Archive for November, 2006

Up North

Friday, November 24th, 2006

I’m off up to Aviemore for a week of rest and relaxation (or something like that). I’ll be pretty much ‘off the grid’ again, so I’ll have an excuse for not posting anything for the next seven days.

Unlike the last seven days, where I have no excuse for not posting anything.

Hopefully I’ll return inspired and full of tales to relate. But don’t count on it.

Bathing a cat …

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Well I’ve done nothing really noteworthy this week, in fact I’ve done very little of anything, noteworthy or otherwise. Sadly nobody has run past me ranting about geese, and so I’m left with little to write about.

I did go home at the weekend and while there, amongst other things, I was roped into helping to bathe a cat. Since then I’ve been trying to work this into a pithy saying that I can trot out at an appropriate time, in the style of “Never teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.”.

Sadly pithy sayings are far from my forte, and the best I can do is: “It’s like bathing a cat, everyone gets wet but only the cat gets clean.” This sounds like it might be profound, which is half the battle. Perhaps I just need to start saying “Ah, like bathing a cat …” and tailing off while trying to sound meaningful. Maybe it’ll catch on.

Those of you expecting the post to have a punchline, or even a point, are going to end up a little disappointed. Much like bathing a cat …

Things I’m not doing in November

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

It’s November, there are many things I’m not doing this month. I’ll not be sweating in the south of China or basking on the beaches of Thailand, unlike the people I keep getting e-mails off. Good to hear you’re enjoying yourselves you lucky ::mumbles under breath::

Also I’ll not be taking part in either NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo, although they are both great ideas. So you’ll not be seeing any more posts here than normal, and there will be no 50,000 word novel appearing in December. In addition I’m unlikely to be going to Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School when it starts in Edinburgh this weekend (more details on this awful looking myspace page) although I am tempted just to see what manner of people turn up …

Finally I’ll not be searching the archives to see if I’ve already linked Personal Universe since it’s just been updated, new user designed levels now provide extra hours of distraction.

Techcrunch

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

It’s quarter to one in the morning. I’m sitting in a kitchen/living room, there at least five other computers running in this room, I’ve not sure what’s running in the other rooms.

I’m at a LAN Party (heh, wikipedia scores again). We’re not as bad as you might expect, there’s a significant amount of booze being drunk and we’ve not set off any geek alarms yet (although me posting this form here might just tip it over…)

Hopefully we’ll manage to make all our various brands of supposedly compatible technology talk to each other shortly, at which point I’m likely to get my ass handed to me in some game or other. Until then I’ll just get myself slowly happy on vodka and Bru …

Where’s the kaboom?

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

… there was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom.

At my last job I maintained the voice-menu/voicemail server, one of the number that went to server worked as a test number and played that clip when you dialed it. If you heard Marvin then you knew that the server was running. I wonder if the number still works …

And that demonstrates why, despite it’s flaws, wikipedia is great because I didn’t doubt for a second that there would be a Marvin page on there. I wonder what the most obscure/unlikely page on wikipedia is, one that has actually content rather than a stub. Just clicking ‘Random article‘ a couple of times in a journey in itself.

You may have gathered that this post contains little real content, there’s still not that much to talk about. The picture viewer I’ve been rambling about is actually live on the site but I’m still not happy with it, so no fanfare until I’m satisfied or I admit defeat and decide to put up with it as it is.

If you’re looking to create an Earth-shattering kaboom of your own I can recommend this page on How to destroy the Earth (with handy current Earth destruction status page, in case you’re worried that there was a kaboom and you just missed it.) Although it might be better for all of us if you devoted your time to solving this puzzle which has been annoying me for almost two weeks now.