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Meme: How open source are you?

January 9th, 2005

Here’s a little geeky meme from Neil:

“Below are a series of headers for different programs you use on your computer. For each one, say what program it is, whether it’s open source or not, and what you like about it.”

Score of: 3.5 open source programs out of 12.5 (“Compression” category counts as 2x 0.5 as I tend to use two programs)
Score of: 5.5 free programs out of 12.5 (“Compression” category counts as 2x 0.5 as I tend to use two programs)

Operating System: Windows: Not Open Source
I use Windows XP (with the “Classic 2000” style) as it’s what I’m used to “on the desktop” and for compatibility purposes (as the majority of the customers I support in a tech support capacity and my Dad tend to run Windows XP). I do have RedHat Enterprise Linux installed on the server which hosts my blog and a few other sites (that’s only accessible via the command line/SSH though) and running RedHat Fedora Linux on my home server (mainly operating through the command line, but it does have the Gnome desktop installed which can is very very similar to Windows).
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200 Questions

October 3rd, 2004

Well, after a very laszy weekend (awake around 4 hours out 24 yesterday – went to bed around 10pm on Friday night and “properly got up” at 11am this Sunday morning: mainly because of a wrong number telephone call), I now need to start designing our next “killer app” for work (yeah, I know we’re mainly in the web hosting biz, but we need the technology behind it to make things “work brilliantly”). However, until I’ve spec’d things out in my head and my work emails finished downloading (only another 228 emails to go), I thought I’d add a blog entry and since Jay Allen’s done it, Christine’s done it, Neil’s done it and Daisy’s done it (along with many others – it appears to have started from Realization), here’s my “200 things list” – things that I’ve done have been bolded.

  1. Bought everyone in the pub a drinkWe did have the benefit that the pub had just opened and there were just the 4 of us in there
  2. Swam with wild dolphins
  3. Climbed a mountain – I attempted to climb Mt.Snowdon in Wales (didn’t even get a quarter of the way up) and I planned to go up Mt.Fiji in Japan: do they count?
  4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
  5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
  6. Held a tarantula.
  7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
  8. Said ‘I love you’ and meant it
  9. Hugged a tree
  10. Done a striptease
  11. Bungee jumped
  12. Visited ParisAround 3 times if I remember correctly
  13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
  14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun riseseveral times, mainly “unplanned though” (i.e. I didn’t plan to stay up all night…)
  15. Seen the Northern Lights
  16. Gone to a huge sports game
  17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
  19. Touched an iceberg
  20. Slept under the starsI used to really enjoy camping out under the stars: but haven’t done it in years!
  21. Changed a baby’s diaper – Possible my youngest sister’s when I was around 7 or 8 years old: but I can’t remember for sure
  22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
  23. Watched a meteor shower
  24. Gotten drunk on champagne – You mean champagne is more then over rated fizzy water?
  25. Given more than you can afford to charity
  26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
  27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
  28. Had a food fight
  29. Bet on a winning horse
  30. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
  31. Asked out a stranger
  32. Had a snowball fightWhen I was much younger of course…
  33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier
  34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly canI can remember having some sort of screaming competition with my sisters when we were all much younger, I can’t remember why though
  35. Held a lamb
  36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
  37. Taken a midnight skinny dip – Not at midnight..
  38. Taken an ice cold bathEspecially when my boiler breaks down *brr*
  39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
  40. Seen a total eclipse
  41. Ridden a roller coasterRidden quite a few!
  42. Hit a home run
  43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days
  44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was lookingHey – it’s the only way I dance! 🙂
  45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
  46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestorsMost of my fathers side of the family actually come from the area we still in in. My mother’s side I won’t stand a chance!
  47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
  48. Had two hard drives for your computer.I’ve got 3 in my main machine (200 Gb total), 4 in my household server (650 Gb total) and 2 in my American based server – but only 1 in my laptop.
  49. Visited all 50 states
  50. Loved your job for all accounts
  51. Taken care of someone who was sh-t faced
  52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (money != satisfaction)
  53. Had amazing friends
  54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
  55. Watched wild whales
  56. Stolen a sign
  57. Backpacked in Europe
  58. Taken a road-trip
  59. Rock climbing
  60. Lied to foreign government’s official in that country to avoid notice
  61. Midnight walk on the beach
  62. Sky diving
  63. Visited Ireland
  64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
  65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
  66. Visited Japanyep, got back two weeks ago (seems ages ago already though! I actually had lunch today consisting of noodles and blackbean beef eaten with chopsticks and drinking Japanese green tea whilst watching a Japanese TV program where they were having a Westernised meal with Knife and forks!)
  67. Benchpressed your own weight
  68. Milked a cow
  69. Alphabetized your recordsCDs yes.
  70. Pretended to be a superhero
  71. Sung karaokeAttempted to several times
  72. Lounged around in bed all dayYep, as recently as yesterday!
  73. Posed nude in front of strangers
  74. Scuba diving
  75. Got it on to “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
  76. Kissed in the rain
  77. Played in the mudWhen I was a kid
  78. Played in the rainDitto
  79. Gone to a drive-in theater
  80. Done something you should regret, but don’t regret it.
  81. Visited the Great Wall of China
  82. Discovered that someone who’s not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
  83. Dropped Windows in favor of something betterLinux on my server and seriously considering moving to Linux on the desktop. Also got RISC OS machines as double-backup
  84. Started a business
  85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
  86. Toured ancient sites
  87. Taken a martial arts classJudo when I was much yonger
  88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman
  89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
  90. Gotten married
  91. Been in a movie – Closest is being on TV, radio and in the press and just missing out on being “on set” when Shadowlands (a film) was being filmed quite close to me
  92. Crashed a party
  93. Loved someone you shouldn’t have
  94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy
  95. Gotten divorced
  96. Had sex at the office
  97. Gone without food for 5 days
  98. Made cookies from scratch
  99. Won first prize in a costume contest
  100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
  101. Gotten a tattoo
  102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
  103. Rafted the Snake River
  104. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
  105. Got flowers for no reason
  106. Masturbated in a public place
  107. Got so drunk you don’t remember anything
  108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
  109. Performed on stage
  110. Been to Las Vegas
  111. Recorded music
  112. Eaten shark
  113. Had a one-night stand
  114. Gone to Thailand
  115. Seen Siouxsie live
  116. Bought a house
  117. Been in a combat zone
  118. Buried one/both of your parents
  119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
  120. Been on a cruise ship
  121. Spoken more than one language fluently
  122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
  123. Bounced a check
  124. Performed in Rocky Horror
  125. Read – and understood – your credit report
  126. Raised children
  127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
  128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
  129. Created and named your own constellation of stars
  130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
  131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
  132. Called or written your Congress person
  133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over – Not yet…
  134. …more than once? – More than thrice?
  135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
  136. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
  137. Had an abortion or your female partner did
  138. Had plastic surgery
  139. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived.
  140. Wrote articles for a large publicationArchive Magazine
  141. Lost over 100 pounds£100 cash, yes – 100lbs in weight, nope
  142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
  143. Piloted an airplane
  144. Petted a stingray
  145. Broken someone’s heart
  146. Helped an animal give birth
  147. Been fired or laid off from a job
  148. Won money on a T.V. game show
  149. Broken a bone
  150. Killed a human being
  151. Gone on an African photo safari
  152. Ridden a motorcycle
  153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
  154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
  155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
  156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
  157. Ridden a horse
  158. Had major surgery
  159. Had sex on a moving train
  160. Had a snake as a pet
  161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
  163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hoursQuite often!
  164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
  165. Visited all 7 continents
  166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
  167. Eaten kangaroo meat
  168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground
  169. Been a sperm or egg donor
  170. Eaten sushiUp to 3 months ago, I hated fish. Now I wish there was a Sushi restuarant in Leicester – ideally a conveyor belt on. I quite like Sushi and fish in general now!
  171. Had your picture in the newspaper
  172. Had 2 (or more) healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
  173. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
  174. Gotten someone fired for their actions
  175. Gone back to school
  176. Parasailed
  177. Changed your name
  178. Petted a cockroach
  179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
  180. Read The Iliad
  181. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
  182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen silverware, plates, cups because your apartment needed them.
  183. …and gotten 86’ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
  184. Taught yourself an art from scratchComputer programming counts doesn’t it?
  185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
  186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurtMy parents for my teenage years
  187. Skipped all your school reunions.
  188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken languageMost Japanese people don’t speak English and I don’t speak much Japanese. Pointing at things and displays on calculators work though!
  189. Been elected to public officeDoes “Village Representitive” count?
  190. Written your own computer languageYep, on the RISC OS platform. Wasn’t that good though and was very slow, but still. IIRC I’ve written a primitive scripting language for a Linux/Windows environment, but very primitive
  191. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
  192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
  193. Built your own PC from parts
  194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
  195. Had a booth at a street fair
  196. Dyed your hair
  197. Been a DJ
  198. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal
  199. Written your own role playing game
  200. Been arrested

Memes: Friday Five

August 18th, 2003

Ahh, I haven’t done a “Meme” for ages and since it seems nearly everybody else on my blogroll has done this weeks Friday Five, I thought I’d join in 😉

1. How much time do you spend online each day?
Typically around 18 hours a day. Yep: that’s roughly 8 hours away from the ‘net per day (around 7 hours sleep per day). I does help that I work as a systems/servers/network administrator and search engine optimizer and hence need a lot of network access during the working day… I’m actually semi dreading my forthcoming holiday because of this: it’ll be the longest I’ve been “net-less” for over 6 years and I’m dreading the amount of email I’ll have when I return (an average of 3,000 emails per day [mostly spam] with a 7 day holiday… *gulp*).

Do you think I’ll get withdrawal symptoms?
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Memes: Saturday Scruples

May 11th, 2003

Saturday ScruplesSince the owners of Saturday Scruples were kind enough to give me free 25 shares on Blogshares (I then gave them 25 of mine and brought some more of theirs), I thought I’d do this weeks questions to see how I like it:

You’re on (the) city council. Police want to place surveillance cameras on the downtown streets to deter crime and save money. Do you vote for it?
Yes. Whilst I do respect peoples privacy and tend to sway on the side of “keep private stuff private”, a public street isn’t a private area. Surveillance cameras have been proven to decrease camera by a degree (and no, I don’t have the facts or figures to hand) and so I’ll support a proposal like this.

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Friday Group Therapy: Weight And Food

January 26th, 2003

[Friday Group Therapy and McDonalds]Common sense has prevailed! (I actually typed that before I realised that a McDonald’s spokesman said exactly the same thing). An American court has dismissed a lawsuit by a group of American teenagers who claim that McDonalds is responsible for their obesity.

Brian has decided to make the issue of “Weight and Food” the subject of this weeks Friday Group Therapy.

  1. How do you feel about your weight?
    I’m quite alright with my body’s shape, size and weight – I’m an ectomorph which means I’m naturally a bit on the thin/tall side of things – in the past few years I have started to develop a bit of a “berry belly” (even though I hate beer and larger) but I suppose if I exercised a little bit more it would disappear in due course (apart from walking to and from work and up and down my stairs I get no exercise at all).

    Last time I was weighed (it was around 3 months ago when I went for my “initial checkup/welcome” at my Doctors: despite being a patient there for two years – I hadn’t needed to go an introduce myself before then), I was around 13stone in weight (that’s around 82.5Kg or 182lbs). My Body Mass Indicator (BMI) value is 23.4 (as I’m 6ft 2" tall) which is “normal weight” (18.5 to 24.9). Until a few years ago, I was constantly in the “Underweight” category as I just didn’t seem to put weight on (despite daily meals of: two bacon sandwiches before I left the house, a fry-up breakfast of two sausages, bacon, eggs, hash brown, black pudding, beans and toast at work, something “snacky” for lunch, a largish dinner and then supper). It could be because I’ve been eating more “junk food” recently…

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