September 25, 2003

Broken vision

Sigh. I broke my glasses last night. How, you may ask? By putting them down.

Of course, yes, they're those fabulous 'unbreakable' tungsten twisty-bendy style spectacles that are never meant to break. In fact, they're the most expensive 3 pieces of metal I've ever bought.

A small piece of one of them broke a while ago. It was an eventful incident, involving me, the ex, a door and some high velocities. I replaced the piece on the spectacles. I haven't replaced the ex.

But the lousy thing about fixing spectacles is that you have to then wear your contacts while you wait for them to be fixed. And contacts are nice for a few hours, but not for an entire day, especially working in front of a PC.

I'm only squinting slightly as I write this.

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Josh learns Zulu

And he says: '...going to classes once a week. Do you know that they have a word for a cellphone, but not for a computer. Also, blue and green are both blue --- but the one is described as "green like the sky" and the other as "green like to grass"....

And the word for a cellphone means that which sings in your pocket :)'

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September 22, 2003

Remember this...

Hanlon's Razor: "Never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by stupidity."

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September 20, 2003

Space preparation

Richard: "We have just returned from our motorcycle tour of the island. We are tired and windswept. We will eat dinner, sleep a couple of hours, and then take the camera on a tour of all our regular spots in town. We plan to get pics of all the barmen that we have met during our stay. Then it's more sleep before the Space marathon tomorrow."

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Richard: "Currently in Portinaxt having lunch. Hired some scooters for the day. They're a really cool way to explore the island."

I have this mental image of Richard riding a motorbike with Morne in a sidecar...

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The cost of Space

Richard: "We have bought our tickets for Space, 45 pounds each. Ouch!"

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Even Mora Bora

Richard: "We ended up at Bora-Bora again yesterday! We are not sure what it is that lures us there. Is it the awesome music? Is it the beautiful boys, the wonderful view or the amazing venue? Maybe it's... no... never mind."

I'm impressed. They already have a favourite haunt. Styling, 'biza boys!

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September 18, 2003

Text missage

Be very careful that you send that SMS text message to the right number.

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Love is in the hair

Saw a film on DStv last night: Blow Dry. I initially started watching it because it had Josh Hartnett in it.

It's one of those quirky little UK films, with a mix of American and British actors. It's unsteady at times, and the accents are somewhat uneasy throughout (there appears to be a lot of ADR).

Overall, though, it's fabulous, and with a great soundtrack!

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I've just realised that it's Pride next week Saturday!

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And on the 7th day...

Richard: "So now that's six days in a row of intense partying. Time to take a rest before Space on Sunday. Tomorrow we hire some scooters to tour the island."

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They can't remember what happened...

Richard: "Just arrived back from Amnesia... It was unforgettable! Back at the hotel now chilling with some champagne."

(I'm wondering if he meant to pun.)

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September 17, 2003

Assumption correct

Richard: "Gay nudist beach, complete with waiters serving drinks and a masseur. Mad dogs and Englishmen nowhere to be seen."

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I'm assuming he's at a beach

Richard: "Naked men, everywhere!"

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September 16, 2003


Richard: "Partying at Bora-bora. Great music, pumping, what a really cool party. *big grin* Taking photos!"

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The UN of holidays

Richard: "Enjoying a jug of sangria, checking out a sexy Russian boy, at a German beach cafe in Ibiza. How cosmopolitan!"

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September 15, 2003

Urban Trauma

Alan Davies: Urban Trauma. Occasionally broadcast on BBC Prime.

Its presentation here belies the effort of recording it into a 1.1GB pre-down-sample file.

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Tired of being treated like a criminal?

...for sharing music online?

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CD tray buttons

Why (despite some internal mechanical reason) are CD drive buttons routinely placed below the tray? This would only make sense if you have the drive located above you. And that's rare. Well, I've never seen it so.

And even in that case, you're still putting the CD in the tray from the top, and not from the bottom. At which point, you have to then reach around to find the button to push to close the tray. And don't tell me to push the tray in - there's an awful sound and feeling if you do that (which roughly translated would come out as: "you need to buy a new CD drive soon".)

It would make far more sense if the buttons were placed above the tray. Think about it.

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How big is your script?

echo `uptime|grep days|sed 's/.*up \([0-9]*\) day.*/\1\/10+/'; cat /proc/cpuinfo|grep '^cpu MHz'|awk '{print $4"/30 +";}';free|grep '^Mem'|awk '{print $3"/1024/3+"}'; df -P -k -x nfs -x smbfs | grep -v '(1k|1024)-blocks' | awk '{if ($1 ~ "/dev/(scsi|sd)"){ s+= $2} s+= $2;} END {print s/1024/50"/15+70";}'`|bc|sed 's/\(.$\)/.\1cm/'

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September 14, 2003

Ibiza boys

Richard and Morne are having fun. Apparently (and I quote) "Spanish boys are yummy".

Well, duh!

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September 12, 2003


"Still light, and hot. Cute boy spotted at airport. On our way to the hotel. Amazing, every huge billboard seen is advertising a different party!"

Richard and Morne have just arrived in Ibiza. Colour me totally envious.

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September 11, 2003

Don't Panic - Don't Broadcast


"This is to confirmed that DPTV has temporary suspended their transmission (All other Satellite transmissions will remain as per normal). The reason for the suspension is the legal action that OtherChoice & decoder owners are taking against ICASA and MCSA, in order not to prejudice any rulings, DPTV has decided to suspend transmission until the outcome of the decision of the High Court of South Africa. When DPTV resumes transmission all viewers will have an extra 2 months added to their existing viewing cards.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Double vision

Last night I plugged in the DualView Multichoice decoder I won on Monday. First impression: it's fast - program information and menus are drawn at lightning speed. Scrolling up and down through channels happens a whole lot more quickly.

Incidentally, the second simultaneous decoding of a channel works just fine.

More bits of review and rants about things they got totally wrong to come later.

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9/11 and a half

Just after noon. No planes yet. So far, so good.

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September 10, 2003

How rich are you?

I'm the 482,879,178 richest person on earth!

Discover how rich you are! >>

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Mailings lists: also known as subscription drugs.

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Zempt is out

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Visual rituals...

...updated. No dead boys. One picture of me.

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Bloglet... back now, thankfully. Which means that those of you fortunate enough to be subscribed to the Rites will continue to receive your daily dose of ritual behaviour, or at least whenever a new ritual is performed.

Those of you not subscribed can perform the initiation ritual now.

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I need...

a new sub.

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September 09, 2003

Paper towels

Consider: you reach for the paper towels with wet hands. Wet hands that cause the paper (as you try to extract a length from the dispenser more suited to drying something larger than, say, a cigarette) to disintegrate in your fingers.

Damp, and disillusioned...

We need a hand dryer in the bathroom at work.

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Die spam bastards

...and then you turn spam assassin on, and your morning mail mission drops from 200 to 20. Fabulous.
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September 08, 2003

Maid man

I have a maid again. Joy. Joy. Joy. Filth begone.

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September 05, 2003

Quote this

"If you're following your heart, why are you kissing my ass?"

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I'd forgotten how insanely great zsh is.

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Quick update on Don't Panic

It seems that either Don't Panic is no longer transmitting from PAS7/10 on the frequencies I mentioned earlier (and hasn't been for some time), or there's some other technical glitch. So for the the moment, the only extra free channel you seem to be able to get is BTV.

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September 04, 2003

Make it easy.

If you want me to use your software, then make it easy. That means:

  1. Download.
  2. Run to install.
  3. Yes to default options.
  4. Use it.

OK? That's it. No jumping through hoops. No god-awful alleged interface 'toolkit'.


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Dead boys

Adrian and I came up with this list.

  1. Dead boys dont say no.
  2. Dead boys don't mind swallowing.
  3. Dead boys dont have to come up for air.
  4. Dead boys dont want to cuddle afterwards.
  5. Dead boys wont call you the next day.
  6. Dead boys don't mind sharing.
  7. Dead boys won't steal from you.
  8. Dead boys don't care about your drug habit.
  9. Dead boys don't mind being left alone all day.
  10. Dead boys provide a convenient flat surface for schnarfing.
  11. Dead boys get rigor mortis.
  12. Dead boys don't need viagra.
  13. Dead boys stay hard for longer.
  14. Dead boys don't care if they're straight.
  15. Dead boys dont want to go out for dinner.
  16. Dead boys are dinner (cf. Jeffrey Dahmer).
  17. Dead boys don't mind if you fuck on the first date.
  18. Dead boys let you pick the movie. every time.
  19. ... .... maggots tickle.
  20. Dead boys don't take forever in the bathroom.
  21. Dead boys contain their own lube.
  22. Dead boys won't talk about you to their friends.
  23. Dead boys dont get STD's.
  24. Dead boys dont get old.
  25. Dead boys don't get jealous.
  26. Dead boys provide interesting dinner topic conversation (as the candle holder).
  27. Dead boys don't go out of style.
  28. Dead boys don't go out.
  29. Dead boys dont hog the blankets.
  30. Dead boys know their place.
  31. Dead boys stack nicely, like dinnerware.
  32. Dead boys don't embarrass you in public.
  33. Dead boys dont care about penis size.
  34. Dead boys dont require condoms.
  35. you don't have to make a dead boy cum.
  36. Dead boys can go forever.
  37. Dead boys dont complain you work too much.
  38. Dead boys are both cheap AND easy.
  39. Dead boys are low maintenance.
  40. Dead boys won't press charges.
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Erynne grows and grows

There are updated pictures of Erynne in the gallery.

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Blog back

Thank god. Damn db_file.

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