Saturday, May 31, 2003

Pretty please

I'd flutter my eyelashes at you all but since one eye is hideously swollen (those damn mozzies still) I think the result would be too grotesque, even for a Saturday night.

But would you mind awfully linking to this post so that I can get a vote in the truth laid bare showcase? It has to be this post apparently so that those nice spidery things wot searches the net can list any links to that particular post and register it as a vote. Now that was as clear as mustard wasn't it?

And you might think about linking to this post from electric venom because it's such a good site and has a really good chance of winning. Unlike yours truly who is languishing at number 46 without a single vote. Harrumph.


Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 31, 2003 | link

Stop the waffle

What I really logged on to say was that one of our best friends has had a bad motorbike crash.

Early this morning he was driving to meet some friends at Ditchling Beacon (to watch the sunrise) but somewhere along the M25 motorway the front tyre exploded, the bike went into the barrier and Roy was thrown off. Fractured femur, broken fingers, problems with the collarbone and goodness knows what else. Complicated by the fact that he already has two artificial hips. Sigh. I can't begin to imagine how much pain he must be in. They operated on him this afternoon so hopefully he'll be fast asleep by now.
Get well soon honey.


Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 31, 2003 | link

Note to self:

Must go and read this excellent article on the Websafe Color Palette.


Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 31, 2003 | link

Fan club

I didn't get any time today to fix things and start learning css/photoshop but I did surf a little and found Adam Kalsey's button maker and mandarin design which is another incredible resource for all things bloggy. The dotted line box in the post below came straight from mandarin - I didn't have the cojones to change the colour to something better suited to the pistachio green but I will. Now I've managed to take all the colour away (I thought it would be cream). Need to swot up on this.

I also tried to make a license plate but again couldn't get it to work. I'm blaming IE6 rather than my own ineptitude. 'Course if some kind person wanted to make me a Québec 1963 plate saying "Daisy" I'd be eternally grateful and buy them a virtual pint...



Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 31, 2003 | link

"What blogs are"


Blogs are instant publishing. You write, you cut-and-paste images, you cut-and-paste links, you customize everything through a WYSIWIG interface, and with one click you publish.
There is no Webmaster. There is no gatekeeper (necessarily). There's just you, your PC, your Internet connection, and a form.


Go read a concise, excellent definition of blogging by Dana Blankenhorn.


Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 31, 2003 | link
Friday, May 30, 2003

If you're going to rant...

rant big time!

And here's yet another interesting blog.


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 30, 2003 | link

Kids that...

look like their dogs.


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 30, 2003 | link

Another one from the inbox





Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 30, 2003 | link

The first entries are in...

for the Quotes Quiz!


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 30, 2003 | link

And

another good read. And now I've really got to go do some work...


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 30, 2003 | link

Most of today's links

I was just going to link to another story but it would be best to send you over to advice goddess so that you can take your pick.


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 30, 2003 | link

Jayson Blair has a blog

Or does he?
This
is funny too.
(via advice goddess)


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 30, 2003 | link

Iraqi man ends 20 years in hiding

Almost unbelievable story. Via patio pundit.


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 30, 2003 | link

Gasp!

Look carefully at this picture.


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 30, 2003 | link

"Waging peace: using our powers for good"

Rebecca Blood's keynote address at BlogTalk is online. Here's a quote:

"Well, the problem is two-fold. People agree most readily with the things they already believe, and everyone has only 24 hours in a day. Because of these two factors, weblogs are too often enclosed in echo-chambers of their own making."

There's also a review by David Weinberger.

Both articles have made me think about a few things, not necessarily blog related. See what you think.


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 30, 2003 | link

From the inbox





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Thursday, May 29, 2003

Quotes Quiz


Ta-da! As promised, here's a little something to get your brains whizzing over the weekend.

The prizes:
First prize: A weekend break for two at New York's £10 (or Euro/Dollar equivalent) Amazon gift voucher
Second prize: £5 (or Euro/Dollar equivalent) Amazon gift voucher
Third prize: Honourable mention.

How to enter:
All entries must be received by email. Please don't post the answers in the comment box but feel free to exchange help to each other there. A community spirit will be smiled upon when it comes to the final judging.

The rules:
1. All entries to be sent via email here.
2. I just need a numbered list with the name of the film you think the quote comes from.
3. The judge's decision is final. All bribes (e.g. monetary, flattery, etc.) will automatically disqualify catch the judge's attention.
4. All quotes are from English language films but there are 3 bonus questions in French, Dutch and Spanish.
Answering these correctly will earn kudos but no extra cash should you win.
5. Closing date is midnight (GMT) on Monday 2 June 2003. "The dog ate my entry" will not be accepted as a delaying tactic.

Okay, no more faffing about, here are the quotes you need to identify:

01. "I'll be back."

02. "They call me Mister Tibbs."

03. "You know what they call a - a - a Quarter Pounder with cheese in Paris?"

04. "Gentlemen. You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!"

05. "Frankly, my dear. I don't give a damn."

06. "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

07. "I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."

08. "I'm not gonna be ignored."

09. "I see dead people."

10. - "I can see your dirty pillows. Everyone will."
- "Breasts, Mama. They're called breasts."

11. - "I'm going to take a bath."
- "I'll alert the media."

12. "Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops."

13. "They'll shave your liver. Squeeze the jelly from your eyes. Actually, it's quite good on toast."

14. "Take the whole damn houseful if you wish. Except the jewellry. That's hired."

15. "- Hinch, do your tunic up."
- "Me tunic?"
- "Do it up. Where do you think you are man?"

16. "I'm going to make something of you Will Mossop."

17. "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe, attack ships on fire off the shore of Orion"

18. "You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and see how deep the rabbit hole really goes."

19. "I love you but we've only got 14 hours to save the earth!"

20. "I'll have what she's having."

21. - "Surely you can't be serious."
- "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."

22. "Kid - the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia,' let's go someplace like Bolivia."

Bonus Questions:
a. "Vous au moins vous risquez pas d'être un légume puisque même un artichaud à du coeur"

b. "Wij hebben geen nood van dat man."

c. "... perdóname.
Si tú no vives,
si tú, querida, amor mío,
si tú
te has muerto,
todas las hojas caerán en mi pecho,
lloverá sobre mi alma noche y día,
la nieve quemará mi corazón,
andaré con frío y fuego y muerte y nieve,
mis pies querrán marchar hacia donde tú duermes,
pero
seguiré vivo,
porque tú me quisiste sobre todas las cosas
indomable,
y, amor, porque tú sabes que soy no sólo un hombre
sino todos los hombres."

Good luck everyone!


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 29, 2003 | link

But on a brighter note

Tomorrow is the 12 week blogiversary anniversary of this blog so I'll be running a competition with prizes*. It won't be a work of genius like Meg's devilishly difficult quizzes but I'm hoping it will cause you a little brain strain over the weekend.

* ickle prizes, I'm skint


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 29, 2003 | link

jf klfd fjd fds fdaslfjds

Living near water has a few drawbacks. Mosquitoes. I woke up this morning unable to open my right eye. The little sods have bitten TWICE just under the eye and ONCE on the eyelid. It's swollen, constantly watering and feels like shit. Can't even use jungle formula because, well, it's too near the eye.


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 29, 2003 | link

Best link of the year bar none

Dave Barry has surpassed himself (again):

MUSIC LOVERS: STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING RIGHT NOW
And go here.
(Thanks to James Doy, who believes this artist could be "New Zealand's answer to Barry Manilow" and adds: "Let's face it, we all need an answer to Barry Manilow".)


It's hard to pick a favourite. Personally I'm torn between "Close to you" and "Summertime" but go listen and make your own minds up.


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 29, 2003 | link

Aaaaw sweet

Look away now if you don't like dogs.
Introducing Wallace, Khan and Ebony.


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 29, 2003 | link
Wednesday, May 28, 2003

"Homeland Security has New Technology"

An excellent post from not another blog:

"Homeland Security has announced they will soon be implementing new software which will record every click of your mouse. It is their belief that it will operate completely transparently and that the average user will not notice any difference in performance. Click here to observe this incredible new technology.


Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 | link

Go read this now

It's one of the most moving pieces of writing I've ever read. And when the author (Bobby Burgess?) is on the bestseller lists you can smugly say "oh I've been reading him since waaay back". Really.
Go read it now. Not just this post, read all the way through and tell me it's not a book contract waiting to happen.
Many thanks to broad at bat for the link.


Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 | link
Tuesday, May 27, 2003

It's official : I'm boring

What does Manly do on his first day back? Send an insult my way. No matter which drink (latte, tea, water) I submit, this highly scientific test tells me that I'm lame and boring. Ha! Didn't need no test to tell me that folks.


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 | link

Site update

Now that we've finally moved the mother-in-law to her new nursing home, I'm hoping to have a little more time at weekends to learn CSS and PhotoShop. Famous last words.

I've just downloaded TopStyle to get me started (found via what do I know), which came via lazy laces (who really needs a comment system so that we can insult congratulate him on all those brilliant links he finds).


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 | link
Monday, May 26, 2003

Happiness is...

Finishing the shopping at Sainsbury's, treating ourselves to a couple of lattes at Starbucks and sitting on the river bank on a warm Sunday morning. Bliss.


Posted by Daisy on Monday, May 26, 2003 | link
Saturday, May 24, 2003

"Goodnight Jim-Bob, goodnight Mary-Ellen..."

So Marine Boy and Betty have gone home and the house is all quiet and empty. Well apart from us and the dogs. But you know what I mean.
And there are compensations.
Their parents brought a stack of cheap Marlboros from the airport (I can chainsmoke for half the price now) and best of all I can go back to changing into pyjamas at 6pm and not worry about wearing a bra.
I am so shallow.

p.s. Here's my vote for best "blog break" note to date.

p.p.s. UPDATE: That link no longer works, Nicole is back up and blogging so here's the archive link. Blush. Sorry. But it's still a great post.


Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 24, 2003 | link

Myxomatosis

Go here for a little something to tickle the funny bone.
(Via doglets, another bloody good read that I'll have to blogroll soon...)


Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 24, 2003 | link
Friday, May 23, 2003

From the inbox #2 (the vegetarian version)

For Richard et al:



Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 23, 2003 | link

From the inbox





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Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Footsteps

I did something earlier that I haven't done in many years, I made footsteps in the condensation on the glass panel of the kitchen door.
You press the side of your fist against the glass (which makes a perfect foot shape) and then add "toes" across the top with your fingers (starting with the big toe and ending with the little toe). Repeat until you have a set of footprints going up (or down) the window.
Betty was enchanted when she saw them, and for all of 30 seconds believed my offhand remark that the dogs had chased the leprachaun from the kitchen into the pond but at 9 and a half she's far too wise to fall for such silliness and the big eyes were replaced with a very old fashioned look and a muttered comment as she went off to find her Harry Potter book.
Still, I shall keep it up my sleeve for our next trip to see the granddaughters...


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 | link

The law in action

We took the kids shopping this afternoon. Marine Boy had a wodge of birthday money burning a hole in his pocket, he just had to go buy some Warhammer stuff. So like any sensible aunt, I left him at the Games Workshop and took Betty off for some girlie clothes shopping.

But as we walked down the high street we were stopped by a police officer and an official looking lady with a clipboard and asked why Betty wasn't in school. I was so startled I started speaking in my mother tongue (gibberish), something along the lines of
"Oh her brother, my father, I mean, her father, my brother, has gone abroad, er to Spain for a couple of days so she's staying with us until they come back..."
Luckily M caught up with us then and explained the situation, especially that she wasn't a local pupil which seemed to satisfy them.

Is this very common? Do kids still bunk off school with the threat of this kind of thing happening? And what about parents, if you take your children out of school for the day for a special treat, do you have to have permission from the school? A very chastened Aunt Daisy is planning on indoor activities for the rest of their visit...


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 | link

Blown away

by some great music tonight - Damian Rice and Laura Veirs.


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 | link
Monday, May 19, 2003

Forecast ahead

... is for light to moderate blogging over the next few days. My niece (Betty) and nephew (Marine Boy) will be staying here until Thursday while their parents enjoy a few days r&r in Spain.
A whirlwind of activities is planned, none of which involve watching Aunt Daisy sit for hours in front of a computer.
Dammit.


Posted by Daisy on Monday, May 19, 2003 | link

Putting Wales on the map

My fellow country(wo)men will be rejoicing - we get a mention by none other than Dave Barry.
Of course it's followed by an unsubstantiated slur on our drinking habits but I think we can overlook that since Mr Barry is unusually unamerican in actually acknowledging that the UK is made up of more than England. Sensitive? Moi?
I suspect that the original census figures may have also included Scotland but hey, I've got my own battles to fight...


Posted by Daisy on Monday, May 19, 2003 | link
Sunday, May 18, 2003

Just in case

you missed the link at Flummel, go have a look at Matt McClintocks's site. Absolutely fascinating. And so well done. Especially the ikea drawers section. I might even go buy a mousepad.


Posted by Daisy on Sunday, May 18, 2003 | link

Brain gym

a blog's life has a great introduction to solving cryptic crosswords. And more to come.


Posted by Daisy on Sunday, May 18, 2003 | link
Saturday, May 17, 2003

Pssst

I've added another blog to the blogroll...
Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 17, 2003 | link

If

dogs cats called dog could talk.


Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 17, 2003 | link

More on the lefty issue

Not only are there left hand rulers out there but lilli marleen has found a chap who is actually seeking a left handed woman to - well, go make your own minds up.


Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 17, 2003 | link
Friday, May 16, 2003

I'm getting old

As children in the 60s and 70s we were encourgaged to drink milk. Lots of it. Full fat milk. Skimmed and semi-skimmed milk was unheard of. "All that calcium builds strong and healthy bones" they said. Milk was particularly important for girls, preventing osteoporosis in later life.

So when I came across Peta's "Drink Beer Not Milk" campaign I thought it was a wind-up. But no, you can buy a beer bottle opener:

A little more googling tells me that milk is now thought to actually cause osteoporosis. So what? We should drink beer instead?
Normally I would dismiss this based on my usual reaction to the latest health scare - don't stop eating/drinking/doing whatever it is they say will hurt/harm/kill you because by next week there'll be another report saying the exact opposite.

But this one has thrown me. Anyone got any thoughts on this one?



Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 16, 2003 | link

Want to learn a language?

Go have a look at the eTandem project.

And if you speak Dutch, you could learn Welsh online...


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 16, 2003 | link

Most Embarrassing Moment

I was going to do a post about my own m.e.m. today (deciding which one was holding me back).
But then I read a little snippet in the Radio Times (page 117, "The Face Behind the Voice" feature). It's a short interview with Janey Lee Grace (a presenter on BBC radio). And nothing could compare with this.

Anyway, the questions are short, "Age?", "Current Job?", "Best Moments?" etc., then when replying to "Worst moment" she says:
"Interviewing Archbishop Desmond Tutu for Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday. My tights laddered on the way to the interview and all I could get was a pair of hold-up stockings. They fell around my ankles as I walked towards him."


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 16, 2003 | link

Friday Five

  1. What drinking water do you prefer -- tap, bottle, purifier, etc.?
    We're lucky to have decent tap water here but I'll happily drink bottled. We do use a filter for kettle water (reduces limescale, makes a much better pot of tea).
    Oh and I'll usually buy a couple of bottles of this when we have friends round for supper. The bottle looks so pretty in candlelight.

  2. What are your favourite flavor of chips crisps?
    Ready salted (but I prefer french fries chips).

  3. Of all the things you can cook, what dish do you like the most?
    Grilled smoked haddock with baked potato and salad. Deeeeelishus.

  4. How do you have your eggs?
    Scrambled, on toast. With a dash of tommy k.

  5. Who was the last person who cooked you a meal? How did it turn out?
    I made a tasty smoked haddock chowder last night. Well when I say made... I took it out of the fridge and put it in the over for 25 minutes. Then I took it out again. And we ate it. With crusty bread. So it turned out beautifully thank you.



Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 16, 2003 | link

Top Ten

Best things to say if you get caught sleeping at your desk.
(You may already know these, but just in case you don't, here they are):

10) "They told me at the blood bank this might happen"

9) "This is just a 15 minute power-nap like they raved about in that time management course you sent me to"

8) "Whew! Guess i left the top off the Tippex. You probably got here just in time!"

7) "I wasn't sleeping! I was meditating on the mission statement and envisioning an new paradigm"

6) "I was testing my keyboard for drool resistance"

5) "I was doing a highly specific Yoga exercise to relieve work-related stress"

4) "Why did you interrupt me? I had almost figured out a solution to our biggest problem"

3) "The coffee machine is broken"

2) "Someone must've put decaf in the wrong pot...."

1) "... in Jesus' name. Amen"


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 16, 2003 | link

Firestarter

Despite having a morbid fear of fire (yeah, I'll write about it one day), I've been giggling at scary duck's firestarter story. Excellent.

[Note to self: come back and edit the link when blogger archives are working again...]


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 16, 2003 | link
Thursday, May 15, 2003

Radio listening

If you can hear BBC Radio 4 (on the radio or online), you might want to tune in at 23:00 GMT for Ross Noble goes global. He's in Brussels tonight.

And if you enjoy that you can listen to the last series here.


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 15, 2003 | link

Tee shirt Number 3

Last one for today you'll be pleased to hear...




Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 15, 2003 | link

Tee shirt Number 2





Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 15, 2003 | link

I'm going to make some tee shirts this weekend...

But I can't decide on the theme. Here's Number 1:


I'm not sure how well known this 1992 song is but you can find out what
Right Said Fred are up to now.



Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 15, 2003 | link

World exclusive!




Let's all go over to Manly Towers for an exclusive glimpse at the final day of wedding preparations...



Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 15, 2003 | link
Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Happiness is...

Standing at the sink scraping baby Jersey potatoes for supper (reduced to 50p a bag at Waitrose), watching the sunset, the dogs playing and the sheep keeping a wide berth of the back fence. And listening to The Archers.


Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 | link

Has anyone tried

Blogweaver? It's had some good reviews but it's probably better to learn the html tags, yes? Your opinions please!


Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 | link

Fascinating

True or not? Wired sums up the story of a "mysterious weblog purporting to be the journal of an anonymous heiress on the run from her wealthy family appears to be a hoax. But the site and offline elements supporting it are so elaborate and so well executed that many bloggers suspect the whole thing just might be true."

Here's the flight risk blog.
Go read and see what you think.

via Guardian online.


Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 | link

I don't really want to mention...

...David Hasselhof again but Dave Barry has an excellent link to Amazon.


Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 | link

More on Fark

Daintily Dirty has also been entering Fark competitions, this was a very topical Mother's Day card entry...


Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 | link

Google fest

Fark has a competition to design alternative Google logos such as this

But did you know that all of the Google holiday logos are stored online?
There's even a page for fan logos.
Cool.
(via plastic bag)



Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 | link
Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Cheesy...

But I dare you not to smile. Crank the volume up and go here.
Via Miss Daisy.


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 | link

Talking of...


rats, here's a good link from Lynn.


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 | link

Which Country of the World are You?


Switzerland

Switzerland -
A neutral power for as long as most can remember, it has avoided war for several centuries.
However, it is still considered highly advanced and a global power.

Positives:
Judicial.
Neutrality.
World-Renowned.
Powerful without Force.
Makes Excellent Watches, Etc.

Negatives:
Target of Ridicule.
Constant Struggle to Avoid Conflict.
Target of Criminal Bank Accounts.

(via grammar police and quizilla)

Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 | link

Helpdesk hell

"Mr Daisy" (from now on referred to as M) has a website.
For various reasons I've been talking to help desks all week. If I were writing a review...

BT Openworld
Brilliant. Every time. Couldn't be more helpful.

NicNames
Long phone queues but when you get through they are really helpful.

Claranet
How the **** did they get voted Best ISP on the Planet for 2002 by Internet Magazine?
Discourteous doesn't even begin to describe the attitude of the three members of staff I spoke to. I would say more but I don't have a lawyer in the wings. Fine, they just lost our business.


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 | link

From the inbox

A university lecturer reminds her students of tomorrow's final exam.
"Now, I won't tolerate any excuses for you not being here tomorrow. I might consider a nuclear attack or a serious personal injury or illness, or a death in your immediate family but that's it, no other excuses whatsoever!"
A smart-arse bloke in the back of the room raised his hand and asks,
"What would you say if tomorrow I said I was suffering from complete and utter sexual exhaustion?"
The entire class does its best to stifle their laughter.
When silence is restored, the lecturer smiles sympathetically at the student, shakes her head, and sweetly says,
"Well, I suppose you'd have to write the exam with your other hand."


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 | link
Monday, May 12, 2003

Any excuse...

to post pictures of gorgeous dogs. I've just discovered Karan's blog at flummel. This is her portuguese water dog, Riso:



Oh and the blog is rather good too ;-))


Posted by Daisy on Monday, May 12, 2003 | link

Lowering the tone...

Everything you wanted to know about boogers but couldn't be bothered to ask.


Posted by Daisy on Monday, May 12, 2003 | link

Remember dot to dot puzzles?

Well now you can do them online.


Posted by Daisy on Monday, May 12, 2003 | link

Are you googling for Jane Juska?

I mentioned her just the once, here.


Posted by Daisy on Monday, May 12, 2003 | link

More bums

Well just the one.


Posted by Daisy on Monday, May 12, 2003 | link
Sunday, May 11, 2003

Safety message

While browsing links such as glowing seats via
lazy laces, don't do it in the dark, late at night with a mug of hot tea perched precariously on the edge of your desk and the speakers set to loud following a sing along to South Pacific session. This can result in scalded bosoms and thighs. And now the bloody dogs are barking.


Posted by Daisy on Sunday, May 11, 2003 | link

3 words:

Meg is back.


Posted by Daisy on Sunday, May 11, 2003 | link

May Day Project

The May Day Project involves bloggers from across the world.
The idea is to take a photograph each hour on Saturday 10 May in order to record your day.
This isn't really a typical day for us because over the past few weeks we've been spending weekends looking for an alternative nursing home for my mother-in-law.

Rather than waiting to develop pictures from my trusty Yashica SLR, I've borrowed a digital camera for the day. Apologies for the quality, I had to aim for record keeping rather than anything artistic. I've also used a jpeg optimizer (Interactive JPEG Optimizer Four) to reduce file size.

07:10
"We've been waiting for hours"


07:40
Dog walk number 1


11:20
A bathroom at the nursing home


13:20
A missing person poster outside the restaurant.
9 year old Estelle, missing since early January.


14:05
Another dog walk. Lots of bums.



15:50
Road sign


16:30
Homeward bound




Posted by Daisy on Sunday, May 11, 2003 | link

The art of photography

Go look here. Simply beautiful pictures.


Posted by Daisy on Sunday, May 11, 2003 | link

Sigh

How cool is this?


Posted by Daisy on Sunday, May 11, 2003 | link
Saturday, May 10, 2003

Are you a blogaholic?

The trip to Jan's blog also provided a link to this are you a blogaholic? quiz.


Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 10, 2003 | link

Age discrimination?

There's a request in the comments box over at lost pilgrim from a Brazilian student researching blogging:

Hi there, I am a Brazilian student of Master in Communication of Bahia Federal University, in the area of Cyberculture. I have been researching the formation of social relations within the practice of blogging. I'd like you to help me by answering my questions going to the following address: http://www.dinamidia.com.br/weblog. Please, spread this research among bloggers, please. Your help is very important to its extension.

Thanks a lot.


So being a helpful soul (no, reallly, I am), I trundled on over and filled in the questionnaire.
Except that I couldn't answer the first question because there is no option to be over 40.
So I completed the other questions, taking a little time to think about them carefully and then clicked on the submit button.

It was't possible to registre your answers.
some answers are missing.
Click here try again!


I've left a comment on Jan's blog (the student doing the research) but I just thought I'd warn all you other old fogies that if you're over 40 you can either lie (and comprise the research) or not bother taking the questionnaire. Shame.


Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 10, 2003 | link
Friday, May 09, 2003

May Day Project reminder

"the may day project is about collecting glimpses into people's lives through photographs. whether they be self portraits, landscapes or macros, candid or posed, snapshots or something more creative - we want to see what your day was like saturday may 10th 2003".


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 09, 2003 | link
Thursday, May 08, 2003

... and finally

A lovely story from Sara (it's headed The Land of Oz, sorry - I couldn't get the archive link to work).
The next post (Listfully Yours) makes me think I have found a kindred spirit. A list-making kindred spirit. And she points us to the mothership a great website full of grocery lists. Really.
I've got a cup of tea and am ready to settle down for the evening.
There's only one thing better than making lists. Reading other people's.


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 08, 2003 | link

Spooky

At the end of February I read Richard's post about the tablet pc. I meant to do a reply post about stepping backwards in the technlogy game by buying a second hand Sharp PDA (with keyboard) and selling my iPAQ.

That same night I dreamed that I arrived at a meeting, opened a small black bag (about the size of a makeup bag) containing a blob of transluscent blue play-doh and a credit card sized piece of chrome. I took the "play-doh", threw it on the desk and it formed itself into a keyboard. I pressed a button on the credit card and it opened to reveal a 15" flat screen monitor suspended just above the keyboard.

Then I forgot to post the story.

But today a dog's breakfast links to an article about the new paper thin screens developed by e ink.

Spooky.


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 08, 2003 | link

If Microsoft had been the first to invent books

1. Before you can open the cover of your new book, you must obtain a book activation code by phoning Microsoft.
2. Sorry, only one person may ever read your book.
3. It's full of spelling mistakes and typos.
4. When you're reading your book, the type can mysteriously disappear.
5. Libraries, which are for sharing books, are illegal.
6. You must acknowledge you have read and understood the Book License Agreement Hype (BLAH) before you can read your book.
7. Microsoft has the right to enter your premises to conduct book inspections to make sure your book is being read in accordance with the BLAH.
8. The Book Users' Group General Alliance (BUGGA) calculates that the annual loss of revenues to Microsoft arising from BLAH violations in 2001 was $10.97 billion.
9. There are two versions of your book - the "Standard" and the "Pro" versions. In the standard version, those pages containing the most useful information have been stuck together.
10. Confidential information is inexplicably in bigger type that can be easily read by anyone glancing over your shoulder.
Source unknown (please let me know if you do!)


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 08, 2003 | link

Someone else does that too!

50 cups writes:

Apparently, Neil Gaiman is working on a screenplay for Nicholson Baker's The Fermata. Somewhere, in a dark room, James Spader waits patiently by the phone.

Do you do that too? Cast the film while reading a book?
How about Renee Zellweger as Becky Bloomwood?
or Judi Dench as Jane Juska?

Have you read anything recently that would be a perfect role for someone?


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 08, 2003 | link

Caped Crusader sighted in... Tunbridge Wells?

What?

via carbonated

Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 08, 2003 | link

Top 5 men fancied at school:

Manly has been confessing the top 5 women he fancied while at school.
So here are mine. Except that they're men.

1. Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky)
2. Clive (colleague of my father's on the mountain rescue team)
3. Sidney Poitier
4. Richard Thomas (John Boy Walton) (I was only 10)
5. Max Boyce.


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 08, 2003 | link

Psst...

Always harboured a yen to be the next James Bond? Go take the test.


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 08, 2003 | link
Wednesday, May 07, 2003

From the inbox


via Jane.

Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 | link

Captions please!


Again via Trail hound trust.


Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 | link

Does my bum look big in this?


via Trail hound trust


Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 | link
Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Living in a right handed world

I was vaguely aware that the ordinary day to day things make life a little more difficult for us southpaws (scissors, door knobs, potato peelers, etc.), but it had never occurred to me to blame my left-handedness for crap photographs. Well now I can. I can even get a ruler that is scaled from right to left, making it easier to draw lines with the left hand (and not getting ink smudges all the way up your arm).


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 | link

Music while you work

When I wittered on last Friday about my appalling musical tastes, I forgot to confess that I often go listen to this. Bliss.


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 | link

Now why would someone send me...

...this link?


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 | link

Lost innocence

And you thought Superman was just good clean fun? Not in this version it ain't.


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 | link

Can I now add "Award Winning Blog"

to the "About" bit?
Go read Richard and Manly for more information.
Kicks carpet with toe of shoe. Aw shucks, guys.


Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 | link
Monday, May 05, 2003

Bless me Father, for I have sinned

A man used false references from the Pope which he bought on the internet in an attempt to get a lighter court sentence.
... but Judge John Curran said: "I feel I haven't been told the truth by the defendant."

Read the full story here.
Via Welshcake.


Posted by Daisy on Monday, May 05, 2003 | link

Lorem Ipsum

A great article on the "dummy text" used for proofing designs without using real content can be found here.
And you can generate your own text in any predefined length.
Via Hebditch.


Posted by Daisy on Monday, May 05, 2003 | link

The art of the illustrated letter

The Smithsonian Archives of American Art has an online collection of illustrated letters from a variety of artists.




Do you think that these artists would have had blogs if they were alive now?



Posted by Daisy on Monday, May 05, 2003 | link

Yo quiero ser una chica almodóvar!

Photo of the day: SOTP


Posted by Daisy on Monday, May 05, 2003 | link
Sunday, May 04, 2003

Happiness is...

A much awaited saucepan rack (£12.99, TK Maxx) which means I won't have to go grovelling at the back of the bottom cupboard every night.


Posted by Daisy on Sunday, May 04, 2003 | link
Saturday, May 03, 2003

Eating out Don't read this if you're squeamish

We've been chasing around half the country today, looking at alternative nursing homes for my mother-in-law.

On the way home we passed a fast food restaurant (which shall remain nameless but is not McDonald's) that we visited about three years ago. It was quite late, we were really hungry but didn't have time to stop and have a sit down meal so opted for take-out. Bought the meals & drinks, went back to the car to listen to the end of the audio tape.

Over the noise of my gurgling milkshake (I revert to the age of five when presented with a straw and the final dregs of a strawberry milkshake) I heard Mr Daisy gasp and then quickly say "Don't look!". Ha! If you say "don't look" to a woman, what's she gonna do? So I looked.

On a raised flower bed to our left were five or six cute little puppies, scavenging for food amonst the discarded food wrappers. All reason went out of the window, within a nanosecond I had pictured us rescuing these obviously abandoned puppies, taking them home, bottle feeding them, keeping at least one all of them and raising them to healthy adult dogs.

Then I put my glasses on. Not puppies. Rats. Absolutely gimongous, balding rats. Fast food? Fast exit. I bet there are still tyre tracks in the car park.


Posted by Daisy on Saturday, May 03, 2003 | link
Friday, May 02, 2003

Instead of...

... debating whether to buy one of these


I should be getting to grips with css, html and other goodies.


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 02, 2003 | link

This one's for Manly



Could you all go and wish him luck for his footie game later today?


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 02, 2003 | link

Blogger code

This is good.


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 02, 2003 | link

Sigh

A song from South Pacific, first performed in 1949.

You've got to be taught to hate and fear,
you've got to be taught from year to year,
it's got to be drummed in your dear little ear---
you've got to be carefully taught!

You've got to be taught to be afraid
of people whose eyes are oddly made,
and people whose skin is a different shade---
you've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught before it's too late,
before you are six or seven or eight,
to hate all the people you relatives hate---
you've got be carefully taught!


Looks like the good folks at Taylor County, Georgia are making a fine job of at least this form of teaching.

Thanks to Jhames for the link.


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 02, 2003 | link

Meg is moving

House not blog.
But she's left us a brilliant Megical Mystery Tour to help deal with withdrawal symptoms.
I've been reading Meg's blog for a long time so it's lovely to go back and read again some of her great posts, essays, etc.
Like this one.
Go visit.




Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 02, 2003 | link

The alternative Friday Five

At an international eisteddfod it was customary for one representative of each of the competing countries to be present on the platform at the opening ceremony.
Half an hour before it was due to start the organising committee were horrified to find that there was no representative of England present.
Looking desperately round the field the chairman saw a man at the edge of the crowd who looked like a typical Englishman and ran up to him to explain the situation.
The stranger listened and then replied in a strong Welsh accent 'I'm sorry I can't help you. I'm not English at all. I was sick on the bus getting here.'


A prominent Welsh minister travelling home one night was greatly annoyed when a young man much the worse for drink came and sat next to him on the bus.
"Young man," he declared, "do you not realise you are on the road to perdition?"
"Oh, Hell," replied the drunkard, "I could have sworn this bus went to Llanelli."


A Welshman was shipwrecked at sea and marooned on a desert island.
When a passing vessel picked him up five years later the crew were amazed to find his little island covered in fine buildings that he had built himself.
With pride the Welsh Robinson Crusoe took the captain round the island and pointed out to him his house, workshop, electricity generator and two chapels.
"But what do you need the second chapel for?" asked the captain.
"Oh, that's the one I don't go to," he replied.


Dai had proposed to Megan and been accepted.
"But", added Megan, before we get married I must tell you something dreadful about my past life."
"No," said Dai, "I won't hear of it. You can tell me after we're married."
After they were married and had set off for their honeymoon in Penarth, Megan again brought up the subject of her "dreadful secret".
"No," said Dai, "it can wait. Tell me when we're in bed together, that'll be soon enough."
That night as they got into bed Megan declared "Well, Dai, now I really do have to tell you my secret. You see .I'm a virgin."
Dai didn't say a word but put on his clothes and travelled all the way back to his mother's house.
"Dai!" said his mother, "what are you doing here, you're supposed to be on your honeymoon."
"It's no good", said Dai, "I've had to leave Megan; it turns out she's a virgin."
"Well, Dai," said his mother, "in that case you were quite right to come home.
If she's not good enough for the rest of the village she's not good enough for you."


Two old ladies from Liverpool on holiday in Colwyn Bay decided to have their photograph taken by a beach photographer.
Having posed them suitably he disappeared under his old-fashioned black hood behind the camera.
"What's he doing now?" asked one of the old ladies, timidly.
"Oh, he's going to focus", replied the other. "What, both of us?"

via Welsh Jokes


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 02, 2003 | link

Friday Five

1. Name one song you hate to admit you like.
I have no shame. I'll singalonga anything.
But if pushed I might confess to enjoying Cilla Black singing "You're my world".
From my parent's record collection, obviously.
And bear in mind that despite current appearances, Ms Black was once considered hip n trendy, toured with the Beatles even.

But wait, there's more! I could even be persuaded to confess to liking certain of Michael Bolton's tracks.
Well all of them actually.
I know he can be a bit of a tosser but he's got a great voice.
And anyone who says I saw him in concert in Amsterdam is lying.
It was the Albert Hall, London.


2. Name two songs that always make you cry.
Only two? I'm female. That's what songs are for.
Stop - Sam Brown
Nothing compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor.

No-one said we couldn't have clichés here.

3. Name three songs that turn you on.
When a man loves a woman - Percy Sledge
Ninety degrees & rising - Wayne Marshall
Take my breath away - Berlin


4. Name four songs that always make you feel good.
The Shoop Shoop song (it's in his kiss) - the Cher version. Great to vacuum to.
I feel good - James Brown
Boum - Charles Trenet
Dites-moi - varying cast members of South Pacific


5. Name five songs you couldn't ever do without.
Only five? Sheesh. Okay, as of the moment:
Pearl's a Singer - Elkie Brookes
Beni soun - Barbra Streisand
Through the grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Handbags And Gladrags - Stereophonics
The Nearness of You - Norah Jones


Disclaimer: ask me the same questions tomorrow in half an hour and many of the answers would be different. It's a mood thang.

Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 02, 2003 | link

All quiet on the Daisy front

There will be a distinct lack of posts in the next few days since discovering Boohbah at Richard's. Just what we all need, another means of wasting quality time in front of a computer screen. But this one's different. Honest.


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 02, 2003 | link

The cheek of it!

That comedian at call centre diary mentions certain accusations of "welshness" and "lavatorial". In the same sentence. Harrumph.

And I'll rise to the "Glendowa" bait. It's Owen Glendower if you're a [shudder] Englishman and Owain Glyndwr if you're born "with music in your blood and poetry in your soul" (Wilfred Wilson).

Okay I was wrong. You're not blessed with being Welsh. But I like the leek joke. And the blog. Great stuff.


Posted by Daisy on Friday, May 02, 2003 | link
Thursday, May 01, 2003

A short commercial break

Roll up, roll up, it's the Swindon Rescue Dog Show!

Now let's see, which categories would we win?
  • Prettiest bitch
  • Most handsome dog
  • Best dog couple
  • Best junior handler (under 12 years old)
  • Best senior dog (7 years and over)
  • Best movement
  • Most appealing eyes
  • Most disobedient dog
  • Best fancy dressed child and dog I'd go if there was a rosette for best fancy dressed adult...
  • Oddest dog couple
  • Dog most like its owner
  • Best six legs
  • Waggiest tail
  • Best trick We. Don't. Do. Tricks.
  • Most appealing rescue dog
  • Dog not having won a rosette today! Puleeze.

Seriously though, if you know of anyone in the area who's even vaguely interested in dogs, do let them know about it. They do so much good for rescue dogs.

And that ends our commercial break. Your normal schedule will be resumed shortly.

Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 01, 2003 | link

Test 2



Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 01, 2003 | link

In the meantime...

Whilst those lovely people at enetation respond to my pathetic plea for help, you could write to me. Sniff. And now I'm going to shower, dress and get to the station by 12:04. Yeah right.


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 01, 2003 | link

Public notice to the good people at Blogger

Yesterday I signed up for a second blog. It was meant to be a testing ground for updates, scripting, blah, blah, blah and eventually my "public" blog to family and friends. You rashly offered me the opporunity to be a beta tester. Ha! Bet you're sorry now, eh? I shouldn't be left in charge of making a rice pudding, let alone with Blogger software. Please feel free to ignore that other blog.
End of public notice.


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 01, 2003 | link

Oh. My. God.

Updating the template means that I've temporarily (crosses fingers, toes and all other dangly bits) lost all your lovely comments. And now I really should get going. There are words for people like me. And smart ain't one of 'em.


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 01, 2003 | link

Test 1

Do comments work?


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 01, 2003 | link

Changing templates...

... is not a good idea when you
(a) don't know what you're doing despite the brilliant explanations on the Blogger help pages
(b) have to leave for a minute in 45 minutes
(c) have lost your password to login at www.enetation.co.uk (cool comment dudes)

Apologies to one and all for being a horse's ass today, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.


Posted by Daisy on Thursday, May 01, 2003 | link