Blog: Checking TrackBacks

November 22nd, 2002 by Richy B. 1 comment »

A little nonsense entry here as fellow ODP editor ciaran texted/SMSed me to ask me to test the new TrackBack facility on his journal. So, I’ve added the appropriate URL in my “URLs to Ping” and now I’ve just got to publish this entry and see if it “takes”.

A funny thing’s been happening though, ZoneAlarm Pro (which I run as a secondary firewall/ad-blocker) seems to have decided that some of the images in my blog are, in fact, adverts – and therefore it’s been suppressing them. It played with my mind for a while as I tried to figure out “Well, the image code’s in the blog entry – so why isn’t it showing up when the page is generated”. I may have to look into why ZoneAlarm has suddenly decided to treat the images as ads… Odd…

Game: Peeball

November 22nd, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

[A Peeball]Peeball is something you can buy (for £1, 30p goes to the Prostate Cancer charity), put in the urinals (sorry girls, it’s a “man thing” only!) and see how quickly you can dissolve it. They’ve also got a little flash game where you control the Peeball in a urinal and you’ve got to try and make it “jump” objects (such as chewing gum etc) that come down the urinal. Of course, you control it via urinating (no, you don’t actually “see” it) – but you’ve got to keep your “reserves” topped up by drinking beer. I’ve only managed to score 1,240 so far…

Blogging: Changes to my blog

November 22nd, 2002 by Richy B. No comments »

Some of you may have noticed slight changes to my blog. Basically, I’ve added a web cam view. The camera is pointing outside my window towards the street and it does quite good images at night. Ok, the view isn’t exactly, erm, interesting – but it adds a little something else. I have got an additional camera which I’m thinking about placing inside the house (ideally pointing towards my computer), but the number of times I’m at my computer “au natural” puts me off the idea. Oh – and the camera should update every 2 minutes. It won’t, however, update if I’ve had to “cut” my internet connection for any reason (basically the computer acts as a router to the internet for the camera – hence if the computer is offline, the camera is). Since I’ve got ADSL broadband and my computer tends to be on 24/7- you should get frequent updates of the exciting view: or, at least, an idea of the weather :)

Why 2 minute updates? Well, I could make it upload the image more often, but I felt that it’ll just be consuming too much bandwidth (on my connection and on the server that hosts my blog) for something that isn’t important. I could also have set it up so you could practically view “live images” via my PC, but whilst I did apply the necessary firewalls and configuration changes to do so, I have blocked them for taking affect. Call me paranoid if you want…

Other Leicester web cams that may interest you are the one on Epic House (home of BBC Radio Leicester) in the City Centre, a traffic cam view of the nearest roundabout/flyover to me at Red Hill Way (more “jamcams” are available via the BBC), one in Lutterworth, and several from De Montfort University (Queens building, James Went building). Hmm, I may have to consider making an appropriate category at ODP if I find any more…

And the other changes? I’ve decided to stop the Monthly blog updates – basically because November’s monthly log was getting ridiculous already (I seem to blog quite a bit :) ): the archives are now weekly. Oh, and due to Wobble and Bob and a forthcoming Harry Potter review (it is coming soon – I promise), I’ve created a TV and Movies category.

I am planning on actually designing my blog correctly as some point (a the moment it justs uses a slightly tweaked version of the Movable Type style Georgia Blue.

TV: Wobble and Bob

November 22nd, 2002 by Richy B. 43 comments »

[Weeble from Weeble+Bob]Wow! It seems Weeble and Bob (that I blogged about on the 16th) have made it to the “small screen”! Yep, MTV:UK are showing it as 5 minute shows late at night as Wobble and Bob! Why the name change? Because Hasbro own the trademark to the name “Weeble(s)” (an “egg-shaped” toy that rocks back and forth, just like a certain cartoon character that’s now on TV).

See also: TV: Wobble and Bob II.

Personal: Pottering around with chocolate

November 21st, 2002 by Richy B. 1 comment »

Word of advice, if you decide to watch Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets at night (movie review coming later if I feel like it) – DO NOT decide to consume a 300g bar of Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut chocolate bar at the same time. You’ll regret it in the morning if my experience is anything to go by.

Why so much choccy? Well, I’m no chocaholic, but my local Jacksons store had 2x200g Cadbury’s Diary Milk and/or Fruit and Nut bars on special offer – at 89p for the two. And the bars are “50%” extra free – taking it up to 600g (over half-a-kilogram) of chocolate for under a quid! Droolll….