I did my laundry today, and did some shopping, and sorted some things out and there's nothing I want to tell ya! It's been a decent day. I'll have more time tomorrow, there should be something then.
Onion Story For People Moving House Of The Day: here
Posted by Keir Hardie at 7:05 pm
I am drinking D&G Ginger Beer, which is now a lot easier to get than it was when I discovered it to be the good stuff as a teenager. Then it seemed to be a Jamaican speciality only available in the most cosmopolitan areas, but now I can get bottles of the stuff in Farmfood, and it's still nice, even if it's from sunny Welwyn Garden City. Research revealed that Desnoes & Geddes are proper brewers, and that Red Stripe is one of their products. It also turns out that they were taken over by Guiness in 1993 and so are now part of Diageo, who like all huge corporations, have a special page about how socially responsible they are.
For all his money, Bill Gates hasn't bought www.billgates.com - it's a shitty search portal page. Perhaps he can't buy it - perhaps because it's him they go 'that'll be five hundred squillion pounds!' Foolish of him not to get it at the start though. It's amazing all the people that don't have websites. Ben Stiller doesn't have a website. How does he remember what movies he's got out?
On Tuesday night I had two spare things to talk about. I forgot one of them on Wednesday and another on Thursday so that's why I'm rambling like this.
Pfff... ummmm... that['s it really. It was a good day today. Feels like one of those days when I didn't do much but I've got quite a few things done... oh yeah... and I found my hat!
See ya around
Sound of the day: the dripping tap
(it's only an illustration, I haven't provided the sound so don't be clicking furiously away and getting all frustrated and flicking the Vs at yer puter)
Posted by Keir Hardie at 7:09 pm
Yesterday I could not connect to Google. I deleted my google.com cookie, not bothering to delete any other google cookies, and it was fine. I am so clever I can remember things I read on the internet a few days ago.
The other day I saw a graffito in town. A very stupid one. PAUL IS GAY it said, in chalk. What's the point of that? That provides almost no information whatsoever. Ever were it something that mattered to me, for instance if i were a chap or a lady with an interest in a Paul it doesn't specify which one. There are so many Pauls it could refer to that statistically many of them must be gay, even if we ignore all the Pauls outside the area, that it might as well have said DAVE WEARS GLASSES. I asked some of my contacts for the lowdown, but the results were inconclusive. The ghost of Albert Grossman swore blind that the ghost of John Lennon did it one night recently while out of his face on Night Nurse, but my good friend Mohammed Al-Fayed is convinced that the Duke of Edinburgh did it in an attempt to smear Henri Paul. Jesus told me he did it and I told him I thought it was rather childish and it's about time he got over the Paul thing. I mean enough already. You kinda have to wonder if it was wishful thinking.
See ya around
Tree of The Day: Baobab
Posted by Keir Hardie at 4:07 pm
I am in Starbucks again, trying to figure out why fair trade coffee is a niche product here. I think AMT is 100% fair trade now, and Costa's 10p extra for fair trade anything has long since given way to a no-cost option, although this does beg the question why would anyone choose exploitative* coffee if not to save money? Perhaps someone like David Irving or Cheney might get hard at the thought of the exploitation* but I expect that mainly Costa is happy to make more money from people who wouldn't mind fair trade coffee but haven't given it a great deal of thought. But Starbucks - ooh, Starbucks is a different matter. As I said, their fair trade coffee is a niche product, and it has taken me some tim to ascertain exactly how available it is. Last time, the first time I confronted my confusion and tried asking for fair trade, I asked if I could have the latte made with the fair trade. No, was the answer. Not feeling in the mood for a game of cheese shop I asked in what forms I could have the fair trade. Rather than reveal such a coveted secret she told me I could have what I asked for after all. It was perfectly pleasant.
Today I learned more. The fair trade coffee is available on the two options on the 'freshly brewed' section of their board, regular black coffee (yuck) or misto. It was explained that they use a special blend for the latte - they do seem to take some care with their coffee - but it seems a shame that their boffins have been unable to devise a more ethical special blend just using coffee, without spicing it up with yummy exploitation*. I plumped for the misto and it was ok, but not great, a bit like the coffee you get in a pot on a hotplate in outdated hotels, council chambers or buffet cars, and not very strong, one step up from instant. Why do Starbucks feel the need to use exploitative* coffee at all? Are they making such a slim profit? Written on one of their cute little blackboards was 'We only purchase 1-2% of the world's coffee production' - this to me is a curious use of the word only.
Tomorrow: More on google connectivity!
See ya around
mp3 of the day: Ivor Cutler - Good Morning! How Are You? Shut Up! (from Ludo, 1967)
*note that the use of the word exploitative/exploitation in this article doesn't necessarily mean that, just that it doesn't carry the fair trade mark. I'm sure if I look there are stupid fucking leaflets telling me how ethical the coffee is.
Posted by Keir Hardie at 2:27 pm
I had a good day today. How about you?
Not much time, more tomorrow.
Just heard that the great Ivor Cutler is dead, here's an mp3 and a photo.
Man Of The Day: Ivor Cutler
Cold Potato, Live at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 10 March 2002
Posted by Keir Hardie at 8:32 pm
I'll tell you how I got blogger to work yesterday. Research revealed that the cookie contained a 'server-id' - so whenever i tried to go to blogger it always assigned me to the same dodgy server. I looked up how to delete the www.blogger.com cookie in my browser of choice, did it, went back to blogger, logged in and it was fine. I haven't had a problem with google since then so I don't know if it's a similar issue but I imagine there's a good chance. I aM Teh R0XX0RZ @ teh C0MPT0RZ lol!!!!!!! That's what I'd say if I was twelve.
For the past few days I've been getting up around 8. My sleep patterns have been a bit of a mess recently so I'm enjoying it - long may it last!
My girlfriend has just got a new flat which is very nice and she's very happy about it which is even nicer.
I bought a cake you heat up in the microwave earlier. I'm looking forward to it. It better be nice. I still manfully struggle to escape the tyranny of settling for the microwave. I'm better than that! But I used the oven last night and left it on again. I WILL train myself not to!
It was a lovely day today, I was out for a bit, not too cold, nice and bright, not much snow on the ground. But don't get me started on snow again.
See ya around
Stamps Of The Day: Iraq 1957
Posted by Keir Hardie at 6:12 pm
A couple of great links for you first
Television Without Pity
Bad Album Covers
I succeeded in putting some things on a CD-RW today, that I'd been wanting to for months but had being having trouble with a beligerent burner. It gave me little trouble today. At first the burning software couldn't see my burner, but i outsmarted it by looking around the back to see if it was plugged in and cunningly plugging it in when I saw that it wasn't. I'm so good with computers. That reminds me. I'll tell you what I always thought was weird on Star Trek. Mister Spock's Computer. The name suggested that it belonged not to Starfleet like the rest of the Enterprise but to Mister Spock, that it comes with him. Jealous captains with crappy ordinary computers probably bitched to each other: "I'll tell you what, that's a mighty fine computer but I wouldn't want it on my bridge, you have to take Mister Spock too. Didn't Mister Spock claim that his first name was unpronounceable by humans? I think that's bollocks. We seem to be able to pronounce the names of other Vulcans. And would his dad be so cruel as to give him a name that his human mother would be unable to pronounce? The pride of his human side must have made him lie because he felt that his first name was embarassing. I can think of two possibilities here: either it was a name that sounds unfortunate it English, or it was a name doesn't sound exotic enough in English. Like Shitwanker Spock, or Geoff Spock. But why did he not just make up a suitable first name, so he could be Zargon Spock or something? Perhaps to avoid embarassment with the parents. Imagine the parents see him with his chums. His mum yells "Yoo-hoo, Geoff!" and his friends go "Geoff? What's this, Zargon?" and his mum goes "Zargon?" and everyone on the ship points and laughs and shouts "Geoff!" forever and his mum gives him a thick ear.
See ya around
Bad Album Cover Of The Day: Battleaxe - Burn This Town
STOP PRESS: I had a lot of trouble connecting to Blogger (i.e. Google again) to post this - but then I found out how to solve it easily! Find out tomorrow!
Posted by Keir Hardie at 7:22 pm