Archive for April, 2003

Holy Cow

Wednesday, April 30th, 2003

Okay, we don’t know what really happened but this makes for a good story.

I like this comment“it’s about shit not tits”. Snork.

Be still my beating heart

Wednesday, April 30th, 2003

After four hours of hitting the redial button, my brother has got us tickets to see The Stereophonics at Cardiff University Great Hall on 1 June. One of their low key gigs in a small (1000 max capacity) venue. Between you and me, I’m a bit old for this sort of thing but I don’t care. I’ll wipe the dog walking mud off my jeans, print off a suitable t-shirt (a chasingdaisy special perhaps?) and go rock with the best of ’em.

Inbox daily

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003

A man walking along a California beach was deep in prayer.
Suddenly the sky clouded above his head and in a booming voice the Lord said, “Because you have TRIED to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish.”
The man said, “Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over anytime I want.”
The Lord said, “Your request is very materialistic.
Think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking. The supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific! The concrete and steel it would take!
It will nearly exhaust several natural resources. I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things.
Take a little more time and think of something that would honour and glorify me.”
The man thought about it for a long time. Finally he said, “Lord, I wish that I could understand my wife! I want to know how she feels inside what she’s thinking when she gives me the silent treatment, why she cries, what she means when she says ‘nothing is wrong’, and how can I make the woman truly happy.”
The Lord replied, “You want two lanes or four on that bridge?”

What kind of dog are you?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003

According to ivillage:

You scored 71.4% German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is a workaholic. Intent on business, this loyal breed is always on patrol. Suspicious of strangers, she defends her territory with a fierce reproach. When it comes to affection, she is tender and loving toward her pack and feels a deep responsibility for their well-being. Mental and physical exercise both appeal equally to the German Shepherd, and her intelligence is further enhanced by her dedicated nature. When it comes to dependability, the German Shepherd has the market cornered.

You scored 28.6% Saint Bernard
The Saint Bernard is a devoted and gentle giant. Her calm personality allows her to relate well to children and adults alike while satisfying her need for companionship. She is at home in nature and enjoys exercise. Her coat requires weekly brushing to keep it neat and can be left long or cut short for versatility. She’s relaxed in most situations, and her easy-going nature can’t be beaten.

I would have taken a similar test at emode but they require registration and I already get enough spam to feed half of East Anglia so I passed on that temptation.

Just as I was about

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003

to put some serious work on the layout here (that was the blogger version)

A new blogging tool, using Movable Type, is just around the corner. Read about TypePad here and Ben Hammersley’s Guardian article is here.

There’s a thoughtful discussion about some of the legal/billing aspects.

Thanks to Garry for the link.

Troubled Diva, I kees you

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003

for recommending Call Centre Confidential. Read the first page and then Meet the team part 2. Very funny.

It’s unusual for me to notice this but I wonder if the writer is Welsh, something about the sentence structure? Or maybe it sounds like one of my brothers would sound if they had a blog. Or were a call centre manager. There doesn’t seem to be any way of contacting the blogger but we’ll see.

To use Graeme’s phrase, consider him thoroughly blogrolled.

Television : update

Tuesday, April 29th, 2003

William Gibson watches “less than twelve hours of television in a given year“.

Other people’s books

Monday, April 28th, 2003

Professor John Bayley is selling Iris Murdoch’s book collection.

I love to read other people’s annotations in second hand books. I bought a second copy of Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island at a car boot sale because someone had written rude comments in the margins of nearly every page. Bastard!, F***ing bastard!! and Bollocks!!! were among the more polite entries. One of these days I’ll scan in a few pages and post them here.

One of the few things I argue about with ‘im indoors is treatment of books. He likes to keep books as pristine as the day they were bought. I like them dogeared and scrawled upon. Note to potential book lenders: I do not do this to borrowed books. Honestly.

Computer haikus

Monday, April 28th, 2003

I ate your Web page.
Forgive me; it was tasty
And tart on my tongue

Many more on super fast computer.

Television : chewing gum for the eyes?

Monday, April 28th, 2003

So said Frank Lloyd Wright. Pioneer Press recently asked readers to tell which tv shows they follow religiously every week.

Which got me thinking. I watch very little tv but don’t particularly “boast” about it (if that’s the right word? it seems that there is a snobbishness about television, certainly in Europe and people do proudly announce that they watch little or no televsion). Especially the soaps and the reality tv shows. But I confess that I don’t watch much tv because I know that I could so easily become addicted to shows such as Eastenders, Oprah Winfrey, Changing Rooms, et al. I’m terrified that a trickle could become a flood. And then I’d have no time for alternatives such as blogging.

But really, isn’t blogging a more interactive version of following a soap? When I go and read Zoe’s wonderful posts about her life with the twat and the kids, isn’t this just the same as following the fictional fortunes of Kat Slater or Ruth Archer? But with comments?

We are lucky enough to be able to afford a Sky subscription. The motivation to subscribe in the first place was to watch international rugby games, in the days when the BBC had lost the rights to show any game of interest. That has changed now, but I think only Sky has the right to broadcast England games (or maybe games played at Twickenham? I’ll find out). So we keep it because my partner is a keen rugby fan and very interested in archaeology and paleontology – there are many fascinating documentaries on Discovery, National Geographic and so on.

But if I’m left alone with the remote control you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll find myself flicking to the “tat corner” – reruns of Montel Williams and Trading Up.

So there you go. I’m not a tv addict. I’m a blogadict.

If you had to limit your tv viewing to an hour a week, what show would you watch? Do you even own a tv? Do tell.

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