I saw Wikipes mentioned ast Negatendo and couldn't work out what it was, so went to look. "A global cookbook". Had a look at some recipes : a pound of this, a cup (what size/) of that, weirdly named ingredients - not exactly global!
This piece about software development is excellent and contains one of the most perceptive statements I have seen for ages : "Remember that managers are essentially secretaries who can fire you"
I think that the web must be running out of weird websites, or at least new weird websites. It is very noticeable that there is a large increase in the number of links being passed around and logged that point to odd things reported by news sources. I tend not to use these as they are usually linked to death, the links often go stale very quickly and often they are fairly dull. Take "man pees his way out of avalanche" which is everywhere at the moment, it's OK but it's not Pole Shift Prepare.
Fantastic film of Tubby Hayes on BBC4 - what a player he was.
Bloody PCs. Our home machine has several problems and I'm trying to install XP again. First off the setup keeps on being able to read files and then I actually got all the way through to the end and in the last 15 seconds "KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR". Reboot and it starts the setup all over again from the beginning...... Some faulty hardware somewhere, but I don't know what. The DVD reader seems to be running very very hot so I suppose it could be that, but there again maybe DVD readers always run hot.
Cats for Christians? "Additionally, cats practice many unclean habits not befitting a Christian household: coughing up fur balls, licking inappropriate body areas on their own bodies (inappropriate handling) and even, in some cases, on the bodies of their human owners (wrongful motive?), urination on the floor, vocal and blatant promiscuity (unknown to any other species, all others being endowed with Godly chastity and decorum) and widespread sexual misconduct without the benefit or sanctity of holy matrimony, even orgiastic practices, substance abuse of catnip (an intoxicating herb) which produces conditions akin to drunkenness, stealing food from the table, producing ungodly sounds, excessive playfulness and the employment of devices not known to have been used by Jesus, the conducting of its unholy business under the cover of the darkness of night, and so on. What sort of example does this give our young ones endeavoring to faithfully serve Jehovah? The Bible clearly shows that 'neither fornicators .. nor thieves .. nor drunkards .. nor revilers .. will inherit the Kingdom.' (1 Cor. 6:9-11)"
One of the local radio stations is advertising a "service" in supermarkets that provides a machine into which you put coins and get back notes. "For a small fee" - huh? What's wrong with a bank?
Drum solos - I have to confess to hating drum solos. Even the best drummers (and this page has all of them) can't make a drum solo exciting for me : let's face it a drum solo is just an excuse for the rest of the band to have a fag/booze/dope/all of them break.
Audio snake oil again - this is so bogus that I can't begin to comprehend people who would be taken in by it. $485 for a beech knob that any competent wood turner could turn out in about 5 minutes. And which will have not detectable (except by audiophiles natch) effect on your system. (via Daily Jive)
Lots of good images and information about Newcastle, with more in the archive, and some more in another archive....
Tea colour chart - nothing there that even remotely looks like the colour of the tea I drink (which is pale, clear and much more yellow than any of the colours on the chart which are all terribly murky looking) (via Negatendo)
I had never seen this Johnny Carson on Democracy quote before till it was printed in the Guardian obituary for him. Not that Carson means anything to me, I think I probably saw him no more than 5 or 6 times.
Is anyone else being confused by all the current iPod rumour stories where they refer to 5G and 5GB models, the 5G of course being 80G(B)
I was on a page with one of the Tsunami videos on it and the adverts along the top? "Last minute bookings available in Phuket hotels!"
RIP Johnny Carson
My neighbours just bought a new Epson printer - one of the ones you can plug your memory card in and it prints. Anyhow they loaded up the CD to get the drivers etc, and it turns out they haven't got admin, so they reboot to get to the login screen. "Not a system Disk" it says. They call me in and I poke around a bit and find that the printer connects itself to the machine as a demountable disc and the boot sequence is set to boot from USB first, so you have to disconnect the printer in order to boot the machine (yes, or play with the BIOS). The point is, how is Joe Ordinary User supposed to diagnose a problem like that? It's just terrible, terrible design that something like that could happen.
Twice this week I have paid for something using Paypal and the recipients have come back saying "Oh we can't take credit cards" - so why didn't it say anyhting about this on the auction description then? Why the standard Paypal logo with credit card pictures? *sigh* or possibly *grrr*
Hmm, just logged into my gmail account and deleted all the accumulated mail like your not supposed to. Seems I have invites again if anyone is still looking for one. (Can there be anyone who hasn't got a gmail account?)
I hate it when it's very windy - all the noise makes me uncomfortable and nervy.
Two technorati links because of the different paths people use to link here. I'm trying to claim the links at technorati but not having much luck. I suspect that there are other paths too. *sigh* (The technorati links should be invisible - I'll fix that)
BTW If you have a link to this weblog as http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Lindsay/weblog/latest.html can you update it to be http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/bifurcated/rivets/ Thanks.
Just another test
You'll be glad to know that the testing all went very well.
This is another test
This is a test
Just got the new Eric Clapton "Sessions for Robert J". Haven't watched the DVD yet (it has more tracks) but the CD is great. (My only reservation is that it is probably "copy protected" which I can't approve of). Of course, make sure you don't pay the ludicrous list price for it. It can certainly be got for less than 10UKP.
Damn, iTunes 4.7.1 won't install. Probably the same thing as was wrong last time but I can't remember how I fixed it.
I just tried the Michelin map site - I asked for directions from my house to my parent's in Edinburgh. The very first thing it did was to send me down an undriveable dirt track that has been a dead end for years. Not impressed.
I can't fix the Limerick link either from here - just do the obvious. (Turns out I used it a while back - which is why it is hard to fix)
I know the incoming signals link is broken - I can't fix it from here though.
Belated happy new year to everyone. Still virused - it just doesn't want to go away.
Much improved but still pretty ill. Spent the last four days in bed in the grip of this weird Flu virus which late last night popped open and spread shards of pictures all over my bed - I saw them distinctly. After that the feeling of alien mindcontrol left but I still haven't slept for 5 nights nor eaten much for 4 days. Not up to links - typing is hard as is doing anything actually.
Been feeling like death in a bag for the last few days. Ugh. However let me point you backwards to the comment section for the item on simultaneous birth of twins (I can't be bothered finding the link at the moment - too ill) where you will find a stupendous probabilistic analysis of the event. Kudos, Brendon!
Great Keith Jarrett programme on Channel 4 at the moment.
Listening to Kasabian's album. Excellent stuff.