by simon baird

Thursday, June 24, 2010

which muppet is the coolest?

it might be animal. (this video features a staring contest with an ok go band member. also ira glass and zack galifanakis)
"go get drums... go get drums. NOOOOOWWW!"

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

jack daniel's streetfighter

so there is a motorcycle thing, for want of a better word, where you take a perfectly good sports-bike and rip the fairing off. depending on your budget and/or mechanical skill you could add some personal touches to make your bike uniquely cool (and to stop the lights from flopping about on their wires). the results are generally not pretty but there is sort of tough, mad max/post-apocalyptic appeal and you end up with a naked racing bike. (conventional naked bikes have a more upright riding position designed for riding sensibly). it's popular enough that manufacturers such as ducati are jumping on the bandwagon and releasing bikes like this.

i am telling you this so that you can appreciate the following. discovered at brookside westfied on the weekend. clearly a jack daniels fan. i also enjoyed the tiny, impractical handle bar mirrors. there were two helmets in matt black.

more streetfighters

dawn, winter solstice

so the weird thing is i didn't know it was the solstice when i took this. just happened to be up early on monday.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

last post from iPhone OS

Notice my finishing move. That's the letter in white. :D Other
highlights include clef, 72 points, and atheist, 52. (You get 35 for a
bingo in words with friends, not 50)

You have to hand it to Nintendo

Early reviews of the 3DS are fairly positive. Apparently if you look straight at the screen you pretty nice 3D.

You have to hand it to Nintendo.

A timeline:

1996: Nintendo: Releases first console with dual analog sticks, basically inventing 3d console gaming. Also, vibration pack.

1998: Sony: Releases the dual shock controller for PS1 with analog sticks.

2006: Nintendo: Releases motion sensor and optical pointer control system. Sells a bazillion Wiis.

2007: Sony: Craps pants, scrambles to release six-axis controller with motion sensors.

2010: Sony: (Four years in development) Motion sensor and pointer! Does it look sort of familiar?

2010: Microsoft: (Four years in development) Motion sensor! And... Wii Bowling? Because no-one got tired of that three years ago...

2010: Nintendo: Releases a DS with an actual 3D screen. Also, a 3D camera which they are going to use for what sounds like some pretty amazing augmented reality, look-through-the-screen applications.

Sure, there's nothing to play on the Wii once you've finished Zelda and Mario. And Wii's graphical capability is something of a joke. But thank you Nintendo, for pushing things forward. Again.

And finally:

the beautiful girls are now free range

you can tell from the photo they are pretty happy about it

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

okay, so...

that second to last picture made no sense. I will try to explain. Those are hand made fashion accessories that were for sale at the salon open day. Some of them I helped make.

Has anyone seen the movie Ghostworld? Based on a comic strip. It has some perfect moments.

moon + venus

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Delicious Ferny Hills Indian

I recommend the chicken saagwalla

Chicken name update

The light orange one: Blossom

The brown one: TBA, maybe Brobie, maybe Buttercup, maybe Beatrice
(Biddy for short).


Here's how it looks on iPhone. Coolclock works fine. No mouseover
effects though. It figures. Reload for different colours. View source
for sweet array shuffle technique I learned from @fremnet.

Egg #1


i am crafting

Another chicken!!!


Friday, June 04, 2010

you gotta see the hoodie bit

what can you say about this video of zuckerberg... i think it speaks for itself...

kara: "right girls...?"

girls: ... 

kara swisher is pure brilliance in that clip

Fwd: [it's my blog] New comment on Announcing Fractalmapr.

PageForest seems interesting though (I don't really understand it as yet).

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mike Koss <>
Date: Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 8:02 PM
Subject: [it's my blog] New comment on Announcing Fractalmapr.

Mike Koss has left a new comment on your post "Announcing Fractalmapr":

I just finished a similar project as a demo for a JavaScript development service we're building (PageForest).

Check out:

The main difference is that this one is progressively rendered, with image tiles cached dynamically on-demand in our cloud storage service.

Posted by Mike Koss to it's my blog at June 04, 2010

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Steve: I had this idea about having a glass display, a multitouch display you could type on. I asked our people about it. And six months later they came back with this amazing display. And I gave it to one of our really brilliant UI guys. He then got inertial scrolling working and some other things, and I thought, 'my god, we can build a phone with this' and we put the tablet aside, and we went to work on the phone.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Sono Portside

Omg it's pretty nice. Been to the city one a few times but never been here. Out that window is the river. You can ride the ferry here (it's the second last stop) but I came by motorbike via the ICB and Kingsford Smith Drive. I'm early (hence blogging)...


My beautiful basil has been decimated in two nights by a single
caterpillar. That's him in the foreground relaxing with a full belly.
The black specks I presume are his basil flavoured poops. (So far he
hasn't developed a taste for chives..)