The Global Goggle Box

The internet brings us many things, many of which have been listed before and it should be said that most of the things are joyous and good, although some of them are nasty and bad. I really like the good things, the people, the ability to lose three hours and not realise it, and the

Mixed message

Aretha caresses my ear as the headlines leap off the page and stab my eye. News of a Home Office campaign to warn men that "having sex without consent could lead to a prison sentence" is launched today. I didn't think that was something new, but it turns out it's more to do with raising


I'm an avid reader of Ian Rankin's Rebus books but, for some reason, I missed the publication of his latest paperback Fleshmarket Close. So, last week, after a quick check on the interweb I spotted it on Amazon with £3 off. Excellent. Ordered. It arrived at work today. All good so far. However, based on

Hard to ttyppe

They were working on the power supply in our office over the weeekend. Which means the heating has been offf all weekend. Which means the office is verry cold. I have hat and scarf on and finding it hard to tyype wearing glovess.


A quick jaunt through to Dumbarton on Saturday, lunch with parents, and home just after three. Disappointed by the rugby but still proud. We locked the door, opened a bottle of wine, to go with the pie, chips, and beans we had for dinner, we're nothing if not classy, and settled down to watch Man

Switching Vista?

I love apples. Crunchy, sweet and delicious. I love Apples too. Whilst not crunchy or sweet they certainly, usually, look delicious and to all extents and purposes I'm certain that, if I were to buy an Apple Mac computer, it would do everything I need it to do and it may even be easier to

Google Cache

Peter recently fell foul of some Blogger shenanigans and managed to lose a post that had already been published. Seems to be happening to quite a few people, so I thought I'd post the "secret" I used to help him out in the hope that someone else finds it useful. Now this is very time

Friday This and That

I watch BBC News in the morning and I'm getting increasingly annoyed by the "plug an upcoming BBC show" section. This morning it was about school reports as, apparently (I wasn't really paying that much attention) the BBC will be a broadcasting a programme about this tonight. So, instead of catching up on world events

Don't stop complaining

The immediacy of the internet still catches me off-guard, as does my tendency to generalise at too high a level. With those thoughts in mind, I'll start out by saying that Podz is correct when he responds to my "Stop your complaining" post with his own well stated post "Do not stop complaining". I've commented

Getting a grip

Whisper it ... I seem to be managing to keep quite a good work/play balance at the moment. Day-job wise, we have an end of March deadline at work to hit and it's gonna be tight (but do-able). Side-job wise I'm throwing together a design for the POTW site, waiting to hear back from someone

Stop your complaining

Visited our friend Susan yesterday. She's been off work since late January and will be back under the knife in a week or so. She's had a couple of operations in the past couple of years, and for a while she was getting better. The specialists aren't entirely sure how to fix her so the

Printing woes

My google-fu is failing me, next stop is Ask Mefi but I thought I'd give you lot the chance to impress... We have a Lexmark Z55 printer, came with the PC and has served us well for our meagre printing needs. Until now, of course, as Louise needs it to print some inserts for some

20 Tracks Meme

Blame Armin, even if he has the cheek to 'tag' people despite avoiding most of the questions himself! Put a bit of effort in man! 1. A track from your early childhood Save All Your Kisses For Me by Brotherhood of Man. They wore dungarees. I wore dungarees, although mine were a homage to Oor

Desert Island Time Limit

Pick eight significant songs to take to your desert island, but you only have two days to come up with them, said Rob. 1. Angel by Massive Attack The pounding bassline grabs you by throat whilst Horace Andy's gentle falsetto sings of the unrequited love of a dark menace. My desert island will have a

Discussing Design

Sometimes I start writing a post with no idea where it will head. What follows is a bit of a meandering waffle... Recently I asked for some suggestions for content (which I duly ignored, sorry about that). The still-blogless Donalda suggested: Every so often you do a "here is what my site looked like in