Yawn

I’m knackered. Haven’t been sleeping well all week to be honest. Tomorrow we need to start clearing space in the loft and understair cupboard to allow access for the new boiler installation. I also need to clear out the office but that’ll probably be done on Tuesday evening. *yawns* Ohh and the Olympic opening ceremony doo-dah.. pretty good, but why oh why oh why (repeat to fade) … WHY do they have that damn procession. I dozed my way through most of it. Anyway, time for another beer. Have a good weekend y’all.

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Scam?

So, how can you find out if a website is scamming you? I WAS going to order some replica Air Jordan V’s from Old School Sneaks but I’m a bit dubious to be honest. There are a few other sites selling similar stuff which have been outed as scam sites, but I see no mention of Old School Sneaks. On the other hand, I can’t find a customer reference (there are some on their site but I’d rather read it somewhere else). What REALLY gets me is that I’ve never been that bothered about this stuff in the past, usually it’s only after I’ve clicked that button that the (admittedly small and distant) bells start ringing in my head. I …

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Check list

Papers signed. Bank Account opened. GHD Hair Straighteners bought. Air Jordans ordered. Awaiting C500 (miniSD card arrived this morning though). Credit Card 1 cancelled. Credit Card 2 cancelled. New Credit Card ordered. And all before 12 o’clock. Guess I’ll be working over the weekend!

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Arse

Three quarters of the way through a post about re-mortgaging, Lloyds TSB, Air Jordan Mark V, Lomo and Photoshop and WHAT happens? My PC turns itself off. The problem seems to be the cable modem. Someone from Telewest will be getting an ear bashing tomorrow morning!!!! Bugger this, I’m off to bed.

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Testing, testing

Right guys and gals, I need your help. I’ve (finally) pulled together a Content First Layout and would appreciate your feedback. The alignment of the columns is still to be sorted, but I want to check that you are all seeing three columns, from left to right:1. Left – Site Navigation2. Middle – Miniblog3. Right – Blog posts. If any of the columns don’t appear or get shuffled down to the foot of the page, or there are any other strange goings on, then leave me a note in the comments. Ideally you shouldn’t see much difference, aside from a few minor tweaks. The big difference is that the blog posts now appear first. Should make it easier for people …

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PANIC!!

What’s the LAST thing you want to hear when you’ve gone to the loo, just sat down and … er … started… The bloody fire alarm!! (Certainly speeds up the process mind you!)

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Purchases

Thanks to everyone who responded with book suggestions, I’ve sourced a couple of them from friends and have just hit Amazon with this lot: Martin Amis – London Fields Jorge Luis Borges – Labryinths Phillip Pullman – His Dark Materials Trilogy (boxset) Garrison Keillor – Leaving Home Ultra Chilled Vols 1 & 2… which isn’t a book. And what did I do last night? Started the latest Rebus novel.

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Web as platform

Just a short post to remind myself to expand on my thoughts as prompted by Jason Kottke: Web as platform. Except I’m not going to as I spent about an hour last night, writing, deleting, writing, deleting, writing, deleting and I’m still not sure WHERE I think this is headed. Suffice to say that I think the only way the web can function properly as a platform is if:a. storage space and transfer speeds make it possible to have ALL my photos online, including the crap ones.b. the tools available are available are not platform specific.c. the price of storage is sufficiently low. The one thing that struck me the most though was the statement that “Data needs to be …

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Explaining

Note: I drafted this yesterday before Richard Madeley’s “dyke” comment was aired and, as usual, the BBC News website has an interesting article about the whole wording issue. “[The words are]… liable to change their connotations and meanings depending on who is saying them, to whom, in what circumstances, sometimes even depending on their tone of voice.” We live in politically correct times. You can’t say this. You can’t do that. Some of it, of course, is correct. You can’t go around insulting people but then, that hasn’t changed has it, the whole PC ‘movement’ has just given the minorities another string to their bow. The real trouble I have is here. Online. Where the written word carries all meaning …

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Bookwise

So, what are you currently reading? Me? I’m reading trash. Well not trash, as in old Cornflake boxes, but trash as in easy to read, easily “put-down-able” and “pick-up-able” type novels. Think Jeffery Deaver, James Patterson, Nick Hornby, Iain Banks and the like. Sometimes I hear a little chuckle, a mocking laugh echoing around the room for an instant, but I know it’s just Miguel de Cervantes, Alexandre Dumas, and John Steinbeck mocking me, deriding me, challenging me to pick them up instead (hell, you should hear what Tom Wolfe murmurs in my ear…). I have slowly built a collection of old and new ‘classics’. There is a way to go yet and I HAVE read some of them.. the …

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