I wonder if new surgeons feel like this? Thursday, Jun 4 2015 

Cracked open my 4 year old lap top today to see if I could fix an overheating problem.

That’s a nervewracking time – wondering how delicate it all is in there. (I’ve done stuff in towers before, but that was easy things, drives, and they are designed to be like Lego, and easier to get into).


How to seduce a writer. Friday, Mar 9 2012 

Good advice from Neil Gaiman.

In my experience, writers tend to be really good at the inside of their own heads and imaginary people, and a lot less good at the stuff going on outside, which means that quite often if you flirt with us we will completely fail to notice, leaving everybody involved slightly uncomfortable and more than slightly unlaid.

So I would suggest that any attempted seduction of a writer would probably go a great deal easier for all parties if you sent them a cheerful note saying “YOU ARE INVITED TO A SEDUCTION: Please come to dinner on Friday Night. Wear the kind of clothes you would like to be seduced in.”

And alcohol may help, too. Or kissing. Many writers figure out that they’re being seduced or flirted with if someone is actually kissing them.


I ain’t dead… Monday, Feb 13 2012 

…to quote Granny Weatherwax.

Between writing my ‘book’ (currently at 80,000+ words) and planning the Kriegspeil for this coming Saturday, I’ve been a bit busy, computer-wise.

The Kriegspiel is getting to be a bit big:  not only am I lead Umpire (PANIC), but it looks like 10+ attendees.  It’s different in concept to other K-S I’ve played/helped umpire: it’s all about the planning.  I joked that I’m looking forward to the 19th, as I get my inbox back!

Sunday I will (hopefully) publish an AAR, plus the rules I wrote, along with the counters etc.

Hello Readers, everywhere. Friday, Jan 13 2012 

I keep track of hits by using the WordPress stats page.  It also alerts me when I have new followers etc.  I can’t help but think most of you are disappointed most of the time.

This blog is so eclectic that what ever you subscribed to is probably only a fraction of my output, and the rest of it is of very little interest!

2011 in review Sunday, Jan 1 2012 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Especially for my Daughter-In-Law Sunday, Dec 4 2011 

zombie cheesus chocolate bunny 

zombie cheesus chocolate bunny

zombie cheesus chocolate bunny

HMRC ‘tax repayment’ email scam Monday, Jul 4 2011 

 I received an email yesterday from HM Revenue and Customs, advising me of a tax repayment of £385.50. There is an important lesson here. When pretending to be from HMRC, do not send your phishing lines to former HMRC employees. Especially those who know there is a specialist email address for the public to forward such emails to.

Any British readers who get an email purporting to notify of tax repayment should forward it to


its the .gsi.gov.uk that tells you its a real government address – GSI is Government Secure Interface. HMRC DOES NOT contact via email, due to the insecure nature.

Complete History of the Soviet Union… Wednesday, May 11 2011 

as seen through the eyes of a humble worker.

What’s wrong with being a grammer Nazi? Wednesday, Apr 27 2011 

There is a very real difference between “your” and “you’re”, or “affect” and “effect”. If you point this out people whine that ‘language evolves’, ignoring the fact they are making no sense.

If someone says 2+2=5, correcting them isn’t being a maths nazi.

Your Future, Googled Tuesday, Apr 19 2011 

Randall Munroe, the writer of XKCD has Googled a bunch of search terms and years. Based on this he can predict the future.

Sherlock mixed with David Mitchell – Yeah, I can live with that Thursday, Sep 16 2010 

I’ve just taken the “Which BBC personality are you” quiz on the BBC website


I got

Based on what you’ve told us, if you were a BBC personality, you’d be 

40% BBC One’s Sherlock [this is the 2010 version]
30% David Mitchell from Mitchell & Webb
30% Dalek from Doctor Who

 You probably seek your own path through life, and this is reflected in the TV and films you watch. You tend to be loyal – once you’ve found something you love, you stick with it, and watch every episode. Quirky and unusual storylines appeal to you, whether it’s comedy or drama, because you’re an individual.

Not sure about the Dalek bit though (but come to think of it, a laser would come in handy).

A year’s worth of dots Thursday, Mar 11 2010 

Cluster Maps clears once a year to stop it becoming just a red smear. This is the one that will disappear soon.

After the break a list of visitors by country (more…)

Kadir-Buxton for World President Friday, Jan 29 2010 

You will be amazed what this man has done- whether persuading Gorbachev to end the cold war, or advising the UN on deep drill wells.


He has a list of amazing inventions (on the left of the page). Did you know a woman’s G-Spot has a colour?

Converting DOCX files for pre Windows 7 Word Tuesday, Jan 26 2010 

My wife had a job application form sent to her in .DocX – *X is the new file format for Windows 7 and IS NOT Backwards compatable (thanks MS!)

So some advice (after an hour sodding about trying to read the forms). IGNORE the programmes you found on Google that say they will convert. They are all limited versions, and if you want more than 1 page you have to pay upwards of $20 for the licence.

INSTEAD MS site has a update that makes old versions of Word ‘Forward Compatable’ – CLICK HERE

Now when you are emailed something with a docX file save it without trying to open it (a folder you can find easily)

Now when you use OPEN in your older version of Word navigate to where you saved the download, set the file type to All Files (so that the docx shows up), and double click on the DocX documents. You can then resave as a normal Word Document (make sure you set the type before saving)

Who Are Yer? Tuesday, Jan 26 2010 

I get a regular trickle of hits on my home page- this may mean a few of you are interested enough to visit regularly- more regularly than I write.

I also appear to get hits from all round the world- from Japan to Slovenia. What did you find on Google that made you click here.

Oh- Hi to Dana, SEB, ***Dave and Thomo the Lost.

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