You had me at suicidal, demon-possesed, cliff-jumping pigs


Pie charts


I lol’d my cat this Christmas. It’s far enough behind me now that I can talk about it openly. It’s an easy trap to fall into :
  • I was sorting out family photos
  • I came across pictures from last Christmas
  • Some of them were of my cat
  • I was weak
It’s a sad but familiar story. As part of achieveing closure on this whole sorry episode I need to come clean so here they iz (I mean here they are, dammit) :


Great/appalling web site names for fashion conscious Goths who like a good play on words :


The Player of Games

I have just bought myself half a PlayStation 3 as a Christmas present (I’m coming to the “half” bit in just a sec). I never seem to get tired of acquiring games consoles. My current collection includes :

  • PlayStation 1
  • PlayStation 2
  • PSP
  • XBox
  • XBox 360
  • 2 Dreamcasts (one Japanese import)
  • Nintendo DS
  • Nintendo Game Cube
  • Nintendo GameBoy Pocket
  • I have been playing Metal Gear Mobile on my Nokia N95 recently but I’m not sure that counts

I think that’s all of them. I still don’t have a Wii. The crazy thing is I hardly ever get time to play them. My son is too young to be really interested in video games yet and my daughter is only really interested in the Nintendo DS.

The PlayStation 3 sneaked into my life as a result of the following conversation. I have no idea how this came about, but as you can see my wife is actually talking me into buying a PlayStation here. I wasn’t dreaming. This really took place :

Wife : I still have nothing for you for Christmas. What do you want?
Me : I don’t know. I have everything I need.
Wife : How about a Wii ?
Me : Are you seriously offering to buy me another game console ? Wow, you really are out of ideas then.
Wife : So you don’t want a Wii?
Me : I just don’t think we’d use it. Lots of people I know have them and they used them a lot to begin with and then it just tapered off and now it just sits there and they hardly ever use it.
Wife : Well what about that other one then ?
Me : What, PlayStation 3 ? They’re nearly twice the price of the Wii.
Wife : We could go halves. You could buy me the other half for Christmas.
Me : You want half a PlayStation for Christmas ?!
Wife : Well, can you think of anything better ?
Me : No. I can’t. But I think you will, probably sometime between when I order the PlayStation 3 from Amazon and Christmas morning and then there will be sulking because you’ll have forgotten this was your idea.

NB : I’m trying not to sound too keen at this stage. In fact, this is a god send. My wife is hard to shop for and I’ve just used up all my good gift ideas on her birthday.

Wife : Oh well. If you don’t want to…
Me (sensing the moment slipping away) : Although…now I think about it, you can play Blu-ray movies on a PS3 and we did talk about getting a Blu-ray player…
Wife : OK. That’s settled then.

You see. Job done, zero pain. I’m thinking this could in part be because I have recently sold off one of my guitars and perhaps I’m now below some secret guitar/console quota she has imposed in retaliation for my “one-in-one-out” shoe/handbag policy.

But now, on reflection, I see that this may only be the beginning. The thing is I don’t watch much TV and as a result I still have a lumbering, 5 year old CRT television set which was fine…until the whole PlayStation thing happened. Now I will have Blu-ray which is pointless unless you have HD. I can feel a big, flat screen, HD Ready 1080p looming on the horizon as I type. I don’t need one…I don’t think I even want one…but it’s there…waiting…




In other news…

…Randy Bumgardner (who is a real person) has a blog and a photo courtesy of the US State Department. It makes you wonder how many other names Mr and Mrs Bumgardner discussed before they decided that Randy had a nice ring to it. Also, when Heinrich and Gretchen Baumgartner arrived at Ellis Island all those years ago and were told that it was Bumgardner or nothing, how long did it take them to decide not to get back on the boat ?

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même jambon…

So, a couple of weeks a go one of the guys on my team at work starts complaining that his other half keeps making him ham and mustard sandwiches for lunch…every day…same thing…and he’s not getting a lot of sympathy from the guys who make or buy their own lunch and rightly so. I mean, his other half works too and she’s taking time out each night or morning or whatever to make him lunch. Anyway, a week later and no change at which point opinion start’s to come around. He should drop some hints about fancying something diffferent. But, he doesn’t want to hurt her feelings and it sounds like her feelings are easily hurt so…dilemma. The third week rolls around and now there is a general consensus that something has to be said. So over the weekend he finally dropped some hints. Now I don’t know if her feelings were hurt or not but he arrived at work this morning with a ham and mustard baguette.

My WWJD t-shirt has arrived.


Great Offers from Amazon

Amazon have just made me this great offer :

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Some one at Amazon is not paying attention. If only that offer was the other way round.
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