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Gilda Goodbody, heiress to the Goodbody Hat empire (motto: “Wear a Hat. Wear Two Hats”) shamelessly flaunted her wealth by deliberately losing an average of fifty-five hats per month.
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Blancmange Function


The earliest known episode of “Scooby-Doo”, entitled “The Fiendish Drapery Phantom” was shown in drawing rooms all across North America in 1885.
Even then, the cleverly disguised villain “Would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those meddling kids.”
Of course, back in those bygone days of innocence, writers could get away with unbelievable plot lines.
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The Blancmange function, also called the Takagi fractal curve (Peitgen and Saupe 1988), is a pathological continuous function which is nowhere differentiable. The iterations towards the continuous function are batrachions resembling the Hofstadter-Conway $10,000 sequence. The first six iterations are illustrated below. The dth iteration contains N+1 points, where N=2^d, and can be obtained by setting b(0)=b(N)=0, letting



and looping over n=d to 1 by steps of -1 and m=0 to N-1 by steps of 2^n.

Javascript: Select box navigation


“My good man I’d like two pounds of Flannery’s Uranium Bath salts, a packet of Doctor Feel-Rite’s Mercury Lozenges and one of those new Lampwick’s Lead Inhalers.
Touch of the sniffles this morning, don’t you know.”
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So, you have this form object such as the one illustrated below.

   <select class="button" size="1" id="idname">
      <option>Section I </option>
      <option>Section II </option>
      <option>Section III </option>
      <option>Section IV </option>
      <option>Section V </option>
      <option>Section VI </option>
      <option>Home </option>
<input type="button" class="button" 
  onclick="selectOption('idname', URLarray)" value="Go" />

You could attach a routine written specifically for that object. Or you could initialize an array with the values for each option and call a routine that knows how to handle such an array passed to it. Here is an example of such a function named selectObject():

//generic list item function
   function selectOption(ident, listItemURL)
      var selObj = document.getElementById(ident);
      var num = selObj.selectedIndex;
         for (i=0; i<listItemURL.length; i++) {
            if (i==num) {
               top.location= baseURL + listItemURL[i];

Somewhere before that function you’ll need to initialize an array to pass as a listItemURL parameter. Here’s an example:

var somearray1 = new Array(

The form parameter URLarray in this case would be somearray1.

In the function, the optional variable baseURL is also initialized elsewhere, depending on the structure of the files. It is not required in this example as the values of the array in this case are based in the root directory by default. You might, however, want a base url, in which case you would declare it in a header page that would include the head portion of your shtml document. One way to do that would be as follows:

//Base URL variable is used in .js file as well
var urlhost =;
var locpath = location.pathname;
var pathtohome = locpath.substr(0, locpath.indexOf('/somedirectory'));
var baseURL = "http://" + urlhost + pathtohome + "/somedirectory/";
document.write('<base href="' + baseURL + '"></base>');

This declaration would be placed before the function.

The long and short of it is you need only call one function to make a particular select box object work once you have declared an array of option values and successfully passed that array to the function.

Revising the ubiquitous Billgatus iconograph


The “Couteurometer” not only displayed one’s weight but also assessed one’s dress-sense and, with a reassuring tone would invariably announce that, “…no matter what your social status…” you looked “absolutely spiffy”.
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The original creator of BillGatus apparently used an image capture of a video featuring the The Best of Both Worlds sequel to the of Star Trek: Next Generation episode, Q Who?, where Q had unceremoniously flung the Enterprise into a very distance and uncharted sector of the universe populated by the rather ominous borg collective, then unknown to the United Federation of Planets. The sequel sees Capt. Picard dragooned by the borg collective for the purpose of communicating their message to people on earth targeted for assimilation that “resistance is futile.”

At any rate, the size of a teevee image on a computer screen was decidedly smaller than what one normally viewed on the average telly. The result was less than spectacular but the best one could do at the time it was created.

The original version looked like this:


It’s a bit muddy. A high definition video would certainly provide one with the material to create a crisper larger image with more detail. However, that’s not out there to grab off the web, so it seems. And the artistry to get the thing just right with the glasses over the borg implant is a bit of a challenge as well. I was able to locate a decent image of Capt. Picard in process of becoming Locutus of borg. It probably came from an NTSC/PAL dvd transfer rather than videotape. The implant has more definition and the background is clearer, as you can see here:


So, the main challenge here was to effectively perform a face transplant from Billgatus to Locutus. This was performed with few complications or side-effects in the Photoshop 4.x operating theatre and the result was this:


Not terribly dramatic, but there it is, what?

candlelightIt was a dark and stormy night and Bram Stoker had just finished writing his novel “Dracula”.
This was rather silly of him because Stoker was in actual fact a big sissy who was afraid of the dark, not to mention bats, mice, spiders, snakes, the sight of blood, heights, large open spaces, small enclosed spaces, dentists and clowns. Clowns particularly.
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An olde domain that used to be the home of The Memory Hole is now adrift, but not at sea. Not to worry, as olde school ties will be maintained with links, at the side, to the latest material added to TMH

The root directory, for the longest time, simply featured a spectacular dolphin image in homage to Douglas N. Adams and his brilliant Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio play. It’s not entirely disappeared, residing nowadays in the sister sphere.

Of course, Planet Skyron is the home of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel L. Brainsample, the very ordinary couple whose unusual passion for blancmange was key to Dunbar menswear shop proprietor, Angus Podgorny, becoming the only Scotsman ever to win Wimbledon. Douglas Adams didn’t have a hand in this, but contributed to the very British programme that documented it. Alas, he is no longer with us.

Here’s a recipe for blancmange for those re-enacters and otherwise anachronistic society types who’ve grown tired of doing Pearl Harbor and would rather try their hand at a pivotal moment in Wimbledon history when chief inspectors could not distinguish cannibalistic blancmange impersonators from the real article.


Blancmange (blawnh-MAHNZH), a French favorite, is a cooked pudding that’s poured into individual ramekins and chilled. Unmolded puddings are often served with a fruit sauce or compote.

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
4 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
1 1/3 cups sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
8 ounces frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
Cooking spray

Sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup milk in a small bowl; set aside.
Place 4 cups milk and almonds in a blender, and process until smooth. Strain through a sieve into a medium saucepan; discard solids. Stir in sugar, salt, and extract, and bring to a boil. Add the gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin dissolves; remove from heat.

Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 30 minutes or until milk mixture comes to room temperature; stir occasionally. Gently stir one-fourth of whipped topping into milk mixture; gently fold in remaining topping.

Spoon 2/3 cup milk mixture into each of 9 (6-ounce) custard cups coated with cooking spray. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight. Loosen edges of blancmange with a knife or rubber spatula. Place a dessert plate upside down on top of each cup, and invert onto plates.

Yield: 9 servings

Bon appétit!