Red dot of doom
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | Author: Dav

Has anyone out there (besides me, of course) ever used that little mouse / touchpad replacement on an IBM laptop that looks like a red dot, feels like a bit of eraser on the top of your pencil?

How did they come up with this? This thing must have been designed by the Devil HIMSELF.

Its true. I had a loaned laptop, and it was an IBM. Being away from my normal desk, I didn't have a mouse. No problem I thought, lets just use the touch pad. WHERE, pray tell, is the touch pad? *gasp*

No touch pad.

Just the left and right mouse / laptop buttons.

I used it for 20 minutes. 20, amazingly long, finger numbing minutes. I think I have a permanent finger cramp now. Or even some form of obscure CRT.

I hate you Red Dot ™

Dav out

"I came across a saying in Arad Doman. 'The more women there are about, the softer a wise man steps.' "
My list can beat your list!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 | Author: Dav

I've had to explain in brief a few items on my list to a friend, namely:

  • Learn more VB or basic programming.
  • Build a killer robot.
  • Build a normal robot.
  • Attend social gatherings (but not too many, cant have the case of family-itits)

Learn more VB or basic programming

He's told me off on my choice of programming language. Well in my defence I did say "VB or some basic programming" which would include (but not something I'd want to look at seriously) .Net, ASP and maybe PHP.
Aless is recommending that I take a look at Python and Ruby. Now, usually, I'll stay away from hippy non-windows stuff, but Python does run on Windows, so I'll take a look at it when I have the time.

Build a killer robot.

Build a normal robot.
Aless has a wonderful idea on how I can incorporate both robot ideas! As you can see above, I've had to strike out the killer robot plan. But now, thanks to Aless, I can accomplish both.

In his words: (Or as close as I can remember them)

You need to build both robots. Then you'll have a robot that kills, and the second robot made as a perfect replica of the killed person, to replace the person.

One word. PERFECT!

All I'll have to do is pick a target, and then build a robot, and make it look like my target. Then, build a killer robot (should be easy), send the killer robot on its way, and when the job's done, send the masquerading robot to take his / her place.

Attend social gatherings
I'm an IT Geek, as so he's kindly pointed out. We don't like going out and dealing with people. But I like food and I like some good drinks and all that warmth that comes with a good night out with people you feel at home with.
To sum it up:

X "hey lets go to that party"
D "will there be people there?"
X "well, sure, its a party remember?"
D "will there be food and drink there? Free?"
X "um, sure?"
D "I'm SO there!"

I hope, that my list can now beat your list Mr. Aless.
Never mind the fact that he's a lazy person and never updates his blog any more!

Dav out
Survival of the fittest
Monday, January 05, 2009 | Author: Dav

I've just half way recuperated from a murder attempt involving a sore throat, the sniffles and one A/C unit set to stun 16° Celsius. If this was Cluedo, it would be in the hall, with the A/C, by the butler.

It strikes me that if you know someone well enough, you could come up with at least 5 ways to kill them. 10 ways if you use them twice!

Stay with me on this one.

Lets say you know someone has an allergy to almonds, you could maybe try:

  1. Buy some almond extract, and make some Almond Cookies. Serve. Wait. Dead!
  2. Buy some hand wash or shampoo that contains almond extract. Wash. Wait. Dead!
  3. Make a gun that shoots almonds. Shoot. Dead!
  4. Trick said person into eating almonds. "What, these? Nah these aren't almonds, these are.... Prunus dulcis!" Serve. Eat. Dead!
  5. Get bitter almonds, process its oils, take out the old chemistry set, and WHAMMO bitter almonds may yield from 4–9mg of hydrogen cyanide per almond. Buy. Mix. Insert weird chemical process here. Serve. Wait. Dead!

Of course, this is just if you were trying to go out and um, fix someone for leaving the A/C on till you developed pneumonia like symptoms.

Dav out

The skilful employer of men will employ the wise man, the brave man, the covetous man, and the stupid man.
2009 list-a-thon
Saturday, January 03, 2009 | Author: Dav

I've taken steps to post my 2009 list because that 0.2% of extra effort requires I do so!

Said list:

  • Learn more VB or basic programing.
  • Breed Koi / Japanese carp.
  • Take a few road trips.
  • Swim. Swim more then I do now.
  • Work out more. This would be in tandem with the 'swim' above.
  • Make use of that microwave. Hot water and instant noodles don't count.
  • Weed, fertilize and spruce up garden.
  • Build a killer robot.
  • Build a normal robot.
  • Go fishing.
  • More woodworking and electronics at home.
  • Try my hand at welding.
  • Work with metal.
  • Build a portable metal charcoal BBQ (you should have seen this one coming!)
  • Maybe, just maybe, build that gaming PC.
  • Attend social gatherings (but not too many, cant have the case of family-itits)
  • Fix that leak in the wet kitchen roof / wall.
  • Bake more.
  • Cook more.
  • Bake more.
  • Hug people.
  • Sample more foreign beers.
  • Get my hands on some real brewing yeast.
  • Learn to brew beer / liquor.
  • Brew mead. Been there, done that. Need real yeast.
  • Take more picturesque photos.
  • Paintball. Got to have paint ball in 2009.
  • Learn to paint with oils.
  • Take over the world
So far, that's about all I can come up with. Its late, I've only slept for 4 hours in the past two days. Time to crash. But maybe a few pages of that book before bed!

Dav out
2008 revisited
Friday, January 02, 2009 | Author: Dav

In comparison to 2007, the year 2008 was a wicked, wicked year.

And not that kind of wicked either. The bad kind.

People passed away. Friends moved on. Funds dried up. The list goes on and on.

I aim to make 2009 a much better year. How, pray tell, will I make it a better year?

Well, with plenty of good cheer, health and family. That translates into: "Plenty of booze". I don't believe in New Year resolutions, mainly because I know I'll break them 2 hours later. What I do believe in is making a list of items you'd like to work on, and applying 0.2% more effort to them.

I've got my list, where's yours?

Dav out
Happy Newt Ear!
Thursday, January 01, 2009 | Author: Dav

Just like that, 2009 creeps up to you from behind, and pounds on your head with a sock full of quarters.

Or... something like that.

I'd like to wish everyone I know (and don't know, just in case you mistakenly came by the blog)a very happy and bountiful 2009.

May the New Year bring good fortune, and health to you.

Dav out
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