Entries from April 2005

New look articles section

Posted on 30 April 2005 in Planet Bods (No comments yet - be the first!)

The articles section of this site has always been a bit of a mishmash. It liisted some articles by category and some just were dumped on the front page. So yesterday I redid it.

Election Leaflets

Posted on 29 April 2005 in Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

With less than a week to go before the election, you have to ponder who to vote for. Well I haven’t met any of the candidates and I haven’t even seen them anywhere, although Apparently the Greens did a hustings session last week. So what about literature - the stuff shoved through the door.

Into the Digital Age

Posted on 28 April 2005 in Music (No comments yet - be the first!)

When I worked at Bush House, it was a daily ritual. Just before going out, pick up a CD, bung it in my CD player and run out the door. One CD would generally last me door to door. But not any more.

Alliance and Leicester - so incompetant you can’t even open an account with them

Posted on 27 April 2005 in Money (No comments yet - be the first!)

So the debit card has been cut, and the cheque book shredded. And that was before my current account transfer had been even completed to them.

How to succeed in job interviews

Posted on 26 April 2005 in Work (No comments yet - be the first!)

What with redundancies and things, you may be surprised to find out that there aren’t that many promotion oppertunities for a hip, young, trendy dude like me (will you just stop laughing, PLEASE!)

De-Hitoping

Posted on 24 April 2005 in Internet (No comments yet - be the first!)

It must have been 1998 when I first used HTML pre-processor Hitop, and now seven years later, I’m beginning to say goodbye.

We’re going to do WHAT?!

Posted on 20 April 2005 in BBC red button, Interactive TV (No comments yet - be the first!)

Is it really a year ago that the BBC’s statement of programme policy proclaimed that we’d launch something called QuickCodes on an unsuspecting world?

Bye Bye Billboards

Posted on 20 April 2005 in Life, Politics and Government (No comments yet - be the first!)

Just under a month ago, I mentioned the errection of two large, metal billboards on a small patch of grass right outside Colliers Wood tube station, next to the Brown and Root Tower. And now I write again.

Memorise, Destroy

Posted on 19 April 2005 in Money (No comments yet - be the first!)

I open the envelope and there’s my shiny new PIN complete with message telling me to destroy this slip and memorise my number.

The Inner Circle

Posted on 17 April 2005 in Entertainment (No comments yet - be the first!)

Back in November I mentioned a batch of cartoons I had found and was going to put online.

Keep Me Away From Those Pies

Posted on 12 April 2005 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

Farmers markets are a dangerous place where I scour the place sampling, tasting, and thinking about how nice it would be to buy some of that stuff there, before hastily pulling myself back and saying, well yes, but what would you actually do with it?

Silverlink Hell (part 2)

Posted on 11 April 2005 in Transport (No comments yet - be the first!)

Badger people enough - and importantly be firm - and you might even get a proper answer to your question.

Code Buzz

Posted on 10 April 2005 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

I spent most of the day messing with PHP, XML and Yahoo’s APIs to knock together a simple, pretty basic website search script for use on Catherine’s website. It’s not hugely complicated but it was all new stuff.

You Cannot Put a Chicken On Your Head

Posted on 9 April 2005 in Money (No comments yet - be the first!)

Don’t you just love it when you contact a provider and say "Why am I not able to do this? What’s the logic in not being able to do it? It makes no sense."

The Usability of Meeting Room Names

Posted on 9 April 2005 in Work (No comments yet - be the first!)

The usability of meeting room names is not something that has generally attracted much attention in this world, but perhaps it should if the BBC experience is anything to go by.

Alliance and Leicester Internet Banking

Posted on 6 April 2005 in Money (15 comments)

Well I’ve used the internet banking services of a few banks so far, and none of them come close to sucking as much as Alliance and Leicester - they’re have become a shining example of how to frustrate and annoy at least one user. Me.

SuperCeefax and BBCi Page Numbers

Posted on 5 April 2005 in BBC red button, Interactive TV (No comments yet - be the first!)

A friend who obviously has too much time on her hands pointed me to a discussion on Digital Spy’s forums where posters were asked the question, which is better - BBCi or Teletext?

Planet Bods Network

Posted on 5 April 2005 in Planet Bods (No comments yet - be the first!)

over the last few days, Planet Bods has changed. The times of serious stuff about Mark and Lard, and pointless stuff involving cartoons of pipe smoking trees are other… Sort of.

Silverlink Hell (part 1)

Posted on 3 April 2005 in London, Transport (4 comments)

Every day I get the 0835 West London Line service from Clapham Junction to Wilsden Junction. Every day the train leaves the platform at 0835. Every day the train leaves the platform packed like a sardine tin - with people crushed into every available space in gross miscomfort.

Letters to the Editor: April 2005

Posted on 3 April 2005 in Planet Bods (No comments yet - be the first!)

Wow! Has it really been a year since we answered your mail? No wonder the sack in the corner of the room is bulging more than the arm of a wrestler on steroids! Well lets get straight to it with a letter from Doncaster.

Ulysses 31

Posted on 2 April 2005 in TV Programmes (No comments yet - be the first!)

Mortals! You defy the Gods? I sentence you to travel among unknown stars. Until you find the Kingdom of Hades, your bodies will stay as lifeless as stone.

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