Monthly archives: April 2003

Useful stuff

Every so often on the web you find rare thing: a useful tool that’s free (and not adware or spyware). Yesterday I found SpamPal. This is a tool that compares all your incoming e-mail to lists of known spammers maintained by various groups such as Spamhaus and flags all mail from listed sources by adding something to the subject line. It’s then a simple task for your e-mail client to sort the e-mails into a folder for easy disposal. So far it’s caught over 80% of my spam with no false positives (way better than my old Outlook filters). It’s small (~390KB) and it’s free, I recommend that you down load it now unless you enjoy sorting through all the penis enlargement, bored housewives and pyramid scam mails to find the e-mails that matter to you.

George Galloway – Under fire and due to appear on Crossfire!

I quote:

“LONDON, April 24 � For anyone worried that the House of Commons has become too well-behaved to produce defiant oratory and eccentric behavior, George Galloway is a throwback to a provocative and histrionic past.”

Straight from the New York Times. The Article* is comical, but hey, he is a bastard war supporter anyway.

*Registration required

**Personal to the NY Times – Where is my liberation cheque? Four years of mentioning the American left and all I get is a renewal for the Sunday New York Times?

What ever happened to Spooks?

Remember the series last year, Spooks, on BBC1? A new series was supposed to arrive, but alas, no action yet. Maybe a couple of fan sites and the real deal will persuade the BBC to get off its duff.

BBC Official Home page: here — new episodes coming this summer! Maybe the climax of personal relations blowing up will be resolved.

A donkey on geocities: here not really worth the link, but google is going slowly downhill!

What does everyone else think of Spooks? Personally, I think it was a great show and worthy of a long running series.

Flying Bomb

I caught the end of a History Channel programme about Kamikaze pilots last night and quickly scribbled a little picture based upon the rocket propelled piloted bomb they developed toward the end of the war. I don’t foresee anything similar for Heavensent, but this is about the tech level of the period I’m setting it in.

Click the image for the full picture

Click on image for full picture

Fat Chance

Anti obesity drugs aren’t the be all and end all of weight loss, doctors state. They are set to demand that fat people actually do some exercise and change their diet before taking the medication option- because being lazy lard eaters is what got them into that state in the first place.

If you want to know whether you’re obese, go and calculate your Body Mass Index. A result over 25 is overweight, over 30 is obese and over 40 is American.

The Newt changes colours

Newt Gingrich the loveable right wing former leader of the republicans is back in the saddle, this time peddling better diplomacy for Americans looking to take over the world. After living in the States for several years, I remember Newt’s halcyon days and all his spewing of shite rhetoric. Also, this is the same man who told his wife he was divorcing her whilst she lay dying from cancer in a Washington hospital. Hopefully, he will be pushed away sooner rather than later.

His Op-Ed piece in the Washington Times this morning says a lot and is worth a quick read.


I’m thinking of taking a course in an area of programming I know little or nothing about, to improve my CV and keep my meagre programming skills up to date. I know there are a number of ‘IT professionals’ who pop in a nd read this blog from time to time, can you check what’s on offer and make suggestions as to the most marketable skills to have.

GermanTown Wisconsin waste management theory:

This says it all:

The actual article is here. Straight from the County clerk.


“Section 10.065 (7)(i) – It is unlawful for any owner, keeper or walker of any dog, Philippine pot-bellied pig or cat to have his dog, pot-bellied pig or cat discharge such animal=s excreta upon any public or private property within the Village other than the property of the owner of such dog, pot-bellied pig or cat if such owner, keeper or walker does not immediately thereafter remove and clean up such animal=s excreta from the public or private property.

No person shall walk a dog or pot-bellied pig beyond the limits of his own property without carrying or having in his possession a scoop, bag or other items designed to pick up and remove dog or pot-bellied pig feces; and, further it it unlawful for any person to dispose of the dog or pot-bellied pig feces on public or private property other than his own. “

Heavensent- Chapter 9, Part 9

The Straight had been one of the finest avenues of old Cora. Ten thousand spans long with the magnificent Municipal buildings blocking the landward end, it pointed to the docks, source of all the wealth on show. The grandeur faded before the Glacier war and the bombers that gutted the Municipal had signalled the end.

On a normal day, Commerce Square would be bustling with the stalls of fresh produce and black imports. The stalls were up, but none of the hawkers were present. Bags of pulses had been piled up into barricades behind which riflemen scanned the mouth of the Straight.

The Municipal was a fortress. New stairways were camouflaged with ash and chokepoints and kill zones had been established on every floor. There were even escape routes across to nearby roofs. Shara and Fynn were atop the Municipal with the finest sharpshooters the city could provide. Shara was forming the most accurate sabots she could imagine, ready for a psychological blow with her first shot. �They are forming up at the end of of the avenue.� Fynn announced into the field telephone.

The mobile command post pulled up side on behind the first company of infantry. The crew rushed out, unlatched the whole of the side panel and removed it. �There are six people around a map table, one of them is in civilian clothes, four radio operators and three clerks.�

Aurile relayed the information. �The civilian is the leader. Kill him.� Gerryl said.

�No.� Everyone looked at Aylo. �The man is an incompetent. But he has very good military advisers. You should kill them.�

�You are sure?�

�It will also scare him, and he can only make worse decisions when he is scared.�

�Very well. Who should she target?�

�Either side of Janssen should be officers with squares on their breast pockets. One of them would be best.�

�Or both. Shara likes to show off.� Aurile spoke the order into the telephone.

Shara locked her arm and steadied herself. Fynn stood beside her, touching her arm lightly and guiding her aim. There was a light pop, then another, and Shara stepped back and started flexing her arm.

The sharpshooters and their spotters kept their lenses on the command vehicle. They calculated windage, drop and flight time. One of the figures by the map table dropped, then another. There were gasps from the snipers, then silence and finally applause.

Shara and Fynn looked around at the sounds of appreciation. They had been staring at something else. Far out at sea, off white spikes were climbing into the sky.

Back in the USSA!!!!

Hola Amigos? Treasure the land of democracy? Just don’t put these countries on your CV (thats res-u-me for yankees). Just a quick quote from the article purporting that is removing references to certain countries in CVs posted and their drop down boxes. Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

“In an e-mail sent to affected account holders, Monster said it was making the changes to comply with the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and some states, that “maintain sanctions which prohibit U.S. companies from conducting certain business activities with organizations located in or residents of” the seven countries. “

200 years of democracy. That was until the 21st century happened.