I'd forgotten there was a camera going round at the office Christmas party so it was a nice surprise when these
appeared in my inbox. As you can see not a drop passed our lips and all in all it was a very sober affair. For those not in the company the people in the pics represent the technical team and receptionists who made it in over the Christmas period. The work shy and sales team didn't make it on to film. Paul and I managed to miss our last train home and spent the night in London (god bless McDonalds on the Strand), and I made it home at a very unrespectable 7.15 the next morning.
The Big List of Blog Search Engines
could help turn your blog from "Not" to "Hot". On a side note, looking at some of the submission requirements listed, at some point I hope to offer lazylaces in other formats (rdf, rss) but I just need to get some time to look at this. To be quite honest I know absolutely nothing about writing, or reading for that matter, in these formats but I'm always willing to look at something new [via op-pop
If you need some transparent bits on your GIF images and you lack the software to do it then this is the online service
Learn to dance with Bubs - this guy has got the moves.
Enter the strange flash world of Softestbridge
Cool designs with a promise of a new one every week.
I almost never post any of the stuff I get e-mailed but I often get some pretty good stuff sent to me especially from Hazel. So breaking with tradition here are 3 from my inbox, which being typically Hazelesque are all cat related. Cate haters look away...now. First up, for all you ladies out there, the pussy warmer
. For all you real ale aficionados check out Maudling the Beer Critic
. And finally for all of you who just like cute pictures of babies and cats why not have a break, have a kit-e-kat
There's likely to be a shortage of posts this week as my working day has increased to a ridiculous length because of the rail problems
at Clapham Junction. I didn't get home until after nine last night after a 3 hour trip home, not to mention the 2 hour trip into work in the morning. According to the reports this is going to go on until at least Thursday morning so I'm not going to have much blogging time for a while.
Happy New Year for 2004 everyone [image from woostercollective
Other than a short break for Christmas and an even shorter one for New Year
I've been working over the holiday period, I've even managed to be quite busy and as usual a quiet office has lead to me getting more done than usual. Combined with half empty trains and tubes, not to mention a good excuse for a few drinks, it's been a laid back time and rather nice. I wish work could retain this atmosphere all year round but I rather suspect it'll be back to the usual grind come Monday morning.
Against all the odds (ie. my amazing laziness) I have also managed to get the comments system for this site up and running, and now it looks like the few teething problems (my shoddy coding) have now all been ironed out.The latest addition is the 'Hot Gossip' board which lets you see all the latest comments in one place. Not much of a feature, and pretty darn hard to make it look visually appealing (I'm still not that happy with it), but I was getting a few posts on older articles which were hard to track. Well when I say hard it just invloved me writing a couple of simple SQL queries on the site database, but I'm far too lazy to do that all the time, so the gossip board was born.
The gossip board gave me the idea that a bulletin board/chat forum wouldn't be that hard to code based on the same structure, but I'm not really sure that's a feature I want to add, as interesting to code as it would be. Maybe my next project will be something like the modem emulator which was one of the big hits for 2003. I just don't have any ideas at the moment. Are there any features or special projects you'd like to see on Lazylaces this year? Leave a comment or drop me a mail and let me know.
For now I'm quite busy at home working on a disturbing project that arrived by post this week. It's on behalf of the SKL Network who are enlisting all the help they can in the hunt for their missing employee Jack Lorski. The key to his disappearance seems to be locked within a mysterious CD Rom (a copy of which was what arrived in my post this week). The trouble is the data is locked using puzzles that can only be solved by searching the internet for clues, and corresponding with other SKL helpers by mail. I'm hoping with my extensive internet knowledge I'm going to be some use in their search, but it's only early days yet, and so far I've only managed to unlock the CD Rom's user interface. I'll post more on this soon as although it is disturbing it is quite fascinating [huh?].
The comic book adventures of one boy and his dog [via op-pop
Your name in hieroglyphs via the web translator we've all been missing up until now. Here
are my own lazy-glyphs
The new year's celebrations started early for me this year as we abandoned work at the office
mid afternoon in favour of drinking wine and chatting before de-camping to Clinks
bar. A couple more bottles of wine later and I was off on the train to Bid and Bean's house in Basingstoke
for part two of the evening. Surprisingly I had enough wits about me to take my camera, but not enough to use it a lot, or indeed very well. Still I did manage to capture the infamous Jules on film, including her and Bid's David Brent
impressions, not to mention the extra chin
I seemed to acquire somewhere along the way.