Men’s Danglies!

We visited Sam’s mum on Saturday. Installed Mozilla Firebird on her little laptop, since IE had started playing up. Anyway, the interesting bit happened on the way home. We were returning through Nottingham, and as we approached Trent Bridge, noticed a man wearing a t-shirt, an apron, and shoes. No, no mention of trousers there, was there? Just a bare bottom. He was on the pavement, walking in the same direction as we were driving, on our side of the road, so we could see quite clearly his lack of trousers.

It got all the more disturbing as we pulled up alongside him in the slow moving traffic. He stopped to tie his shoelace. By putting his foot on a windowsill. At almost waist height. I looked to the side, and got an eyefull of all his dangling parts from behind.


As we continued on our way, a man overtook us, running very quickly, dressed in a nurse’s outfit. Which was odd. Even for Nottingham. Especially since it was only mid afternoon. As we pulled around the corner onto Radcliffe Road, Sam looked to the side, and saw the same man in his nurse’s outfit, with his skirt pulled up to his chest, vigorously scratching himself, with all his assorted parts on full jiggling display.

I’m afraid i didn’t take any pictures, so you’ll just have to take my word for it that this happened :

Flash Free PigPog

After a lot of researching the best way to make the site fall back neatly if the user doesn’t have Flash installed, i finally hit on the idea of getting rid of Flash entirely. There doesn’t seem to be a really good way of displaying Flash if the player is installed, but displaying something else if it’s not, and i’ve seen a couple of neat effects done recently with just animated GIFs (the rotating gear at the top of PocketGear, especially).

After several hours of work, i’ve finally come up with the nav bar you see now, just under the banner. Unless i’ve already replaced it. Because, unfortunately, we both hate it.

Depressing, isn’t it?

It’s not as bad as it sounds, really. The code all seems to work nicely now. If you don’t have JavaScript, you’ll just get a reasonable static navigation bar. If you do, you’ll have some rollover piccies, and such like. So, all we need to do to modify it and make it look good is to change the little gif files it’s chucking about. With animated gifs, we should be able to do pretty much everything the old flash bar did, but smaller, and with better compatibility.

In case it happens to help anyone in future, btw, the reason that IE was complaining, and displaying the images in the wrong places, whilst Mozilla Firebird was fine with it, was that i’d used numbers for the img name tags. You can’t.

Have fun.

Blogs moved to Blogger

Well, our blogs have now been changed to use Blogger – they’re still hosted here on PigPog, but this should make it a little easier for us to update them, and give us a few new features without me having to spend hours writing them in PHP. Might make for more regular updates, too.

Along with this change, we’ve made both of our blogs post to the PigPog Yahoo! Group, so you can ‘subscribe’ to them there to keep up to date. As if you’d be interested 😉

[Edit: The blogs don’t post to the group any more.]

Update 2005-10-30: They went from Blogger to WordPress, now we’re moving them into Drupal. And pathetic little posts like this one continue to hang around for years :)