January 12, 2006

Release of Psi-0.10

Psi Psi-0.10 has been released.

Posted by rory at 08:48 AM

January 11, 2006

Happy psychadelic birthday!

So, two cool people share their birthday today. Albert Hofmann, father of LSD (turns 100), and me (turns 32).

Posted by rory at 08:32 AM

November 21, 2005


"The probable answer lies in one of Google's underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn't just any shipping container."

Posted by rory at 11:10 AM

October 31, 2005

Seven Minutes In...

Seven minutes in a different place,
footfalls on a foreign street,
the random sounds that make a life,
for another you.

Posted by rory at 11:15 AM

October 27, 2005


muziq.co.za is an attempt to turn music into shareware.

Posted by rory at 09:17 AM

October 26, 2005

The point of Google Print

"Imagine sitting at your computer and, in less than a second, searching the full text of every book ever written. Imagine an historian being able to instantly find every book that mentions the Battle of Algiers. Imagine a high school student in Bangladesh discovering an out-of-print author held only in a library in Ann Arbor. Imagine one giant electronic card catalog that makes all the world's books discoverable with just a few keystrokes by anyone, anywhere, anytime."

Commentary from Eric Schmidt, on the point of Google Print.

Posted by rory at 12:22 PM

October 06, 2005

Losing the pig

How to make a pig's ear of defending democracy.

Posted by rory at 01:34 PM

September 22, 2005

Turn right at Great Britain come to a soggy, wet bit of planet called Holland...

The story that copper wire is an invention of two Hollanders fighting over a found cent is absolutely true.

Posted by rory at 10:31 AM

September 15, 2005

Giving good headline

NZ finds Black Cocks hard to swallow.

Posted by rory at 03:08 PM

September 02, 2005

Clock off

How cool is this clock?

Posted by rory at 09:51 PM

It'll come back to haunt you

[Jonathan] you're going to hell for that.

[Rory] that's ok. i'll run the place after 1 week. anyway, the rites is much more pretty, and button free.

[Rory] look, during those heady days of 1996, we were all a little crazy, what with us sniffing HTML all the time, and mainlining tables. it was madness. but good madness. and who can forget the netscape.

Posted by rory at 04:24 PM

August 02, 2005

Come again?

This is, I believe, one of the best headlines I've ever read.

Posted by rory at 04:38 PM

July 26, 2005

Lock and Load

brett-opie.gifI met Brett while at university. I soon learned that Brett is a dyed-in-the-wool activist, and I think he'd agree with that assessment. He's really good at it too. One of the main reasons is that he suffers, as all good activists do, from high blood pressure. He's now found a way to lessen that affliction. It's about time.

Posted by rory at 02:01 PM

July 20, 2005

Blue moon

First they brought you Google Earth. Now, they bring you Google Moon. Go on - zoom all the way in. It's worth it.

Posted by rory at 04:39 PM

July 17, 2005

Pixel images

Pixel images

Originally uploaded by Rory.

Cool button made with this. And flickr.com let's me auto post and blog this image at the same time. Sometimes the net is just so cool.

Posted by rory at 01:39 PM

July 11, 2005

I'm going to use the word 'cunt' a lot

Don't you just love it when people rant and rage?

Posted by rory at 04:11 PM

War of the Blogs

Tom Cruise's blog. Allegedly.

Posted by rory at 04:07 PM

July 09, 2005

Google video

Did you know that Google does video? And you can upload.

Posted by rory at 10:57 AM

July 04, 2005


How does the other sex experience pleasure?

Posted by rory at 05:07 PM

May 25, 2005

Get Firefox. Get video.

Funnyfox has three videos for you to watch.

Posted by rory at 11:45 AM

May 23, 2005

Things my girlfriend and I have argued about...

Quite easily, one of the great pieces of writing on the Internet.

No, it's not my girlfriend.

Posted by rory at 03:13 PM

May 20, 2005

Speeding up Firefox, the right way

Good article on improving the performance of Firefox. Caters for all speed/bandwidth cases.

Posted by rory at 10:21 AM

May 19, 2005

Nokia N91

I'm terribly picky when it comes to cell phones. I can't stand the trend towards smaller keys, closer together. By all means, make the phones thinner, but don't make them so small that the keys become unuseable.

So perhaps the Nokia N91 is a step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, it has a slide-open key-cover, which, being a moving part, is a Bad Thing.

Posted by rory at 10:24 AM

May 17, 2005

Working boys

Two friends of mine have just updated their sites. Luiz DeBarros and Chris Allan.

Posted by rory at 10:58 AM

...by a large gang of Iceland Metrosexuals

World famous Green Rabbit writer, Mikhail Holberwitz, was brutally attacked Sunday afternoon in Toronto by a large gang of Iceland Metrosexuals. The attack occurred outside of a downtown Spa where Mikhail was putting up advertisements for the paper. Interesting to note, that even though he was attacked by 12 men, including one vicariously dry humping him from the rear, Mikhail survived the attack unscathed.

Posted by rory at 10:51 AM

May 16, 2005

Grace under water

Glenn (a.k.a. my boss) and his wife Heidi are having a baby. Updates in near-real-time.

Posted by rory at 03:20 PM

May 09, 2005

mplayer downloads

I've recently discovered that mplayer can grab a stream for you.

The jury is still out, though, on whether you can play the resulting stream...

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April 22, 2005

Ster Kinekor and Nu Metro price decreases

More on this from the Bug-Eyed Review.

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April 20, 2005

OGG for Windows Media

Like Windows Media Player? Got OGGs? Try Directshow Filters for Ogg Vorbis, Speex, Theora and FLAC.

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April 19, 2005

Gmail sans wire

Can't bear to be without your Gmail? Got WAP? www.gmailwireless.com is for you.

Posted by rory at 04:32 PM | TrackBack

Time is disposable

...especially if it's on paper.

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April 06, 2005


[Adrian] oh.
[Adrian] since you like talking so much.
[Adrian] drupal can do podcasting out of the box now.
[Rory] is that were u can record something and have it auto appear on your blog and people can dl it to their iPod?
[Adrian] yeah
[Adrian] and in rss clients that support it
[Adrian] it can play it automaticallly
[Adrian] it's like your own radio show
[Adrian] =)

Adrian knows me so well.

Posted by rory at 03:07 PM | TrackBack

The Chronicles of George

At some point in our lives, we all get a chance to work with someone like this.

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I remember reading about A9.com, or seeing it on TV. This morning, over coffee, it popped into my head, as thoughts are wont to do first thing in the day.

Had a look. Looks slick - really slick. And I like the server-based philosophy, where everything you do and store is kept on the server, so you get the same user experience with A9.com no matter from where you access it.

Posted by rory at 10:34 AM | TrackBack

April 01, 2005

MPlayer for Win32

After seeing how many formats mplayer seems to (seemlessly) support, I decided to give it a whirl under Win32.

Works nicely.

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March 31, 2005


I really should have mentioned that OurMedia is done by the Bryght guys, of which Adrian is one.

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March 23, 2005


OurMedia is truly gorgeous.

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March 22, 2005

Really slick screensavers

Just what it says: really slick screensavers. Some OpenGL required.

Posted by rory at 12:09 PM | TrackBack

March 16, 2005


Just when you thought you couldn't get enough Apple, Google goes Google X.

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September 20, 2004

Reject this!

Someone asking for your phone number? Rather give them your email address on a paper napkin.

Posted by rory at 10:31 AM | TrackBack

September 15, 2004

The answer

What is the answer to life, the universe and everything?

Posted by rory at 01:53 PM | TrackBack

September 14, 2004

Spread the Firefox

Get Firefox!

It's just 5MB to download, and it has tabbed browsing.

It's the rite thing to do.

Posted by rory at 03:16 PM | TrackBack

September 08, 2004


"Though armed with the Internet's 20th century technologies, we're still hunter/gatherers in this new information world. You might find the precise mix of information that suits your individual needs online if you hunt hard enough, but you must hunt for it each time. Nothing yet automatically and routinely delivers that precise mix to you."

Posted by rory at 03:56 PM | TrackBack

September 07, 2004

We come in peace

Go on: eat a stone.

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September 01, 2004


Jethro points me to Dave's Introductape, which he points out "is not suitable for children."


Posted by rory at 01:31 PM | TrackBack

Salad fingers

More bizarre Flash animation. There are four episodes. Start with the first one...

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August 31, 2004


This is just plain bizarre...

Posted by rory at 02:40 PM | TrackBack

August 17, 2004


Go on: suck some blood.

Posted by rory at 03:01 PM | TrackBack

August 06, 2004

Paper waster

Catch the papers, and throw them in the bin.

For when you couldn't be arsed to do the real thing.

Posted by rory at 04:50 PM | TrackBack

How to fold a shirt

You know how you want your shirts folded - exactly the same way they're folded in the stores, when they look all neat and stuff.

Look how easy it is.

Amaze your friends and family.

Posted by rory at 04:46 PM

August 04, 2004


DrunkenBastardMan is funny. Really funny. Lots of dirty words, too.

You can't have too many dirty words. Well, you can. At least if you're behind some corporate firewall. Then there is probably an upper limit on the number of dirty words.

Like, two.

Posted by rory at 10:24 AM | TrackBack

July 30, 2004

Google, 1960

Ever wondered what Google was like before this Internet thang?

Posted by rory at 01:32 PM | TrackBack

July 21, 2004

Survive this

Apparently, I'm in the next Survivor.

Posted by rory at 12:05 PM | TrackBack

July 20, 2004

boy boy girl girl boy girl girl boy

Nice duvet covers.

Posted by rory at 11:56 AM | TrackBack

July 14, 2004

Liff, and let liff

Ever wondered what the deeper meaning of Ant's signatures is?

Posted by rory at 02:28 PM | TrackBack

July 07, 2004

MSN Messenger for the P800/P900

Get it at InstantSymbian.

Posted by rory at 02:20 PM

The Feline Diet


Breakfast: Open can of expensive gourmet food. Any flavor as long as it cost more the £1.50 per can -- and place 1/4 can on your plate. Eat 1 bite of food; look around room disdainfully. Knock the rest on the floor. Stare at the wall for awhile before stalking off into the other room.

You too can follow the simple 'Cat Diet' plan.

Posted by rory at 01:36 PM | TrackBack

Keep your, um...

Download and play this video.

Posted by rory at 11:20 AM | TrackBack

June 26, 2004

Have chair, might survive

In a time of terrorism the humble office worker feels exposed, a reserve soldier in a global war. Ecco's designers equipped their simple-looking office chair with a fireproof hooded vest and much, much more.

Still, it's not an Aaron chair.

Posted by rory at 06:11 PM | TrackBack

June 24, 2004

Pee-thru glass

From the outside it looks perfectly private, but once you're inside, you've gotta ask yourself: "Am I sure no-one can see me?"

Posted by rory at 02:24 PM | TrackBack

The (.za) Facts

The CIA Factbook on South Africa shows a whole lot of interesting bits about my country.

Most interesting of all, though (well, to me at least), is this entry:

Radio broadcast stations:
AM 14, FM 347 (plus 243 repeaters), shortwave 1 (1998)
Television broadcast stations:
556 (plus 144 network repeaters) (1997)

Posted by rory at 12:16 PM | TrackBack

June 20, 2004


Need some non-smutty writing done? Get Ansie to do it right away!

I think it's such a cool name for a company.

Posted by rory at 11:13 AM

June 18, 2004

How, uh, fabulous are you?

Take this quiz (choose Greater London as your county if you're outside the UK).


Step back, you've gone too far. It's one thing getting in touch with your feminine side, but quite another to have girls thinking of you as 'just a friend'. You need to get in touch with your masculine side again.

Don't forget to return on Friday 28th May to take part 2 of the test.

Then tune into part two of How Gay Are You? on Sky One, Sunday 30th May at 10pm.

Posted by rory at 12:29 PM

What would Jesus do?

After yesterday's entry, I had this link recommended to me.


Posted by rory at 09:42 AM

March 20, 2004

Blog stickers!

It's blog stickers! It's blog stickers!

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March 18, 2004

He'll be back

There's no telling who you'll bump into on Orkut.

Posted by rory at 09:42 PM | Comments (1)

March 17, 2004

Social to the max

Some people just take social networking way too seriously.

Posted by rory at 09:45 AM

March 16, 2004

More ice, sir?

Graham stayed here. It must have been cold.

Posted by rory at 12:20 AM | Comments (1)

March 15, 2004

You're listening to WBLG, all over your blog dial...

"Radio Vox Populi is a realization of the people's voice, taking the content
of the weblogs and broadcasting it back to the world. As weblog authors
update their sites their writing is collected, synthesized into speech, and
streamed to listeners as an Internet radio station. Live from the commons 24
hours a day, 365 days a year."

Unfortunately, it's firewalled here at work. Sigh.

Posted by rory at 09:52 PM

How much is that, uh...

...um, err, stuff, in the window?

Posted by rory at 09:50 PM

March 11, 2004

What's that song?

Try MyBeat.

Posted by rory at 10:52 AM | TrackBack

February 28, 2004

Coffee CUPS?

The Luxury of Ignorance: An Open-Source Horror Story

Posted by rory at 07:39 AM | TrackBack

February 27, 2004


Have I mentioned Orkut?

Posted by rory at 12:34 AM | TrackBack

February 26, 2004

February 09, 2004

Very funny, now beam down my pants

The Mars Score card, so far.

Posted by rory at 02:10 AM

January 24, 2004

Trevor C-rite-on

Working here is like an old Rhodes re-union. Here's one of my co-workers photographic rituals.

Posted by rory at 05:26 PM | TrackBack

December 11, 2003

Imagination at work

Fun. And a nice time-sink.

Posted by rory at 11:13 AM

Real men

"It's not that we're afraid you assholes, it's that we don't menstruate."

Posted by rory at 09:14 AM | Comments (2)

Nip, tuck, gasp

Before you have that cosmetic surgery, consider this.

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December 10, 2003

C More or Less

A subject-oriented language. Each C+- class instance, known as a subject, holds hidden members, known as prejudices, agendas or undeclared preferences, which are impervious to outside messages; as well as public members, known as boasts or claims.

Posted by rory at 01:26 PM | TrackBack

Use your finger...

...to dial one up.

Posted by rory at 09:27 AM | TrackBack

December 09, 2003

Scotty Bunny!

Ever feel your job isn't as much fun as someone else's?

Posted by rory at 10:55 AM

Shift over

Light years beyond encryption. Apparently.

Posted by rory at 10:23 AM | TrackBack

December 04, 2003

Comment spam

Comment spam in blogs. When email is not enough.

Posted by rory at 10:29 AM | TrackBack

December 02, 2003


These are 15 trends taking place in logo design. LogoLounge looks good.

Posted by rory at 04:14 PM | TrackBack

I'll be back to front

Mr Schwarzenegger weighed in on the gay marriage debate with the comment "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman."

Posted by rory at 03:44 PM

November 26, 2003

Divine Interventions

Wayne: "Go here: www.divine-interventions.com..."

Me: (upon seeing the opening splash screen) "Looks nice. What is it?"

Wayne: "Have you checked out the products?"

Me: (trepidation rising) "Checking. Scared. Monitor facing office."

Wayne: "Baby jesus buttplugs and nun-dildos - quite tasteful actually ;-)"

Me: (furious clicking)

Posted by rory at 01:57 PM | Comments (2)

November 25, 2003


Play Scrabble online with a friend, via email.

Posted by rory at 02:48 PM

November 24, 2003


The entire Calvin and Hobbes snowman series.

It needs to snow more in Johannesburg.

Posted by rory at 02:58 PM

Camp Kaalgat... err, Staaldraad

Who cares if we lost? Hot, nekkid rugby player bottoms.

Spank you kindly, Princess Adrain!

Posted by rory at 02:31 PM

November 18, 2003

Comfortable home toys

Toys, toys, toys: Living Control and Primare.

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November 17, 2003

A lotta Scotti

Saw 'Kiss Me Guido' again last night. Man, oh, man: Nick Scotti.

Posted by rory at 03:23 PM | TrackBack

Belle de Jour

Belle de Jour: The diary of a London Call Girl.

Soon to be relaunched: The Rites, under its new name, Balls de Jour.

Just kidding.


Posted by rory at 02:50 PM | TrackBack

Confess. It's good for the Internet.

And have a grouphug.

Posted by rory at 11:19 AM

November 12, 2003

Crazy remixed-up kids... and the music industry, which is just crazy.

Having failed to outlaw file-sharing software, it has turned its wrath on the biggest users of that software: teenagers. Suddenly, weirdly, the entertainment business is teaming up with cops and conservative politicians to wage war on its own customers.

This from an industry "where financial prudence traditionally meant buying your cocaine in bulk..."

Posted by rory at 11:39 AM | TrackBack

November 11, 2003

Overcome email overload

Email overload, the scourge of our time. Apparently.

The jury is still out on blog-overload.

Posted by rory at 03:43 PM | TrackBack

Flatus odour judge, and more

What -- exactly -- are the worst jobs in science?

Posted by rory at 03:40 PM

Bring back the laughter

And just what is this better known as?

Posted by rory at 11:58 AM | Comments (1)


I really gotta go to one of these. 3500 tickets of 8000 already sold.

And who cares if some poor soldier found a sticky condom?

Posted by rory at 11:12 AM | TrackBack


Porn mag sales are going limp. Yet another side effect of this new fangled Internet thang.

Posted by rory at 10:48 AM | TrackBack

November 10, 2003


Would you like a Google mirror?

Posted by rory at 10:53 AM | TrackBack

Stiff discipline

"...By the time the afternoon lessons began, there was no hiding what they had done."

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November 06, 2003

Men's Health

Saw the Men's Health Look 2003 last night on MNet. Manflesh left, right, and centre.

Janez, the winner, is just about most appropriately defined as 'sex on legs'.

Posted by rory at 02:09 PM | TrackBack

October 23, 2003

And 1.09 million of those were one-day wonders

I must update more often.

Posted by rory at 02:32 PM

October 22, 2003

South Africa

We're number one! We're number one!

Posted by rory at 11:39 AM

September 18, 2003

Text missage

Be very careful that you send that SMS text message to the right number.

Posted by rory at 05:49 PM | TrackBack

September 10, 2003

How rich are you?

I'm the 482,879,178 richest person on earth!

Discover how rich you are! >>

Posted by rory at 05:47 PM | TrackBack

Zempt is out

Posted by rory at 03:50 PM | TrackBack

Visual rituals...

...updated. No dead boys. One picture of me.

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...is back now, thankfully. Which means that those of you fortunate enough to be subscribed to the Rites will continue to receive your daily dose of ritual behaviour, or at least whenever a new ritual is performed.

Those of you not subscribed can perform the initiation ritual now.

Posted by rory at 12:59 PM | Comments (1)

August 22, 2003


Need an email address NOW? Scared they'll spam you? Try Mailinator.

Posted by rory at 11:11 AM | TrackBack

August 20, 2003

Whoopi Goldberg's Big Bad Ass Beef Ribs

Never surf recipe sites at 5:30pm at work. You'll just get hungry.

Posted by rory at 05:43 PM | Comments (2)

Another name for a rooster is...

I think this site sells clothing. But if the models are for sale, I'm buying in bulk.

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The demonisation of GHB

Distortions of the truth, challenged.

Posted by rory at 02:21 PM | TrackBack

July 28, 2003


Mr & Mrs Wayne & Shania, who are now on their honeymoon, jaunting around Mozambique and South Africa.

From this, one would infer that TheDecks will now have a his and hers section.

Posted by rory at 02:09 PM | TrackBack

July 25, 2003

Which drug should you be hooked on?

Star light,
star bright,
what images will I see tonite?

Which drug should you be hooked on? [now with pictures]
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Posted by rory at 03:07 PM | Comments (1)

3 hours to go...

...and Wayne and Shania get married.

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July 24, 2003

Scripture scanned

The Gutenberg Bible: scanned and online.

"The Ransom Center acquired its two-volume copy, which includes some illuminations in gold leaf, in 1978. Oram estimated the copy, which is 1,268 pages in two volumes, is worth up to $20 million."

The pages are linen. Linen!

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Your first name of Rory has given you a practical, logical, analytical approach to life and a great deal of patience. You enjoy working at anything of a mechanical or technical nature, and believe that what is worth doing is worth doing well. When you are interested in a project, you concentrate all your thoughts on it and do not appreciate being interrupted. This name creates a deliberate and methodical way of thinking and speaking; it takes you time to learn but, once you have mastered a subject, you do not forget it. You are very systematic in all you do and do not like to see things out of order; however, there is a tendency for you to be too fussy. There is a seriousness to your nature which could cause you to worry over your responsibilities, especially when confronted with change and uncertainty. You are overly fond of heavy foods such as meat, potatoes, breads and pastries and could suffer with stomach and intestinal disorders, constipation or boils.

I'm not sure about the boils though.

Try your name at Kabalarian Philosophy:

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July 20, 2003

Wear the wrong button, leave the plane

I swear the world has gone mad.

Posted by rory at 02:17 PM | TrackBack

July 17, 2003

My problem child

Albert Hoffman's LSD: My Problem Child - full text online.

Posted by rory at 02:18 PM | TrackBack

For the love of Gnod

Gnod.net is a cool way to discover new music based on what you like already.

Posted by rory at 01:44 PM

July 16, 2003

All your monitors are belong to us

This is quite impressive.

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July 14, 2003

One day at Lockheed Martin

Man Guns Down 5 Co-Workers, Then Shoots Himself - which just makes you wish that he'd tried those actions, but in reverse order.

I'd like to make propose that we now dub these happenings as 'bowling incidents'.

Posted by rory at 11:29 AM | TrackBack

Give War A Chance

"Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol,
causes the fundamental ills of society.
If we're looking for the source of our troubles,
we shouldn't test people for drugs,
we should test them for stupidity,
ignorance, greed and love of power."

One of my favourite authors, P. J. O'Rourke, says this, and many other things.

Posted by rory at 11:23 AM

July 03, 2003

Cheekbones you could hang a national debt off of

This is Freddie Ljungberg

Posted by rory at 01:53 PM | TrackBack

July 02, 2003

Happy time

I think I want to get one of these bibs for Erynne.

Posted by rory at 06:32 PM | TrackBack

36.0% sexually pure (64.0% sexually corrupt

You answered "yes" to 64 of 100 questions, making you 36.0% sexually pure (64.0% sexually corrupt); that is, you are 36.0% pure in the sex domain.
Your Weirdness Factor (AKA Uniqueness Factor) is 47%, based on a comparison of your test results with 879613 other submissions for this test.

The average purity for this test is 56.5%.
The first submission for this test was received June 17, 1994.

How pure are you?

(the only problem with the test is that it does not have a 'select all' option, which would be easier for some people.)

Posted by rory at 04:32 PM | TrackBack

Keylime Pie

Does this not just sound absolutely delicious?

Posted by rory at 02:49 PM | Comments (1)

Memory you can't bring your speaker near

By using MRAM, the companies say a laptop could work more like other electronic devices such as a television or radio: turn the power on and the machine jumps almost instantly to life with settings just as you had left them.

Posted by rory at 02:29 PM | TrackBack

June 30, 2003

RIP, Katharine

Katharine Hepburn dies, aged 96.

Posted by rory at 02:01 PM | TrackBack

Young Bottoms in Love

Enjoy "My Gay Romance".

Posted by rory at 12:06 PM | TrackBack

June 23, 2003

Man takes life with bandsaw

"A 23-year-old man who worked at a butchery in Alice Street, Durban, committed suicide on Monday by putting his head through a bandsaw - a machine usually used for cutting up carcasses. "

Someone must have removed the safety label.

Posted by rory at 03:57 PM

June 17, 2003

Text-heavy. Laugh-intensive.

"This is because young people in sports cars are considered to be 'high risk' drivers. This offends me. If driving down a residential street at 200 mph while smoking a joint and listening to music with bass so high that the sides of the car bulge out with each note like some kind of cartoon is considered 'high risk', I don't want to know what 'low risk' is."

Go get Text-Heavy. This is seriously funny stuff.

Posted by rory at 12:51 PM



Person who just had cybersex and is now enjoying a post-coital cybercigarette

>:-Q -...

Person who was enjoying a post-coital cigarette until he suddenly noticed, to his alarm, that there is some kind of discharge dribbling from his cybermember


Posted by rory at 10:08 AM

What Matrix Persona Are You?

You are Neo
You are Neo, from "The Matrix." You
display a perfect fusion of heroism and

What Matrix Persona Are You?
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Posted by rory at 10:06 AM

Who's blogging who

For more information, read the Simple Guide to the A-List Bloggers.

Posted by rory at 09:52 AM

June 10, 2003

The WTC demolition (aka 9/11)

Found http://www.serendipity.li/wtc.html last night. Promptly sucked in 2 hours of my time as I kept trying to stop reading it.

I'll buy the controlled demolition part of it though.

Posted by rory at 04:48 PM | Comments (1)

Surf this

"But, bearing in mind that 90% of the population aren’t fags, here’s a little guide to the ins and outs of the Love that Dare Not Speak it’s Name (especially in Cape Town, where it more-or-less screams it)."

This from somewhere on http://www.africans.co.za/ - any site that has banner ads about Zombie Jesus back from the dead has to be good.

Posted by rory at 03:58 PM

June 04, 2003

I see (through) you, baby, shaking that amp...

Winamp. Indispensible utility. Soundtrack renderer to many a coding moment. And did you know you can make it transparent?

Posted by rory at 01:08 PM

A most unfortunate name

Polar Operational Environmental Satellite - or POES for short.

If you're not South African, you may not understand why this is so funny.

Posted by rory at 11:30 AM | Comments (3)

June 03, 2003

PAS 7/10

Lyngsat is a good place to keep up with what's being beamed at you and your Multichoice satellite dish in South Africa. When I get a chance I'll explain how to use that page to see which free channels you can tune into via your stock-standard Multichoice decoder.

Posted by rory at 02:27 PM

May 29, 2003

HSS: now you'll really have to get a good position

Essentially, HSS for the first time does for sound what the laser did for light -- intensely focuses and channels it so it can travel great distances without dispersing. In the demo, a technician points a speaker the size of a cereal box at someone standing 100 yards away. Amid the din of the nearby freeway, the technician plays a recording of ice cubes clinking into a glass.

More about this at http://www.wirelessnewsfactor.com/perl/story/21621.html.

However, the paragraph that most caught my attention was this:

The company is also beginning to market a couple of other sound technologies, including one called High Intensity Directed Acoustic (HIDA), which can generate sound waves so intense that they can instantly incapacitate a human. The military is interested.

Strange. Didn't they know that we already have such technology?

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May 28, 2003

Hot house

Greer was wondering if I'm going to Hot House this weekend. So am I, in fact. I'm still going through my period of 'being good'. Whatever that means.

Hang on. I think it means not spending quantities of cash that would rival Zimbabwe's national debt at parties each weekend.

Yes, that's it.

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May 27, 2003

Pride 2003

A Mardi Gras at our "home" at Zoo Lake and a Pride Parade through Rosebank? That's what Johannesburg will be getting on Saturday, 27 September 2003.

And Randolph did the site. Nice.

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Brett wants a new monitor

...and he's chosen to get this, using money from petty cash.

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May 26, 2003

Fluff me baby

And just when you thought you'd seen it all, Marrit points this out: fluffertrax.

Pornosonic's "Cream Streets." simultaneously captures the essence of the Rock Opera, as well as evoking fine 70s porn music from the supposed "original unreleased motion picture." The storyline: Dick Dagger once again on the job faces his evil nemesis, Cum Lin Santiago. Cum Lin and his female cohort, Putana, capture Dick's ladyfriend, Peach Fuzz. And the plot unfolds from there.

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Sex, drugs and house music

Wayne provides one of these.

You know how you keep returning to your favourite music over and over again, even when there's new stuff to listen to? For me, those favourites include Wayne's mixes. Latest lovely lacquered listen: SunnySideFunk.

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Happiness is...

...an Irish accent (also, here and here).

I watched Bend it Like Beckham this weekend - stunning movie!

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May 22, 2003

Visual Basic IDE mouse wheel support

And today, I found this on pscode.com: VB IDE Mousewheel Support and Code Auto Complete. If you've ever wondered why your mouse wheel doesn't work when scrolling code in the Visual Basic IDE, you need this.

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Oh, the irony (part 2)

How extreme is your ironing?

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May 15, 2003

RIAA Admits Piracy Goof

The Recording Industry Association of America sent out more than two dozen letters on Monday apologizing for incorrectly targeting institutions suspected of posting copywritten music on their servers. The RIAA said the erroneous notices were the result of an error by an unnamed temporary employee.

and "as for Professor Usher, Lamy says that for his trouble the RIAA intends to send him an Usher CD and T-shirt."


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May 14, 2003

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hit Alt-F4

Hysterical? Hysteria? Whatever. http://www.feetman.com/

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May 13, 2003

The skies of Johannesburg

Ever wonder what the skies look like where I stay? Have a look at what James does...

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May 12, 2003

17 inches. I kid you not.

Anything that goes from 1" to 17" has got to be good.

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Aaw, nuts

Use nuts to hit a squirrel in the...

Posted by rory at 12:56 PM

What kind of font are you?

Lucida Calligraphy - You tend towards the arts.
You tend to stand out in a crowd and have your
own style. Be careful not to be too aloof,

What Font Are You? (Standard Fonts)
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May 07, 2003

Got tweasers?

Trim that nose hair - mind the words.

Posted by rory at 05:31 PM

You have cancer...

xdrquinnx_cancer-crop.jpg because...

Posted by rory at 03:35 PM

If you can do that, I'll go down on you

Can you do voice-over on inept copy? Not even Orson Welles can, apparently.

Posted by rory at 10:57 AM

April 29, 2003

Popular Panics

So this morning I check the access statistics for my Rites. And the most popular page so far is (surprise, surprise) the one on how to tune in the porn channel on DStv. I should add that Don't Panic TV now has a South African website.

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April 22, 2003


Over the weekend, I had a go at installing KDE under Cygwin. Now first off: I already use and love OpenBox. A couple of hours later, I had arrived at the following conclusion: KDE is a mechanism for using up 100% of your CPU cycles without ever requiring you to actually open an application.

But then today, Adrian sent me this desktop screenshot. Stunning. I hope it runs fast.

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The Camel Toe

If there's someone you want to know, get yourself a camel toe.

Posted by rory at 03:39 PM

Martha Screwart's Guide to Planning Your First Orgy

Are you paying too much for sex? Tired of the marriage game? Put some zest back into your life by hosting an orgy.

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April 15, 2003


I've said it before, and so has Adrian. Phoenix is the browser you should be using.

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April 11, 2003

DVD Profiler

...is the best DVD collection management software out there. This is my collection.

Posted by rory at 04:35 PM

April 07, 2003

Rage, Hubris, and Regime Change

If the Bush administration’s foreign policy towards countries in the “axis of evil” is “either you become capitalist democracies or we will do it for you,” then for both ideological and material reasons, the leaders of those regimes have every incentive to do exactly what the United States doesn’t want them to do: develop a nuclear capacity.


By Ken Jowitt

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April 02, 2003

And in the "I wish I'd read this in February" category...

"Think of yourself as a horse that's stopped by the side of the road to rest," Dlugozima says. "If you linger, another saddle will be put on your back, and you'll rejoin the wagon train. But if you take off running now, you'll be able to choose your own path because no one else is driving you."

How to Move Forward When You're Between Jobs

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April 01, 2003

Are you damned?

Are you damned?
Brought to you by Rum and Monkey

You're coming back! And if you are a Hindu you are going to have very specific characteristics:

"The slayer of a woman and the destroyer of embryos becomes a savage full of diseases; who commits illicit intercourse, a eunuch; who goes with his teacher’s wife, disease-skinned. The eater of flesh becomes very red; the drinker of intoxicants, one with discolored teeth...." (Garuda Purana)

Posted by rory at 10:42 PM

March 28, 2003

'Time-traveler' busted for insider trading

Federal investigators have arrested an enigmatic Wall Street wiz on insider-trading charges -- and incredibly, he claims to be a time-traveler from the year 2256!

Sources at the Security and Exchange Commission confirm that 44-year-old Andrew Carlssin offered the bizarre explanation for his uncanny success in the stock market after being led off in handcuffs on January 28.

"We don't believe this guy's story -- he's either a lunatic or a pathological liar," says an SEC insider.


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March 27, 2003


I now share an office with Adrian. Long-time friend, short-time co-worker. He does http://www.oasismag.com.

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January 17, 2003


And in the blast-from-the-past department, if you feel that comics these days aren't offensive enough, might I direct you to < a href="http://www.spacemoose.com/">Spacemoose?

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January 02, 2003

DVDs, home theatre and lists

It's a new year! And in honour of that occasion, if you like low-volume, helpful lists, why not join dvdchat, a list that Brett and I run.

Posted by rory at 07:32 PM

December 01, 2002


We're at that stage where people give each other stuff. No, not herpes. Gifts. And here's my wishlist.

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October 07, 2002


It's not news - it's fark.com.

Posted by rory at 12:54 PM

May 21, 2002

Google loves weblogs

Lloyd sent me this: <a href="http://www.microcontentnews.com/articles/googleblogs.htm">http://www.microcontentnews.com/articles/googleblogs.htm</a>

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