Archive for the ‘web’ Category

no kidding

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

From the “well, duh” department, a new study: Sex cues ruin men’s decisiveness

we still have a pleep

Friday, March 24th, 2006

When I was in Glasgow I sang at St Mary’s Cathedral, where our conductor occasionally had a somewhat odd turn of phrase in rehearsal. For example:

Tenors, when you come in here I want you to burst. Like an egg


Basses, you’re just tramping around, like a fly on a ceiling

But they’re nothing compared to this: The Quotations Of Leif Segerstam

matrix ping pong

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Paul obviously has a little time on his hands today, at least in 3 minute chunks. This is the second thing from google video he’s sent me today: Matrix Ping Pong, and it’s totally great. Love the background music, too.


Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

I’ve always thought that Matt Damon was/is pretty cool for a movie star, and now it seems that I am him (without the dashing looks, influence, toning and money):

According to the Which Movie Star Are You Like? quiz, you’re:

Matt Damon

Your hard work has paid off! You’re known as a talented, dedicated, nice guy, who wisely learned from his best pal’s failure to keep his lip zipped about affairs of the heart. Also, unlike that unnamed pal, you don’t seem to have let success go to your head.

Take this quiz at

Link via I live in Minnesota

my amazon reviews

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Just doing a bit of googling around and found the reviews I have written on Nice to get a good high useful rating for a number of them. I knew I was useful for something.

Another nice amazon bonus today – I was ordering something for Toby’s birthday and found firstly an outstanding price for printer ink – buying the multipack of ink cartridges is less than half the price of buying them separately – and also they offered me a three month free trial membership of amazon prime, so I get two day shipping for free.

pretty funny

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

This editorial in the Minneapolis Star Tribune made me laugh today – kind of risque for that paper, let alone Minnesota in general. Read it soon; their story links often expire after a few days.

somewhere in this town

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

I have been enormously enjoying the new Gorillaz CD, and thought I should find out a couple of things, like who is the narrator on Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey’s Head? Dennis Hopper, of course, as Amazon kindly told me. Amazon also has a list of the band’s favorite albums. I noticed that Murdoc’s pick is Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy, featuring the great line “tonight there’s going to be a jailbreak, somewhere in this town”. Um, would that be at the jail, perhaps?

black helicopters

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Threatening secrecy and security (which, strangely, the secrecy is doubtless being justified as promoting freedom) here’s the latest Google Earth competition results from The Register.

Seeing as I’m having a day of double-posts, I thought I should mention that one of the guys at work used the phrase “vice versly” today.

hat hair

Monday, October 17th, 2005

Although the weather outside (obviously not inside) is beautiful right now, especially for October, we know that winter is right around the corner, so I’ll soon have to battle with hat hair. This guy won’t, though.

In other news, Toby continues to be positively politician-like in his avoidance of difficult answers. We had a party last night for our friend Arwen’s birthday – lots of fun – and towards the end of the night Arwen was reading stories for Toby, including his Bob the Builder magazine. There’s a page where it shows some of the different characters and asks which is taller. We asked him who was taller, mummy or daddy, and he correctly said that daddy is taller. Then Emma asked who is fatter, mummy or daddy, and he said, “A great big fat cat is fatter”. Smart kid.

gmail hard drive space

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

I found an article today about how to use gmail’s amazing free storage space as a virtual hard drive – basically you install software on your PC which allows you to drag and drop files right into your gmail account and they show up as emails from yourself, so you can access these files from anywhere you like. Emma’s been talking for a while about having an online storage space, and I was going to set something up on the server, but this might be easier.

But! There seem to be a couple of flaws here. Firstly Google has sometimes blocked this tool. Secondly there doesn’t seem to be a mac version, and as Emma is a funky mac user this wouldn’t really cut it.

So! Here’s my quick and easy suggestions to do this. She can just email herself her documents which she might want to work on from a different computer. If she makes sure she always has something like “FILE” at the start of the email subject line it would be a snap to create a filter in gmail to ensure that they always get put into a “Files” folder so that they don’t clutter up her inbox and distract from regular emails.


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