Justin Moss

Author Archive

1. The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)


2. Forest Spiral – Hundertwasser Building (Darmstadt, Germany)


3. The Torre Galatea Figueres (Spain)


4. Ferdinand Cheval Palace a.k.a Ideal Palace (France)


5. The Basket Building (Ohio, United States)


6. Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)

6. The Parking Garage opposite the Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States) *


7. Wonderworks (Orlando, Florida, United States)


8. Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)


9. Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)


10. Hang Nga Guesthouse a.k.a Crazy House (Vietnam)


11. The UFO House (Sanjhih, Taiwan)


12. Nakagin Capsule Tower (Tokyo, Japan)


13. Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria)


14. Wooden Gagster House (Archangelsk, Russia)


15. Ripley’s Building (Ontario, Canada)


Source: Email received Feb 15th, 2009 (thank you Geoff!)


Applications urgently sought .. anbody?

Lacking perspective in your current job?

World's Tallest Skyscraper (Copyright 2008 David Hobcote)

World's Tallest Skyscraper (Copyright 2008 David Hobcote)

Note quite “curvature of the earth”, but from almost 1km up (801m / 2,620ft), this might have presented a quicker resolution to the claims by Bacon, Copernicus, Galileo, Columbus, and Magellan.

Links: burjdubaiskyscraper.com | David Hobcote Photography

Source: E-mail (thank you Geoff!)

Recommended software: iiUsage

For those of use below the equator (where data allowances are still measured and capped), monitoring bandwidth usage is usually a case of logging into to ISP control panel page.  iiNet, for example, have Toolbox – a reasonable utility, but a pain to login if all you want to know is our current data usage.

ENTER Tim Hall and Martin Pot – they’ve put together a brilliant bit of software called “iiUsage”.  The list of useful features is illustrated simply by the following screenshot of the application.

The Summary (Main) Screen

The Daily Data screen

The Daily Data screen

Note that pretty much everything you need is available at a glance.  Whilst the relatively compact application can be minimised to the Window System Tray, I find that it’s light enough to just fire up when you need An it.

RSS alternative?

I have heard discussion of a RSS feed version of the service, but I beleive this relies on iiNet actually getting around to publishing and XML stream of data (for each user?) – something that’s barely in beta, and judging from their still-woeful billing system, not a priority.


If iiNet Toolbox is getting you down, do yourself a favour and download iiUsage

Four and half star review rating

Images used with permission.

by Lynne Truss

Okay, so on the surface, a book described as “Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuaction” doesn’t exactly sound  like a riveting read, and it’s not – but, it will have you laughing out loud in the most public of places.  I’m not a grammarian, but Ms Truss possesses a command of English that is truly impressive and inspiring – when bundled with wry wit, you can’t help but smirk and snigger from beginning to end.

eatsshootsandleavesOddly enough, after my first read, I find myself using the book as a legitimate reference (on account of a blend of traditional writing style and reasonably frequent DOs and DONT style lists).

Ms Truss has her detractors.  They’re a well-equipped, vocal and passionate group these grammarians, and whilst I don’t agree this particular one’s point, I do like good rant – in particular, the last sentence 🙂 – Y.P.R.: Eat, Shoot, & Leave This!: Dear Lynne Truss.

In any case, the following extracts should give you a feel for the content:


Back cover

A panda goes into a café, orders a sandwich, eats it, takes out a revolver, fires it into the air, and goes out. When the waiter calls to ask what is going on, the panda plunks a badly punctuated wildlife manual onto the table and growls: “Look me up.” The waiter finds the entry: “PANDA. Large, black-and-white, bear-like mammal native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.” (from “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” by Lynne Truss)


One of the most profound things ever said about punctuation came in an old style guide of the Oxford University Press in New York. “If you take hyphens seriously,” it said, “you will surely go mad.” And it’s true. Just look how the little blighter escaped all previous categorisation until I had to hunt it down on its own for this teeny-weeny, hooked-on, after-thought-y chapter. It’s a funny old mark, the hyphen. Always has been. People have argued for its abolition for years: Woodrow Wilson said the hyphen was “the most un-American thing in the world” (note the hyphen required in “un-American”); Churchill said hyphens were “a blemish, to be avoided wherever possible”. Yet there will always be a problem about getting rid of the hyphen: if it’s not extra-marital sex (with a hyphen), it is perhaps extra marital sex, which is quite a different bunch of coconuts. Phrases abound that cry out for hyphens. Those much-invoked examples of the litde used car, the superfluous hair remover, the pickled herring merchant, the slow moving traffic and the two hundred odd members of the Conservative Party would all be lost without it. (From “A Little Used Punctuation Mark” chapter of “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” by Lynne Truss)

“Extra-marital” – classic!

Links: Eat, Shoots and Leaves Official Site | Amazon Details & Review


Having recently doubled my PC memory, I was not surprsied to find that running five fat (‘phat’?) applications at the same was a lot less painful with less need for the OS to use virtual memory (virutal RAM at a snails pace via your hard disk).

However, upon returning to my computer today, I was suprised to find it running very slowly – as if processing some large video or multilayered image.  On inspection, I discovered the culprit and in so doing proof that Outlook is a resource hog – at least according to CachemanXP.  Check out the CPU Usage:


Wow!  I’ve no doubt Outlook consumes many more CPU cycles than it needs, however, it appears to have discovered some form of software over-clocking … 2.1 million% CPU utilisation … intensive much?

(Obviously it’s a combination of near max utilisation and misreporting by CachemanXP, which is a good product BTW)

Workflow Charts Finally Put to Good Use

I am the last to argue the differences between men and women (think “Men are from Mars ..”), because whilst I believe that generalisation is an excellent tool for making an argument (I think Aristotle had something so say on the issue), it’s just too arbitrary a line to draw between this 3 billion and the other 3 billion.

Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t get a giggle out of Gizmodo’s “Workflow Charts Finally Put to Good Use Show Fundamental Men vs Women Differences

Clearly they can’t decide

Only in America 😉

In July 2009, Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) and the U.S. Air Force will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first flight of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, which occurred on July 17, 1989.

As a visual centerpiece of its year-long celebration of this milestone, Northrop Grumman, the Air Force’s B-2 prime contractor, commissioned Orange County Choppers, Newburgh, N.Y. to design and build a B-2 bomber-themed motorcycle.

Northrop Grumman Kick Starts 20th Anniversary Year for B-2 Bomber With Custom-Built Motorcycle.

Gizmodo’s 2 cents worth:

Stealth Bomber: Cool As a Plane, Really, Really, Really Stupid as a Motorcycle


  • None
  • mattvolke: Cool blog! Check it out my movie blog at themoviebros.wordpress.com/
  • justinmoss: Hi Dave, thank you. Yes, you can have it synced with multiple computers (I used to do this though I no longer have a need for this). From my experie
  • Dave Watkins: Excellent information. Thanks for sharing. Is you iPhone synced with multiple computers? dave