Month: <span>April 2004</span>

It worked! The rubber sheet (about 5 cm thick) under the washing machine did the trick. Cheers Keith!

So today (well once I’ve gone to bed and gotten back up) we’ll be driving through to my parents and then on to Loch Lomond for the farmer’s market and an antiques fair. Then it’ll be lunch and Sunday papers, then coffee at Louise’s sisters and a leisurely afternoon/evening to follow I think.

Should really try and get to the cinema though.. but what to see? Monster? Open Range? The Passion of the Christ? Starsky & Hutch?

What say you?

(Remember we are not horror fans so no point telling us to go see Dawn of the Dead. SHAUN of the Dead is a possibility mind you…)

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Oops, almost forgot. Grand National in about 10 minutes or so… ohh it appears to be late starting…

Not a horse racing fan to be honest but I don’t mind a 50p flutter in the office sweepstake. Just wish I could remember which horses I pulled out of the hat! Bear on Board? Clan Royal?

Update: Still can’t recall which horses I had but I don’t think I had the winner, Amberleigh House. Hope none of the riders or horses were injured this year.

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I can’t keep up.

Orkut, Kinja, Bloglines, GMail, the list goes on, and doesn’t seem to be slowing any. I’ve signed up to all of the aforementioned services (except Gmail as it ain’t open yet) but I’m beginning to question why.

I’ve rarely looked back at Orkut after the initial 2-3 week novelty period wore off. Kinja looks interesting but has been launched too soon in my opinion (might be the ‘stayer’ of the bunch though) although that hasn’t stopped me signing up there. Bloglines I came across a while ago and only revisited over the last month as the number of referrers from it are steadily rising.

Orkut aside, the big problem I have with Kinja and Bloglines isn’t the services themselves. It’s the moving from one service to another that is the problem, particularly if you try and go from Blogrolling.com to anything else… ohh sure you can ‘backup’ your blogroll but the OPML file doesn’t seem to be formatted properly. Well, FeedDemon doesn’t like it, Kinja sort of liked it, and Bloglines ignored it completely.

How the hell are we supposed to keep up with all this?

UPDATE: Blog-Bleary article.

Of course it’s a good sign that these things are moving on a pace once more. The dotcom ‘blip’ appears to have passed and slow, steady recovery the name of the game for the survivors. Add to this the momentum being gained by that whole RSS thang, and it’s no wonder there are many good applications out there trying to grab our attention.

Which one will win? I don’t know, but I think I’ll just wait until the field has narrowed down a bit before I saunter in.

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Yesterday I received an email from a friend, who lives in London, asking me, amongst other things if I was working today. Here is the ‘abbreviated’ email exchange:

K: Whereabouts is your office in Glasgow?
Me: Near the Casino on the river – next door to BT office.. why?
K: Casino in Glasgow? I know where the BT office is, what is the address?
Me: [OFFICE ADDRESS DELETED] WHY!!!!!!!
K: Are you in the office tomorrow?
Me: Yes. Stop teasing and tell me why!
K: You will find out tomorrow.
Me: It’s nothing that would get me sacked… right?
K: Depends how strict your boss is…
Me: Hmmmm deeply suspicious….
K: However it might be an idea for you to drive to work tomorrow, now that I think about it.

So it was with great apprehension that I walked round to reception to pick up this mysterious parcel (fingers were crossed that he’d won the lottery and bought me a Mercedes-Benz 500SL).

Turns out he does read this site now and again.

Cheers mate!

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Hic

Bombay Blues indian buffet for lunch = not a very productive afternoon.

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Friends of ours stay on a private road, so private that it’s little more than an earthy, gravel track that winds through some trees before you are suddenly confronted with two ‘new build’ houses which have recently sprung up, a few metres on you turn in to get to our friend’s house.

The entrance to this track, and the first 100 metres or so of it, are visible from the road you turn off, and then it veers right behind some trees and at that corner is the first ‘new build’ house.

Presumably the couple who stopped their car in the middle of the track thought it was just a gravel track that led nowhere. I say presumably because I would’ve thought privacy would’ve been the main concern in this situation. Obviously privacy was the last thing on their minds.

Shagging was, evidently, the first.

Having left our friend’s house, and driven down the track to find a car blocking our way, it did take us a few secs to realise that the car hadn’t actually been abandoned but was indeed rocking back and forth in a very obvious (and rhythmic) way.

I dipped the headlights and watched the silhouette of someone fumbling to put a jumper back on before clambering into the driver’s seat and moving the car. The long haired second person popped her head up long enough to register that, yes there WAS a car sitting behind them, before disappearing again.

We didn’t look at them as we drove past, and I wasn’t even allowed to peep the horn.

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I’m not a morning person. I thought everyone knew this? Well everyone except Little Miss Loudgob and her mates who get on at Newton and yak at high volume the whole way to Glasgow Central. OK, it’s only 20 minutes or so but… SHUT UP!!

In other news – very busy. New author (re)joining us today. Much to do. TTFN.

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