apparently also an "august citizen"?  Posted by Hello

15 March 2005

10th March 2005 Posted by Hello
15th March 2005 I'm aware it's not the best shot and it is cliched and so forth but I can't help it, I like this one too.  Posted by Hello
14th March 2005 I love this one because it makes me smile. Also, there is apparently a craze (fetish?) on Ebay for men (for it is mostly men I gather) selling highly polished chrome lots that, if potential buyers look at them closely enough, have a reflection of their naked owners basking in global attention. Funny? I thought so.  Posted by Hello
12th March 2005 I know, I know, but I had to show you my newly acquired glasses. I'm not sure about them, never having had a pair before. We'll see.  Posted by Hello

7 March 2005

7th March 2005 OK, not the wildly improved and exciting changes I'd hoped for but still, at least it's not me again. What it does show of course is the continuing homogenisation of social spaces (pic shows a new cafe just opened in Richmond) - remember when I posted previously about reds, yellows and woody colours? Well here, of course, is more indoor acreage in this style. I guess it must work in terms of customer encouragement and comfort.  Posted by Hello
6th March 2005 How to discover that your fireplace needs painting. Or stripping. Posted by Hello

A Word from Mrs Lemon

"A blog. Full of pictures of you and the things around you. Why? It's all a bit narcissistic isn't it?"
Well yes. But... I like to write. And take pictures. This is a way of doing both and having a purpose behind the process.
"So why not do that and at the same time keep it private?"
Maybe I should. But as i noted before, I have a compulsion to post on here. It combines a love of the technology that is changing the world with a desire to interact creatively with others. Besides, though very few people read this and search engines are blind to its existence, I am left with the disturbing / exciting possibility that people could, if they wished, read and comment on my work. At the moment, while I try to improve, this potential is in itself enough and I carry on writing and taking photos. The result? A little satisfaction and an incentive to improve and innovate.
[What I'd love to do is a blog in a similar vein to http://randomreality.blogware.com/ (sorry, I've lost the ability to make this a link and you'll have to cut and paste), the blog of a London paramedic. However, I'm in a profession that makes this impossible and will thus have to try and make life more interesting outside work - other people manage....].
One more thing - no more self-portraits, I promise.
BTW, heard an interesting thing on the radio today. It was suggested that the reason old people are no longer revered and respected in the way they once were is because whereas in previous ages the knowledge they had was directly relevant to all and therefore could be learnt from, nowadays innovation and change come about so quickly the information they have is out-of-date and unenduring, thereby resulting in their obsolesence. Not pleasant and not a reason for you not to visit your grandparents, but interesting. Even relationships have changed thanks to the ascendency of the Market and the decline of Religion - marriage is no longer for life / everyone, thereby further squeezing the area of expertise of our forebears. Mind you, maybe this is how it appears to every generation?

3 March 2005

3rd March 2005 Crab Nebulae? Nope, lift ceiling at work (albeit somewhat photoshopped). Posted by Hello

2 March 2005

2nd March 2005 My cup at work (detail, slightly smudged). I should add that it wouldn't be my first choice but then, maybe I should buy one. In fact, looking at this, I ought to buy one as a matter of urgency. However, it is one of those mugs from which tea tastes just right: not made from porcelain (too thin, tea goes from too hot to too cold in an instant); nor from thick crockery (cup goes cold around luke warm tea); instead, it is made from some sort of modern porcelain / china /glass confection that somehow serves the tea well in spite of it's horrible looks. Coffee wouldn't be any good in it (it would make it too thin, astringent and lacking in depth), but tea just works. Alright, not every cup, that would be too much to ask, but a good 80% or so per week are finishable. I've not tried green tea in it - I think it would go the way of coffee and not be pleasant, and in fact green tea isn't really a work drink in my experience and is best saved for home consumption (computer, some music, some incense, maybe it's a sunny weekend morning - perfect). Posted by Hello

1 March 2005

1st March 2005 Sorry, bit of a repeat but I couldn't foist another self-portrait on you.  Posted by Hello