Monthly Archives: June 2004

Learning From Others

The story goes that cool URLs don’t change. Valid in theory and very hard in practice – somebody always has a better idea two years down the line. That’s why it’s very encouraging to read Tom’s article on the reasoning behind URL’s on the new BBC Radio Three site. I’m hoping they do something similar for the other radio brands for it would be very useful and is a great example to other web designers/developers and producers. I guess many people are not afforded the luxury of the time Tom and company spent thinking about this so his post should be committed to memory. Now if only rest of us could learn …

On this day…

2005: Goodbye Richard

Olympic Dreams

jonathan edwards and the olympic torch in wandsworth 26 june 2004This morning PY and I went into Wandsworth to watch the Olympic torch make its way across our part of south London. It had started the day at the Wimbledon tennis tournament with Tim Henman and Sir Roger Bannister. By the time it made its way to us, Jonathan Edwards was the bearer. The whole thing was actually over in a moment and it was somewhat sad to see that although there were plenty of people braving the rain to see the torch they were somewhat outnumbered by officials, police and media people – which made me think the whole thing was not really for the people but for the sponsors and the coverage. The torch itself made its way off by taxi (it seems to be being transported by all forms of London transport today – including the tube) but Jonathan Edwards stayed around to talk to people. Although the moment was brief, the weather damp and the steel band hidden under-cover it was still a great moment to see this part of the chain.

A couple more pictures from the day. Jonathan Edwards CBE stays around to talk to fans, the Olympic Torch relay is a fully sponsored media event and then the torch left by taxi for the next stop on the route to The Mall where a concert was held in the evening.

jonathan edwards cbe in wandsworth 26 june 2004the olympic torch comes to london 26 june 2004the olympic torch left wandsworth in a black cab

On this day…

2005: Time To Sleep

Why Would You Be Interested?

It’s been quite a bizarre day as I have churned out a ton of documents at work. I particularly hate writing proposals to customers, work-orders and other documents related to my work but today i have cleared a nice backlog which makes me happy. There is, of course, no reason to tell you any of this except I feel I am ending the week on a high.

In totally unrelated news I am still trying to work out what to do with my new gmail storage. However, I did read a fantastic idea over at Jeremy Zawodny’s blog: Google should make an instant messaging product but make it open so other people could connect to it. Finally I would have to stop updating Trillian every time Yahoo changed a protocol or two.

On this day…

2005: Stories And Rumours
2004: Entertainment Trivia
2003: Shameless

Entertainment Trivia

After last night’s disappointment on the football field regular readers will be pleased to hear the ITV is bringing back Popstars to make our lives better. This time, according to Digital Spy, the show will look to create the UK’s next musical male-female duet. To make it even more depressing the same source also reports that ITV are planning an ITV3 – presumably so we can have Popstars on ITV1; Popstars Xtra on ITV2 and an additional behind-the-scenes-of-the-behind-the-scenes show on ITV3.

While I was reading the excellent Digital Spy I had cause to update the Man of the Moment entry for Colin and Matt.

On this day…

2005: Stories And Rumours
2004: Why Would You Be Interested?
2003: Shameless

We Wuz Robbed

michael owen on the pitchWhat an entirely nail biting match that was and how very, very depressing. I imagine most of the country was watching as Michael Owen scored for us in two and a half minutes. I made the tube and the train which were – I am certain – much quieter than they normally would be at 7pm. I just made it into the house just in time for the start and for Owen’s goal and was watching all way through to Helder Postiga’s equaliser after 83 minutes for Portugal. So everything went to extra time and we all had to watch for another 30 minutes. Thank goodness for Frank Lampard who kept us in it at the end of the second half of extra-time but who on earth would want to sit and watch those penalties? [match summary]

Despite the result, it’s games like this that make me enjoy the game of football!

On this day…

2005: Blimey! It’s Early!
2004: Come on Eng-er-land
2003: Turn Off That Alarm

Come on Eng-er-land

There have been football songs on the radio all day (it’s simply the worst music you can listen to) and there is an excitement outside. Everywhere you go there are English flags which is really quite pleasing to see. Now, all we have to do is win!

Thousands of England fans are gathering in Lisbon ahead of tonight’s crunch Euro 2004 quarter-final against hosts Portugal.

[Sky News]

The only other thing of interest I can come up with is that, apparently, “Simon Le Bon himself has heaped praise on boyband Phixx’s cover version of the 1984 Duran Duran smash hit Wild Boys” [source]. And even I don’t think that’s interesting.

So I’ll leave it at that and go and watch the match.

On this day…

2005: Blimey! It’s Early!
2004: We Wuz Robbed
2003: Turn Off That Alarm

Online Customer Service Ratings

Over the past two weeks I have had cause to contact two online companies that happily take my credit card details for services (and I happily pay them as I want to use the paid for features). You may recall I’ve mentioned contacting Yahoo. I also have had cause to contact Sonic Selector. So far, both companies are rating 0/10 for their customer service when it comes to billing enquires. At this moment it is at the point I would cancel both of the services and find alternative providers – especially as I just got an invite for a gmail account! Such a shame that companies behave like this. Just reminds that sometimes a real-world store that you can walk into is better.

UPDATE: Interestingly – and totally unknown to me until I posed this – the ‘On This Day‘ link is also about poor customer service.

On this day…

2005: links for 2005-06-22
2005: You Make Me Sweat
2002: Shopping Madness

A Little Update

In case you’re searching for an update on this: well, OK so the extra storage is great. The fact they haven’t replied to any of my messages sucks. I am a paying customer 😉

Oh, and I didn’t get to see the England game in a pub as I was on public transport. The trains were empty. It was very strange.

And finally, proof that digital downloads can be good for the music industry.

Second, going digital broadens your musical taste, he says. “With iTunes [Music Store], you can sample loads of stuff. A lot of people have said it has opened their ears to new music they wouldn’t have otherwise listened to,” he says.

On this day…

2005: Nightlfe
2005: Summertime In London
2003: Formula One 2003 Race Calendar
2003: London’s Secret Railway
2002: Rod Stewart plays Glastonbury
2002: Paris in the Summer

Just Some Things

Things that caught my eye today:

  • Are your SMS text messages being intercepted? Spy Blog seems to think that they may be. A terrorism export quoted on the site says, “Having this kind of surveillance is the price we have to pay in a modern society to protect us from terrorists”. While in principal I agree with that I do think we have a right to be told that this is happening. Wonder what they make of my late night drunken texts home?
  • If you thought teleportation was just in the realms of science fiction then think again. I had always assumed it was just something inventive story-tellers made-up. Well, BBC News reports that there have been some advances in teleportation. We might be a long way from Scottie beaming us up but it’s fascinating, don’t you think?
  • Do you have a cool idea for the future of the web browser? If your idea might require some machine learning to implement it then Blake Ross wants to hear from you.
  • I made a conscious decision this year not to get start watching the current series of Big Brother – it can suck you life from under you. Naturally, this is the year I wish I’d been paying attention. If you missed it there’s been a punch-up and the police were called. Tonight’s eviction is cancelled. According to The Scotsman, a BB spokesman said, “We want to let the housemates continue to work through their differences rather than be faced with an eviction”
  • And if you haven’t seen this year’s Ascot hat collection you should for they look frightfully dull compared to some years.

On this day…

2005: links for 2005-06-18