by simon baird

Saturday, February 27, 2010

rain and backgammon

bad weather for ac/dc fans tonight

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010

web censorship protest in brisbane yesterday

didn't miss much...
(and if you get to the end, that is the really good busker dude near borders and he has shaved his beard off..)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Basil is looking good

Chives look a bit sickly. Or is that just how chives look when they're

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

help me choose a new name for monkeygtd

stick men progress...

I feel like it's time for

... a Jesus and Mary Chain revival. Their sound has a naiviety that i
think would work now as a counter to the current trend towards more
proggy alt rock. If I was a big time Simon Cowell type I'd look for
some teenagers to rip off JAMC. Not cover them, but just take their
style. Imagine the xx with a fuzz box and less chords.. That would
work I think.

do want

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

pdf stick men

it's been a while since i've done any programming for fun...
i will post some nice ruby if i finish it
doesn't look like much but these are marionette style stick figures
imagine this type of thing:

class StickMan < JointedFigure

class RunningMan < StickMan

$pdf =
m =
m.draw(400,200,45) # running up a steep hill :)

and finally... stick man karma sutra (just kidding)

confession: i googled trigonometry...

(no i never tried it)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

migraine aura quilt

even though I've never seen a migraine aura I still would like a quilt like this.
and look at this! what other pain is so beautiful? what beauty so painful? wtf, universe.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

How to customise your Firefox toolbars to get a little more screen realestate

Install the Tiny Menu Firefox Plugin. This plugin will hide all the normal menus and make them available under 'Menu'. (In my case I've configured it to keep File and Tools instead of hiding them). Then customise your toolbars (click View/Toolbars/Customize). It's a little hard to figure out what to do there but you can drag things around. I've put my bookmarks toolbar up onto my menu toolbar and put the menus over on the right. Then hidden the original bookmarks toolbar. It's pretty nice and I get a bit more screen realestate. The extra bling is a Firefox persona of course (which requires Firefox 3.6).

I haven't done this but you can do a lot more by tweaking userChrome.css in your firefox profile directory. See or google for more examples.