Month: <span>November 2005</span>

Excuse me, but I really need to get all this stuff out of my head.

  • Hot feet – every morning when I come into work I follow the same routine. Turn on the PC, login to email, scan the subject lines and then grab a coffee. Every morning I end up feeling too hot and find that only taking my shoes off helps. Just me?
  • iTunes – why won’t you delete files from my PC anymore? I know I shouldn’t have selected to ‘never display this confirmation again’ but I thought you’d be nice enough to allow me to turn on that prompt again. But no, you seem to be in the huff which is a pity as we were getting on so well…
  • Time flies – except it doesn’t. It’s only that as you grow older you notice it is advancing, you are too busy as a kid to care.
  • Football – Man Utd take on Chelsea on Sunday, I’ll be watching. Someone recently mentioned that I don’t talk about football much so I’ll be addressing that notion soon.
  • Windows XP/NeoWin MultiPatcher – OK. I’ll start with XP, I gave you your upgrade to SP2 (finally), and it was fine. Everything still works, except for the NeoWin Patch (for those that don’t know, the NeoWin patch allows you to apply 3rd party styles to Windows XP, same as StyleXP without the resource overhead or monetary impact). I’ve installed it, restarted, double-clicked this, sworn at that and bang the desk like a petulant child. Why won’t you work?
  • BUZZ – visited my Gran last night and noticed that her wee portable stereo was buzzing very loudly (so loudly that she had noticed as well, saying something as she’s increasingly becoming deaf). It was turned off, so I unplugged it and told her I’d get her a new one. Double checked it at home and there was no noise at all. Most odd. Could it be the power socket?
  • Sod and his laws – Autoglass are coming on Sunday to replace the windscreen (excess of £60) so it’s only natural that there is now a bump in the front wing (excess of £100).
  • Music – Aimee Mann has been dominating my playlist for the past week or so, with Joni Mitchell a close second. However I am really looking forward to Paul Anka’s Rock Swings album but I don’t know why. Ohh and the new Kate Bush album… yes… it is, isn’t it.

Busy weekend ahead for me, not least fixing a few oddities here and getting another website launched… somewhere else… it’s all about one man designs (and that’s all yer getting for the moment). I plan to get round ALL my favourite blogs as well, so make sure you have something interesting for me to read (I know, I know, pot… kettle.. etc etc).

And yes, I know this post looks funny in IE. Should be ok in other browsers though.


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Given the events of the past few weeks our normally ‘minimal’ approach to having family photos on show has changed. Last night Louise and Susan went to IKEA and she came home with four lovely picture frames in a variety of styles. Tonight she picked out the photos, tomorrow I’ll print them out (after getting some decent photo paper).

Whilst it’s never bothered me that we didn’t really have photos on show, I have to admit that just having the frames sitting on our little sideboard is making the living room seem a lot more ‘homey’.

Now all we need to do is find a couple of prints (or maybe get a couple of photos enlarged) for the main wall above the fireplace and the room might, finally, feel complete. Ohh apart from the curtain rail I’ve never fitted on the back window… details, details.

Do you have many family photos on show?


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Movie info from IMDB
Movie reviews from Metacritic


I should really leave it at that, shouldn’t I. After all if you don’t know who Wallace and Gromitt are then I have to ask where you’ve been hiding. Now, I’m pretty sure they are more popular in the UK, and given the focus on the more eccentric side of English culture (primarily) I do wonder how much translates around other parts of the world, but the simple fact is that the story is universal enough, and paced well enough that it doesn’t really matter where you are from, you should enjoy this movie.

So, the story then. Well let’s just say that is another of Wallace’s experiments gone wrong, includes bunny rabbits and a village’s annual vegetable competition (think ‘carrotts’) and you can see where a lot of the humour is derived from. Whilst not as well polished as a Pixar production, it’s still got plenty of laughs for the kids and their parents.

If you liked any of the previous Wallace and Gromitt movies you’ll love this. It’s relentless, silly, exciting and endearing all at the same time. But the thing I REALLY love about it is that you can, occasionally, see the odd thumbprint here and there. It’s a testament to the movie that it takes something like that to remind you that you are watching stop-frame animation of figures made of plasticine!


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… from outer space, I just walked in to find you here, with that sad look upon your face.

Ohh how eerily apt.

Yes, it’s November and yes, I’m back in blogland. Hello again. Remember me? I’ve not really been away completely, been reading and commenting occasionally but with a distinct lack of enthusiasm.

The reason for the PAUSE is in the post below.

Christ, now what.

I had a “coming back” post planned but it doesn’t feel right to try and recap what I’ve missed. I have a little text file with the following in it, so I’ll just copy and paste that here and be done with it:

Tumblelog, iPod Video, Flock, Saddam on trial, Wallace and Gromit (review to follow), and I missed out when the ever popular rebecca blood linked to my site (woulda been a nice traffic spike as well I’m sure).

And yes there is a new design. It’s been sitting for weeks now and I know there are a few glitches but I’ll get round to those at some point, let me know what you find.

It’s good to be back, but it’ll take me a wee while to get up a head of steam again. If at all. It’s taken me all night to write this post, god knows what it’ll take to… ach but we all know that no sooner will I have said that than I’ll be knocking up another post… I can feel one coming on already.

Enough rambling. I’m back. Did ya miss me?

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