Dsp: Thanks, I hope I don't have to hold the torch for much longer, I haven't signed the contract yet (as it hasn't been formalized to me) it's a bit weird as I did refuse the other job for something that is not quite there yet...
Mon Jul 31 23:12:55 2006
Lox: Congrats on finishing your job! Enjoy your time between jobs, the torch officially passes to you!
Mon Jul 31 22:58:06 2006
Thanks Tom! Will do. I'm sitting here now. Trying to "paint a portrait" of myself in as few words as possible (is this achievable I ask myself ;))
Mon Jul 31 20:22:08 2006
Focus on process, risk management and so on. The technical stuff in your CV should speak for itself, but the 'softer' more managerial side of security doesn't always stand out - and yet is so sought after these days.
Mon Jul 31 16:19:16 2006
Good point Lox! No challenge there!! (Well, except for my cat...!)
Mon Jul 31 15:17:27 2006
Thanks guys. Yes, getting back to something I'm interested in would be marvellous! I'm certainly giving it a good shot, and have most of the experience they ask for. I'll brush up on the Cisco side later and try to drop in a few key words if I can. They were only recently bought out by BT and I wonder if this strategy is behind the new BT adverts for boradband phone...
Mon Jul 31 15:15:54 2006
How about NSSSL (Not so Secure Socket Layer)... Maybe the hackers would let it go if the name was not appealing... I can imagine them talking about it..."AH! I cracked a NSSSL!!!"... "Yeah right! Like my cat couldn't do that!! Geee, you are really a moron!". Automatically the world is safer.
Mon Jul 31 15:14:57 2006
Yea security is such a massive part of networking these days (nobody cared so much ten, or even five years ago), and that's all Tom's field. It's not an area I know much about, but the single most important thing I learned about security from my job in recent months is just that you don't ever call anything "secure" because it is making a promise you might not be able to keep. For example, SSL seems like a bad choice for a name - personally I would have called it just PSL (protected socket layer) or ESL (encrypted socket layer).
Mon Jul 31 14:55:56 2006
Nigel: To be honest I'd give it a fair push. As TOM who is an expert of networking maybe he can help you re-engeneering the CV to look very good... I'd ask him which are the latest "cool" things that one has to know about networking and firewalls! GO FOR IT!!!
Mon Jul 31 14:46:48 2006
Nigel: go for it! I think your talents are going to waste in your current position, not to mention your sanity!
Mon Jul 31 14:41:09 2006
Hmmm, well sheer volume of people in my face I think... one after another. It's getting me confused, frankly. Plus I just found a job vacancy for BT TNS, which is near where I live... Cisco network specialists. Trying to construct a mental CV...
Mon Jul 31 14:11:04 2006
Mon Jul 31 13:34:57 2006
Well I'm all at sea this morning... Or afternoon, even...
Mon Jul 31 13:21:17 2006
Hang on. Ellen McCarther at sea. Was she crying?
Mon Jul 31 12:49:21 2006
(Whispers very queitly) Nor do I. SShhh!
Mon Jul 31 12:28:23 2006
Jimmy: yea, but I bet Ellen MacYachtWoman wouldn't know the first thing about designing parts for race cars though would she?
Mon Jul 31 11:58:32 2006
Kev you are dead right- that would certainly have been worse ...
Mon Jul 31 11:33:55 2006
Jimmy, it could have been worse. You could have ended up upside down trapped in a cabin rapidly filling with water wondering if there are are any sharks in the waters off the Isle of Wight this time of year ! Meanwhile a skytv helicopter is flying overhead when you finally surface, somehow minus your trousers, holding onto an inflatable rabbit and be plastered all over national tv.
Mon Jul 31 11:17:11 2006
To make matters worse, there was this wonderfully embarassing moment when Ellen MacArthur came past in her B&Q trimaran. She had a load of tourists on board, and (for some reason) they were all looking at our little yacht. Suddenly, something went wrong, and the boom swung unexpectedly (and very violently and noisily) across the boat. We all simultaneously yelled "AAAARRRRGH!" and thre ourselves to the deck. She must have thought "What a bunch of muppets".
Mon Jul 31 11:11:59 2006
John, Kev: Well, the next three days are going to be devoted to packing, then 20 days of BUMMING in Guadaloupe, then I will have to start working seriously to start the company and hopefully a new more exciting, better and happier life... (or even just one of these three)... :)
Mon Jul 31 10:20:13 2006
Yep being a bum is great. Its highly recommended, just try not to make it a profession.
Mon Jul 31 10:15:59 2006
Lox: I hope you can spend at least some of your time as an unemployed person lazing around and not doing very much - i.e. generally being a bum. Take it from me and Kev - it is great!
Mon Jul 31 10:06:27 2006
Maybe you just didn't have enough time to find your "sea legs" as my grandmother would say. I'm from a very sea faring family, so I'm really quite embarassed by how I feel so queasy on boats even in relatively calm weather... but I've always put it down to the factor that I've not yet had enough of a chance to acclimatise to it.
Mon Jul 31 10:03:41 2006
Indeed no gills- maybe that's where I've been going wrong.
Mon Jul 31 09:32:12 2006
If our creator had intended us to go to sea, Jimmy, we'd have been furnished with fins and gills... Case proven in your favour I think! (You don't have fins and gills, do you...?)
Mon Jul 31 09:21:51 2006
Morning all! I've had an intersting weekend- my company have hired a yacht and are racing it at Cowes every day this week. I was on the crew yesterday, but despite the near-perfect conditions I manged to be utterly sick for the entire race. Bugger bugger bugger!
Mon Jul 31 09:12:44 2006
Goodmorning! Today is my LAST DAY OF WORK as an employee !!! From tomorrow I will be technically unemployed, hoping to set up my own firm soon!!!
Mon Jul 31 07:42:15 2006
Thanks, guys. Never heard of that, but it makes sense.
Sun Jul 30 22:10:04 2006
OK then... Afternoon! :)) Time for a beverage I think!!
How's Corsica, Sheri?
Sun Jul 30 16:25:52 2006
I just had the longest "lie-in" for years!! 10:30am before I surfaced!! Marvellous! Joc was entertaining the kids and I managed to get away with a rest of rests! Refreshed and invigourated I'll now embark on wonderful, productive and energetic tasks... Maybe...!! ;))
Sun Jul 30 10:53:42 2006
Travis: Normally Rats are the first to experience the problems of a sinking ship (i.e. a lot of water where they normally live), so that's why they leave first, one after the other. Kev is completely right, it is usually applied to business situations such as a company going pearshaped loosing a lot of people... (see my previous employer)...
Sat Jul 29 22:31:33 2006
Rats leaving a sinking ship is usually applied to a company when people start to leave one a fter the other, perhaps because the company has problems, sort of like, well if they are leaving i had better go too before its too late.
Sat Jul 29 20:24:15 2006
Kev: What's the sigificance of that saying?
Sat Jul 29 18:54:42 2006
Today I was expecting loads of replies to mail that I sent yesterday, shame that the inbox was as empty as void when I checked it... :(
Sat Jul 29 10:53:11 2006
Kev: I could translate it to "come topi che si buttano dalla nave che affonda", but I don't know if we have that saying (I am sure we do but...)
Sat Jul 29 10:48:58 2006
Lox, You must have an Italian phrase that means "Rats leaving a sinking ship"? please enlighten us ;)
Fri Jul 28 23:34:45 2006
Today I have started the "goodbyes" tour of the company... Interesting reactions... More people are jumping off the ship anyways, today yet another designer resigned! :) Wooooooohooooo! :)
Fri Jul 28 23:28:05 2006
Evening all! Well back from work now and it's a weekend!! Now I know this is obvious, but, well I've had a couple of Guinnesses to celebrate and thought I'd just share my celebration with you guys! :) Cheers!
Fri Jul 28 19:21:06 2006
Fri Jul 28 16:23:23 2006
Tom: It's a very "clean" site. By that I mean, good response-time, nicely laid-out (something I particularly like!!) and easy to navigate. More sites should be like yours. Good work!! :))
Fri Jul 28 16:07:14 2006
I've sampled the delights of Pizza Express.
Fri Jul 28 16:06:50 2006
Tom: as you've been in
Wales, have you had a
chance to sample any
welsh delicacies? There
are some great cheeses
made there - I
particulaly like Y Fenni
- the one with mustard
seeds in. Oh and if
you can find a brand
of ice cream called,
I think, Brooke's, that
is very good -
Both Chie and Lox
seemed to like this, and
they both have very
high standards in this
Fri Jul 28 16:05:22 2006
I have developed a
serious nose picking
problem in the last
couple of years. I am
Fri Jul 28 15:52:20 2006
I never did see any comments on my new squadron website: www.twoeleven.info
Fri Jul 28 15:41:25 2006
I was thinking more in the line of inserting finger, but yes, I could probably do with a smaller one. Nose, not finger.
Fri Jul 28 15:40:53 2006
Visiting the plastic-surgeon? :)
Fri Jul 28 15:30:33 2006
In that case, I'll pick my nose.
Fri Jul 28 15:00:32 2006
Echo ..Echoooo... Echo - Yes you are
Fri Jul 28 14:43:41 2006
Am I alone here?
Fri Jul 28 14:40:17 2006
Fri Jul 28 12:44:33 2006
Joh: Take plenty of pictures!!
Fri Jul 28 12:31:25 2006
John: I am, as a matter of fact I am mixing the names that I know to come out with new exciting substances like: bullfate shitidric desossiriboxidrate... :D
Fri Jul 28 12:30:53 2006
Jimmy: sorry I only
just noticed your
message now, perched
as it was between two
other messages, much
like a superfluous
enough. Good work sir!
Fri Jul 28 12:10:11 2006
Me and Chie are on the
Shinkansen now. We're
off to Nagano for the
weekend - once host
to the winter olympics.
We're mainly just going
there because it's
Fri Jul 28 12:05:30 2006
Lox: are you making
those names up?
Fri Jul 28 12:00:41 2006
John: Try ask the Japanese people in the train if they prefer bitume sofloanidridic calcidrate or bullfate shitidric desossiriboxidrate. It's important to know... NOW!!
Fri Jul 28 11:07:01 2006
A frind of mine has three nipples. One looks a bit like a midget nipple but it is a nipple all the way!
Fri Jul 28 11:05:08 2006
Google was surprisingly
Fri Jul 28 10:55:03 2006
Fri Jul 28 10:54:15 2006
I believe it is referred to as a supernumerary nipple.
Fri Jul 28 10:52:34 2006
I am reminded of Mr.
Scaramanga off of
James Bond - 15000
bonus points for
anyone who can
remember the scientific
term for someone
with three nipples.
Fri Jul 28 10:20:50 2006
I'm getting funny looks
from my fellow
passengers on this
train, having just read
the last few posts
on the board, and
descended into a
small fit of giggles.
You guys are priceless.
Fri Jul 28 10:16:03 2006
Dsp: HOW DO YOU KNOW!?!?
Fri Jul 28 09:39:36 2006
They all become sensitive if you pull the piercings hard enough!
Fri Jul 28 09:36:16 2006
Lox: Is that instead of your insensitive other nipples?
Fri Jul 28 09:34:50 2006
Jimmy: I was thinking about applying the mix over my sensitive nipples... :P
Fri Jul 28 09:24:02 2006
You can do that, but *not* if you're gonna inject. You'd be much safer smoking a mix like that!
Fri Jul 28 08:55:05 2006
Kev: You are right, I have to try that one, but italian cornflour is not all that good, better use some flouride calcium trilobate.
Fri Jul 28 08:29:26 2006
lox, can't you just cut it with some bicarb or cornflour. I am sure it will be fine then!
Fri Jul 28 08:21:03 2006
The "etc" arrived today, but unfortunately it was mixed with some acidilic trifosfate so I must send it back... :(
Fri Jul 28 07:51:39 2006
Morning Maisoneers! Well, that's my brief surf after breakfst. Off to work now... Great! :|
Fri Jul 28 07:29:51 2006
Presumably given the timing the Chang post was a hoax, but it wasn't put there by me! Or maybe Chang has been monitoring the board, and thought I was actually complaining about the lack of spam, and decided he should lend a helping hand. Anyway, I always had a special kind of affection for Chang's spammings - sure it was spam, but it was always a heartfelt and poetic kind of spam.
Thu Jul 27 23:49:46 2006
Corsica?? I thought he was going out for a drive in his Corsa!
Thu Jul 27 19:40:30 2006
So then Sheri... Will you be online today? To tell us of your exploits in Corsica? :))
Thu Jul 27 19:37:23 2006
Travis: I couldn't say it better... :)
Thu Jul 27 18:32:47 2006
Thu Jul 27 17:45:25 2006
Suppose it depends upon what the cetera is.
Thu Jul 27 17:43:19 2006
What will you do with some etc?
Thu Jul 27 17:17:55 2006
Actually I did place an order for "etc", I hope they are quick with deliveries!!
Thu Jul 27 16:45:46 2006
Lox - you should have placed an order for a ton of calci-YUMMY!!!
Thu Jul 27 16:23:22 2006
To all: I guess that the spam is a forgery made by John who went and took it from the previous months, in any case I HAVE CALLED the number and left a message (quite insulting) on the answering machine. :) Would like to see the face of the chinese chap who will hear it tomorrow!!!
Thu Jul 27 16:09:02 2006
Oh... and that lot *wasn't* me....! But I do suspect a hoax there... :(
Thu Jul 27 16:07:30 2006
Yes, John, now you mention it, the Maison has been a lot healthier since! Congrats are in order I feel!! :)
Thu Jul 27 16:06:32 2006
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Thu Jul 27 16:01:07 2006
Tom: Where are you at the moment? What do you do all day while waiting for a sys account?
Thu Jul 27 15:53:38 2006
Travis: Sounds "uncomfortable". I'm now waiting for some long-winded security report to be started by my employers... Which will take until about 2014...
Tom: Me too. Zooooommm!
Thu Jul 27 15:50:27 2006
Indeed, we're coming towards the end of July, and as I glance back down the monthly version of the board, I don't think we've had a single bit of spam all month. Obviously it won't last - the worms will find their way through eventually, but for now let us bask in the relative peace of it all.
Thu Jul 27 15:49:16 2006
Nigel: at the risk of tempting fate, those harsh anti-spam measures (or perhaps just all the stern warnings!) do seem to have paid off - we've been relatively spam free for a while now haven't we?
Thu Jul 27 15:47:05 2006
It took me four days to get a system account here. Four days of sitting about waiting. Great huh?
Thu Jul 27 15:45:09 2006
Nigel: That's terrible! And similar to my situation. My situation is actually a bit more scandalous. This is another situation I can't really talk about until things are resolved, unfortunately. Crazy stuff.
The Spring semester ended in early May. I have taught both Summer sessions. This second summer session ends in about two weeks.
Thu Jul 27 15:41:17 2006
Thu Jul 27 15:20:07 2006
Lox: Ooops! Sorry to hear!! :(
Tom: Have you got carpet or wooden floors? As you know, this affects the speed things can happen during the bottom-shuffling stage!! :)))
P.S - I like John's message when you forget to enter a password!! Marvellous!!
Thu Jul 27 15:04:40 2006
Tom: Did Dominic resolve his jealous of Lucy issues? Are they best mates now?
Thu Jul 27 15:02:08 2006
Also, Dominic is doing really really well. He's a small boy now not a baby!
Thu Jul 27 14:52:13 2006
Dsp: Lucy is doing well. She is having lots of fun bum-shuffling abotu the floor. No crawling yet, but I don't actually think she will bother for long. She likes to stand up and needs less and less help all the time.
Thu Jul 27 14:51:51 2006
Brief update... The colleague is now asking MILLIONS of stupid questions on that folder that I gave him... TRAGEDY!!!! :(
Thu Jul 27 14:33:18 2006
Nigel: Perhaps you could counter these bad vibes with some feng shui. Take a small stone arrangement, these could always revert to weapons for hand-to-hand combat.
Thu Jul 27 13:57:57 2006
It worked!!!! Now he's quiet!!! :) Good stuff!
Thu Jul 27 13:52:49 2006
Nigel: NICE IDEA!!! I'll try to con him into doing something like that!
Thu Jul 27 13:46:05 2006
Lox: There must be a big pile of folders/documents you could hand to him and say - "This is vital to your new role. You'll need to read it all cover to cover. May take days..." ;))
Thu Jul 27 13:38:41 2006
Yeah, you do get to feel this "general air of aggression" in this job. All-pervading. Very unhealthy feeling. Some lovely people too though, just a rotten environment.
Thu Jul 27 13:34:13 2006
The new salesman has nothing to do, hasn't got a computer, hasn't got a clue and hasn't got friends. As a result he's PESTERING ME with stupid questions and crap jokes. As a results my last days here are being afflicted by this person and I am getting tired of it!!
Thu Jul 27 13:27:42 2006
Dsp, TM: Tim has always been a quick witted, smart ass guy. I have total respect and to be honest I am envious of this feature. The thing that I don't understand is how he managed to survive until now... I mean, if by mistake he gives a reply like that in a pub aroun 11ish when everyone is drunk he's sure to get a massive fight in the permises!!! :P
Thu Jul 27 13:13:27 2006
Now that is ASKING for trouble!
Thu Jul 27 12:48:52 2006
I often find that the best way to diffuse these kinds of situations is to reply to their insults as "what's your mum?"
Thu Jul 27 12:27:23 2006
Nigel: I think that you should be allowed a gun and the guard should have beaten the crap out of that person. It's SO unfair that they get it out on you who ha NO responsibility and NO chance to make their life better... Can't they see that you are just working there? :(
Thu Jul 27 12:15:18 2006
dsp: It's not so personal, usually! But "nutters" seem the norm around here... :(
Thu Jul 27 11:28:11 2006
Tom: Howdy dude! How's it going? How come you're around today? What are you doing at the mo? Working? How's little Lucy doing?
Thu Jul 27 11:26:22 2006
Nigel - not your normal day at work then?
Thu Jul 27 11:15:16 2006
Tom: I was kind-of hoping he'd kick-off for just that reason!! ;)
Thu Jul 27 10:56:06 2006
Thanks guys! (Tea consumed so back to normal again...)
Weeellll, I was walking towards the building here and this guy shouted something at me - a question about the office. I answered and moved on. Then he shouted after me - something abusive. I think I might have told him to "Grow up!" in a weary way, having just walked 20-mins from the car park. More threats ensued (this is when the guard leaped through the open window!). There was a lot of shouting but I kept walking (expecting the dagger between the shoulder-blades any moment!) Once inside the guard told me he was coming in to bounce me around the room etc.
Thu Jul 27 10:51:47 2006
Is there some way in which you can work this to your advantage and get the day of to sit in the sun?
Thu Jul 27 10:44:23 2006
Nigel: well you shouldn't
have had to be
subjected to that
awful situation in the
first place, but that
aside you should be
proud of yourself. You
quite literally stood up
to that lunatic, got
him to back down, and
no blood spilled. It's a
triumph for sane, decent
folk like yourself!
Thu Jul 27 10:27:27 2006
Nigel: Why on earth did he want to beat you up? What have you done to him? Did you say something to scare him off or did you just play some Scorpions to scare the hell out of him? :) :) :):)
Thu Jul 27 10:16:40 2006
Did the hairs go up on his back like a cat?
Thu Jul 27 10:11:48 2006
So that was it then! All very dramatic earlier when the security guard here (a lady!) vaulted through an open window to come to my aid! Luckily my "dignity" and "cool" held and she was not needed! (How embarrassing would that have been, eh?!?!)
So then, when he came through the door later, snarling and spluttering, I stood up... and... he backed away, as meek as a kitten. Asked for a leaflet and left...
Good grief! Do I need a cup of reinvigourating tea right now!? Oh yes! But I have to see more people...
Thu Jul 27 10:05:38 2006
remember, the customer is always, always, always a wanker.
Thu Jul 27 10:01:45 2006
Nigel: Jab, Jab, Uppercut... Never fails a KO!
Thu Jul 27 09:58:21 2006
Interestingly I'm about to be beaten up by a "customer"... Could be interesting could be a bit of a farce... (He acosted me on the way in - on my own time) Doors about to open. I'll let you all know how it pans out...
Thu Jul 27 08:56:27 2006
Have you been wrestling again John. Trying to show off your Grecian-Roman style prowess with a random Sumo wrestler you happened to bump into ?
Thu Jul 27 08:24:55 2006
Yeah, she did that once to me too ...
Thu Jul 27 08:21:58 2006
Yeah, she did that to me once.
Thu Jul 27 08:07:03 2006
I inexplicably woke up with a bad back this morning. On fact not just my back, my ribcage hurts too. It's as though during the night I was dragged out on to the balcony, beaten up, and dragged back in again without me knowing it. Personally I suspect Chie.
Thu Jul 27 07:53:01 2006
Blimey, you lot get up early don't you? (apart from Travis of course, who was up, err, just up).
Thu Jul 27 07:51:14 2006
Thu Jul 27 07:48:26 2006
Travis: haven't you finished for the summer break? Do you work through? (And finally!) Anything scandalous??!! :))
Thu Jul 27 07:09:48 2006
Did someone say, "Crappy day at work?" I'm in a rare stretch right now. The past two weeks have been wholly amazing (in a bad way) on that front.
Thu Jul 27 01:38:56 2006
Hi Sheri! Enjoy the holiday! :)
Wed Jul 26 22:47:36 2006
Hi everyone! Writing from Corsica. Having a great time. I'll tell you more about it in the following days. Have to go now. Bise à tous !
Wed Jul 26 22:32:18 2006
Ah-hem.... Of course I've no idea what I was on about there... ;))
Wed Jul 26 21:19:22 2006
Cooo! All you need is a verrry long cat5 then Lox!! :) Ping that sucker!!
Wed Jul 26 21:18:44 2006
LAN PARTY!!! Niiiiiiiceeeee It is ages since I don't have a proper 2 days Lan party... shame you are doing it in England....
Wed Jul 26 17:21:35 2006
I just read my last past and it seems I have a 'will' complex developing.
Wed Jul 26 16:46:13 2006
Wed Jul 26 16:42:12 2006
Will all this talk of playboy bunnies and pirates, I fear will will be yet again inundated with spammers!!
Wed Jul 26 16:06:57 2006
Well, you know how it is Lox. After a while Playboy Bunnies become so boring... ;)
Wed Jul 26 15:51:17 2006
Oh God ... somebody mentioned pirates and he's off again ...
Wed Jul 26 15:35:39 2006
LAN gaming this weekend (turning it into a very long weekend). There will be, I feel, a pirate theme!!! Battlefield Pirates, Unreal Tournament Air Buccanneers to take centre stage.
Wed Jul 26 15:32:31 2006
Jimmy: Indeed... Now it seems that Nigel finished enjoying the company of two Playboy(tm) bunnies and found some time to post a message! AH!
Wed Jul 26 15:05:46 2006
I've checked the board quite a lot today, as I did yesterday, but recently I am feeling I don't have anything interesting to say!
Errr... does anyone else like/know Adam and Joe? They have a radio show on some London radio station on a Saturday (I think). To my delight they package up the best bits each week and bung them in a podcast - so even those of us not living in London/UK/Europe can enjoy. Which is nice.
Wed Jul 26 15:05:22 2006
Hi guys... Well I hate to be a disappointment... :(
Sadly work has been busy and all sorts of "big wigs" have been about and i've not been able to sneak onto the Internet!
Wed Jul 26 14:57:27 2006
Ahhh ... I understand. So it's just you, me and Kev. We're poor, but we're happy ;)
Wed Jul 26 14:55:27 2006
Jimmy: Dsp, John, Rob, Nigel and Sheri are surely making millions, they are so busy working that they don't post anymore!
Wed Jul 26 14:53:34 2006
Who's makin' millions?
Wed Jul 26 14:39:32 2006
This week will probably pass to history as the busiest week at "la Maison", nobody have has been posting, yesterday was a desert, I am sure that you guys are earning millions of pounds! (at least I wish it for you!)
Wed Jul 26 13:36:40 2006
Nice one Kev- that looks like a whole load of fun! I wish I was writing games! (Well, I kind-of am, but it's not *intended* to be anything other than dead serious.)
Wed Jul 26 09:47:41 2006
Kev: WOW!!!! I wish I had broadband at home, I am an heavy PC games player, but I have no internet connection so at the moment I cannot join. It seems a nice project though!
Wed Jul 26 09:37:00 2006
Jimmy, lox: I am still not allowed to say however if you look at my companies website it sort of gives it away. www.tournament.com
Wed Jul 26 09:17:18 2006
Jimmy: I agree, KEV do tell us, or I'll be forced to release my hounds!
Wed Jul 26 09:02:37 2006
Kev- you said a while ago that you were doing someting super-secret, but that you'd give us all the details before long. Well, I think than "Long" has now expired, and you should tell us all what you're doing. Unless you already have and I've missed your message. In which case can you tell us all again, please?
Wed Jul 26 08:52:15 2006
John: Indeed. Another place where I feel at home, it's strange, I get to like it a lot more now than I did before, but that's probably because before starting Uni I was broke, and as we said before, London and being completely broke it's a BAD thing...
Wed Jul 26 08:16:17 2006
Lox: glad you're
enjoying it - it is a
great city isn't it?
Wed Jul 26 00:45:10 2006
I have just arrived back home from London! Nice weather, a LOT of nice girls, had a marvellous pint and a pie in a pub... I LOVE ENGLAND, God I missed going back there!
Tue Jul 25 23:05:17 2006
Are you sure Tom, once you have the password there is no turning back. You can never escape the clutches of Dr Hawkins. Mwahahahahaaa
Tue Jul 25 19:09:23 2006
Can I have a password. You know my html is great...
Tue Jul 25 15:48:05 2006
Simon: sorry about the
line breaks it's a
'feature'. On the plus
side it is quite useful
when I post from my
Tue Jul 25 14:27:48 2006
You need a secret password so you can do html, else it strips all 'codes' out.
Tue Jul 25 14:22:34 2006
Si, glad to hear SwiftTX magic is still magical. That must be an arse of a journey every day from high Wycombe. Good job you have a fast car ;)
Tue Jul 25 14:22:02 2006
formatting (e.g. line breaks)?!
Tue Jul 25 14:19:08 2006
Anyone here played with Google Calendar? It is *fantastic*, the missus really can now run my life and I don't need to worry about it any more.
err.... is that a bad thing?
Tue Jul 25 14:18:01 2006
Kev: Living with the missus' parents at the moment in High Wycombe, getting in early is a good way to avoid the scary traffic. That's my current excuse anyway.
Jimmy: Same ol' same ol' - still working the Swift TX magic.
John: Flickr support in Photo Studio. Go on, you know you want to! Also, listen to that Ben Folds stuff on iTunes.
Tue Jul 25 14:16:35 2006
I went climbing at Symonds Yat on Sunday with the cadets. It is lovely round here.. :-)
Tue Jul 25 12:29:08 2006
I've really been out of touch with you guys. What's the story?
Tue Jul 25 11:38:36 2006
Tom: South Wales -
great! OK, I can't say
I yearn for Cardiff as
such, but the Brecon
Beacons, the Black
Mountains, the Forest
of Dean, the Wye
Valley, Offa's Dyke,
Symond's Yat. Some of
the best countryside
in the world round
Tue Jul 25 11:26:11 2006
Hi John - Hi Tom! :))) Glad I'm not alone!
Tue Jul 25 10:48:22 2006
Hello all. I am in Cardiff for a couple of weeks. Living in hotels. And thought I'd say "Hi!".
Tue Jul 25 10:41:22 2006
Nigel: seems everyone
else is busy too
judging by how quiet
the message board is!
Tue Jul 25 10:40:46 2006
Morning all! Busy... busy... busy
Tue Jul 25 10:02:12 2006
Well, all I can say Lox is that Tim gets all his natural grace and balance from his Mum and that is why your roller boots are in my loft - for safety's sake!
Mon Jul 24 17:40:42 2006
Well that was cutting.
Mon Jul 24 16:28:49 2006
TM: Define roller boots. I have no idea of what you are talking about, maybe thoose things that Tim used to wear to failproof his arse by falling with his weight on it all the time?
Mon Jul 24 16:23:49 2006
I BET you one pair of roller boots you can get them in Italy!
Mon Jul 24 16:07:50 2006
If the foil seal on top of the container is intact and you don't have a case full, there should be no problem. I took mine to the States.
Mon Jul 24 16:06:38 2006
John: If the tablet is not fluorescent and has dragons or mushrooms on the top of it, I think I am going to be ok! :)
Mon Jul 24 15:55:10 2006
Short business trip to London, come back loaded up with tablets, problems at customs? Surely not!
Mon Jul 24 15:44:07 2006
They sell them in Boots, Holland and Barrett and Health Food Stores but Tesco are cheaper! Look among the vitamin pills and cod liver oil. They are a 'traditional herbal remedy 'Hypericum perforatum'. We've got it growing wild in our garden, but I draw the line at chewing leaves!
Mon Jul 24 14:47:26 2006
TM: I'll take anything, shame that I can't find those things here, I'll try popping into Boots tomorrow in London!
Mon Jul 24 14:39:10 2006
(Of the legal, recommended-by-your-doctor variety, of course!)
Mon Jul 24 14:28:01 2006
Tim's Mum: yes we are a dreary lot (well, me and Lox at least) of late aren't we...? So according to you drugs are the answer...?
Mon Jul 24 14:27:22 2006
One day you too will be silver surfers with disposable income and no ties and, hopefully, good health. You've gotta work now to reap the benefits later.
Now, get some St John's Wort tablets from the Health Food Shop/Tescos and take one a day till you feel better. They are happy pills. Do not take them if you are already on anti-depressants or you will go funny.
Mon Jul 24 14:22:58 2006
Helloeverybodypeeps! Tim's mum is back from the USA. Had a truly Great Time spending money and eating. All I can say to try and cheer you guys up is this:-
Mon Jul 24 14:22:35 2006
Marmite? wine gummies? Forzen quorn? gayness? can of beer?
Mon Jul 24 13:48:26 2006
Lox: thanks, but I can't
think of anything
I want from the UK
Mon Jul 24 13:31:12 2006
So far it has been at totally utterly crapparly day at work. Plus I am bored and tired for having slept a grand total of ZERO hours this night.
Mon Jul 24 13:05:01 2006
Actually Lox I think you wil find that sometimes John writes about Whisky too!
Mon Jul 24 12:52:16 2006
John: Because I told you that you only wrote about beer, and you got upset, I am SURE!! :) Anyways, I also wanted to say that TOMORROW I will be in London, DO YOU WANT ME TO BRING YOU SOMETHING? I will fedex it to you at this company's expenses of course! :D
Mon Jul 24 12:20:06 2006
was it cos John wouldn't be Loxs' biatch ?
Mon Jul 24 11:59:12 2006
Lox: I'm not upset with you at all! Why did you think that...?
Mon Jul 24 11:54:06 2006
Lox: That would be nice!! :)
Mon Jul 24 11:17:38 2006
I haven't got that steel in my heart, sadly Kev! So then, a bit of relevant fun -
"... Man in a silk suit hurries by, catches a poor old-ladies eye. Just for fun he says: "Get a job!"..."
Ok, so "Name That Tune" :)))
Mon Jul 24 11:12:03 2006
Nigel: It could be worst... It could be raining... (KABOOOOMM in the distance)... (quote)
Mon Jul 24 11:11:18 2006
Nigel, to liven up the day try this. "money for You". "No Money for You". "Money for you". "No Money for you". and occasionally throw in a . "No money for you, you owe us money"
Mon Jul 24 11:06:22 2006
Morning Maisoneers!! I really *am* glad to be at work today... NOT :( Oh well, it's that "Monday Feeling" I expect...
Mon Jul 24 10:53:03 2006
and my little finger hurts, and I have run out of nails to bite!
Mon Jul 24 10:50:52 2006
also, John is upset with me but I don't know why!
Mon Jul 24 10:50:30 2006
Crappy day at work, tomorrow I must go to London and I really DONT WANT TO :(
Mon Jul 24 10:50:11 2006
Simon- what's happening in the world of Softel then? Are things good, bad or ugly? Are you developing anything fun????
Mon Jul 24 08:39:22 2006
Lol, and in early too. You must be very dedicated mate :)
Mon Jul 24 08:16:27 2006
Jimmy: Still at Softel, of course!
Mon Jul 24 08:15:03 2006
Sheri: Have a good holiday! Corsica is great!!
Mon Jul 24 07:54:07 2006
Holiday, Sheri? Sounds like a nice trip! Look forward to the photos!
Sun Jul 23 20:04:27 2006
Yep, not busy today. I'm leaving for Corsica on Tuesday morning. But I'll able to post from there. I'll take plenty of pics. It's really a gorgeous, rather well-preserved island.
Sun Jul 23 18:36:58 2006
...and then... Afternoon all! :))
Sun Jul 23 16:02:30 2006
John: Well I was wondering about using Front Row, the Remote and AppleScript to allow you to remotely surf, but couldn't find any info about configuring such a task... :(
Sun Jul 23 09:49:32 2006
engine (gecko?) seems
to have been used in
lots of other projects.
Maybe my remote
browser thing wouldn't
be that difficult to
Sun Jul 23 06:45:37 2006
Nigel: yea probably
better to stick to
what you're already
using then - I couldn't
find any discernible
benefit in Camino
other than it looks
pretty. Now what I
want is a browser
that can be controlled
entirely by the remote,
and displays full
screen in big text so
I can idly browse the
web from the comfort
of my sofa.
Sun Jul 23 04:52:37 2006
Nigel: I have checked but there is no lipstick, I will try to get some on tonight though! :)
Sat Jul 22 18:38:28 2006
Sheri: If I understand what you mean with the "loquacious silence"... Well I think this is actually a rather clever use of the words most English people (except members of the Maison, naturally:)) couldn't come up with... :)) I like it! There are several others we might use, from "His silence spoke/speaks volumes" to something along the lines of the American "I wish to plead the 5th amendment" !!
John: No, I haven't used Camino. I've stuck with Safari despite it's incompatibilities on occasion. I've certainly got Firefox (did you know the old MAC OS9 came with Internet Explorer and Outlook Express? Shudder!) but not really tried it... I think I'm concluding I don't want to clog up my pristine Mac with loads of superflous code, but if you recommend it i'll give Camino a spin :)
Lox: The other thing to check for is lipstick on your collars...
Sat Jul 22 15:29:49 2006
As for the tatoo I had it removed a long time ago, it said somethinglike "John is my bitch, I met her in BRADLEY"... Then John went off with Chie and I had to turn ethrosexual all of a sudden. :P
Sat Jul 22 14:57:39 2006
Thanks guys for REALLY caring about me, but unfortunately I woke up by myself in my bed this morning... Unfortunately because I have had to deal with a terrible headache and annexed hangover all day, I had to argue with my mum and I had to argue with Marta too over the phone.
Tonight I am going to get plastered.
Sat Jul 22 14:55:35 2006
Yea so I've got Firefox installed on there now as well..... no neeeed!
Sat Jul 22 14:43:11 2006
Nigel: I think you may have mentioned it before (?) - I am giving Camino a go on the Mac. I don't quite get why they felt the need to make a Mozilla based browser which isn't Firefox, when I believe Firefox is also available on the Mac... What's going on there? Anyway, if nothing else it does at least look quite pretty.
Sat Jul 22 14:36:49 2006
I couldn't think of any witty retorts... :(
Sat Jul 22 14:34:50 2006
Now could someone tell me if I can actually say "a loquatious silence" (un silence loquace) or if I should say "A silence that speaks/speaking for itself" ? I have a doubt.
Sat Jul 22 13:51:12 2006
Kev: Yeah, I see the whole picture: Lox crying while rubbing his skin in vain "Porca Madonna! Perche ho fatto questo!!! Sono fottuto! Fottuto! "
Sat Jul 22 13:42:27 2006
Lox is probably too busy trying to scrub off the tattoo praying its just ink!!
Sat Jul 22 13:29:32 2006
And Loxe's too...
Sat Jul 22 13:26:31 2006
DSP: John's silence is quite loquatious...
Sat Jul 22 13:22:46 2006
Sheri: worse would a tattoo saying "i am john's bitch"
Sat Jul 22 12:53:18 2006
I would have thought that worse case scenario for Lox would be waking up with a horses head in his bed!!!!
Sat Jul 22 11:36:04 2006
Imagine he wakes up with a painful chest and realises he got tattooed with "John is my bitch" on it! Scary...!
Sat Jul 22 11:05:19 2006
Sheri: logically speaking, he must have woken up with a man in his bed, unles either (A) he isn't really a man or (B) he didn't wake up in his bed.
Sat Jul 22 10:25:12 2006
Hi all!! Yes, like Sheri, I hope you don't regret anything Lox! :)
Sat Jul 22 10:24:16 2006
Morning Maisoneers. Lox: it's hangover time. Hope you didn't wake up with a man in your bed...
Sat Jul 22 09:53:19 2006
All seems to be in order with the maison. Rob is out of his mind, Lox is drunk. Good times.
Sat Jul 22 00:27:08 2006
I am totally DRUNK... had several pints of beer with some friends, I can remember an homebrew with HONEY that was quite great, and the usual guiness, but apart from that I have little memories of the evening!
Sat Jul 22 00:14:36 2006
Nigel: I see!! I think that it was something made to help deaf or visually impaired people I think...
Fri Jul 21 17:48:36 2006
PLEASE DON'T FUCK UP IE7
Fri Jul 21 16:14:35 2006
Hi Lox. Ok, on Windows XP try holding down a "Shift" key for 5 seconds or so... No need to press another key. See that pop-up? Hear that "beep"? Well don't get distracted by anything because when you try to clear it (if you are me!) you press the wrong option and end up locking the keyboard in upper or lower case and it's a pain to undo.... :(
Fri Jul 21 14:05:12 2006
Nigel: Sorry I don't get you, what's the story with these sitcky keys? Anyways..I am off to do some shopping and picture taking in Florence even though there are more than 35 degrees... I can't sit at home doing nothing much longer I am afraid! :)
Fri Jul 21 13:55:59 2006
John: Yep now that I think of it you had it already running! :)
Fri Jul 21 13:32:16 2006
Oh piddle...! Sorry all - have a good time MM. John: how about a cold beer? The reason for my outburst? Windows "StickyKeys". Horrible and a real blighter to reset or get rid of. There I was typing away and then noticed it all in caps. So I sit and hold the shift key for so many seconds then I reset, then it doesn't work...! Grump! Perhaps because I don't have admin access at work... Grump!
Fri Jul 21 13:18:49 2006
"See" you all in a week! Off to Wiltshire.
Fri Jul 21 12:49:33 2006
Well that's the working
week over and done
with for me then - I'm
now on the train on
my way home. I have
a probably dreary
weekend ahead of me.
Still, it could be worse!
Fri Jul 21 12:35:11 2006
Thinking about Jimmy's project, I've always enjoyed those 360-degree QT "VR"s - which aren't really VR, just very wide, wrap-around photos. I have a set from Denmark. You get a real feel for the place as you "turn" your head.
I've no idea if they use some very trick camera or just stitchy software, but it's good as a way to see a complete environment.
Fri Jul 21 11:43:35 2006
Lox: we already had a Google Maps app running on the Maison - did you not see the map thing on my travel pages?
Fri Jul 21 11:22:33 2006
Today I am in Florence and I managed already to argue with two people at work and my agent in Japan... Marvellous... I feel that the day it's not over under that point of view... .:(
Fri Jul 21 10:55:05 2006
Jimmy: Wow we have something like GMap installed on la maison? Welcome in the community anyways! (although you were here already since a long time!)
Fri Jul 21 10:54:13 2006
Half day today, off to cadet camp at lunchtime in Wiltshire. Super.
Fri Jul 21 10:27:56 2006
Glad to see you're up and running Jimmy! As I said in the email I sent just now, please feel free to have a browse around in my Google Maps code if you want to see a working example. Enjoy!
Fri Jul 21 10:25:41 2006
Hooray! Google-maps is now installed. Now I just have to do all the work. Test page:http://www.maison-de-stuff.net/jimmy/test.htm
Fri Jul 21 09:37:55 2006
Morning. Yay, Fridays. Home time at 4pm for me :)
Fri Jul 21 09:28:52 2006
Morning Maisoneers! Friday! (What more needs to be said?!)
Fri Jul 21 08:45:47 2006
Jimmy: have set up the necessary bits, and emailed you the details. Have fun!
Fri Jul 21 06:13:41 2006
Jimmy: will set up a
little corner of the
Maison for you today
if I get a chance.
Fri Jul 21 00:50:31 2006
John: Japanese Beer rocks! Next time I am up in Tokyo how about a night out with Tanaka san too?
Thu Jul 20 18:33:11 2006
Simon- what are you doing these days? I thought you weren't at Softel anymore (but can't -for the life of me- remember where it is you've gone) ...
Thu Jul 20 17:57:28 2006
When you're feeling bored in the office John, how about remembering fondly the very very hot english summer days during which the Softel power always fails. Three days running so far, about 2 hours a time, boy does it get hot quickly in here!
Thu Jul 20 17:01:19 2006
And remember that the aussies do not actually drink Fosters!
Thu Jul 20 16:53:46 2006
It seem the google-maps API requires an existing web-site (you have to license it to a single publicly visible directory on a free-to-use server). Can I possibly have a small amount of space on the maison, from which to run my experiments please?
Thu Jul 20 16:07:28 2006
Yes John, British lager is not to my taste. Apart from the flavour angle, there's also the business of "gas". Something British brewers seem to think is a good thing. I've never figured out why because it's usage to increase volume cheaply must be negligable. Keeping it cool to stop it coming out of solution is only good until it hits the stomach... :(
Thu Jul 20 15:56:20 2006
In Germany, they make beer which is sehr gut.
Thu Jul 20 15:47:43 2006
I may have been spelling it wrong, it is more like kolsch.
Thu Jul 20 15:47:11 2006
Kev: do you remember the Kulch?
Thu Jul 20 15:44:20 2006
Nigel: one of the mitigating factors of living in Japan is that the beer here is very good (as long as you like the ice cold lager variety). Indeed, in lager stakes, I believe the only worldwide beer on a similar parr is the Kulch (however you write that) you get in Colgone/Koln, or the Estrella Damm you get in Barcelona (and presumably the rest of spain) or possibly Holland's Amstel. To be honest, I don't generally like the lagers you get in England - Heineken, Fosters, Stella Artois, Kronenbourg - none of them are really to my taste. Given that these are mostly "foreign" lagers I wonder if the problem is more to do with the way they are served in English pubs.
Of course, bitter is an entirely different kettle of fish - I've never had a really decent pint of bitter outside of the UK.
Thu Jul 20 15:42:55 2006
Lox: yes he's the contractor who is far too good to work at my crappy company. He's also an excellent jazz pianist (even when drunk) and an all round great guy.
Kev: I had the extra one - normally Tanaka-san drinks quicker than I do, but tonight he had to perform so he was taking it easy.
Thu Jul 20 15:37:53 2006
Ice cold beer.... (dreams).... :)
Thu Jul 20 15:36:58 2006
John: So who had the extra beer? Are you going to be ill tomorrow?
Thu Jul 20 15:24:22 2006
John: Way to go!!!!! Is he the guy who works as a contractor? Did he take you to the HOSTCURABU?
Thu Jul 20 15:15:37 2006
Me and Tanaka-san
ordered 15 beers
between us at a jazz
bar tonight. Errrr.
Thu Jul 20 15:03:27 2006
I am on for the Maison project where the enterpreneur gives us a million dollars... ONE MILLION DOLLARS (said in aDr.Evil voice pinky finger pointing at the corner of the mouth)...
Thu Jul 20 13:50:42 2006
I'm so annoyed with myself... I've actually come back in to work early to cool down. We had a fire-drill today and normally I enjoy the disruption to precdures, but today... 40 minutes standing out in the street, the sun and the humidity, waiting for the all clear... not pleasant. I'm an old grumpy today, aren't I? :(
Thu Jul 20 13:25:30 2006
Or more of Wikipedia for pictures and places
Thu Jul 20 12:27:07 2006
Well, it would certainly be good to do some sort of geographical survey for us users of the Maison... we could then hope some Internet entrepreneur snaps up our system and offers us millions for it... :)
Thu Jul 20 12:26:41 2006
A kind of global flickr. So you can do things like. Go to your home town and see all the pictures of key ( or not so key areas )
Thu Jul 20 12:22:14 2006
Thu Jul 20 12:20:47 2006
It's something we've all discussed from time to time. They could be any sorts of photos really ... all they need is a geographical link (and ideally time & orientation too).
Thu Jul 20 12:20:18 2006
Hi Jimmy. Sounds like a good idea. What kind of photos though? Are they ground-level panoramas, or similar? Not much to see on my housing estate...:( But good if you have a worthy view to record. My suggested name for this would be "Georama".
Thu Jul 20 11:47:22 2006
What about the "Photo-Earth-Project"? Is it time to actually launch this service? As I recall, the general idea was that anybody can upload a photograph with a lat/long/time/orientation, and reference it to a map of the world. I believe there is an API for google maps, so connecting the photos a geo-database should now be a fairly simple matter. I think this is a great idea, and we should give it a go! In fact, I'm so full of enthusiasm that I'm off to google right now to see their mappin' API. Oh yes. (PS- A good name for the system is also required. C'mon chaps- send your suggestions).
Thu Jul 20 10:24:07 2006
I am with rob. Name it PhotoVideo and make sure its not all poncy and stupid interfacy like ULead and Pinnacles stuff. Oh and work on it full time for free and make it open source so some c**t can steal it and release it as commercial.
Thu Jul 20 10:19:22 2006
John, with Photostudio, you rocked my world. You still do. How about creating a video editing package - free and open source?
Thu Jul 20 10:02:02 2006
Ha! :) Anyway, I appreciate French Connection stuff might be good, so why push it so down-market by aiming at the casual swearer. Yeah, I know we all do it and I'm being hypercritical, but as a brand identity it's a big turn-off for me. If I fork out a lot of money for clothes I want some sycophancy please!
Thu Jul 20 09:27:22 2006
I'm surprised Lox hasn't said anything so far. When it comes to scatological jokes...
Thu Jul 20 09:21:47 2006
How about the slogan *Aquascotum... the natural fragrance*?
Thu Jul 20 09:18:06 2006
Kev: it could work, mind you! If the trademark *Pocari Sweat* works in Japan, why not Aquascrotum?
Thu Jul 20 09:15:23 2006
Sheri, It appears that the Aquascrotum domain name is available, so I suggest you buy it up and start producing your own range of 'Sports' perfumes.
Thu Jul 20 08:58:07 2006
It's all bollocks to me!
Thu Jul 20 08:34:28 2006
Thu Jul 20 07:32:11 2006
John: I didn't like it myself, when I was in Japan there was a T-Shirt craze made by a company that would write in cubital letters "BITCH" on the T-Shirt... Oh well, AQ might be quite expensive, may I reccomend DAKS? Anyways did you see my messages about sending stuff from England to you?!
Thu Jul 20 07:30:03 2006
Lox: I hated that whole
almost swearing gimic
from French Connection
UK, and have refused
to buy anything there
with that logo on. In
fact it wasn't until
that died down a bit
that I'd even consider
going in. Now though,
amongst all the
fruitcake fashion of
Japan, I feel a certain
sense of pride in
wearing clothes from
a British label. Next
Thu Jul 20 01:04:27 2006
I've been keeping an
eye on international
weather via the widgets
on the Mac. We're
having a surprising
reprieve from the
summer this week -
most days it rains and
the temperature never
gets above 25. The UK,
on the other hand,
looks like somebody
set fire to it!
Thu Jul 20 00:56:10 2006
All I can say is thank God for air conditioning. It had cooled the car down by the time I'd gone 300 yards.
Wed Jul 19 23:01:55 2006
Yes, I went to collect Tim from school... That was a seriously hot car! How do you guys and gals who live in hotter climates than the UK, cope?
Wed Jul 19 21:52:18 2006
Sorry: 'side'. Not 'sight'.
Wed Jul 19 20:11:42 2006
MM. Look at the bright sight! At least you have a sauna for free.
Wed Jul 19 20:10:41 2006
My car has been sitting in full sun for the last four hours, that's going to be a joy to get into.
Wed Jul 19 17:00:16 2006
Who's upset you Jimmy?
Wed Jul 19 16:27:55 2006
Wed Jul 19 15:50:23 2006
Wed Jul 19 15:44:21 2006
So it's official... Today's UK temperatures have beaten: Malta, Athens, Bermuda and Rome. Who says "global warming" doesn't exist?! Oh, and there's an FCUK shop in Wrexham - Fried Chicken UK, though... :(
Wed Jul 19 15:40:10 2006
John: FCUK is a very good brand, we try to work with them but we are too shite for their taste... Oh well. I like green too next winter it's going to be the main accent colour...
Wed Jul 19 15:34:59 2006
So then, it seems my fashion sense is soooo yesterday!! :)) I also seem to be a blue type of person... Oh well..
Jimmy: Can't say I ever heard of them... Any hits?
Wed Jul 19 15:32:49 2006
I bought some trousers at the weekend which are bordering on being green, and to my surprise I quite like them. They're sort of denimy, but not quite. I got them from French Connection UK Tokyo (so many levels of indirection there, very confusing).
Wed Jul 19 15:22:53 2006
Dsp: Well yes.. :) But it's also a quite popular colour in Italy during the summer.... And yes I AM A CLOWN!
Wed Jul 19 14:13:06 2006
Lox: Red trousers? That's very "look at me" and also a bit Co Co The Clown.
Wed Jul 19 14:09:09 2006
Dsp: Depends on the type of pleats, but it can be quite nice for a work environment. My latest trendy acquisition was a pair of red trousers with a "sawn pleat" that runs from the pocket to the end of the trouser. Extremely nice and (above all) easy to iron!
MM: Indeed do tell him, pink shirts are (to my personal taste) very nice, especially with a pair of jeans and some beige shoes.
Wed Jul 19 13:57:03 2006
Lox: What about pleated chinos and a shirt?
Wed Jul 19 13:53:04 2006
Jimmy: Sorry don't remember Cholo
Wed Jul 19 13:52:44 2006
... so nobody played "Cholo" in the late '80s, then?
Wed Jul 19 13:46:51 2006
I shall have to tell Cyberdad he's "trendy" as he had a pink shirt for Rob's wedding.
Wed Jul 19 13:40:04 2006
Nigel: Pink is good, plus it's trendy (it has been for the last year so I expect it to change next season), but SHOCKING PINK is GAY, and it's not something that you wear at work if you are a salesman... Oh well...
Dsp: Beige chinos, simple cut, polo shirt IN (quite bad).
Wed Jul 19 12:30:27 2006
OK by me!! No pink tie though... :(
Wed Jul 19 12:01:40 2006
Beige Chinos, in or out?
Wed Jul 19 11:58:48 2006
Nice piece Rob!! :) Good plot for the X-Files... :)
As for the pink polo-shirt, Lox.... That is equally scary in my book...! :(
I've noticed quite a few men at work wearing pink ties... I find the habit distinctly disturbing...
Wed Jul 19 11:50:36 2006
Point is: Do I care?..... NO!! :D
Rob: I am sure that you'll find a way around your problem that doesn't involve total destruction of Redmond...
Wed Jul 19 11:31:27 2006
Yesterday a new salesman arrived at the office, dressed with a bright pink polo shirt. So far no problem. He is quite "heavy" both phisically and in terms of personal relationships, and he sneaked (or at least so he thought) behind me when I was writing yesterday's piece. I have reasons to believe that he thinks that I was writing about him probably, as the title is quite peculiar! :)
Wed Jul 19 11:29:49 2006
One day in a Microsoft Building a few years ago...
"Bob, thanks for coming."
"No problem, man, what can I do for you?"
"Big cheese upstairs has just handed me this..." *slam of paper on desk*
"What the hell is that?"
"It's a Web Standards document."
"A web standards document."
"What the hell in tarnation is that?"
"It's writing, man."
"Yeah, the big man wants me to read the damn thing."
"That's what I thought."
"So, what are you going to do?"
"That's what I asked you in here for."
"I think the boss man's gone crazy."
"Yes way. He was talking about Open formats and releasing source code."
"Oh shit. He's lost the plot."
"There's more. It's not just about reading the document."
"He wants us to follow it."
"This is a joke, right?"
"I wish it was. The fucker wants us to code Internet Explorer 5.5 so that it works like the rest of the Web."
"That's just not possible!"
"I tried to tell him. He wants Web coding to be standardised."
"I've heard enough... you're scaring me now."
"What can we do?"
"Set fire to the bastard. Pretend it never existed."
"Like we did to the last one?"
"Yeah. Then spread the ashes all over Redmond."
"We can't do that anymore, man. Not since they burned the Open Office standards, it's beginning to look like the moon out there now."
"Can we ignore it?"
"Do you think anyone will notice?"
"What about the people coding Web pages?"
"Yeah. Fuck 'em."
"It's probably a terrorist plot, anyway. This came from where terrorists come from."
"Yeah, they come from outside."
"It's got Bin Laden written all over it."
"Yeah. That's it, I'm sending it to the CIA."
"And we never had this conversation."
Wed Jul 19 11:09:17 2006
John: Yes we could also have the couple swapping night if you like, there is also a motion for a "win a war, loose the empire" night, but for that I think that you guys should let me know how to set it up, as I am no expert...
Wed Jul 19 10:22:20 2006
That would be good, Lox! (The restaurant!) Not sure about "Coldplay". I'm a little "backward" there... Just been to the barbers... so that was a weight off my mind... ! :)
Wed Jul 19 10:14:45 2006
John: Good shot!! :) Have you seen them before? I think that they are a nice band, although I like Radiohead better!
Wed Jul 19 10:09:10 2006
One of the interesting
features of Lox's
restaurant is that
dining couples will be
asked to swap places
half way through their
Wed Jul 19 10:08:31 2006
So apparently I'm off
to see Coldplay - Chie
somehow got some
last minute tickets.
Which is nice.
Wed Jul 19 10:04:52 2006
Excellent idea, Lox. When d'you intend to start ?
Wed Jul 19 10:01:00 2006
Dsp: What Graf is unemployed at the moment?
Wed Jul 19 08:55:34 2006
When I will be rich I will open my chain of restaurants and I will call it "La Maison de Stuff", as the idea is to cook food from several comntires (incidentally the ones that I lived in or travel frequently to)... All the veggie part will be done with the advice of Monsieur John Hawkins, while the wine selection will be done by Sheri (for the french), Nigel will deal with the "difficult clients" policy, Rob and Dsp entertainment, MM + TM (Tim's Mum) will do the tasting and daily reccomendations...
Then I woke up and I find myself inthis office... MAMMA MIA!! :(
Wed Jul 19 08:55:08 2006
Lox: I think you need to fight Graf for it. FIGHT!!!
Wed Jul 19 08:52:01 2006
Wed Jul 19 08:50:36 2006
It just occurred to me that I AM THE NEXT HOLDER of the unemployment BATON! Since I told the Prato company that I am not going and I have not yet receiver any official contract from the Japanese company I am technically unemployed! Hardly a state that I'd like to be in for a long time, but still... the ROD TO ME!!!
Wed Jul 19 07:47:39 2006
Buongiorno a tutti!!
John: You are right, it's just that I thought it was going to be a little bit nicer on me... Oh well, who cares, ONE WEEK TO GO !!
Wed Jul 19 07:46:03 2006
Morning Maisoneers! Ahhhhh... that first cup of tea... :)
Wed Jul 19 07:16:21 2006
Lox: look at it this
way. If your final days
there were marked with
people telling you they
love you, clinging to
your ankles and
begging you not to
leave, then you'd be
wracked with guilt and
wondering if you'd made
This is just an
unpleasant - but
necessary - part of
the leaving ritual.
Wed Jul 19 01:01:13 2006
MM: No - this was definately miowing I heard.
Tue Jul 18 16:05:51 2006
Dsp/John: CATTIVI !!!
Tue Jul 18 16:03:51 2006
MM: Fortunately I have you!!! I thought I was disappearing... :(
Tue Jul 18 16:03:32 2006
Ignore them Lox. How could they be so unkind to you in your hour of need :)
Tue Jul 18 15:58:23 2006
dsp: or even meowing!!
Tue Jul 18 15:57:46 2006
Tue Jul 18 15:45:58 2006
Yea I thought I heard something too but I wasn't sure. :)
Tue Jul 18 15:43:09 2006
Pardon? Is that a cat miowing?
Tue Jul 18 15:35:45 2006
Dsp: You bastard !!! :D
Tue Jul 18 14:40:06 2006
Can anyone else hear that? Did someone say something?
Tue Jul 18 14:39:25 2006
Dsp: No, let's say that since I am leaving people are pretending that I am not here anymore and that makes me really want to scream!
Tue Jul 18 14:17:26 2006
Speaking of retro computer games, did any of you guys ever play "Cholo"?
Tue Jul 18 14:17:00 2006
Lox: Do you mean body odour?
Tue Jul 18 14:15:35 2006
I am having quite a crap day at the office, all political and personal reasons, I can't wait to get out of this place, I already stink as dead meat and I don't like it...
Tue Jul 18 13:18:27 2006
Sheri: Yeah, until Thursday... But... Now I know I'm a wimpy Englishman... but 32-degrees and no clouds... I have just about evapourated! :|
Tue Jul 18 12:37:14 2006
MM. Take your time. There is no hurry.
Tue Jul 18 11:54:04 2006
Thanks Sheri - its arrived. Have read first 12 pages or so, but must do some work as well. Will continue at lunch. I like what I've read so far. The format seems to be OK. I used to type television scripts many years ago, before computers, for friends of my brother's. Nice little earner it was too.
Tue Jul 18 11:51:17 2006
Thank you Lox. MM, the script is on its way. Nigel: on holiday, aren't you? Lazing about in your garden ?
Tue Jul 18 11:09:53 2006
Splendid, Sheri! Well done! :)
Tue Jul 18 10:36:18 2006
Sheri: Found it!
Tue Jul 18 10:27:51 2006
Sheri: I haven't got your mail!!!!!! can you send me one at the usual address.. .:)
Tue Jul 18 10:26:57 2006
Lox: can't imagine what the "conflict of interest" might be. Suffice to say that she will be at nursery for four days, so I might sneak out for an hour or so after dinner - if I have time, but going on usual work load I end up in the office until about 9pm. I work harder there than at work, and there's no internet access :(
Tue Jul 18 10:24:26 2006
MM: Will send you the mail, as for the Cadets I spot a little "interests conflict" there!
Tue Jul 18 10:19:25 2006
Sheri/Lox/John/Anyone: As I don't want to put my email address on here, if one of you can send Sheri my work email, that would help.
Tue Jul 18 10:12:50 2006
Sheri: always happy to help.
Lox: I was on holiday with friends in Scotland. Cadets happen this Friday when I am spending a week with the little dears at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire - which just happens to be about 4 or 5 miles from my granddaughter. I wonder why I said I go to that one!!! Ulterior motive, me, no surely not.
Tue Jul 18 10:07:34 2006
By the way, MM, if you'd like to read my script too, I would be honoured. Curious to know what you'd think about it...
Tue Jul 18 10:04:15 2006
There. It's done. The die is cast. I've sent my (reviewed) script back to the Writersroom. May the Gods be with me. I implore you, O Dionysus ! Give me that little extra push which every man needs to fulfil his destiny...! I shall not be ungrateful.
Tue Jul 18 09:59:36 2006
MM: Going for a short holiday overthere? Or camping with the cadets?
Tue Jul 18 09:25:13 2006
Jimmy: Skye is a beautiful island. We have had some really good weather there, and some that was so c..p I couldn't wait to leave the place. The Road to the Isles from Fort William (where we were staying) to Mallaig is stunning, and certainly worth doing again and again. I am reliably informed that the Red label local beer is excellent.
Tue Jul 18 09:21:50 2006
John: Of course I can add some IT(Italian) products, name what you need (do you still have the espresso machine for example?)
Tue Jul 18 08:13:40 2006
John: I might be going to England soon, so I was thinking that maybe I could buy some goods to send you... I am not sure if I can sneak into some Sainsburys or Tesco, but if you let me have an idea of what to buy I can then send it from here like I did with dsp...
Tue Jul 18 08:12:37 2006
Dsp: I did ineded looked for "GAT" as a term and I found it. Incidentally it means NARROW so it was a perfect fit for what you were trying to say... :)
Tue Jul 18 08:10:20 2006
not gat, "Great"
Tue Jul 18 07:46:24 2006
Lox: The measure is gat! Thank you. It confirms what i always knew - we always make way too much spaghetti per person.
Tue Jul 18 07:19:13 2006
Dsp: YES!! I am happy that she liked them, cheese should be fine if it is sweaty, as for the measures that's the best that I could find, we really don't eat more than 100grams per person...
Mon Jul 17 22:53:40 2006
The pavesini biscuits remind me of Boudoir Lady Finger biscuits we get over here. Do you get them in Italy?
Mon Jul 17 18:28:02 2006
Lox: The parcel has arrived! It came whilst I was at work. Thank you. Abigail loves the pavesini biscuits (so do I!). The cheese seems fine, it looks like it has sweated a little, but I'm sure it is edible. The spaghetti measure looks wrong, I think it is calibrated for Italians, at least that explains why you're all skinny!
Mon Jul 17 18:27:05 2006
MM- my mother & father live up that way (Skye in fact). They were over on North Uist the weekend of the world cup for some sort of family get-together. "How did it go?" I asked. "Well, there was a fight due to the football" said my mother. "Oh, were there a lot of French and Italian supporters about then?" I said. "No" came the reply, "I was a Benbecula team vs. Lochmaddy".
Mon Jul 17 17:51:53 2006
Well then I'm back from the wilds of North West Scotland. Anyone know who won the World Cup?!!!
Mon Jul 17 16:43:13 2006
No problem, Sheri. My pleasure! Ah, I did wonder about that! I viewed your file using a plain text editor and the headings were fine. I hope you managed to see all those highlights ok! :)
Mon Jul 17 15:45:24 2006
Still, you did a wonderful job. And thank you for your encouragements.
Mon Jul 17 14:15:45 2006
Oh, Nigel, I meant to tell you: the scene headings in the script are all in capital letters. I used a software named Script Smart for the layout. Now you didn't have it, hence the many incongrueties of form you met in it.
Mon Jul 17 14:14:10 2006
Just realised - aren't we communicating around the globe in all directions!!? :)
Mon Jul 17 13:30:27 2006
No problem Sheri - I have replied already! :)
Mon Jul 17 13:28:33 2006
Dsp: Did you get the parcel that I sent?
Mon Jul 17 12:49:19 2006
Nigel. I sent you another mail. Hope it doesn't bother you (just a one page letter).
Mon Jul 17 12:39:25 2006
John, did you send it twice, to add redundancy to the posting of the backup using two differnet couriers that travel in opposite directions around the globe?
Mon Jul 17 12:14:38 2006
dsp: glad to hear it - it was a bit quicker than I expected too (they said 7-10 days).
Mon Jul 17 11:07:30 2006
Lox. You want to know, hu? You want to be part of it, don't you?
Mon Jul 17 11:07:03 2006
John: Your backup arrived from Japan!! Nice card!
Mon Jul 17 10:00:39 2006
Hi everyone, hope y'all had good weekends!
Mon Jul 17 10:00:13 2006
Aw shucks! Well, you know... It was so hot and I'd had a lot to drink.... ;)
Mon Jul 17 09:14:59 2006
Nigel/Sheri: The previous conversation sonds TERRIBLY dodgy to me!
Mon Jul 17 09:10:45 2006
Morning all!! (My pleasure, Sheri!!)
Mon Jul 17 08:36:50 2006
Nigel. Thank you for the baby! I'll be working on it today. Thanks again.
Mon Jul 17 08:24:15 2006
Mon Jul 17 08:23:22 2006
Mon Jul 17 08:16:48 2006
Nigel: Interesting, you forgot to mention that you paid 100 quid for the insurance right? :)
Sun Jul 16 22:54:32 2006
Oh what joy! A PayPal dispute I have with a seller in the US has been resolved in my favour - the seller was at fault (I knew that). PayPal were happy to tell me that I was covered by the Ebay Standard Protection Plan and so have refunded the maximum they can in my case - $0.59... Yep, 59cents or 34p in UK money!!! Good to know how helpful these guarantees are, eh? Splendid!
Sun Jul 16 20:54:43 2006
My tiny brain is boiling
Sun Jul 16 16:23:39 2006
Yes, definitely too hot here.
Sun Jul 16 16:23:00 2006
Sounds like the heat might be getting to you too, Sheri!! (It's certainly too hot to run about outside here, despite common misconceptions about the UK!!) So here I am drinking gin-and-tonic!! Oh yes...
Sun Jul 16 15:13:51 2006
Otherwize, have you heard of the new linux 6 GF type LH with 5000 megaboosters and incorporated flush ?
Sun Jul 16 11:22:52 2006
Lox: Blasphem! Don't you dare insulting my holy name...! Or the vengeance of God will fall upon you!
Sun Jul 16 10:35:06 2006
Sheri: Saint Donald uh?... Interesting, now I have another Saint to target when I have one of my famous "blasphemies runs"! :)
Sun Jul 16 09:39:56 2006
Morning Saints and Sinners!! No early morning surfing for me today. The kids were up and running around at some unlikely hour! Looks like another very hot day out there...
Sun Jul 16 09:25:42 2006
And all that...!
Sun Jul 16 08:34:22 2006
EGO TE ABSOLVO!
Sun Jul 16 08:27:26 2006
Nigel. I think I must be...! Saint Donald, priez pour nous, pauvres pécheurs... (How would I translate it ? Saint Donald, pray for us, miserable sinners that we are...)
Sun Jul 16 08:26:03 2006
Dsp: Too bad... but at least you can get it on Monday... To be honest I think that the chees will do just fine, but as I said in the mail make sure you try it before feeding Abi with it... :P
Sun Jul 16 00:15:37 2006
And so it is! Ha! Are you a "Saint" then Sheri? ;)
Sat Jul 15 20:34:19 2006
By the way, Didn't you know it was Donald's day in the Christian calendar today ?!!! What do we say to our dear beloved Sheri...?
Sat Jul 15 17:00:39 2006
Script safely received ! :) Will have a read later on.....
Sat Jul 15 15:23:47 2006
ps. No one gets sodomized in my script, but that too could be arranged...
Sat Jul 15 14:42:08 2006
KEV, that could be arranged...! DSP: How about being the bad guy? Or the one who get sodomised in a basement....
Sat Jul 15 14:40:42 2006
i'd prefer a sitting down part at a bar ;)
Sat Jul 15 14:24:07 2006
Donald: if the bbc like your script, can we all get walk on parts?
Sat Jul 15 14:23:25 2006
OK Sheri - I'll "collect" it later when the kids have gone to bed and read it then... :)
Sat Jul 15 14:23:25 2006
Lox: my parcel arrived! :-) But I was out :-( Now I have to wait until monday. I wonder how the cheese is doing?
Sat Jul 15 14:22:02 2006
Nigel: I sent you the script. Thanks again.
Sat Jul 15 14:16:54 2006
... and of course, Isobel will not eat her lunch now because her tummy is already full!! :( Kev: Yes, the check-out lady did smile at the half-eaten bread, but it's barcode still scanned ok!
Yes, enjoy Milan Lox! How lucky to be able to just "nip down the road to Milan"!! I could just nip to Oswestry... but I think I'll give it a miss!! :))) Don't spend too much!
Sat Jul 15 14:13:47 2006
Lox: I think John knew it too. Enjoy your shopping!
Sat Jul 15 13:29:53 2006
you mean back, of course, never mind just drink lots of good wine to dull the pain!
Sat Jul 15 13:10:06 2006
I am off to Milan today, doing some shopping and a pot of dinner with Marta's friends... I have a nasty back ache, I hope is nothing serious because it's a pain in the arse!
Sat Jul 15 13:08:39 2006
Sheri: Look at the positivce side, putting the mail in the parcel ensures attention from the clerk, so you are sure to get a good review, and (keep finger crossed) it might be a good chance to move a step forward.... don't you think... DONALD? :) :) :) :) :) (actually now that I think of it, I might have been the ONLY ONE who knew your real name here at la maison..... .:))
Sat Jul 15 13:07:28 2006
Nigel: yep, Donald it is! hard to believe, hu ? Anyway, thanks, I'll send you the script in the course of the afternoon.
Sat Jul 15 12:44:09 2006
Don't you just love it when kids do that, its a bit annoying esp. when its an apple or somethinf that clearly has to be weighed, but I suppose young kids can be excused. HOWEVER when an adult opens a can of coke or pakect of crisps that they havent yet paid for this is clearly STEALING. What if they got a phone call and had to dash off, abandoning the shopping except for the bits they stole by eating. Grrrr that made me angry just thinking about it!!!
Sat Jul 15 12:40:15 2006
Morning all! Sure, Sheri (Donald?!?! Could this be your true first-name?) by all means I'd be happy to look at your work. There's an email address on my blog page etc.! Typical that they lost it, but pretty impressive that they actually bothered to ask for a replacement! :)
Well so far I've been shopping to Sainsbury's :((( Talk about crowded! Just me and Isobel. She took a "petit baton" which is a small French loaf apparently, and startted eating it as we walked round.
Sat Jul 15 12:37:22 2006
Lox: Actually, the fuckers lost it! :
Unfortunately, we can't seem to find your script, it is very rare that a script goes missing but simply because of the number of script we manage, this can happen.
We are very sorry about this, if you'd like to send us another copy of your script we'll make sure it's considered and returned to you as soon as possible. Please mark your script for the attention of the Script Assistant and enclose a copy of this email
Sat Jul 15 12:23:39 2006
Kev: I SEeeeeeee.. .Yep there are a lot of bean counters here in Pizzaland, shame that they don't know how to do it.. :) When it comes to savings I am a bit of a bean counter myself! :)
Sat Jul 15 12:18:51 2006
Sheri: Is it good that they are asking for a new copy? It sounds like that... Anyways let me know how I can help and if I can I will do it! :)
Sat Jul 15 12:18:02 2006
And do not worry! If you can't (be bothered), I won't be resentful...
Sat Jul 15 11:55:42 2006
There is no obligation, of course, but it would maximize my potential of success.
Sat Jul 15 11:54:11 2006
John, Lox, Nigel: remember I sent a script to the BBC writersroom? Well, I just got a mail from them asking for a new copy. I'll give you the details later, but I take it as a wonderful opportunity to revise my script, which I'm doing now. Nigel, John: given that you're both English (or Welsh), would it be possible for one of you to check the syntax and spelling? It would require a few hours or a whole afternoon, depending on how fast you read.
Sat Jul 15 11:51:15 2006
I'm having a rather boring day. I don't seem to have the enthusiasm to do anything creative, so instead I've just been downloading video podcasts etc. Blimey there is a lot of complete crap out there isn't there?
Sat Jul 15 10:59:27 2006
also its a derogatory label, you are not usually hired as a been-counter. you must have these people in large italian companies
Sat Jul 15 10:03:50 2006
been counters is also a british phrase, but to lox, bean counter:someone who works within the financial department. usually associated with saving money or working out prouct/profit ratios and then improving them using measuring metrics.
Sat Jul 15 10:01:53 2006
define: Bean Counter-..... ?
Sat Jul 15 09:04:59 2006
John: Bean Counters may be an American thing originally. It's fairly common...but old.
Sat Jul 15 03:54:11 2006
Oh well, at least I didn't send an angry email about bean counting mentality to my boss at 2AM last night when I was drunk... Oh, no, having checked my sent items folder it appears I actually did. Oh well.
Sat Jul 15 01:00:12 2006
so John, what japanese for 'bean counter'. how about French, Italian, ancient greek, latin and welsh? oh and hiroshima dialect? bee-an cowntar (thats norfolk btw)
Fri Jul 14 22:37:43 2006
John, Sounds like there is potential to make a few Yen here. Black market in bug fixes. Oh Yes.
Fri Jul 14 20:03:17 2006
... well actually, I might just have "pushed the envelope" there a bit... Ooops! Where can I hide?
Fri Jul 14 19:35:15 2006
John: do you get a point deducted for creating a bug? If not, just create loads-a-bugs and then fix them. Bingo, game the system, become top dog. I hear your place loves buffers without overflow protection :-)
Fri Jul 14 19:35:09 2006
... and any sane person is probably consuming a carefully prepared evening meal. Whereas I've run out of beer and have now poured myself a generous Laphroaig! Oh and the family are home (:))) and I don't appear to be in trouble yet! Marvellous!
Fri Jul 14 19:21:52 2006
...actually when I arrived home there was nobody here... So I'm probably going to be in trouble when they all get back and I'm drunk! :))
Fri Jul 14 18:48:51 2006
Oh, and "Hi!" Lox... Didn't see you there :)) (Yes, I've been drinking beer since I got home!)
Fri Jul 14 18:17:18 2006
Yes John... Where I work is full of them! :))
Jimmy: You are right, of course. An operating system is purely a way to get all the hardware components in the box to talk to each other. In that respect a "basic" system such as a Unix/Linux Kernel or MS-DOS is sufficient. I used to love command-line and hate buttons.
A good "crux" of your argument (and I don't want any head-banging, it might hurt!) could be how inefficiently this extra "dressing" code is written, so you need all the fancy hardware, the extra RAM, the bigger hard-drive just to accomodate it. Not really wanting to push the Mac bit too much, Apple seem to have produced a system that gives us all the "gloss" but running on pretty basic (for Windows) systems. I mean 1.5ghz processors and 128mb graphics cards?! OK dual-core, but still...
Fri Jul 14 18:16:22 2006
Jimmy: I agree with you, I find it stupid if that was to be the case. But remember that MS has got its hands inside most of the hardware makers nowadays, meaning that the more HW you buy the more money they get. Moreover they must DRM everything now, so that's why they are pushing for a massive switch to pieces that can be controlled, rather than letting you run the os on machines of the "old free generation". That's why my 'puters (3 at the moment) will always run XP prior to the Disadvantage (if I can continue not updating), maybe one of them will have to run the new stuff, but rigorously OFF LINE, so that they can fuck themselves with their controls and checks.
Fri Jul 14 18:16:09 2006
Does anyone outside of my company use the term "bean counters" - it refers to brain dead management who can only evaulate performance with schoolboy statistics. Bag of bollocks if you ask me.
Fri Jul 14 17:59:46 2006
I'm feeling somewhat belligerent right now, having received a particularly twatty email at work. My company seems to be obsessed with rankings and league tables, and the idiot management's only way of evaluating performance seems to be counting the number of bug fixes each developer has made. It seems irrelevant to them how much time those bug fixes take, or how important they are to the quality of the product. It is simply a case of the higher the number, the better you are. As a result developers are driven to focus on trivial and easy fixes, because that's what they'll get recognition for. This may be part of the reason that Vista is largely a pile of shit at the moment.
Fri Jul 14 17:51:19 2006
If anyone is expecting me to jump in here and defend Vista, then you may not be entirely surprised to hear that I simply can't be arsed.
Fri Jul 14 17:38:19 2006
dsp- it's not to concept I dislike ... it's how far they've taken it. Of course 3.11 is crap. I feel like I'm beating my head against a brick wall with you guys though ... how can anyone *possibly* justify a mega graphics card requirement to simply boot the desktop? It's so far OTT that it's utterly unbelievable.
Fri Jul 14 17:21:51 2006
Jimmy: Stick with Windows 3.11 who needs 32-bit?
Fri Jul 14 17:01:46 2006
Yeah yeah- I know that tech companies should try to "Move things forward" ... but to the extent that you need mega-graphics to load the basic desktop is utterly unreasonable. They're just trying to get you to buy a new computer. With new software. I think it has no utility at all. It's merely "Pretty".
Fri Jul 14 16:40:08 2006
Rob: So does that mean that you're getting to redesign that system (or whatever it was) that was antiquated, causing problems? If it's preferred by you, congrats.
Fri Jul 14 15:24:52 2006
Well Jimmy, it's now a mute point with me I suppose :) !However... To address your points, apart from the porn angle (let's use Ebay as an example instead!:)) you are quite right. But it could be argued that we could all drive Lada's or Skoda's or Trabants if we just wanted "utility". However design should be about improving "our lot". This is clearly where the Mac OS X shines brighter.
Fri Jul 14 14:09:57 2006
Jimmy you are right. It is not needed for those tasks. Some people choose to use a pen and paper. As a consumer you have the choice not to buy it. Many other people will. I myself will not until it becomes the standard offering with my next laptop.
Fri Jul 14 14:01:31 2006
I say again: "Most people only want to use their computer for word processing, looking at their digital photos and surfing for porn." Despite what you guys have said, you don't seem to have addressed this basic point. I don't want mega-graphics to load a fecking desktop!
Fri Jul 14 13:45:36 2006
I just can't figure out why it's taken MS so long to get Vista out. I mean they can't be short of resources! Why all the false starts? On the design front, I used to run StarDock's WindowBlinds and DesktopX on Windows to give me the options I wanted to change the appearance. To be honest I expected MS to actually buy-out Stardock!
Fri Jul 14 13:38:55 2006
Lox: You're right, but this is a long-term strategy. The work that MS has put in provides a platform for its future. Remember the difference between DOS and Windows? This is a similar shift. I think it will take 5 to 10 years before Vista gets mass uptake.
Fri Jul 14 12:47:39 2006
I don't know much about Vista, I didn't read the new specs as I wanted it to be out and officila before doing so... Generally speaking I think that they are trying to enter that niche of the market that Mac has, i.e. the "cool" environment that might appeal to designers and people like that... Maybe I am mistaken, but it seems that computers are becoming a stable feature in everyone's house, hence the need of making it look good for furniture aspects. Macs are great at doing this, PCs are quite crap..
Fri Jul 14 12:12:49 2006
Although I think I won't be in a hurry to upgrade to Vista, I really admire Microsoft's visionary ambition. They want to provide a 'cinematic' user experience. They kind of interface magic you would normally see in a movie. I'm sure it would be much easier for them to not bother, but where's the fun in that. But the key difference with Vista is the shift from a raster to vector based graphics. The biggest advantage is that this can look good on massive high resolution displays, whereas bitmap would look rubbish or tiny. This really will enable the evolution of Johnny Mneumonic style computer interaction (instead of teletext). IMHO it is all about screen resolution.
Fri Jul 14 11:32:25 2006
OK- so what's Windows Vista about? I mean, most people only want to use their computer for word processing, looking at their digital photos and surfing for porn. So what's with the "Minimum spec"? Why do I need a super-computer to be able to run a fecking desktop? And "Aero GUI"?!?!? WTF?!?! Why on God's earth would I want transparent buttons? How will that make my computer more useful? I truly believe Microsoft has got its head so far up its own arse that it's lost the plot entirely. Is anybody really gonna buy this crap? I tell you what: just the other day my old laptop died. It ran Win98 (being quite old) and I never bothered to upgrade. Considering the supercomputer-tyre requirements for "Modern" Windows, and Microsoft's "genuine disadvantage" that is basically spyware (and possibly even illegal) there's no way I'm gonna buy their bloody OS. I'm gonna replace my laptop with a Mac. And when my desktop needs to be replaced, that's gonna be a Mac too. I really have had enough. Just tell me: what *is* wrong with these people, and why do they think it's necessary to have a swanky graphics card to boot the bloody desktop?!?!?!?!!!!
Fri Jul 14 10:53:23 2006
Rob: I mean that must be new technology right? I am sure you remember where I got the quote from.. .:)
Fri Jul 14 09:44:24 2006
Rob: Good one sir! I am sure that you'll do marvels in the new position, when do we get to see the "SHITTER" built for real based on the specs that you are working on now? :)
Fri Jul 14 09:43:41 2006
I've not got a new job, just changed a little in the job that I have. I'm now working on new technologies, that I get to design, rather than slogging away, firefighting with the old system. Much preferable.
Fri Jul 14 09:20:10 2006
I had assumed an expresso was a short, quick coffee which was not shy about conveying its feelings.
Fri Jul 14 09:13:20 2006
CIao everyone! I am on holiday today! Yes UBRIACO (with one "B") means drunk, while I didn't correct the expresso thingy because the important thing is the concept, I recognize it as a foreign word so.... :) If you were writing in Italian I would have mentioned it though!" :)
Fri Jul 14 09:11:23 2006
Ah, what a pleasant feeling that the working week is drawing to a close! I have spent a large part of this afternoon moving desks, which has been an oddly gratifying experience. Plus no chance of having to stay late tonight - there's a team outing, and in order to make sure we get a table it has been decreed that we must all leave on the dot of 5:30. Naturally I'm not arguing the point. :)
Fri Jul 14 09:04:36 2006
Travis: You are correct, I suspect. Lox was being too polite to correct me!! :)
Oh, and morning all! Car back in to garage after the work they did a couple of weeks ago leaked...
Fri Jul 14 08:44:02 2006
Travis: I think ubbriaco means totally drunk. Either that or it is something very rude (typically the case whenever Sheri and Lox converse in Italian!).
Fri Jul 14 03:50:43 2006
I hate to be the corrector, but at least in the US "expresso" is a mispronunciation of "espresso". Perhaps overseas, I'm in the wrong.
What a fine Summer semester this is. I'm finetuning my Lecture Notes for Mythology (they'll be available at the end of this semester, Lox, in early August). I'm also leading a Greek study group in preparation for teaching 1st Semester Greek in the Fall. Finally, I'm working on a paper in ancient philosophy. I'm stepping away from Aristotle for the first time in a long time. This will be on the connection between the Pythagorean Number and the Platonic Form. Good stuff.
Thu Jul 13 23:11:53 2006
Lox: My inbox wasn't as interesting as I first thought, but a friend of mine recently let his daughter marry and so sent me a whole bundle of photographs to view. So I had to offer my comments!... :)
Thu Jul 13 22:16:05 2006
Nigel: I wish I had emails to read on the countrary!!! :)
Sheri: Good MAN!!!! :)
Thu Jul 13 22:11:45 2006
Sweet dreams, Sheri. I'm just sitting here trying to catch up on emails I've been ignoring for a week...
Thu Jul 13 22:09:52 2006
OK, off to Bedfordshire ! I believe I've reached my quota of insanities for the day...
Thu Jul 13 21:52:26 2006
VIVE LA FRANCE, VIVE PETAIN (the old fart)...!
Thu Jul 13 21:50:19 2006
DUCE, DUCE, DUCE, DUCE, DUCE.....
Thu Jul 13 21:48:04 2006
Thu Jul 13 21:46:07 2006
Lox: perdonami, amico mio, sono una volta di piu totalmente ubbriaco.
Thu Jul 13 21:45:21 2006
Sheri: I see, now we are shocked about Materazzi insults... Marvellous! :) Please DO give back the Mona Lisa plus the other gazzillion things that you stole from us! :)
Thu Jul 13 21:43:26 2006
ABASSO GLI ITALIANI !!! Branco di Mascalzoni zenza educazione !!!!
Thu Jul 13 21:42:40 2006
Nigel: I'm there all right. Couldn't digest Materrazi's insults. I had to chill out for a while, far away from Lox and his insufferable boasting...
Thu Jul 13 21:40:35 2006
Nigel: Indeed... a small size cappuccino...
Thu Jul 13 16:19:03 2006
Ahhh... Is that the expresso with frothy milk?
Thu Jul 13 16:07:06 2006
Rob, you have a new job? I've really been slacking of late. I haven't updated my page in a long time. Perhaps this weekend.
Thu Jul 13 15:55:27 2006
Nigel: Already had my "macchiato"... As for Sheri coming on and off, he might be busy with his exams, although he likes the part of the shady one that is absent for long times but that in relaity lingers in the background...
Thu Jul 13 15:47:41 2006
Yo Sheri! You *are* still here! Have you been busy?
Lox: I recommend a nice cup of that splendid Italian coffee... I could use one myself right now... :(
Thu Jul 13 15:45:10 2006
The second option could be nice, but I am at work, so to speak, it ain't the easiset thing to do (entertain a pussy) here... :)
Thu Jul 13 15:26:47 2006
I don't know, Lox, get a cat to keep you busy! (Or a pussy...)
Thu Jul 13 15:05:08 2006
I AM BOREEEEDDDDDDDDDDD. Now that's official!
Thu Jul 13 14:02:03 2006
Kev: I preferred the - http://www.theregister.com/2006/07/13/aol_considers_change/ - at about half way down the first page. Talking about the changes to Internet Explorer at version4. Makes for interesting reading, I thought!! :)
Thu Jul 13 13:58:15 2006
Thu Jul 13 13:38:25 2006
Rob: How is the new job shaping up? Any improvements at all? I remember you being quite stressed about it...
Thu Jul 13 13:06:49 2006
dsp: thanks a lot! I really must get the others up. I have been given a load more wedding photos to post up to. So much data, so little time.
Thu Jul 13 12:57:17 2006
John: Yup, anything that it's SLIGHTLY old in Japan gets destroyed forever... :)
Thu Jul 13 12:27:08 2006
Dsp: Nope, but once it's made the plan is to live off the subscriptions and general merchandise, then float the company on the stock market in 2 to 3 years, and subsequantly buy Microsoft.
Thu Jul 13 12:26:40 2006
Lox: fascinating - the
exact opposite of that
policy is used here in
Tokyo. Except that the
cut-off point is 20
years rather than 200.
Thu Jul 13 12:13:29 2006
Lox: Would your game involve sitting around drinking coffee?
Thu Jul 13 12:08:36 2006
One of the things that I'd love to do in life is to create an online management game, I have so many ideas and yet so little skill to make it... frustrating!
Thu Jul 13 11:20:24 2006
Dsp: Florence has a policy of destroying everything that is not older than 200 years, hence there is virtually no urban growth as you might imagine.
Thu Jul 13 10:50:56 2006
John: On arrival of that DVD, I'll post it back to you. Then you can return it etc. It is much safer to keep the backup on the move rather than in our houses which are prone to meteor strikes.
Thu Jul 13 10:47:59 2006
John: Never underestimate the bandwidth of an envelope full of DVDs.
Thu Jul 13 10:44:44 2006
Next time the site goes offline we've now got a workable alternative. Instead, I could set up another website, post messages to a new board there, then back up that site, burn the back up onto DVD, and then post it to you all.
Thu Jul 13 10:29:00 2006
Dsp: Yes but they kind of requested a sort of exclusive... Plus I cannot be a salesman for a company and a buyer of the same product for another one, I'd have a bit of an interests conflict...
Thu Jul 13 10:27:47 2006
dsp: I posted the DVD off today, but don't hold your breath - whilst in my experience it usually takes about 4 or 5 working days, the post office here gave a very conservative estimate of 7-10 days. Either way, it could still be less time than it would take to actually download all of that from the site!
Thu Jul 13 10:27:21 2006
Rob: I've just been looking at your honeymoon pictures part deux. Very nice! I especially like the following quote:
A lovely bit of tumbledown Florentine architecture.
Most of Florence is tumbledown.
They probably have some sort of preservation order to kick the hell out of new buildings.
Thu Jul 13 10:16:25 2006
I don't fully understand what services you will be providing, but I can guess. Ultimately, your company could become an Italian / Japanese / Global textile brokerage.
Thu Jul 13 10:08:43 2006
Lox: Consider this... if you are self-employed but working for the company in Japan, there is little or no reason why you cannot also offer services to the company in Prato! Before you know it, you may have to employ someone else to help out.
Thu Jul 13 10:07:24 2006
Interesting... the company in Prato (as of now) hasn't replied yet...
Thu Jul 13 10:04:45 2006
Yes, I saw one the other day in WH Smiths: "Neuro-linguistic Programming for Dummies". Now there's a title!! :))
Thu Jul 13 09:57:53 2006
Thanks Lox - it has evolved over the last year (or so).
Thu Jul 13 09:57:22 2006
T-Boy, we do get the dummies books over here. Very popular.
Thu Jul 13 09:28:46 2006
Dsp: I have just realized that your blog is written by YOU is Asp and several other languages. Can I say that I am utterly impressed? How long did it take to make the blog engine and all?
Thu Jul 13 08:55:51 2006
Dsp: It might still be early for you, but if you read this message, please check your mail because I need some more details for the shipment. Hopefully the package will leave today, should arrive in a couple of days at your place (will send with UPS and will give you the tracking number later)...
Thu Jul 13 08:23:19 2006
So finally yesterday I edcided to write to the Prato company telling them that I MIGHT get another offer from the Japanese company... Let's see what happens next....
Thu Jul 13 08:04:09 2006
Travis: Yep he publishes in Italian all the work and then after a couple of months it's all translated. He's a good writer, I like his stuff.
Thu Jul 13 07:57:10 2006
I've just been taking a browse around the code tables on unicode.org, and I've had to stand back in admiration of what a great job those Unicode guys have done. Isn't Unicode brilliant?
Thu Jul 13 04:01:49 2006
...and blimey, this is
what they call hot.
Thu Jul 13 00:40:30 2006
Blimey, this is what they call "early".
Wed Jul 12 22:57:13 2006
i never read the book either. i know i will hate it because its a bestseller. Dumbed-down sheeple fodder. Harsh but true!
Wed Jul 12 22:41:32 2006
Lox: Is all of Eco's material published in Italian originally? I wonder if he bothers to publish his philosophical work in Italian. I mean no offense, but there's surely a larger English-speaking/reading audience for that sort of material.
Wed Jul 12 22:26:43 2006
I'm so bold, I hate the Da Vinci Code without having read it. Actually, I just didn't like the film. As I said, it's Foucault's Pendulum for Dummies. Do you have that series of books? Like, DOS for Dummies or something?
Wed Jul 12 22:24:56 2006
Dsp: In English, like most of the literature that I read normally... I read in Italian only if the authour is Italian... Reading in the original language as the book has been thought it's much better.
Jimmy: You are right, there are some things that are not quite "consistent" in the book, but it is fiction in the end, and I liked the fact that he managed to make it look real even if it's not. Umberto Eco criticized him a lot on the same point that you bring forward, saying that he didn't come up with anything new really... I liked the book, it made sense (not always), it was a bit predictable but it was a fun reading, I wouldn't compare it to "the name of the rose" (U.Eco) but it was ok...
Wed Jul 12 17:42:59 2006
Good points, Jimmy. I see what you mean. I must admit to liking "thrillers" so read it like that - expecting the author to "stretch" reality a bit at times. I did, however, like the references to the Mona Lisa and Last Supper for eg's because I was able to check on the paintings myself and form an opinion. Once we had an albino mad-monk in the plot I knew we were getting a bit "fanciful"!!
For me, me my main gripe would be the horrible formulaic way it was written - no "class" really. Every chapter had to end on some breathless crescendo!
Wed Jul 12 16:02:49 2006
Emperor Constantine was not a Holy Christian Crusader, he converted to Christianity by being baptised on his death bed. Most people would agree that he was hedging his bets.
Wed Jul 12 15:55:18 2006
Jimmy: Are there any falses that spring to mind?
Wed Jul 12 15:37:00 2006
DAMN! missed the word "Not". "It would *not* harm the plot to put in the true origin" is what I meant (ggrrrrrr)
Wed Jul 12 15:07:27 2006
Nigel- I'm with the detractors when it comes the the Da Vinci code. The reason is this: most fiction set in the real world, is set in a world that is real. By which I mean the characters and story are ficticious, but the world in which they take place is not. Obviously, this adds to the believability of the fiction, making it seem more real. Indeed, this technique is employed in so many books that most people will take it for granted that the world in which the fiction is set is generally realistic. However, Dan Brown's books present themselves as harmless fiction, but actually contain pleny of untruths about the rest of the world. The astounding thing is that many of them play no part in furthering the plot whatsoever ... they're simply lies chucked-in for no apparent reason. The catholic church aside, typical examples include things such as putting-in a note that descibes the origin of a specific word. Although it would harm the plot to put in the true origin, Mr. Brown inserts a total lie for no reason at all. Whereas you or I might read a book (and indeed I have read this one) and see a comment about some part of reality, and take it with a pich of salt, you have to wonder how many people will read it and think "Oh really ... I never knew that". Believe me- they're thicker on the ground than you might imagine. I know plenty of people who, when discussing the book, will say things like "Well, it really opened my eyes. It really gave me something to think about." Admittedly it's not Dan Brown's fault that people are stupid, but in its own way this book has served to mislead a large number of easily inflenced people. I think it's really rather poisonous.
Wed Jul 12 15:05:51 2006
Yes, me too. I enjoyed the book - though it gets a bit hectic at times. Good, romping adventure (and it was sold as fiction not fact which is what puszzles me about all the detactors). Not tried the film yet - I'll probably wait for the DVD release now.
Wed Jul 12 13:20:22 2006
Lox: I am deliberately reading it before seeing the film. Did you read the English version or an Italian translation?
Wed Jul 12 12:58:38 2006
Dsp: I have read it, it's a very good book, page turner all the way. The movie was ok I guess, doesn't live up to the written counterpart.
Wed Jul 12 12:47:05 2006
Lox/John: Emails en route.
Wed Jul 12 12:43:06 2006
Nigel: Sadly no patterns that I could fathom.
Wed Jul 12 12:42:13 2006
I like the locker idea, you might get the FBI scoping the locker to see who deposits the disks.
Wed Jul 12 12:41:54 2006
Speaking of The DaVinci Code has anyone read it? I had a long train journey and read the first 1/3. Its very good.
Wed Jul 12 12:41:22 2006
how about a using a locker in a train station. You could then always carry the key with you. So if you ever get murdered etc. they can find out who you are by tracing the key to the locker and this the mds archives.
Also It would be pretty cool waltzing up to a station, searching the lockers for the matching number then opening it up only to remove a suitcase stuffed full of mds DVDs
Wed Jul 12 12:40:26 2006
John: Put the dvd in some sort of safe-box and spread the password among the several regulars of la maison! :)
Wed Jul 12 12:15:37 2006
dsp: Sound like some new kind of DaVinci Code... Did you find any hidden messages?
Wed Jul 12 11:27:44 2006
dsp: while you're at it,
could you email me
your postal address as
well? I'd like to send
you a DVD, on the
principle that you're
the furthest away from
Paris (see kev's post
Wed Jul 12 10:49:51 2006
Dsp: I managed to fing the spaghetti gizmo!!! Plus some biscuits that I hope you don't get in england (PAVESINI) plus some crackers that John always likes and the Parmesan... The problem with the parmesn is that it's meant to be stored in the fridge. So I bought a small piece, will try to Fedex it to you and see if it arrives alive or not... Hoping that customs won't feast on the parcel! :) Now I need your address, can you send it to my mail?
Wed Jul 12 10:42:58 2006
Rob: I was going to congratulate you on your perspicacity... Then I relaised it was an MS site... However I *do* like the blue banner/logo!! :)
Wed Jul 12 10:13:41 2006
Morning all! Kev: Have you tried the "Solid" option for the RAR compression system? For JPGs this really works surprisingly well (And to avoid registering the WinRAR you can use the Command-Line version ;)). In fact much better than most others. I tried 7Z (as it's freeware!) but it didn't improve on RARs Solid.
Wed Jul 12 10:11:32 2006
My own Symposium! http://www.langnetsymposium.com/
Wed Jul 12 09:22:13 2006
John: I think that BRADLEY appeared exactely 23,985 times over the past ten years, I counted them all. That number swells to 23,986 if we count BRADLIONI (the name that we proposed for Tim's daughter).
Wed Jul 12 08:23:52 2006
Talking of compression, have you tried 7-z. apparently it uses LMZA which is mucho goodo. And I can confirm it compresses very well.
Wed Jul 12 08:17:57 2006
dsp: makes me wonder
how well the site
backup would compress.
Obviously it wouldn't
shave much off all the
jpegs, but there is a
lot of text with
probably a lot of
repetition - how many
times does the word
bradley appear, for
Wed Jul 12 00:59:08 2006
Lox: no its just on an
ad-hoc basis at the
moment. There is a
fair bit of overhead in
just scanning all the
directories, and so I
think our hosting
company might get a
bit annoyed if it ran
Wed Jul 12 00:52:15 2006
To save space, I have backed up every other byte. Using this technique I have achieved an impressive 50% saving!
Wed Jul 12 00:14:48 2006
perhaps you should get a backup of mds to the north american continent somehow. After all everyone knows that either europe(Paris) or east asia always gets hit first/one after the other in the event of an asteroid strike! possiblly somewhere highground not too near the Whitehouse.
Tue Jul 11 19:46:42 2006
John: I have stored the backup in a safe, so one copy is Europe as well!!! :) Will you berunning incremental backups every day with the mac server?
Tue Jul 11 16:16:34 2006
Right, well bedtime for me now. I did another backup of the site tonight, and burned it onto another DVD - so I can sleep soundly in the knowledge that the 'Maison is safely backed up... Good night chaps!
Tue Jul 11 16:06:44 2006
Rob: have just sent you an email to your icar account.
Tue Jul 11 16:04:51 2006
Wow! Well all I can say is, aren't Sanyo cameras good quality?!?!? Plus it's been around a bit. You don't see them much in the UK, only their video cameras. Well, in the places I visit!
I think I'll say that again for effect "Wow!" 14000!!
Tue Jul 11 15:39:51 2006
You know, on an average day I use four different browsers - IE at work; Firefox on Windows and Safari on the Mac at home; and then Opera on my mobile inbetween. I couldn't be any more ambivalent if I tried!
Tue Jul 11 15:32:16 2006
Lox: I meant that metaphorically, what with all the recent talk of dissention to other technologies / operating systems, and ASP being an MS product.... (oh, I am writing this message in Safari on the Mac by the way).
Tue Jul 11 15:29:04 2006
John: Wow that's quite a lot of pictures! Nice stuff!! As for knowing ASP... mmmm I doubt that I am among the number of people who know it! :)
Tue Jul 11 15:23:04 2006
On a totally unrelated note (again), Chie was watching a clip of Romeo and Juliet just now, and I was trying to remember who it was that said "A plague on both your houses". Putting that into Google Images came up with a picture of Sooty and Sweep, which I found delightfully surreal.
Tue Jul 11 15:17:58 2006
...and the answer is 14000. There are 28000+ JPEGs but you've got to cut out half of those for thumbnails.
Tue Jul 11 15:11:13 2006
Tue Jul 11 15:10:10 2006
Lox: ASP. Come back to what you know!
Tue Jul 11 15:09:21 2006
John: Is SMP coded in php? or cgi? or whatever?
Tue Jul 11 15:03:06 2006
Tue Jul 11 15:00:24 2006
Hey can anyone guess how many photos there are under /john/pictures/...? I think I have just found out the number for the first time.
Tue Jul 11 14:54:55 2006
Lovely.... Considering my abysmal skills in coding I'd give it a whoppin 31,98% chances of working now... Point is: is the server not able to run the files?
Tue Jul 11 14:46:13 2006
Lox: hmmmm.... hard to tell for sure, but I would give it a 42.8% chance of working.
Tue Jul 11 14:43:17 2006
Tech Guys: Sorry again... Would this program work on LA MAISON? HERE
I find that the lack of stats is wearing me down a bit so I was wondering if it is possible to get this program to run for us... Problem is, is the server going to run it?!
Tue Jul 11 14:28:18 2006
Not to worry... I've just had a new "batch" of customers arrive... :(
Tue Jul 11 14:14:41 2006
Are we talking "bread" now??? Ooooh, my head hurts...
Tue Jul 11 14:13:19 2006
Using my prototype in-built French-to-Spanish translator, I'm guessing those living on the Iberian peninsula might say el mottias del giorneza.
Tue Jul 11 14:12:29 2006
dsp: ten out of ten for use of "batch" there - I think it is, as the French might say, le mot du jour (or il motti del giorno in Italian... maybe).
Tue Jul 11 14:10:12 2006
Dsp: I see so I can use php on la maison too... I'll try out a couple of things... :)
Tue Jul 11 14:01:29 2006
Not the same physical server, but one of the same 'batch'
Tue Jul 11 13:54:28 2006
Dsp: Nice one! But Is nonhostile hosted on la maison server? In that case I can try to learn PHP, I was following a web based course, but then I wasn't sure if I could use it so I stopped... :P
Tue Jul 11 13:50:53 2006
Ha! Well dsp, I've gone and registered! Very swish!! (Feel free to "delete me" as it's just a test) Oh... well, work's not that interesting at the moment!! ;)
Tue Jul 11 13:46:34 2006
Lox: Yes it is. For example, I was testing a php based forum over on my site, http://www.nonhostile.com/forum/
Tue Jul 11 13:39:31 2006
Tech Guys: Is PHP usable here on la Maison? Sorry fot the stupid qurestion but I can't remember what was NOT usable on the site...
Tue Jul 11 13:37:19 2006
Dsp: I am going to use my company account! :)))) Although we might have some problems with customs, you know WMDs and the likes...
Tue Jul 11 13:23:21 2006
Lox: I don't think you could afford the postage costs.
Tue Jul 11 13:15:55 2006
Dsp: I will BAKE especially for her my World Famous BREAD, if she can eat that you can give her Radioactive Lead even! :) (self humor, today I am feeling nice!)
Tue Jul 11 13:01:02 2006
Nice one Lox! Abi is not allergic to anything we know of and we've given her most things.
Tue Jul 11 12:59:40 2006
Dsp: I will check the supermarket, Marta will LOVE to buy Abi something, is she allergic to something? I think that some biscuity thing will be the main choice (I have had a quick research among the mothers here at the office) :) As for me, Jaffa Cakes would be exciting (I love them so much, but also Marta and she's at home more than me...)... Any other thing like Monster Munch or Wine Gummies are ok obviously! :)
Tue Jul 11 12:48:12 2006
Lox: What is popular amongst Italian bambinis approximately 1 year old that would travel well? Would you like some Monster Munch and Jaffa Cakes?
Tue Jul 11 11:45:26 2006
Thanks Lox! That new word will be very useful!! :)))
Tue Jul 11 11:42:15 2006
Nigel: Can I reccomend a very Florentine word for the obnoxius bloke? That would be : FAVA (means "fava bean", but it's used to say "stupid" "idiot" "dick" and "ignrant" all at the same time)
Tue Jul 11 11:40:27 2006
Dsp: Mmmm lemme think, the cat piss Basil is better to leave it there, but there might be a couple of things that I might be interested in, I'll let you know! Anyways it's grated parmisan and the spaghetti thingy for 'ya.. Anything else? Nothing for Abi? Does she eat biscuits, chocolate and the likes?
Tue Jul 11 11:37:39 2006
Ahhh, that's better! I will now use the word "CETRIOLINA" to describe the next obnoxous bloke I have to see. Let's see if I can mutter it under my breath in a satisfying way... (I know you would use the word in a different way, but this seems appropriate - I have not turned gay all of a sudden!)
Tue Jul 11 11:37:14 2006
HERE it's the old phrasebook you should find everything that you might want to know, look for CAROTINA, CETRIOLINA, MELANZANINA and VERRO.
Tue Jul 11 11:35:13 2006
Dsp: Mmmmm NOPE!! The best that I can do for him is RAPA !!! ("Rape" in English apparently...)
Tue Jul 11 11:30:58 2006
I will make it a bit clearer. In the Radstock days there was a scale of "beauty" of women, it all started from a way of referring to a beautiful lass when I was in Sardinia for holiday. A very good friend of mine told me that "that one is a CETRIOLINA", which means LITTLE CUCUMBER. I will not enter the details of WHY he said that, but me and John decided that it was going to be employed in England as well. I think that John wrote something on his DICTIONARY PAGES.. let's see if I find it...
Tue Jul 11 11:26:59 2006
Lox: Would you describe your friend and mine Rob as Carotine?
Tue Jul 11 11:26:15 2006
Lox: grated parmiganio would be lovely. Would you like some british produce in exchange? Perhaps some mushy peas? A little yellow tub of 'Italian' cheese perhaps? How about some British "cat piss basil"?
Tue Jul 11 11:25:37 2006
So far the blog has been very educational today... Now it's getting confusing!! :)))
Tue Jul 11 11:20:57 2006
Dsp: Not all italian women... Some of them are also VERRI and OSCENE... Some are Cetrioline, some are Carotine some even Melanzanine, as Dr.John Hawkins (esq.) will confirm.
Tue Jul 11 11:13:57 2006
Lox: Does that explain why all Italian women are piccoli cetrioli (?)
Tue Jul 11 11:12:08 2006
John: Actually we use John' system as well, but of course I didn't propose that as you were enquiring about spaghetti. Does Abi likes spaghetti? Ah remember to make her eat as much Parmigiano as she can, on the top of beign a very good cheese is a complete food (lots of good stuff in it) and makes breasts grow nicer and firmer (this DOES NOT apply to males)...
Tue Jul 11 11:04:42 2006
Dsp: Could do! The parmesan could be sent but I wonder about customs checks.. I can get it into a vacuum pack... Let's see what can I come up with... Do you need it grated or the real deal? As for the business I think that a lot of stuff is already present in the UK, but if there will ever be the chance I am up for business, I need a partner in the UK though! :)
Tue Jul 11 11:01:38 2006
John: Just checked, and gaijintoptips4nips.com is available! That'll learn 'em!
Tue Jul 11 10:58:29 2006
John: A top tip!
Tue Jul 11 10:56:31 2006
Lox: Have you considered an Italian export/UK import sideline business? It could be another wing of your empire. How much Parmigiano Reggiano do you think you could fit in an envelope?
Tue Jul 11 10:56:14 2006
dsp: I sometimes put
the dried pasta on/in
the bowl/plate it will
eventually be served
in. Clearly size changes
during cooking, but it
gives me a rough
ballpark estimate. Not
much use for
spaghetti though, unless
you're planning to
serve it in a long thin
Tue Jul 11 10:49:47 2006
Dsp: I am already back in Italy, I will buy one for you. As soon as I have it I'll fedex it to your home (or company if that is quicker)...
Tue Jul 11 10:37:59 2006
Lox: Now that sounds like a useful piece of apparatus! When you're back in Italy, can you get me one?
Tue Jul 11 10:03:29 2006
Nigel: Pasta shapes are easier to measure, a couple of fistfulls and it should be ok.
Tue Jul 11 09:50:38 2006
Oh yes, Lox, now I think about it, I have a wooden spoon with a hole in it, specifically for measuring spagetti (more of a novelty as haven't used it much...) Nothing for pasta "shapes" though... :)
Tue Jul 11 09:38:18 2006
Dsp: I do it just by looking at it, I never pull out a scale, but that's after 31 years of experience I guess.. :) Naaaa you can learn quickly but it's all about proportions I guess. There is also another nifty tool that can be used. It's a wooden board with two holes in it. You put the spaghetti inside the hole, when it's filled the dose it's enough for one or two people (depending on the size of the hole that you choose). I dunno if you have it in Blighty as well though...
Tue Jul 11 09:32:13 2006
Lox: 80-100 grams is a bit too scientific. I don't want to have to get the scale out every time I cook pasta. How would an Italian mama do it? What girth of spaghetti clenched in the hand is enough? (assuming European standard length spaghetti)
Tue Jul 11 09:20:25 2006
Jimmy, John: Well appetite doesn't count, consider that normally pasta is a FIRST COURSE, meaning that 80 grams will be sufficient to satisfy your hunger if you eat just that, or if you want more there is always the second course! That's the good thing of having courses...
Tue Jul 11 09:13:54 2006
... although it would make more sense to keep the golden pasta measurement in Italy. Much like a certain other object made of gold ...
Tue Jul 11 09:05:55 2006
Chortle!!! You programmers!! What *are* you like?!?! :)))) You should, of course, take into account the mean density of the pasta base. I'm sure someone's written a paper on the Durum wheat in question...
Tue Jul 11 09:00:49 2006
I find that "A good handful" suits very well for two poeple. The handful is (of course) the SI unit of pasta. There is probably a gold one in France somewhere.
Tue Jul 11 08:46:28 2006
John, presumably 80-100 grams is sufficient, given a wide dispersal of individuals with varying degrees of appetite. Example. Person A moderadly hungry, Peson B not very Hungry, Person C very Hungry. Thus Person B gives a percentage of their allocation of 80-200 grams of spagetti to person C.
Tue Jul 11 08:27:48 2006
Lox: I'm not happy with the gross over-simplification of that "80 to 100 grams per person" rule. It really doesn't take into account the huge variability of people's appetite and the situation which you are catering for. This is the root of the problem that Tim is underlining. What if the pasta is just a side order to something more substantial? What about people who are really hungry? Or people who are not hungry at all? How old are those people? Do they like pasta a lot or not all that much? What about seasonal variations? Are they having a starter and dessert? Is it lunch, dinner, or a late night snack? How rich is the sauce? What shape is the pasta?
Tue Jul 11 07:58:47 2006
Dsp: HERE I AM ! It's very simple, 80 to 100 grams per person, the salt in the water goes AFTER it starts boiling, and keep them till they are good (depends on the brand/personal taste).
Tue Jul 11 07:40:42 2006
John: what would be the optimal number of batches that allowed you to eat the entire unit in just enough time for the next unit to be ready? Avoid overcooking and thrashing.
Tue Jul 11 07:21:41 2006
John: As any amount of spaghetti should cook in linear time does this effect you solution? What would your production capacity be given n-pans and n-hobs? n? Remember, you are the artist.
Tue Jul 11 07:18:41 2006
Funnily enough I had spaghetti for lunch just now.
Tue Jul 11 05:50:31 2006
"Too much spaghetti," he quipped.
Tue Jul 11 01:25:14 2006
Restaurants use these
big troughs of
constantly boiling water,
with each portion in
a kind of sieve.
Tue Jul 11 01:12:25 2006
dsp: is this an interview
question? My solution
involves a simple
buffering principle. So
you need to divide into
n task units - i.e. a hob,
pan, water and small
amount of pasta per
unit. The more units,
the finer grain control,
but ultimately there's
a performance overhead
to take into
consideration. Now, the
trick is you stagger
the start time of each
batch of pasta, with
an offset calculated
based on the number
of batches, the amount
of time the pasta
takes to cook, and
how fast you eat. Then,
as each batch becomes
ready, you eat it, and
start off a new batch
using the freed up
apparatus. When you
are full, you simply
cancel all batches, and
then you've only
lost what was in the
buffer. Ideally your
stomach would give
you an 'almost full'
indicator, in which case
that would be a better
point to cancel the
remaining batches, thus
Tue Jul 11 01:06:06 2006
Thanks nigel, that's my default tactic, if in doubt, double up. Spaghetti for breakfast methinks.
Mon Jul 10 22:39:45 2006
Yes I do dsp!! But it involves logarithms, cosines and some statistical deviation that just eludes me at the moment... (So, basically I make too much!) :))
Mon Jul 10 21:17:29 2006
Bloody spaghetti! I either cook too much or not enough. Does anyone know of a good system to workout how much to cook per person?
Mon Jul 10 20:45:02 2006
Jimmy: (see pictures below around midday...) :)
Mon Jul 10 16:17:39 2006
I especially liked the way that Zidane had to walk right past the world cup (which was standing on a table) as he was sent off.
Mon Jul 10 16:03:53 2006
I watched a good 30 minutes of world cup...from all round combined. Not a sport I can enjoy watching, but I tried. Congrats, gents.
Mon Jul 10 14:49:18 2006
Well Done Italy! Not read any of the stuff below, no doubt it's Lox going on about being world champions. And rightly so! Well done! :-)
Mon Jul 10 14:26:07 2006
Jimmy: Please, ask him to describe you the new French national sport (headbutting), the rules and point of merit. :) (sorry I could not resist)...
Mon Jul 10 14:23:08 2006
I'm so pleased Italy won! I sit right opposite a French bloke, and if they'd won he'd have been *insufferable*! As it is, he's really depressed after losing the Olympics and having a country full or rioters and scandal-ridden politicians (snigger).
Mon Jul 10 14:18:33 2006
I was very surprised that Italy didn't start scoring own goals after half-time.
Mon Jul 10 13:08:09 2006
Sheri: To be honest Italy did NOT deserve to win the match. Let's say that we played a great tournament, better than France probably, but the final was rather disappointing. In any case I cannot be either than 100% happy about it all!!!!!! :)
Mon Jul 10 12:55:18 2006
And here I close the debate (for everyone's sake).
Mon Jul 10 12:54:33 2006
Who will ever know... ? For the time being, Zidane doesn't want to talk about it. Anyway, as I said already twice, you were damn good, no doubt about it.
Mon Jul 10 12:51:01 2006
Sheri: I have heard much worse insults than those, dead relatives, girlfriends and wives. If you can't keep your cool is a problem on the pitch and defenders (of any nationality belive me) are the best people at doing getting you out of control. Anyways if his mother is sick I am sorry about it, but I didn't know, in italy they say that he told him that he was a terrorist (since he is Algerinian)...
Mon Jul 10 12:43:54 2006
Mon Jul 10 12:28:53 2006
On the other hand, 'some' say that the insult was about his mother who's very sick and currently in hospital...
Mon Jul 10 12:28:22 2006
Actually Lox, I just saw the news. It was Zidane's 12th red cart. I sincerely thought he was a stable player, not easily unsettled by provocation. But, as you said, his past proved the contrary (We had a quick review of it). Many people in France are bitter about his sudden outburst of anger which, they reckon, was not professional. So you see, some people in France ARE actually capable to submit to self criticism.
Mon Jul 10 12:27:11 2006
Actually I didn't write
that last message,
but the sentiment is
Mon Jul 10 12:26:50 2006
Mon Jul 10 11:37:18 2006
Sheri: I see.... I'll have to ask someonelse then... :(... John? Are you up for it? :D
Mon Jul 10 11:34:44 2006
Well, Lox, I wouldn't give you a b-job, if that is what you have in mind...!
Mon Jul 10 11:32:43 2006
Sheri: In practical terms as well? :)
Mon Jul 10 11:29:48 2006
Sheri: Nooo problem I wasn't upset... Just a lilltle discussion, you know that I'd find it hard to have a fight with you! :) Big hugs and kisses, in the end it's all a game... :)
Mon Jul 10 11:28:14 2006
You know I love you, Lox, and will always do... ! ;-)
Mon Jul 10 11:26:15 2006
Calm down, Lox, calm down ! Please ! You know I don't give a fuck about football anyway ! Now give me a bit fat hug, would you ! I don't want to be in bad terms with you. Once again, WELL DONE !
Mon Jul 10 11:24:41 2006
Sheri: I am sorry to contradict you, but Zidane is used to such behaviuor. In WC1998 he was sent off for stomping on a player during the first phases, while in Juventus he similarly headbutted a player in Hamburg (if I don't remember badly) in the Champions League. Insults are part of the game, take it from someone who played a lot, hitting opponents is not.
I don't understand why the French are trying to cover a juvenile and stupid act blaming Materazzi for what he told him. He lost his mind, bloody kill him with criticism, the same whay Beckam was criticised for being sent off with Argentina.
It looks like French people simply can't face the defeat, when Italy lost on a golden goal in Euro2000 (after having deserved to win 3-0) we didn't say a word about the opponent, all the shit was thrown at the players and coach.
And by the way, the penalty was a dive (though there was a penalty in the second half fro France), so much for the "Italian" game...
Mon Jul 10 11:20:24 2006
If so, it is pathetic. Otherwise, WELL DONE !
Mon Jul 10 11:11:15 2006
Yeah, fair enough Lox! But I wonder what your player told zidane to get him in such a fury. Must have been quite insulting, cose Zidane doesn' usually behave like that. Was it part of the Italian strategy ?
Mon Jul 10 11:09:43 2006
The picture in the middle says "After crauts let's have some baguette"
Mon Jul 10 10:55:50 2006
WORLD CHAMPIONS 2006!!!!!
Mon Jul 10 10:54:53 2006
Nigel: I am jet lagged, though I am not feeling at the moment because I am still on an adrenaline trip!
Mon Jul 10 10:43:03 2006
Jetlag, Lox?? ;)
Mon Jul 10 10:39:07 2006
Sheri: Are you referring to this embassador? Bye bye "Hot tempered-Boldie-Bull" Zidane, time to pack up and go!
Mon Jul 10 10:38:12 2006
What about that naughty French chappie? (please don't rise to the bait, Sheri - you're a more peaceful Belgian!! :)) They call that a "Glasgow Kiss" where I come from!!
Mon Jul 10 10:37:52 2006
I have been crying since yesterday night!
Mon Jul 10 10:32:54 2006
CAMPIONI DEL MONDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mon Jul 10 10:31:29 2006
Jimmy: Congrats ?! What for ? He didn't do anything personally ! What is him who scored a goal ?
Sheri Ze Angry Frog
Mon Jul 10 09:20:53 2006
Mon Jul 10 09:17:56 2006
Morning all! Nice and gloomy here - and that's just me... :(
Mon Jul 10 09:09:37 2006
(in a cold, formal tone) Lox, you may recall your ambassador. We've already recalled ours. From now on, if you want to talk to me, please do it through John.
Mon Jul 10 08:42:45 2006
I expect, no, I demand, a change from the usual stress worn Lorenzo for a bit now - you must be jubilant for at least the next 24 hours. If I hear so much of a peep of "Yea we won, but..." I'm going to have to phone up your local mafia branch and ask them to go round and smash up your flat.
Mon Jul 10 02:44:43 2006
Lox: is everyone rather
jolly over there in
Mon Jul 10 00:52:57 2006
does this mean you will flying first class all the way in your new position as MD of your new company? :)
Sun Jul 9 14:10:11 2006
Dsp: What are you on about? Claire is in an ambulance?
Sun Jul 9 14:09:35 2006
Now in Frankfurt ready to get the next flight to Milan, the trip was ok, considering that it is the last trip I´ll do in Business class for some time I have decided to overdo it and drank quite a lot of alchool... Now I have a nasty acid sensation in the stomach, it means that the wine was crap!
Sun Jul 9 14:08:41 2006
Sun Jul 9 13:37:25 2006
Is that true? Because if so... that's a great coincedence!
Sun Jul 9 11:42:54 2006
Or was it invented in an branch of the popular electrical goods store, which, incidentally, was once managed by Never Mind the Buzzcocks panelist Bill Bailey?
Sun Jul 9 11:17:29 2006
Is it called Bailey's Comet because you're only able to have one once every 70 odd years?
Sun Jul 9 11:16:15 2006
Morning all! (Sorry, better not shout!) Yeah, dsp, Izzy had both Joc and me up last night. Me for the second time at 8, so here I am messing with the comuter...
Sun Jul 9 09:30:59 2006
Ow! Its my turn to get up with Abigail and I had too many cocktails last night. Eeeeeeeew! My favorite Clare renamed to fuckiaminanambulance which was really called Bailey's Comet
Sun Jul 9 07:28:14 2006
dsp: Fascinating stuff! I've been to Lancaster a few times. It's "Amish country". Excellent shoofly pies. At least that's what we call 'em.
Sun Jul 9 02:14:29 2006
Hmmm, probably I'm a bit late, you may well be on the plane already...
Sun Jul 9 01:47:23 2006
Good morning Lorenzo! Hope you have a good flight...
Sun Jul 9 01:47:01 2006
AH to "borrow" connections off the airport wireless network! :)
Sun Jul 9 00:53:39 2006
Sheri: we were all young
Sat Jul 8 15:48:44 2006
SCAAAAAAAAAAARY !!!! Just had a look at the pics of you guys back in Radstock !!! John, I didn't actually know you had long hair. F-k me !!! I just couldn't stop laughing and laughing ! Thank you guys !
Sat Jul 8 14:52:53 2006
John is completely lying, I will post a detailed tale of the evening.... :)
Sat Jul 8 14:28:37 2006
I fear the version of
events you guys have
developed is far more
interesting than the
Sat Jul 8 13:03:18 2006
Can't wait for Johns next blog entry entitled something like 'Nothing happened I promise, Lox shut the f-up I am gonna be paying for this for months'
Sat Jul 8 11:35:43 2006
Sat Jul 8 10:39:21 2006
Lox, I believe our John is now in serious trouble because of your silly boasting. I bet he must be kneeling down the toilet room, cleaning the floor with a toothbrush and wearing a mere G-sting, while being supervised by Chie armed with a rolling pin...
Sat Jul 8 10:38:40 2006
Travis: mum's gone to visit a friend who live's there. Clare also has a uni friend from there too. Isn't it a small world.
Sat Jul 8 08:03:28 2006
Tim's Mum: Why on Earth are you in Lancaster? I grew up about an hour or so from there.
John: That image reminds me of the community featured in The Wickerman. Scary. And pretty.
Sat Jul 8 05:39:07 2006
John: OH YOUU, YOUU!!! Why don't you want to tell them? Is Chie reading the MBoard?
Sat Jul 8 02:45:07 2006
Dsp,Kev,Nigel: For it might sound impossible we were REALLY pulled by these 4 20 y.o. lasses. The typical thing that if it would have happened in Reading might have meant a gold statue in fron of Radstock and an article on the Spark! :) Alchool was involved and unfortunately I have now photografic record of it, which, now you might say, is very convenient on our side... WHERE ARE YOU JOHN?! TELL THEM!
Sat Jul 8 02:43:50 2006
Don't believe anything Lox said.
Sat Jul 8 02:43:20 2006
20 year old you say?
Fri Jul 7 23:57:28 2006
4? Surely they are not made of stone!
Fri Jul 7 23:56:46 2006
Tea-totallers, surely!! :)
Fri Jul 7 23:20:34 2006
I hope no alcohol was involved in the Lox - DrJohn - 4 20year old japanese girls scenario, else my analysis is totally flawed and they are basically lying!
Fri Jul 7 22:54:38 2006
Kev, please can I have some of what you're drinking?!?! :)))
Fri Jul 7 22:32:52 2006
You made the right decision Lox, writing on the Blog the nothing happened is a good way of saying something did, however you would not say this on the blog if it were true, so clearly nothing happened, but maybe that exactly what you think I think you are thinking so have therefore done the exact opposite and nothing did/didn't happen possibly somehow maybe.
Do you have photographic evidence or is it all burned?
Fri Jul 7 22:31:31 2006
You have that much energy? I'm impressed! You are soooo naughty! :)))
Fri Jul 7 19:33:27 2006
Had a great night with John at a very nice bar. We HAVE BEEN PULLED by FOUR GIRLS (not joking) 20 year old, just entering University. Of course we could have had a massive orgy if we wanted, but we decided not to bring matters forward... Oh well.. maybe another time, I'll write something about it later!
Fri Jul 7 17:52:57 2006
Greetings from Lancaster PA. Having a great 'vacation', hope you are all enjoying the good weather. Pity about the football!
Have a great weekend all.
Fri Jul 7 15:45:25 2006
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Fri Jul 7 15:23:32 2006
Actually, I had some Mexican "Goujons" for lunch... are they the same? Not sleazy, but very spicy! :)
Fri Jul 7 14:48:02 2006
John: Why the lizardy jazz freestyle spangly fingers dance of course!
Fri Jul 7 14:42:40 2006
..or now he has entered the premises it is a sleazy guijin bar!
Fri Jul 7 14:40:59 2006
So... Is the bar sleazy or the Gaijins in there? :)
Fri Jul 7 13:35:08 2006
dsp: excellent idea.
What style of dance
would you recommend?
Fri Jul 7 13:05:27 2006
John: dance for money.
Fri Jul 7 12:59:03 2006
Hmmm... not sure this
option is much better
than standing around
Fri Jul 7 12:48:24 2006
Oh who am I kidding,
the solution is
obviously to go and
have a beer in some
sleazy gaijin bar
somewhere... and so
here I am.
Fri Jul 7 12:27:15 2006
Interesting Rob, I
certainly wouldn't have
predicted arson to be
among the list of
Fri Jul 7 12:16:01 2006
Burn the fucking place down.
Fri Jul 7 12:10:11 2006
So chaps, any
suggestions for what I
should do whilst
hanging around Shinjuku
waiting for Lorenzo?
Fri Jul 7 12:09:06 2006
Off to Bonny Scotland in 10 minutes. Behave yourselves whilst I not here. Tim's Mum: up to you to keep order.
Lox: Good Luck.
Fri Jul 7 11:49:27 2006
Wow - googling for "Moon on a Stick" gives the maison's page as numero uno hit, check it out! here
Fri Jul 7 11:37:19 2006
Have a great weekend Dr John - how was your first year as a Doctor? Do doctors have more fun?
Fri Jul 7 11:13:22 2006
Well boys and girls, it's the end of the working week for me. Hopefully I can get a chance to see Lorenzo tonight, after he is finished with his high powered executive dinner...
Fri Jul 7 10:57:25 2006
(a picture of Leith, for those who haven't been) - Leith also happens to be the home of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society - the members rooms there are very nice indeed. :)
Fri Jul 7 10:20:16 2006
Altogether now: Wan ya guuuuuu wall ya sen back, a letter frrrrom America....
Fri Jul 7 10:17:29 2006
MM: I am hugely envious - particularly as I have been listening to the Proclaimers a lot the last few days, which has filled me with an odd yearning to go to fair Caledonia, and enjoy the "Sunshine on Leith" (what a lovely song that is).
Fri Jul 7 10:16:29 2006
My God, it's so obviously Friday. Everyone is demob happy.
Me particularly, as I'm off at lunchtime to SCOTLAND for a week.
Fri Jul 7 10:08:45 2006
Well I'd lost the thread there for a while, but I've just cottoned-on...
Fri Jul 7 09:52:33 2006
We're better than good, we're Fab!(ric)
Fri Jul 7 09:15:58 2006
LOL! Love it John!
Fri Jul 7 09:13:43 2006
The slogan could read: If you want it, weave got it.
Fri Jul 7 08:10:51 2006
As I believe the company will be in the textile industry, the first name that springs to mind for me is "sheet hot".
Fri Jul 7 07:57:49 2006
Lox: all this company business causes you a very serious issue. What will you call your company? Lorenzo Ltd. ? Lorenzo Crappa & Co. Ltd. ?
Fri Jul 7 07:31:18 2006
Morning all! Overcast here so maybe a bit cooler today. Don't want another day at work like yesterday... :( Still, it is Friday! :))
Fri Jul 7 07:11:39 2006
Lox: what's the plan for tonight? Should I just wait for a call from you?
Fri Jul 7 06:21:00 2006
Oh and I almost remember they did some gangster rap as well - and they had gangster names for eachother. One was the hip-hop-opotamus and the other was the rhyme-noceros. If there's one thing I love in this world, it is cheap puns.
Fri Jul 7 06:17:01 2006
Travis: YES!!! YES!!! I saw them at Glastonbury Festival a couple of years ago. They did a highly amusing song about robots, including a solo rap... in binary. It was downright nerdy, but I for one certainly wasn't too proud to laugh.
Fri Jul 7 06:15:24 2006
Well, I appear to be flooding the board. My apologies. In short, I have a student who is trying to challenge a grade from last semester. It's a pain in the arse, as you might say. I'm still in the process of working it out. Very stressful stuff.
Fri Jul 7 03:14:26 2006
Actually, that's only one link. Here's the other:
Fri Jul 7 03:13:24 2006
They're very funny, Lox. Here are some links:
Fri Jul 7 03:12:31 2006
Travis: No I am not... Strange name though!
Fri Jul 7 02:11:53 2006
Anyone familiar with the New Zealand folk musicians/comedians Flight of the Conchords?
Fri Jul 7 01:54:23 2006
John: You are right. It is most probable that I'll be living in Hokkaido having to commute every day into Tokyo and that in that period you'll be living in France for a quick stage about TV lasting exactely six months!
Fri Jul 7 01:48:20 2006
Lox: don't let me being
in Tokyo count as a
plus point towards you
taking that job - I
might not be here any
more by that time! You
know how unlucky we've
been with schedule
conflicts in the past
year - and that could
be the ultimate kick in
the nuts! Anyway, we
can talk more about
Fri Jul 7 00:59:20 2006
put a cushion on your desk then so it doesn't hurt when you bang your head on it
Thu Jul 6 19:36:23 2006
I've overdone it. And now my head hurts. Owwwwww.
Thu Jul 6 18:15:11 2006
Nigel: I see... Maybe she is new and she overdoes it?
Thu Jul 6 17:03:17 2006
MM: Well in a distant future I might ( I guess) but at the moment I think that I will have to do it all by myself... Sorting out the tax issues (to understand how much will I really make) is a pain in the arse, I have never done it and I am terribly scared to make mistakes (hence accept something that I should not)... Oh well.. And I haven't started worrying about the job too, I mean will I be able to do it? I hope so....
Thu Jul 6 17:01:58 2006
So Lox, does this mean that in the future if all goes to plan, you might employ people to work for you?
Thu Jul 6 16:52:40 2006
Lox: Yes, it's open-plan, but my "Rottweiler" colleague is only six feet away from me! As we don't seem to be talking at the same time, I've picked up on a lot of the scary stuff! I'm not like that at all! (They don't pay me enough and besides, I *wouldn't* do it anyways!)
Thu Jul 6 16:35:00 2006
Dsp: At first I might have to live in Tokyo for 4/6 months (did you hear that Johnny boy!!), but after I will move back to Italy, and work from there, although I will have to come to Toyko at least four times an year, pretty much like I do now. The taxation thing is now clear so I think that I am going to accept the offer tomorrow, gotta clear a couple of minor glitches and I might make the jump... Now it's bedtime!
Thu Jul 6 16:10:25 2006
Nigel: So you also abusive with your clients then... What an interesting job! Jokes aside, do you work in a big open space place? How comes that you can hear her working? Doesn't it disrupts you and the others?
Thu Jul 6 16:06:39 2006
Lox: That sounds like a very exciting opportunity. Would you be living in Tokyo?
Thu Jul 6 16:05:14 2006
Is anyone else here (apart from Tim and Tom) using linkedin.com...? I'm still not totally sure what the actual point of it is, but I think it is a six degrees of Kevin Bacon type thing, and it means that when one day you need to get in touch with somewhat who designs oscillating sprocket wrenches you can find a friend of a friend who does exactly that... or something... Errr. Not sure I'm selling it really!
Thu Jul 6 14:46:01 2006
Well, as long as she's not attacking you......... ;)
Thu Jul 6 14:30:23 2006
Oooohhh... The Rottweiler's at it again!! :(((
Thu Jul 6 14:24:53 2006
Kev: Thanks a lot! I didn't find anything strange... fortunately, even though if I had caught a rootkit somewhere I wouldn't see it I guess... :P
Thu Jul 6 14:08:51 2006
or "top", use "kill" with the id you get from ps
Thu Jul 6 13:14:42 2006
I have had a stange Linux experience... I was updating the system when a popup cam out saying that the system could not initialize the mouse and that it meant that someone might have been snooping my connection and controlling my computer... Considering no firewall and some "illegal" browsing on my side I was quite worried... Does anyone knows how can I check the processes that linux is running at the moment? And eventually how tio kill them?...
Thu Jul 6 12:29:21 2006
Nigel: Thanks! I am waiting for the linux version though!! :)
Thu Jul 6 12:27:35 2006
Lox: Did you mean - www.maison-de-stuff.net/kev/maisonwatcher.exe ?
Thu Jul 6 12:25:03 2006
Thanks Rob - how are you liking married life?
Thu Jul 6 11:56:57 2006
can someone post the link for that messageboard application that was around the board some time ago?
Thu Jul 6 11:38:15 2006
Thu Jul 6 10:39:37 2006
Well, yes I am back from the meeting (3 hours) quite hard if you ask me, and yet I have not decided. The offer seems really good, but there are some problems with the taxation system that translated into numbers means that I might get 20% less than what they are offering, so I have asked my uncle to check it out (he's a state accountant)... Tomorrow I must give an answer... let's hope that his reply is positive!
Thu Jul 6 10:17:57 2006
Dsp: How about a webcam manage a trois? :)
Thu Jul 6 10:16:16 2006
Thanks MM: Sadly long distance menage a trois'es never work out.
Thu Jul 6 10:03:53 2006
Morning all! For the first time I'm sitting next to a colleague I haven't sat next to before. She's petite, very lady-like, always smiling and happy to talk. A real "nice person". Or so I thought!! Overhearing her talking to the "customers" she's like a Rotweiler! Anyone doesn't answer the questions correctly she knocks them down a peg or two... Very surprising. I've looked aghast once or twice already this morning!
Thu Jul 6 09:57:21 2006
Happy Anniversaries to Tim, Claire and also John. Strange that looks like a Menage a trois. (Sorry can't get to the special characters, so the little lines are missing)
Thu Jul 6 08:42:37 2006
Very late...off to bed.
Thu Jul 6 07:57:16 2006
Jon! Great to see you, thanks for the message, how is everything? Lox: Best of luck!
Thu Jul 6 07:34:28 2006
On behalf of my wife and I, thanks guys!
Thu Jul 6 07:33:17 2006
So Lox, good luck with your meeting today mate - and take it easy!
Thu Jul 6 02:42:36 2006
Happy anniversary Tim+Claire and John... Fortunately Jon reminded me about them :) By the way how are you Jon? Long time no see....
Thu Jul 6 01:40:43 2006
What a great memory
you have there Jon!
Or are you being
assisted by some form
of electronic calendar?
Thu Jul 6 01:11:07 2006
Oh and happy anniversary to Doctor Hawkins for the day after.
Wed Jul 5 23:05:15 2006
Happy Anniversary Tim and Claire (for tomorrow).
Wed Jul 5 23:04:04 2006
John: I listen to my iPod most of the time, so my tastes stagnate a bit. I don't listen to popular music with the exception of 80s weekends on the radio. Our college radio station plays a great mix of stuff most people do not know. Some recent artists I've appreciated include Jens Lekman, Marles Barclay (but this could be spelled differently), and The Faint. I don't know your interests though...
Wed Jul 5 18:43:45 2006
Neither am I Nigel - Give me Roxy Music, Phil Collins, Frank Sinatra any day. Rob would probably call it elevator music. But then, he listens to Terry Wogan in the mornings :)))
Wed Jul 5 16:22:34 2006
...well, I'm not really "hip" I'm sorry to report, however I am currently listening to Babylon Zoo's album "King Kong Groover", but it's three years old now. I rather like it... Otherwise I'm "spinning" Blackmore's Night "The Village Lanterne". Splendid!
Wed Jul 5 16:08:08 2006
Hello all! Hope you're all well...? Rob: www dot twoeleven dot info
Wed Jul 5 16:02:10 2006
Rob: If it ever finds its way into an MP3, then I'd love to hear it!
Wed Jul 5 15:49:19 2006
I've only had that 6 weeks, so you're not far behind. Also, John, you might like to know that I've worked out how to play bits of Fashion Nugget in the style of Rage Against the Machine. It occurred to me the other night when I was learning 'Frank Sinatra' and I put on some distortion and played it a bit funky. Kate said it sounded like Rage. I feel a song coming on.
Wed Jul 5 14:44:13 2006
Actually Chie got Stadium Arcadium the other day, as it happens. Maybe we're not quite as behind as I thought!
Wed Jul 5 14:22:21 2006
I have been listening to the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album, Stadium Arcadium. GET IT DOWN YOU. Also, been listing to the Pantera Best of 'Reinventing Hell'. That's really good. I also want the new Tool album.
Wed Jul 5 14:13:16 2006
Wed Jul 5 14:08:03 2006
And Jimmy, stop sucking your thumb.
Wed Jul 5 14:04:26 2006
Dsp: John is quite right, my present company is not going to make a counteroffer, and at the moment I have accepted the offer of the Prato company but tomorrow a Japanese well known corporation is going to land me another offer so that I can give my services to them... This puts me in a strange position towards the former offer, but on the other side it might be a very good deal... Tomorrow I will know more, I might have to open my own company to work for this people...
Wed Jul 5 14:04:00 2006
Now then boys, play nicely!!
Wed Jul 5 13:59:50 2006
Jimmy: not what you said at the time you two faced minx!
Wed Jul 5 13:18:52 2006
I once obliged John. Didn't make me happy though, did it?
Wed Jul 5 13:17:26 2006
Always happy to oblige John
Wed Jul 5 13:11:59 2006
MM: You're quite right, and to boot I'd like to nominate you to head up that "taking down a peg or two" task force.
Wed Jul 5 13:07:30 2006
John: I was, of course, referring to employment. Family and friends come in a different category altogether. If he tried too much "self" on the Maison site, he'd soon get taken down a peg or two :)
Wed Jul 5 12:50:14 2006
Have just downloaded the Divine Comedy's latest album from iTunes, and was delighted to see a little popup message when it finished downloading. It said "Your music is valuable - please back it up in case your computer fails". How charming - it is as though they're actually telling me to do the CD burning trick which lets you bypass the DRM... :)
Wed Jul 5 12:44:29 2006
Say boys and girls, I started to realise recently that my music tastes had somewhat stagnated. Partly I suppose this is down to living in Japan, I'm not really exposed to the sort of music I might like much here (Japanese music is not really my thing). I really have no idea what people are listening to back in Blighty these days.... So does anyone have any recommendations?
Wed Jul 5 12:41:32 2006
Dsp: I think Lox is really hot property right now - lots of companies seem to be vying for his affections.
Wed Jul 5 12:31:21 2006
In fact that really works in iTunes' favour - prior to that I was hesitating about buying any more music from iTunes, because I probably listen to music more via my MP3 player than I do with my PC (the joys of commuting!), and I didn't want to have a load of albums that I could only listen to at home... So right now I'm going to go and give Apple some cash as my little token of thanks for their loophole ridden DRM mechanism. :)
Wed Jul 5 12:27:49 2006
Lox - I think I am out of date - are you considering staying at the job? Are they putting together a counter offer?
Wed Jul 5 12:24:35 2006
Nigel: just wanted to say you are a genius sir! Thanks to your cunning trick (involving burning a CD), I am now able to listen to the album I bought the other day from iTunes on my MP3 player. I'm really very chuffed indeed - thanks again!
Wed Jul 5 12:24:07 2006
MM: hmmmm I don't want to promote complete self centredness as such, but more that it is only worth caring about people who will extend the same courtesy to you - friends, family etc. The relationship between an employer and an employee is generally of a totally different nature to the sort you'd have with friends/family - most of the time you're both just using each other, so I'm saying there's no use losing any sleep over putting your employer (or even potential future employer) in an awakward situation - 9 times out of 10 they'd drop you like a hot potato if the chips were down (apologies for the confusing blend of metaphors there!).
Wed Jul 5 12:17:55 2006
Well put John. In brief - just think of No. 1.
Wed Jul 5 11:49:29 2006
Lox: it sounds to me like at the core of all of those concerns is worrying about what other people will think of you - but the thing is these are all people who hardly really know you and would quickly become completely irrelevant if you chose not to work for/with their respective companies. The only people worth worrying over are those people who could look you in the eye and honestly say they want what's best for you - and these are the sorts of people who wouldn't put pressure on you to make a move that you weren't happy with in the first place. So my advice would be just try to relax, put it out of your mind even, and go with the flow a bit. Once things settle down, and you are presented with your available options, then just make a choice on what is best for you - don't let yourself by influenced by feelings of guilt or whatever. Fundamentally what is being dicussed here is what you do with a chunk of your life - nobody has any right to make that decision other than you.
Wed Jul 5 11:21:01 2006
Today I met the possible future employers with my boss, to talk about the present job but also to lay the bases for tomorrow's appointment. In a scale from 1 to 10 I am scared and worried at more or less 14/15, a lot of doubts are springing up in my mind, ranging from "will I be capable" to "what kind of offer will it be?"... I am also thinking about the mill that employed me and that doesn't know that in a couple of days they might loose me and will have to start looking again from scratch, hardly a nice thing to do to them that gave me so much trust after just one encounter. So on the top of that I also have to think about the guilt trip that I'll have to endure when (if ) I will have to tell them that I am not going...
Wed Jul 5 10:28:26 2006
Wed Jul 5 09:17:49 2006
MM: That works on so many levels! :-)
Wed Jul 5 09:16:54 2006
Nigel: Bonus points will be awarded for becoming the over competitive dad. Just before you and Tim leave for sports day, explain how you won everything when you were a lad and you'll expect nothing less of him. Produce any trophies you may have to illustrate the point.
Wed Jul 5 09:13:09 2006
Morning all. I found this comment so I thought I would share it with you :)
There are 10 types of people in the world.... those that understand binary and those that don't!
Wed Jul 5 08:56:19 2006
Yeah, I hope so! When we were at the fete on Saturday it looked just like the standard care-worn playing field! Incidentally, Tim won the "marble challenge" when we were there... Actually we were the only entrants... The two young ladies who were running it couldn't work the stopwatch they'd been given so probably gave up shortly after Tim's attempt on the record! He won the game "Twister"! :)))
Wed Jul 5 07:37:50 2006
Yea, the whole idea of a sack race is sort of asking for trouble in the falling-over-department isn't it? Still, kids are tough, and hopefully they don't have the race on gravel or tarmac, or on moorland strewn with thistles and gorse bushes, right...?
Wed Jul 5 07:29:11 2006
Hi John! Well I'm just hoping we don't have a fall... Tim's like me, a bit gangly in the leg department! :)) I hope I can take a camera... You never know these days... If I can I'll post one later :))
Wed Jul 5 07:24:12 2006
Blimey Nigel - you're up early! ...and may I take the opportunity to say what a great Dad you are for going to cheer on Tim at sports day, it's things like that which kids really remember.
Wed Jul 5 07:17:14 2006
... obviously I don't want it to thunder and lightning when Tim's running... :(
Wed Jul 5 06:51:48 2006
Morning all! Good news Lox! Well, I'm staying off work today - it's Sports Day at Tim's school and he's in the "Sack Race" so I'm going to cheer him on! Bit cooler here too. The promised thunderstorms haven't reach me yet, but I'm hoping...
Wed Jul 5 06:50:24 2006
By the way Lox, what is your schedule for the rest of this week? When are you arriving in Tokyo? What days/evenings will you be free...?
Wed Jul 5 05:46:03 2006
John: Welllllll let's wait for the match, Italy is famous for loosing finals!
Wed Jul 5 01:46:44 2006
Well maybe the World cup will have a happy ending after all - I just couldn't stand for Bloody Brazil, Bloody Argentina or Bloody Germany to win again
Wed Jul 5 00:18:08 2006
ITALY MADE IT TO THE FINNAALLLLLL!!!!!!! I woke up at 4 AM to watch the match, I am drenched in sweat and lost a couple of years of life!
Tue Jul 4 22:36:24 2006
John: There are definitely many versions of the Long Island Iced Tea here as well, but generally they have five shots, none of which are vodka, a splash of coke, and often a splash of sour mix. My favorite cocktail is either the aforementioned beverage, a fuzzy navel (sissy drink, I know), or a simple rum and diet coke.
Tue Jul 4 19:58:37 2006
There are no such thing as bossy women. We speak and we expect the request to be carried out. ;)
Tue Jul 4 16:45:43 2006
(Of course, I'm married to a prime example)
Tue Jul 4 16:43:10 2006
Jimmy: A "healthy interest in bossy women" is absolutely fine by me!! :) As for political correctness - I wade through it daily, here...
Tue Jul 4 16:13:06 2006
Nigel- I'll certainly be accused. It doesn't make me guilty though, does it? Political correctness is for politicians, *not* the rest of us. Anyway, what's wrong in taking a healthy interest in bossy women? Let's just say I enjoy a challenge.
Tue Jul 4 16:06:23 2006
Wowo 188 posts that's a record that is! :)
Tue Jul 4 15:23:41 2006
Thanks dsp! I need all the points I can get ;)
Kev: Tried it... Ouch! It hurts!! ;)
Tue Jul 4 14:15:59 2006
Nigel: -1 bonus point - I only meant to give you one (ooo er)
Tue Jul 4 14:07:24 2006
heres a neat trick nigel, sit at your desk with crossed eyes. Thats all. nice and simple. They won't misbehave and be angry because it will look like you are boss-eyed and won't want to ofend you.
Tue Jul 4 14:06:51 2006
WILL THE POSTER PLEASE SORT OUT HIS CAPS LOCK KEY!
Tue Jul 4 14:06:41 2006
The Car Insurance thread is a real gem!
Tue Jul 4 14:06:05 2006
WILL THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLEEDING WEBSITE SORT OUT THE REPEATED POSTS CAUSED BY CGI TIIME OUT ERRORS.
Tue Jul 4 14:05:46 2006
Nigel: +1 bonus point for telling mystery shopper lady that you were still on lunch!
Tue Jul 4 14:05:29 2006
Nigel: +1 bonus point for telling mystery shopper lady that you were still on lunch!
Tue Jul 4 14:05:29 2006
MM: To be as polite as I can I "flippin'" well did!! :)) I even told the Mystery Shopper but she was unimpressed :(
Tue Jul 4 13:59:29 2006
Nigel: I hope you told Management that you were technically still at lunch.
Tue Jul 4 13:57:34 2006
Oh wow! yes, what a debate that is?!?!?! Jimmy, you're bound to be accused of being an MCP !! :)) Bossy women are second-nature to me... ;)
Well, Maisoneers, I've just been "Mystery Shopped". The annoying thing was I'd come back to my desk early to cool down after a race to the Post Office at lunch time. So, technically, I was still on lunch. First up a "customer" came and engaged me in offencive conversation, then this lady sits down and proceeds to analyse my every word and movement! Then I have to go and report to management and explain my failures...
I am at the point of swearing very loudly!
Tue Jul 4 13:51:26 2006
Oh I don't know Jimmy, I think it needed lightening up a bit!
Tue Jul 4 12:58:16 2006
Ah. I think I might have lowered the tone of the whole argument. Sorry.
Tue Jul 4 12:50:48 2006
One interesting side effect of doing the backup, is that it brings to my attention files on obscure bits of the site that are changing but which I had previously overlooked... For example, it seems on this page about Diamond Car Insurance a long debate is raging without any of us regulars taking part!
Tue Jul 4 12:27:41 2006
Never mind Jimmy!
Tue Jul 4 12:24:33 2006
John- I'd love to join, but am currently (a) not living in London (b) utterly utterly utterly utterly skint.
Tue Jul 4 11:29:00 2006
Jimmy: on the subject
of whisky, any thoughts
on joining the society
following our visit back
in March? My favourite
bar here in Tokyo had
a couple of their
bottles as a one off
the other day, and I
was reminded just how
great society malts
Tue Jul 4 10:56:27 2006
Just stick to the whisky ....
Tue Jul 4 10:36:02 2006
Favourite cocktail for me has to be a Bloody Mary - probably not all that popular with anyone who doesn't like tomato juice though, I'd imagine... Hmmm, I think I may have to pick up some tomato juice and vodka on the way home tonight!
Tue Jul 4 09:44:22 2006
There was a happy ending to that air conditioning story - I had a few words, and to my surprise and delight someone actually went and did something about it. so now the temperature is just about right.
Tue Jul 4 09:42:15 2006
Mmmm... Long Island Ice Tea is my favourite cocktail (none of that fruit juice)
Tue Jul 4 09:23:31 2006
Well, it's not that bad (good?) here but the section I'm on at least has some form of air-con! So... here they come....
Tue Jul 4 09:03:51 2006
This is crazy - can you believe I am actually shivering? Whilst outside the heat is sweltering, inside the air conditioning is on so strong that I actually feel like I'm being refrigerated. There are people here wearing fleeces etc - absolutely rediculous!
Tue Jul 4 06:33:53 2006
Travis: yep we do have Long Island iced teas in the UK, although bartenders in Britain seem to have a rather liberal and slapdash interpretation of the recipe, so the chances are they'd typically be near unrecognisable to a connoisseur like yourself. Whenever I've had one, they've seemed to comprise of every white spirit the bar has, with a token splash of coke, oh, and an ice cube or two. I think the standard UK version is classified under the "dangerous emetic" category of cocktails.
Tue Jul 4 05:04:09 2006
Lox: what IE problems?
Oh and I'll give you a
DVD when we meet
this weekend - it is
the quickest way to
get it out of the
Tue Jul 4 01:02:12 2006
John: GREAT JOB!!!!!! :) Altough your backup too didn't solve ALL the problems with IE, it's still a great effort. Good man! We'll drink to your utility soon! :)
Tue Jul 4 00:55:34 2006
Final post for a while. I'm dealing with an unfortunate situation at school. I'll speak about it when it has been resolved. That could happen within 24 hours or could take a few days. Unfortunate and stressful.
Tue Jul 4 00:27:16 2006
Tea?!?! Hahah...actually, I just suggested to my wife last night that we begin having "tea" (I refer to the 'meal' not to the drink itself). We drink Iced Tea (or Ice Tea) here. And on 4th of July, we drink beer or mixed drinks. Don't suppose you have a Long Island Iced Tea in the UK. Probably something similar though. Good stuff. As for the US, I'd be more worried about N. Korea :(
Tue Jul 4 00:26:33 2006
Hi Travis! Good news!! Yes, I think we'll probably understand your celebrations tomorrow - even though we just have to carry on as usual :( and be a bit envious! Do you celebrate by drinking tea... or beer!! :)))
Mon Jul 3 21:28:09 2006
Semester finished, grades turned in. Now I have off all the way until Thursday. *Sedate cheers* Been a busy Summer I semester. I've been negligent in blogging and reading the board. My apologies. I'll catch up presently. Happy 4th of July :) I know you all celebrate it.
Mon Jul 3 20:30:20 2006
Wot a scortcha!
Mon Jul 3 16:55:19 2006
Tim: It was no great difficulty in the end - funnily enough I found the algorithm in the back of Bird and Wadler. :)
Mon Jul 3 15:42:58 2006
Well done John - I didn't expect anything less.
Mon Jul 3 15:13:23 2006
... and of course I realise I've just made that word up... but you get the idea!! :))
Mon Jul 3 15:04:24 2006
For that Herculanian effort I'd like to pat you on the shoulder, Sir! :)
Mon Jul 3 15:03:24 2006
As a nifty aside, the DVD I've just burned could be used as a baseline for future backups - in other words, if any of you had a copy of that, you wouldn't have to do the whole weekend marathon I did for the first backup - you'd just start with the DVD, and you'd only need to download stuff that had been added since that was burnt.
Mon Jul 3 15:03:10 2006
Why dsp, it already backs up incrementally! In fact this is the only way it could work in practice, as it got stuck and had to be restarted a few times over the weekend - if each run was from scratch it might never have got to the end. It caches all the remote directory listings, and so after the first complete pass, each successive run checks file modified dates etc - so it only has to download files which are new or modified.
Mon Jul 3 14:55:28 2006
John: Will you be modifying your backup tool to make incremental backups? So future backups will be quicker? Or are you going for the Ali technique of 1 processor per file in the backup set? Which will backup n-files in linear time?
Mon Jul 3 14:42:26 2006
So I suppose now would be a reasonable time to announce:
Don't panic! The 'Maison is backed up!
Mon Jul 3 14:42:19 2006
Nigel: I found a command line tool (drutil) that did exactly what I want - so I've burnt another disk in UDF, and Windows reads that just fine...
Mon Jul 3 14:39:37 2006
... or if not, I'm in trouble ;)
Mon Jul 3 13:49:57 2006
John: ISO9660 + Joliet should do it.
Mon Jul 3 13:48:40 2006
P.S. Rob, sorry for going on about Macs so much!
Mon Jul 3 13:42:32 2006
Nigel: it turns out my DVD writer does work with the Mac. So I've burnt the first backup DVD of the 'Maison, which feels rather good... Unfortunately owing to a slight oversight, it's using Mac file format... So a Windows PC can't actually read it, it seems. Still, a partial success nonetheless.
Mon Jul 3 13:39:03 2006
Hi Kev. We are taught the ancient martial art of Origami... In other words, nothing... Well, except to roll with the punch... There are three security guards here: Terminator, Goatie and Elvira. In a clinch I reckon Elvira is the one to be behind...! :) Oh, and yes, the air-con it to keep everything calm...
Mon Jul 3 13:36:40 2006
nigel, at least you have air-con else your 'customers' might be extra irate with the hot weather!! Do you get taught self-defense classes? or do you scream for security. Do they teach you this too ?
Mon Jul 3 13:21:25 2006
So how annoying is this? I've come to sit back at the signing desk because it's the coolest place in the building (temperature wise!) Luckily I have no "customers" until half-past... Still, I'll do a bit of browsing... :)
Mon Jul 3 13:08:52 2006
Lox: beer might help
with a number of those
Mon Jul 3 10:33:00 2006
John: I agree, Nigel was in definite poetic mood yesterday! I am dying of Jet lag at the moment, this trip (sayonara trip) is quite heavy, having to repeat exactely the same things over and over again... It's also quite hard to say goodbye to a lot of people that i have worked with for a long time....
Mon Jul 3 09:16:11 2006
Rob: you obviously didn't read the reference to "Jerusalem"!
Mon Jul 3 09:13:52 2006
Yes, Macs do have a lot of useful software built-in - iDVD, iPhoto, iTunes - which all burns to CD/DVD. Then there's the "burn folder" much like Windows. The only catch-all software I've come across (equivalent to Nero for eg) is Roxio Toast, but my pockets aren't deep enough at the mo! I've tried a few shareware/freebies but they've all crashed :(
Mon Jul 3 09:03:48 2006
*wakes up for a moment, realises everyone is still talking about Macs, goes back to sleep*
Mon Jul 3 08:36:48 2006
John, Time capsules... Anyone remember Blue Peter, where they would bury a time capsule full of records and bits of tat, only to then dig up up a short while later to find out what life was like 4 months ago in the 'old' days?
Mon Jul 3 08:20:32 2006
Nigel: by the way that "madness" sounded very poetic to me!
Mon Jul 3 08:00:56 2006
Nigel: am I right in thinking OS X has some fancy pants DVD creating software built in? I mean the sort of thing that lets you put together slideshows etc, and burn them onto DVDs. On Windows I was using something made by Ulead (?) which I got free with the writer. Actually it was pretty good, but suffered from two drawbacks - (1) it crashed every now and again; and (2) the interface was all in Japanese.
Mon Jul 3 08:00:10 2006
Nigel: I wasn't sure as there seemed to be some DVD writers made specially for the Mac... but mine ought to be a fairly modern device (only bought it a couple of months ago), so hopefully it stands a chance... Well all I can do is try it I suppose!
Mon Jul 3 07:56:12 2006
Morning! Oh, that madness came straight from my fevered imagination... "Crazy from the heat!"
As for your external DVD writer working with the Mac... Yes, it probably will. Only older kit chooses solely to work with Windows. My own external caddy works fine with both PC and Mac!
Mon Jul 3 07:34:24 2006
Oh and I think we ought to try and get a major public museum/library to take a copy for storage in some archive somewhere, under the pretense that this was a groundbreaking site helped to shape the way the web is today.
On a similar note, whatever happened to "time capsules" - they were all the rage in the 80s, but the idea seems to have tailed off a bit. Maybe we are humble enough post 2000 to realise that people in the future are probably not going to care a great deal how we lived our lives at this point in history....? Still, that aside, I kind of like the idea of putting a DVD in a box and burying it in the ground somewhere
Mon Jul 3 03:06:45 2006
I checked the backup tool this morning before coming to work, and it was at /simon/ - as it goes through in alphabetical order, that ought to mean it is finally nearing the end... I think the whole lot will just about fit on a DVD (if not, either I could trim it down a bit, or it would definitely fit on two). I wonder if my external DVD writer will work on the Mac? I never thought to try it before. I suppose if not, I could always just copy the lot onto my laptop first, and then burn from there. Assuming I can get discs burned somehow, would anyone like a copy? Whilst I'm not an expert on the subject, I believe it is an important principle of backup to keep the data in geographically distinct locations.
Mon Jul 3 02:55:06 2006
Nigel: where's that
from? You know, I used
to be very against the
whole idea of
something about living
abroad has turned me
the other way. I
feel a performance
of Jerusalem coming on
- if only Rob were here
Mon Jul 3 01:07:00 2006
... so what has happened, pray tell, to the pennants of St George which so proudly adorned many an inn and cottage and castle! Have said knights upped-sticks and fled, tails between their legs, to the marshes? Or perhaps finally embarked on some noble crusade?
'Tis but a sconce they need to follow, not the hairy legs of squires Mick or David! Rise up, young men of Albion, stand proud for your country and yell one, yell all: "Hurrah for King Richard! Hurrah for all slayers of dragons who dare befoul our sceptered isle...!"
Sun Jul 2 22:32:39 2006
...Spending money we don't have ?
Sun Jul 2 16:20:20 2006
... being English! :)
Sun Jul 2 13:44:21 2006
Hey don't lose heart about the world cup and all that chaps, England is still the undisputed world champion of.... errr... I mean to say, we're undoubtedly the best on the planet at, errr, um, oh, errrrr.... help?
Sun Jul 2 13:23:43 2006
Dsp: Yep, quite unlucky, they should ban penalties when England is playing, although Rooney did get sent off (idiot)....
Sun Jul 2 13:13:14 2006
Pretty hot, humid and uncomfortable here too - however I *believe* the weather systems of Oswestry and Tokyo to be unrelated.
Sun Jul 2 10:36:00 2006
Morning Maisoneers! What a hot, humid, uncomfortable night. Weather forecast is for thundery showers today... And that's just me!! :))
Sun Jul 2 10:05:28 2006
What an kick in the knackers to lose on penalties again. Crappa.
Sun Jul 2 09:56:33 2006
John: Will be there on Wednsday, will give you a call as soon as my schedule is fixed! :)
Sun Jul 2 07:48:58 2006
Hey for anyone sick of football can I recommend the latest episode of the Adam and Joe Podcast...? It is tres amusant.
Sun Jul 2 06:10:21 2006
Hello Lox, and welcome to Japan (again)... So what day will you be arriving in Tokyo?
Sun Jul 2 03:51:01 2006
John we are now on the same time zone!! :) writing from Osaka!
Sun Jul 2 02:32:11 2006
Of course these are very rough estimates - I don't yet have an authoratitive measure for the size of the site as I haven't yet downloaded the whole thing... but I reckon I'm past the halfway point now.
Sun Jul 2 01:53:19 2006
You know, I'm starting to think the "all you can eat buffet" our hosts provide us for storage space is not such a staggeringly amazing prospect after all - I think we've only used about 2 gigs on the Maison, and so at a very rough ballpark estimate across the whole package it is probably under 10 gigs. You could fit the whole of the Maison on a single DVD. In fact I'm fairly sure you can get 2GB USB memory sticks these days. What a lovely prospect - you could carry the whole site with you wherever you go.
Sun Jul 2 01:51:54 2006
Ho, hum. Well on the plus side, my backup utility successfully ran overnight, and has now downloaded more than a gigabyte...
Sun Jul 2 01:02:38 2006
What an kick in the knackers to lose on penalties again. Crappa.
Sun Jul 2 00:15:43 2006
Did anyone else enjoy the news footage of the Japanese prime minister's visit to Graceland? Priceless!
Sun Jul 2 00:14:20 2006
Funny you should mention that Kev... Voigt-Compf wasn't it? I'm sure I passed... I must have... Got any spare eyeballs?
Sat Jul 1 17:20:32 2006
aaaahhh man, fricken Rooney is sent off now.
Sat Jul 1 17:20:18 2006
Right, well I'm off to bed anyway...
Sat Jul 1 17:19:50 2006
Nigel, perhaps you are a robot or 'replicant' and don't know it? Has anybody asked you lots of odd questions, perhaps as part of your new job, looking into your eyes with a sort of microscope thing attached to a video screen ?
Sat Jul 1 17:11:42 2006
Mmmmmm..... planet Quiggle.
Sat Jul 1 17:07:22 2006
I used to be a football fan in my early youth - but gave up around the age of 15. No interest at all now. As for Wimbledon - our mainstay Tim Henman lost to Federer last week. A good start to the match but deteriorated quickly and ended up a trouncing... :(
I've just walked down into Oswestry and it was really odd (yes, even odder than usual!) There were no men around. Just women. I also got the feeling they were looking at me and thinking "What's wrong with him? Isn't he a *real* man?" I walked into a deserted Argos, bought a power adaptor without having to queue... And on a Saturday too! Very odd feeling, as I said. Rather like some cheesy Sci-Fi movie where all the men have died out or been stolen and taken to the planet Quiggle to mate with Amazons..... :)
Sat Jul 1 17:06:30 2006
Kev - I know the feeling, as much as I want to distance myself from football, living abroad makes me really crave hearing people say good things about England - rather than the usual twatty remarks about the food etc. Unfortunately the chances of getting this kind of gratification from the world cup are excessively slim.
Sat Jul 1 17:03:49 2006
John, can you be sure you've got it all? Also even though I hate football from the deepest bits of my innards.. Its England playing and I am patriotic enough to put aside my innate despisations of football to cheer on my country.
Sat Jul 1 16:55:19 2006
Well I have to admit I did take a quick peek at the BBC website to see how that England game was going. I suppose it would be nice to see england win something for a change... but really, whilst maybe there is a chance they might win this game, it's only really going to delay the disappointment - they're bound to lose the next one. Oh and has Wimbledon started yet? I assume all English players have been knocked out of that already as well...
Sat Jul 1 16:54:58 2006
So the site backup is still progressing - it is hard to say how far it has got, and how much is left, but it is perhaps around a third of the way through. If that is the case, then it would imply the whole site only amounts to about 2 gigabytes of files etc... It seems kind of a trifle when you think about the size of modern hard disks etc...
Sat Jul 1 16:19:02 2006
Nigel: it's an old standard in my family...
Sat Jul 1 16:15:17 2006
Err, Kev, was tat you taking an interest in *football* there...?
Sat Jul 1 16:14:19 2006
Sat Jul 1 16:05:58 2006
Probably not..! :) Though mingling with other "Oswestry" parents is often an "eye-opener"!! (Good joke by the way!!:))
Sat Jul 1 15:24:47 2006
Nigel: was it a fete worse than death....?
Sat Jul 1 15:04:27 2006
Sheri: nice use of "comrade" there. :)
Sat Jul 1 15:03:24 2006
Wow, it's hot out there today! We're just back from the School Fete... It was crowded and expensive!
Sat Jul 1 15:00:46 2006
Morning Nigel. Morning comrade Zutrex.
Sat Jul 1 11:20:56 2006
Yeah, it's sooo tempting! I used Tiscali for a while, but they're WMA format. iTunes just seems so much more friendly, doesn't it? Those Podcasts are interesting too, aren't they? I subscribe to a few - Archaeology Now, New Scientist, Alice Cooper... :))
Sat Jul 1 09:59:01 2006
I thought I'd give the iTunes Music Store a try for the first time - can you believe in all my years of using the internet, I've actually never used it to download music...? It is dangerously easy isn't it? I'm just downloading "The Best of The Proclaimers" right now, and it has all been basically zero effort...
Sat Jul 1 09:54:01 2006
Sat Jul 1 09:52:33 2006
Morning all! :)
Sat Jul 1 09:10:49 2006
Well, I'm having another attempt at a backup today, after making some changes to my little utility. This run is looking a fair bit more promising, and it is quite great that the Mini is also providing with the delightful sounds of Duke Ellington whilst it is doing so (I just imported 10 CDs into iTunes somewhat effortlessly). I know I've said it before, but it is a fabulous little box.
Sat Jul 1 07:57:57 2006
Have just found another great little feature of the Mac Mini - we'd had a friend over to stay, so had re-arranged the lounge a bit to put in a spare bed. In doing so the Mini got totally disconnected (it is normally hooked up to the TV). This morning I wanted to listen to some music, and all I did was turn it on, then press play on the remote... Amazingly music just started playing from my iTunes library out of the little internal speaker - I didn't have to use the display at all. Isn't that neat?
Sat Jul 1 03:51:16 2006