the evenings out here - Thoughts, rants and musings about absolutely everything except photography. Or cats.

Admin Note - Membership


in General , Friday, November 05, 2010

Whoa.  I was finally getting around to looking at spicing up some of the more mundane stuff here, when I discovered that the whole member system was broken.  I think it’s fixed now. Sorry….



that’s French for “bored”

in General , Thursday, July 15, 2010

So yeah, I haven’t written anything here for ages. This blog was originally a container for various bits and pieces, mainly, but not always vaguely work, and therefore technology, related. The thing is, I’m over technology. Way over. And work is, well, maybe not the all-encompassing thing it once was.

I’m not in the slightest bit interested in the iPad. It vaguely sparks my interest in the potential for eBooks and being able to read on something bigger than an iPhone screen, but apart from that, really, what-ever. Anyway, so far I’ve yet to see one in the wild, if I discount one brought over here by an American acquaintance who clearly has no issue with looking like a nerd.  Really, would anybody here down South use one on a train ? I doubt it. Even iPhones are, well, a bit uncool.

There isn’t even anything else to not be interested in. 

We had liquor ... and noise.


the world of Wazzamba

win your dream trip!

in General , Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I joined the team working on the Wazzamba virtual world back in April 2009. And now we’ve launched in the real world.

Wazzamba is a virtual world with a twist: it includes built in games which allow you to build up a score to compete for real world travel prizes. Every week, we award 4 prizes. So far we’ve given away quality, all expenses paid trips to China, New York, Las Vegas and San Diego. Forthcoming destinations include Spain, Rome and Australia. And actually winners can select an alternative if they don’t like the headline.

The virtual world itself so far has 6 “cities”, each sub-divided into areas, for example Sunset Strip in LA (you can see me there on the left with my friend Marilyn). And we’re growing.


You can also find various adventures, or quests, set for you by NPCs (non-playing characters) usually gifted with dreadfully punning names, courtesy of my unhinged colleagues Tim & Sven.

So how do we make any money out of this ? Well the idea is you pay a subscription to take part, at “silver” or “gold” level. The higher the level, the higher the number and value of prizes you qualify for. But you can play - and win - for absolutely nothing. Zero, free, peanuts. Although we’d be terribly grateful if you didn’t.

My part in all this in theory involves building up a mobile channel, from a mobile-enabled web site up to an iPhone application. But I’ve also ended quite heavily involved in building our Facebook applications and presence, as well as a blog built on Wordpress.

It’s early days yet and Wazzamba is not fully mature. But it’s certainly worth a few minutes of your time. My avatar there is called Ostakokur and has great dress sense. Don’t forget to say “hi” if we meet!


Error handling

I know. It’s not a feature, it’s a bug. Sorry.

in General , Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I am only too aware that there are a few glitches in this site. Little by little I’m trying to fix them, whenever I get a spare moment and have the energy. Hopefully search is now fixed. I’ve implemented a very simple search only, as I don’t really believe this site needs anything more complex. There are two separate search contexts, one for each blog. For more general search, you know where to go ...

I would be very grateful for any feedback on bugs or any other issue - my next task is to try to nail down the remaining glitches in the comment system, but that is always tricky.

And on the photography side, the gallery design is actually pretty much finished. The problem now is selecting the content!


Twitter Guilt

positive feedback loop

in General , Friday, April 03, 2009

Every now and then I get messages telling me that somebody is following me on Twitter. Sometimes it’s obvious link bait. But not often - usually the somebody seems to be a real person, who for some totally baffling reason wants to know what’s going on over here (very little, if you believe Twitter).

I suppose I should actually write something to satisfy my (slowly) growing audience, but what exactly ? Well, at least it gives me something to blog about. Maybe if I twitter about my blog I’ll solve both problems. Then I can blog about it!


It would be nice if you could send a short message when you start following someone, to say “hi”, and say why you’re following them…


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