All entries for May 2006
May 30, 2006
May 27, 2006
Writing about web page http://www.transl8it.com/cgi-win/index.pl?convertPL
wotz d point of "txt spk"? ive nevr encountered a situAtN whr I Cnot uz normL, decent eng; my syntax mA tAk a hit – "cmptr ded" az opOzD 2 "my cmptr iz ded" – bt I considR DIS a minor prob; failing dat I c%d alwys spred it Ovr two msgz; iz "propR eng" rly not wrth 10p (i.e. d 10p on top of d 10p 4 d msg U hav 2 snd anyway)? 2ndlE, I find it EZer 2 uz normL wrds thN 2 uz dEz "abbreviations" (rED: abominations ;) ) since Ive Bin spkN & writiN coReclE 4 somwher rownd 2 decades, bt hav nevr felt d nEd 2 embrace this… this… unnecessity. NEway, itz l8, so datz bout d limit of my near–sleep debating skiLz, so I'll jst finish w "DIS 'txt spk' crp iz aL a load of bolX".
10 points to the first person who can tell me what the hell I just said…
Another 10 points to the first person that can list all the normal English words the translator couldn't cope with; a hint: they're usually the long ones most in need of abbreviating.
May 21, 2006
You'll probably remember that the Lottery spent several million pounds a few years ago on, among other things, doing–up their logo. I was going through some old files on my computer the other day when I came accross this image of the old (right) and new (left) logos that I found online ages ago:
I think whatever they spent on it was probably too much…
If you've ever watched the Lottery and wondered who the guy is that does the voice–over, then wonder no more:
That's a shot from the BBC News report on the Fathers for Justice invasion of the National Lottery set on Saturday (20th).
I'd always wondered who he was…
May 17, 2006
May 11, 2006
Well, actually, a funny thing happened just now as I decided to take a break from sitting down and left my room to wander around downstairs.
I have one of those little Victorinox key rings with tweezers, a little knife, scissors, a screwdriver/nail file, and an LED, and some time last term (I can't remember exactly when) I lost the tweezers. Presumably they got pulled out when I took my keys out of my pocket at some point; I was pretty sure it was in the house, and thought it might have been in the entrance hall. Anyway, just now as I left my room I noticed something catching the light from the window on the floor outside my door; I thought it was a bit of the plastic strip that makes getting into DVDs easier, and was going to ignore it but decided to pick it up and – assuming it was said plastic – throw it away. What should I find instead, but the tweezers I'd lost. So, yay.
Coincidence? I'm thinking "pretty much"...