James Montgomerie’s World Wide Web Log

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

Just a quick pointer to this post by my alter-ego on the Other Things blog. The first apps using the reader from Eucalyptus are out now, they’re, insanely greatly, the full Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy trilogy (yes, all five books!), and I’m delighted with them. It’s also been a pleasure working with everyone involved.

You really should buy them - I’m heartily enjoying rereading the books. And I swear I’d say that even if I wasn’t involved in their release :-). “More enhanced” editions with additional “extras,” - which will be free upgrades - are also coming soon.

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Getting Married!

Em and I are getting married! With our somewhat unusual circumstances, it’s hard to say when and where yet (although we do plan to do it within the next couple of years!), but we’ve set up http://wedding.montgomerie.net/ for people to follow along.

We’re both very excited!

Eucalyptus Notebooks

I try not to talk about things here and on the Other Things Blog at the same time, but I think this is cool enough that I’m going to make an exception.

The promotional notebooks I had made for Eucalyptus arrived today, and they’re great!

Hither Eucalyptus!

Earlier today I received a phone call from an Apple representative. He was very complimentary about Eucalyptus. We talked about the confusion surrounding its App Store rejections, which I am happy to say is now fully resolved. He invited me to re-build and submit a version of Eucalyptus with no filters for immediate approval, and that full version is now available on the iPhone App Store.

Since my previous post, I’ve been so pleased with the overwhelmingly positive articles, blog posts, comments and tweets - and also the emails from those of you who felt so strongly about the …

Whither Eucalyptus?


The situation has now been resolved. Read more in my later blog entry.

Original Post

If you’re wondering why Eucalyptus is not yet available, it’s currently in the state of being ‘rejected’ for distribution on the iPhone App Store. This is due to the fact that it’s possible, after explicitly searching for them, to find, download from the Internet, and then read texts that Apple deems ‘objectionable’. The example they have given me is a Victorian text-only translation of the Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana. For the full background, a log of my communications with Apple is below.


If you’ve missed my frantic Twitter announcements, check out eucalyptusapp.com to see what I’ve been up to.  I hope you like it.

That’s all for now.  More from behind-the-scenes of Eucalyptus to come here in the future

Awareness Lag

“150-300 ms - Occupant becomes aware of collision.”

Catching up on my RSS reading, my eyes were drawn to this article, from the excellent “Mind Hacks” blog (which you really should subscribe to if your feed selection could do with some broadening). The drive of the article is just how slow a human is to react to a fast-changing situation - that a person in a car crash is not actually aware of it until after it’s ‘complete’. Their timeline of a crash, however, also gives an amazing insight into just how much self-analysis a modern car is …