Monthly archives: July 2003

Affair Advice

Someone came to Spinneyhead earlier after following a Google link from their search of i am male 38 my secretary is 24 i wish to have sex with her. We were top of the list! How we get to be a world expert on May- December office romances I’ll never know, but the responsibility of the position binds me to say- so long as no-one else can get hurt and you are both consenting- go for it!

An equally wierd hit was from a search for What is the moral of the story The cap seller and the monkeys ??????

addition I also got my strangest e-mail for months. It simply says- you are gay and i think i will sign you up for as much spam as i can…..Have a nice day Is this a piece of spam itself, or am I being narrowcast to by someone who despises my gayness?

Ho Hum! Giz a job, I can do that! (or maybe I can't)

Oh! Well it seems the spectre of the ghost which seems to mean that the three members of Spinneyhead Central can not have a job at the same time seems to have stuck again. As of today I have been given a months notice, which I don’t have to attend work during, which will be paid for a month or up until I get a new Job, which ever comes sooner. So I better get my CV upto date. I picked up a copy of the MEN on the way home. It was a pity as I was enjoying the challenge of the work and the guys at Epix are great and I can honestly say I will miss them. I am probably going to goto the quiz tonight either at the Rampant Lion or the Lass o’Gowrie. Give me a ring, if you want to join. The only worry I have now is that I have a 5 grand loan hanging over my head which, if I had know that I was going to be made redundant, I wold have never took out. But such is life.

Phonecam Romance

All things being equal, I should soon be the owner of a camera equipped phone. I can’t think of a single thing to do with it. Except…..

Remember photo stories? They were a very eighties phenomenon- comic strips of a sort, with photographs rather than line art- where non- or semi- professional models threw dramatic poses to suit the story bubbles that appeared around them. They were primarily contemporary romances, presumably because these required the minimum costume and prop expenses, though I do remember a tongue in cheek Nemesis one in a 2000AD special. They seem to have disappeared now, apart from on the occasional tabloid problem page.

So I thought it wold be cool to do a photo story shoot on the fly, using phonecams to click and send the shots back to base to be collated and captioned. I need a few volunteers to ‘act’ and make up the story as they go along. Come on folks, don’t be shy.

For Mash Get…….

Ickle is a very strange man-

Completely Smashed

Almost 100, (well 97 and two catering sized) SMASHTM tins now brighten up my room. What to do with my pointless collection is now what i’m considering. I think due to space considerations, I shall stop collecting at 100 350g tins. My first idea of what to do with further ones after 100 was something along the lines of cutting them up and doing something arty/sculptural. We’ll see.

As i’m not at all busy today, here’s some pointless stats:

Since October 1999 (the start of the collection) I must have bought 37.950kg of SMASHTM.

If you consider the addition of water (to re-hydrate the SMASHTM) then 10g of dried potato becomes 60g. Therefore as of today I have actually eaten 227.7kg of instant mash at an average rate of 163.3g/day. Mmmmm!


The boys on Poindexter’s team at the Pentagon (you remember them, the ones responsible for Total Information Awareness) have come up with another blindingly moronic plan. It’s called the Policy Analysis Market and the gist of it is that people get to play BlogShares on terrorism and Middle Eastern turmoil. You sign up at their website and lay down a bit of your own money so you can buy options on predicted events. I’m sure some of the predictions will concern mass events such as elections, but others are planned on things like assassinations.

I don’t have any training in understanding markets, but I think I can see some serious issues with this. This sort of spread betting is okay at predicting mass movements, it’s sort of like the future history predictions from the Foundation stories. But terrorism and even coups are the actions of very small numbers of people. Unless they’re inviting Osama to trade, what hope do they have of even putting up the right predictions to bet on?

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Last of the Big Time Drinkers

Rummaging through old floppies to find something to stick drivers on, I found one with a single file on it- a Word document with this text-

There�s a line in an old Wonderstuff song, I think it was Ruby Horse- �The sun shone down like marmalade, and covered us like glue.� I�m seeing just that. The sun�s just cleared the mountains and the light is being gathered by the old Conker tree, turning the leaves golden green [which is another Wonderstuff song, but I won�t go off on that tangent]. What isn�t supercharging chlorophyll escapes as beams made tangible by the light reflecting off dust motes, pollen and other things that are the bane of hayfever sufferers. Then, to top this off and add a little sheen, there�s the fact that my eyes are too apathetic to focus properly, my mind is a fraction of a second behind my body and there�s white noise from my brain as it re-routes its functions round the brain cells I killed last night. Weirdly enough, this hangover on a summer�s morning in the countryside is one of the most beautiful things I�ve ever experienced.

Hangar 7

This was originally a Heavensent post, but I like the subject so much I’ve copied it over here as well-

Carlton Hibbert has a link over to Dusso, a matte painter who has worked on Lord of the Rings and other big movies. He has also made Hangar 7, a short propeller-punk film set on Peenemunde with lots of Luft 46 style aircraft. Sadly, the QuickTime movie has been heavily compressed and is quite pixellated, but take a look at the production images for a clue of the quality of work this guy does for fun.

(And one other thing. It seems the Nazis drove Austin 1300s/ Maxis. In the whole of LA they couldn’t find one Beetle?)

Father Christmas isn't real?

Jess Lemon reviews the San Diego comics convention and a dinosaur comic. It’s been pretty much decided that she, or he, is a pseudonym, as discussed in this Delphi forums thread. It’s a shame really, it would be neat to genuinely have a non comics reader review comics. That’s one of the reasons I asked a non (comics) geek to go over my Union Jack script.

an ancient dinosaur civilization that’s kept itself in suspended animation in a beautifully decorated high-tech underground chamber in the middle of Texas–that’s terrible pseudoscience, but it’s the premise of the story. 65-million-year-old Zip discs that happen to run on Windows 2000–that’s just unforgivable.

Blake's 7

It’s looking like the late 70’s British sci-fi epic Blake’s 7 may be getting a new lease of life. Paul Darrow (Avon) has acquired the rights from the widow of series creator Terry Nation (aka the guy who invented the Daleks). The plan is for a 4 hour mini series to be completed for spring 2005 which picks up the story 25 years after the end of the last episode.

via the BBC

Liberation (almost)

For just over a week now, I have been the proud owner of a Toshiba Libretto 50CT, possibly the dinkiest and most adorable computer ever. Thus I have managed to fulfill a long held dream of a take anywhere word processor. At the moment it’s being used on my bus ride in in the morning, which it is perfect for. Laptops with a larger footprint work on the train, when you can get a table, but would be just too large for a cramped bus seat. I’ve got a goodly chunk of new Heavensent stuff written.

This great leap forward in my productivity is not without its problems, of course. At the moment Libby can’t talk to the rest of the world. It came without a floppy drive (or power supply for that matter, but that problem was easily solved by a trip to Maplin), but Damian kindly supplied a PCMCIA network card. Libby has drivers for that make of card right up to the model before the one Damian provided. This wouldn’t be an issue if I had a floppy drive, because I could just download the drivers and copy them across.

So I’m bidding on Libretto floppies on EBay.

Not as big a problem, but slightly limiting- I hit the maximum size for a single file in NotePad this morning. I think it’s time to look into freeware text editors and word processors

Something tells me Ian needs a copy of this….

Take a look at the site here:

THe Dating guide by and for nerds:

So you are a nerd. Even worse a cyber-nerd. You may not exactly fit the description of the coke-swilling pizza-eating socially inept 150+ IQ misfit, but let’s face it, you do surf the Internet, right? That’s why you are reading this. And you are wondering why it is so hard to get an SO, right? Right. This guide is for you!

Go get em tiger.