Jun
23
2005

WHY WON’T YOU LET ME IN

ARGH!

This is doing my head in….my favourite forum golivewire) isn’t working for me…i have tried everything. If i use its address, i just get firefox telling me it cant find that address. I get the same for all the other domain names the forum owns (used for getting passed school blocks). Then if i try to look it up to get the IP, i get nothing…

Now as my hosting is on their server (they do hosting too) i took a few shots and guessed their IP…so i got into the site…only problem is if i try and post (which happens to be something i do quite a bit on the forum..) i just get the page back in and html view…for no good reason. My best guess it that some DNS server round me is fucked….and the forums scripts aren’t designed to work when you go in through the IP, not the url….argh…just one of those days.

On a lighter note, the new 17inch TFT monitor for the downstairs machine came today…very cool and not a single dead pixel dares show its face…all good. The other item that arrived was the long, round IDE cable so i have now managed to fit the other hard drive. Although its only 40gig, every little helps….

*keeps plodding on*

Jun
23
2005

Pet hates

Ok, people that should be shot

All those who voted for bush.
All those who think the death penalty is right, just or words to that effect.
All those who own poodles.
All those run windows ME.
All those who don’t eat meat because it’s “cruel”.
All those who force their employees to say “missing you already” as their customer leave the shop.
All those who enjoy saying the aforementioned “missing you already”.
All those who think guns are “cool”.
All those who think good cars are ones that are shiny, have large wheels, have TV’s on the dash you can’t watch and play music so loud that it kills old people as they drive past.
All those who think 9/11 was caused because some nasty men in some country we’re not sure where it is don’t like the freedom, truth and justice which America stands for.

Jun
22
2005

When will it all end?

There are times when i just give in…

The other day our wonderful labour government announced it was looking into little black boxes that basically were built into our cars and spied on us. Well, the idea is that they see where we have been going, and more importantly what times we have been going there. Incidentally they also have other by products like catching people speeding…something that the government seems unwilling to talk about…funny that. Anyway, their grand idea is to have us not pay road tax (yay you think…but wait for it…) but to get billed per month. The bill would be constructed from all the trips we have done and encompassing all the different rates for the roads we have driven on. Yes, you did read correctly, different rates. You see the government in its wisdom has noticed that there are more people on the roads during “rush hour”…(I’m still waiting for someone to point out that’s where it gets its name from). This is due to the fact that everyone starts work about the same time and finishes about the same time. Therefore, to stop this problem they want to price us off the roads, so if we travelled to work at 2 in the morning it would be very very cheap indeed. There is a problem that i cant help but feel a need to point out. Not everyone starts work at 2 in the morning. So for those of us who can’t be bothered to go in at such a time, we either lump the cost, or use public transport. This is all well and good if the government pumps a lot of money into it. obviously, as this is the sensible thing to do, the government aren’t doing it. So what happens, well, today the train networks (well, most of them (plus the people that regulate them)) have announced that with all these extra people that we are going to see on the train networks, they are going to put the prices up the encourage people not to use the trains during…yes, you guessed it, rush hour.

Perhaps it just me, but I’m beginning to think that the public is just being sent back and forth (bit like a tennis ball (note the Wimbledon reference)). The government says not on the roads please, and the only viable option says not on the tracks please.

So we are now left with a country that has not enough money to invest in its own transport system, but yet has enough to go to war against a guy who had weapons we sold him…hmm

(on one last note, this is all to stop pollution, yet the new pricing system will not take into account engine size etc….so if you want that large, noisy, polluting car (like the Hummer H2) then it will soon be a great time to get one….)

Jun
06
2005

Work to be done….just not now

ah the great art of procrastination

i still have a huge amount of work due in this week. A databases assignment on Tuesday, my hardware logbook on Wednesday, my HCI assignment on Thursday and somewhere in this i have to write (along with the other two members of my group) a presentation to be given on Wednesday. I can not impress upon you the amount i still have to do.

So here is a list of things i have done this last week to make sure i didn’t have to get on with my work

written in my LJ
driven round in the car
cleared parts of the loft
helped my dad in re-boarding the loft
got the aerial for my TV sorted
started work on getting msn not to crash
started teaching myself video editing (cloning, masking etc)
tried to sort out Perl on my web server
tried to sort out ftp logins on my site
setup some more ftp logins
read almost everything on the golivewire forum
tidied my room (a little)
started sorting my college paperwork
sent out some emails to some people i didn’t really need to now
had a friend over for the day
when to church
went to my grand parents
done some photo editing
made ice-cream
sorted through some boxes
watched the entire Yes Prime Minister series 2
watched way too much TV
spent a very long time over my lunch
defragged my computer
helped at beavers
moulded random shapes out of blue tack
tried to fix the sound drivers on my computer
re-wired my PC
went into town
went for a walk
browsed far too much on online shopping sites
started organising my desktop a little. it looked like this
sharpened my knife collection
talked to lots of people on MSN and Yahoo

there is so much more, but i just cant think of it at the moment

Jun
05
2005

why bother

Right, here I am browsing through my favourite forum golivewire and I cant hep but notice the number of topics about suicide on it. I mean, there must be at least 10 a day….and many more depression one. Now I know life can be tough at time…(I seems to have a good few of them) but it still amazes me as to how many people think it’s the only way out. Now I guess that being a Christian means that this would be a perfect time for the “turn to god” bit. However for some reason that almost seems a little too extreme for the circumstances. It seems that it is just a youths very immature way of dealing with something they don’t understand or see an end to. Ah good, one of the joys of life….continuing to keep going no knowing where you are going. I found a wonderful poster on a site a while ago and I just realised that it is all to appropriate for this. Well, its trying to point something out….but if you change the word “success” for “happiness” and it works quite well….ish…..ah sod it, im just mumbling now….zzzzzzzzzzz

Jun
01
2005

Shoot them all

Footballers get too much money. Now I have said this many times before (possibly not here) and I will say it may times again, but I make this point not out of jealousy, but out a want for recognition to those who deserve it. Let us take an infantry soldier working for the British army. Now he earns say 20,000 pounds a year (plus housing etc (please note this is a guess)). He is very good at his job, he has spent years training, learning the drills, the equipment, the tactics and generally getting himself fit. His job will force him into early retirement, quite possibly leave him with some form of trauma (nightmares at least) and may even lead to his death while doing his job. This man must get his job right all the time, he can not fail, other lives depend on him. Now let us look at our footballer. He gets the same amount of money, just he gets it per week. He has to quite fit, he has to earn his money with maybe 2 games of 90 minuets a week playing a game of which is so simple is requires a patch of grass, 4 poles, a ball and some lines and of which the rules can be explained on a single sheet of paper. Yet this footballer screws up all the time in his job, he misses the ball 5% of the time, and almost all of his shots miss. How unjust is the world we live in that the people defending our country, defending our “beautiful game” are worth less to us than a bunch of over paid, under worked, unskilled idiots? I think we should scrap football, it is a pointless sport which has done nothing of good for anyone. I would like to see the billions they get in salaries, that are spend of building to play in, that are spent on people to win them their court battles to be sent to Africa and Asia in the form of tools, food and water. But ah yes, I speak with the voice of common sense, and where has that ever got anyone?

May
20
2005

You have the right to remain starboard

However much you think you are, you are still wrong. Being right is an ideal, but it is never achievable. This is not the right as starboard, but right as in to be correct. I mean, whatever argument you come up with for whatever situation you think of, someone will always have a counter argument. Just because their opinion is different to yours does not make them wrong and you right, it makes you wrong and them wrong, as neither of you agree, there is no right answer. You cant even be right with things we quantify. If I look at a bit of wood, I can say that is 3 metres long, but I would be wrong, as it’s never going to be exactly 3 metres long. Even when you get down to the molecules, it may be the right number of molecules but if you look close enough it will always be a little off. Its like that idea that was used to invent the concept of the atom, if I take this bit of paper and tear it in half, what happens when I keep going? Well, there is no definitive building block, because even that, to have things built out of it must have some dimensions. If you now take my description of two people, and multiply it up by world standards, you will never find something that everyone agrees with. This of course is the fundamental flaw with democracy, the fact that you will never have an absolute agreement on everything. This is therefore why change takes so long to happen. I’m not quite sure why America is so desperate to spread this “democracy” all over the world. Its like they think they have got it right, which as established, you cant get it right. You never know, perhaps one day they will see I’m right……

Apr
29
2005

Oh so true and you know it

This is a tribute to the nice guys. The nice guys that finish last, that never become more than friends, that endure hours of whining and bitching about what assholes guys are, while disproving the very point. This is dedicated to those guys who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs, those guys who hold open doors and give reassuring pats on the back and sit patiently outside the changing room at department stores. This is in honor of the guys that obligingly reiterate how cute/beautiful/smart/funny/sexy their female friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most girls need that litany of support. This is in honor of the guys with open minds, with laid-back attitudes, with honest concern. This is in honor of the guys who respect a girl’s every facet, from her privacy to her theology to her clothing style.

This is for the guys who escort their drunk, bewildered female friends back from parties and never take advantage once they’re at her door, for the guys who accompany girls to bars as buffers against the rest of the creepy male population, for the guys who know a girl is fishing for compliments but give them out anyway, for the guys who always play by the rules in a game where the rules favor cheaters, for the guys who are accredited as boyfriend material but somehow don’t end up being boyfriends, for all the nice guys who are overlooked, underestimated, and unappreciated, for all the nice guys who are manipulated, misled, and unjustly abandoned, this is for you.

This is for that time she left 40 urgent messages on your cell phone, and when you called her back, she spent three hours painstakingly dissecting two sentences her boyfriend said to her over dinner. And even though you thought her boyfriend was a chump and a jerk, you assured her that it was all ok and she shouldn’t worry about it. This is for that time she interrupted the best killing spree you’d ever orchestrated in GTA3 to rant about a rumor that romantically linked her and the guy she thinks is the most repulsive person in the world. And even though you thought it was immature and you had nothing against the guy, you paused the game for two hours and helped her concoct a counter-rumor to spread around the floor. This is also for that time she didn’t have a date, so after numerous vows that there was nothing “serious” between the two of you, she dragged you to a party where you knew nobody, the beer was awful, and she flirted shamelessly with you, justifying each fit of reckless teasing by announcing to everyone: “oh, but we’re just friends!” And even though you were invited purely as a symbolic warm body for her ego, you went anyways. Because you’re nice like that.

The nice guys don’t often get credit where credit is due. And perhaps more disturbing, the nice guys don’t seem to get laid as often as they should. And I wish I could logically explain this trend, but I can’t. From what I have observed on campus and what I have learned from talking to friends at other schools and in the workplace, the only conclusion I can form is that many girls are just illogical, manipulative bitches. Many of them claim they just want to date a nice guy, but when presented with such a specimen, they say irrational, confusing things such as “oh, he’s too nice to date” or “he would be a good boyfriend but he’s not for me” or “he already puts up with so much from me, I couldn’t possibly ask him out!” or the most frustrating of all: “no, it would ruin our friendship.” Yet, they continue to lament the lack of datable men in the world, and they expect their too-nice-to-date male friends to sympathize and apologize for the men that are jerks. Sorry, guys, girls like that are beyond my ability to fathom. I can’t figure out why the connection breaks down between what they say (I want a nice guy!) and what they do (I’m going to sleep with this complete ass now!). But one thing I can do, is say that the nice-guy-finishes-last phenomenon doesn’t last forever. There are definitely many girls who grow out of that train of thought and realize they should be dating the nice guys, not taking them for granted. The tricky part is finding those girls, and even trickier, finding the ones that are single.

So, until those girls are found, I propose a toast to all the nice guys. You know who you are, and I know you’re sick of hearing yourself described as ubiquitously nice. But the truth of the matter is, the world needs your patience in the department store, your holding open of doors, your party escorting services, your propensity to be a sucker for a pretty smile. For all the crazy, inane, absurd things you tolerate, for all the situations where you are the faceless, nameless hero, my accolades, my acknowledgement, and my gratitude go out to you. You do have credibility in this society, and your well deserved vindication is coming.

Source: http://www.stwing.upenn.edu/~jenf/writing/rant04.html

Apr
25
2005

its the simple things in life…..

You know you’re living in 2005 when…

1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don’t have e-mail addresses.

6. You go home after a long day at work; you still answer the phone in a business manner.

7. You make phone calls from home, you accidentally dial “9” to get an outside line.

8. You’ve sat at the same desk for four years and worked for three different companies.

10. Your boss doesn’t have the ability to do your job.

11 You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in
the groceries.

12. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

13. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn’t have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

14. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

15You start tilting your head sideways to smile.

16 You’re reading this and nodding and laughing.

17 Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

18 You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

19. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn’t a #9 on this list

Apr
20
2005

nerd!


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thanks to Thomas for this one.

Apr
20
2005

when will they learn

the following is a post by someone on a fourm i use:

Let’s just keep on track, because you’re so determined to spout lies. I want to see how you defend your position.

Let’s see, you’re trying to find a connection between Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein? Not only have you offered not one shred of evidence, it’s been a widely accepted view that Bin Laden couldn’t stand the sight of Hussein. They have absolutely no reason why they would like each other, they are completely different spirtually and politically.

Furthermore, stop trying to condemn Hussein and feel self-rightous about America in the same damn sentence. It’s a disgustingly hypocritical opinion. Hussein invaded Kuwait on the same principles as why America invaded the Congo, etc., etc.

And please, I beg you, don’t say “It’s my opinion, I’m allowed to have one.” because it pisses me off. This is a debate. You DO NOT say that in a debate. Either defend your position without resorting to rhetoric and lies, or shut up. Danke

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i agreed with this post and was given the following by a dippy american girl:

omg! the two ass above me r fucking tyranny supporters! wtf defending sadaam!!!!!!!!???????????? u guys ar asses, lets put u in a dictator country! IM ALLOWED TO HAVE A FUCKING OPINION YOU ASS FUCKING ARCHAIC PRICKS!!!! GO HANG WITH OSAMA IN HIS CAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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so my reply was:

WHERE THE FUCK HAVE I SAID I SUPPORT “TYRANNY”? what the hell is so wrong with you, you haven’t a clue have you. i will put it very simply for you, i am against the going into Iraq without justification, as far as i am concerned, you should seek a reason BEFORE, not after you invade. secondly, i do not agree with a few powerful countries bulling others and so think that everything should have been done with the UN’s support. I am of the opinion that 9/11 was self inflicted, as the US has been fucking around in many of the countries in the middle easy for years now and they have just pissed too many people off. are you not aware that many people in the middle east were happy to see 9/11 as they saw it as justice. I also do not agree with you talking as though Sadam had anything to do with 9/11….this is known to be bolocks. I am fed up with stupid Americans (to all those who are not, im sorry to generalise) thinking that they can run the world they way they want to “spreading freedom”. Just because we think democracy is so great does not mean that others think it is. I think that finding a system that works for a country is a very long and slow process which no one should attempt to by-pass or speed up, as this just leads to instability. Iraq was not ready for democracy, hence all the problems they are having. a country like Britain has spend centuries getting to where we are now, and even now it is far from perfect. I agree that Sadam was not a nice guy, but are we better for trying to mess with a country that is not ours…no. I know you have an opinion, and i accept that, i just don’t agree with it, i think you have a very simplistic view of the world, and i think you are very selfish and only look at things from one point of view. As for calling me “ARCHAIC” im not quite sure what you mean. Im not quite sure what you are getting at, my best guess is that you are calling my view archaic, but this is far from true, you are the one who thinks they are correct, i am the one trying to look from several sides of the argument….i will leave you to go figure who is “ARCHAIC”. And finally, i would love to “GO HANG WITH OSAMA IN HIS CAVE”, i think it would be quite interesting to find out what makes him tick and what has him so motivated against America.

please consider you answer carefully, as i get rather fed up of reiterating a previous point several time over

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thanks for reading

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Apr
02
2005

All things aside

Well, there I was having a nice drink with a few friends down the pub…and mid conversation…well, to be honest, it just turned to sex…the subject that is. I still profess that this had little to do with me…I blame Andy. Anyway, so Andy’s friend (who’s name chooses to escape me at this particular moment) was talking about a girl who was, as he put it “quite fit”, and he was saying…(and this is another quote)…”all things aside I wouldn’t say no”. Now I think as the subject was sex, we can assume this was what he meant….for the slow, this would translate what he said to “all things aside I wouldn’t say no to sex with her”. At which point, I (in a particularly pedantic mood) piped up…”well, ‘all things aside’ seems to cover most things, its sort of like saying, ‘yes, id love to have sex with her, despite she is a he, and he is a elephant’…” I was greeted with a moments silence, and then…”hang on a min, your right”. As such, I have decided that it is a really silly saying and should not be allowed….so everyone I know should consider themselves banned from using it…

*end of public announcement*

Mar
24
2005

think about it

If all red, boiled lobsters are dead, and all dead, boiled lobsters are red, does it follow that all red, dead lobsters are boiled?

Mar
19
2005

take the next left…

today…well, yesterday now, i did another pointless thing. On my way back from badminton i decided to take a different route home, in fact, the route i took, took more than twice as long, but i really enjoyed it. This had me thinking…as most things do, a car is all about freedom. now i know this has been said before the world over, but i guess i found this interesting because it want until that moment that i truly understood.

this taking an odd route home has been going on a while now, and all seems to have come from myself and Naomi (who is first mentioned here). we have been lift sharing as we now both drive and discovered we live quite close. she is rather random, and i think most people agree i am, either odd, random, or both, so we make a rather odd pair in the car. so when we were behind someone from badminton in the car who was going the same way, we decided (she suggested, i was driving) to go a different way at the traffic lights just to confuse them. then, going down the road we were now on, we were talking about all the different ways to get home from where we now were, and she just mentioned the left turn i could take…and suddenly…i turned left (scared her a bit)…then the mp3 player stopped (random crash (of it, not the car)), so i pulled over to fix it…then off we went. Then we came a round-a-bout…after a slightly strange route, and decided to go to the village next door to our town, and so we went there, and went to the house of the person who we had followed in the first place…they weren’t there, so we went off round the bypass and home….it was a mini adventure. it is nice just to do something random once in a while…just to keep things interesting

Mar
16
2005

crisps – the great conundrum

While eating my evening cereals (from a bowel) I pondered the following:

When it comes to packets…lets say crisp packets, manufactures always advertise the fact that there crisps come in a foil lined bag which helps keep the crisps fresh. How the hell does this work! From what I understand, crisps stay fresh when they are in an air tight container, and plastic crisp packets are air tight (even the foil lined ones are made of plastic mainly), due to the fact that plastic is oil is based. This is very odd