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Monthly Archives: April 2004

Stockholm Trotting

Well I’m off to Stockholm on Thursday for a short break of 5 days. I’ve been told that it’s one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities and I can’t wait to agree with them, and also I shall be able to add Stockholm to my list of visited countries.

Plus, I’m going to have to seriously consider transferring my blog somewhere where I get proper webspace for uploading photos.


New Web Site

Well, I was approached by Chimera (where I do my PhD) to produce a new website for them many moons ago. Yesterday it was finally made live following many design iterations. I loved producing the site and learned so much (mostly about how difficult it is when lots of people have lots of conflicting ideas about what’s cool). I’m just happy that its finally made it! My first professional website:

Pass it on…
Via iSociety and Anne Galloway:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

“But sometimes vice turns to virtue and a wealth of network analysis methods exploit asymmetry to churn out more thought-provoking results than symmetrical graphs will allow”. Alain Degenne and Michael Forse, Introducing Social networks.

Power Kiting

One of my mates has recently lured me into the world of Power Kiting. These are not ordinary kites, oh no. They’re monster kites that come in at 4 metres wide (sometimes up to 12 metres), making them more like parachutes than kites, that can lift you clean off the ground on the calmest of days. I had my first go with one a few months back and I LOVED it. The problem is, these kites come in at around 300 quid. And considering that I’ve recently forked out double that on a new bass guitar and amp, it’s likely that I’ll be borrowing other people’s kites rather than being introduced to my very own.

Anyway, the thing that prompted me to write about this is the Tom Watson, the “blogging MP” seems to have had a fling with power kites, himself.

More Interesting Links

Tom Coates getting excited about Kinja, a blog digest tool. He’s not the only one.

Academics and Blogging at Many to Many. 1….2….3….

and another one….


This is a really interesting post about how Google is so much more than a search engine. It’s a mega-computer running it’s own platform-unspecific OS.

Blog is the new Weblog

Over at Crooked Timber there’s a posting showing a graph of the use of the terms “weblog” and “blog” in various major newspapers over the past few years. It seems that 2003 was the first year that “blog” became more used in articles than “weblog”. I guess blogs are becoming more and more mainstream…

I’m beginning to like Crooked Timber, what with this and the “online survey” it ran a week or so back.

Google Job Opportunity

Is there someone you’re really not getting on with right now? Someone you really hate? Why not recommend them for a new post being advertised at Google:

Looks like a Google April Fools!