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Making progress, the mattress years

Wednesday, March 24th, 2004

See, this is why I love going over to Ed‘s even when I shouldn’t be bloghopping:

…there is no greater political act than two men going to buy a mattress together. Forget arguments about marriage; forget marches for equal rights, if you really want to make a statement go bounce on a mattress with your partner to see if it’s firm enough. I am constantly amazed at how blasé everyone is about it. I have to say that it’s a rather nice feeling not being particularly interesting to anyone. Of course, this is D.C. not Bugtussle or Chicken Tooth, Arkansas but still. We were even enlisted by a woman who wanted us to try on mattresses with her to see which ones we liked. Just for the record, I remain committed to plush firm. Apparently I like firmness but I need a little give. Come to think of it, that sort of summarizes my entire worldview actually.

What’s it all about, Alfie?

Wednesday, March 24th, 2004

They’re re-making Alfie, this time with Jude Law in the lead role. I’ve nothing against Jude Law but my first question was “why?”. Why remake a classic film? Everybody will compare it to the original, find it lacking and then move on to the next remake. I guess it’ll make millions for the studio no matter what.

Then I wondered if they’ll use the classic theme sung by Cilla Black (oh yes indeedy, I have that on vinyl).

[An aside: I’ve just remembered a mad German woman who used to come to parties at our flat in Belgium (no-one seemed to know who invited her, we eventually decided that she lived in the basement and would emerge as soon as she heard the chink of wine glasses). But she would insist, every time, on singing her Marlene Dietrich inspired version of Vot’s eet all about, Alfie. But I digress.]

Anyway, that brings me to this week’s spotlight, the new website of a British band called The Movement.

At the time of writing The Movement have one song, Some Soul, in the Paramount Pictures remake of ‘ALFIE’ starring Jude Law, which is coming out sometime in 2004. So let’s hope it stays in!

Go on, have a listen. Hands up those who want the buy the cd as soon as it hits the shops.

Do you think I’m too old to be in a…

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Link overspill, part 2

Wednesday, March 24th, 2004

A few CSS/design links to get the brain cells in overdrive*:

Max Design
Dead centre
Web Standards Group (has an excellent mailing list)
Before the dog

Update on the BlogTricks referrer script: I do like having it there, I think it makes folks more likely to click on links to other sites. So I’ve removed google dot uk/com/ca but I’d be here all day removing all search engines so I’m going to leave them in for a while and see how it goes.

* not mine, I’m taking Briggy‘s advice to shuffle these ol’ bones off to bed.

A demain, mes p’tits!

Link overspill, part 1

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

Right, I have a whole stack o’ links to get through so no fannying about, here they are:

Dave over at Clear Blue Skies is starting up a Blog Hunt in April.

On each of the twenty working days in April (i.e. Monday – Friday not including Good Friday or Easter Monday) I will give you a word, phrase or theme and set you off to hunt down blogs in which it has recently been used. Points will be awarded for the example you come up with and the person with the most points at the end of the month will be the winner. Though, note there is no prize, just the pride at being bloghunting champion.

There’s a trial run on Friday and I have a rather sneaky idea up my sleeve. Will someone remind me on Friday? Ta.

norty pig gets my vote for best url of the day. Hmm, I wonder if snorty pig dot com is available?

Talking of bodily functions, there’s a lovely post from Ellie on trumpeting among loved ones and an unrelated story (eeeuw) from Zeno.

There’s a shiny new look over at Technorati. But they still don’t display my little picture. *Sob*.

Off to make a pot of tea, back in a wee while for some proper bloghopping.

The one with the winners

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

Workwise, that light at the end of the tunnel turned out to be the headlights of an fast moving articulated lorry bearing down on me but still, a blog’s a blog and a girl ‘as to ‘ave ‘er priorities.

Now then, a big warm fuzzy thank you for all the tagline suggestions. [New readers might like to have a quick peep at where it started and continued.]

So now it’s time to announce the winner. You’ll remember that Tam was awarded the Da Vinci book for great ideas and sheer volume of entries so that leaves us having to pick the winner of the “pick a cd from my vast collection of naff n nerdy” prize.

* drum roll *

I loved every entry but first prize goes to:

Chasing Daisy: exceedingly good links from Michael
Because it ties in rather nicely with the tea and cakes thing and the redesign can involve teapots and cosy, comfy sofas, maybe a nice log fire but definitely a warm fuzzy feeling. I’m hoping that Mr Kipling doesn’t have a copyright on the word exceedingly. I’ll have my lawyers reach out to his lawyers. Just to be sure.]

Honorable mentions:

Delicious and Linkalicious from Em
Ctrl + Alt + Dissemminate from Emrys (or Em²? Heh.)
oh sod it, I loved them all.

And the prize

I’m not sure how to go about the prize thingy. You could make a list of some CDs you’d like to own and I can tell you if I’ve got any of them? Mmm, that could take some time. Any other ideas?

All of the other suggestions are tucked safely away for future ideas so if you haven’t won a prize, please don’t follow this chap’s example. [Not recommended for those with a fear of heights.]

Right, I’m off to have a bath and get my pjs on. Back with some exceedingly good links in a short while.

Not really a post

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

‘cos I’m submerged but had to point you in the direction of this moving experience via LawGeek and Blogosaurus (tip: make sure your browswer window is set to 50% before you click on that first link).

And you will love Weboggle (and hate me for pointing you there, but it’s all Melissa‘s fault.)

Lastly, I’ve quickly added a referrer script from BlogTricks [very easy to set up, takes all of 2 minutes to get it up and running] and ooh *ding* I’ve just remembered where I first saw it being used – thank you Mr Sevitz. Lovely Meg is keeping an eye on it too. Now y’all can see how many B.eeny fans there are out there. Move over B.ritney.

Workwise, there is light at the end of the tunnel, back later today. So be good. And if you can’t be good, be careful.

I hesitate to post this…

Monday, March 22nd, 2004

because it’s a bit rude, anti-English, you’ve probably heard it before and it’s a bit early in the day. But Non Blogging Brother dared me to. So you can blame him, ‘k?

A young trainee mortician starts his first day at the mortuary. On examining his first body he finds him face down and arse up on the slab with a cork inserted up his bum. He removes the cork and to his amazement out comes the sound of “Swing low, sweet chariot”. He quickly returns the cork and goes to get the mortician. “Listen to this” says the trainee. He pulls out the cork and out comes the sound of “Swing low, sweet chariot”.
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Can I tell you about my dream?

Saturday, March 20th, 2004

Must have been the goat’s cheese but I dreamt last night that I managed to meet George W. Bush Jr.

It was some kind of fancy schmancy dinner dance type thang and I was embarrassed at being there without warning, still dressed in chinos and undercover dog t-shirt while everyone else was bedecked and bejewelled. Anyway, there I was, up on the stage (ha!), introducing a bunch of people giving speeches. Last on the agenda was the president himself. He had come unprepared, no speech and no advisors in sight. Oh dear! What’s a prez to do?

So I handed him a notebook and a microphone and asked him to read it out loud:

Torn paper, handwritten text reads Eye yam wee tar did. Eye yam sofa king wee tar did.

Don’t mention the rugby*

Saturday, March 20th, 2004

Cartoon of sad looking man holding pencil, surrounded by books and papers.

Deadlines are looming large and wicked here at casa de Daisy but this cartoon made me smile. So did Billy’s post. I’m desperately missing bloghopping but hopefully will surface for air for an hour or so tonight.

Will definitely make some time across this weekend to choose the winning taglines and hopefully come a-visiting, leaving a trail of comments in my wake…

*Six Nations, Wales v England at Twickenham. I’ve got bad vibes. Gulp.

A Welsh joke (#1 in a series of none)

Friday, March 19th, 2004

Blodwen: “Did you hear that Gwyneth got married last week?”
Sionedd: “I didn’t even know she was pregnant.”
Blodwen: “She’s not.”
Sionedd: “There’s posh!”

I can hear you groan from over by yer, mun from here.

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