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The power of fun! Performing arts website goes live :)

From stilt walking, to fire shows, to workshops for kids Mike and Jo really know how to get a party going! With the launch of their site: you can now contact them and hire their services for your party.

Street performers have always been a great way to liven up any event from corporate events, to kids parties; and its really amazing just how many different talents these two have. They can teach you how to dance, how to pogo, how to make balloons and even throw some fire around.

Check out their many talents here.


Posted in Uncategorized · June 17th, 2009 · Comments (0)

@£# on a Mac

Hi there!

I found a really great article explaining how to set up your mac for a traditional British (windows) keyboard. It seems even the British keyboard which is included with the OS is missing the all important hash key. I’m not sure how a web developer is to survive without this one!

Heres a link to the instructions on how to fix the problem: Using a British/UK Windows keyboard with an Apple Mac in OS X (3)

Once you have switched to this keyboard, shift3 becomes £, shift 2 becomes “, shift ‘ becomes @, and becomes #.


Posted in Uncategorized · June 2nd, 2009 · Comments (0)


We had a small problem recently with the server which meant a roll-back to 3rd March. My post about google, clusty and cuil has been lost.

Posted in Uncategorized · April 22nd, 2009 · Comments (0)

Sharing a ride! A new initiative on the Isle of Man

I sat in the rain, in the bus shelter on Douglas promenade waiting for a bus to work. The bus was late as usual. I couldnt help but notice the amount of cars, literally a queue two miles long, and 99.9% of the cars had only 1 person inside.

We all appreciate the idea that sharing a car can save money and “reduce your carbon footprint” but how do you meet people that are willing to share their car with you?

Well a new website aims to solve that problem by allowing users to search for potential car-shares between all the major Manx towns.

Here is the link:

Posted in Uncategorized · February 19th, 2009 · Comments (0)

saw this and it made me giggle…

Grafitti Joke


And while on the subject of street art – check this guys pixels out!

INVADER- Binary Code Street Art- Part 1 from Daniel Lahoda on Vimeo.

Posted in Uncategorized · February 4th, 2009 · Comments (0)

Mapping the Palestinian Web has been mapping the political boundaries of the internet for 10 years. They are particularly interested in .gov, .com and .org and the social geography of the internet. Based in Amsterdam, they have written books and won awards on the subject.

Their latest project has mapped out the Palestinian web, (.ps), It was featured in Infosthetics last Friday.

We like to believe that the internet is a place of no boundaries; but it becomes very clear that this is not the case when we look at information such as this – and begin to wonder what our own political & social network looks like in Europe & America.

Our connetions across the web are mainly down to our ability to find information in the first place; which brings me to another rather interesting map featured on’s website which shows what happened when Google apparently removed a website from it’s search engine listings back in 2007.

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Posted in Infosthetics · January 30th, 2009 · Comments (0)

Google friendly sitemap software

“Implementing sitemaps is a good choice if you want your website to rank higher as Googles coverage of the web grows. Because Google indexes websites in cycles, it would previously have been normal for updated pages to be indexed after anything up to a few days. By making a Google Sitemap-formatted file available on your Web server, you will be making sure that your entire website is indexed at one go.

Diadematus for Google is a premium sitemap application made by MediaCET. Diadmatus is used to spider websites and build a complete XML sitemap index based on the Google recommendations, so that it can be read and indexed by the Google search engine.”

Download Diadematus for Google – Freeware

Posted in Uncategorized · January 14th, 2009 · Comments (0)

Photoshop Tool Shortcuts


Photoshop ninja posted a list of all the tool shortcuts for PS. Hope this is some use to you :)

Photoshop Ninja Tool Shortcuts

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Posted in Adobe, Design, Help & Advice · December 19th, 2008 · Comments (0)

Photography in the dark

A good friend of mine put me on to this guy Dean Chamberlain, website link. He is a talented photographer who takes photographs in the dark. Both the subject and the photographer are in the dark… and yet these amazing photographs are the result. Everything you see is down to manipulation with the exposure itself.

“Dean Chamberlain developed his light painting technique, which involves working with his camera and subject in completely dark spaces, in 1977. These images are created entirely in the camera, with no computer manipulation. Using extremely long exposures in sessions that often extend to four or five hours, he moves through the composition space with a flashlight and colored gels, illuminating each individual element, not so much photographing a moment but painting with light through time and space.” These are the comments which my friend posted to me with the link. As soon as I have a source I will post it.


Posted in Uncategorized · November 28th, 2008 · Comments (0)

new item posted on

Put graphics section back – will add more recent images soon..
cosmic penguin, personal website of Zoe Barrow

Posted in Uncategorized · November 18th, 2008 · Comments (0)