All posts made in Nov. 2000: starts with a brilliant concept: That individuals can make a difference if they have the information. They supply the details and the infrastructure to let get together and give each other hints about how to change society for the better. It's by Common Purpose: an independent educational organisation which aims to change the way society works.

Excellent, excellent news. See also: Stonewall.

Take your standard Flash mutilate-an-object game, and then make it completely photographic and beautifully put together: I've been making this pink bear suffer [via prolific] for a couple of days now.

iUndress [via blue ruin] combines point-and-click nudity with environmental politics. And so much depth! Check out, at least, the postcards, and the questions you have to answer to undress (some? The one I checked anyway) of the models. Great fun.

Another Thursday, another [rather late today, sorry] Upsideclown.

"I've got my own place," she tells me but I'm still not interested and both of us carry on walking the streets. Her face is a pallid wreck that no amount of make-up can mask and besides, I've tried most things and jacking off is still the best way to have sex in this city.

Neil is in the city: Urban Regeneration.

Why I Am Eating All The Pies by Chancellor Gordon Brown MP. Extremely funny, if you like that kind of thing.

Looking for Madam Tetrachromat [via slashdot]. Wow. Which touches on something that really bugs me: When you see something yellow, how do you know whether it's yellow photons, or a mix of red photons and green ones?

Maildrop replaces your local mail delivery agent and filters your email into folders based on specified rules.

In today's Upsideclown, Jamie looks into the female figure and the curious reactions it elicits. In the process he reveals fundamental human truths (as always), and the fact he's just a dirty old man. Excellent, very funny. Monday's Upsideclown is Eye Candy.

Thursday, Thursday, Upsideclown, Thursday.

This following piece taken from the electronic journals of Professor Patric (no relation), extracted with difficulty from the charred remains of his laboratory.

Dan finds the records of Professor Patric who has been looking into -- well, that would spoil it, wouldn't it? Read: The Limits of Melissa Joan Hart.

Good article on three new internet encyclopedias [via gorjuss]: Everything2; h2g2; Nupedia.

What he said. The International Herald Tribune 'site is awesome. Apart from the clippings (use together with the full-'site index), I like the way the full article is preloaded so you can pageflip without waiting... and in three-column mode clicking anywhere on the right hand column is the same as clicking the Next Page button. Fitts would be proud.

I have a friend who has been teaching in Malawi. He writes home to the USA and his folks email a group of us.

It's hard to understand that I have spent two years here. Though there is enough time to contemplate two years, a day is a day whether I'm here or gone forever from here. Another morning like this one (hopefully without the rain), I'll set off with slightly heavier luggage than usual. That's it.

I wish I had even a fraction of what Burt has. I wish I knew what I feel means.

Are you a company or government with more hard cash than long-term vision? Would you be willing to pay third-world countries for their excess carbon credits (because the harsh debt payments - that they're making to you, incidentally - stops them from building a sustainable industry) so you can continue pumping your waste into the atmosphere? lets you bid for, trade and bank planet-destroying gases. And they said the free market could never be used for a worthy purpose.

At BBC News: Pollution trading goes online.

Buying my London Travelcard online was pretty painless, and removes my once-a-month queuing hell to renew it. What I'd really like is to schedule it; cronjob my purchase, cf. InYourPants subscription underpants.

Barbie bondage.

Anne Robinson's The Weakest Link put-downs (The Weakest Link is a shit gameshow.)

Interesting new use of SMS. Special-offers local in time and space sent to your mobile phone; you just tell them when you're in a particular mall. There's not much at the ZagMe 'site yet, but the service is already operational and rolling out.

Links for Game Boy programming.

I've been getting really into random Flash apps/games (mainly culled from MeFi).

PoPoRon is variously described as "Photoshop on acid" and "crazy flying shit". Both are right.

Uncontrol is an awesome collection of interactive Flash animations; generative it seems. Or as the site says: "an interactive exercise that explores the themes of anthropomorphism and kinetics". Be sure to check out games 2 (wurm) and 6 (roach), and the pictures people have sent in under 'draw').

BBC Says Sorry for 'African Orphan' Stunt: The BBC said it would not be conducting an internal inquiry as the crew had followed all the rules for filming on location.

Victor puts aside her inhibitions in this Monday's Upsideclown and shares with us true, and deep, fears.

But seriously, folks, I open my heart to you now, and confess that I now can't close my eyes when I wash my hair and face in the shower, for fear that I will be hit by an ocean liner.

Phobia, fear and floating vessels in Bottomry: Exorcising Ghosts.

IKEA has expanded their Tattooman 'site which is without doubt the best advertising campaign in the history of tele. Turn the tattooman round (those red arrows) and click on the eye to watch the commercials. Brilliant.

Instant Karma [Flash] DIY ambient music. Mellow.

Another Thursday, but not any Thursday. Today it's my Upsideclown.

I stand naked under the African sun, a knife in one hand, a spear in the other. Never has the air tasted as fresh as this. I take one step backward, one forwards and then another. I hunch. My eyes drink the light, greedily. The leopard faces me only metres away, head to the floor, back arching skyward.

I explore, as ever, the fundamental truths of life and humanity, and in doing so take on the leopard face-to-face. What is that? I hear you ask. Come, learn, understand: The truth about the leopard.

Watch geeks in their natural habitat: the UMS office cam [this url will be changing over the next few days]. I'm the one with the blue hair.

Famous Fonts from brands, films and CD designs.

asdf; asdf story.

Right. If you have Windows, do this now:

  • Download EzeeBeeb and unzip it (more instructions).
  • Run 'BeebEm' in the 'intelbin' folder.
  • Choose 'load disk 0' from the File menu. Click on Games; load imogen.ssd.
  • Type, at the BBC prompt, "*!BOOT".
  • The x and z keys go left and right. Press return while you're moving and you'll jump. Use the cursor keys to move along the icons at the top. You can turn into a monkey or a cat (or a bird, if you can catch it, on one level) by pressing the space bar with that icon selected. Monkeys can climb; cats can jump more. Items you pick up you can select with the cursor and press space to use, only as the wizard. Solve the puzzles to collect the magic thing on each level.
  • Enjoy.

There. Imogen is possibly one of my favourite games ever. Do you promise you'll have a go?

Hundreds more BBC games.

Oh yeah baby. Easy to install, loads of games: EzeeBeeb BBC Model B Microcomputer emulator. Playing all those old skool games, it's... hm. I can feel my childhood crumbling.

Kye (and another good Kye 'site) is a remarkably addictive game for Mac and Windows. Move around, avoid and trap the beasties, collect the crystals, design your own levels. They don't make games like this anymore. My productivity is going way down.

The Ship of Fools Fruitcake zone has pointers to some of the most entertaining Christian 'interest' 'sites. Ever wondered how close we are to the Rapture? Simply tally up your favourite end of the world indicators: the Armageddon stock market.

I'll not even mention the Christian Naturists Home Page, except to say that I'd never realised there were so many theological implications of being nude.

And also from the Ship of Fools (in Gadgets for God) come Handy Hindus; finger puppets of Brahma, Ganesh and more.

The Bible Bar contains the Seven Foods of Deuteronomy: Wheat, barley, raisins, honey, figs, pomegranates, olive oil. It's based on the seven fine principals of Biblical nutrition. [links courtesy of flat James.]

Hello Monday, hello fresh Upsideclown. This time... well:

Started as a rash, but one which moved into the skin rather than out. Little red bumps which turned into blisters which then vanished. Until I saw that the bumps were still there, but under a layer of tissue; still soft, still hurting but not as visible. The next morning, and one application of hydrocortisone later, my skin was smooth and soft, but now there was an aching in my joints. In my bones.

George, it seems, has been ill: Lyrical Genius.

Things to do with a plastic bag:

Or, you could just go and read Tom Coates' plasticbag because it's a quality weblog and I'm not going to be here to occupy and entertain you this weekend.

And while I'm on the subject of plugging other weblogs, which is a rare event, there are a few other places I'd like to mention.

  • GBlogs
    ...for all your GB weblogs needs. Whatever they might be.
  • Extenuating Circumstances
    One, it's a great read. Two, I've a feeling there may be some embarrassing photos on Dan's camera. Dan, could you - uh - use your discretion. Hm?
  • Not so soft
    At the (two) blogmeets I've been to, Meg has had control of the camera, and she might well at future ones too; implies/leads to/therefore: Meg needs buttering up.
  • Linkmachinego
    ...because there are always links of sheer wonderfulness to eat my time. Nuff said.
  • Venusberg
    He's new; he writes at Upsideclown; I've been trying to get him to self-publish for ages. I like his writing, that's all. Is that so wrong, really?

Right, that's enough gratuitous linking for one day. But don't forget my links page if you need more places to go.

We now return you to your regular programming.

You've heard of Real Doll -- the 'site where you can buy custom made incredibly life-like (well...) sex dolls? Well this is the same, but with corpses.

Man, this is brilliant. Diesel Sweeties [via Memepool] is the only online comic I've ever just gone through and read all the archives of. Premise: Ex-model goes out with robot. Yeah. And a few items you might appreciate: 33, 37, 38, 49. But it's best to start at the beginning and work through.

New-to-me: BlogVoices is a third-party commenting system that works with Blogger.

Attack monkeys.

Well, well. Another Thursday, another Upsideclown.

If you had to have sex with all of the Corrs (including the bloke), in which order would you do them?

Only James has the guts to ask (and answer) the questions which concern all humanity: Right answer. Wrong answer.

I can thoroughly recommend climbing if you're unfit and want to ache all over all the next day. In fact, the Castle is perfect if you do some of these, and one of these [larger photo].

I've never felt anything like it. You're a few metres off the ground, standing on one leg balanced with your hands and reaching as hard as you can with your other foot. You've got a rope, you're not going to fall... but it's so real. Reaching the top I realise there was music on and people around and all the rest, but my mind has been blank, completely on the moment. In the moment. It feels fantastic; I was shaking (although later because I was over-reaching and just got fatigued). I want to do this again.

Is this letter at System intriguing or what?

We've developed a general-purpose platform for mapping and visualizing network data in 2-D (think of a map) and 3-D (think of cyberspace). The platform has an open interface based on HTTP and XML, so anyone can write software to use it for anything.

Sounds like my kinda ting. I'll be watching. Everything is networks, man. Everything.

The PopCult! icons are inspired by the Zeldman icons... but bigger and I dunno, sexier. Yum.

Victorian Sex Cry Generator [via Tawdry].

Rapa Nui is a beautiful name for the people, language and land of the island we know as Easter Island.

It's Monday and time for a fresh Upsideclown. Neil explores the nature of culture and the classics in a gentle and illuminating piece: In Extremis.

Oh dear: UK Blogmeet photos [at notsosoft]. But what wonderful people -- I'll leave it to others (Plasticbag; Threadnaught) to say who was there. And next time, I'll get my revenge. Vu'khum.

This is a homepage, and here are my links. Isn't that just so 1996? Standard disclaimers apply: These are the main ones, I browse more than that, no offence intended, and the page doesn't work in Netscape. Whoops. But now you can see where I go (as long as you use IE4+).

Premise: Web applications as are are not very good and could learn a lot from the desktop world. Separating tool and data would allow many applications to work together and the user to have more power and more security. So, I wrote up my thoughts: Introducing document centric web applications.

I feel it's a very useful conceptual position that makes the future of web apps much more evident. Comments, as always, are welcome.

Reduce the N=NP? problem to Minesweeper and in the process make logic gates out of game grid patterns. Wow.

Stunning nature photographs (I like especially the Antarctic wallpapers, although all the climbing photos are wonderful), via caustic sense -- who also credits Worldwall, free desktop wallpaper, which certainly needs some more looking into.

I'm not usually one for Flash, but playing with Me Company is so much fun -- like 3d perpetual bubble-wrap. And the abstract desktop backgrounds are brilliant too. Via Freshfroot ("a streaming index of ideas and inspirations to kickstart creative reactions": True), via flawed.

MacInTouch notes how to export email from Entourage (part of Mac Office 2001). Useful, for me.

"Excuse me, do you know if Gary Numan is performing tonight?" he asked me, at the Magnetic Fields gig last night. "Sorry, was he supposed to be coming?" "I don't know. I assumed you would," and at that point I should have suspected something wasn't quite right. All I was doing was standing at the bar drinking Red Stripe.

And then somehow, and I still don't know quite how, "I can guess if you like, but I probably wouldn't be right. Would that help?" must have come out really aggressively, because the guy snapped back "You've got blue hair so I thought you'd know" and stomped off. Oh.

Departure Lounge supported and helped me lose my prog-rock virginity before they lapsed into not-really-very-good.

Oh, and then Magnetic Fields doing (some of) 69 Love Songs, and their alter ego The 6ths playing songs from Hyacinths and Thistles (which is where Gary Numan didn't come in, but others did), which is an album title deliberately difficult to say: Awesome. Stephen Merrit has the most incredible voice and the best lyrics.

"Tom Lehrer meets Tom Petty," I whispered to Dan. "You're composing entries in your head again, aren't you?" he replied. He'd caught me at it.

Hey, the new track about Creationism implies that the serpent in Eden was actually a dinosaur (and a talking one at that). [Cheers George.]

Go read The Semantic Web: A Primer (via and covered by WriteTheWeb). The Semantic Web is a shorthand for making all the human readable data on the www machine readable also. It could mean any number of things, and we're still all trying to figure out what it is and how to get there. And it's the future baby.

Legobots are robots made out of Lego, some of which seem curiously inspired by Transformers -- just a coincidence, I'm sure. Or maybe not. There are instructions to build the mighty Optimus Prime. Break out the bricks! Quit your job! Awesome.

Jamie brings us the Thursday Upsideclown.

I've come up with two theories, and I'm not sure which one's scarier. Either they're all ganging up on me, and there's a cocoon out there with my name on it, or a mass uprising is planned and I'm the only one who's twigged. Either way, I'm probably running out of time. I'd better bring you up to speed while I've got the chance.

It has to be said I'm getting a little concerned about the level of paranoia among the clowns, but Jamie's on to something big here. You'd better watch out: World-wide-web?

OpenDoc was an IBM/Apple technology for a document-centric OS. Modules could be dragged into a single document: a Photoshop part for a picture; a dictionary object too. Taligent (who no longer exist) were set up to pursue the object orientated dream, in the 'Pink' project categorising the world into People, Places and Things [ref]. Their work is cited by StarDock (the Object Desktop for Windows) who are only now using similar technology.

The dream of OpenDoc never came to fruition, losing out to Microsoft's better marketed OLE, but it's fascinating to read those excited articles in 1994, when so many people thought of the whole world through an OO window. It's easy to do, when object orientation is so new. It's a shame everything is so much more complicated than that.