Monday, 30 January 2006


IMG_0001, originally uploaded by REALJimBob.

First photo from the new camera. Finally I've uploaded a photo from the new Canon EOS 350D. I must say I'm loving the feel of this camera, so much easier to keep steady than the smaller Optio 550. Hopefully, lots more (and more interesting) photos to come from this bad boy...

New Toy

Got me a new toy yesterday. Finally snapped up the new camera I'd been drooling over for so long. Once I work out what all the buttons do, I just have to wait for the talent to kick in...

Friday, 27 January 2006

Dilbert does sauce

I don't think I've ever seen a saucy dilbert strip before, this one really made me snigger though, in that way that only schoolboy humour can...

Tuesday, 24 January 2006

Toogle for REALJimBob

Toogle for REALJimBob, originally uploaded by REALJimBob.

After a discovery care of Doc Searls, the Toogle website makes interesting ASCII art versions of whatever a search of Google Images would have returned. In my case, this hazy rendition of my Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes photograph.

Thursday, 19 January 2006

The Scanner Photography Project

The Scanner Photography Project, where Michael Golembewski built himself a 115 MP camera using a Canon scanner as a sensor and making the rest from antique parts and gaffer tape. Some spectacular effects as the scanner doesn't expose the entire frame in a single instant, but instead moves across the frame (either side to side or vertically), but it does produce some stunning photos:

Thursday, 12 January 2006

When a bike is stolen a fairy dies

I hope this isn't true...

Thunderbird 1.5 Released

New version of Thunderbird is available. This brings it inline with the Firefox version. I haven't played with any of the intermediate releases since v1.0 so I might have to have a play with this and see if it carries any notable improvements...

Tuesday, 10 January 2006 differences

I'd never noticed it before, but if you load up in the Firefox or IE browsers you get slightly different menu offerings. Firefox offers you a link to view your own bookmarks: in Firefox

whereas, IE offers you your favourites: in IE

Sunday, 8 January 2006

More Google Pack

2006ces_121.JPG, originally uploaded by dsearls.

Doc Searls is photo blogging from CES as Google announce their new pack bundle...

Maryamie: In Defense of Geeks or Ten Reasons Why You Should Date a Geek

Maryamie Scoble writes In Defense of Geeks or Ten Reasons Why You Should Date a Geek. Sadly, three of them involve getting your computer fixed, three of them revolve around other techie gadgets and the remaining four are how much better you'll feel about yourself having such a riduculous creature next to you for comparison (the old theory about okay looking girls hanging out with ugly girls to make themselves look hotter). I mean, obviously it's meant to be a joke but.... yaaaaawn...

Saturday, 7 January 2006

Google Pack Launched

Google launches their new Google Pack, a software delivery vehicle providing all the usual Google software (Google Desktop, Google Earth, Picasa, Google Toolbar, Google Talk and the new Google Screensaver) as well as selected third party software: Firefox, Ad-Aware, Norton AntiVirus, Trillian, Acrobat Reader, RealPlayer and some GalleryPlayer Images. Nothing you couldn't get for yourself independently, but then I guess that's the point of the bundle - it encourages you to try more than you would have normally.

Strangely for me, the Google Updater actually provided a better way of managing my Google software. In came Ad-Aware (possibly to replace my existing Microsoft download) and out went Google Talk - there's only so many times you can load that up just to find you don't know anybody else on it...

Google Screensaver provides a quite nice way of viewing your images in a screensaver, but I think I still prefer the default one that comes with Windows. But the big problem with this is one that afflicts all of Google's downloadable products - if you aren't running Windows you can't play the game...

Friday, 6 January 2006

Aargh and Hmmm

What (according to Google) are the most common spellings of the words Aargh and Hmmm? Apparently, it's all in the numbers of As, Rs, Hs and Ms...

More importantly, how many references to the two pages above does it take to significantly skew the results towards those two spellings?

Thursday, 5 January 2006

Utata Weekend Project: The Nocturnal Photographer

The Daily Ink: "Weekend Project: The Nocturnal Photographer. If only I had a camera capable of an exposure longer than 4 seconds I could have some fun...

But is it interesting?

Which set applies to me?
Originally uploaded by REALJimBob.

Shockingly, my most "interesting" photograph uploaded to Flickr so far is also the second most "interesting" photo uploaded that day (22nd December 2005) according to the explore pages for that day.

Edit: Apparently it's now the most interesting shot for that day...

Wednesday, 4 January 2006

My Top 20 Favourited photos of 2005

My Top 20 Favourited photos of 2005
Originally uploaded by REALJimBob.

As instructed, I present my 20 most favourited pictures (one of them isn't really a photo) of 2005. Only pictures taken (or created) during 2005 qualified. The set and slideshow are also available.

We do stuff.

I am so gonna hire these guys if I ever need some marketing, design or consulting stuff doing...

Tuesday, 3 January 2006

Political Compass

Where do you sit on the Political Compass?

I came out with a rating of:

Economic Left/Right: -4.63
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.38

Which seems to put me about on top of Ghandi... I had no idea I was such a namby-pamby bleeding heart.

BRUSSELS SPROUT cooked, unwanted Christmas Dinner item!

Apparently, you really can sell anything on eBay. Currently going for 51 quid is a unwanted, cooked brussel sprout.

Edit: Apparently it went for £99.50 in the end, with all proceeds going to TEAR FUND.

Monday, 2 January 2006

New Year's Resolutions

This year I promise (well, when I say promise I mean I have warm fuzzy intentions to do all of this stuff, but I wouldn't wanna go out on a limb and actually promise I'll do them all in 2006 - I mean, I've only got a year) to do the following:

  • Take more photographs. I mean a lot more, if I'm going to deserve the DSLR I've been promising myself, I need to be worth it.
  • Buy myself a DSLR.
  • Drink more water !
  • Implement the 6 month plan I had 2 years ago to sort myself out.
  • Not get any more unfit (maybe get a little more fit).
  • Try some GTD stuff.
  • Make Manager Grade.
  • See if this blogging thing will work out...

Sunday, 1 January 2006

Happy New Year

Happy New Year
Originally uploaded by REALJimBob.

To you all...