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Month: February 2003

Snippet: Normal Service

*snippet* Yeah, I know – there hasn’t been much original content (bar the Guess That Movie competition) as of late. I’ve been extremely tired lately (last Friday/Saturday I would guess I was only operating at 40-50% efficiency, I’m now back up to around 90-95%) and when I have been awake and able to concentrate, I’ve been working on a number of things I’ve got on the back burner. As well as my “personal” websites (“Guess That Movie” – has still got to be launched as a separate site, another 1 has got a redesign pending and the third/main site needs fixing in some aspects and new features adding), I’ve had to bring my self up to speed with some of the technologies we are using at work. My big mouth doesn’t help in this aspect – “oh boss, what do you think of the idea of perhaps offering feature X or somehow combining Y and Z?” and him replying “make it so” (paraphrasing).

Of course, we could do it all manually – but if it takes us an hour to “activate” each new feature everytime and they do take off, then the time spent planning and spec’ing everything now is well spent. But to get it to work “nicely”, it’s all got to be integrated with our current systems: which I’m still learning about (it doesn’t help with a couple of them being “closed-sourced commercial” systems with very little techy documentation and I only have access to the live servers: hence no ‘learn by experimenting’ option!).

Hopefully by the weekend, I’ll be back to my normal blogging self: I’ve still got this weeks weekly wrapup to do (which is particularly relevant to me lately – but you’ll see what I mean when I do it).


Joke: God and behavioural patterns

[God]God looked at earth and wanted to know what kind of behaviour that was going on. He decided to send an angel down to Earth to check it out. So he called one of His angels and sent the angel to Earth for a time.

When he returned, he told God, “Yes, it is bad on Earth; 95% are misbehaving and 5% are not.”

God thought for a moment and said, “Maybe I had better send down a second angel to get another opinion.” So God called another angel and sent him to Earth for a time too.

When the angel returned he went to God and said, “Yes, it’s true-the Earth is in decline; 95% are misbehaving and 5% are being good.”

God was not pleased. So He decided to E-mail the 5% that were good, because He wanted to encourage them. Give them a little something to help them keep going. Do you know what that E-mail said?

Fun: Garden Ornament not for cat lovers

[Lovely Garden OrnamentNow that spring is, in theory, just around the corner – perhaps it’s about time I thought about mowing my back lawn: after all, it was last mown around 3 months after I moved into my house – and it IS getting like a jungle out there.

However, I’m not a gardener so the chances of making any “proper changes” are extremely low – I’ve still got to get the fence repaired. But if I do make any changes, I might see if I can get hold of one of these lovely garden ornaments.

Does any one know where you can get one? 😀

Guess That Movie: XXX: Cast Away

[Guess That Movie 30]Ah – the big “three-oh”: I never thought when I started running Guess That Movie that it would prove to be so popular – especially with Kymberlie now taking the high score lead with 625 points (she correctly recognised “Lady And The Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” [Order from] as the previous Guess That Movie image).

Whilst I’m still awaiting a response from ph33r_m3 as to which Amazon store he wants his winning gift certificate sent (he was the first one to pass the 500 point barrier and his prize currently stands at a voucher worth £5.90 as he has 590 points: Kymberlie has already got a £6.25 voucher and she’s got a few more rounds to wait for her prize…)

Ok – let’s move it on a bit to the image for the round. I’m going to be very surprised if it can be guessed correctly straight away – but you are more than welcome to try and prove me wrong!

“He fallen in da water”
A: Cast Away [Order from] . Correctly guessed by Kymberlie R. McGuire

Joke: Madness, they call it gladness

[High Cat](ok – the picture has very little to do with the joke – but look at that pussy!)

A man who had been in a mental institution for some years finally improved to the point where it was thought he might be released. The psychiatrist that ran the institution decided it was better to proceed with caution, and chose to interview him first.

“Tell me,” said the doctor, “if we release you, as we are considering, what do you plan to do with your life?”

The inmate said, “It would be wonderful to get back to real life, and if I do, I will certainly refrain from making my former mistake. I was a nuclear physicist, you see, and it was the stress of my work in weapons research that helped to put me here. If I am released, I shall limit myself to work in pure theory, where I believe the situation will be less difficult and stressful.”

“Wonderful,” said the psychiatrist.

“Or else,” continued the patient, “I might teach. There is something to be said for dedicating your life to expanding the knowledge of young people.”

“Definitely,” said the psychiatrist.

“Then again, I might write. There is always a need for books on science, or I may even write a novel based on my experiences in the psychiatric institution.”

“Another interesting possibility,” agreed the doctor.