Father Ted Read My Blog!

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Well that’s not strictly true. But I was looking at my stats when I noticed some unfamiliar activity…

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That’s not strictly true either. But I did get some traffic from this lovely blog http://whythatsdelightful.wordpress.com/ which is written by Graham Linehan which was a name that I recognised. And it of course because he’s the writer of Father Ted and the IT Crowd amongst other things.

It’s an inbound link that made me feel cool. Maybe that’s a bit sad. But it’s true.

Graham’s blog is nice and has lots of funny stuff in it (as you might expect). It’s where I found this…

Dealing With Blog Block

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I was chatting with Andy about blog block on Friday. Neither of us could quite explain why we were feeling it. And I’m not sure I can explain it any better now. But this diagram has some of the components and some of the relationships between them. Anyone else got a blog block diagram they’d care to share?

Judging by the diagram I should just shut myself off for a bit and go and meditate in a cave or something. Alternatively I could just drink 3 cups of really strong coffee and mainline a bunch of wanky RSS-feeds until I get really angry about something then do a massive rant.

Or I could just go about my business until something vaguely interesting crops up. To be honest I think that’s probably the best thing to do…

Credit Crunch Minimix

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To try and lift everyone’s spirits I’ve put together a little (30min) mix of uplifting feel-good tracks to see if I can raise the mood of the internet. It’s a mix of styles from soul / mashups / hiphop / drum and bass / other so there’s something to suit some people in there.

Tracklist and download link at iainmixedit.tumblr.com or via the iTunes podcast.

Flickr Unleashes the Might of the Animated GIF

I just went to enable Flickr Stats so that I could see what’s been going on in my world of photos. And imagine my surprise and joy when the ‘processing stats’ page threw up an assortment of the finest in old-skool animated giffery…

This page:

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Offered up this:

And this:

And this:

In rotation.

But it made me wonder… I get the joke. Some of the people I know would get the joke. And lots of the folk on Flickr would get the joke. But what happens to the people who don’t get it? Does it matter? If you were a ‘design’ person who didn’t get the reference would you just think it was a bit of duff design. Or would you even notice? Or does everyone get what Flickr are doing? Or am I thinking too much again?

A New Design

Sophie’s away. So I spent most of the weekend geeking out and re-building my blog. I learned a lot of CSS stuff. But it did quite often feel like it was the boss of me rather than the other way round. Which I’m sure isn’t how it’s meant to be.

But I think it’s mostly working again, There’s still a few more yellow highlights than I wanted. I’m hoping I can find a helpful person at work to help me to get my head around the bits I couldn’t figure out on my own.

Anyway I hope the new look doesn’t make anyone feel too sick…

For More on The Augmented Reality Scene

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Image borrowed from: http://www.artag.net/

If you’re looking to find out more about the whole augmented reality thing I wholeheartedly suggest that you check out Ori’s blog. It’s got lots of interesting stuff on there and seems like a great place to keep up to date with the latest and greatest.

A New Summer Mix – This One’s A Bit of A Banger

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I’m going to stop putting my music mixes directly on Crackunit. For a few reasons. Paranoia being one. DJ mixes have always been a grey area in terms of licensing, etc. So I’m just going to tidy them over to somewhere else, just to be on the safe side. I’d hate my blog to get compromised in some way because of sharing my musical stuff. I have good reason to be paranoid about this stuff – maybe I’ll share the story another time.

I’ll still ‘point to’ mixes from here. But they’re now on a totally separate site.

If you want to listen to or download my latest mix (or just look at the tracklist) you can head over to: http://iainmixedit.tumblr.com/

It’s perhaps a bit more ‘upfront’ than some of the stuff I normally play. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing…