Daily favourite Op-Pop has been down while Tom renewed his domain name registration - doh! - meaning it's been a whole 24hrs before I realised he had the Lego Trogdor posted. Sorry Strong Bad.

Entry 431, Wednesday, July 9th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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Hopefully my evil plans for world domination aren't spoiled by those pesky Canadians. They have much better plans than me so it's a bit worrying.

NB: A very lazy posing day/week for me but I've updated a couple of older entries if you care to read down the page, some of my links have made it to zFilter (as casual_sub) and I'm getting my commuting tales of my chest at commuterland.

Entry 430, Wednesday, July 9th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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The cosmic workings of a fortune telling device revealed aka "a procedure for disassembling a Magic 8-Ball".

Entry 429, Tuesday, July 8th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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A nice cold beer the geek way (look away now manly). Personally I drink them too quickly to bother with this kind of palaver.

Entry 428, Tuesday, July 8th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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Rather more information than I hope I ever need on drawing shapes with slants using HTML and CSS. Interesting none the less though.

Update: More CSS via plasticbag - check out drop shaows and title pics. I see I'm going to have to get into CSS in a big way soon as most impressively (for me) all these work in Opera as well as MSIE.

Entry 427, Monday, July 7th 2003, Filed In Stuff

One of my favourite on line stores is CDbaby, first because it's about the only place I can buy Ephemera CDs, secondly because they're so darn friendly about selling you stuff. It's the kind of customer service I react well to especially when even with $6 of air freight it costs me less than popping down to the shops in the UK.

Anyway with my last purchase they sent me a free compilation CD on which was a song by Moonraker who have an awsome sound which it's difficult to describe. CDbaby take a crack at it: "The spirit of live electronic soul, Moonraker blends elements of drum & bass, house, trip-hop and jazz infused funk to create some of the most fresh and intelligent music to surface in the Boston scene in years.". Not a bad description but listening is the only real way to describe it and there are tracks on-line at the band's site and at CDbaby. My favourite track is still Shalom - the first track I heard.

Overall well worth a listen, especially if you are enjoying a lazy Sunday. Personally it looks like next pay day I'll be making another purchase from CDbaby.

Entry 426, Sunday, July 6th 2003, Filed In Stuff

The beautiful flash game world of Samorost.

Entry 425, Saturday, July 5th 2003, Filed In Games

I'm meant to be programming a comments system for this site (still!) but this will leave me open to comment trolls. Eeek!

Entry 424, Saturday, July 5th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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Stamp It OutTo celebrate my 423rd post the Royal Mail have done me the honour of issuing the lazylaces stamp. A press statement revealed "this is the most important stamp release this year, possibly more so than the Prince William edition". Unlike William I welcome everyone to now lick my backside ;o)

Create your own first class stamps with stamp-it-out by freedom matters [via geisha].

Entry 423, Saturday, July 5th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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After Daisy mentioned Ghostzilla yesterday I downloaded a copy straight away. This is a neat way of browsing sneakily - not something I really need to do - but I'm impressed with the way it does it none the less.

The browser runs quitely in the background while you get on with your work. As soon as you want to do some browsing you make a mouse gesture - moving the pointer from the very edge of the screen and back again - and up pops Ghostzilla. Not as a new application though - it appears in a space within the application you already have open. So for example if you had Outlook open it might appear in the inbox list.

Nice. Also it renders in soft monochrome so it doesn't stand out - and pictures only appear (in B&W) when you hover over them.

To top it all off the browser disappears as soon as you move your mouse out of it - returning you to stealth mode. At this point the other developers at work and I were very very impressed. Even if you don't have a need for this much secrecy it's worth using just to see it in action.

There's more though. If you buy the CD version rather than using the free download it doesn't even install (other than a few encrypted config files) it runs off of the CD so no-one will even be able to see you were using it when you leave your PC (as long as you remember to take the CD with you!).

Quoting myself on the topic of Ghostzilla yesterday - "this is the best thing since sliced cheese" - I was a bit drunk so forgive an element of nonsense but this really is an awsome piece of software to see in action.

Entry 422, Saturday, July 5th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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I've found this great text editor for code development. It has loads of highlighting stylesheets but most importantly for me it handles CSS, JavaScript and HTML very well, although I haven't managed to find one for ASP. It's also free which is a great bonus. I've tried a few editors like this but this is the first one I've found that supports so many programming languages for free.

Update: Tell a lie there is a highlighter for ASP but having using ConTEXT for a few days now I've found that the JavaScript highlighter is actually much better for ASP than the ASP specific one. At least it is if you use server side JavaScript like me - I haven't tried it out with VBScript yet (and I'm not likely to). You still get that server side vrs. client side JavaScript confusion but if you code this way you're probably over that anyway (I am finally-ish).

Entry 421, Saturday, July 5th 2003, Filed In Stuff

Not much news and not much found today - but I am now posting at Commuterland about the trials and tribulations of my trips to work.

Entry 420, Thursday, July 3rd 2003, Filed In Diary
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