by simon baird

Saturday, March 29, 2008

pretty good wallpapers

my favourite is "Mossy Wall I" on page 6

Beef Braised in Guinness

this is very tasty. (sorry about poor image quality)

i'm in my itunes store paying for my music
actually it was like this: mininova? nope. piratebay? nope. itunes store? yes!!!!

just seen on rage

this is f**cking ace. it's the f**k buttons. f**k yeah.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

john stewart on obama's race speech, this time legit (non-youtube) version

see here if you were too slow last time.. you know who you are people... update: well at the moment it looks like the video isn't working. nice work viacom.

Monday, March 24, 2008

it's a big noisy robot dog that can carry stuff and not fall over
I think this guy has been on my blog before but now he's doing some more tricks like slipping over on ice and climbing over bricks. also jumping and galloping.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

london pt 3

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london pt 2


this is what happens at about quarter to four

the apple store was pretty special. and jam packed.

our joke was the pigeons in london are five foot high and vicious.

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starving animal art

warning, contains photos of malnourished dog, may be disturbing, do not click

i do feel bad for the poor dog but this is powerful art. just imagine that the artist expected that someone would feed the dog. maybe the cleaners would sneak food in. or a concerned gallery visitor. or that animal cruelty authorities would put a stop to it. spoiler: the dog dies.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

suzuki hayabusa 1300 wallpaper

this is a very nice wallpaper if you like motorbikes. first one is for widescreen. second for non-widescreen.

Monday, March 17, 2008

baby koala

"was she a pinky, when you...?"
"no, no.."
"she had fur?"
"yeah. but not... she's still not fully furred"
"she still hasn't got all her bum fluff on her yet"


erotic hardware

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Caps lock must die part 2

I guess I didn't explain that very well. If you're like me and you hate accidentally hitting caps lock and THEN START tYPING LIKE tHIS then swear and backspace and retype again then you should try my new web site called Caps Lock Must Die (url If you follow the instructions on that page you can map your capslock key to another key such as Ctrl (my preference). It's also handy and ergonomic to have Ctrl right by your little finger I think.

Monday, March 10, 2008


Carnivale: this is possibly the best tv show ever. and that's including season one of heroes. just watched the final episode. feeling a little stunned.

apparently it was cancelled after two seasons (there were six seasons planned) due to poor ratings. bummer. unsurprisingly internet geeks couldn't bring it back. not even this guy.

Season 1 torrent
Season 2 torrent

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Saturday, March 08, 2008

opportunistic sponsorship deals

Remember when the ASTRA awards where sponsored by Holden Astra? This intrigued me sufficiently that I've made it a hobby to notice other opportunistic advertising campaigns. I will share them with you:

  • DHL sponsoring Surf Lifesaving. Now take a look at DHL corporate colours. A coincidence?. Altruistic? Opportunistic?

  • I don't have a good link but V energy drink has a show on channel V. (Though arguably they would have anyway hence this one is lame).

Do you know any more?

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

tina fey on hillary clinton on snl

Update: here's the nbc approved version complete with ad.

"bitch is the new black"

Audio only youtube version. I guess you can't put nbc clips on youtube these days.


songza. it's like the jukebox of all music. enjoy it before it gets closed down.

Monday, March 03, 2008

my three girls

doing their thing
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Saturday, March 01, 2008

a short list of existential firefox plugins (for developers)

tonight was my work farewell dinner. before we left the house i played a little psychic ipod (the new version of psychic stereo):

prompt: my 'omen song' for tonight
response: woody guthrie - so long it's been good to know ya (youtube) (lyrics)

prompt: milly's 'omen song' tonight
response: the beach boys - sloop john b (youtube) (lyrics)

prompt: my advice for the future
response: phil ochs - when I'm gone (youtube) (lyrics)

prompt: milly's advice for the future
response: nelly furtado - i'm like a bird (youtube) (lyrics)


ps, apologies for the popup spam

pps, i'm diggin on the phil ochs:

There's no place in this world where I'll belong when I'm gone
And I won't know the right from the wrong when I'm gone
And you won't find me singin' on this song when I'm gone
So I guess I'll have to do it while I'm here


i'm a little disapointed that BryantAtDell didn't get back to me re dell's labour policies. but you can see he's quite busy. oh and a correction: it was malaysian factory workers, not chinese. i'm happy with my dell, it will be especially great in winter as a leg warmer. even still I'm wondering where I'd be if these were out a month earlier. multi-touch tempts. things I like about my new computer:
  • the screen is great (I got the upgraded screen, it's 1680 x 1050)
  • it lets me log in my swiping my finger
  • handy tv out for watching yr torrents
  • hdmi out (haven't used yet due to my nice tv already shipped to brisneyland)
  • windows media center with remote control (well actually I'm not using it but it seems like it might be nifty)
  • vista. nice job bill, vista is cool. I like windows+tab. and lots of other things
  • sitting on couch while blogging/emailing/feed reading/etc. wireless is good.
  • it's speedy (I've been using hand-me-down computers for quite a while) and the nvidia 8600M graphics just in case I want to play some games
  • double layer dvd burner slot drive
things that could be improved:
  • I wish there was a headphone jack on the side. there are two jacks both on the front under the track pad. if you're hooked up to the tv it would be better to have an audio out on the side so it's out of the way. (problem goes away with hdmi though)
  • the touch sensitive volume and meda controls are a little insensitive to my touches. give me tactile buttons next time
  • well I guess in summer the leg warming thing isn't so great
  • the hard drive makes little scratchy noises. i've googled and found that it's "normal". it's not too bad but would be nice if it was a little quieter
  • whenever i move my itunes and my picasa i loose all my playlists and photo albums/tags. this might be my own fault for doing it wrong but i'm miffed.
it is an XPS M1530