Archive for 2008

Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2008 9:07 2 Comments

What better way to celebrate Christmas than by watching ‘Stop the Cavalry’?

Which reminds me, I still don’t know who Luzar and Jim are.
Altogether now, dub-a-dub-a-dum-dum…

This was posted under category: Music

It’s All In The Ego

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 11:25 1 Comment

News of high-achieving children, exotic holidays and pay rises are being dropped through letter-boxes across the nation, tucked inside a Christmas card. But is the annual round-robin letter a welcome way for busy people to stay in touch, or an unsolicited irritationBBC Magazine
I have to admit, I’m not a fan of these round robin things. [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging

Data Mishaps

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 12:32 No Comments

No, this is not the usual sort of data mishap. No one has lost any more USB sticks recently. Well, at least not since Leeds Council lost a stick with the unencrypted details of 5,000 children including the names, dates of birth, ethnicity, addresses and telephone numbers, child protection and state benefit information. Or since [...]

This was posted under category: Funnies, Technology


Monday, December 22, 2008 14:46 No Comments

Can anyone else spot the slight clash between what people say and what they do?
Here’s what Neath Port Talbot say:
Cabinet member for children and young people councillor Olga Jones said: “We need to embrace the new technologies used by young people but we need to support our children and young people to take measures to [...]

This was posted under category: Public Sector

Three Nativities

Monday, December 22, 2008 11:45 No Comments

After my recent post Four Christmases (Dinners), and now Three Nativities, you may well be wondering precisely when the Partridge is going to appear along with a tree of variety Pyrus communis. However, I can assure you that at present I have no plans for such a post.
Three Nativities?
Well, you have to bear in [...]

This was posted under category: The Pickards

Patently Ridiculous

Monday, December 22, 2008 11:44 1 Comment

A Russian businessman has trademarked the ‘wink’ emoticon.
“Legal use will be possible after buying an annual licence from us,” he was quoted by the newspaper Kommersant as saying. “It won’t cost that much — tens of thousands of dollars,” added the businessman, who is president of Superfone, a company that sells advertising on mobile phones.BBC [...]

This was posted under category: Oddities, Technology

The Last Wordpress Upgrade

Saturday, December 20, 2008 17:28 2 Comments

Well, I finally got around to upgrading wordpress to the latest version. I have not generally kept updated with the ultra latest, ultra up-to-date version, and generally find that I’ve had the wordpress ‘nag’ visible on the dashboard, but there was a very specific reason for upgrading to this version.
Firstly was the new customisability:
Digging in [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Technology

Memes Nutshell

Saturday, December 20, 2008 0:35 No Comments

As (kind of) suggested by Christophe, here is a run down on the meme’s I’ve taken part in during 2008.

More Memey Ness (February 25th)
Six Word Memoir (March 3rd)
Nerd-dom Meme (March 17th)
Music IQ Meme (April 25th)
Films I’ve Not Seeny Memey (June 26th)
The Most Random List Of Favourites You’ll Ever See (July 20th)
10 Songs (August 29th)
Book [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Memes

Christmas Spirit

Friday, December 19, 2008 0:39 3 Comments

I have been awarded the legendary Blog Nog award for having an intoxicating blog that Chartroose has enjoyed reading, laughing at, and discussing in the previous year.
What can I say?

Obviously it’s a great honour to receive such an award, but it’s important to remember that this award is not just for me, but for the [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging

Four Christmases (Dinners)

Thursday, December 18, 2008 0:36 3 Comments

It’s not Christmas yet, and I’ve already had four Christmas dinners. This may sound like something from a Vince Vaughn film, or indeed a Vicar of Dibley plot, but it’s all perfectly logical when you have it explained to you.
First, I went out for a Christmas meal with the people I work for. This consisted [...]

This was posted under category: The Pickards