It won't come as any surprise, at least if you are reading this in the UK, that IDS
can make you sick. However in a happy coincidence (or is it?
) of acronym-ing the ex-Conservative
leader's initials are now the shortened version of the latest afflicition to hit the office worker - "Irritable Desk Syndrome
To avoid IDS essentially do the exact opposite of my pigsty like desk, in my sauna-esque office: organise your desk to reduce stress levels and increase productivity, and prevent dehydration and overheating at work to promote higher energy levels. Also, of course, it's advisable to steer clear of Tory party conferences.
If gadgets tweek your nipples (guilty your honour) you're probably already reading gizmodo
, the gadgets weblog, on a regular basis. Engadget
is a gizmodo spin-off (well it's from a ex-gizmodo author) that provides more of the same and is presented in a similar lovely fashion. I haven't decided which I like best yet although I suspect that having two gadgety news-sources, rather than one, is what I like most. Expect a permalink on the right-hand column to appear when I can be bothered to crack open notepad to update my html.
And I thought we had a bad Post-it note habit in our office. Cool.
I'm offering you the chance to a play a set geezer, think you can make a tune in a day? A Break In The Road
is part game, part flash animation, part music mixer, but is most definately 100% cool [see more at lukewhittaker.co.uk
I love coffee, don't get me wrong, it's one of the many crutches that gets me through the Monday to Friday grind, but CoffeeGeek
take coffee appreciation to a whole new level. Me, I'll drink anything from Klix
to freshly roasted espresso, I'll even substitute with Coca-Cola
at a push, but these guys really go all out for the best coffee experience possible. Also worth reading: A coder's guide to coffee
. It could be written for me, but I'm still not convinced. "Bad coffee is bad. Only good coffee, well prepared, is good
"? I'm more an "any coffee, as long as there's lots of it, is good
" kind of guy. I might be undiscriminating, but be careful, I'm wired
Signatures are old skool. Britain's credit cards are going high tech with chip and pin
user verification. Primarily of interest if you pay by plastic in the UK (like I do).
But how will Strong Bad e-mail from the bighouse
? (ps. if anybody with any influence over these things is watching I'd love to be able to buy The Cheat's "Henchman" t-shirt in homestorerunner
Need some decoration in your g33ky flat? What could be better than space invaders
on the walls?
Apparently UK IT staff are unhappy at work
and are scared to ask
to work flexible hours. Both are crazy news stories that have no baring on reality...
After much anticipation
Strong Bad email is here in glorious W I D E S C R E E N. Be sure to wait right until the end to unlock the many easter eggs (including one containing fishsticks).
WARNING! This isn't at all safe for work/school/parents, and if you easily take offence don't even think about following this link
. If though, like me, you don't mind a bit of swearing
and feel it's the best way to greet yet another crummy Monday, it's very entertaining and leaves you feeling somewhat the better for listening. Various celebrities from Channel 4
shows (including some of the American ones like The West Wing and Scrubs) reveal their favourite swear words. No bleeping, no censorship. Basically it's the b***ocks.
Update: It looks like this link has been pulled. Drop me a line if you find a copy on-line.
Whilst trying to pre-empt the release of Strong Bad's 100th email (most anticipated web event of the year?) I was poking around in Strong Bad's HTML when I found this
(it's a variation of the system is down
page). You'll have to be quick to catch it (hopefully) as I assume it'll be replaced by the real 100th email soon.