Where have I been? Not here blogging thats for sure, I do hope you can forgive me, dearest Reader. So, I almost hear you ask, what has been keeping me away from you? I’ve been pretty busy, making new friends, catching fish, harvesting coconuts and I’ve developed a successful business trading in Turnips.
In case that doesnt mean anything to you I’ll explain. I’ve become a little obsessed with a game called Animal Crossing Wild World. I bought Paul a Nintendo DS for Christmas and to begin with we were happy with the Brain Training and Deal Or No Deal that came with it. We did Brain traing every day on holiday in Goa, sometimes on the beach 🙂
I had also ordered a M3DS Real and a 8gig micro SD card to hold the games. Basically, this little beauty lets you download and run games on the DS for free. There are lots of “Homebrew” games out there, people writing games themselves and releasing them for free. There are also places where you can download copies of official DS games and they’ll play just like real cartridges. The former is legal(ish) and the latter, well I’ll let you make your own mind up.
So like 2 years after everyone else, I’m totally absorbed in the world of Animal Crossing. I recently made a million selling turnips and I’m hokked, I find that I have to play at least twice a day!
If you want to come and see me, in the town of Sheffeld, my friend code is 2062-8243-4779.
I must try harder to post something of substance very soon, just been very busy of late. Until such time as I get my arse in gear, please be enjoying this film.
How pleased am I now, that for all these years, Paul always brought a pack of plastic drinking cups on holiday with us.
Dont play this if you dont like the F, C or D word, actually if you dont like those words piss off now, youre not welcome here!
Just before we went on holiday, I put through an order with Be* for superfast broadband. Its what they call a LLU (Local Loop Unbundled) service, basically they have their own equipment in the local BT telephone exchange and can offer much higher speeds than BT.
With a BT based “up to 8meg” product, the best I could hope for was the 2 meg I was already getting, you can see how I felt about this by studying the green face on the chart.
With the new Be* connection promising up to 24meg, I’m getting around 8 meg, you can see how this makes me feel by studying the chart, this time reffering to the yellow face.
I did the speed test very soon after hooking it, the modem currently suggests that it may be syncing a bit faster now, I just cant be bothered to turn off all my downloads to test it at the moment.
In fact, I may need some new hard drives for christmas, the current 4 x 250Gb are pretty full and now my machine is sucking the entire Internet into itself at an alarming rate!
Over at Are you sure you want to know? Michael* is looking for a name for his pussy.
He’s chosen the first 10 names suggested in his comments and put them into a poll.
Sadly my suggestion fell outside the first 10 comments and was discarded, so frankly I dont care what he calls it!
*I always have to look twice at Michael, I always want to put the e before the a.
Ms Mac tagged me for a meme with specific instructions.
Here’s what you need to do :
A. Upon receiving this tag, immediately perform a screen capture of your desktop. It is best that no icons be deleted before the screen capture so as to add to the element of fun.
You can do a screen capture by going to your desktop and pressing the Print Scrn key (located on the right side of the F12 key). For Macs, press shift-option-3 then look for the .png file on your desktop. Open a graphics program (like Picture Manager, Paint, or Photoshop) and do a Paste (CTRL + V). If you wish, you can “edit” the image, before saving it.
B. Post the picture in your blog. You can also give a short explanation on the look of your desktop just below it if you want. You can explain why you preferred such look or why is it full of icons. Things like that.
C. Tag five of your friends and ask them to give you a Free View of their desktop as well.
D. Add your name to the list of Free Viewers below with a link pointing directly to your Desktop Free View post to promote it to succeeding participants.
The list of Free Viewers so far is:
Oh god, it’s so boring isn’t it? I cant even claim its because of my recent re-install of Windows. Its always like that, well, I VERY occasionally add a wallpaper if I’m really into something. I picked up this minimalist habit way back in the days of 486 CPU’s. This was when every ounce of performance was needed and cosmetic touches like wallpapers and shadows under mouse pointers were deffo not needed. Maybe in these days of mega CPU horsepower I could relax a little 😉
Stuff.txt is a little file that I’ve been using for a 5 years. Its a sort of scratchpad/jotter thing, ideas for blog posts, stolen memes, addresses for people that I send birthday and Christmas cards to, all kinds of junk really. In fact I just found this in there 🙂
«´¨`•° Andy °•´¨`»
Yeah, I know, its a bit lame really but I must have liked it whenever I copied it from somewhere.
Photo project.txt contains an idea I am working on for (you guessed) a photo project. I don’t want to say too much but its an idea to illustrate a song through photos, probably been done before but I (think) I have a twist.
Perhaps I ought to have done this meme on the laptop, it actually has wallpaper, albeit a pre-installed Vista one.
D) Done and Done.
The company I work for started using this “holiday pay fund” scheme in April this year. At the time, I was dubious and after Googling around I found some concerns about, if not its legality then certainly the morals of employing it in my case.
Sure enough, as you can see in the picture, barely 6 months later the Government want it stopped.
Now, I know you’re thinking, that this is an unusual thing for me to comment on, but did you spot the real reason?
Yes, that’s right!
A widespread scam* in which employers and staff avoided national insurance on holiday pay is been stopped.
Sheesh! A schoolboy error, or what?
If you go there now, you’ll find it has been fixed, though sadly they havent changed the “last updated” stamp or owned up to the error 🙂
*Scam is the BBC’s word, not mine, please don’t fire me!
The pain in my neck and left arm is still there and so is the numbness/pins and needles in my index and middle fingers. You’ve probably already noticed the reports of a worldwide shortage of Ibuprofen, I’m practically living on the things, hope they are low in calories! I’ve done some Googling and hopefully this is just the result of some pressure on a nerve and should get better on its own.
I would say “fingers crossed” but they’re so numb I would’nt notice if they were 🙂
On top of this, I’m a bit freaked out to discover that my husband is older than Homer Simpson. I know! I can’t either! Apparently, Homer is 38 years old, given the choice I’ll take my sugar daddy Paul, over Homer anyday!
Still loving Heroes after the 2nd episode but probably more entertaining are Sharon’s emails after she watches each one! They’re full of OMG’s and wild speculations, I love ’em!!
Paul had his Flu jab today, so far no sign of any martyr-like behaviour, so that’s good, though I had to roll my eyes and tut when he went for it yesterday and found the surgery closed, he’d gone a day early 🙂
We now have Channel 4+1, wow, I mean really, 80% of the stuff we watch is on Channel 4 so this has really opened up options for us. How sad are we? But it works for us 🙂
I’ll leave you with this thought, after seeing Lindsey De Paul on Breakfast the other day I couldn’t help but wonder….. Separated at birth?
Lyndsey De Paul Pete Burns