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Thursday 22nd of December 2011


 09:14 UTC  -  Artists don't just wrap their presents - they design them ♥

Sunday 18th of December 2011


 21:51 UTC  -  It's late, and I'm tired - so it's unsurprising I score 0 on this test... ;(


 11:49 UTC  -  Looks like my 1st book is going out of print :( Not so worried about the lack of royalties, but more concerned that it's going OOP and universities are still using it and asking me (directly) about it.

Tuesday 13th of December 2011


 10:36 UTC  -  I've now seen one of the new 12 coach trains from FCC. Will this mean I can get a seat on the 8:12? Of course not! All the standing passengers from the train immediately before, and after it, have amended their commute to fill this train, too.


 01:51 UTC  -  Tickets finally booked for my only Christmas concert this year - Chopin's Piano concerto No 2 in F minor. Plus a few other bits by Liszt and Beethoven, but we know I'm only going for the Chopin...

Monday 12th of December 2011


 11:35 UTC  -  Episode 3 of Galaxy Four has been recovered. Unless you're Asa Aldis or Michael Lauck you are not expected to appreciate the importance of this post! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16136521


 08:43 UTC  -  Just a reminder that Royal Mail have said that today is the last posting day if you want to guarantee delivery by Easter.

Wednesday 30th of November 2011


 19:11 UTC  -  One of the more sensible things we do on Skype calls to Poland ;)


 08:32 UTC  -  Amazon never learn. They sent me an email beginning, "Are you looking for something in our Computing & Internet Books store? If so, you might be interested in these items... Smart Home Automation with Linux by Steven Goodwin". Er, probably not Amazon, but can you guess why?!?! :)

Monday 28th of November 2011


 21:38 UTC  -  Just home from Cantabile concert with Irene. The most astonishing thing was they took the train home to London, and not a limo! What happened to the rock n roll lifestyle?


 09:27 UTC  -  For those that remember my Javascript game engine (and the 'teeth' game, Kim and I made), I decided to invest 3 hours and port it to Flash: http://sgxengine.com/teethdefender/flash.htm

Friday 25th of November 2011


 14:08 UTC  -  Off to prepare for #swel

Thursday 24th of November 2011


 10:40 UTC  -  I had a crazy dream that I weighed less than a thousandth of a gram. I was like, 0mg!

Friday 11th of November 2011


 21:56 UTC  -  I step in the shower to clean it. I clean the tap. The tap turns, and I get soaked. How many more IQ points do I need until I'm not surprised by this outcome?


 10:15 UTC  -  I've watched my clock tick to 11:11.11 on 11/11/11. Alas, that is probably the most interesting thing that will happen today :(


 08:50 UTC  -  Hooray! Following on from last weeks/months update on Instructables putting my LEGO Menger sponge on the front page and it not happening... well... It's finally there, and I've seen it :) http://www.instructables.com/

Monday 31st of October 2011


 09:34 UTC  -  On this day in 1926, Harry Houdini died. To honour this, I've brought handcuffs, padlocks, and chains into the office.

Saturday 29th of October 2011


 11:44 UTC+01  -  Doing chores. But chores lead to boredom. Boredom leads to Facebook. Facebook leads to leaving comments. Comments lead to ideas. Ideas lead downstairs to play the piano. The piano leads to distractions. Distractions mean no chores have got done yet...

Wednesday 26th of October 2011


 13:52 UTC+01  -  Caught up with (one of) my old FD's. Inspiring...

Thursday 20th of October 2011


 11:12 UTC+01  -  It's really hard to find a good games-related .com name for a development & production consultancy company when all the best are taken by squatters. Any suggestions?

Wednesday 19th of October 2011


 14:37 UTC+01  -  When I was living at my previous (automated) home, no TV company was interested in automation. Now, I'm living at a new (un-automated) house and I get my first email. #fml #firstworldproblems #howquicklycanireimplement10yearsofhomeautomationinordertogetontv

Tuesday 18th of October 2011


 22:13 UTC+01  -  Busy, productive day. Time to go to sleep with Lisa Hannigan... not literally, of course... it's just her turn on the night-time juke box :)


 16:47 UTC+01  -  Dear interwebs - if I could get ripped in 4 weeks, the "girls in my local area" would come to me...

Monday 10th of October 2011


 08:18 UTC+01  -  Today is the first day of my two week holiday-no commuting into London, no beer, no getting up early, and no work. So what shall I do today? Er, well there's a trip into London for a beer tasting, a 6 o clock alarm call from the dustmen, and a design for some software that needs doing. Damn you universe, I need a break!

Tuesday 27th of September 2011


 09:16 UTC+01  -  Without realizing it, my Kindle book on beer reached number 10 in the best-sellers list under the category of 'beer'. Number 1 is a book on cocktails, so in my mind I'm 9th!

Thursday 22nd of September 2011


 09:25 UTC+01  -  Some magic for Thursday! Last night I recorded this routine of mine - I think most of you have seen it IRL. For the rest of you, this saves you the trouble! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Axnobq-oucE

Wednesday 21st of September 2011


 19:15 UTC+01  -  My train is near the end of the line, so there's a lot of newspapers left on the seats. Today's paper had a voucher for a free pint in a Youngs pub. I could have quite a nice lunch break tomorrow ;)


 10:24 UTC+01  -  function whoIsYourDaddy() { return m_ParentID; }

Sunday 18th of September 2011


 07:16 UTC+01  -  Happy birthday to Dr Samuel Johnson, creator of the first English dictionary. I'd have a drink in your local to celebrate... if the ruddy thing weren't shut! :( Thanks for thinking ahead, Mr Pub Owner!

Tuesday 30th of August 2011


 23:04 UTC+01  -  My first attempt at creating an xtranormal movie. I know there's a couple of mistakes, but the stupid software won't let you fix it - you have to "edit a copy", which then charges you more points to publish it :( http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/12410618/its-agile

Sunday 28th of August 2011


 13:53 UTC+01  -  Yay! I have finally coaxed the closure compiler into accepted my javascript and not breaking it in the process :) The old 'teeth' game now works with a canvas object, http://sgxengine.com/gametest/

Saturday 27th of August 2011


 19:49 UTC+01  -  Whilst everyone else was enjoying Dr Who, I was looking at a blank screen thanks to my broken digibox :( So I spent the time baking some fresh bread, and writing a graphics driver to render to the HTML5 canvas. Saturday nights, eh? Who needs excitment when you've got javascript ;(


 13:35 UTC+01  -  I think Lucas Grangé was surprised by the fact that I invented the magic I showed him last night. So I've gone through my notes, and it turns out I've come up with 21 tricks so far :) Watch out world, I have some magic to show you...

Wednesday 17th of August 2011


 09:36 UTC+01  -  First Cyberpunk, then steampunk, and now to LEGOpunk. I bought legopunk.com yesterday and am soliciting idea for what to do with it. Suggestions welcome!

Monday 18th of July 2011


 12:04 UTC+01  -  "The Berglas Effects" has arrived. Yay! I'm in work. Boo! (Muggles are not expected to understand my excitment at this ;)

Sunday 10th of July 2011


 11:02 UTC+01  -  Why isn't the NotW headling "You have no new messages"?

Friday 1st of July 2011


 09:39:51  -  Is it possible to be too busy to tweet? I think it is :(

Saturday 18th of June 2011


 18:11 UTC+01  -  I am updating my FB status from my new house just to say that I am updating my FB status from my new house!

Thursday 26th of May 2011


 17:10 UTC+01  -  I had completely forgotten there was a bank holiday looming, until it started to rain.

Wednesday 25th of May 2011


 11:38 UTC+01  -  This is either the most useless, or most useful, piece of javascript I've ever written - it calculates the surface area of a pizza, and determine whether you'd get more 'pizza per penny' when buying a 15" 'no crust' versus, or a 12" buy-one-get-one-free deal. http://www.bluedust.dontexist.com/pizza/

Tuesday 24th of May 2011


 22:01 UTC+01  -  Good OpenTech. Good beers. Good company. Shame about the rapture. (Although the God Channel already had programming for today, so I don't know who was supposed to watch it, had it been true.)

Monday 16th of May 2011


 09:28:41  -  So @Amazon have removed Yaoi manga from their site. Expect uproar from those who never previously cared in 3..2..1..

Friday 13th of May 2011


 10:52 UTC+01  -  For any who are missing my magic performances, here's a brand new trick that lets you participate through the comptuer screen! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69PjNFjv0_A

Tuesday 10th of May 2011


 21:08 UTC+01  -  Two shoreditch trendies walking along, each carrying and drinking from an open 75cl bottle of Leffe Blonde. Suddenly I'm going off it...


 09:11 UTC+01  -  Name that tune?! This was one of the musics I hammered out last weekend. It's not quite Apocalyptica; even it you don't get the main tune, there's a bit at the end you should all know! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0raWqTuI3SQ

Wednesday 27th of April 2011


 16:45 UTC+01  -  I've submitted my details for 2012 London Marathon. I've never won the ballot before - maybe this year... Anyone else going for it?

Sunday 17th of April 2011


 12:09 UTC+01  -  The order of the ZX80 character set has many subtle differences to the one in the ZX81. Who knew? I didn't! And that's why I wasted the last hour tracking down an emulator bug that didn't exist :(

Tuesday 12th of April 2011


 09:12 UTC+01  -  In 50 years, people will look back on today and wonder why we're so pre-occupied with Yuri. By then, space travel will be commonplace, and our sense of wonder will be a footnote. To all future historians - it is a big deal. Get over it! Instead of being faster or bigger, Russia created an event to inspire. For the first time in history, someone was for known for doing; not just being. God speed, Colonel Gagarin.

Sunday 10th of April 2011


 09:11 UTC+01  -  When I sleep I'm with you, Dreaming a dream, of having lives in common. While I'm awake I'm without you, Living a life, where love is a past notion. Cursing sunbeams that wake me, while I'm praising dreams that make me smile. As I fight against the leavings of slumber, I'm hoping, this once, that I won't recover.

Monday 28th of March 2011


 20:26 UTC+01  -  How to build a 100% edible kit-kat bench. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8564211@N04/sets/72157626238963793/ Jack Tang, this is for you!

Thursday 24th of March 2011


 10:36:25  -  @madebyluke This was done on iPhone back in 2009. http://aol.it/hfv2ac Did you realize that you know two of the developers? ;)

Wednesday 23rd of March 2011


 17:29:10  -  I've just heard that the author of our most recent book has paid for his own copy!?!?! Is he always this odd? :)

Tuesday 22nd of March 2011


 17:29:57  -  The British Beer Book, written by Steven Goodwin, is now on Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004SV2EVA Go get it!


 16:18:24  -  We have arrived!

Monday 21st of March 2011


 12:06 UTC  -  My first book on beer (4th in total) is now available at Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004SV2EVA There are Kindle readers for iPhone/iPad and PC, so there's really no excuse to not purchase it - is there!?

Saturday 19th of March 2011


 23:22 UTC  -  Like everyone else it seems, I noticed how bright the full moon was tonight. So I grabbed my camera, switched it to manual mode, and fiddled about until I managed to get this shot. It's not as good as David Eade or Russell Howe could manage, but as someone who's been out of practise, I'm impressed by it. p.s. next full moon on the 18th April.


 14:25 UTC  -  I have reluctantly joined the 21st century and bought a microwave. I probably shouldn't have carried it home (15 minutes uphill), though.

Sunday 13th of March 2011


 17:59 UTC  -  Filling in the census form. Question H4 - "who else is staying here on 27 March 2011". Well, Mr. Government, that date is in the future, and not being a mindreader I don't know! But since I'll be out on the pull that evening I can safely say... er... no one else ;(

Friday 11th of March 2011


 10:13 UTC  -  Amazon have set a new record: recommended me my own book... for the fourth time.

Wednesday 23rd of February 2011


 10:31 UTC  -  Was it really 10 years ago today that we started saying "all your base are belong to us"? Yes. Yes it was!

Tuesday 22nd of February 2011


 11:08 UTC  -  My glasses broke on the train this morning. So I started the day on my hands and knees in the middle of the carriage until I found the 2mm screw, through touch alone. Since I couldn't fix the lens back in, I had to walk through London half blind until I sensed (not saw!) an optician.

Monday 21st of February 2011


 13:17 UTC  -  What happens at FOSDEM, stays in FOSDEM. That's why my personal account of the trip has all personal details removed! http://www.bluedust.dontexist.com/fosdem2011/

Sunday 20th of February 2011


 15:39 UTC  -  If you like salty pork, get over to Goodwin towers, immediately! I've just roasted some Hungarian "hairy pig" that's been marinated for nearly 2 years (yes, years!). It's on a nom-nom par with Bulgarian salami, and Italian Iberico.

Friday 11th of February 2011


 09:24 UTC  -  My first book has been quoted in (another) academic paper. Thanks to Carl Bateman

Tuesday 25th of January 2011


 09:57 UTC  -  I've changed so much since last year - I now eat pro-biotic yogurts everyday; am sartorially aware and ensure my clothes match; keep my nails trim; eat less fat; do regular exercise; cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize; dry clean my clothes at the end of the season; and I figure that one day will make a really good wife.

Wednesday 19th of January 2011


 09:15 UTC  -  I found this fragment of prose in my notes, although I’m not mentioning when/where/about whom it was written. Do I dare to dream, of a tempting embrace? Like the sweet fragile pleasure, Of an angel with grace. As I burn the night’s whisper, of a quiet melody. I imagine the colour, of life’s mystery. Pretentious student rubbish? Drug-inspired genius? Random word generator? You decide...

Monday 17th of January 2011


 11:44 UTC  -  I've just been called "weirdo" by Paul Daniels! My life in magic is complete :)