Calendar

Why didn’t someone say! (ohh someone did). It’s Friday the 13th, people. Avoid ladders, salt, mirrors, cats of dark hues and cracks in the pavement. If you are reading this from your house GO BACK TO BED. If you are reading this in bed don’t rub it in, ya lazy bugger… Anyway, if you want me I’ll be hiding under my desk (I may venture out for a cake though, it IS Friday after all…).

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Tasty

Art, fashion, design. They are all subjective. But where do we get our sense of style, our own personal tastes? Are they developed over time, moulded by society and our exposure to culture, or is it a genetic inheritance? A bit of both? Is my love of minimalist – think Scandinavian (no NOT IKEA) and Japanese simplicity – design driven from my slight loathing of mess? Or is it because I grew up with two lovely Geishas looking down on me from the living room wall, tapestries by my Mother which my sister and I have already started fighting over (sorry Mum, I know it’ll be a while yet!). Everyone knows what they like, and knows what they don’t like. …

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HHGTTG

Movie info from IMDB Movie revies from Metacritic Finally saw the movie of the book that has been twenty years in the making. Initial impressions are favourable but with room for improvement. The casting isn’t too bad, but I don’t think any of the actors did a particularly good job, although despite my hope Marvin was reduced to a few odd lines and the voice never really seemed to fit properly. I’m guessing the decision to focus on the blossoming love between Arthur and Trillian also had something to do with the odd pacing, with scenes zipping past one minute then slowing to a crawl the next. If I’m honest I think that they held back too much, I think …

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Jets

A note to “Benny”. I ain’t gonna add you to my MSN contact list unless I know who you are – drop me an email please. On that note, I’ve had a veritable spate of emails recently from all sorts of different people and places. Fascinating. In my head I have a notion of what/who my audience is, but these emails are proving that I’m much more widely read than I realised. Feel free to massage my ego a little more!

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Tipping Scales

Willpower. Anyone got any to spare? I should check my biorhythms I think as I’m certainly cyclic when it comes to my mood. Not whether I’m in a good or bad mood, but whether I’m in a “get a grip” mood or a “ohh bugger this” mood. That latter is prevalent for the most part because of my sheer laziness and selfish and annoys me no end. Oh yes I’m aware when I’m being lazy, or selfish, and sometimes just reminding myself of that is enough to get me up off my arse and doing something about it, sometimes I ignore the voice and sometimes it comes from someone else. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve posted …

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SHUT UP!!!

What IS the point of an alarm that keeps going for… checks clock … 17 keffing minutes!! If no-one has turned it off by now, then either the burglars have buggered off, or they’re still in there knowing fine well that no-one is investigating the alarm. OK, if I’m honest I’m hoping that writing and posting this will cause one of those coincidences where, the second I hit the PUBLISH button, the alarm ceases.

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Attention Deficit.. Thingy

Stuck. Paused. Diverted. I have a couple of new projects to work on, a couple of projects that are stuck at the “hard bits” (both in theory and in workload) and I’m managing to avoid them all at the moment. Filling my time researching, taking care of other small tasks. I’m partway through “Getting Things Done” and have considered that it is because I’m not sure how to progress the projects, and that I have many other minor distractions, that I’m putting them off. For one of the new projects I’m hoping to use some of the techniques suggested in the book – one of the techniques suggests a two day downtime whilst you get yourself sorted, I’m hoping to …

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Greenery

When we bought our house we desperately wanted somewhere with a garden so we’d have somewhere to sit on those summer evenings. Somewhere in the last three years all that changed. We did a fair amount of work on the garden in the first year, last year the weather and our social calendar conspired against us and now we are faced with HAVING to do gardening any time the weather is good. On a weekday we get in around 6pm, and neither of us feel like doing gardening, that’s for sure. So the weekend rolls around and we drag ourselves out, and tackle yet MORE weeding (always with the weeding!!). We are not natural gardeners, we have come to discover, …

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Thunderbird

When it was released and whilst I was still flush with the joy of switching to Firefox, I thought I’d have a go at Mozilla’s new email client Thunderbird. I’ve been using it for about 3 months now, here are some of my thoughts. PROS Installation and import is easy The installation is painless as is the initial setting up of your email account. Ohh and the import from Outlook (Express or the full version) is a great example of simple effective software. A few wizard settings and there were my emails from Outlook, all in the right folders. Have more than one email account to manage? Thunderbird will make THAT a lot easier. Each mailbox gets it’s own settings, …

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In my head

HaloScan Wiki. HaloScan Dev Blog. Steve Nash MVP, wow!Blog Directory ideas (not mine). What IS the best “classic” driving song? Blogmeet! (THIS Saturday). DITA DTD. Two site designs for others. Burningbird, consistently smart. One site design for me. Sock on the radiator. Thunderbird for email. Outlook for Calendar? Getting organised, Ta-Da and Backpack are key. Firefox “extremely critical” flaw, won’t put me off. Phew, that’s that lot “downloaded”. Maybe I’ll get some sleep tonight.

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