Sunday, 28 September 2008

Tiger Tiger

It must be dreadfully boring to support a team that wins all the time

Wednesday : The Joy Of Six (Arsenal 6 - 0 Sheff Utd)

Saturday : Straight To Hull (Arsenal 1 - 2 Hull City)

Hopefully we're getting this out of our system early in the season, but it's still infuriating to say the least. Where was the passion, the drive, the energy shown by our 19-year olds in midweek? Ah yes, they are all still striving to make a name for themselves, presumably paid a reasonable (but not ridiculous) salary whilst hoping to emulate their seniors and play at the highest level. Our first team looked bereft of ideas, possibly assuming Hull were just there to have a nice day out and try the famous balti pies. Well wake up, Gunners, it's no good battling to draws and even victories against the other members of the so-called Top Four, if we throw away any advantage by stumbling to defeat against the likes of Fulham and Hull.

Personally, I think Chelsea are nailed on for the title this year, given the money they have spent and the players they have brought in (imagine Deco alongside Fabregas in our midfield!) but whilst I agree 100% with Wenger's stubborn refusal to get into the big boys money pissing competition and instead try to organically grow the team from seed wherever possible, it still has to generate points on the board at some stage. Buying trophies is no fun, but winning them still is. Come on you Reds, sort it out...

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Era We Go Again

Barney Ronay on Arsenal's U-11s:

Very funny :)

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Utter Kaos

Almost worth getting a Nintendo DS for this little beauty:

Game review: Korg DS-10
"...a perfect reconstruction of the Korg MS-10 - an analogue, monophonic synthesizer that has had rave reviews ever since it arrived in 1978. The DS-10 is slightly better than the MS-10: while it faithfully recreates the former's sound, it has a Kaos Pad interface which the MS-10 lacked. As well as a virtual keyboard and sequencers galore, it has knob-and-pinboard patch panels for tweaking synth and even drum sounds to near-destruction."

Monday, 22 September 2008

Overheard #51

I was about to say that:

Of course, in Brazilian logic contradictions are not necessarily false.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Aphex Twin Girl

I'm sure this is all over the intertubes, but it's very cool (and just the sort of thing I'd like to try with Freyja, if I ever get any free time whatsoever again :)

Monday, 15 September 2008


Christmas is coming (via engadget)...

TrekStor: USBeer*

* and if it isn't called USBeer, it really ought to be...

French Orelsan

J'aime ceci beaucoup:

Anyone who can rhyme "tetes des jeunes" with "Playstation" is OK in my book :)

Tanks On The Lawn

Nicely measured response from Goonerboy post the Abu Dhabi takeover at Man City (and their subsequent backtracking once they realised the true sorry state of the club, post-Frank)

Goonerboy: Enough is Enough

Personally I think it's gone too far to come back, the sport has already lost any connection to its local roots. How long before we have a summer all-star tournament sponsored by global billionaires with teams bidding for the services of international players competing for untold millions in prize money.

Couldn't happen? Look at cricket. The Indian Premier League? Stanford 20/20? Sorry football, you're next.

Thursday, 11 September 2008


Hat-trick for young Mr Walcott last night against Croatia (1, 2, 3 via 101 Great Goals)!!

* and that one IS mine!

Girl Turk*

Remember the fuss about Girl Talk's "Feed The Animals" album? Andy Baio at decided to compile the metadata for the various (264!) samples included in all 14 tracks, using Amazon's Mechanical Turk (on-demand scalable workforce) service.

And then made some rather nice graphical charts. I like it a lot.

* I cannot claim this one, for shame!

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

What Shutter Speed Would You Need In A Black Hole?

From some almost scientific prodding of my left knee, it appears they haven't brought about the end of the world (yet) so here are some (30) rather nice snaps of the thing they're all calling the Armageddon Machine Large Hadron Collider, located somewhere under most of Geneva:

Pretty, isn't it?

(via Neatorama)

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

What A Brick

This is quite charming. Only took two days, apparently:

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Chrome Plated

As kottke says, people have been speculating about this for over 7 years:

Google Chrome
"All of us at Google spend much of our time working inside a browser. We search, chat, email and collaborate in a browser. And in our spare time, we shop, bank, read news and keep in touch with friends -- all using a browser.

What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that's what we set out to build.

On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple. To most people, it isn't the browser that matters. It's only a tool to run the important stuff -- the pages, sites and applications that make up the web. Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go."

This is going to be worth a look :)