Tuesday, 6 February 2007

Gez's 30th Birthday

It was Gez's birthday on Sunday so lot's of us went out into town to celebrate.

Liza brought her new camera along so here are some photo's of the evening...

When we were in Orvitto, Italy for new years eve we bought a little 3x3x3 wooden cube. Each piece of the cube is attached to one of it's adjacent pieces by a piece of string... the idea, simple, put the cube back together!

Anyhow - here's a pic of Manu giving up trying! ... and a few more of us lot out for Gez's 30 birthday.
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cheddarvision.tv » Live Westcountry Cheddar

.. so this has got to be one of the stranges projects I've ever been involved in.. but one of the most amazing nonetheless!

On January 1st 2007 we ( on behalf of a client ) put a webcam live, trained on a real, fresh block of Westcountry Farmhouse Cheddar.

The idea? To allow people to see how much time and effort goes into a properly matured lump of cheese.

Boring? Apparantly, according to some of the blogs and forums I've seen, but not quite as boring as watching paint dry.

Anyway today, around 4pm GMT, the story hit Reuters!

The Reuters text reads:
Already nearly 49,000 people have clicked on to www.cheddarvision.tv to enjoy
the thrill.

... thing is, it's now about 7pm and over 63'000 people have been to have a look. That's 14'000 folk in three hours..

Just goes to show there's nothing more important going on in the world!! ;-)

I have to say we're lucky enough that the guys from this very dairy have a stall at the farmers market outside our office every Saturday morning so I can tell you first hand it's pretty delicious cheese :-)

Anyhoo... why not take a look - it is remarkably addictive.


PS. Anyone who wants a desktop-widget version - yelp... I'm trying to encourage myself to find the time!

Update : 10th February 2006

- Strangest thing happened... it hasn't let up... in fact we've had so much interest we had to distribute some of the load out the docklands to a dc in Frankfurt.. ( Pipex's switches are 10Mbps and couldn't cope! )

... anyhow at the time of writing - Saturday lunchtime - we're nudging ¼Millon!? :-/

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Prototype Update Stack

I've been playing about for a while with prototype.js which is a phenominal javascript framework for all things cross-browser compatible and "wizzy". <-- technical terminology

Anyhow... in conjunction with a discussion here about a new little feature we've been toying with I though I should stick a patch here for anyone to get hold of since it may be easier to run the patch than to follow my post to the discussion!

So here it is: experimental prototype.js patch to allow update stacking

... that's all for now!... this will continue back here ;-)