All entries for December 2007

December 31, 2007

The Big Fat Blog Entry Of The Year 2007

Follow-up to The Big Fat Blog Entry Of The Year 2006 from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

If I'm not careful, this will become a tradition...

Also apologies for typos and broken links; this is long and I'm lazy...


I offered half-price Free Nothing, Orange cut our broadband off, I ranted about "Coming up, after the break"... twice, and we got our broadband back.


I discovered <optgroup>, and I discovered the meaning of "passive aggressive".


I lamented at how recent Sonic games have been lousy, I discovered that "had had" is more widely accepted than just "had", and I dispelled a few myths.


The Internet properly came to the Wii, and I bought a power meter.


I celebrated Star Wars Day, I complained about Eurovision, the United States of America was visited by Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, I complained about call centres (bloody Indians, staying over there stealing our jobs)*, we didn't actually lose Eurovision, I saw Tony Robinson live** again, I had some questions about global warming, and was baffled by stupid eBayers.


Channel 4 appeared to be heartless bastards, I voiced my hatred of MySpace, I had a birthday (twenty...something. I loose track...), my eyes were irreparably damaged by the sight of the gaudy monstrosity that is the 2012 Olympic logo, Safari came to Windows and I was somewhat disappointed, the BBC had a stupid headline, I devised a fantastic new Spelling Alphabet, mollycoddling school kids wasn't being taken far enough, and Tony Blair was named peace envoy to the Middle East and I was desperately hoping it was a joke.


The Smoking Ban kicked in and is fantastic, the Toyota Prius hardly needs a driver, I pondered religion, and was concerned about household gas.


I couldn't understand why people were surprised by how clean toilets are, I was annoyed by "humanoid", and the Summer might have been the wettest since records began.


I was confused by politics, I customised my new mobile phone... twice, I compared browsers using a religion metaphor, and I didn't have enough money to buy the greatest keyboard ever devised by anyone anywhere ever.


I thought of a brilliant joke too late, it was announced that Sonic the Hedgehog will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, I really wanted a secret underground lair, the BBC kept cancelling Top Gear broadcasts for tripe, and I found a great video.


Abbey are bastards when it comes to fines, my blog had another birthday, someone parked a Smart Car, I came across a truly inspiring quotation from Theodore Roosevelt, I made a little boat, I bought a new tripod, and the government lost a few people's personal details.


I discovered a dangerous virus is fortunately a hoax, I launched the Cheapskate Carbon Offset service, I had Christmas, and I blogged about the year.

So there we are. A surprising amount of content given I hardly seemed to blog this year...


* Satire.
** As in "he was there", not as in "the opposite of dead".

December 24, 2007

Richard Hammond Meets Evel Knievel

This film was shot in the Summer of 2007. Presumably it mentions this to reassure anyone who thought the documentary might involve zombies or seances...

December 23, 2007

Cheapskate Carbon Offset

Writing about web page

The idea of Carbon Offsetting is that when you do something that produces greenhouse gasses, you then do something else which reduces them. But what if you don't want to have to pay for it? Well, that's what Cheapskate Carbon Offset is: you don't give us any money, and we don't plant a tree for you.

December 22, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #10 Penny Arcade

Penny Arcade is a webcomic written and illustrated by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. It focuses mainly on video games, the video game industry, and gamer sub-culture. It is fantastic and hilarious, and is well worth a look.

Here's a handy link to the first comic. There are currently a little over 1,360 of them... (If you use Firefox, Pennypacker may come in handy for tracking your progress)

December 14, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #76 iPhone Insurance

Watchdog recently ran a report on Carphone Warehouse sales staff incorrectly informing customers that if they didn't buy Carphone Warehouse's own insurance for their new iPhone that they would need to take out a second contract if it was stolen, meaning they were paying for two contracts but had only one phone.

On the off chance that there are still some ill-informed staff out there, make a note of Watchdog's number (020 8535 1000) and head to your nearest Carphone Warehouse. Enquire about an iPhone and if they give you the line about the insurance, say to them, "Hang on a sec," then get out your phone and ring Watchdog then say something along the lines of:

"Watchdog? Yeah, hi. I'm in Carphone Warehouse right now, and you'll never guess what? They've just given me the line about insurance! I know, and after you've mentioned it twice! Sure, it's [Insert City Here]. No problem. Bye. [To Salesperson] Sorry, where were we?"

December 09, 2007

Life is Beautiful

Writing about web page

I just recieved the email described in the above page from a friend, so thought it worth drawing people's attention to this page from Symantec (Norton).

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