Archive for November, 2007

Seraphiel 0.64 released!

November 29, 2007

Well, the latest version of Seraphiel is now available for download, and includes a few nifty new things.

  • Highlights low food situations
  • Shows raw offense currently being sent on war room
  • Compatible with the new Great Utopian War



The putty monster

November 24, 2007

One of my favourite desk toys is some nice silly thinking putty. Anyway, I was messing around with it a bit today, spreading it out thinly. And then… I wrapped my hand in it. Try it at home!
Green thumb… and then some

Anyway, next, I tried spreading my fingers out, with my hand encased in putty. Turns out that’s pretty good hand exercise. And whilst you’re there, you may as well make the Vulcan salute:
Live long and prosper

Also, try curling your fingers over to touch your palm, and then spread them out again. If your hand starts to look like a swamp monster, or emo-Peter from Spiderman 3, well, that’s good too.

Webflicker 0.1b1 released!

November 19, 2007

For a few weeks now, I’ve been using DVD rental site Webflicks. It’s… ok. Turnaround could stand to be a bit faster (so far, I’m finding that if I return a DVD the day after I get it, a new one turns up a week later).

To date, the only DVDs that I haven’t found in their catalogue are seasons of The IT Crowd – but, that said, it’s possible, at this stage, that some of the DVDs in the catalogue aren’t actually there. But I don’t know that. I don’t think I’ve been with them long enough to properly evaluate their range – so far, they’ve been sending me DVDs *mostly* from the first few preferences.

Ok, enough with the reviews. The big thing that irks me about their site is that their user interface is a bit… unusable. I really, really wish that their cookies didn’t expire so fast, they override the “Enter” key in all their forms in unfortunate ways, and the commonly used Account pages take more clicks than they should to get to.

Webflicker is an attempt to fix a few of the problems. It doesn’t make their cookies last longer, though it does automatically redirect you from the useless home page to the login page. It doesn’t stop the overriding of the “Enter” key (yet…). And it provides a few handy links to commonly used (I think) Account pages on the left hand side of every page.

Anyway, hopefully this will prove of use to someone. Enjoy!

A few notes for Seraphiel fans:
I also updated the Seraphiel FAQ. A new version of Seraphiel, with a few ice extra features (based on user input), should be coming out soon(-ish).