All entries for August 2005

August 23, 2005

Hello to all the Mark Jarvis's in the world!!

Writing about web page http://thisaddressdoesnotexist.co.uk

I got an email from a fellow Mark Jarvis from Dublin in Ohio USA today! A few months ago I got an email from an Australian aswell!
So on that note..

I’d like to say a BIG HELLO to all the Mark Jarvis’s in the world!

Keep punching our name into Google and you’ll keep finding this blog! Further down in the list you may even find ThisAddressDoesNotExist.co.uk, Jarvism.com, Me on Facebook, Me on MySpace

If your name is Mark Jarvis, comment here maybe saying a little about yourself and we’ll see how much of a great name it is and how we are taking over the world!!! Saying that, there will probably only be 2 lol


August 19, 2005

25p/Meter Network Cable + Other Networking Services

Writing about web page http://thisaddressdoesnotexist.co.uk/networks/

For those of you in OFF CAMPUS accomodation and want to share out broadband between everyone for cheap, I offer cheap networking services to students in the Warwick & Coventry University Catchment areas for reasonable prices, Wired AND Wireless. Check out the above link for details

If your capable & have the gear to do it yourselves, then I can make network cables MADE TO MEASURE for 25p per meter.

25p PER METER NETWORK CABLES

CAN YOU FIND ANYWHERE ELSE CHEAPER???

CONTACT ME IF YOU WANT SOME!

So, To make it more blatent, 20 meters is £5. Thats a damn long wire for not much at all. 5 meters is £1.25, and just to rub it in, did you buy cable from lazerlizard or gigante computers last year? How much was it, and how long? Hmmmm, sorry mate!

Available from 4th September onwards, you may need to pick up cable yourself from my house in Earlsdon, or we could arrange to meet on campus. I don't drive so if you want me to deliver to your door, I may charge 150% the bus fair to cover the fare and my time to your house if you want me to deliver to your door!!

Erm , what else, oh yeah, if you subscribe to NTL, please quote the referer Alex Turton. And if you get a phone line, go with TalkTalk from that link!

If you think you might take me up on any of this, cable or full networking of your house, or want to ask about anything else I might be able to help you with, contact me, particularly if you want to get large amounts of cable. Then I might be able to sort it out before I move back to uni making it all quicker! Feel free to leave comments if you want aswell, preferably logged-in so I know your not bullshitting me.


August 15, 2005

Brighton

I've been quite busy these past few weeks and havent had a chance to blog. About 2 weeks ago, I went to Brighton and Chichester for a long weekend with Sophie. Brighton is cool, and the weather was great. It was unusual for me to look out to sea and not see Kent. The extraordinarily large seaguls are also rather scary!

The Laines in Brighton contain so many random shops, including a massive sweet shop. The only place I have seen thats better was in Germany! There was also a large shop that was kind of like a market and Sophie was in her element surrounded by tons of old rustic goodies and general junk. I spotted things like a authentic Thunderbirds Tracey Island and Classic rotary telephone etc. Even an ancient LED calculator, and one of the first mobile phones thats about the size of my house!

Up near the beach there were lots of small display areas where artists were displaying their paintings of sunsets and copper-art sculptures. I have seen quite alot of small metal piping men riding motorbikes and things like that but someone had made a full size one which must have weighed a tonne! There was also a park outside the Pavilion which, although it was packed, was really nice to chill out in.

Chichester reminds me of Kennilworth but with more history. The clock at the center of the town at the cross of north, south, east and west roads which are cobbled and pedestrianalised is a symbolic statement of its hisotry. Even recent shops like Boots and Woolworths seems dated as they have Logos from back in the day. Chichester, especially where Sophie lived, seemed refreshingly quiet and peaceful after the buzzing atmosphere of Brighton. Sophie's house is also amazing, I like her parent's style, hehe. It contained quite a few elements of what I'd like in my own place.

The train journeys between Brighton and Chichester and back to and from the London connections revealed some really great scenery. The south downs being one: Far reaching fields with rolling hills in the distance looming over another town with large cathedral and church type buildings illuminate by sunshine filtering through clouds casting rays of light on the landscape while surrounded by ominous skies. I tried to pull my camera out but wasn't fast enough unfortunately.

It was a really cool weekend, and seeing Sophie and meeting her family was cool. One of her sisters certainly made a lasting impression with the whole "Loser, Jealous, You know it" routine, it cant really be described in words! Oh, and thanks to Sophie's Mum and Dad for putting up with me for a few days!

While in Brighton, Sophie took some Polaroids, they are here:


August 12, 2005

Mark & Chris vs. South Essex

The week after I went to Sussex, me and me best bud Chris hammered the bikes and went randomly around roaming the streets of South Essex. We started with obviously south east Essex being where we lived and being kids at heart we went to a park. In the past we used to go to parks alot, they are good places to just randomly chat and have a bit of a laugh. Its a kids park with swings etc. and there were a decent amount of kids on the roundabout which we spun up for them. Later though, when the children disipated, we took it upon ourselves to do some EXTREME SPINNING. Several things come under this categorisation, including lying down face down with your upper body overhanging the edge so that if you cant hold yourself up, you'll get cut up! Thats something Chris does. There is also spinning it up very very fast and balancing yourself on the top outter bars using the spin force (Centrifugal Force to people in the know!). I invented that one, and here I am in action…

Another thing I tend to do is extreme swinging where I go up nice and high and lift myself slightly so that on the decent I slam down and send shocks through the frame of the swings. Chris on the other hand, had some trouble with the swing in the first place and got a bit tangled. Luckily Chris later got used to the swinging thing. But he has a slightly unusual way of doing it.

The next day we decided to make a repeat of last year and cycle to Hadleigh Castle – Our route. This involved cycling the entire seafront until we got to the boat yards in Chalkwell, then going onto Twotree Island and going most of the length of that. While we were there we noticed that the tide was coming in… very VERY fast, fast enought that you can watch it creep over the land. Quite spookey. Anyway, we then cut directly accross Twotree island which is an island mostly of just grass and bushes and marsh where people fly RC planes etc. We cut straight through the grasses and aimed for the very distant Castle on the top of the hill a few miles away. This involved going through cow fields. We did this before last year and were shit scared because we were little pussies. The first field wasn't bad, then we got to the railway crossing. The trains here pass at about 70mph since its the longest stretch on the railway between Leigh-on-Sea and Benfleet, but we were not scared of the trains going past so fast only a few feet infront of us making a massive gale, huge noise and the ground shake… We were more scared of the KILLER COWS on the other side of the fence…(well Chris was, I'm a hard bastard obviously)

Well anyway, we got accross and then had to climb the massive hill to the top. Its a very serious ascent since you start at only about 2 meters above sea level and then climb to several tens of meters in the space of about a tenth of a mile. Ultimate "MegaRange" gearing is still incredibly hard to climb with. Once we got to the top though, it was satisfying. The view was good, although it was far better the year before with beaming sunshine. We went to the edge of part of one of the hills and looked parallel with the coast to get this photo of the main east tower ruins of the castle. Not a fantastic photo but I forgot to bring my proper camera so my phone had to do. Chris then decided to climb up the inside of the tower.

When we left, we went back a different route which involved dropping back down to sea level down one monster hill about a mile long. With pedalling at full blast and taking full advantage of gravity, some serious speed was acheived. Its always hilarious doing this though since the hill is littered with cow pats so you are always trying to dodge them, its also bumpy and often dodging cow pats also means jumping over them! We came accross some kids coming up the hill on bikes aswell and a classic moment happened where both Chris and I both jumped over a ridge in the ground at the same time and landed simultaneously at a speed fast enuff to hear the spoke on our wheels wiring. The kids just looked shocked! That hill was great. We then found our way home via a wheat field until we found Leigh-on-Sea train station. Then it was more urban and we followed the coast home in the evening.

The folllowing day, sparked from our afternoon in the park, we decided to get on the train to Pitsea where Chris knew of a really good park. I forget the name of it but it had rip-wires, a cable climbing frame, a tilted roundabout platform, a hamsterwheel and really unusual things like that. On the walk to the park there was a large spray painted cock on the ground which Chris decided to sit on… Knobend!

He wasnt quite so pleased later on when he got stuck. One of the "rides" is like a pole that stands about 8 ft high and can spin on its axis, but its slightly tilted. You sit at the very top of it and others can spin you around and rock it about. For something so simple its really shit scary! Chris almost shit himself and then got stuck trying to get off!

One unusual ride they had there was a raised roundabout platform which has nothing on it but is tilted. The fact its tilted makes is surprisingly hard to stay on it! Especially at the edges. I went on it and it was hard enough without Chris then coming and kicking it round making it jolt! I started to loose my balance and got thrown outwards but luckily I have good balance so ended up landing on my feet running! Chris on the other hand made a nice dramatic fall where he fell, slid accross it feed first, then kinda folded round the edge to land the other way around! We took videos of all this but all I can put on here are frame captures…

One of the really hard to find rides they had there was a human sized hamsterwheel!! It was great. There were a group of chavs there who thought they were great (as usual) but they tried to go upside down and just fell out of bounced about inside. They then left it alone with bruised bodies and bruised egos as EVERYONE watched them make fools of themselves. Chris and I had a go though, Chris spun it up and I went upside down multiple times! I could do it myself but could never go as fast as when Chris spun it! Its great fun, you can do it in line with the wheel when you do it yourself or facing out the side like here:

I would recomend having a go of this thing to ANYONE, its great!!!!
Anyway, numerous other rides were tried, including one whic is like 2 seats hanging from the ends of a beam of wood supported high in the air. As you rotate it the rope holding the wood winds up so you get higher and higher and eventually spin really fast in the other direction as it un-winds, fast enough that you are thrown out… or thrown off and bury yourself into the woodchip ground! There is much great childish silly fun to be had in that park!

After that, we went to tesco and got some food and drink, I discovered I love Orange and Banana Juice! We went home and that was the end of our few days of randomness. Soon to come was the week back in Uni where Chris joined me in helping out Helen with her landscaping. I'll write about that soon.


August 06, 2005

Brighton

I've been quite busy these past few weeks and havent had a chance to blog. About 2 weeks ago, I went to Brighton and Chichester for a long weekend with Sophie. Brighton is cool, and the weather was great. It was unusual for me to look out to sea and not see Kent. The extraordinarily large seaguls are also rather scary!

The Laines in Brighton contain so many random shops, including a massive sweet shop. The only place I have seen thats better was in Germany! There was also a large shop that was kind of like a market and Sophie was in her element surrounded by tons of old rustic goodies and general junk. I spotted things like a authentic Thunderbirds Tracey Island and Classic rotary telephone etc. Even an ancient LED calculator, and one of the first mobile phones thats about the size of my house!

Up near the beach there were lots of small display areas where artists were displaying their paintings of sunsets and copper-art sculptures. I have seen quite alot of small metal piping men riding motorbikes and things like that but someone had made a full size one which must have weighed a tonne! There was also a park outside the Pavilion which, although it was packed, was really nice to chill out in.

Chichester reminds me of Kennilworth but with more history. The clock at the center of the town at the cross of north, south, east and west roads which are cobbled and pedestrianalised is a symbolic statement of its hisotry. Even recent shops like Boots and Woolworths seems dated as they have Logos from back in the day. Chichester, especially where Sophie lived, seemed refreshingly quiet and peaceful after the buzzing atmosphere of Brighton. Sophie's house is also amazing, I like her parent's style, hehe. It contained quite a few elements of what I'd like in my own place.

The train journeys between Brighton and Chichester and back to and from the London connections revealed some really great scenery. The south downs being one: Far reaching fields with rolling hills in the distance looming over another town with large cathedral and church type buildings illuminate by sunshine filtering through clouds casting rays of light on the landscape while surrounded by ominous skies. I tried to pull my camera out but wasn't fast enough unfortunately.

It was a really cool weekend, and seeing Sophie and meeting her family was cool. One of her sisters certainly made a lasting impression with the whole "Loser, Jealous, You know it" routine, it cant really be described in words! Oh, and thanks to Sophie's Mum and Dad for putting up with me for a few days!

While in Brighton, Sophie took some Polaroids, they are here:


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