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Month: January 2003

Joke: When I get old and losing my hair…

Have you ever noticed that when you’re of a certain age, everything seems uphill from where you are? Stairs are steeper. Your shopping bags are heavier… And, everything is farther away. Yesterday I walked to the corner and I was astonished to discover how long my street had become! And, you know, people are less considerate now, especially the young ones. They speak in whispers all the time! If you ask them to speak up they just keep repeating themselves, endlessly mouthing the same silent message until they’re red in the face! What do they think I am, a lip reader? I also think they are much younger than I was at the same age. On the other hand, people my own age are so much older than I am. I ran into an old friend the other day and she has aged so much that she didn’t even recognise me! I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was combing my hair this morning, and in doing so, I glanced at my own refection …Well, REALLY NOW ……… even mirrors are not made the way they used to be! Another thing, everyone drives so fast today! You’re…

Poll: Which OS are you most like?

Neil has just made an entry about a new Poll he’s discovered. Her name is Ingrid, she’s 5’11” tall, long blond hair, perky breasts and is willing to do nearly anything for money as long as it doesn’t cause lasting harm. Oh – wait, the other poll. 🙂 The one where you find out Which Operating System Matches Your Personality. It decided I was the Amiga OS – “Ahead of your time” (check), “You keep a lot of balls in the air” (check – I also keep a couple elsewhere 😉 ), “If only your parents had given you more opportunities to succeed”. Hmm, maybe… To me, that description more suits RISC OS than Amiga, but I’m probably biased. I could have also been: Debian Linux (“People have difficulty getting to know you. Once you finally open your shell they’re apt to love you” – by the way, ‘apt’ is actually a command in Debian), FreeBSD (“You are a speed demon…well-respected, but virtually unknown”), HP-UX (“You’re still strong despite the passage of time. Though few understand you, those who do love you deeply and appreciate you”), Palm OS (“Punctual, straightforward and very useful. … you’re happy with who you are”),…

Search: Do The Google Dance

[Google Dancer]Kuro5hin has an interesting article about what the “Google Dance” is and how it affects your ranking on the worlds most popular search engine.

Long story short: Dance equals Data. Servers. Moving. New Results.

A more complete answer is that the “Google Dance” is the nickname that has been given to the time of the month (usually around the 28th) that the data that “GoogleBot” (Google‘s little spider/robot that goes round ‘reading’ the web) is introduced into the system. However, since Google has over 10,000 servers it does take some time for the data to propagate around (“propagate” has now become my favourite and most used word for some reason). It has been long known that the start of the “Dance” can be found be watching when the data on the www2 and www3 starts ‘reading differently’ than that on the main Google server (an illustration in the Kuro5hin article is to do a query for links to Yahoo!).

Guess That Movie: XVII: Event Horizon

Congratulations new player KHD for recognising the previous image was Robin William’s “What Dreams May Come” . Hello, welcome and well done 🙂 The image was taken from around the 44th minute of the movie and just shows Dr. Chris Nielson (Robin Williams) and Leona (Rosalind Chao) in a boat together in heaven. It’s one of those films which you’ll either really like or just don’t “get”. I fall in to the latter category – I did try watching it but it just didn’t hold me interest for long enough. Anyway, on to the new image which marks round 17 of Guess That Movie!. It’s blue and, marking a change from the previous two images, it shows a bloke on his own. But who? And more important in which film? The last one was from a “dream” but this one appears to be more from a nightmare! Go on have a guess, that’s points to be grabbed and prizes to be won, it’s a real crazy game where anything goes.. Funhouse, it’s a ….. Sorry – just drifted off into early 1990’s UK children’s television gameshows there…(and, no, that wasn’t a clue). A: Event Horizon . Correctly guessed by Dr.…

Guess That Movie: XVI: What Dreams May Come

Well, Ph33r_m3 managed to do it again and picked up another 100 points for quickly identifying that the previous Guess That Movie image was, in fact, Halle Berry‘s right breast (ok, the image was rotated) in her orange bikini at the start of James Bond: Die Another Day . That puts Ph33r_m3 at the top of the leader board with 430 points so far (although LD is close behind with 380 points). It’s going to be close – Ph33r_m3 just needs an extra 70 points to be able to claim the first ever Guess That Movie prize – but all it’ll take is 6 incorrect guesses by other people and he won’t be able to win enough points this round (hint hint 😉 ). Of course, it’ll only take one correct guess from someone else and this round’s points will go to them. And yep, this is my pathetic attempt at trying to fix the scores and start up a little more competition! Come on people guess that movie before Ph33r_m3! A: What Dreams May Come. Correctly guessed by KHD