LiveSearch | September 29, 2004

What a cool idea. A live search ala Spotlight for your site. The slickest implementation I’ve seen so far is over at CollyLogic.

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Leica Digilux 2 | September 28, 2004

Leica Digilux 2

Wow, what a slick looking camera. I want one!

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AURUM3 Movies | September 28, 2004

With a preview of House of Flying Daggers, a feature on Infernal Affairs 1, 2 and 3 as well as info on the new Police Story movie, I think AURUM3 Movies is soon to become my favorite source of movie related news.

Logo for ARUM3 Movie site

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Police State | September 26, 2004

So I’ve just got back from Beijing and I have to say it was a bit of a shock. Talk about a police state. A cheerless policeman on every corner, snipers on the rooftops and “special forces” with automatic weapons outside key buildings. Police vans full of “riot police” waiting to respond to the first sign of descent and police with video cameras there to record likely suspects.

However I’m not talking about Tiananmen square here, I’m talking about Brighton. Driving back into Brighton Saturday morning, the huge police presence could mean only one thing , Tony was in town with the Labour party conference. The conference involves over 1,000 policemen and has turned Brighton into either the safest place in Britain (with police patrols every 5 minutes the chance of getting mugged has to be minimal) or possibly the most dangerous (walking past the conference centre on Saturday afternoon I suddenly realised it probably wasn’t the best place for an afternoon stroll) depending on your outlook.

On a TV news poll last night they asked if people in the UK were afraid of a terrorist attack and around 70% of respondents said that they were. There really seems to be a pervading sense of dread seeping though the nation, buoyed by constant news reports and government bills on terrorism. The IRA fought a very real terrorist campaign on UK soil for years, causing a devastating attack on the Conservative government 20 years ago at their Brighton conference. And yet the IRA mainland bombing campaign never managed to create the same level of fear or knee jerk policy making the we find ourselves experiencing today.

But I digress.

I really enjoyed my trip to China and Beijing proved to be very interesting place. I’d expected a very repressive atmosphere, so was amazed at how progressive the city felt. It definitely didn’t feel like the Beijing we all saw on the news 15 years ago.

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Web Essentials on Thursday | September 26, 2004

So Web Essentials 04 kicks off on Thursday and I have to say that it looks like it’s going to be a great event. If you’re a web standards designer/developer in the area and yet to book your ticket, you really should. Usually you’d be forced to fly to the States to see the likes of Dave Shea, Joe Clark and Doug Bowman speak, so if you’re an Australian or New Zealand developer this is a great opportunity to see some” excellent speakers”: in your own back yard.

Unfortunately it’s a bit of a long trek for European developers like myself to attend. However I have it on good authority that a couple of similar events are in the planning for the UK. In the meantime, if you’re going to the event and plan to blog it, add your URL to these comments so the rest of us can follow the event on Thursday and get the tiniest glimpse of what we’ll be missing.

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Hong-Kong, Shanghai and Beijing Advice | September 6, 2004

I’m off on my holidays soon, so thought I’d ask you folks for advice, Douglas Bowman style. I’ll be travelling around China for two weeks visiting Hong-Kong, Shanghai and Beijing and would welcome any advice you may have.

I’ve been to Hong-Kong before so have done a lot of the standard tourist faire. I’ll be going up to Victoria Peak again to grab some pics of the amazing Hong-Kong skyline. I’m also planning to head out to Happy Valley for a night at the races. Most people think that Hong-Kong is just banks and sky scrapers but it actually has some amazing nature and beaches. Last time I was there I spent a loverly afternoon hanging out at Stanley and also made the trip over to see the Big Buddha at Po Lin monastery on Lantau. This time I think we’re planning to walk the Dragons Back and possibly visit Cheung Chau island.

Hong-Kong has some great bars and restaurants so at least one evening we’ll be heading into SOHO to grab some food and ride the worlds longest escalator. Being a vegi it’s sometimes hard to try out the local delicacies but in Hong-Kong they specialise in making vegi food that looks like meat. I’m not talking Linda McCartney sausages or burgers here either. I’m talking vegi pork, duck and even shrimp that’s so convincing my girlfriend will ask before eating each dish, “But Andy, are you sure this ones vegi? It looks awfully like meat to me!”. I’m also looking forward to dim-sum at a floating restaurant and tea at the Peninsula Hotel.

After 4 days in Hong-Kong we’ll be heading out to Shanghai to visit my girlfriends parents who are working these at the moment. While I’ve been told that there isn’t much of old Shanghai left these days, it sounds like the spirit lives on with some amazing restaurants, bars and clubs.

Next stop Beijing. We’ll have 3 days, 4 night here, so will have to pack a lot of sightseeing into a very short window. On the first day we are planning to visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, a place I’ve wanted to go to since seeing The Last Emperor. Day two will find us heading out to the Great Wall, the only urban myth you can see from space. A structure so mind numbingly impressive that Nixon exclaimed upon seeing the Great Wall “It sure is a great wall”. Apparently there are 4 sites close to Beijing so I’d be interested to hear peoples recommendations on this front. Then on the last day we plan to hire bikes and go on a cycling tour of Beijing. I just hope my medical insurance it up to scratch.

And that’ll be pretty much be that. Just a half day left in Hong-Kong waiting for our international connection, and then homeward bound. I’m hoping to take some good pics so if any of the photographers in the audience have been, I’d love to hear your tips. If I get half as many good pics as Mike, I’ll be over the moon.

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More Yellow Tulips | September 6, 2004

yellow tullips

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BAFTA Award Winning Design Thieves | September 3, 2004

[UPDATE] Emote took down the copied site a few hours after this post and have sincerely apologised. As such I’ve removed their email address and my request for people to contact them and complain about this case of design theft. For more info see my latest comments.

If there is one thing you’d expect from a BAFTA award winning new media company, it’d be originality. So it’s very interesting to see that Birmingham new media company Emote, have decided to cut out the creative process completely with their latest redesign, and help themselves to the Web Standards Awards layout instead.


To make life easier, these Design Thieves have literally lifted the WSA stylesheet and even many of the images. In fact the only alteration to the CSS I can see (apart from some line breaks) is the addition of their own copyright notice.

Copyright 2004 Emote [ New Media Production] and may not be reproduced.

My question for the day then has to be, Is it ever right for a design agency to steal somebody else’s work, and if not, why not?

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