Category Archives: technology

The Good Fish Guide.



White October Coworking AKA wocowork

Here is a post I wrote recently on my work’s blog. It’s about our coworking space which we call “wocowork”. It’s a bit like hot desking or a virtual office but cooler!

wocowork – Our first year of Coworking


Proof that I work with a bunch of geeks. This bottle opener screams “Exterminate!” at you upon contact with a bottle cap.

Google Maps, nicknames and “The town so nice they named it twice”

Walla Walla, Washington

The town so nice, they named it twice

My friend Ann emailed me the other day to ask whether I could give her any tips on travelling overland from Toronto to Boston in April.  I’ve done Montreal to Boston before, taking the Greyhound after recovering from a case of La varicelle and suffering acid reflux from eating 3 tomatoes and an orange before getting on the bus. Therefore, I looked distinctly dodgy at the US border, which coming soon after 9/11 wasn’t really the best look in front of the armed US Immigration Officers.

I haven’t done T.Dot to Beantown before though. Which brings me to the title of my post.

I went to Google Maps to see how far apart Toronto and Boston are…and for some reason I thought “I wonder what happens when I type “T Dot” in.  T Dot being a nickname for Toronto. Lo and behold…

T Dot

T Dot

This set off a chain of events where I discovered that typing certain nicknames for cities into GMaps zoomed immediately into the city in question.

For example:

This may be old news, however I couldn’t find any previous references to this Google Easter Egg…so I now have high hopes that this post is going to be my new Exenger/Fakenger article…i.e my most popular post!

Can youse find any more? Let me know in the comments.

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WordPress app for iPhone

First post with the WordPress app for iPhone. Seems generally usable but basic.

Could do with a couple of tweaks as I deleted my first attempt because I could swear the UI wasn’t showing me the Save button! The ability to add a photo would be a good thing but that could have something to do with the way apps are built i.e the WordPress app probably can’t directly interact with the photo app.

Edit- I’m blind. You can upload photos. My mistake. Here is one of my neighbour AKA “Phlegm man”



Interestead (sic) in swapping bodies??

I went to a Yahoo! Answers page when looking for info about the New York to Toronto train route…which is another, less interesting story.

How could I not click on a link that asked “Interestead in swapping bodies??” ?? The best line..

“Will consider any person, would love to try this with a woman older BIG HIPS OR BOOTY”

Original page on Yahoo! Answers

Interestead in swapping bodies??

Patronizing the musical arts with an iPod Touch


Went down to the Gardeners Arms on Thursday night to patronize the arts. The acts playing at this low-key, semi-acoustic musical evening in the back room were Ben, Stornoway and Jont Whittington (the custodian of the whole Unlit acoustic evening). What happens is Jont roams around, putting on shows in the living rooms (or in the this case, the back room of a pub) of people who sign up on the Web. Read about it at the BBC Radio 2 site.

I had my mobile phone and my iPod Touch at the ready. You can see one a couple of the photos I took in this post. During the performances, as I sat on the bar billiards table a the side of the room, I made some notes using the new Notes application for the Touch.

I admit, I was a little peeved to have to pay £12.99 to download Apple’s January update…but I gotta say the notes app is very good. When I got home, I emailed the note to myself and you can see the results here:

Jon T. Slightly earnest but still not bad really.
Ben is Folds-esque sometimes. The Dressing Up song is fun. So is the
Living Legend one. Self aware.

The new Stornoway stuff sounds good. Actually, I can’t even begin to
put into words how good I think they are in general.

The Jont Peace song is a bit Manu Chao in its cadence at the start. His CD is
called Supernatural. Also reminds me of Jason Anderson at Freuds a
while back…complete with audience participation.

Very high standard, low key night with an appreciative audience of
about fifty people.

Sent from my iPod Touch

I’m getting pretty good at typing with the Touch’s keyboard.

I never wanted an iPod before the Touch came out. It is living up to its promise. Music is ironically one of the things I use the least…wifi rocks, multitouch rocks, Safari is nice, video on boring train journeys a boon. Mail looks promising…Contacts and iCal are pretty good too. I could live without the Weather and Youtube apps…as for the Stocks app…meh.

I really am becoming quite Mac-ified these days…my Touch and my Macbook at home and also a newly acquired Macbook at work as well. Back in the OS 7-9 days, I used Macs quite a bit at university on the newspaper and also the defunct fanzine that I helped to run. Later, I used a Mac with my left hand and a Windows machine with my right for (differing) work purposes but had a bit of a hiatus from Mac computing for several years, since leaving Australia.

Anyhow, musn’t forget to get a ticket for Stornoway’s next gig at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Room on the 26th with the rather good The Epstein , North Sea Radio Orchestra and Stuti Mehta.

The next Stornoway gig

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Why Lenny? Why?

Lenny Henry

Kate just said:

Who are you and what have you done to the real Lenny Henry?

I just saw the last 2 minutes of Lenny Henry’s “new BBC One show which showcases the best of the web”.

A couple of blog posts ago, I talked about jumping the shark…this is worse! Also, why is it on BBC 1?

More info about this atrocity at the site.

This reminds me of a work Xmas do in 2006 when a friend and colleague, who will remain un-named, thought it would be a great idea to get pizza/curry and sit around watching Youtube videos (dancing cats, singing squaddies in Afghanistan etc.) projected onto a wall in a meeting room.

It’s almost making me weep, thinking about it.


Cutting edge tech, only £159


It’s Xmas Eve and I hope that Santa will bring me a Portable Word Processor as seen in a recent Sunday Telegraph TV magazine!

PS – No, I don’t normally read the Torygraph

Jumping the shark?

Has Facebook Jumped the shark? May I present you with this photo that I took on Friday morning at the WH Smith newsagent at Edinburgh Waverley train station…

…or is it more like “dancing about architecture“? I can’t decide.
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