Rubber

Anyone know where I can get a sheet of rubber, about half an inch thick should do it… It’s our washing machine you see (I know what you were thinking, perverts…) I’ve tried wedging it with bits of woods and all sorts but ultimately it ends up shaking them clear. It’s set to spin at 1100 rpm which isn’t that high I don’t think, and we Louise is very careful not to overload it… It’s driving me nuts to be honest, I’m hoping to deaden the vibrations by standing it on some rubber, because at the moment it’s spinning away and I can feel the vibrations through my seat in the next room (ohh for goodness sake, stop snickering). So, …

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Connected

So the nice Telewest man came out, did something outside and now my phone works. He also checked the digibox (TV) and my cable modem. Good idea that, I’d have hated it if he’d buggered them up whilst fixing the phone. However he did something to the cable modem, not sure exactly what, something to do with the incoming voltage I think (“attenuated it”) so I’m off to figure out what he did… better not affect my connection speed. Ohh and whilst I remember, thanks to Brian and Richard for their previous comments. It’s always good to know that there are people out there who know more about things than I do… ehhh… I think that’s a good thing…

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Jack of all Trades

If you’re eating enough fruits and vegetables, you must not give a damn about protein is Jeffrey Zeldman’s response to (amongst others) Standard Angst by Greg Storey. Zeldman’s point is one I can empathise with. It’s very similar to my professional job in approach, as these days, designing for the web encompasses a myriad of distinct skills. A site must be visually appealing (graphic design), must follow various usability rules (user interface design), must be unique (creativity), must load quickly (technical understanding), must be easy to navigate (information design), must… the list goes on. Add to this list the ‘standards’ argument and you then need to be able to understand and code CSS layouts, and your code should meet with …

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Ask and ye shall receive

No, I’ve not been to see the Passion of the Christ, this is much more unholy than that. I’ll warn you all now, this may not be pretty. However I’m determined to make this site more personal and if that means responding to a request here and there then so be it. With that, I’ll firstly let you know who to blame for this. In response to this post, Zed of My Boyfriend is a Twat responded thusly: “could you also add pictures of naked men ?“ Ladies and Gentlemen, some of you may want to avert your eyes, indeed very few of you should actually click the link that follows (yeah right, I know what you lot are like, …

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DVD Player

For those who have asked. The cheap DVD player I bought was a “COMPAKS” (sic) DVD 800. It was bought in Woolworths. The one advantage of these cheapers is that they play most formats, and are easily made to support multi-region DVDs. This means you could, possibly, although you’d be aware of the (il)legalities of doing so, download an episode of… say.. 24 series 3, burn it onto a CD, and watch it in your DVD player. Or you could fill a CD with MP3s and use your new, cheapo, DVD player to play the MP3 CD – giving you some 300 odd songs I think. Finally, it’s usually a case of following the instructions provided (or found) to make …

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Bravo Communication

I’m not a Moveable Type user, nor do I use TypePad, but that’s not the point. Having just read: Mena’s Corner: Where did those 22 other people come from? I’m struck by the honesty and courage it took to write it. It’s an honest appraisal of personal and company failings, and I’m sure it will be reflected on in the months and years to come, hopefully in a positive manner. It’s a lesson that other companies could learn from, and not necessarily just small ones. It’s so much easier these days to communicate with your customers, to give them an insight into your company and create an emotional bond. The Abbey National is a good example of refocussing their company …

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Twuntage: Take 2

They did phone. The engineer will be out on Wednesday to fix the problem. You see somehow the ‘switch’ lost our details. So if you rang our number, it rang. Just not at our end. The engineer requested the details from the ‘switch’ and found it was blank (presumably except for our telephone number) so had to get that remedied before they can fix the fault that was there all along, between the box in the street and the phone socket in our house. If you understand what I just typed, please explain it to me, as it reads awfully like: You had a problem, we spent a few hours faffing around. You still have the problem. We will fix …

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Stage 2

Thank you all for your flattering comments about the re-design. I’ll let you in on a wee secret though, all I did was change two graphics, and two margin settings in the stylesheet. So the horizontal background image (repeated across the page previously) was replaced by a vertical background image. The banner was the other change. Then it was off to the stylesheet to make sure the background repeated vertically, to remove the ‘auto’ left margin and make the content column a little wider. Total time – 15 minutes. Sorry. It IS a good advocate for CSS design though.. sooo easy to change things. Not finished yet, ohh and whilst I remember, for those STILL using 800×600 (you know who …

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Twuntage

(thanks for that word Lyle) A quick bit of background: We are with Telewest who also supply my our broadband connection and cable TV package. We’ve been with them since we moved in here, about 2 and a half years ago. I’ve paid every bill by direct debit. So, Friday afternoon I realise our phone line is dead. I phone customer support and they arrange an engineer for Monday (today) between 11a.m. and 2p.m. Doorbell goes at 1.02p.m. I’m not surprised by this having had Telewest engineers out 3 times since moving here and they’ve always appeared on time. Come on in, I say. The engineer says that there isn’t any need as he’s been trying to fix my problem …

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If you believe..

Was thinking of heading to bed early last night, decided to take a last flick through the channels and was rewarded with the opening scene for Man on the Moon. This was a movie I’d wanted to catch when it was at the cinema, and never managed it, I guess I could’ve picked it up on DVD but it kind of slipped my mind. The film deals with the life of Andy Kaufman, best known as Latka Gravas in Taxi (you know, the one that spoke in a funny voice and wore white overalls). If you’ve never seen Jim Carrey in a serious role I’d suggest you watch this movie, he handles the role extremely well, handling the demons that …

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