Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category

A short preview of Sky’s new EPG

June 8, 2008

Half way through this video is a preview of Sky’s new EPG which should be available on Sky HD boxes from autumn 2008

Click here to watch the video


Snowdon Walk

July 16, 2006

Yesterday we did another practice walk for the 3 Peaks Challenge – this time it was Snowdon in Wales. Let’s just say that I’m feeling the results of it today! Don’t forget that you can sponsor us by clicking on this link Justgiving – NDCS 3 peaks Challenge to pledge your money You can see some of the photos from the day on Flickr by clicking this link

Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It

May 12, 2006

While stumbling around the net I came across a great little article, written by a girl, which pretty much hits the nail on the head 🙂

In the wide world of dating, there are many options. Do you go for the flashy guy with the smooth smile, or the dude in the corner typing away on his laptop? The following are reasons why I think my fellow females should pay more attention to the quiet geeks and nerds, and less attention to the flashy boys.

1.) While geeks and nerds may be awkward, they’re well-meaning 9 out of 10 times. That smooth dude with the sly grin and the spider hands? Wonder what HIS intentions are… plus, I’ve never had a geek guy not call me when he said he would. Score major points THERE.

2.) They’re useful. In this tech-savvy world, it’s great to have a b/f who can make your laptop, desktop, and just about anything else that plugs into a wall behave itself.

3.) They’re more romantic than they’re given credit for. Ok true, their idea of romance might be to make up a spiffy web-page with all the reasons why they love you, with links to pics of you and sonnets and such… but hey. It lasts longer than flowers, plus you can show your friends.

4.) Due to their neglected status, there are plenty to choose from. You like ‘em tall and slender? There are plenty of geeks/nerds who are. You like ‘em smaller with more meat on their bones? Got that too.

5.) They’ve got brains. Come on now, how can intelligence be a bad thing?

6.) Most are quite good at remembering dates. Like birthdates and such, especially if they know it’ll make you happy. Due again to their neglected status, they’re more attentive than guys who “have more options”. Plus, with all that down time without a steady girlfriend, they’ll likely have mental lists of all the things they’d love to do once they GOT a girlfriend.

7.) Sex. Yep. Sex. I’m not really familiar with this myself, but I’ve friends who’ve been intimate with geek guys and it’s raves all around. They say a virgin wrote the Kama Sutra… all that time thinking about sex, imagining sex, dreaming about sex, (they are male after all) coupled with a desire to make you happy? Use your imagination.

8.) They’re relatively low-maintenance. Most can be fueled on pizza, Twinkies and Mt Dew. No complicated dinners needed here, so if you’re not the best cook, eh. Can you order a pizza?

9.) Most frequent bars as often as slugs frequent salt mines. You won’t have to worry much about your geek guy getting his “groove” on with club hotties because, frankly, he’ll be too busy rooting around under his computer wondering where that spare cable went. You won’t have to worry about him flirting with other women because, 9 out of 10 times, he’ll zip right by them in a perfect b-line towards the nearest electronics store. I’ve seen this happen. Me: “Eww. Victoria Secret’s Models… They’re so skinny. How is that feminine? You can see her ribs!” Geek Guy: “ooooooo…” Me: “Hey!” *notices he is staring lustfully towards the computer store* Geek Guy: “What?” Me: “Never mind…”

10.) Although he may not want to go to every outing with you, you can arrange swaps, as in, you’ll go to his Gamer Con dressed as an elf princess if he’ll take you to the ballet. Plus, if he doesn’t want to go someplace with you, you won’t have to worry much about what he’s up to. You’ll probably come home to find him asleep on his keyboard in a sea of Mt. Dew cans with code blinking from the screen. It’s ok. He’s used to this. Just toss a blanket over him and turn out the light.

11.) His friends aren’t jerks. I can’t stress this enough. You’ll more likely get “Omg! A GIRL!! Can I see?!” than “Hey hot stuff back that ass up here and let me get some grub on…” They’re awkward geeks too and will, 9 times out of 10, treat you with the utmost respect and, more than likely, a note of awe. A cute girl picked one of their clan to date? It could happen to them! Hope! Drag some of your single girlfriends over, open up a pack of Mt. Dew, crack open the DnD set and get working. Nothing impresses geek guys more than a girl who can hack-n-slash (well ok maybe if she can code… a geek can dream).

12.) They’re rarely if ever possessive. They trust you, so you can be yourself around them. You like to walk around the house in a ratty t-shirt for comfort? He won’t care. He does too! They won’t get pissy if you don’t wear make-up or don’t want to bother primping your hair. If you gain a few pounds, they won’t try their best to make you feel like crap.

13.) They’re usually very well educated. Physics majors and the like. See #5. You won’t have to listen to him blathering on about his car (ok maybe a little), he’ll have loads of other interesting things to talk about. Politics, world events, how much the chicken burgers down at the local place rock, so long as you douse them in hot sauce…

14.) You’ll almost never have to hear, “Yaw dawg whazzap!!” plop out of their mouths. Unless it’s in jest. They spell properly, use correct punctuation, and are able to tell the difference between the toilet and the floor. They almost never get “wasted”, so you won’t have to worry about coming home to find him and his friends passed out on the floor amidst a pile of beer bottles. Mt. Dew cans, perhaps…

15.) And the final reason why geeks and nerds make great boyfriends: They actually give a damn about you. Not how you look (though that’s a plus), not how skinny you are, not how much make-up you primp yourself up with, but they like you for you. That kind of thing lasts longer than “DaMN baby you got a fine ass!!!” Believe me.

Read the original article here: Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It…

Peat Bog Jumping on Kinder Scout

May 1, 2006

Last weekend we went on a practice walk for the 3 Peaks Challenge, it was an 8 hour walk over Kinder Scout in the Peak District. We had a great day, but on top we found a lot of peat bogs – this video shows how we had to cross some of them!

Don't forget that you can sponsor us by clicking on this link Justgiving – NDCS 3 peaks Challenge to pledge your money

You can see some of the photos from the day on Flickr by clicking this link

How to put on a plaster so that it lasts more than a day

April 28, 2006

This is a great video hosted on which demonstrates what to do with a plaster (elastoplast) to make it last longer than a day. If you can't see the embeded player, click here to see the video on The audio's in Japanese, but you should get the idea from the pictures. I tried the technique when I had a blister on my foot – the plaster stayed on more than 3 days!

M1 Motorway – Junctions 21 to 30 Widening and Improvements

April 14, 2006

The highways agency wants to widen the M1 motorway between junctions 21 and 30. Here's the details on their proposed plan:

The M1 motorway is a heavily used strategic route linking London with the Midlands and the North. Up to 150,000 vehicles per day use this section of the M1.

We propose to improve approximately 50 miles of the length of the M1, between Leicester (J21) and Chesterfield (J30), by widening those sections that are currently three-lane, to four-lane motorway.

We also plan to improve this stretch of motorway to current highways standards by:

  • re-surfacing with low noise materials
  • reconstructing and/or improving bridges
  • improving all junctions
  • adding new improved exit signs
  • installing new technology (e.g. electronic messaging signs)
  • building new signal gantries at 1km intervals

The Need to Widen

The road was built in the 1960s and designed for use by 67,000 vehicles per day. Today, it carries up to 150,000 vehicles per day and it is significantly congested at peak times, during roadworks and incidents. This causes delays and increases the risk of accidents.

The scheme will:

  • ease congestion
  • improve journey times
  • improve journey time reliability
  • improve safety

You can see all the details on their page here (not Firefox friendly!):

NDCS 3 peaks Challenge

April 9, 2006

In August myself and a group of friends – Martin Powley, Bev Parry, Chris Birch, Doug Hale, Jonathan Shaw, Paz Chauhan, Mark Woodfield, Chet Patel, Scott Hall will be attempting to climb the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales respectively within 24 hours.

We will be raising funds for The National Deaf Children's Society. We're attempting to raise £5000 – to help us along please sponsor us by visiting Justgiving – NDCS 3 peaks Challenge to pledge your money.


April 2, 2006

Take a look at this Google video, it's of a 500kV Switch Opening in the nevada desert – incredible. 500kV Switch Opening – Google Video

Welcome to my new blog

April 2, 2006

Hello and welcome to my new blog. I thought I'd give blogging a go, so here you find a few of my random thoughts and findings and hopefully some useful information as well