Edinburgh Blogmeet

OK people, let’s meet! The first blogmeet of the year will be in Edinburgh, on the 19th May, and the venue will be confirmed closer to the date. I think the Jolly Judge may be getting a little small for our needs, but of course that depends largely on how many people turn up. As a double bonus, I’ll happily arrange a meeting point for those travelling through from Glasgow. So if you can make it, please leave a comment so I’ve got a rough ideas of numbers. For those of you who haven’t been to a blogmeet, here’s some brief notes from the previous few: May 2005 – Edinburgh October 2005 – Glasgow February 2006 – Edinburgh October 2006 …

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Neologism

Busy busy busy, so I’ll “borrow” this from a recent ISTC newsletter. The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a …

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Weekender

Friday night. Comic Relief. Laughing at the Prime Minister, not laughing at Gervais, bed at 10pm. Saturday. Rugby. Apologies to Ireland (but they did beat Pakistan at cricket). Bed by 10pm. Sunday. Mother’s Day. Made Mum cry (in a good way). Visited Gran. Bed by 10pm. Today. Can finally breath through nose. Just.

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This, that, the other

I’m still hunting for a solution to my miniblog woes. Miniposts2 plugin doesn’t work, and I really don’t want to/shouldn’t HAVE to hack at PHP code. It can’t be THAT frigging hard, can it? I’m holding out for an update to Miniposts2 in the hope some of the bugs are solved as it’s my best option. I think. The other blog is still being designed, but I have a few plans for it already. Unfortunately I’ve been struck down by another bout of killer man-flu and I’m popping antibiotics and decongestants like, um, pills. Motivation to do ANYTHING about ANYTHING is very very low. Add in an afternoon of rugby today and well I’m resigned to being unproductive. New PC …

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Webstar Cable Modem

I’m posting this in the vague hope it’ll help others, save them a few bob, and at the very least it’ll mean I have this info stored somewhere when I need to look it up again. The problem My cable modem was connecting, but dropping the connection after a few minutes. Rebooting the modem gave me the same result, as did rebooting the PC AND the modem. Annoying. So I bit the bullet and phoned Virgin Media technical support. Three minutes into the call (at 50p a minute I might add) I finally got put through to a young lady. After confirming that I had tried rebooting my PC, and switching the cable modem on and off again (with at …

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New and Shiny

My new PC has arrived! I spent a fair chunk of time last night un-installing the supplied software, and installing my preferred choices and all in all it’s pretty darn sleek, fast and quiet. Still a few things to tweak and tinker with but, by and large, it’s all setup how I like it. I’m still using Windows, XP not Vista, and I’m still with DELL as the past 5 and half years have been largely hassle free. Of course I’ve future proofed things as much as I could (plus they had a double RAM offer, although that now seems a little ludicrous..). For the geeks then: Intel Viiv Core 2 Duo Processor (2.4GHz, 1066MHz, 4MB) Dual Channel DDR2 677MHz …

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Arcade Fire

“Leave your jacket in the car” they said. And so, that is how you find the author, standing underneath the flashing neon facade which slowly cycles through the word Barrowland, dressed in a t-shirt and jeans. He is cold. When his friends finally turn up, replete with jumpers and jackets, the buggers, they troop in and head upstairs. Before they reach the main ‘ballroom’ music starts pulsing through the building. The support act, Patrick Wolf, is on stage. As we head out into the gathered crowd we catch glimpses of the man himself, and after a brief discussion we agree that, whilst the gold sequinned leggings are NOT a good look they do at least match his eye makeup. The …

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Shaggy Blog Stories

UPDATE: The deadline has been pulled FORWARD. You have until 6pm on Tuesday 13th March (that’s tonight!) How tardy of me. At some point, deep in the midst of my brain-melting week, I received an email from mike. Mike had had a big idea. That, in itself, is nothing new. Mike has big ideas all the time and, largely, puts every other blogger, that has ever existed, now and before, to shame. I really must learn to punctuate, the previous sentences contains too many commas and that can’t be good for you… The big idea, in aid of Comic Relief, is detailed on mike’s site: What I’m proposing is to assemble and publish – in the space of just seven …

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Last week…

Hello all, apologies for my absence last week, couldn’t be helped, c’est la vie and all that. So a quick catchup. Last week was my induction week for Graham Technology and the only downside is that it made me feel very old. This is only because the majority of the other ‘new starts’ were fresh out of university, thus limiting conversations about, say, the Smash aliens, or even about how you found information on the internet before Google existed. I am old. Other than that it was an excellent week, very informative and even this old head learned something new. They even managed to hold Graham Technology’s 21st birthday party on Friday night, and there are rumours that I was …

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