Archive for July, 2006

Keep Wales Tidy

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

When the Keep Wales Tidy campaign first started it wasn’t long before the jokes and the t-shirts bearing the slogan plus appendage appeared.

Figure throwing item into waste bin, caption reads Keep Wales Tidy, throw your litter in England.

Where was I? Oh yes, keeping things tidy. Don’t you think that anti-litter campaigns would be more successful if they used these five French students and their video?


Two new books

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Two fellow Wise Women list members have books hitting the shelves at the moment:

Although I don’t have the budget for books at the minute and can’t vouch for them personally (yet), both books come highly recommended via other list members and are definitely high up there on my list of books to be coveted.

And finally…

How will your obituary read when you pop your clogs? Find out at Quiz Galaxy (thanks to Croila).

Fake obituary notice which reads, Awaiting trial for lewd behaviour, Daisy died before telling anyone where they buried their treasure. Daisy will be terribly missed by Chuck Norris.


Friday, July 28th, 2006

4 yellow plastic ducks with red beaks in a row

Go add a comment to Hanan Levin’s Grow A Brain – he’s aiming for 500 on this post and a commenter will be picked at random to win $100. Oh yes indeedy. Think how many plastic ducks that’ll buy! What on earth do you want rubber ducks for Daisy? Ah well, there be points. And what do points make? Prizes!

I’ve 318 rivals to the spondoolies to date but I just know I’m going to win that c-note, duck karma will intervene. Quack, quack.

Wait… let’s be certain that this is a real $100 bill we’re talking about and not a candy bar? Ah well, I could always dig out that dollar bill I have somewhere and try making a shirt.


Waaah, waaah

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Come join the pity party. On top of everthing else I got bitten by mosquitos last night. The bites (all EIGHT of them) are swollen and ugly and earlier this evening I rubbed one of the many now boil-like eruptions on the fleshy part of my calf on the wicker chair and it burst and waaah, waaah. Ten minutes later her ladyship was trying to kill her ball on a rope* (terriers are like that) when she slapped the rope across the recently burst bite. There are not enough cuss words in the English language to do it justice so I’ll spare you.

But I’ve had a shower, slathered on some antisceptic cream and they’re just quietly throbbing. And I feel like such a crybaby.

So let’s move on to something I installed earlier, Roel Muerder’s WordPress plugin, WP-SingleMP3 for Jeroen Wijering’s Flash Single MP3 player.

Pete Seeger singing Little Boxes:

Now this is the hilarious Liverpool radio clip posted earlier this year. Either hamsters have invaded the studio or something’s happened to the playback speed… Is it something to do with compression of the original file? Enquiring minds wish to know. But not just yet. Let’s enjoy the hamsters.

* Finding that picture led me to the Humungu Tongue. Yes I will be searching for them in the UK and yes I will take pictures when found.

Couldn’t decide

Monday, July 24th, 2006

…which summer song to post so I’ve put both up. Right click and save to your hard disk if you’d prefer.

Louis Amrmstrong and Doris Day / Summertime [MP3, 4.5 mb].

Papa Wemba / Awa Y’ Okeyi (If You Go Away) [MP3, 1.7 mb].

Meanwhile, Troubled Diva has a brilliant collection of music videos from YouTube, everything from The Osmonds to The Sweet through to Leonard Cohen. Oh and this track from Claude François, Petite mèche de cheveux. I sent it to my 12 year old niece via msn last night and got lots of appreciative LOLs and ROFLs in return. Enjoy.

[Afterthought: She wouldn’t believe my version of how he died until she read it on Wikipedia. I think I might have told one tall tale too many to that child.]

Just a quick one

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

WebCipher is a new (free!) html/css editor for Windows from Steve McTainsh. Still in beta but definitely worth a look.

HiveLive is a new way to share information via the internet. Signup by invitation only for the minute but you can apply for an invite or I’ve 20 invites to give away (leave a comment).

HiveLive is great for families, friends, clubs, associations, small workgroups, researchers, collectors, small businesses, bands, studios, non-profits, and more.

I’ve only had a very quick peek so far but love the clean interface and the community feel. And as with any good small startup, the development team are very involved and keen to hear feedback.

Question of the day: Why doesn’t Google invest anything in Blogger? [via Gordon]. More irritatingly, why does it not allow non-Blogspot commenters to save their information (name, email, url) instead of being forced to select “Other” and have to type them in each time (or select with Firefox’s auto remember thingy).


PHP for beginners

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

If you’re wanting to have a go at php, there are four excellent tutorials by Stefan Mischook at Killer PHP – PHP videos for web designers. He has a wonderful voice, the basics are clearly explained, perfect for anyone wanting to make a start on learning php.

Topics so far:

  • What is a programming language
  • Server-side vs. client-side programming
  • Installing PHP on your computer
  • Write your first PHP script

It looks as if more tutorials are on the way plus there’s a blog and a forum. Excellent stuff.

Oh you lucky people

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

The cast of Life on Mars

If you have access to BBC America you need to cancel all appointments for next Monday evening (July 24, 10pm ET), settle yourself down in a nice comfy chair, unplug the ‘phone and start watching the 8 part BBC series Life on Mars.

Sam Tyler, a cool, sharp young detective, is working hard to keep the streets of 21st century Manchester safe from crime. But his world is turned upside down when the hunt for a serial killer becomes a personal vendetta after Maya, his girlfriend and colleague, goes missing. Desperately afraid she has been kidnapped by the killer, he sets out to find her, only to become involved in a near-fatal car accident. When he wakes, he finds himself in a different era – 1973. Is this reality, madness or a dream? Sam struggles to understand what is happening to him.

Disoriented and traumatized, 21st century Sam is completely bewildered by his new environment. As all attempts to return to his own time fail, Sam falls back on what he knows best – his job. … This is a world without cell phones, where cops rely on paperwork and memory instead of computers, there’s no DNA profiling and what forensics do exist take two weeks to process.

How to sum it up? Brilliant scripting, fine performances, a superb soundtrack of fab and groovy seventies music and a storyline that keeps you guessing right ’til the end. And beyond. A second series is currently being made (hooray!).

Quack Quack

Monday, July 17th, 2006

It’s just dawned on me that those of you who follow posts through Bloglines and various rss feeds will not have seen the really! exciting! addition! to the sidebar. So here it is in a post.

Coming soon…

Young woman lying peacefully in chair, rubber duck balanced on nose.

All will be revealed in the next few days but in the meantime I would love to hear what you think it’s all about. A duck fan club? A tribute to Donald Duck? Or something completely unrelated to our feathered friends?

Note: Jokes about Web 2.0 and domain names ending in -r are expected, nay encouraged. But be kind, us effelumps have long, long memories… :-)

Sunday roundup

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

From Ellie: 15 Things You’ll Never Hear me Say and Ten Things You’ll Never Hear Me Say (again):

I’m normally one of those “never say never” kind of people, but there comes a time when the Anvil of Truth lands on your head and your realize some things in life have an exasperation date.

From Karan: the cuteness that is Meez.com. I signed up and started creating but just couldn’t stay “logged in” long enough to produce anything. Probably just as well. I don’t think the world is ready for Meez-Daisy.

From Mary, a gorgeous dog and our quote of the day:

The material is exquisite gold silk, costing $170 per yard – that’s a lot of dough for bug spit.

From Pewari, in See… I AM A Good Mother… Now Go Play…:

I believe that many of us come into the Stay-at-Home arena with the same expectations as the work place. I know I did – desperately trying to instill some order into an unordered world. Made myself goals and lofty “perfect mother” expectations in lieu of performance appraisals, had planned activities, felt guilty if some days I was too exhausted to do anything and just somehow muddled through with the help of a few too many children’s DVDs. Read more…

And from Joan, Don’t be Stealing my Wheels

For all I know the person living in this traditional college party apartment building needs the wheelchair and the bike and the snorkling flippers. I don’t know. I am sorry if he/she does. What I do know is that when I googled “wheelchair theft hospital” 769,000 entries showed up. Aaargh!

And finally

This is silly but rather clever. If you type http://xxx.justgotowned.com/ (substitute the xxx with your name, make it xxx.xxx if it’s two words such as mad.musings) you’ll get a generated flash movie featuring your good self. To whit: daisy just got owned.

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