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Prometheus vs. Avatar

I recently re-watched Aliens 2 Rob and I swear the ship found by the colonists is of Engineer design. I wonder if Prometheus’ female lead crashed it following her jolly with David’s head…

» Posted By Bruce On August 24, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

Tis the season to hack your address book…

You should remind people that they will need to select Show Package Contents under Applications/Contacts to view these files in newer OS versions. I got this to work in Mavericks.

» Posted By Bruce On December 15, 2013 @ 10:27 am

Can’t find this path. What’s the equivalent path in 10.7.5 and/or 10.9?

» Posted By Bruce On December 14, 2013 @ 9:31 am

She’s here!

Congratulations to Mum & Dad; life will never be the same again Rob 🙂

» Posted By Bruce On January 11, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

Baby Lund

Just wanted to add my congratulations too Rob. Hope all goes well and before you know it Baby Lund will be playing with his/her first soldering kit 😉

» Posted By Bruce On June 26, 2009 @ 10:20 pm

Dead man walking!

Wow Rob, I had no idea they were doing meniscus transplants from cadavers these days. Surgeon’s humour, huh? Makes you wonder what they draw inside you and _don’t_ photograph for your later enjoyment…

» Posted By Bruce On May 12, 2009 @ 10:12 am

The pinnacle of achievment

Thanks Rob—that gave me a good laugh. One of my friends over here is into DIY car maintenance and it’s just too easy to see the two of you standing next to your respective spouse’s motors, beating your chests Kong-style in a testosterone-fueled face-off…

P.S. Remember to wait until the above-neck swelling goes down before trying to leave the house 😉

» Posted By Bruce On March 13, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

Outback iPodulator

Wow Rob; you really are handy with things electric, huh? I can’t even remember the difference between amps and volts. I love that product development cartoon… so true.

» Posted By Bruce On May 22, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

Let this be a lesson to me

Yes, I thought TRVs were pretty much standard with central heating systems, at least in the UK. We have a combination boiler but in NZ had a gas-fired hot air system that was really effective. I once had a flat with underfloor heating which was nice too. I’m not a fan of boilers, water pipes and bulky radiators: they’re noisy, leak, stop working when they get air pockets, and you have to worry about burst pipes while away in winter.

» Posted By Bruce On March 24, 2008 @ 7:53 am

LOL. Similar story here. I mowed the lawn thinking Spring had arrived, only to see it vanish under a blanket of white a couple of days later. One day it’s mild and sunny, the next you can’t feel your toes and there’s a chill draft on the back of your neck. Let’s all pause for a moment and give thanks to the unsung heroes of this time of year: thermostatic radiator valves.

» Posted By Bruce On March 24, 2008 @ 1:04 am

Trailer Roundup (vol. 12)

That was a documentary? It’s reassuring to know I’m not as sad as some of those folk 😉

» Posted By Bruce On January 30, 2008 @ 10:58 am

Now I am become Legend

It’s on my “to see” list Rob, although I do hope it’s not too similar to 28 Days Later or Children of Men—both of which I thought very disappointing.

» Posted By Bruce On December 15, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

Trailer Roundup (vol. 9)

P.S. You’re rotating cached Gravitar images? That’s way cool Rob. Is that part of the plug-in or some hack of yours?

» Posted By Bruce On October 19, 2007 @ 11:48 am

Yeah, that’s it. The trailer on Apple’s site (for your iPod!) is here.

Thanks for the link to the Link Indication plugin; I’ll check it out (if it caches the images that would make it very usable, otherwise I imagine it could slow page loading considerably).

» Posted By Bruce On October 19, 2007 @ 11:46 am

Make sure you take a look at Black Sheep: The Violence of the Lambs if you get the chance Rob. It’s only just being released in the UK; I saw it months ago in NZ but don’t know if it will make it to the US. I loved it: definately a comedy cf. a horror flick.

BTW I notice the favicons after your links. Are you doing that automatically or manually?

» Posted By Bruce On October 19, 2007 @ 8:37 am

Trailer Roundup (vol. 1): the hollywood apocalypse

Quiet Earth… a Kiwi flick. It’s a bit low budget with not-so-great acting but worth a watch. There’s one scene filmed in the village of Clevedon, where I grew up. Must rent it again myself.

» Posted By Bruce On July 21, 2007 @ 12:25 pm


Odd, this is the second time I’ve come across cat macros in the last month. Someone recently asked permission to use my cat-in-the-box picture for a “quantum physics cat marco”, adding the caption “I iz collapsin ur waveform… and therez a 50% probability of killin ur kitteh”. Obviously you don’t have to be proficient in English to understand quantum physics 😉

» Posted By Bruce On June 10, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

Fairy Tale Revisionism

Wicked sounds like a very interesting re-telling Rob; The Wizard of Oz was always one of my favourite stories. Not so long ago we went to the theatre to see a re-telling of the Maui myths, which likewise involved the cast taking flight with the aid of wires and ribbons. It certainly makes for more exciting viewing when the action takes place not only on stage, but above it.

Incidentally, are you familiar with Badjelly the Witch by Spike Milligan (from the Goons)? This is a very amusing wicked witch tale—well known in NZ for some reason.

» Posted By Bruce On June 5, 2007 @ 4:57 am

the Craigslist scammer letters

I had no idea that these dudes were preying on Craigslist! I have had my fair share of emailed ones though, but I loved the way you took the time to “play” with him. I’m sure you enjoyed the exercise to


» Posted By Bruce On May 23, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

Merry X-Mas!

And a Happy New Year to you too Rob!

» Posted By Bruce On December 29, 2006 @ 1:36 am

Buon giorno, Principessa!

The Roman’s sure do love their Smart cars don’t they? It’s easy to understand why if you’ve ever tried to park in Rome. If you have tried to park there, that would make you crazy, because it implies you tried driving in Rome. I still love my Smart (rave here although it currently sits in a garage 12,000 miles away, awaiting my return.

» Posted By Bruce On December 2, 2006 @ 1:42 am

Blond. James Blond.

OK, you convinced me Rob! In the UK you usually get at least 2 chances per year to see each Bond film on the telly box… but since I’m not presently in Her Majesty’s Kingdom, I’ll cough up to see what Her Majesty’s Man is driving this time around.

» Posted By Bruce On November 18, 2006 @ 11:21 pm

Happy Halloween!

Note to self: Search Wikipedia for explanation of strange American custom of “Halloween”. Check on significance of pumkins; do they play religious or erotic role? Is this a conspiracy by the dental industry to generate business? Try to understand why some other countries adopt this festival with no understanding of its significance (as per Guy Fawkes Night).

» Posted By Bruce On November 1, 2006 @ 10:37 pm

the Dark Knight returns

Rob, could you ship me a Batmobile if I send you one of those “Bank of Gotham” cheques?

» Posted By Bruce On October 23, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

Theme change

Nice new make-over Rob; the grey and orange work very well together. BTW, did you catch that I found a way to integrate Gallery without a plugin and without breaking anything? I see your new theme is XHTML 1.1 however; the iframe I’m using was depreciated in 1.1 (and 1.0 strict) 🙁

P.S. What’s that asterisk in the top left corner?

» Posted By Bruce On September 8, 2006 @ 11:11 pm

new office furniture

Shouldn’t that be a high-contrast white MacBook sitting on top? For some reason Rob I thought you were a fellow Mac fan 😉

» Posted By Bruce On July 30, 2006 @ 11:02 pm


Good idea to link from your blog Rob; I hadn’t actually realised you could do that without opening a “shop”. You’re relocating, I’m relocating. I’ve got junk to sell on eBay, you’ve got junk to sell on eBay. Maybe we should just swap junk? 😉

» Posted By Bruce On June 22, 2006 @ 12:39 am

The Mystery Connector

This kind of charger cradle (i.e. no metal tabs) has certainly been around for a few years. We recently replaced our eToothBrush with one similar to yours after the metal spike snapped off after years of enthusiastic vibration. A new one even tells you how long to brush in each quadrant — who needs a mother?! It’s an odd combination, toothbrush and microchip… I wonder if it can boot into Linux? It may be possible to over-clock them, for those mornings you’re in a real hurry (a bonus when that “filed teeth” look becomes fashionable). Personally, I’m holding out for the floss-o-matic ™.

Anyway, it works by “inductive charging” See here. Catch is the battery isn’t replaceable, since it’s sealed in plastic (to avoid electrocution-by-tongue?).

P.S. I do like the Lightbox JS implementation; I must get that working on my site 😉 (it needs hacking for K2 compatibility).

» Posted By Bruce On April 26, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

Siegel’s sense of troubleshooting

True wisdom!

Such enlightenment is further proof that you can learn something new every day — and still die stupid.

» Posted By Bruce On April 19, 2006 @ 11:04 pm

photo gallery flux

Rob, this is a great post. Shame I discovered after giving over an evening and half the night to do my own exploration!

I have Gallery 2.1.1 installed with the WPG2 plugin activated and function. I want to embed some albumns at — as you have at However, so far I can only create a link to So how did you manage this?

Also, what theme ar you using? Stuart at put me onto the siriux theme which so far seems the most compatible with my layout (most themes break out of the page container) although my footer still ends up mid page!

Thirdly, I’ve installed the iPhoto2Gallery plugin for use with iLife 06, and installed the “Remote” module, and although I’m sure of my Gallery URL (as above; I also tried I just get a “No gallery found at URL” error. Have you experienced this? On the support boards the only advice is to install the remote module, which I’ve done 🙁

» Posted By Bruce On May 31, 2006 @ 11:10 pm

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