Year: 2005

links for 2005-12-23

French car number plates will soon stop showing the department where the car is registered When they did that in Italy a few years ago, people complained and started adding their own stickers with the regional code to the new-style

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Let’s not forget Gay Christmas

I have booked myself into a cheap hotel in central Athens from 18 to 22 May 2006, along with some friends. Flights reservations to follow soon. It is not a coincidence that the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 takes place that

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links for 2005-12-22

Gadget recycling foxes consumers | BBC NEWS | Technology The little-known and unfortunately-named European Weee (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive will make it mandatory for consumers to responsibly dispose of their old gadgets. (tags: gadget electronic recycle waste europe

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Half of me is supposed to be radiant

While queuing at the supermarket yesterday I spotted this headline on the cover of the latest Elle UK: Revealed: the £7.50 face cream that’s so good we don’t wear makeup anymore! (or something along those lines anyway) Of course I

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links for 2005-12-21

End nears for Mac version of IE | BBC News | Technology And just yesterday I have set the alarm (and failed to wake up) one hour earlier than usual to fix a freelance project for IE/Mac, the nightmare of

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links for 2005-12-17

HairTell Hair Removal Forum: Shaving Chest Useful advice if you want to epilate your chest: ‘Go buy a big bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, or White Port wine, drink most of it, stumble into the bathroom, yell “Let the battle

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The icecream experiment

Having a corner shop just, well, around the corner means that we are never more than five minutes away from any sort of tempting food, from eight in the morning to ten-thirty at night, seven days a week. As you

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links for 2005-12-16

The Penguin Podcast: A Christmas Carol – Episode 1 Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ free podcast from the Penguin website, in five daily instalments. (tags: podcast dickens achristmascarol download literature) Microsoft Express Editions Visual Studio Express free for a year. SQL

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Sugar and spice (and 2,194 calories)

I am exceptionally posting from work because Dr B.’s upgrade of the modem/wireless router resulted in no internet access from home. So Christmas has officially arrived in our household: I bought two oranges to be decorated with cloves. I found

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The devil makes work for idle thumbs

And if the devil is equipped with a Braun Silk-épil, you can go from being moderately hairy-chested to the whole plucked chicken look, including life-like bumpy rash, all in the space of half a Madonna album. Not a good look.

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We will not be homeless after all

The sale of Dr B.’s flat fell through just as he had obtained an additional mortgage to purchase a bigger property. The buyer does not have access to the moneys until July. We had visited a lovely top-floor loft-style warehouse

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links for 2005-12-12

FDNY Calendar of Heroes 2006 | Naked City Boys Meet Joe Ortega, FDNY Firefighter/NYC Go-Go Boy. Only in New York. (tags: calendar firefighter newyork gogoboy)

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What is morning wood?

Morning erections have nothing to do with dreams of sexy ladies – or sexy men, for that matter. I had a hard time pointing at the toilet bowl after waking up today, and all I was dreaming of was that

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links for 2005-12-06

NASA ditches IE in favor of Firefox | Behind the Curtain at TCG ‘The official line is that the newest IE vulnerability was the proverbial straw, and now NASA’s standard browser is Firefox’ (tags: browser firefox internet microsoft news opensource

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We are soon to be homeless

Dr B. has received an offer on his flat. This is the flat we share and that he put on the market two months ago in order to move to a larger place with a second bedroom (which is already

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links for 2005-12-02

RocketFM -|Griffin Technology ‘RocketFM uses any available FM frequency to transmit audio through your home, car or office stereo system.’ Only 40USD, but I have a feeling this is unfortunately illegal in the UK. (tags: audio mp3 radio wireless)

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Last night I favoured Little Britain over Madonna

If the latest documentary on Madonna had been aired five years ago, I would very likely have set two VCRs – and watched the broadcast itself – just to make sure I did not miss it. Last night I ignored

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Congestion charge

Working as a temp provides many perks. Leaving on a whim, for example. Taking long breaks between assignments is another one. Switching employers if relationships are less than ideal, or putting up with bad conditions knowing that you’re out of

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links for 2005-11-30

The Towleroad Guide to Brokeback Mountain | towleroad A collection of resources on the short story by Annie Proulx recently brought to the silver screen by Ang Lee. (tags: movies brokebackmountain annieproulx anglee cinema gay) Government sites ‘fail disabled’ |

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links for 2005-11-29

Don’t put another dime in the jukebox | CNN.com A growing number of establishments are allowing patrons to ‘bring their iPods and other portable music players and, for as long as the bartender allows, share their personal favorites with the

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The Red Heart Ball was not a success

The Red Heart Ball held to raise funds and awareness of Worlds Aids Day was probably not a success, unless it filled out in its later hours. It was empty at 9 when we arrived at Koko after warming up

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links for 2005-11-27

List of Academic Lecture Podcasts | Productive Strategies Learn Biochemistry while gardening, or learn about The Question of Human Nature while commuting to work. (tags: audio audiobook content free howto mp3 podcast technology university study)

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links for 2005-11-26

Madonna is more a padder than a scrubber | Popjustice.co.uk Stuart Price, producer on ‘Confessions On A Dancefloor’, tells of how Madonna skillfully wiped the coffee she had spilt over his white carpet using only a kitchen towel. She really

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We are proud to announce that this weblog contains no misspelled wirds

Dr B. alerted me upon the fact that the advertising poster for Adrian Mole and The Weapons of Mass Destruction contained a typo. Ah yes, our autumnal evening dinnertime chats are so exciting! I checked it, and it says exactly

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Take That to reform but without Robbie

‘Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange and Mark Owen announced at a London news conference on Friday that they are reuniting for an 11-date arena tour starting in April.’ (Reuters.co.uk) I’m trying to come up with something really really nasty

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links for 2005-11-25

How to say ‘I am sorry’ in twenty-six languages | The New York Public Library Just don’t say it to Madonna, ’cause she don’t want to hear — she don’t want to know… (tags: sorry language madonna confessionsonadancefloor music) Yahoo’s

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One tiny zimmerframe-assisted step closer to old age

Had he not died twenty years ago, my father would celebrate his eighty-seventh birthday today. I feel old. By the way, this is not a photo of my dad. I have a few with me in photo albums I took

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links for 2005-11-24

Working Drafts: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 The WCAG Working Group has released Working Drafts of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and HTML Techniques for WCAG 2.0 and a First Public Working Draft of Understanding WCAG 2.0. Guess what

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Move it with Madge: the fitness video for aging disco bunnies

Success! I made a dent into my month-long gym hyatus by using my secret weapon: Confessions On A Dancefloor, quite possibly the greatest workout album ever produced. At 56 minutes and 28 seconds, it covers exactly the duration of my

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links for 2005-11-23

How Riya Recognition Works ‘[…] our algorithms work only because we are typically looking for 100-ish unique people in your albums. If we tried to look for 1 million unique people in your photos our accuracy rate is almost zero

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