What you find looking through your stats


Maybe I’m too much of a geek but I love analysing my stats.

Today I looked at who was hijacking my graphics, the most popular graphic being hijacked at the moment is the comment icon from the popular FamFamFam icon set, Christ it’s not as if they can’t go get those themselves!

There are a few minor MySpace sites out there using this graphic, but also there is what seems like one large Polish site. I’ve sent them an email asking them kindly to stop linking to my server and I’ll just have to wait and see whether they duly act.

I could create some Apache rule to stop this but I like to be able to peak at who are stupid enough to play this game.

Do you think a week is long enough before I change the graphic to Goatse?

Get you’re geek on!


Fancy a day full of geeked out fun where you can bring the family and they can see what you get up to at all these meets you go to? Then Geek in the Park might appeal to you…

Geek in the Park is a day-long get together, picnic, and discussion for anyone to do with the Internet (developers, designers, programmers… whatever!). This is a very informal affair so family and friends are very much welcome to attend too.

The big day is taking place in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Split in to two main events, Geek in the Park starts with The Picnic during the day, followed by The Discussion in the evening. The event starts on Sunday at noon and everything should wrap up by around 11pm.

Trevor Morris has done a sterling job of organising this event along with Andy Higgs and a few others from the Multipack they have created a website for the event which wouldn’t look out of place in anybodies portfolio, go check it out, digg the comments pool, these guys/gals are the dogs.

Anyways the day will be full of fun & frolics where like minded people can meet and discuss the latest web technologies or just play Frisbee™. The night will be spent in a nearby pub, where a discussion will be headed by Patrick H Lauke and Bruce Lawson called ‘Where the rubber meets the road: Web Accessibility and Pragmatism.’

Don’t forget that this is a totally FREE event. See you there!

There is a god!


Justice! Portugal are out. Commentators are berating their style of play and sportsmanship, the crowd were booing Ronaldo from the kick off, he was crying at the end. Carvalho is out of the third place game and gave away the penalty.

Would I be called greedy to have wished France to have gone on to score a goal when Ricardo came up for a corner?

Roll on Euro 2008, hope we meet you Portugal!

The benefits of Multipackers


Last Saturday was my third Multipack meeting and the numbers are gradually rising. I’ve enjoyed every one of them so far, it’s good to talk to like minded people who know what I’m on about – even if you do get pints thrown at you.

While mulling over certain software people use Ross mentioned that he used NewsFire for his RSS aggregator, it is built by David Watanabe the same guy that gave us Acquisition.

This said I decided to give it a go, I’ve never really been one to use a RSS aggregator – don’t ask me why – as I normally just visit the sites I read in my browser during the course of the day, and clicking on the live bookmarks in Firefox to see if my subscribed feeds have been updated.

Using NewsFire has made me much more productive as I don’t spend time going to sites I’ve read three times previously that day. NewsFire will just politely tell me when a new article has been posted.

Yeah and before you say I knew the principles of aggregators I just didn’t think one of the benefits would be less distractions.

Thanks Ross, it’s good this tinternet isn’t it?

Nobody told me!


It takes me a while to make a decision, so I spent a long time finding the right bike. I must have gone to 5 bike shops and looked on every online shop selling bikes but knowbody mentioned anything about getting used to this new culinary diet.

Why so many gnats/greenfly have to end up in my mouth I don’t know. Well today was the record I must have ate at least 10 of the little bleeders, I still found room to eat my tea when I got home from work though!

Doing my bit for the environment


I’ve recently bought a bike to cycle to work with the intention of getting rid of my beer gut. Since starting to cycle to work I’ve become quite conscience about how I’m not contributing to the pollution levels and feel I’m doing my bit for our planet – don’t worry I won’t be hijacking any whaling boats in the Antarctic.

Apart from dodging the White Van Men and Chelsea Tractors it’s been quite easy to get into considering I’ve not cycled for 15 years. I would recommend it to anyone who sits behind a computer all day and doesn’t get much exercise.