The Con Is On
I wasn't too sure to begin with, but a few weeks into the first series and I'm begining to quite like Hustle, the slick new drama (comedy?) from the BBC that tracks the adventures of a group of con-artists.

They're masters of the long con, one that's planned & implemented over a period of time to achieve the greatest financial gain (see more con jargon here), which of course provides plenty of opportunities for mishap and entertainment. It's all essentially nonsense I'm sure, and about as far from reality as I am from a lottery win (10 quid in the work syndicate last week!), but it's fun nonsense, and very pleasing to watch.

The oddest thing is the cast, who all seem very familiar, but you can't quite put your finger on where you've seen then before, with the exception of the man from uncle. Unsung stars of the show for me though are the London skyline and city streets which are shot very stylishly and contribute heavily to the show's slick feel. I love working in London anyway, but seeing places you know, looking so good makes it all the more special.

Here in the UK we're awaiting episode 4 and I highly recommend taking a peek if you haven't already. Outside the UK watch out for Hustle being syndicated/re-broadcast, as I'm sure it will be. In the meantime, as always, the BBC website has loads of goodies to download, play with and read about.

Entry 781, Friday, March 12th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Pose purports to be a film that isn't released yet, but after investigating the site I'm not so sure. Perhaps it's some kind of on-line invention. Sure, there's a trailer, but the amazon ad is just a, rather good it has to be said, mock-up, pretending to be from the UK amazon store, while the site domain name is from Tokelau (.tk), and everything else is in Dutch. Still one thing is for certain the web site is a rather nice flash play thing and is good fun to investigate. The trailer also makes it look like it would be a good film, so I'm going to keep an eye out to see if it really does get released.

Entry 780, Friday, March 12th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Dynamism import and sell the very latest Japanese slimline notebooks, palmtops and other desirable gadgetry to the UK and USA. Even as I type I've reverted to my childhood, and I'm pouting whilst screaming "I want" over and over again. Oh to have a spare couple of grand in the bank...

Entry 779, Friday, March 12th 2004, Filed In Stuff

The Cathedral

Entry 778, Thursday, March 11th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Puppet Time
"I was just doing nothing with nothing that belongs to Strong Bad."

Entry 777, Wednesday, March 10th 2004, Filed In Stuff

The lowdown on Windows XP Service Pack 2 (currently in Beta). It sounds like one big security lockdown, which while great, I hope it's better implemented than on Windows 2003 Server, which I've been wrestling with over the last couple of weeks. Getting Win2003 back to a state where you can use it as a web server is a bit of a nightmare (especially if, like me, you've had no proper training on the thing). Hopefully XP SP2 is a bit more intuative.

Entry 776, Wednesday, March 10th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Letter James
Some nice ways to write your own message from letterjames [via daisy].

Entry 775, Tuesday, March 9th 2004, Filed In Stuff
The domain name says it all really. A glorious celebration of purple.

Entry 774, Tuesday, March 9th 2004, Filed In Stuff

The javascript train spotting sim - careful now, stop blinking, you may miss something [via daisy].

Entry 773, Tuesday, March 9th 2004, Filed In Stuff

The only legit use of the greatly loathed <blink> tag. I'm afraid you have to be a HTML g33k for this know who you are.

Entry 772, Tuesday, March 9th 2004, Filed In Stuff

Because everything you read on the internet is true... Many of the "unreliable facts" at thebrainstrust will raise a titter or two. From a quick browse through one of my favourites was:

The last time anyone used the "Scroll Lock " key on a computer keyboard was on April 7th 1988, when Miguel Santinez, a Computer Science undergraduate at the Sorbonne, missed when aiming for the "Break" key whilst debugging a program in Pascal.

What is that key for? Come to mention it I don't remember using "SysRq" either.

Update: On second thoughts that really was an unreliable fact as I remember using the scroll lock key quite recently with a switch box (i.e. one keyboard & monitor, many actual PCs/Servers).

Entry 771, Tuesday, March 9th 2004, Filed In Stuff

First 2 Zero
Playing darts on-line might be addictive, but it doesn't have that true pub atmosphere - unless you're drinking a pint at the same time, have a urinal in the bathroom, and chuck yourself out at 11 [found whilst supping a pint of best at the cheeky beaver].

Entry 770, Wednesday, March 3rd 2004, Filed In Games

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