Random Thoughts

When the train driver keeps us informed of why our train has stopped and how long it will be before it starts again, I don’t mind at all. When leaving the train, I actually felt sorry for the little bug that was trying to get out through the glass because I knew it’ll die on that train. I shouldn’t get mad at anyone but myself when I push the wrong button on the remote sending BBCi into a coma instead of flicking to the France vs Sweden Switzerland game. I should have left the pasta in the oven for another 5 minutes. When did I last pick up a book? Why is my back so sore? Why aren’t I going …

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Illustration

Normally I’d dump this in the miniblog but I didn’t want anyone to miss it (I guess I should try and track the usage of the miniblog but… pah… too much like hard work). Anyway, quite simply the Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship cut-away illustration is awesome and well worth a look. Even more fascinating is how the drawing was created. Amazing stuff, must’ve been some project to work on! (via)

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Numpty

I rushed out of the office on Friday and forgot to log off from Messenger. Apologies to the (5) people who tried to send me a message, I wasn’t being ignorant, honest!

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Planning

Bit of a busy week coming up, mainly because it’s Louise’s birthday (21.. +10…). Thankfully I’ve got a few days off work, and I’m hoping to divide my time between several things that I’ve been needing to get done: 1. Properly weed the mono-block – our driveway is part mono-blocked but the large conifer tree (since removed) has pushed up all the mono-blocking to leave gaps in which there are loads of weeds. 2. Garden step – I’ve got the slabs, and the bricks so I guess I’d better build the damn thing. 3. Tidy the ‘office’ – paperwork everywhere, a lot of it not needed anymore, so a clearout is in order. 4. Scottish Blogs – ongoing maintenance and …

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Required Reading

From Joi Ito: Dare We Call It Genocide? “Zahra Abdel Karim, a 30-year-old woman, told me how in the same attack on Ab-Layha, the Janjaweed shot to death her husband, Adam, and 7-year-old son, Rahshid, as well as three of her brothers. Then they grabbed her 4-year-old son, Rasheed, from her arms and cut his throat.” It’s horrifying to think that, while we sit at home in our comfortable homes, relatively safe and happy, this kind of thing is happening. When I did last year’s Blogathon, I chose Amnesty International as my charity for precisely this reason. I don’t think about these things much. I am aware that a lot of bad things happen in the world, I am aware …

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Supply/Demand

The beauty of being the supplier of the backend ‘software’ that runs Scottish Blogs is that when I get two sites submitted by, presumably, some web marketing service, and the sites are obviously NOT blogs I can very quickly knock up a big red delete button and zap ’em tout de suite.

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Reinhard

I know I’ve mentioned this before (or at least if I haven’t I’ve meant to…) but we inherited a print from Louise’s parents when they moved to Spain. It’s pride of place in our living room and I’ve been trying to find out more about it ever since. Obviously I was doing something wrong as Louise found more, in a five minute spell with Google, including information about the artist, his other works, and the print we have, than I had managed over several nights. Possibly because I mis-read his name to be Reinnard… ahem… “his work has taken a distinct departure by exploring a new direction of non representational, “self contained”, paper sculptures. A blank sheet of paper undergoes …

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Bugger it

Plagarism is a form of flattery (even if I can’t be bothered creating three columns). THE BIG BROTHER BITBig Brother is getting a bit exciting. What? YES I watch it, get over it. I must admit that this series, whilst being considerably more watchable than last year’s snooze-fest, is beginning to border on .. well I’m not sure what you call it but it’s making me distinctly uncomfortable. “Provocative TV” can only go so far and I think the recent fighting has over stepped the mark. Or has it? I remember the media pitch for the first Big Brother having something to do with psychological (sociological) experimentation and manipulation. Has this season’s series finally taken these experiments to their conclusion? …

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