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Saturday, July 21, 2007

How to add a WeatherPixie to your Facebook Profile Page

The WeatherPixie

WeatherPixie by Tamsin Bowles is a personalised graphical representation of meteorological conditions where you are. There are loads of pixies to choose from, some with remarkable dress sense. The weather information comes from a public database of airport weather stations so with any luck there's one not far from you.

WeatherPixie isn't available as a Facebook application (yet) but it's still relatively easy to add one to your profile page. Here's how:
  1. Next to the Applications link in the left hand navigation, click "edit", then click "Browse More Applications" and search for an application called "HTML Box"

  2. Add the application to your profile

  3. Click "edit code" - this will display a textbox something like this:

  4. In a new browser, go to and click My Pixie.

  5. Use the dropdowns to configure your pixie the way you want it then click "Set my Pixie".

  6. In the right hand navigation click "View HTML code for this Location".

  7. A textbox should have appeared containing some HTML code. Select all the code and press Ctrl-C to copy.

  8. Now switch back to Facebook, paste the code into the HTML Box application, like this:

  9. Click Update

  10. Click Edit Code again

  11. Next comes the hardest part - you need to tell Facebook to keep updating the image as the weather changes. To do this, look on the second or third line of code and select all the code between these quotes: src=" ". Make sure all the code is selected but don't include the quotes, then press Ctrl-C to copy.

  12. Click the link to "Add Media" in the top navigation

  13. Scroll down and paste the copied code into the "Image URL" field at the bottom of the page. Then click Add.
The pixie should have appeared in your profile, if you use the example code above - it will look like the one at the beginning of this page.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Joost TV

you might have heard of Joost... the idea is to distribute TV shows to the masses using the internet. I haven't got an account yet so I'm not exactly sure how it works but I bet we'll be hearing lots more about this service in the next few months.

Right now it's relatively easy (if you're a nerd) to get whatever TV content you want over the internet... illegally. I think the idea of Joost is to make it even easier to get access to the same plethora of content legally and fairly cheaply. Joost (and others) are busy signing up programme makers as fast as they can:

iTWire - YouTube signs BBC, Joost signs JumpTV - the gloves are off

Joost is invitation only for now (a bit like Gmail). But don't worry if you haven't received an invitation; if you have a blog try creating a post with link to this site:

Fun Distraction: Joost Invitation Giveaway

The kind owner says he will send you a Joost invite if you post a link to his blog.

Well that's my post, I'll let you know if it works. Watch this space!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

It's not all Heineken and hedonism

Yes, we have been working pretty hard; not just in our jobs - Agata has been demanding plenty of attention. The hull took all winter to fix up, grinding, welding and painting. Here are some pics of her in the jachthaven (boatyard):

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Plenty of work to do at home too, getting ready to plant this years crops. This is the worm powered composter we built for our balcony:

Here is the method we followed to build it

Georgie and Eileen came over for a visit in March with friend Stephen. As you can see from the pics, we spent quite a bit of time indoors:

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To escape the gloom, Fran├žoise and Ian took us all on trip - destination unknown. We were told to pick up tickets to Stanstead airport and await further instructions. Turned out we were heading for sunny Sicily. What an amazing place, we saw sun, sea and snow (on top of Mount Etna) and ate loads of great food. We almost missed our flight home becasue we couldn't find the airport. Turns out it had been renamed after messers Falcone and Borsellino, magistrates who were assasinated for sending down too many gangsters.

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It even got a bit warm in Amsterdam by the time George and Bernie came over to visit later in April and we took Agata out for the first time this year:

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I realise it's been ages since I updated this site so I'll just skip the details and let the pics speak for themselves:

David & Karen's wedding

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Queen's Day

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Ciaran's christening

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House in Aigrefeuille

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Claire's Hen Night

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Owen & Claire's wedding

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Nick and Mel visit Amsterdam

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Cruise on the river shannon

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Mel's artwork on Agata

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Balcony Crops

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Flaine 2006

Sunday, January 01, 2006

christmas and new year

christmas eve
christmas day
new year

bernie's dance
happy new year
bring your own fireworks
man blows up boat
man blows up boat again

it's tricky trying to make these into a coherent story. it began sometime late in December when we finally finished the jigsaw; so, having finished work, we packed up our presents and flew to ireland on christmas eve. First stop, the pub - for a pint of Guiness.

on christmas day, after opening a few presents and maybe a beer or two, we headed to the athletics club for the traditional GOAL mile.

that was a great way to start the day, then we went round visting friends and family to wish them a merry christmas. i was meeting a few people for the first time and was made to feel welcome wherever i went. i realised how much i was mising familiar food and got stuck in to just about everythng on offer.

we continued for several days, travelling, visiting, eating and drinking. bernie even drove us down to Wexford to visit ollie and terry (linda's uncle and aunt). that was really nice, especially walking in the soft irish drizzle.

yesterday we flew back to amsterdam to meet up with chris and alex and greet the new year with a little anarchy

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

latest from the dam

autumn has been fun in Amsterdam; I went to the wildlife sanctuary to meet Linda's colleagues and some of the people who look after them. it's an amazing place, on a peninsula in the middle of a big park. they have plenty of different animals; some I wasn't allowed to get too close to, like this bird of prey.

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next was Halloween, in which we stayed in and carved a pumpkin. brought back good memories :)

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exactly a year after Linda and I first met in Australia, around the 11th of the 11th, we had a visit from Debbie, Chris and Amanda - some of the original Darwin crew. it was a good crazy time, like being back in Australia but without so much space to go wild... we ended up annoying the hell out of the neighbours and having to appologise after.

debbie, amanda, linda more photos...

all is back to normal again now. Agata is all wrapped up in a tarpaulin so I can finally stop worrying about water getting into the hull. The freezing weather hasn't stopped Linda going out to take care of her animals although it now looks like she might be coming down with something. poor Linda :(
We went Haarlem at the weekend to do some Christmas shopping, and get some much needed supplies for ourselves and Agata. Haarlem is great for shopping, smaller than Amsterdam but less expensive and there are loads of cool little shops. I got a drill for grinding the many layers of coating from Agata's underside. Linda got a snowboarding jacket, essential to survive the freezing winds blowing up the canals.

linda modeling my new toy more photos...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

google does it again

I'm becoming more of a google fan all the time. On Monday they started giving away enterprise quality web analytics for free.

What the hell does that mean?

If you've got a website, quite alot...

It means that you can find out really detailed information about traffic arriving at your website. I mean more detailed than alot of big companies have been using until now.

The service has been a bit up and down since they launched it, apparently owing to unexpected demand. This weblog has some interesting observations