Sky+

So the nice lady at Sky informed that they were currently working on a software upgrade but alas she couldn’t give me a timescale for when it would be released. It’s currently being tested. Ohh I’m sorry, how rude of me, let me recap a previous post to aid your clarification. [RECAP] Sky+ screwed up some recordings. I was most annoyed. [/RECAP] Anyway, caught a repeat of 24 tonight – I KNEW she was a bad egg, and what’s with this Paul guy, a red herring perhaps? Methinks so – and Huff is repeated tomorrow night. I had to turn to the internet for Desperate Housewives, but thankfully the joy that is TV Torrents has offered up the BitTorrent goodies. …

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Percentages

I think I’ve done this before, will try and dig out the previous results. I Am 45% Left Brained, 55% Right Brained The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning. Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others. If you’re left brained, you are likely good at math and logic. Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet. The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility. Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way. If you’re right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art. Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports. Via Chasing Daisy

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Predicted

My predictions first, correct answers in bold: Best Film – Million Dollar Baby; Winner – Million Dollar Baby Best Director – Martin Scorcese; Winner – Clint Eastwood Best Actor – Jamie Foxx; Winner – Jamie Foxx Best Actress – Hilary Swank; Winner – Hilary Swank Best Supporting Actor – Morgan Freeman; Winner – Morgan Freeman Best Supporting Actress – Cate Blanchett; Winner – Cate Blanchett Best Cinematography – The Aviator; Winner – The Aviator 6 out of 7 ain’t bad! See the full list of winners. Also glad to hear that Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind won Best Original Screenplay, it was one of my favourite movies of last year. More Oscar info from the BBC. P.S. I’ve discovered …

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End of line

Having checked it turns out my Sky+ box is the Amstrad model. This is a bad thing. Tonight it was set to record 24 and Huff (at the same time) and the repeat of Desperate Housewives as the previous recording was coming up as FAILED. I decided to start watching 24 about twenty minutes after it started so I could whizz through the adverts (is it just me or was it sooo much better when it was advert free on BBC2, the constant breaks seem to lose the pace, don’t know how the Americans can stand it, but then I guess they are used to it). Sky+ wouldn’t let me start watching 24 and given the previous problems I thought …

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Dahlings

So Chelsea have won their first trophy. I have to admit to taking a shine to their manager, he may be arrogant but there always seems to be a wee twinkle in his eye. If nothing else he’s a tad more exciting than Arsene Wenger. The king of ranting will always be Sir Alex though, who can forget his rant just after his Aberdeen side had WON the Scottish Cup when he said he was disgusted at the way his team had played. Barking, obviously. Enough of football. Let’s talk about the rugby. Scotland scraped a win against Italy, Wales destroyed France in a fantastic second half and I didn’t see Ireland beating England. Indulge me for a minute will …

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Insight

Not as hungover as I thought I might be although the Tokyo Long Island Iced Tea has certainly left a slight ‘fuzziness’ – can’t find a recipe for it, but from memory, it’s a Toyko Tea, minus the Midori, and topped up with Coke a la the Long Island Ice Tea. It was more drinkable than it sounds. Promise. It was also my first visit to the Liquid Lounge in Glasgow. If you want a decent bar, with some very very funky music (old skool James Brown, Sly Stone and so on) then check it out. £1.80 for a Guinness isn’t too shoddy, even if it there was something decidely not quite right with it. I had to have four …

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Edging

Slowly getting around to fixing some minor things here. The search is now a bit better (still can’t get it to return a different number of posts than are currently set to display on the main page – frankly this is ridiculuous but the forum, Wiki and Google are still failing me on this), and I’ve finally updated the Site Archives to, hopefully, be a bit more user friendly. I’m still working my way through ALL posts without titles as it’s screwing up the archives a little (it’s a whole permalink naming mess to be honest), and I’m also categorising as I go. A slow process but one area the new version of WordPress has definitely improved. Now, when you …

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Simplicity achieved?

The rise and rise of products like Apple’s iPod and applications like Firefox and Flickr have gotten me thinking. What do those products have in common? Simplicity. They aren’t bogged down with hundreds of options and all provide a basic service that people want and provide it well. Flickr is possibly an exception as once you start digging it can be very powerful and complex, but if you just want to upload some snaps and share them with friends it is simple. So, is the popularity of these products down to their simplicity? Are we all just sick of bloated software that takes minutes to start up, and has hundreds of features we never use? Are we sick of the …

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PICS Label

Prompted by Joshuaink. This site now has a PICS label. PICS “was originally designed to help parents and teachers control what children access on the Internet, but it also facilitates other uses for labels, including code signing and privacy.” I don’t swear much on this site, but it’s nice to be nice and all that. If you want to do the same you can use the ICRA Label Generator and the ICRA Label tester. Ohh and I’m not pointing any fingers, at anyone I think should do this. Honest.

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