Thursday, August 28, 2003
From daily to weekly...I've really missed catching up on everyone's news but things should get a little easier on the work front soon.
So before I go have a wander over for a visit, here are some linky dinks.
The UK Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has apparently said "It's fashionable to knock the number of repeats on television and blame the laziness of the broadcasters. But I believe there's a real public service in keeping these memories alive." She was talking about "the classics" but it got me thinking about the programmes I'd like to see repeated. First thoughts are Nice Town with Paul McGann and Josette Simon (did anyone watch this apart from me?); Marion and Geoff (one of the best things on tv in the past twenty years) and Belle and Sebastian (loved this as a child). Oh and Alan Bennett's Talking Heads monologues. Especially the one with Thora Hird. So what would you like to see repeated?
I also heard about a play shown about 15 years ago where Timothy Spall plays Margaret Rutherford. That would be a good repeat, no? And how could I forget NYPD Blue? My first job as world leader would be to show daily repeats...
Of course if I were world leader I would need perfect hair so I'd have to find a minion to do the measuring and timing involved since Ananova reports that "Experts have devised a formula for what they believe is the perfect hair wash":
Guess I'll have to live with imperfect hair for a while yet then.
Still on the girlie front, my hopes were raised a little at the headline "Elderly women boost sexy lingerie company".
I guess they're not quite "hot" enough to start modelling the stuff then...
Other trivia learned while listening to late night quizes on LBC: Andy Garcia was born one of conjoined twins and Margaret Rutherford and Tony Benn were cousins.
And finally, here's an "oops" moment if I ever I heard one...
Posted by Daisy on Thursday, August 28, 2003 |
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Popping in to say a quick howdy doo daIt's all been a bit frantic here, too few hours in the day to cope with all the deadlines. A real stress fest. I've barely had time to read blogs, let alone find any new ones so this will be a linkally challenged post I'm afraid. That's not a real word, is it? Any suggestions?
We didn't make the Wag & Bone show - I was already worried about going there on such a hot day but in the end it was decided for us as a certain furry monster decided to come into season the day before. There is no way I would take a bitch in heat to a venue teeming with hundreds of male dogs all trying to have their evil way with her.
So to avoid the heat (in both senses), we're walking them late at night and getting reacquainted with the nocturnal wildlife. I wish I had a penny for every hedgehog I've tripped over since last week. And the bats! Eeeuw. I considered finding a beekeeper's bonnet but I do have some standards left, even at this advanced age...
I was looking for the translation of thank you in Arabic the other day when I came across a really useful site. Ever needed to translate "I have seen many films with beautiful blonde Swedish women"? Go here immediately!
It's funny what turns up when you're looking for a Greek font. Do know how to say Daisy in Greek? No? Go here and read all about Nteizi's Little Trip. Cool. If that fails to please then you could try the chat up lines here.
If you're not in the mood for learning useful foreign phrases then maybe you'd prefer to get creative and draw an eastender. Or you could check out the artwork at digital blasphemy (thanks to Nina for that).
Need something to stretch the grey matter? How about Meg's quiz?
So what you have you all been up to while I've been away? I know that Estella has been making me giggle tonight, as always and Harriet has written a novel in two short paragraphs. Me wishes me could write like that.
Oh dear, Karan is forced to blog via Western Union - hope it all gets fixed soon Karan! I think it's the strain of all those yodelling links.
Right, I'm off to bed. Night, night.
Posted by Daisy on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 |
Thursday, August 14, 2003
As we limber up to sweep the boards at the annual Wag and Bone Show*, a few doggie links to get us in the mood.
First up is the Dog Dictionary, then there's blogdogs (check the road signs section). Going on holiday and want to embarrass the pooch? And how about analyzing your pet's name.
* this might be an outright lie. Ed.
Posted by Daisy on Thursday, August 14, 2003 |
Tuesday, August 12, 2003
And finallyHave lots of links to catch up on but it's late, it's hot and I'm off to bed. Just one for all you dog/music/technology fans out there: Ben Hammersley's best post ever.
Posted by Daisy on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 |
Monday, August 11, 2003
New toy, new toy!Lovely Graeme has found a fantastic site for the creatively challenged amongst us - Caption Thing.
It's worth sitting in a puddle of sweat for this, eh?
Why Girls Are WierdOver a week later and I still haven't ordered Why Girls are Wierd but reading Bookworm reminded me - I've read the excerpts and the author has a website, pamie.com. Be sure to click on "the lotion and the basket". Now that's what I call an imagination...
This one's... for Manly: Doonesbury on blogging.
Thanks to nowhere for the link.
Friday, August 08, 2003
PermalinksWell done Blogger. A new, much faster Knowledge Base has appeared, making it much easier to search for information. I've just been looking at the page on permalinks and there's even a link to Tom Coates' excellent post on the history of permalinks.
So let's try publishing and see if it now works...
Nope, not working. But I keep getting an error message (like most bloggers at the moment) so I'll come back and try tomorrow.
Wireless News (*sniff, sniff*)
If you do nothing else this week, please go and listen to "The Karma of Canine", by Patricia Ferguson.
"A father discovers that man's best friend doesn't always obey the laws of physics."
It'll be on the BBC website until Friday, 15 August. And now I'm going to go find another box of tissues...
Bzzz, bzzz, buzzzzy beeBut a couple of things from the inbox.
Thursday, August 07, 2003
Nothing of noteListening to Damian Rice (I'm sorry, he does sound like a young Chris de Burgh) and Train 'cos I can't fix permalinks while Bleugger is broken and anyway I've got too much work to do. So there.
But I did get a good google referral today: i am the cheese and its pessimistic. Poor cheese.
Have a nice day.
Posted by Daisy on Thursday, August 07, 2003 |
Wednesday, August 06, 2003
Google referral by typojames bond music for claranet pieces
"Did you mean: james bond music for clarinet pieces"
More diverting tacticsCreate your own Mondrian
Thanks to red writing for the link.
If you...were getting married and 'appened to be a rather good website designer, wouldn't you register the domain name themarriage.co.uk and get some clever advertising in for the vendors? Mmm? Me too!Thanks to utterly boring for the link.
Then how about weighing your degree certificate and calculate how much it cost per kilogram. From the excellent pop dizzy.
NewsflashGo listen to BBC Radio Five Live (you can listen online). Madeleine says she's wrapping up her blog. No, no, no. We want recipes! We want Madeleine to carry on blogging! We think she's a wuss for giving up so soon!
Here's her post for today:
Please go visit and persuade her to continue blogging. And get on the phone/Five Live site to join in the discussion!
That's 11:30 BST, just over an hour from now.
Spotlight updateI've been enjoying medpundit's "commentary on medical news by a practicing physician". It's not just that the medical content (ranging from childhood vaccines to AIDS prejudice) is so well written. There's much, much more.
For example, there's a link to a letter from an angry resident of Hudson, Ohio in the Beacon Journal about the recent floods:
Tuesday, August 05, 2003
From the inboxYou might have read this before but it still makes me chuckle.
Thanks to Jane.
Stop animal slavery!
I feel a bit bad joking about it, so here's a link to the RSPCA (UK)
Silly DaisyOh Karan, what have you done? I've got a huge workload today and where do I keep sneaking off to? The Advertising Slogan Generator, that's where. See what happens?
Go on, we can't have just the one addict in the family!
p.s. When you can tear myself away from the slogan generator, there's more to The Surrealist. Go look see. Enjoy.
Holy spam!I'm so used to seeing spam for "member enhancing products" and the like that it came as quite a surprise to see this one today:
Monday, August 04, 2003
Too hot for HorlicksSo a few links before bedtime.
Don't know why I haven't come across bookblog before but I'm glad I found it via fiendish plot who writes at lost in transit which also brought me to shauny (who is very, very funny). And breathe.
Then I came across feeling listless via Richard's "list of nearby websites" (500 miles? Nearby?). We'll gloss over the
Belgian photo story (wierd but curiously addictive) and move swiftly on to an interview by Emily Dubberley with Mil Millington of things my girlfriend and I have argued about fame which came via a comment at by Joe at Zoe's.
Still with me? Okay. Then there's a lovely photoblog at orbit1, who comes to us via sensitive light, who has been picked as one of the featured photographers in this month’s edition of 28mm (hooray!). As for great design, I've no idea who Peter and Megan are (apart from the info on the site) but it's something to do with a fringe festival thingy and I'm too tired to google it now. Anyway, they've got a rather swish wedding blog here. See what you can do with Blogger when you know how?
Oh and the other day I mentioned that biting nails was wondering why people were ending up at her site through searching for a certain term. I won't mention that term again because now I'm getting googled for it. It's the signature of this guy. If you're interested in anti smoking campaigns, he's worth a visit. Cough. Pass me a Malboro.
I think this little critterHas been studying too.
all about physics? And enjoy it?
Sunday, August 03, 2003
It was bound to happenJane has spotted a new book, Why Girls Are Weird : A Novel
Here's the Amazon blurb:
Anyone read it yet?
Posted by Daisy on Sunday, August 03, 2003 |
Mission statementWhy do I update this blog?
- To link and share things I've enjoyed
- To enjoy the sense of community
- To learn more about html, css and Other Things (eventually)
The only time I will get involved in discussion of politics is when my "intolerance/unfairness antenna" starts wiggling. I am my father's daughter. Involvement usually means ignoring the source of that intolerance but sometimes I'll speak up. And sometimes I get it wrong. I posted the link to the Margaret Drabble article because it seemed odd to be so angry at her that she would "award" her alongside some fairly unsavoury characters. Why? Because she spoke out against the Bush and Blair governments?
I have the feeling that one of the biggest differences between the US and the UK (the UK specifically rather than Europe as a whole) is in our attitude to our leaders. Where most Americans treat the presidency with some reverence (while recognising the faults of the man in office), we tend to make almost a sport of knocking the prime minister, whatever flavour of politics he or she represents.
We can't ask Margaret Drabble to explain her writing but I can explain my understanding of it: I didn't --and still don't-- see the piece as being anti American. I see it as railing against the US government and its multi million dollar corporations who seek to globalise, not against the American people.
Posted by Daisy on Sunday, August 03, 2003 |
Friday, August 01, 2003
Shifting opinionsI've just been reading an excellent article by Margaret Drabble about her feelings towards the side of America we've seen since George Bush was elected.
I came across it via Kelley at suburban blight who strangely awards Ms Drabble the Unmitigated Twat of the Week award alongside the murderer/manslaughterer/just plain stupid (depending on your viewpoint) Chante Jawan Mallard and a cruel woman who convinced a couple that she was their long missing daughter.
WarningDon't go and check out 20 questions until you have some time to spare. Brilliant. Via hairy dog, via via kottke.
Film titles as linksThe good, the baaad and the ugly. Via scoble and water.
InspiredBeen impressed by all the wonderful work done for 26 things? Me too. But the inventiveness and "makes me giggle" award™ must go to Manly for his 26 alternative things. Go enjoy.
I'm just off to record the sound of cornflakes floating in milk.
One quick linkA Washington Post article by Leslie Walker on a new blogging system called netomat. Thanks to gotfoo.
Zed is looking for something to keep her awake and increase her energy levels, while biting nails ("age: 40 and adjusting") is wondering why people are looking for ezechiele2002.
And now I'm going to bed to see if I can get some sleep.