Duck!

There is a chirping sound coming from the other end of the office. No, it’s not a mobile phone (despite the fact someone has just taken delivery of a new one, prompting some gadget envy on my part – must check when mine is due up for renewal) it’s two motherless ducklings found wandering around near Central Station. I’ve now realised that I don’t have my camera attachment for my mobile, so I can’t take pictures of them to show the missus (she likes her little fuzzy ducks) so I’ll be better off if I don’t tell her! After seven years* of marriage you get to know these things. *Yes I convoluted this entire post just to answer that question …

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File sharing is killing the music industry

An article in the Metro this morning covered the statement by the British Phonographic Institute (BPI) that they would consider prosecuting people sharing music files. They will be targetting the ‘heavy’ user of course, so people like you and I should be OK (I don’t think I’m actually sharing ANY music files at present… and obviously I’m not sharing anything like TV episodes or anything…). They are insisting that the downward trend in sales of albums and singles is wholly down to illegal file sharing. I think not. There is a very good reason I don’t buy chart music anymore. It’s crap. Yes I’m generalising but the few singles I do like are typically from an artist whose album I …

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The mystery of the disappearing sidebar

Anyone else noticing that the sidebar leaps beneath the content? I had it for a while on Firefox, tweaked my CSS and fixed it. Or so I thought. Then someone sent an email saying they were experiencing the same thing. Hopefully a browser cache clean out will fix it but it might be an IE quirk. Ohh and whoever sent me an email about this, apologies but I was a bit hasty with my MailWasher settings and it got deleted… sorry!

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Catch Up 22

Suprisingly little content can be gleaned from the last week and a bit. It consisted mainly of work. Of course if I was more happy to blog about work then I would have screeds of content available, although, ultimately, it would be more depressing than the current (lack of) content. Suffice to say that on Friday night, seven people sat in the office at 10pm, giggling our heads off and not one of us can remember what we were laughing at… Hilarity? Delirium? Tis but a fine line… Then there was the weekend that wasn’t. Although we didn’t venture out far enough to buy some heathers and a conifer for this weekend’s gardening project. Ehhh, think that’s about it. Even …

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Flow increasing

I’m slowly remembering how to do this thing called ‘blog’. Next up, a question: Anyone know of a small (light on resources) PHP web server I can run on my home machine (XP Pro), for testing purposes only.. it’s a real pain to have to make changes to a PHP script, upload it, refresh the page, change the PHP, upload, refresh… etc etc.. You see I’m determined to launch the Scottish Blogs website. It’s almost there. Almost. But not quite. I just need to figure out a couple more things and it’ll be ready. Sort of… ach, it’s as near as dammit, and I can add more code to it later.

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Big Ugly Nosed..

To biguglynosedguy AT hotmail.com: I sent you an email. Can you please respond. I have no idea who you are, and until you answer that I won’t be adding you to my MSN Messenger list. Sorry. Yours, snowgoon2206

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Finish what you are saying

One of the characters in the book I’m reading mentions that he is always “ahead of conversations”. He mentions that by the time someone is partway through a sentence he invariably knows what they are going to say, and the rest of the time he has to maintain an “air of interest”. This act bores him to tears, leaving him mentally unstimulated. Anyone else sympathise with this? I’m not saying it’s a permanent thing, but all too frequently I find myself having to bite back the words “Yes, I get your point, you don’t need to waffle on for another minute, PLEASE SHUT UP!”. Moving on. Feeling slightly more human today. Was in bed and asleep by 10pm last night, …

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