Month: <span>December 2004</span>

It’ll be a day of short posts I’m afraid (or a couple of posts with lots of short bits in them). Splitting headache when I woke up. In fact I was in bed at 10.30pm last night (very early for me) and I still don’t feel like I’ve had any sleep. Can anyone say “head cold”? And yes I KNOW you can, it’s a figure of speech – see, the advantage of knowing your audience is knowing how many of you would add “head cold” as a comment.

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Open letter to the guys at Google/GMail: Yes I KNOW I’ve got 1GB of storage space, but I refuse to fill it up with crap. THAT’S why I deleted some emails “forever”, and why I will continue to do so. I could do without the sarcastic “Who needs to delete when you have 1000 MB of storage?!” message. Thanks.

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Presuming I’m not dead come 5pm, I have a night out tonight. Well a few drinks after work anyway. In fact I have two nights out tonight so will have to do some juggling. I’m just too popular.

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Anyone else noticed that the Metro appears to be running a series of “How to be a chav/boyracer” articles? They are customising a Punto and in today’s Metro they also offered some suggestions of what to wear. Yes, it did include Burberry. I think this is an example of the writers at Metro NOT knowing their target audience which, I presume, is almost entirely made up of commuters on their way to work. Not any chavs or neds or [insert own local term for delinquents here].

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Cake day today. Highlight of my working week. That’s a bad thing I think…

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I like coffee. I like nice coffee even more.

So when a work colleague suggested a few of us chip in to get a proper coffee maker, and save us all from Nescafe hell, I jumped at the chance. Just think, filtered coffee. Bliss. We can take turns bringing in a blend (fair trade of course), and if we chip in enough maybe get one with a timer so it’s ready when I get into the office (I’m usually one of the first in, well the first coffee drinker anyway).

That’s the thing though. I’m usually first in.. so guess who’ll be making the coffee.

I knew there’d be a catch.

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The more I thought about it, the more I realised just how hard it must be and so my admiration levels grow.

I’d probably need an adapted car, for whilst the trains DO cater for wheelchair users I’m not sure how long I’d last being the person (thing) holding everyone up. Then I’d need someone to open the doors when I get to work. The main building is accessed through a revolving door, although there are firedoors on either side. Then I’d need someone to open the door of the office as I wouldn’t be able to reach the code panel from the wheelchair, and they’d probably need to open both doors as I’m not sure the wheelchair would fit through if just one was open. Working wouldn’t be a problem, the office layout allows for a fair amount of space. But the hassle of getting to and from work would probably end up being the factor that stopped me working in the office.

What would YOU do if you were suddenly paralysed from the waist down?

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Blogging

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Some quick thoughts on a very quick scan across the BBC News website front page.

Ivan Noble has been diagnosed with a new tumour – I’ve read his diary on and off for a while, and as is often the case, cancer sufferers find strengths they didn’t know they had. I hope he gets through this latest setback.

Beckham is Britain’s richest footballer – Alas this kind of thing is considered ‘news’. I DO like the comment about no.2 in the list, Dennis Bergkamp, saying “Maybe Bergkamp’s second becauase he’s brighter than most, and has invested his money wisely”.

Bugs get the train too – one of the first ‘posts’ on this site (pre-Blogger days) covered this kind of ‘research’. That time it was about the wearing of sunglasses, this one is researching “whether commuters packed on trains face a greater risk of catching cold and flu viruses”. This first thought that springs to mind is “Well, DUH!”. And it’s the second and third thoughts as well. I wanna be a researcher. Money, old rope etc etc.

Rwandan troops in Congo – Why isn’t this headline news? Blunkett Schmunkett, if he goes, another one will replace him. People are DYING and yet this is rarely elevated much past a passing mention.

News

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Support World AIDS Day

Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

Doesn’t sound that bad really, when you say it like that. Just some medical term you can ignore. When was the last time you were tested for it? Yes YOU.

This year in the UK, World AIDS Day is about reminding us all that HIV is an issue for everyone. There are many ways you can offer support.

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Completely missed St.Andrews day. But then we don’t get a public holiday to mark the occasion of our national saint.

Also missed the vote for our “national bird” (I did suggest Kirsty Wark but seemingly they didn’t mean that kind of ‘burd’), with the fiery little Robin coming out tops, beating the lesser seen Golden Eagle into second place. I’m convinced that if more people HAD seen a Golden Eagle in real life it would have triumphed. It is a soaring majesty of a bird, much larger than anything else that shares it’s skies.

Still, what better way to celebrate the passing of time into the month that holds Christmas than to select a bird that will soon be adorning several thousand dead trees. I wonder what Robin thinks of it all?

In other news: I currently have two items for sale on eBay. My old SPV mobile phone and a Bluetooth headset.

And for Firefox users, if you’ve installed any of the extensions I’ve previously mentioned, check for a little green arrow in the top right of the window. Some of them have been updated. Click the arrow and Firefox will download the updates you want and install them for you. Brilliant.

News Tech

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