Minor randomness

If you are squeamish when it comes to the whole “burning metal” “eye” “doctor” “clamps” type thing (the “eye” bit especially) then do NOT go and read Alan’s latest posts. Well do, obviously, cos they are well writ. But I’ll fully admit that I can’t read the last two paragraphs of part three of his story. Physically can’t do it.. ick ick ick. Why do the fingernails of one hand get dirtier than the other? If the store is not open, why let us walk in through the front doors, descending the escalators and, amidst the staff stocking the shelves, let us start filling our shopping baskets? There were around 5 or 6 other customers wandering around the food court …

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My old man

A brief post to wish my father a Happy 60th Birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!! We are out for a family dinner tonight, then a wee celebration tomorrow afternoon. Posting largely depends on inclination and quantities of Southern Comfort (which my sister said she’d buy! Hope you remembered Jen!).

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PC questions

As in “Personal Computer” not “politically correct”. I really couldn’t give a stuff about the latter. 1. I currently run Windows XP Professional on my home computer. If I purchase a new (replacement) computer, can I use the license from this machine on the new one? Or do I have to pay for the upgrade from XP Home? 2. AMD vs Intel. Is either “better”? Or are they much of a muchness? 3. AMD vs AMD Live… again, will it make that much difference to me? 4. Widescreen monitor or not? Ohh and I should point out that I’m not buying the thing just yet but beginning to look. It’ll likely be a DELL again as the current one has …

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Why RSS doesn't quite work

Catching up with my blog reading, I stumbled across a post by Dana Hanna, who is currently creating “An App a Day“, in which he says the following: I have two types of feeds I’d like to subscribe to. I’ll call them hot feeds and cold feeds. Cold feeds are … things that I want to read even 3 days after they were published. I’d like them to behave like an e-mail inbox. Stay there until I read you. Hot feeds … are like stock prices. I want them now while they are hot, but never again … Things that I care about when they are new, but don’t want to be bothered by ALL of them … I don’t …

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Like, DUH

I visited a small branch of a well known high street shoe repairer this lunchtime — starts with a T, ends in “impson” — and have to admit that they employ people of such high calibre that the mind boggles. As I approached the door I could see a small handwritten sign stuck on the inside. It stated “Gone to Post Office, back in a few minutes”. Looking past the sign I could clearly see the man behind the counter, and the two customers waiting to be served. I walked in. After serving the two guys in front of me, and whilst I waited for my “only take a minute I guess” job to be done, another two customers, like …

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Winter cometh

All of a sudden, although it may have happened in the last week, the temperature seems to have dropped and winter is edging closer. The realisation that my winter wardrobe isn’t complete hit home this morning as I went to choose a jacket to wear to work. That makes it sound like I’ve a lot of jackets. I don’t. I’m not my father (kidding Dad!). I have five “jackets”. One is a goretex waterproof job which is only for rainy days and hillwalking. One is a cold snowy day type jacket that is long, thick and padded and barely showerproof, one is essentially a summer jacket, smartish, dark blue and thin, one is a red showerproof fleece, and the other …

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Uneventful

Yes, still sniffling, but the worst has passed. In some ways this cold/man-flu has been a pain in the ass, in other ways it’s been helpful. Ohhh who am I kidding… I was going to say that it’s helped me realise how much I’ve been enjoying my jogging, and that it’s given me time to think about stuff.. you know, that whole “time to reflect” kinda thing but, jogging aside, I’ve done little except try to stay awake during the day, watch old movies, and keep myself dosed up on all sorts of drugs, herbal remedies and spicy hot curries. Anyway, on to other things. The Ryder Cup for one. Well done Europe for… well.. without overplaying it I think …

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Stopcock

OK. Enough. This is boring the crap outta me now. Must be boring you. But JESUS, who knew the human body could be so damn productive. Man-size Kleenex are just about doing their job, and I’ve gone through a box in less than 24 hours and STILL IT WON’T STOP!!! I’m seriously just considering letting my nose run. I mean I can wash it off later, my clothes can be washed and I’m sure Louise … ahh.. yeah, she might mind. I’ll be back after the weekend when, hopefully, I’ll have done more than watch movies, read books and blow my goddam nose every two fucking minutes. Although I will say this. Have you seen the Jimmy Stewart movie “Mr …

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Bloody Google

Things wot I have learnt in the past few days. Man-size tissues should be mandatory. The piffly wee Kleenex ones, whilst they come in a nice box, are next to useless against the mucus factory in my head. One blow into a regular Kleenex tissue and I end up with … well I’m sure you can use your imaginations. Checking the spelling of a word by googling it doesn’t always work. If your original guess at the spelling is way out, all you’ll get back are confirmations that yes, 147,583 people mis-spelled the word the same way you do. See Euchinasia for Echinacea, as an example. Feed a cold, starve a fever they say. I’ll second that, as I’ve been …

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Sniffle

So my day of driving a white van has ended. Alas I didn’t get any pictures as: 1. I forgot my camera. 2. It was raining. Let me qualify point 2. When I say it was raining I don’t mean a quick downpour, nor a mild shower, and I’m not sure that “cats and dogs” covers it sufficiently. No, it was teeming, pouring, tumulting (?), and generally lashing down with the fury of a god that has been dying for a pee for weeks. Aside: Did anyone else get that story, from an uncle or cousin, when they were younger? The one about rain being when God had to go to the bathroom? Just me, then. We tried to time …

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