Friday  the Twenty-Fifth of July, 2003

"A Triffid was operated by a man crouched inside, cooled by a fan installed in its neck; the 'clackers' were radio controlled. The gnarled bowl, based on the ginseng root, was made of latex with a covering of sawdust and string while the neck was fibreglass and continued down to the floor, where it joined with the operator's seat."
In the Kingdom of the Blind - glorious details of the BBC's adaptation of the book. Comments? ]
To mark the unmarked John Wyndham centenary (which passed on July the 10th), the British Film Institute are showing the BBC's adaptation of Day of the Triffids and some other things. The series is also being repeated on UK Gold again in August, and the much-maligned US film version is out on DVD. Comments? ]
21st century childhood: the Lego house that Jack built yesterday was fitted with two CCTV cameras. Comments? ]

Passing Frenzies: Thief II - BlogNomic - IFComp 2003 - 26 Things

 Thursday  the Twenty-Fourth

Wanted: a dozen or so people to take part in an idle photography experiment, over the next couple of weeks. Candidate must have the ability to take a photo and submit it via email within twenty-four hours or so of being asked to, ideally. Apply within. Comments? ]

 Wednesday  the Twenty-Third

[1] Ask atheists what caused the Big Bang.
[2] Regardless of their answer, ask how they know this.
[3] Continue process until the atheist admits he doesn't know the answer to one of your questions.
[4] You win!
[5] Therefore, God exists."
A pick-and-mix of facetious and facetiously-summarised proofs of God's inexistence - it makes for a reasonable logic-exercise duckhunt, however far you manage to get through it. [via Grimace] Comments? ]

is a Giant Mecha-Ant that is Worshipped as a God, is Easily Confused, cowers from Radiation and from Fire, Screeches when Angry, and has Prehensile Eyes.

Strength: 5 Agility: 6 Intelligence: 6

To see if your Giant Battle Monster can
defeat Kevan, enter your name and choose an attack:

fights using
A sequel to Battle Monkeys, although I'd actually started writing this first, the Monkeys being a lazy zeitgeist spinoff. I was going to call this one Zilla Killer, but didn't want giant Toho lawyers coming around and demolishing my house. Comments? ]
"Alan Robinson, manager at the Tesco store on Newmarket Street, Cambridge, seems excited about the store's current trials of RFID tags in Gillette Mach 3 razorblades. [...] "We haven't had a single customer ask what the tag is doing in their packet of razors!""
What it's doing, says this Guardian article, is triggering a security camera on the razor aisle, and another at the checkouts, although it's not made clear why you need a radio chip to do this. (CASPIAN have found some documentation that suggests the shopper would be actually tracked throughout the store.)

Little electronic tags will, enthuse the manufacturers, eventually be cheap enough to glue beneath product labels, embed into banknotes and stitch into clothes, reducing customers to shimmering, information-rich constellations, triggering and echoing god knows what. Cranking humanity's perception of the world up to a more data-rich level (where we can still put objects into opaque pockets to hide them from other people), but one where the extra vision is restricted to supermarket managers, policemen and enterprising hi-tech muggers. Comments? ]

 Tuesday  the Twenty-Second

If you're using All Consuming to keep a public track of the books you're reading (and if you aren't, you should be), you can now set up your own Futuristic Book Club. No effort required - it automatically scours weblogs in search of people who've mentioned the books that you're currently reading, and drags them unwittingly into your circle of chairs to repeat whatever it was that they'd said about them. Inspirational repurposing of fairly scattered data. Comments? ]
"Alien Possession - Action - Until the start of the player's next turn, Cally is treated as an Independent Adversary. Cally immediately makes a Close Combat attack on any Crewmembers in her location."
The first new Dvorak deck in ages, and it's a Blake's 7 card game. It seems to capture the planet-of-the-week ethos quite neatly, with appropriate pitfall and shootout shenanigans, and desperate rescue missions. Half the references are lost on me, but there's a good feeling of analogy to it. Comments? ]

 Monday  the Twenty-First

Kaleidoscope has launched. Conspiracy theorists may recall the BlogNomic prize game, in which players were rewarded with game points for completing specific tasks in their weblog postings ("Write a post with as much alliteration as possible", "Take a photo and link to it") - Kaleidoscope is a standalone, automated reincarnation of that game, open to anyone. It's either a meta-game for your weblog, or a gallery of comparative interpretation, or both. We'll see where it goes. Comments? ]


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Other weblogs. The ones I make a point of returning to a lot.

Supporting cast. That have Web pages. In alphabetical order.

Weeks beginning. All having ended.
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2002: 30.12 23.12 16.12 09.12 02.12 25.11 18.11 11.11 04.11 28.10 21.10 14.10 07.10 30.09 23.09 16.09 09.09 02.09 26.08 19.08 12.08 05.08 29.07 22.07 15.07 08.07 01.07 24.06 17.06 10.06 03.06 27.05 20.05 13.05 06.05 29.04 22.04 15.04 08.04 01.04 25.03 18.03 11.03 04.03 25.02 18.02 11.02 04.02 28.01 21.01 14.01 07.01

2001: 31.12 24.12 17.12 10.12 03.12 26.11 19.11 12.11 05.11 29.10 22.10 15.10 08.10 01.10 24.09 17.09 10.09 03.09 27.08 20.08 13.08 06.08 30.07 23.07 16.07 09.07 02.07 25.06 18.06 11.06 04.06 28.05 21.05 14.05 07.05 30.04 23.04 16.04 09.04 02.04 26.03 19.03 12.03 05.03 26.02 19.02 12.02 05.02 29.01 22.01 15.01 08.01 01.01

2000: 25.12 18.12 11.12 04.12 27.11 20.11

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