A true story

I usually get into the office around 8.30am. I use the first 30 minutes of the day to check email, have a coffee, and plan my day. I usually hit a couple of websites as well. For a long time one of those websites was metafilter but I find it a bit hit or miss these days so I’ve replaced it with DIGG (still hit or miss but easier to read) and Lifehacker. It was a visit to the latter that sparked this story. Lifehacker covers a lot of topics, from productivity tips to useful software, useful websites and, as it did this morning, some silly/fun stuff, namely it linked to an article on how to play the spoons. My …

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Destiny

Because sometimes the resonance never ends. On a clear day I’ll fly home to you I’m bending time getting back to you Old moon fades into the new Soon I know I’ll be back with you I’m nearly with you I’m nearly with you When I’m weak I draw strength from you And when you’re lost I know how to change your mood And when I’m down you breathe life over me Even though we’re miles apart we are each other’s destiny Zero 7 – Destiny.

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Smorgasbord

Only a couple of weeks after mentioning my dual monitor setup at work and what happens? They buy us all 19″ LCD screens, no more old flickering CRTs.. woo hoo… AND I get a RAM upgrade for my laptop (2GB now). AND tonight is the Champions League final. In other news, it looks like Louise is off to Spain for a week. Her flight leaves at stupid o’clock in the morning middle of the night, and she’ll be joined by her sister and our youngest nephew. Which means that I get to fend for myself for the week. Needless to say the immediate thoughts of “yeah… party!!” are replaced by “but who will iron my clothes and cook my dinner?!”. …

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Random

Why buy a domain name if you have no plans to do ANYTHING with it and, as it’s been sitting there for over four years now, it should be obvious that no-one is going to come along and offer you a fortune for it. I want www.mclean.co.uk goddammit!! (and yes I’ve asked what the price would be, still no movement). ~ Car Insurance time again, and if my current insurers — Direct Line — give me a competitive quote I’ll probably stick with them. Just can’t be arsed with all the faffing about to save £12 … ohh and that reminds me, need to get the road tax renewed. How much is a year again? Brilliant, not even June and …

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Dreich

It’s all gone a bit ‘yeuch’ hasn’t it. What happened to the summer, was that it?! Probably. In saying that, I don’t mind this kind of weather so much. It’s not raining hard enough to soak you, more a steady constant dripping, and as it’s warm enough to not need a jumper it was actually quite a pleasant walk to work this morning. Or at least it would have been if I was able to walk properly. It seems the gardening extertions on Saturday have taken their toll on my hamstrings as they are tighter than a gnats chuff (or some other euphemism). I’m fine once I get going but as it only takes about two minutes to walk from …

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Weekender

A good meal on Friday night at The Cruin was spoiled by the waiting staff. Generally I’m pretty tolerable of below par service (unless it’s downright unprofessional) as everyone makes mistakes, an apology usually suffices and I tend to take things on balance. If the food is good, the atmosphere welcoming, table positions are favourable etc etc.. then I’m not going to complain. However, unlike Arseney Wobble Twatson, I don’t think scrapping the minimum wage would help improve restaurant service. Arriving back home we heard the most awful, anguished, noise coming from the back garden of our neighbours house. It was obviously an animal in some distress but didn’t sound like a cat or dog… we both guessed at a …

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M:I III

Movie info from IMDB Movie reviews from Metacritic I’m part of an agency… called the IMF. What’s that stand for? Impossible Mission Force. [chuckles] Yeah right. So let’s get this straight. Tom Cruise, big budget action movie, and the guy behind Lost and Alias directing it? Can’t lose right? Right. And it doesn’t. Yes Philip Seymour Hoffman acts Tom off the screen, yes the stunts and gadgets are over the top, yes there is a lot of violence and guns and explosions. And yes it works. I’ve never really understood why the critics pan Tom Cruise for his poor acting in a movie like this. The entire point is that you aren’t watching HIM, you are watching the action. You …

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Snippets

Can’t believe it’s Friday already. This is despite both Louise and I thinking that YESTERDAY was Friday, something we are putting down to the lovely weather we HAD (grey and with a slight chill in the air this morning… welcome to Scotland). ~ My “should I post when I’ve nothing to post” post was interesting. I’m fully aware that it was completely contrived but it was still interesting to read your comments so thanks for that. It was borne out of habit rather than need… you see I’ve been a bit busy. In fact I think I would go far as to say that I’m a little stressed at the moment. The POTW site is dragging WAY beyond my deadline …

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Glorificus Tempestas

Walking home, the sun warming my face, cherry blossoms plucked from the tree, gently swirling on the breeze. These are the days, the moments to capture and cherish. Walking past gardens stretching out of their winter slumber, awash with colour. Spring green punctuated vividly. Watching the bustling bee, fixated and engrossed. The cat, tail flicking idly, peerlessly survey her kingdom. The birds dashing here to the remains of puddles, flitting there to collect twigs and moss. The cars whizz by and I revel in my solitude. There is only me, the sun and the world. As I climb the hill the colours continue, reds, yellows, and purples, radiant under the blue. Above me the tendrils and wisps gather gently as …

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Live TV

Lyle links to an article that states: Most TV viewing in households with personal video recorders such as Sky+ is still live and “traditional scheduled TV will be around for a long time yet”, according to new research. We’ve had Sky+ for over a year now, and having finally switched my viewing habits to incorporate it’s features I wouldn’t go back if you paid me. The ability to pause a programme is worth it’s weight in gold, and with the recent addition of a “remind me” function for some programmes it’s a matter of two button pushes to record a future programme (the “remind me” function appears during trailers, hit red then “record” and Sky+ will take care of it …

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