Archive for May, 2003

Movies: The Matrix Reloaded

May 18th, 2003

Matrix ReloadedAhhh – one of the most awaited films for ages got its premier in Europe on Thursday (at Cannes) and it has already taken $42.5million in the US box office. And whilst some critics have said it was quite good to “ok”, there’s one thing I didn’t like.

The Back To The Future similarity.

Eh? I hear you ask – well, to avoid spoiling the ending of The Matrix Reloaded for people, you’ll have to read the full length version of this entry to find out exactly what I mean.
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Snippet: Email Access

May 16th, 2003

*snippet* After 3 days, I’ve finally managed to get hold of my email box! I’ve been receiving around 2,000 spams per day to my main email box at my ISP and they are currently in the process of upgrading the mail system to add more load balancing capabilities: however, whilst the upgrade is going on, I’ve found it very hard to do a “spam clearout” (Mailwasher fetches the mail, but is unable to delete it until around 3 hours later). But I’ve now got access to my box and there are 185 emails awaiting my attention.

Luckily, I know that the majority of them are automated messages (server X has done this, “systems have been stable” etc), but there still is a number of messages I need to reply to (plus I’ve got a meeting with the bank manager tomorrow morning). Gimme until 3pmish British time tomorrow to catch up with thing please! 😉

Jokes: Top 10 Pickup Lines

May 14th, 2003

PickupHere’s a few good “pickup” lines I’ve found across the ‘net. I’m not one for using pickup lines myself, but let me know if any work: I especially like the first four:

  1. I wish I were a tear so I could start in your eyes, live on your face, and die on your lips.
  2. Was your father a thief? ‘Cause someone stole the stars from the sky and put them in your eyes.
  3. I was once told that our souls had met, now only our hearts had to be introduced.
  4. You have the whitest teeth I’ve ever come across.
  5. If I could rearrange the alphabet, I would put U and I together.
  6. Am I cute enough yet? Or do you need more to drink?
  7. I may not be Fred Flintstone, but I bet I can make your bed rock.
  8. Do you have a map? I just keep on getting lost in your eyes.
  9. You: You look like my second wife!
    Other: How many times have you been married?
    You: Once!
  10. Smile if you want to sleep with me!

[Taken from Useless Thoughts]

Guess That Movie: LV: Maybe Baby

May 14th, 2003

Guess That Movie Round 55Righto, time for round 55 of the Guess That Movie competition tat-ta-ttta-ta! Now, just lie back and put your legs in these stirrups and relax…

Yep, I’ve decided to add “shock value” to this Guess That Movie image. Most of the men trying to guess this image will think “what’s so shocking about somebody squeezing a tube onto a cold, hard metal instrument?”, but I’m sure the women know where their instrument goes and most would prefer to be blissfully unaware of the whole purpose of that torture!

Yes – it’s one of those things the “G” people use (and I’m not talking Google employees here!) – but which movie has the image been taken from? If you guess that movie correctly (leaving your name/alias, email address and your guess), I’ll award you some points. Points start at 100 per image and decline over time (after the first 12 hours it goes down by 10 points, then down a further 10 points every 24hours after posting) – oh and wrong guesses have a 5 point penalty.

But what good are points? Well, get 500 points and you can claim a £5 Amazon gift voucher/certificate for the Amazon store of your choice (£5 will be converted into the appropriate currency at the exchange rates displayed on xe.net at the time of claim) – so you can get free books, movies and music just by playing a simple FREE guessing game! What have you got to lose apart from your dignity (I reserve the right to laugh at widely incorrect guesses and people that are “100% sure it’s movie X” when it isn’t 😉 ).

Go on – Guess That Movie!

A: Maybe Baby [Order from Amazon.co.uk] amazoncom:B000062XFI . Correctly guessed by Rob.

Snippet: Failure Fall out

May 14th, 2003

*snippet* Despite me pulling practically 36 hours straight at a keyboard due to the failure of the upgrade to our datacentres (I managed to grab a single hours sleep in that time period), I’m still getting a number of technical support queries and fault reports: I spent over 6 hours restoring a server from scratch and all customer data (longest amount of downtime we’ve had ever to my knowledge) and now it appears all the site administrator passwords weren’t backed up correctly. I’m having to reset them all by hand 🙁

Not fun at all. That and “nursing” the server has taken up most of my time recently (the restored datacentre peaked at load averages of over 60 yesterday after another reboot – to reinitalise the SSL system – and I had to watch it for 2 hours to ensure it settled) hence the unfortunately lack of blog entries.

I’m hoping the technical helpdesk will calm down shortly (we’ve got nine open calls at the moment and our “average” is one: I try and ensure it’s cleared on a Friday afternoon by emailing all people with open calls on a Wednesday morning for a “status update”), and I’m be able to resume normal blogging levels.

Now, if only I could find out what in the Ensim Pro upgrade would cause it to totally crash a server during the upgrade process (despite us testing the upgrade extensively before hand) 🙁

Not fun.

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