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My micro life: 6:00pm, 20 January 2009

Enormously clever of me, moments after the house had finally cooled down, to do the vacuuming and heat it back up again

My micro life: 7:52pm, 16 January 2009

Watching Alain de Botton’s Status Anxiety, which is bound to make me anxious about my status as a less clever person than Alain de Botton.

My micro life: 9:25pm, 11 January 2009

Watching Labyrinth on DVD. Scary to think the court of the Goblin King is less freaky than David Bowie’s actual living room.

My micro life: 2:20pm, 8 January 2009

I think Twitter Search could safely remove “obama OR mccain” from its list of ‘Nifty searches’

My micro life: 12:16pm, 31 December 2008

Among other things, 2008 was the year your Auntie Glenda friended you on Facebook

My micro life: 2:40pm, 23 December 2008

Knew it was a great second hand bookshop when I saw the boxes of books on the stairs and smelt the body odour and passive aggression

My micro life: 8:57pm, 15 December 2008

Predictive text on my last phone interpreted ‘cous cous’ as ‘anus anus’. I shudder to think what Google Voice Search will make of it.

My micro life: 4:11pm, 4 December 2008

Apparently Axl Rose has gone missing. Maybe he’s gone looking for the errant apostrophe in “Guns N’ Roses”

My micro life: 5:32pm, 3 December 2008

Comic Sans: the go-to font for that “written-in-own-faeces” look

Email address encoder using HTML entities

Not a foolproof solution to avoiding spam, but a relatively straightforward one without having to mess around with client-side encryption — just good old fashioned HTML.

My micro life: 3:55pm, 27 November 2008

Funny how “fresh from the oven” and “dressing gown over a heating vent” warm are so appealing, yet “recently vacated toilet seat” warm isn’t

My micro life: 6:37pm, 21 November 2008

It’s amazing how quickly poo disintegrates in bath water. Well, maybe it’s not that amazing.

My micro life: 6:39am, 21 November 2008

P. E. Warburton’s culinary tip #1: It can take as long as 36 hours to boil a camel to the point at which it can be devoured in its entirety.

Digitised copies of Charles Sturt’s sketches and diary

Some beautiful images here drawn by Sturt during his exploration of the Murray, along with Sturt's notes.

11:00am, 4 November 2008

My micro life: 11:39am, 2 November 2008

Totally unsurprised to learn that the first attempt to walk across the Nullarbor Plain was met with a certain amount of difficulty.

The ‘scuttlers’ of nineteenth century Manchester

Like our 'larrikins', but with a more honest name. Author of a just released book on the gangs of nineteenth century Manchester and London says he was fascinated by the "unchanging role of dress and personal appearance as a sign of belonging to a gang". An example is the 'donkey fringe' hairstyle, "which required close cropping at the back but an angled fringe at the front, with the hair longer on the right".

Something to fall back on when cybersquatters have already nabbed the domain you wanted, or if you just want to craft a really annoying URL for your site.

My micro life: 5:27pm, 16 October 2008

Accusing look from bathrobed woman doing tai chi in her courtyard makes me wonder if the windows at the office really are tinted.

My micro life: 12:28pm, 14 October 2008

Wishing Apple would hurry up and refresh the Mac Mini, the hole where the money used to be in my wallet is burning a hole in my wallet