And for anyone else watching Masterchef: The Professionals at the moment…Claire Hutchings FTW. There’s just something about those beautiful eyes 🙂
Recently I have found myself banging my head against the wall dealing with a number of very tedious, very frustrating technical problems ranging from how to get HP’s stupid bloated printer drives to work properly through to how to get the muppets in charge of our website to stop messing up my MX records.
Invariably, this amount of head banging leads to an increase in Google searches, and I have come to a startling discovery. Google’s smart searching (Google Instant*) that attempts to guess what you’re about to search for, is very very accurate. To the point where it actually completes the phrase I’m searching for before I’ve finished constructing the phrase in my own head.
I have therefore concluded that their recent StreetView project that involved a Google Van (probably more than one) trundling up & down the country’s roads taking photos was in actual fact a cover for a more sinister project where they hide mind control devices in cunning places (for example under a drain cover, in a bush or in your neighbours wheelie bin). For now these mind control devices are simply extracting our thoughts in order to construct useful search engine phrases, but mark my words, Google has nefarious plans for the human race.
Disclaimer: This post was written because I’ve had a shit day at work and felt like being silly. But you have to admit, Google Instant is very accurate…
I’m posting this because I love the video. No matter how shit my day, this always cheers me right up :0)
Today I received a rather unusual phone call from the CEO’s assistant, telling me my name had someone found it’s way onto a list of employee’s invited to one of the Buckingham Palace garden parties.
Now, I must admit, I am curious about what actually goes on at a royal garden party, and part of me would like to say “what the hell, sure, I’ll go”.
Unfortunately though, I find all of the kowtowing before anyone in a position of authority a little bit ridiculous. I mean, they’re just regular people like us, right? Two arms, two legs etc.
I know from past experience the amount of behind the scenes work that goes on for weeks before a royal visit. Walls are unnecessarily repainted, brass plaques are buffed right left and center and, oh my god, there are dead leaves on the ground. Quick, someone get a hair dryer and blow them away in case HRH spots them.
It is for this reason that I feel I must sadly decline the offer. That, and the fact that I’ll probably puke violently all over the palace lawn (and anyone unfortunate enough to be within spitting distance) as soon as someone offers me a cucumber sandwich. Oh well, cest la via.
As I sit here shivering in the sub-zero temperatures currently affecting the UK, I realised that it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, so I thought I’d share my latest project.
As many folks will know, World of Warcraft Cataclysm is just around the corner. I’ve been playing WoW this weekend, and am loving the latest updates and new quest lines. What I don’t love, however, is the constant gold spam that I get in the chat window. Gold spammers, if you don’t know, are the bottom feeding scum that sell you virtual WoW gold for a real life fee. I hate gold spammers, and I hate people who use their services. I also hate the fact that Blizzard seems incapable of providing an in-game filter to block this drivel from my screen.
To that end, I have decided to set about writing my own add-on that will block gold spammers from my screen. I know that there are probably add-ons out there that can do this kind of thing (I happen to use SpamMeNot, and find it quite effective), but I’ve been wanting a new project for a little while, and this seems as good as any.
This will very much be a “learning as I go” project, as I have no experience writing WoW add-ons (although as a sysadmin, I have a fair bit of experience with other programming languages such as VB, Perl etc). More information about the add-on (which I have dubbed “Cas”) will follow, so stay tuned folks!
I’ve seen Beardyman performing before, and while there are other beatboxers with similar skills, I’ve yet to see one come close to the level of Beardyman when it comes to sheer entertainment value. What this guy can do with a mic and a couple of Kaos pads continues to astound me. The guy’s a legend.