If..Else Log

Oriental City’s future looking bleak

London’s Oriental City is to be knocked down after Development Securities, the new property owners, have proposed to rebuild the site with a DIY store, 520 property flats, gym and a primary school. Oriental City, famous for it’s Food Court which contains a wide range of Asian restaurants providing reasonably priced authentic food as well as it’s SE Asian supermarkets, currently attracts around 10,000 visitors per month.

Oriental City

Without trying to sound too much like a ludditeOn the contrary, I think some redevelopment work at OC wouldn’t go amiss at all., I do think it’s a massive shame if we lose another slice of cultural diversity for yet another generic DIY superstore. What makes it particularly disappointing is that Oriental City not only provides a unique drawing point for the community and the area, but that it’s already fairly successful; indeed, both the traders and the visitors wanted to stay. Sadly, the call belongs to Brent council. Despite my late posting of this newsHad forgotten about it and was only just reminded, there still hasn’t been any final decision.

Word shoot

Type the word underneath the enemy to take them out.

Word shoot

Qwert fun.

Time’s top photos of 2006

Time magazine have published their collection of the best photos of 2006.

Times 2006

O’Donnell sorry?

Is it just me or does Rosie O’Donnell’s apology to her rather offensive outburst seem a little half-hearted?

“To say ‘ching chong’ to someone is very offensive, and some Asian people have told me it’s as bad as the n-word. Which I was like, ‘Really? I didn’t know that.’
“But I’m also gonna give you a fair warning that there’s a good chance I’ll do something like that again, probably in the next week, not on purpose. Only ’cause it’s how my brain works”

Simplebits redesigned


Dan has finally redressed Simplebits and it’s looking pretty sweet. However, I fear that the taglineHand crafted geekery that I’ve been using on this site for the last 3 years will now lose out to Dan’s “Hand-crafted pixels & text”.



LikeIt was, of course, inevitable that shortly after I wrote this post and went live, Dan would go live with his redesign and render this whole passage moot. other designers (who are much more talented than myself), I’ve decided to cut back and redesign things around here. Unlike those designers however, I don’t quite have the guts to strip things back totally but things are pretty bare at the moment. I’ll gradually be tweaking and tinkering to put some clothes back on this plain frame

If I’m being honest, I’ve been sporadically planning and thinking about a redesign ever since Pink October came to a close but hadn’t really had time to sit down and work on things properly. However, I’ve found that bringing work out in the open is a good way to get things done and besides, if Bryan and Dan are willing to work naked, then maybe I can hide behind their shadows and try to sneak some work out as well.

Dorn Screenshot

Things will, of course, break and fall apartIt does, for example, look pretty awful in places such as the comment area (esp. the form) and on IE at the moment. whilst I twist things back into orderWhich may not be for a while. The month of the Christmas holidays is probably the worst possible time for a redesign but there’s a certain appeal to slimming down before the winter break. so apologies in advance. But maybe that’s not a bad thing. I’m tired of pixel-perfection. A bit of roughness never did me any serious harm.

Firebug 1.0 beta


If there’s just one FF extension that you have to install, then it’s the new beta release of Firebug.

I’ll write more later but for now, wow. Just wow.

MS offers Windows XP/IE6 VPC image for free

As well as making Virtual PC 2004 available as a free download, Microsoft have also offered a VPC image containing a pre-activated Windows XP SP2 with IE6. This image is only functional until April 1, 2007 but nonetheless, it’s a nice nod by MS to web developers.

Tony vs Paul

Nice use of stop motion.

Tony vs Paul

A world for a stage

Miyamoto on game design:

“In other words, it’s like setting the scene for a play rather than recreating the world as it is. If you don’t tell people they should be making a stage, they go ahead and try to make an entire world. There is an art to how you properly set a stage and that’s what I had to carefully explain.”