Archive for February, 2007

February 22nd

Forts revisited

My favourite weird-geeky-genius web comic's author read my mind. Or maybe my blog (unlikely, to be honest). http://www.xkcd.com/c219.html Click around the other strips a bit. A lot...
February 21st

Damn you gravity, you win again!

My PC is in pain. If I switch it off, it spends the next couple of days making horrid noises whilst the fans readjust to running again. If I put it's case on, some component inside will almost...
February 20th

Motoring restrictions

Parking restrictions. Speed limits. Licensing. Mandatory insurance. Car construction specifications. Tread depth regulations. Exhaust emission limits. Noise pollution restrictions. Toll routes....
February 18th

Really targetted marketing

How do those clever chaps at Amazon do it? I visited their homepage just to check who authored something, and they show an item from my wish list that is currently on offer. The item was...
February 17th

It'll never work!

Everyone who uses computers knows they fall over a lot. Programs crash. Applications fail. You lose all your work. It's frustrating, I know. Rather than cursing however, stop to think just how...
February 15th

308: Loopy

(warning: contains mild Lost season 3 spoiler) On many of the Lost fansites there are efforts to build a timeline of the various events surrounding the island and the history of the folks...
February 14th

Economy of speed

I'm occasionally challenged by environmentally minded people on how I can justify having fast gas guzzling vehicles instead of dull slow sensible economical vehicles. Well, I've just finished doing...
February 12th

For the benefit of the film industry

And for the music industry too, in most of the following. First some definitions: Theft : Taking someone else's property without their consent. After an item has been thieved, the original...
February 11th

Paranoia

Wherever I go there always seems to be someone very very slow in front of me. Doesn't matter if I'm driving down the road, walking through a shopping centre, queueing to pay or whatever. It's...
February 8th

Severe weather overstatement

"SNOWSTORMS ARE CAUSING TRAVEL CHAOS FOR BRITAIN" was the stern warning from the BBC newsreader this morning when I woke up. The local news said the same things; "Severe weather warnings have been...
February 6th

Holding the fort

A few days ago I hung a large quilt cover up to finish drying in my living room, and accidentily turned the sofa into a child's fort. Now I don't want to take it down. It's too much fun to...
February 5th

Absurd electricity meter

The place I live at has one of those electricity meters where you have to charge an elecrtonic key at the news-agents, then transfer the credit to the meter. This is fine. If you stick lots of...

Shiny new skin

You might notice a sheener leaner cleaner look to this blog now. Besides a snazzier look, there are a couple of actual benefits too. Archives are working. You can now go right back to the...
February 4th

Song abuse

Don't you just dispise it when advertising companies take your favourite songs and use them to make their products stick in your mind? Message to them: I'm not going to buy your products if you...