Monthly Archives: August 2008

links for 2008-08-31

welcome to vue cinemas – the ultimate cinema experience Our other local Cinema – ‘Star City’ in Nechells, although we don’t go too often as it went through a spate of being ‘stabbing central’ at night and hasn’t shaken off that image well so far. ….. 1 Trackback

links for 2008-08-30

Horkan – Hungarian for ‘snort’

I’m not winding you up on this one, check this out from

Horkan - Hungarian for 'snort' from

I should think that a number of you will be more than a little amused.

My banana yellow Yamaha V-Max

And a series of posts about motorbikes wouldn’t be complete without my own current ride, this lovely banana yellow Yamaha V-Max.

That’s right, it’s just a big ol’ engine and a pair of wheels, lol…

A pint after work…

Kieron, Darren, Ian and Graham at the Fine Line.

Graham Helsby and his *BIG* sandwich

Here’s my mate Graham with a very large sarny…

Now that’s a *Big* sandwich…

Three pals bikes; a BSA low-rider, a Yamaha Genesis EXUP Streetfighter, and a mint Honda VFR

Keeping with this weeks motorbike theme, here’s some photos of three pals bikes that I helped them sell on ebay last year.

First up is Bob’s wonderful, but insane to ride (unless you were Bob), BSA ‘Low Rider’.

Second is Martin’s Yamaha Genesis EXUP ‘Streetfighter’ (mainly fairing removed).

Third is a friend of a friends bike, in that’s it’s Ricky’s brother Joe’s bike, an almost mint condition Honda VFR.

And yes, they all sold double quick…

Castle Bromwich Hall Church Fete

Our local C of E Church, St. Mary and St. Margaret’s Church, in Castle Bromwich, just before the arrival of our new Parish Priest, Gavin Douglas, and family…

What do Facebook,, and, all have in common this month?

Yes, that’s right; they are all suffering from functionality issues due to design flaws introduced in their last look and feel upgrades.

Looks like this is the month for it, because in rapid succession we’ve seen changes at all three of these web2.0 stalwarts.

So how have these changes effected functionality, and what’s the real problem at hand ?

  1. Facebook
    If your a Facebook user then you will have noticed the option to use ‘new’ facebook, which, although keeps the quite fixed layout (and color theme), moves applications onto a seperate ‘page’ (or tab rather, although it behaves as a page).
    The major problem with this is settings between the new and old Facebook layouts don’t appear to be compatible, which points to access control being about the UI and not about the data itself.
    So have introduced a ‘richer’ look and feel, but appear to have lost some of their elegant simplicity. A shame, because for a service like I’d rather have function over form.
    Similar to the issue with, but in this case their is a huge user community hankering for backwards compatibility with the old look and feel, who want a similar ability to the recent Facebook refresh in being able to ‘swap’ between the two UI designs.
    Perhaps this isn’t such a good idea, because like the current Facebook issues, who’s to know what settings and access controls are locked into the UI and not the user data.

Along with the recent problems at Twitter around “outbound SMS messages” it’s turning out to be quite the month…

Last years photos from Sun’s Customer Engineering Conference 2007 (CEC 2007)

Found these the other day, posted up to Flickr…