Nine Years

Nine years is a long time. Not as long as ten, as short as four or as “itchy” as seven, but it’s a nice length of time. After nine years you know a person pretty well. You know when she’s mad, you know when she’s happy, you know when you should stop being cheeky, and when a quick wink will make her day. You know how to pamper her, you know exactly how she likes her tea, you know what makes her smile. You know that she’ll always think of others first. You know that she likes getting up early on a Saturday morning to get the washing done. You know that she ALWAYS gags when brushing her teeth. You …

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Excerpts from the Fringe 2005

No, I’ve not been near Edinburgh – if you are looking for some inside info check Alan, or Richard or pick an Edinburgh blog – but received the following in an email which made me laugh: “I realised I was dyslexic when I went to a toga party dressed as a goat.” Marcus Brigstocke at the Assembly Rooms. “Cats have nine lives. Which makes them ideal for experimentation.” Jimmy Carr. “The right to bear arms is slightly less ludicrous than the right to arm bears.” Chris Addison at the Pleasance. “My dad is Irish and my mum is Iranian, which meant that we spent most of our family holidays in Customs.” Patrick Monahan at the Gilded Balloon. “The dodo died. …

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Stop thief!

Jason Kottke recently posted a link to this article which discusses the practise of “word theft”. Apparently “It was an old tradition in encyclopedias to put in a fake entry to protect your copyright”. It reminded me of something very similar from my time at Dr.Solomons (the anti-virus people). We had a “virus encyclopedia” on the website which I helped maintain. The library listed known viruses, their payload and fixes, and was a fun thing to work on as we’d receive, on average, 15-20 new viruses daily. Before I joined the company the encyclopedia already had hundreds of entries including the term “custard pie”. The definition of “custard pie” simply referred you to a second entry named “rubber chicken” (the …

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Radio Ga-Ga

I don’t listen to the radio much. It’s the inane rambling you see, drives me potty. I don’t listen to podcasts much. It’s the inane rambling you see… For the most part that is, I have listened to a few podcasts that I’ve enjoyed, mainly topical ‘casts (why do we have the “pod” bit? it’s a derivative of broadcast surely but why do we need to differentiate? both are consumed in the same way, so let’s get past the next year or so of faffing about and call everything that is audio/visually consumed “casts”. No? Agree or not we should definitely get out of parenthesis…). I guess I really need to spend a little more time looking for what I …

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Confirmation

Howling wind – check Driving rain – check thinks: How does rain drive? Surely it’s “driven rain” ? Just about chilly enough to have the heating on – check thinks: what the chuff is this? it’s August, not the arse end of September! Kettle full – check Two books to read – check Footie on telly later – check thinks: have stuff to do, a PC to setup, photos to choose, photos to frame thinks: what is it about the weather OUTSIDE that affects what I do INSIDE? thinks: it is Affect, not Effect, right? Yeah, I’m pretty sure… Can’t be arsed sitting at the PC any longer – chec…

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An open road

Whilst we have a few tasks to complete, the majority of the weekend stretches away into the distance, with nary a pit-stop in sight. Will we use the time constructively? Or succumb to the charms of the “lazy-ass” Sunday? Today we hit IKEA in the a.m., purchase a new lighting fit for the kitchen (to replace one that broke) then try to get back out without spending too much more… mind you we could do with a new frying pan… Back home we will haste, and possibly tackle the vagaries of the kitchen cupboards which are due a good clearout/clean. This is entirely motivated by envy as my Mum’s new kitchen is now finished and, according to her at least, …

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You can tell..

… it’s Friday afternoon when talk turns to what functionality a “who’s turn is it to make the tea” .Net app would have. So far we have something that would send an email or MSN message to the next person in the rota, still arguing about the ideal amount of time between the rounds of tea though. Thank feck I drink coffee. Apparently we’re not the first people to think of this, TeaBuddy may be the answer! Update: we have now moved onto to a discussion on English language. Namely what you get if you add “-ian” to a word/proper noun. For example: “anythingian“. No I have no idea either…

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Auditioning

Sidenote: I still use blogrolling (can’t find an alternative with the same options – anyone?). If there is no list of sites here it’s because blogrolling is down and as it’s been yo-yo-ing for the past couple of days then it’s probably more likely than not. On Monday I asked for some suggestions of sites that may, or may not, be added to my blogroll in the future. I like to keep a separate list of such sites, monitor them for a while and then switch them over to the main list (the one that appears on this site). You gave me some great suggestions, thank you everyone, and having spent a few days with them I thought I’d share …

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MySQL Help

OK, techie request time people. Those of a non-technical, anti-acronym mindset should look away now. I think I’m getting hacked. Well not here, Scottish Blogs. The Scottish Blogs site uses a MySQL database to store the member details. The submission form calls a separate PHP page which does a little checking (to make sure duplicate URLs and email addresses aren’t added) then throws the info into the database. The database connection details are held in a separate PHP file which is included as and where needed. I’m pretty sure that someone has managed to figure out how to write to the database directly. I’ve taken the submission form offline for the past few hours but I’m still getting new “spam” …

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Bleary

Another early start this morning, as the in-laws are heading back to Spain. Picked up their car – they bought a G reg Golf for £150 to keep here in the UK – at the airport and promptly got stuck on the M8. I now know that there had been a car crash but the radio in the Golf doesn’t work so I was kinda stuck. Still only took me two and a bit hours to get past Glasgow. Sad to see them go, but we are thinking of flying out early February next year. Louise did mention New Years Day mind you… hmmmm

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