Sunday, April 30, 2006

Checkout: basket of the week PS

Thursday's customers reappeared at my checkout on Friday - not quite as bizarre she said - this time lots of wine, packets of maltesers and flowers. Unfortunately I was busy so didn't get a chance to quiz her.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Checkout: basket of the week

This one was just bizarre

  • 10 500ml cartons on double cream
  • 6 bunches of spring onions

I think I discussed with the customer the possibilty of bathing in the cream whilst throwing the spring onions over oneself.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Never mind the quality..

..look at the render time!

This terragen render took around 36 hours - with a bit of post-processing with the Gimp. It could do with a little more post-processing - that horizon is distinctly iffy!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Glitter and be gay

I enjoy this piece of Bernstein's Candide too much so a quick link!

Had only heard the piece before so appreciated the characterisation.

The Sendoff


My brother-in law and family are emigrating to Canada next month. We had a farewell meal on Good Friday - the full photo album is on my home webserver.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Checkout: basket of the week

From a lady in her late 50's - clearly living on her own -
  • 4+ bunches of raw beetroot
  • 10 bags of potatoes
  • 7 bunches of spring onions - `The pakistanis got the rest of them'
  • etc.
all heavily reduced and best before the end of today. Clearly shopping is the important thing and not whether you're going to use them!

London this is Washington

From the writeup in last week's Radio Times:

JFK admits to a headache is he "hasn't had a woman in three days", while Macmillan blusters at being offered a hamburger and delights in retiring to bed early with a good Trollope.

I assume from the hamburger between the 'woman' and the Trollope the conjunction is accidental?

Easter Garden - WIP


This is getting a bit late but it still needs more work - maybe in my days off this week. Generated with Terragen but it needs a little post processing. Doesn't look much like Jerusalem but which Easter Gardens do?

Those spammers...

My name is Dmitry Sergeev and I am the manager of a Human Recourses departament of U.F.I.S. PE (Ukrainian Folk Instruments Sales).

The purpose of this message is to draw Your attention to a vacant position of a financial manager.

But first of all - a few words about our company:

We are a Ukrainian company producing specialised hand made Ukrainian folk instruments, such as Trembita, Bandura, Tsymbaly. We have been producing exclusive instruments for collectors from all around the world, for over 15 years now. Some of our clients prefer to receive an instrument with gold strings or inlaid with diamonds and rubies and we take the highest pride in our workmanship. Now we are a company with 15 years experience. Duping this time more than 15000 people have purchased high-end items from us.

Getting more inventive, but I love that 'duping this time'!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

1970's chorus books

I laughed a lot at this Dave Walker cartoon - maybe because we haven't got this week's Church Times yet - maybe because I was there in the 1970's..

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Mike Douglas' Licensing


Went over the border last night to Hawarden to see Mike Douglas being licenced as team vicar at St Deniol's Church Hawarden.
Took a coach from Macclesfield and apart from a slighly alarming moment (for some of us) when the service details were distributed in Welsh and English - there wasn't much Welsh - sighs of relief from the furriners - and Hawarden is very nearly in England - the service and the refreshments were much enjoyed. Pictures of Mike greeting people after the service and of Frank Haslam and Graham Turner - an ex and the present incumbent of St Michael's Macclesfield in animated conversation - no doubt discussing the vicarage plumbing!


Full photo album is on my webserver and if that's down I've put the pictures (no pretty album) here

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Explaining open source

This article gives a good way of explaining the difference between open and closed source to technophobes.
To communicate the importance of the ‘freedom to tinker’ that free software bestows on its users, for example, I invite people to ponder the absurdity of not being allowed to modify other people’s recipes for, say, Boeuf Bourgignon or fruit scones. I often make BB without using shallots, for example, and just chop standard onions into largish chunks.

It goes on to compare recipes and recipe mixes.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Waltzing in the Aisles?

What is YouTube for? Thanks to PianoStreet I find this video of a Chopin Waltz I can't imagine the context with the guy in a surplice, but there's worse: Etude Op 25 No 12 the piano sounds throughly prepared a la John Cage, I suppose the hands go up and down appropriately but I'm not sure about many of the notes!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Basket of the week

Processed this one yesterday:
  • some bottles of soft drink
  • around 15 bottles of wine
  • electronic tooth brush heads
  • pack of condoms

Total of around £180 - the order in which he used them was probably important...