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Name that band

Sunday, January 23rd, 2005

So – if Gia, Len, Jasmine, David and Richard* formed the first all blogging band – what should they call themselves?

*any other musicians amongst you?

Update: I jokingly told Martyn that I was going to post an audio of me singing. He visibly paled and begged me not to. That’s how bad my voice is.

Domestic goddess

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

I made a rice pudding last night. It would have been a lovely winter warming pudding but alas, as I took it from the oven to the counter I tripped slightly on the hem of my trousers and the jolt was enough to cause the contents of the dish to gloop forward and out of the bowl. All over the floor. The dogs were delighted of course. While I had a flashback to the time I fainted on the school bus. We’d all made rice pudding in cookery class and stored them carefully in those baskets (ladies of a certain will remember these) and dashed for the bus. As always, it was jam packed full so we stood on the open platform at the bottom of the steps, dodging the paper pellets being thrown by the boys from upstairs.

Next thing I know I’m being gently moved to an upright position and a sea of faces is peering down, apparently trying to clock a glimpse down the front of my school shirt.

And there’s a river of rice pudding the length of the bus.

I never liked nutmeg anyway.

Is this is a(nother) sign of rapidly approaching old age, that I can remember things that happened 28 years ago more clearly than what I had for breakfast yesterday? Oh Lord…

AOOA

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

Aooaphone

Much as I admire the wonderful sites found by point n click guru Graeme over at Lazy Laces, for the most part I haven’t got the time patience to get to the end of the complicated ones, I just sit and admire the artwork.

But this one from aooa is not just easy to play, it’s beautifully designed, very atmospheric and the final scene kept me amused for several minutes – until I realised it was gone 7 and I hadn’t peeled a potato for supper yet. Enjoy. If you need any help, check the comments here.

p.s. If you’ve been on broadband for a while, take a peek at Graeme’s 56K Modem Emulator (a.k.a. Sounds Broadband Users Never Hear).

p.p.s. Six Apart are moving servers this weekend [January 22, 2005 at 11:00pm PST] so although you should have no trouble viewing this site tomorrow, commenting might be affected at time.

Favourite quotes

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

Today’s Blogliner:

Each day we post of one of our favourite quotes for your enjoyment, but it occurs to us we could use some new material.

How about listing a dozen or so of your own favourites? Be sure to let us know you’ve posted yours (using trackback or just leave a comment) and we’ll share several as ‘quote of the day’ with a link back to your blog.

Time to dig out a few dog related quotes then. Oh and Dorothy Parker. And I can’t miss Rita Rudner. Okay, it’ll have to be more than a dozen. It’s a welsh dozen, ‘k?

“The difference between cats and dogs is, dogs come when they are called, cats take a message and get back to you.”
– Unknown

“I wonder if other dogs think poodles are members of a weird religious cult.”
– Rita Rudner

“Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.”
– Author Unknown

“Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.”
– Rita Mae Brown
(more…)

Warnings that should be on bloggers’ cubicles

Friday, January 21st, 2005

Remember that “how many bloggers… thing? Well I came across this Warnings That Should Be On Cubicles recently and thought we should adapt it for bloggers. ‘Course, no-one actually blogs at work but you know, in case we did…

Trouble is, I’m having trouble coming up with ideas (not that it’s ever stopped me before) so how about we make this a group effort? Feel free to copy and run with this:

Warnings That Should Be On Blogger’s Cubicles

11. NOTE: Been there, blogged that, got the t-shirt.
10. CAUTION: Think before you act – your actions will be blogged.
9. CAUTION: Fragile ego inside. Do not berate. Or leave comment spam.
8. How do you like my blog? Call 1-800-Link-Me
7. Please report all non updated blogs to supervisor.
6. CAUTION: Slow Blogger at Work
5. DANGER: Contents on computer screen may be unsuitable for children.
4. WARNING: While this cubicle has no door, it is to be treated as solitary confinement from 8 to 5. Please refrain from attempting to escape.
3. QUIET! Blogger pretending to work.
2. Please don’t feed the blogger. (S)he may become dependent on human interaction.
1. CAUTION: Keep your arms and legs outside of the cubicle until the inhabitant has gone through his blogroll.

Over to you!

Random Edition

Friday, January 21st, 2005

On 21 October 1966, Pantglas school in the pit village of Aberfan, South Wales was decimated by a preventable landslide.

144 people, 116 of them children, died.

My father was among the many who dropped everything, drove straight to Aberfan and started digging with his bare hands.

But it was all a long time ago, the people who should have been brought to account are probably long dead and the bitterness has faded at the behaviour of Harold Wilson‘s government – a Labour! government – in allowing the Coal Board to reject responsibility for the landslide and to take the £150,000 from the disaster fund that had been set up to help survivors and use it to pay to remove the remaining tips.

Well, some of the bitterness has faded.

Anniversaries have come and gone. So I don’t know why I’ve been crying like a fool while listening to BBC Radio’s Random Edition, the programme in which Peter Snow takes a look at the contents of an archived newspaper on a particular date. Maybe it was because I wasn’t expecting it? Yes, that’s what it was, being unprepared.

You can hear the programme by clicking here and selecting Random Edition.

Blogpimping part 8

Friday, January 21st, 2005

I came across a new blog a little while ago and was about to start a new blogpimping post with Elisabeth in mind when I realised that the first two victims blogs on the list link to each other already.

Does this mean:

a) I’m damn good at this pimping lark and should do it more often?
b) I’m really bad at this pimping lark if you all can find yourselves without me?
c) It’s gone 2 a.m. and I should be in bed trying to get some much needed sleep instead of sat here in front of the computer typing twaddle?

Answers on a postcard to the usual address please.

I’m not here really

Thursday, January 20th, 2005

…but in case you’ve popped in for a visit, can I point you to the most excellent blogroll.

Still here? What, you’ve read them all and want more? Sheesh.

RTL Germany has a great way of testing your knowledge of European geography with darts [via]. Best result? I got within 2km of Brussels. Worst result? Please don’t ask. Let’s just summarise them as shameful. I worked in Milan for 3 months yet still managed to be 129km out.

Throwing darts at a map not quite your style? How about Sean Gleeson’s Autorantic Virtual Moonbat [seen at Anne‘s]?

And finally – here’s a good list of css editors, do you use an editor and if so, which one? Enquiring minds would like to know :-)

Recipe exchange update

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

Follow up to the recipe exchange, medicine Huwge has come up trumps with a lovely receipe for roast vegetable with cous-cous.

As I was copying and pasting the recipes into a document to (hopefully, find when I remember) put in my bag ready for the next supermarket trip, it suddenly occurred to me that you all might like a copy, so – would anyone like a PDF of the complete set of recipes?

Swamped

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

and no time to blog. Cue much wailing and gnashing of teeth here in dark and damp suburbia.

So it’s very kind of non blogging Jane to come to the rescue by supplying a cute picture of herself as a baby*.

* Viewers of a more nervous disposition might wish to look away now.

Anyone know where this comes from? I’ve had a look on b3ta and fark but maybe it’s hiding away in the archives. If you know, drop me a line so that I can give proper credit.

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