Archive for July, 2004

Moral dilemma

Thursday, July 29th, 2004

This is an allegedly authentic letter sent to the Dear Deirdre Advice Column in this week’s Sun newspaper.

From “Gavin” of London.

I am a sailor in the merchant navy. My parents live in South London and one of my sisters, who lives in Brixton, is married to a guy from Cardiff. My father and mother have recently been arrested for growing and selling marijuana and are currently dependent on my two sisters, who are prostitutes. I have two brothers, one who is currently serving a non-parole life sentence in Wormwood Scrubs for his part in an armed bank raid in 1994, the other currently being held in Wandsworth on remand centre on charges of sexual misconduct with a donkey. I have recently become engaged to marry a former prostitute who indeed is still a part time “working girl” in a brothel, however, her time there is limited as she has recently been infected with an STD. We intend to marry as soon as possible and are currently looking into the possibility of opening our own brothel with my fiancĂ© utilising her knowledge of the industry working as the manager.

I am hoping my two sisters would be interested in joining our team. Although I would prefer them not to prostitute themselves, it would at least get them off the streets and hopefully the heroin. My problem is this: I love my fiancé and look forward to bringing her into the family and of course I want to be totally honest with her.


Daisy tries to get her groove back

Thursday, July 29th, 2004

And what better way than with a little music.

First up there’s a great animated version of Shake That Ass from gorkhouse (the kids will love this one if you don’t mind them singing it in the playground, in the supermarket…)

Then there’s a clever little site from Sveriges Radio [via Milk & Cookies] that lets you type in the lyrics to a song and it will play back those lyrics by a variety of bands. If it doesn’t recognise any of the words, you’re asked to supply the word, the song and the artist. You will be delirious to know that I’ve just added I’d and harmony so that “I’d like to teach the world to sing” can be requested. No, no, it’s okay, I’m a walking public service me.

Lastly, there’s a new band called Santo El Diablo and they need votes on XFM’s unsigned. If you have a listen to the track by Santo El Diablo called Scream Freak and like it, have a vote. Oh and the deadline is 11pm BST today so rush, rush like the wind…

Firefox security

Thursday, July 29th, 2004

Just as I’m settling in nicely with Firefox I see that there’s a potential security issue in the way it handles security certificates. Ah but look:

Both bugs have now been fixed, but updated end-user releases of Mozilla products are not yet available.

*Makes note to check back a week from now*

If you ever wondered…

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

how I get through so many blogs in the limited time available, it might interest you to know that I just took a test [thanks to Gert]

You read between 650 – 700 words per minute. Extremely efficient reading level. (The average rate is between 200 – 250 words per minute.) It is assumed that you did not skim the words nor fail to understand the meaning of what was read.

I remember my father challenging me one day as a child, he took the book I was reading, skipped back several pages and asked a question, then a few more pages, another question. And I could answer them all. Of course I never confessed that if he’d asked me those same questions the next day I wouldn’t have remembered what book I’d been reading, let alone any details…


Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

Apologies for the slowness in commenting today, website TypePad seems to be grinding to a halt. Posting is a bit of a nightmare too but your intrepid bloggeuse will persevere.

Office Romance

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

Office Romance is “a series of 15 heartbreaking nanolength animations aimed at anyone who’s loved and lost and lost and lost and lost some more” [via coolios]. Get a box of tissues handy first.

Can’t think of a title

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

Go to misprinted type and mutter envious things under your breath. Oh and I’ve just added moorstation’s typOasis to blogging tools – a huge resource of free, donationware and shareware fonts, including Shy Fonts by Derek Vogelpohl.

Some lovely animated gifs at b3a [via bleu blanc blog, unusually NSFW today] and Erik Refner photography [via coolios].

How to create a water effect in photoshop and using transparency in images.

No more posts for the rest of the afternoon, I’m taking this lunch hour to come visit you lot, something I haven’t had the chance to do for days now and withdrawal symptoms are kicking in.

Your advice please!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2004

Question 1
If you had an intelligent, fast-learning 15 year old nephew who has always been interested in a graphic design/animation/web design career, would you advise him to get to know the Apple Mac as well as he knows the Windows environment?

Question 2
If that same 15 year old nephew was about to move overseas (where shipping costs are a big issue), would you advise him to take:

(a) An Apple Mac with 21″ monitor* plus Windows laptop for the rest of the family to keep up with emails, webcam etc.
(b) A two year old PC that he’s comfortable with and that the rest of the family can use to keep up with emails, webcam etc.

* a potential donation from another family member, his company is upgrading their Macs and until recently this machine was used in production so although it’s five? years old it’s still a good machine.

Your advice would be very much appreciated.


Monday, July 26th, 2004

Wish I’d seen this yesterday


via blog 04

Hugely busy workwise, normal service to be resumed asap. That’s normal as in pre Project Blog. Obviously.

Is anyone else having trouble sleeping now?

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

Photo of boxer dog in curlers, lying on sofa with a plate of muffins.

I’ve been curled up on the sofa watching The African Queen and E.T., waiting to fall asleep but here I am, five hours later wide awake. A nice warm bath and a change of pyjamas I think!

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