Archive for February, 2010

My week and welcome to it…

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

…It’s not been a quiet week at Hansen-Tan Acres. The only really quiet day was Monday.

Tuesday I had my Lodge of Instruction. This is our rehearsal for our Lodge meetings at Freemasons Hall. We have one every fortnight. It went fairly well, as such things go. However, getting to Kenton (about an hour on the Tube, next-to-last stop on the Bakerloo Line) is tiring, and getting back is even more tiring. Made it, though.

Wednesday was our Lodge meeting. We had a guest, Claudio, from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. He is a member of a Lodge there and is here to do some research in the Library at Freemasons Hall. However, he was arriving at London Gatwick at 2, and our Lodge meeting was at 5. Would he make it? He did, by the skin of his teeth.

However, the candidate for Passing did not make it on time. He was about an hour late. We cooled our heels in Lodge until he arrived and Passed him. I think that we Wardens, the Master, and the Deacons did a good job. However, the Director of Ceremonies made a hash of moving around the Lodge (we call it “Floor work”) and we looked like a bunch of stumblebums retiring from the Lodge. The dinner was pretty awful as well. However, I have now been formally elected Master of the Lodge for 2010-2011. I’ll be installed in May.

Thursday was two Lodge meetings. The afternoon meeting was the Metropolitan Grand Lodge meeting, where Goliath was scheduled to receive an award from Metropolitan Grand Lodge for raising money for the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. I went as Senior Warden of Goliath with my friend and Brother Nadeem, who used to work for me and is now a member of Goliath. The Grand Temple of Freemasons Hall is really impressive. We both met the Metropolitan Grand Master but had to endure about 3-1/2 hours of business and greeting other Lodges before he got to us. After this meeting I had to quickly get my coat and regalia case and rush around the corner to the other part of Freemasons Hall to go to one of my Mark Lodges, which was having its installation. The dinner was in the Grand Connaught Rooms next door, which have been newly refurbished. They added kitchens—before, the food was trucked in and just heated up. Now they actually cook it there. We had beef in a Yorkshire-pudding-like container, which was quite good. The wine was drinkable. I got home and was exhausted.

Friday was the Emulation Lodge of Improvement Festival. There are many different “rituals” in English Freemasonry. The one that Goliath uses is called “Taylor’s”. One that is used by many lodges is called “Emulation”, and their national Lodge of Improvement has a festival twice a year to show off the talents of its members. Claudio from Brasil also came to this Festival and the dinner afterwards. The Lodge was opened in all three degrees and then four Brethren took turns in performing parts of the ritual. A couple of them spoke for more than half an hour, from memory, without any prompting. The Lodge was then closed in all three degrees, with only two mistakes that I could see. Then another dinner in the Grand Connaught Rooms, this time in the Grand Hall, which is huge, with high ceilings and very long vistas. Unfortunately they served fish to everyone…I was horrified but I had to eat it. It was sea bass and was just about edible if I took some potato with each bite. The Metropolitan Grand Master is this year the President of the LOI and thus was at this meeting and the dinner afterward. The highlight was behind the bar, where an over-zealous bartender went to take a glass off a shelf and knocked the shelf and all its glasses to the floor.

Yesterday I wrote my sermon for today and rested.

This morning I went to St. John’s to preach, and after vesting in cassock and cotta decided to visit the lavatory. I clicked the latch, did what I came there to do, then tried to unlock the door. The latch stuck. I tried to unlock it. No dice. I knocked on the door (and the lavatory is not much larger than a toilet stall) and got assistance, but no dice. It was 10 am and time for the service to start, and I was getting very nervous and panicky. Luckily I’m not claustrophobic or I’d be resting comfortably in hospital right now. There wasn’t anything (at first glance) in the lavatory to pry the door open, but then I saw something that looked like a small shovel and, after about 5 minutes, succeeded in prying the lock off the door and getting it open. I was quite rattled but managed to preach without major mishap.

Then this afternoon I went to Westfield Shopping Centre to have lunch with Claudio from Brasil. We went to our friend Leslie’s restaurant there, Kitchen Italia. The waiter was very nice, but a bit rattled. We had a 2-for-1 coupon and he took it and got our food. He gave me Claudio’s food and Claudio mine, but because he brought them separately we didn’t realise that the dishes were mixed up and so I ate tagliatelle and Claudio ate spaghetti and meatballs. Then he brought the bill and Claudio paid. However, the waiter hadn’t applied the 2-for-1 coupon to the bill and I didn’t realise it because Claudio took the bill off the table before I could check it. Leslie called later on tonight and I gave him a report, and he’s going to look into it.

As the food is good I’m going back tomorrow to see Leslie and get the peanut butter he brought back from his US trip. Whew! What a week!

From Twitter 02-27-2010

Sunday, February 28th, 2010
  • 19:46:15: @soveren Maple tea? sounds kinda grim.
  • 21:32:06: @qrius1ne I’d love to see it, but what’s the URL?
  • 23:44:39: I’ve overdone it this week. Needed to rest today. Tomorrow preaching and lunch or dinner. Monday collapse!

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Saturday, February 27th, 2010

I am not normally a fan of chemistry blogs or information. I did so badly in physics in high school that I didn’t bother with chemistry in my senior year. I took psychology at Colmbia for one year (with the gentleman who started the craze of teaching sign language to simians) and that was it, science-wise.

However, I have come across an article on the characteristics of FOOF. I couldn’t resist; it’s probably the only chemical name that sounds remotely like any encounter with that chemical of which you could dream.

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Saturday, February 27th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day.

From Twitter 02-26-2010

Saturday, February 27th, 2010
  • 00:21:29: RT @jmspool: Just saw a thing on the news about prison inmates using the web. Does the prison remove the ESC key first?
  • 08:46:50: @zebsoanes You might want to change yr password; I think your account has been hacked. Got a sexual phishing msg from yr account 4 hrs ago.
  • 21:12:31: I’m at Grand Connaught Rooms in London

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From Twitter 02-25-2010

Friday, February 26th, 2010
  • 12:43:51: Morning (just), tweeps and peeps. Day 3 of Masonic Madness today, with Metropolitan Grand Lodge then RAM and Mark.
  • 22:03:33: @jonk we want pictures!
  • 22:44:57: @jonk Doesn’t matter if you smoke a pipe or not… 😉

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Today’s Joke

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

…with apologies to the Irish amongst us.

Two women were sitting next to each other at a bar.

After a while one looks at the other and says, ‘I can’t help but think, from listening to you, that you’re from Ireland.

The other woman responds proudly, ‘Yes, I sure am!’

The first one says, ‘So am I! And where about in Ireland are ya from ?

The other woman answers, ‘I’m from Cork.’

The first one responds, ‘So am I!! And what street did you live on?’

The other woman says, ‘A lovely little area it was in the west end. I lived on Warbury Street in the old central part of town.’

The first one says, ‘Faith, and it’s a small world. So did I! So did I! And what school did ya go to?’

The other woman answers, ‘Well now, I went to Holy Heart of Mary, of course.’

The first one gets really excited and says, ‘And so did I. Tell me, what year did you graduate?’

The other woman answers, ‘Well, now, let’s see. I graduated in 1964.’

The first woman exclaims, ‘The Good Lord must be smiling down upon us! I can hardly believe our good luck at winding up in the same pub tonight. Can you believe it, I graduated from Holy Heart of Mary in 1964 meself.

About this time, Michael walks into the bar, sits down and orders a beer.

Brian, the bartender, walks over to Michael, shaking his head and mutters, ‘It’s going to be a long night tonight.’

Michael asks, ‘Why do you say that, Brian?’

Brian answered: ‘The Murphy twins are drunk again!’

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Thursday, February 25th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 02-23-2010

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

From Twitter 02-22-2010

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
  • 01:30:33: see y’all tomorrow…don’t do anything I wouldn’t do…
  • 01:33:55: @GaySkyHooker but it would have been worth it to have the kids comatose…
  • 09:28:23: @r4today I was a bit perturbed by the words used to describe male ballet dancers earlier: “fey”? Why not just say “fags”? Homophobia?
  • 09:42:27: @pierregoh do get yourself checked out please…
  • 10:19:41: @MikeonTV get some mouse wheel oil, of course…
  • 19:23:51: @MikeonTV sorry this is late, haven’t checked twitter for a while. no mouse wheel oil, just a joke…hope you didn’t search for it!

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From Twitter 02-21-2010

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

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From Twitter 02-20-2010

Sunday, February 21st, 2010
  • 11:10:57: Morning tweeps and peeps. HWMBO is off to the table tennis and I’m mentally prepping for +Tom’s farewell Eucharist this afternoon.
  • 11:29:40: @EboniMaleXXX no, if I had been up I’d have tried to help as much as I can…
  • 11:30:54: RT @orrh: Was conducting free HIV screening @ a men’s sauna last nite when I inadvertently turned up the lights of the dark maze area.
  • 11:42:54: You put on a plaster and keep going. RT @pierregoh: What do you do when the truth hurts?
  • 11:52:18: Barefoot next for the foot fetishists..RT @jonk: – When I am bored I take pictures of my feet. Almost have a table
  • 12:15:01: @pierregoh When dispensing truth which will hurt you carry a plaster with you for instant use.
  • 14:12:51: @pierregoh you don’t have to ask me twice.
  • 14:17:08: @BrianHeys I think it might be my first and last one if I were drinking it…
  • 18:56:16: @EboniMaleXXX and a good afternoon to you, too! hope you’re OK…
  • 18:58:34: Back from +Tom Butler’s farewell service. Got there before 2 pm to secure a good seat. Left just after 5. He’s well and truly gone…
  • 18:58:53: @EboniMaleXXX that’s great! keep it up!
  • 23:23:46: @kevjumba yeah, nigahiga would be a great collaborator. you complement each other.
  • 23:28:00: @hungskateboy when you drop by i’ll have several mirrors around for you…
  • 23:33:06: @hungskateboy i hope you don’t behave yourself!! have fun tonight. almost bedtime here…
  • 23:39:58: #youknowitslovewhen you can fart in bed and your partner doesn’t complain about it.
  • 23:42:52: #youknowitslovewhen you give your partner the biggest piece of pie even though you desperately want it.

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From Twitter 02-19-2010

Saturday, February 20th, 2010
  • 00:33:31: @urbanbohemian My inner gay geek worries that I don’t have all my chargers and cables. F**k the toiletries. I steal soap from hotels…
  • 00:34:58: On the other hand, I am only hot to blind guys… RT @MikieFitch: I wish I was blind to hot guys
  • 10:48:04: Good morning, tweeps and peeps. The sun is struggling to get out of the clouds. Quiet day today, I hope.
  • 11:04:52: @EboniMaleXXX I hope everything clears soon…lots of love from London…
  • 11:29:29: Hobbit nabbed for drinking. RT DentonPolice: – 02/19/2010 04:07 | 18 years old | ALCOHOL/PUBLIC INTOXICATION
  • 11:29:52: @soveren hugs to you too. hope canada is good to you…
  • 11:39:08: @soveren lots of hunky men about there, i guess. weir is cagey about his sexuality. perhaps u could do some personal research & report back?
  • 21:57:43: @angelcruzin Doesn’t bother me at all; in fact, it cheers me up no end! Have a good weekend, man!
  • 22:06:01: @mariocruzxxx Thanks for the #FF ! You’re the best.
  • 22:09:40: Back from Evensong at the Cathedral. A bit long but +Tom was trying to install everyone he could before he leaves tomorrow.
  • 22:37:55: My friend Dicky just put together this electronic mixup which is freaky and great! You must listen! (button in lower LHC)
  • 23:38:18: Rube Goldberg must be alive somewhere!
  • 23:38:58: OK, tweeps and peeps, I think it’s almost time for bed. Play nice, and see you all tomorrow.

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From Twitter 02-18-2010

Friday, February 19th, 2010

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Today’s Twitter Observation

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

I have already separated my Twitter into two accounts, one for professional use (@cphtest) and one for personal use (@chrishansenhome). This has worked moderately, and I use TweetDeck for the former and twhirl for the latter.

So now my observation is on tweeters, rather than Twitter. I had to unfollow and block someone yesterday because she was tweeting perhaps every five minutes or so. That doesn’t sound too bad: the BBC tweets more often than that. What is maddening is that she tweeted “facts” that were dodgy and trite sayings apropos of nothing.

The tweet that annoyed me was (paraphrasing): “The Canadian $2 bill shows the American flag flying over Parliament.” I found this rather incredible, and a few minutes with Snopes discovered (with pictorial evidence) that the claim was false. I tweeted her directly with the link to snopes and a suggestion that she might want to retract it. No answer.

Then the stream of tweets with old hackneyed sayings started. I had had enough by this time and unfollowed and banned her.

My point? If you’re going to tweet, for God’s sake, tweet something that people might want to hear, don’t tweet every 5 minutes with things that people have either already heard or aren’t interested in, and if you’re tweeting interesting facts, make sure that the facts are verifiable.

Otherwise, Twitter is a good way of keeping up with friends, talking in a lighthearted way about what’s happening to you and around you, and getting early tips on news about which you might want to find out more. It is not a form of Internet masturbation for your own pleasure.

Just sayin’.

From Twitter 02-17-2010

Thursday, February 18th, 2010
  • 09:57:23: Good morning, tweeps and peeps. Ash Wednesday, supposed to fast but need to eat up the leftovers from last night’s American Chop Suey.
  • 10:04:25: @mhisham Fasting is a commendable habit which I got out of years ago, sadly.
  • 10:26:14: @dahara I dunno who thinks buying a TV license is dumb, but you require a license to watch TV here in the UK–the funds support the BBC.
  • 10:50:23: @mhisham If you’re a RC I think it might be. Def of fast: one full meal, two small one that don’t add up to more than the 1 full one.
  • 10:50:36: @mhisham If you’re Anglican, no, it’s not compulsory.
  • 10:51:32: @mhisham For the Orthodox, the fasting started Monday and includes no meat, eggs, dairy prods, oil, or something else. What do they eat?
  • 11:12:21: @EboniMaleXXX The pics were great…thanx for posting!
  • 14:14:29: Royal Mail are incompetent. No Economist (should have come last Fri.) & they have lost my prescription sent to my BG. Arghhh!
  • 14:15:23: @EboniMaleXXX good afternoon from London. Hope ur insomnia gets better.
  • 14:21:08: @KingofShaves Your survey is interesting but there is a problem: Q.3 should allow more than one answer but it only allows one answer.
  • 14:21:40: @KingofShaves and Q.4 should have a choice “Never” if you have never bought online.
  • 14:22:19: @KingofShaves And Q.7 allows you to click both “Yes” and “No”
  • 14:29:07: Anglican Bp. of Ebbsfleet intrigues with the Vatican to go behind RC bishops to establish Anglican Rite:
  • 14:46:07: @fonsus Sounds like he wants a proposition. If you want to make one, I think he’d accept it.
  • 14:46:45: @KingofShaves Great. I am a former market research person so these things jump right out at me.
  • 14:48:28: @fonsus Well, if you don’t proposition him, you’ll never know, will you? And he’s right about your boyish cuteness.
  • 22:08:51: @KingofShaves i sent it to nicky who started following me.
  • 22:18:10: nice…powerful photo.
  • 22:52:01: @hungskateboy no, defo not too many. there are never enough! thanx.
  • 23:39:46: I’ll bet the filling is hotter than the crust… RT @hungskateboy: im hot like a pop tart fresh out the toaster!

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Today’s Surprise Blog Post

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

My lj friend posted today about a gathering of school friends of his for Chinese New Year. In Singapore, “staff price” is a discount that staff and their friends (through them) can get. One of his schoolmates was surprisingly reticent about his current job and its staff price.

From Twitter 02-16-2010

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
  • 11:21:49: @mywaytobis facebook is chrishansenhome,
  • 22:21:51: YOu got a URL for that or is it only realTVspace? RT @jonk: is that really the numa numa kid in the vizio ad?!

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day!

From Twitter 02-15-2010

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
  • 10:38:12: Morning tweeps and peeps. Had a good V-Day, CNY, and 4th/12th anniversary yesterday. Hope you all did too.
  • 12:14:19: @jonk Bon voyage! Hurry back!
  • 17:33:55: Just heard from the recruiter–the co. identified an internal candidate but likes me so perhaps another future job will come up. Oh well…

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Today’s Immigration-Watch URL

Monday, February 15th, 2010

We’d better batten down the hatches. Pauline Hanson (no relation, thankfully—her name ends in “-on” not “-en”), the rabidly anti-immigrant-to-Australia former politician, is selling up her house in Queensland and planning to move to the United Kingdom.


From Twitter 02-14-2010

Monday, February 15th, 2010
  • 23:02:12: Had a great V-day, anniversary, and CNY, all rolled into one. Thanks Leslie for finding that great Chinese restaurant…tossing fish salad!
  • 23:12:20: @pedroissexy And a great V-day to you too, sexy one! Hugs!
  • 23:14:42: Mrs. Palm and her Four little daughters, no doubt… RT @TrevorWesley: I wonder who tiger woods is spending his day with

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Sunday, February 14th, 2010

…and many happy returns of the day.

From Twitter 02-13-2010

Sunday, February 14th, 2010
  • 00:12:32: @kevjumba good. much safer than smack, more immediate gratification than crack, defo not wack. go for it! Tweet away!
  • 09:30:15: Morning, all. Anyone know of a Windows Twitter client that support two or more Twitter accounts simultaneously?
  • 10:32:06: What I will do is have Tweetdeck for testing tweets, and twhirl for all other tweets. Will take a chile but juggling will work, I hope.
  • 11:19:56: To those who are following me who are software professionals, please follow @cphtest (my professional alter ego) instead.
  • 12:25:43: @GaySkyHooker that’s quite an ambitious schedule.
  • 19:56:33: Happy Lunar New Year to all my Chinese friends and everyone else who celebrates it! May the coming Year of the Tiger be a rip-roaring one!
  • 22:36:37: @MikieFitch Hi Mikie, what’s up? Whatcha doing for V-Day tomorrow?
  • 22:39:50: @MikieFitch It’s our 12th anniversary (4th anniversary of civil partnership, 12th of our meeting) and also Chinese New Year, so great lunch!
  • 22:40:18: @GaySkyHooker oh dear. sitting on babies is such an ordeal…sorry to hear it.
  • 22:42:37: @MikieFitch My husband and I will enjoy it..he’s Chinese so CNY is his big holiday, and V-Day being our anniversary makes it even better.
  • 22:47:21: @MikieFitch no worries…hope your V-day and CNY is good too.
  • 23:15:02: @GaySkyHooker do you want them together or separately?
  • 23:20:22: False. RT @dahara: On a Canadian $2 bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag. #coolfacts
  • 23:30:52: good night tweeps and peeps. Happy CNY and V-Day to all!

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Saturday, February 13th, 2010

You may have noted that each day my tweets are posted to my blog, for posterity’s sake, I suppose. I follow lots of people, some of whom are “business” types (mostly software testing types), and the rest of whom run the gamut from rather suggestive to very proper.

One of the software testing people unfollowed me yesterday, and while I do not confuse online “friends” with meatspace friends, I would like this person to be able to read any tweets I share about software testing (had some today with @shrinik, whom I met for a drink last week and who is a very perceptive software tester and testing guru). I believe that the unfollow resulted from some tweets I shared yesterday that were aimed at the “rather suggestive” portion of those who follow me. I have not, however, confirmed this.

So, my question to you all is this: does anyone know of a Windows Twitter client that can cope with showing two Twitter accounts simultaneously? I use twhirl at the moment. This would allow me to separate my business Tweets from my personal Tweets—thus simultaneously avoiding shocking my business Twitter followers and boring my personal Twitter followers.

Yes, I realise I could put one in my browser and use twhirl for the other, and if that is the only solution I accept it. However, I cannot believe that no one else has faced this same difficulty and come up with a neat solution to it.

From Twitter 02-12-2010

Saturday, February 13th, 2010
  • 09:35:55: morning, tweeps and peeps. off to the quack to get my foot poked, prodded, and carved up. Polish restaurant tonight.
  • 12:14:53: Back from the quack. Not much change, I guess. Back in two weeks. My foot is still attached.
  • 15:14:56: @jonk No, the humps in the road are there to slow down drivers. The top sign is to show that a bicycle lane starts there.
  • 15:39:59: @TheBlackoutBlog i have a friend who had his upper teeth replaced with false so he could give better BJs. Just sayin’
  • 18:50:38: @IvyBean104 I hope you have a lovely Valentines with cards from everyone. I would ask you to be my Valentine, but there are many ahead of me
  • 21:01:20: I’m at Mamuszka in London
  • 21:56:57: Just back from the newish Polish restaurant in the shopping centre. Had goulash, beetroot salad, and Polish coffee. All very nice and cheap!
  • 22:05:20: @jonk we must have a party for your 30,000th tweet. so keep it up!
  • 22:13:38: @IvyBean104 Thank you Ivy…you are the best.
  • 22:35:01: @shrinik If some bubblehead boss asks me for a solution, I tell him to ask a developer. I’m there to inform him/her about the problems.
  • 22:36:29: @shrinik As a manager you clear roadblocks for those who work for you. You find roadblocks for those for whom you work. They clear them 4 u.
  • 22:38:04: @shrinik I’d say, “Great! You get a bonus!” If I wanted my testers to solve problems I’d hire developers to test…badly!
  • 22:40:27: @shrinik Hm, never thought of it like that. It makes sense, though.
  • 23:54:38: @jonk i think it is the place you’re thinking of.

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Today’s Religious Sexism URL

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I had thought that people such as this vicar had become extinct. Obviously not.

From Twitter 02-11-2010

Friday, February 12th, 2010
  • 00:27:21: Just got back from dinner with @jonk and the proof is: . Lovely to meet in the flesh at last. Thanks for a great meal!
  • 08:13:32: @jonk oh dear…give me toast and coffee anyday.
  • 08:56:05: @jonk were u up all night?
  • 11:10:37: @jonk good grief! sorry to hear that. hope you get a better rest tonight…
  • 11:52:26: We are paying £6m to monitor MPs expenses. We got only £1m back. Would it not be cheaper to elect honest MPs and scrap the expenses office?
  • 12:45:16: @jonk That is an occupational hazard of the US/Continental tourist in London. I have the same problem in reverse when visiting the US.
  • 12:46:08: @shrinik If you “built the wrong thing rightly” would that be a good thing? Worse than “building the right thing wrongly”? I wonder…
  • 15:02:00: @jonk The Gherkin is across the river. The map has moved St. Paul’s Cathedral to the spot where Southwark Cathedral has been for 1000 years.
  • 15:04:33: @SE1 In this URL, Foursquare has managed to plop St. Paul’s Cathedral right on top of Southwark Cathedral. I wonder why?
  • 15:53:01: @jonk it did, but the map was wrong. St Paul’s is N of the river bit it put it S where Southwark Cathedral is.
  • 15:53:40: @hungskateboy yeah, love it.
  • 15:59:27: I’m at Starbucks in London
  • 17:28:00: I’m at Stevenage
  • 19:54:17: @iPrynce not up to much. waiting for the partner to get home so we can have dinner…what are you up do?
  • 23:11:52: well, tweeps and peeps, almost time for bed. play nice, don’t do anything i wouldn’t do, and post more pics…

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We now pay the price for honest politicians

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Many of you may be aware of the expenses crisis that has engulfed the Mother of Parliaments. Many of our MPs and peers have been systematically claiming reimbursements for household goods that some of their constituents can only dream of possessing. One MP was reimbursed for a floating duck house to place on his pond. Another soaked us for several thousands of pounds for cleaning his moat. Three MPs and one peer have been formally charged with fraud (none of the MPs are standing for office in the next election, due by June).

An office was set up to audit MPs expenses and claw back some that were either illegal or unethical. A permanent office to scrutinise MPs expense claims has been set up, with the head of that office making

Scariest Web Design URL

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

This outfit followed me on Twitter, and when I went to check out their Twitter feed, I was confronted with this.

I think you will agree: this background picture is the stuff of nightmares.

From Twitter 02-10-2010

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
  • 09:43:13: Morning, tweeps and peeps. Snow flurries in London. Again. Twice this week. When will this madness end?!
  • 09:45:36: Probably not burgling a beauty salon… RT DentonPolice: – 02/10/2010 01:51 | 21 years old | BURGLARY OF BUILDING
  • 09:46:09: @EboniMale You OK? Did u go to the hospital? Hoper you’re breathing OK now.
  • 09:58:02: I’m sure no one was chasing him… RT DentonPolice: – 02/09/2010 23:28 | 22 years old | Bond: $904 | RAN STOP SIGN
  • 10:01:14: I do… RT @qrius1ne: who all wants to see my face….
  • 10:21:05: Ain’t technology wonderful? @jonk is over Greenland as we tweet, according to my iPhone Flight Status app.
  • 15:29:06: @jonk welcome to London.
  • 15:45:39: @qrius1ne yes, please do. smooth is nice.

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Today’s Canine URL

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

If you wish to rent your cabin to a Christian lady, make sure that her entourage is Christian as well.

Take <b>THIS</b>, Hockney

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Some people said that smoking wasn’t that bad for you, years ago (advertisements used to claim that doctors said that one particular brand of gaspers actually benefited people with respiratory problems…remember Not a cough in a carload?). That’s been debunked pretty thoroughly, and even the cancer stick manufacturers now admit that smoking causes lots of health problems in the majority of people who indulge.

Then the dangers of second-hand smoke came to the fore, and in many countries and jurisdictions smoking was banned in indoor public spaces such as offices, bars and pubs, restaurants, and the like. Smokers were banished outside to puff away and annoy passers-by from their doorways and alleys. David Hockney, the artist, has railed against anti-smoking legislation, denying (from the wisdom of his medical degree, presumably) that second-hand smoke is dangerous at all.

But now, scientists have found that the clothing and hair of smokers actually can leach nicotine into the walls, carpets, and furniture of their indoor refuges when the smokers return, coughing, to resume toiling for their benevolent employers. This is referred to as “third-hand smoke”.

Well, rubbing my hands together gleefully, now it seems that smokers will have to be decontaminated in special chambers before they return from their puffing sessions outside.

From Twitter 02-09-2010

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
  • 00:11:54: good night, tweeps and peeps. off to the land of nod. play nice.
  • 18:05:44: afternoon, tweeps and peeps! been a busy day. Been culling books…*sob* but feel better now.
  • 18:09:57: @nard I think eBay knows you quite well, perhaps…
  • 18:12:49: @Shelbycub …you’re welcome, gorgeous! I hope you’re feeling better now.
  • 19:00:54: See you later, tweeps and peeps; off to Lodge of Instruction.
  • 23:34:23: Back from Lodge of Instruction. Eating a hot cross bun and waiting for HWMBO to get back from table tennis.

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A Singapore story

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

The gentleman writing this blog is a scientist who could not find a job in Singapore and thus ended up driving a taxi. His occasional stories are always thought-provoking, but his story today is about as sad as a story can be.

Book culling

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

I’m certain that most of my readers are, like me, book collectors. I had 40 cases of books when I moved in here, and I’m certain that there are at least 10 more cases here now.

One thing I’ve realised while culling is that many of my cookbooks are now outmoded. I can find whatever recipes I want on the Intarwebz. There are some that I want to keep for sentimental reasons (The Two Fat Ladies cookbook is one of those), some I want to keep because I like the chef (Ken Hom is SO cute! Craig Claiborne told a great story and The New York Times Cookbook is a classic), some because they are priceless (Mastering the Art of French Cooking and Mrs. Beeton’s), and some because they are quaint (I have one cookbook about railroad food in the US, with recipes, and that one is quaint enough to keep). All the other ones probably need to go into the jumble sale at church.

Often people who see my book collection say, “You’ve read all of those? Why don’t you just discard the ones you’ve read?” Well, when J.D. Salinger kicked the bucket a few weeks ago, HWMBO was intrigued and wanted to read The Catcher in the Rye. I had to search a bit as he’d hidden it behind some other books, but I found it and he’s reading it now. It’s so old that the covers (paperback) fell off as he read it.

From Twitter 02-08-2010

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
  • 10:31:21: @EboniMale sleep tight. i just started twitter so that’s why i wasn’t talking.
  • 17:36:49: @EboniMale The Economist had a big article on it last week; some get loads of business through Twitter and Facebook.
  • 18:20:15: @shrinik I hate snow with a passion. Good thing that it wasn’t cold enough to stick on the ground.
  • 18:31:50: @Shelbycub *cough* (that was a sympathetic *cough*)
  • 18:39:48: @EboniMale Hey you indeed….so good-looking…
  • 18:40:51: Had a very laid-back day. Weather too crap to go out much, so stayed in and drank coffee. Tomorrow I’ll venture out, I think.
  • 19:35:07: That isn’t nasty. It’s tasty.
  • 19:40:17: @EboniMale No, 2 bad you’re not here… 🙁
  • 20:01:10: @jonk sounds good. shall we reschedule our breakfast to a lunch or a dinner?
  • 20:04:43: @jonk If it can be a late dinner (say after 8 pm) I’m fine with that. I have a diocsan board of finance meeting 6-8 at London Bridge.
  • 20:05:18: @jonk You on UA 930? tomorrow?
  • 20:05:49: Say hi! for me! RT @EboniMale: On the phone with @iPrynce
  • 20:09:47: @jonk Let’s say 8:30 pm @ um…the Elephant and Castle? There is a Chinese restaurant that we like and an Indian that isn’t bad…
  • 20:14:52: @jonk Take Bakerloo Line to Elephant & Castle and come up the lifts. We will either be waiting or on our way. Will call if delayed.
  • 21:10:46: @EboniMale You lost 10 pounds? I think I found it. 🙁
  • 21:23:05: @jonk All the stations used to have lifts. There is an electricity substation where escalators out of the E&C station would go.
  • 21:25:49: @jonk problem here is that lots of people in the lift w/ you will be sparing with the soap and water… @-(
  • 21:26:26: @jonk it takes 22 seconds from the time the doors close until the time they open them at the ticket hall at E&C. Count ’em.
  • 21:35:57: @jonk hehehe…at that time of night cheap cologne on the peeps going to Ministry of Sound will be the predominant odour…
  • 22:54:20: @MisterDude hope everything works out ok. rest up!

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From Twitter 02-07-2010

Monday, February 8th, 2010
  • 08:56:35: @EboniMale I will light candles in church for u and your bro this morning. Much love.
  • 18:27:50: @therealgokwan thank you for appearing on DID…must have been really difficult. I rarely listen but you were great! muacks from a fan.

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From Twitter 02-06-2010

Sunday, February 7th, 2010
  • 19:07:39: Good evening all…went to South London Gallery this PM and watched some art being destined for destruction.
  • 19:15:30: @mikehillwig I went to junior high school with George Shube.
  • 23:04:09: Tomas has mumps? RT DentonPolice: – 02/06/2010 15:10:00 | 34 years old | LOCAL MUNICIPAL WARRANT
  • 23:05:05: @EboniMale I’d love to visit ATL again after more than 20 years but it’s a bit far from London… 🙁 Have a good time!
  • 23:09:39: @soveren We walked ard it picking out artists: Opie, Hirst, etc. Someone went up the stairs & threw a piece of art in while we were there.
  • 23:12:19: @GaySkyHooker Strange the bond was $300 just for running a stop sign. They’re harsh in Denton County.
  • 23:42:17: @DanielJUK There is an English vodka brand, so it must be OK to produce it here. Probably grain-neutral spirits, not potato-based…
  • 23:44:11: @GaySkyHooker – Holy jumped-up Jesus! That look like ordnance from WW II…
  • 23:45:36: Well, tweeps and peeps (especially @GaySkyHooker ) have a good night; early to bed for me as my hands are playing up…

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From Twitter 02-05-2010

Saturday, February 6th, 2010
  • 14:41:00: Good afternoon peeps and tweeps. Had lunch at the drop-in, waiting for HWMBO to return from 1/2 day of work…
  • 14:41:38: @EboniMale Good morning…how are you feeling today?
  • 14:42:56: Love the pose and the bod and face…thanks for posting.
  • 15:20:17: @EboniMale Not too bad, thanks. Glad to hear that you’re doing OK. It’s actually sunny in London! We should have a holiday!
  • 21:59:10: @jonk Looks just like the cat we saw in our back garden this morning. Either it flies or it shares bilocation powers with St. Francis.

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Today’s Design URL

Friday, February 5th, 2010

From Graham Linehan’s blog came a reference to this YouTube video, with some design choices from the 1950’s and later that will make your mouth^Weyes water. James Lileks would be proud.

From Twitter 02-04-2010

Friday, February 5th, 2010

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Today’s Nightmare-Inducing URL

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

The Cheshire Cat had nothing on this feline. However, view at your peril! I will see this cat in my nightmares tonight, I’m sure.

Today’s “How may I be of service to you?” URL

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

We’ve all been there. Something we have has turned to a pile of crap and we need the company that sold it to us or the company that supports it to help us turn it back into something useful. So we pick up our phones. And that’s where the death spiral starts…

From Twitter 02-03-2010

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
  • 08:42:49: Picture? RT @BBC9128: #morningwood
  • 08:44:55: @davidrowell Well, the rest of us welcome you. Hope you have a good stay.
  • 12:16:40: @fj I suspect most people don’t clean the mirror beforehand.
  • 17:40:57: @BrianHeys There are every kind of Oreo you might want, just not in the UK. In the US there are Oreos of all sizes up to & including saucer.

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Today’s Medical URL

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

This is simply astounding. I am in awe of this. I do hope I never have to avail myself of their services, though.

Today’s Back to the Future URL

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

You remember the articles in various scientific magazines. They told us (in the 1950’s and 60’s) how we would all be commuting using our personal automobile-airplanes by 2000, and if we didn’t want to fly or drive we would be travelling at supersonic speed on the moving belts that connected all the major cities in the world together.

Well, someone else remembers them too, and there’s a website devoted to those long-past visions of our present. I suspect that this one will be as popular as James Lilek’s various Intarweb offerings.

Pyrex Percolator, Part II

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

You may remember that last week I received a Pyrex 6-cup percolator. I’ve made two pots of coffee in it so far. The coffee is tasty enough, but I forgot one thing.

Percolated coffee is more powerful than rocket fuel.

I had a cup at 5 pm. I may still be up at 5 am.

Oh, well.

From Twitter 02-02-2010

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

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From Twitter 02-01-2010

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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