Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Something silly

This is indeed a very old site, one I found many years ago in fact and just re-discovered today. May I present for your amusment The Evil Overlord List. 100 things I will NEVER do when I become an evil overlord.

Vinyl Addiction

I know you'll all want one of these record players. With the USB connection it it's ideal for ripping all those crackly old LP's you have stashed away in the attic. Of course, for sheer convenience there is always this.

I can't find a UK supplier though.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Revised opinion of Doctors

Just been to my own GP, he took one look at all the tablets I'd been given (which I hadn't started taking till I saw him) and threw them all out. He checked my BP and it was only slightly higher than normal, so he's going to work with me on diet and lifestyle for a few months to reduce BP and chlorestrol levels. So I like Doctors again, or at least, I like my Doctor.

Guess I'll be stopping smoking again, which is a Good Thing.

So apart from a stressful night in hospital it looks like a few simple changes in lifestyle and I'm home free.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Doctors arrgh!

That was fun! NOT

Sudden chest pains and a feeling of pressure/headache led to a call to NHS direct, which led to a recommendation of a trip to casualty. I'm thinking it's just indigestion and overblown so was taken much by surprise when it's announced, we're keeping you in overnight for observation.

One horrible night in hospital (a place I hate anyway) and numerous blood tests later which have left my arms looking like a junkies, it's announced that yes it was just indigestion, no heart attack go home (great relief)

But, my blood pressure was high, which doesn't surprise me considering where I was, and that every time they measured it they'd just stuck me with needles! And my chlorestrol is high. So they are stuffing me full of tablets which I really don't like the look of, some of the side effects look like they'll kill me before my heart gives out.

Last time I ever complain of chest pains!

Monday, June 19, 2006


I always always wanted a tree house, and still do, especially when they look like these ones

Just a little better then a shed at the bottom of the garden, don't you think?

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Google Earth

Well there's now a new version of google earth out, and this one features mapping of graphics on to the 3D buildings, there are not many done yet, but what there is is imprressive, check it out here. Better for me is that there is also now a Linux version (who hoo)

You can create your own 3D buildings as well, which is nice, you need google sketchup to do it though. Who will be first to do the Station?

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Which Doctor are you?

Joe over at Woolamaloo put me on to this, apparently I'm the ninth doctor. But then you knew that from my profile pic (G)

You scored as The Ninth Doctor (Christoper Eccleston). You liked the Ninth Doctor the most. You may be new to Dr Who, but you like what you've seen so far. Hoorah for Russell T Davies!

The Ninth Doctor (Christoper Eccleston)


The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)


The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davidson)


The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)


The Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)


The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann)


The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)


The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)


The First Doctor (William Hartnell)


Which Doctor Who are you?
created with

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Kids bite back at Mosquito

Mosquito is a device which emits a high pitched noise beyond the hearing range of most adults, but well within the hearing range of children. It was designed to get kids to "move along" from places where grouchy adults wanted them to "get orf my lawn" as a cheaper alternative to actually giving them a decent space to go to like a local park etc.

Anyway, the kids aren't thick, and the sound got sampled, then turned into a ringtone. So now, they have a ringtone inaudible to most adults, but which they can hear.

Cunning stunt I say.

Friday, June 09, 2006

An odd couple

Nothing much to write so here's a couple of "odd things" from the wonderful WWW

First up a little game. Americans call this a Rube Goldberg device, what we would call a Heath Robinson machine over here (not sure who came first, their birthdays make Robinson older, but only by a few years). Heath Robinson illustrated the wonderful Professor Branestawm books which I loved as a kid, sadly, they don't seem to still be in print.

The other thing is a truly wonderful optical illusion just read the instructions first. This site was featured on fark, so it may be unavailable temporally if the guy's had his bandwidth splattered again. He has a couple of similar illusions scattered across his site.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Bank Holiday Week

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, it's been hectic with having the children on holiday. To make up for it here's a picture filled feast for you. I have indicated with (Pic) which links go to more pictures rather than links which go to external web sites.

Bank Holiday Monday
Was mixed weather, with as they say on the forecasts "occasional showers". With typical planning and foresight we decided to go to Golden Acre Park for a walk, by more luck than management we managed to be indoors whenever it rained, while we where there we saw the ducks (Pic) and ducklings on the lake side. We fed both the ducks and the geese while we were there. We ducked into the cafe for the first rain shower, and made our way round to the greenhouse garden (Pic) just in time to take cover in there for the next shower. You can see the rain lashing the windows behind us.

Wednesday - Beaver Scouts Trip
Wednesday saw DS and myself taking a trip out with the Beaver Scouts to Hebden Bridge by train followed by a short (but steep) walk up to Heptonstall. We picnicked in an old ruined church before heading back down to the river for a chance to feed the ducks and pigeons before going down to the park for a play and catching the train (Pic)
back to Leeds. Hebden Bridge is a marvelous old station (Pic) retaining almost all the old cast iron signs it would have had many years ago. It was a great day out with seven other children from the pack joining us.

Friday - Kirkstall Abbey
We had watched them renovating Kirkstall Abbey last year, and thought we'd better go and see what had been done, they have a new web site to show off the renovations and fill you in on the history. DS and DD had discovered the railway last year, and were Keen (Pic) to explore it again. DS especially likes the rickety old bridge (Pic) which we crossed with care. He also insisted I include this picture of the river (Pic), as he liked the island.
As we wandered back to the car I took this rather spooky picture (Pic) which shows the abbey lit up from within, a trick of the light, but still effective. We played in the park playground for a while before getting stuck in the rush hour on the way home (I'd forgotten that not everyone was on holiday, oops).

Saturday - BBC Springwatch
BBC springwatch came to Temple Newsam on Saturday so we really had to go. DD rushed off early for a Birthday party leaving DS and I to take in the falconry (Pic) display where they flew several birds. This hawk (Pic) got close up for us to have a better look. DS would like to point out that he saw his teacher up there, but we didn't manage to say hello.
There was a great atmosphere and we saw lots of interesting things like a section of beehive (complete with real live bees) which worried DS, and to finished of they had Joe the Storyteller who regaled us with some marvelous tales, and the fire jugglers.
who took me from the audience at "gun" point and stood me in the amphitheatre while they spun blazing sticks within inches of my face, such a shame DS took no pics of this (phew) as they dressed me in Blues Brothers style hat, shades and jacket. I also got the chance to squirt the audience with a water pistol, which was nice, and appreciated by most of them as it was a burning hot day.

Sunday - Killingbeck Police Station
Lets spin a little tale here, DS found a badger (Pic), which if found in the wild and killed or captured could get him in trouble. To add to his problems he was involved in burning a car (Pick) and it wasn't long before the Police (Pic) took an interest, bundled him into the back of their van (Pic) and took him away to the cells.

Yes it was the Police open day, and DS enjoyed it, but maybe not so much the walk down and back, we found plenty to occupy a couple of hours while DD was at yet another birthday party (she sure is popular this weekend).