All entries for January 2007

January 15, 2007

Passing my lunch–hour

Writing about web page /avedavies/entry/ive_done_82/

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And many more besides…

Level 1
() Smoked A Cigarette
() Smoked A Cigar Must try at some point
()Kissed A Member Of The Same Sex
(x) Drank Alcohol

SO FAR: 1

Level 2
(x) Are / Been In Love
(x) Been Dumped
( ) Shoplifted
() Been Fired
(x) Been In A Fist Fight

SO FAR: 4

Level 4
(x) Had A Crush On An Older Person
() Skipped School
() Slept With A Co-worker
(x) Seen Someone / Something Die

SO FAR: 6

Level 5
(x) Had / Have A Crush On One Of Your Facebook Friends
() Been To Paris
(x) Been To Spain
(x) Been On A Plane
(x) Thrown Up From Drinking Never again

SO FAR: 10

Level 6
( ) Eaten Sushi
( ) Been Snowboarding
( ) Met Someone BECAUSE Of Facebook
( ) Been in a Mosh Pit of sorts

SO FAR: 10

Level 7
( ) Been In An Abusive Relationship
(x) Taken Pain Killers Come on, everybody gets headaches
(x) Love/loved Someone Who You Cant Have
(x) Laid On Your Back And Watched Cloud Shapes Go By Bliss
( ) Made A Snow Angel

SO FAR: 13

Level 8
() Had A Tea Party Dinner parties are more fun
(x) Flown A Kite
(x) Built A Sand Castle
( ) Gone mudding whaaat?
( ) Played Dress Up

SO FAR: 15

Level 9
( ) Jumped Into A Pile Of Leaves
(x) Gone Sledging Much more fun on fertiliser sacks
() Cheated While Playing A Game
(x) Been Lonely
(x) Fallen Asleep At Work / School Not recommended when driving something weighing over 10 tons cough

SO FAR: 18

Level 10
(x) Watched The Sun Set Most evenings
( ) Felt An Earthquake
( ) Killed A Snake

SO FAR: 19

Level 11
(x) Been Tickled
( ) Been Robbed / Vandalized
( ) Been cheated on
(x) Been Misunderstood Have I ever been understood?!?

SO FAR: 21

Level 12
(x) Won A Contest Maths challenge champions 3 years in a row
( ) Been Suspended From School
(x) Had Detention
(x) Been In A Car / Motorcycle Accident Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

SO FAR: 24

Level 13
( ) Had / Have Braces
( ) Eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night Wouldn’t mind doing this with Sorbet
( ) Danced in the moonlight

SO FAR: 24

Level 14
(x) Hated The Way You Look You would too with my hair
( ) Witnessed A Crime
( ) Pole Danced
(x) Questioned Your Heart
( ) Been obsessed with post-it-notes

SO FAR: 26

Level 15
(x) Squished Barefoot Through The Mud Unpleasantly cold
( ) Been Lost
( ) Been To The Opposite Side Of The World _Only as far as the USA
(x) Swam In The Ocean
( ) Felt Like You Were Dying

SO FAR: 28

Level 16

(x) Cried Yourself To Sleep
( ) Played Cops And Robbers
( ) Recently Colored With Crayons / Colored Pencils / Markers
( ) Sang Karaoke
(x) Paid For A Meal With Only Coins If McDonalds counts as a meal

SO FAR: 30

Level 17
(x) Done Something You Told Yourself You Wouldn’t
( ) Made Prank Phone Calls
( ) Laughed Until Some Kind Of Beverage Came Out Of Your Nose
( ) Kissed In The Rain

SO FAR: 31

Level 18
( ) Written A Letter To Santa Claus
( ) Watched The Sun Set/ sun rise With Someone You Care/Cared About Must do this at some point
(x) Blown Bubbles
(x) Made A Bonfire On The Beach or anywhere Best one I ever made was about 15 feet high hehehe

SO FAR: 33

Level 19
( ) Crashed A Party
(x) Have Traveled More Than 5 Days With A Car Full Of People
(x) Gone Rollerskating / Blading
( ) Had A Wish Come True
( ) Been Humped By A Monkey

SO FAR: 35

Level 20
( ) Worn Pearls
(x) Jumped Off A Bridge Does a flybridge count?
( ) Screamed “Penis” or “Vagina”
( ) Swam With Dolphins

SO FAR: 36

Level 22
( ) Got Your Tongue Stuck To A Pole/Freezer/ice Cube
( ) Kissed A Fish
( ) Worn The Opposite Sex’s Clothes
(x) Sat On A Roof Top

SO FAR: 37

Level 23
(x) Screamed At The Top Of Your Lungs
( ) Done / Attempted A One-Handed Cartwheel
( ) Talked On The Phone For More Than 6 Hours
(x) Recently stayed Up for a while talking to someone you care about Excessive sleep deprivation

SO FAR: 39

Level 24
(x) Picked And Ate An Apple Right Off The Tree Very tasty
(x) Climbed A Tree
(x) Had/Been In A Tree House
( ) Been scared To Watch Scary Movies Alone

SO FAR: 42

Level 25
( ) Believed In Ghosts
( ) Have had More Then 30 Pairs Of Shoes
( ) Gone Streaking No-one wants to see that
( ) Visited Jail

SO FAR: 42

Level 26
(x) Played Chicken With tractors hehe
( ) Been Pushed into a pool with all your clothes on
(x) Been Told You’re Hot By A Complete Stranger
(x) Broken A Bone Amazingly only once
(x) Been Easily Amused

SO FAR: 46

Level 27
( ) Caught A Fish Then Ate It Later
( ) Made A Porn Video/got asked to make one
( ) Caught A Butterfly
(x) Laughed So Hard You Cried
( ) Cried So Hard You Laughed

SO FAR: 47

Level 28
( ) Mooned/Flashed Someone
( ) Had Someone Moon/Flash You
(x) Cheated On A Test You don’t always know right from wrong at 11
(x) Forgotten Someone’s Name Daily
( ) French Braided Someones Hair
( ) Gone Skinny Dipping
( ) Been Kicked Out Of Your House
(x) Tried to hurt yourself (playing the pain game counts) If it counts

SO FAR: 50

Level 29
(x) Rode A Roller Coaster
(x) Went Scuba-Diving/Snorkeling
() Had A Cavity
() Black-Mailed Someone
() Been Black Mailed

SO FAR: 52

Level 31
(x) Been Used
(x) Fell Going Up The Stairs
( ) Licked A Cat ewwwww… furry!!
(x) Bitten Someone
(x) Licked Someone

SO FAR: 56

Level 32
(x) Been shot at/or at gunpoint (paintball)
( ) Had sex in the rain
( ) Flattened someones tires
( ) Rode your bike until the fuel light came on
( ) Got five pounds or less worth of fuel

TOTAL: 53

I’ve done 53 out of the 132 stupid things. A surprisingly low number…


January 04, 2007

High performance Vauxhall diesel discovered

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/6231085.stm

Amusing story – yet another example of the unreliability of automatic speed detection. It was however a staff error on this case. The article makes no mention of this, but it was reported on BBC R4 that the camera partnership in question were saying that the ticket still needed paying as it was a staff and not a detection error. I find that hard to believe, but if that’s true then it’s utterly disgusting.

Two other interesting bits of news, both from the renewables front. Firstly a project was launched yesterday to boost awareness amongst farmers of the future potential of biofuels. I’ve long been a supporter of home-grown biofuels, and it’s pleasing to see some more positive noise made about them. They offer a real potential for carbon reductions whilst at the same time increasing the economic viability of UK agriculture and reducing our dependency on foreign energy imports – wins all round.

The second piece of news (which I couldn’t find a link for) is somewhat less positive. Following on from my recent entry about wind energy, the British Wind Energy Association have come out heavily critical of the government’s current renewables programs, accusing them of sidelining wind energy in particular and especially upset about the possibility of removing subsidies for on-shore sites, which would “make low wind speed sites unprofitable”. Well, this is kind of the point guys. If a wind site is unlikely to be economically profitable, that’s probably because there’s not a lot of potential for generating electricity back. Duh. So it’s not such a good idea environmentally to build turbines there either. Wind power has a big advantage over other renewables in that it’s comparatively well-developed and mass-produced, and as such the costs have fallen by about 80% in the last 20 years. Perhaps if we gave funding to technologies which are currently much more in their infancy (such as biofuels and wave power) then we would see much more viable and economically sound (as well as environmentally sound) alternatives appear in the not too distant future, instead of the low output and highly unreliable entity that is on-shore wind.


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