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Date:2003-09-30 20:12
Subject:Funny cat video clips

Someone at work sent me this clip at work today (warning: windows media file, about 3 MB).

Very funny. Don't watch it whilst eating. It's not gross, but it could cause choking.

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Date:2003-09-04 22:56
Subject:Which circle of hell is reserved for You?

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Second Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Very Low
Level 2 (Lustful)Extreme
Level 3 (Gluttonous)High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Moderate
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Very High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Very High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)High

Take the Dante's Inferno Test

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Date:2003-06-14 22:06
Subject:The perfect cup of tea: According to George Orwell

This is a 1946 newspaper article by George Orwell on the *right* way to make a cup of tea. He had fairly fixed ideas about it by the sound of it "Here are my own eleven rules, every one of which I regard as golden...".

Does anyone else have any strong views on Tea making?

I realise that, as someone who uses teabags instead of loose tea in a pot, I'm not speaking from a position of strength, but I shudder every time I see people put sugar or milk in the cup before removing the teabag. Every has to draw a line in the sand, and that's where mine is.

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Date:2003-06-05 21:59
Subject:My Roleplaying shame.

Ultimate Roleplaying Purity Score
CategoryYour ScoreAverage
Will kill for XP
Sensitive Roleplaying74.68%
Will talk after everyone important's been killed
GM Experience90.58%
"Um... You guys are in a 10'x10' room..."
Systems Knowledge91.95%
Played in a couple of campaigns
Livin' La Vida Dorka57.47%
Has interesting conversations in public
You are 74.96% pure
Average Score: 67.4%

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Date:2003-06-01 23:52
Subject:Guerilla Parenting

Some of these are excellent. I'm going to design my own additions I think. Starting with "Pick that up!".

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Date:2003-05-28 07:13
Subject:Subversive newspaper vendors?

On my way home through central London last night I saw two sandwich-boards advertising the Evening Standard (a London newspaper). The headlines, conveniently next to one another, read:

"Latest on Big Brother", "Tony Blair flies to the Gulf".

For non-British readers, Big Brother is an inexpicably popular tv series here.

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Date:2003-05-11 20:31
Subject:Zelda has stolen my weekend.

I should have realised before I bought it, but I've lost an entire weekend to Zelda (on the Gamecube). Is there a Zelda Anonymous community? I think I'm going to have to go "cold-turkey" if I'm going to get anything done in the next week or so.

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Date:2003-04-17 07:30

In a followup to alfhild's post about the current gun amnesty over here (in which one woman handed in 72 guns), someone has handed in a rocket launcher.

Ok. I know it's an amnesty and all that, but try and imagine someone cheerily wandering into the police station with a rocket launcher under his arm. If I were a policeman I don't think I would have been able to resist dragging him off and locking him up until he told me where he'd got it from.

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Date:2003-04-15 22:04

I heard a darkly funny but true story today about a charity for the blind that was forced to close in the '80s due to"financial irregularities". It turned out that the entire board of trustees were completely blind, except for the treasurer. You can imagine the rest, I am sure.

I keep saying this, I know but you couldn't make it up, could you?

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Date:2003-04-09 22:00
Subject:Test your geography knowledge

This is an excellent online geography quiz. Shamefully, I only got 78 out of 111 points on Europe (don't worry, there's only 37 questions). I blame the new Russian republics myself. It was easy when they were all just "Russia" (mutter, mutter...).

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Date:2003-04-08 00:02
Subject:Cheerful entry

To balance the grim note on which I finished my last post, have a look at these busts (work safe :). They made me smile.

I can see a new LJ icon or two in there...

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Date:2003-04-07 23:54
Subject:Morbid wife

My wife alfhild just asked me, "If you woke up and found I had died in the night next to you, would you lie there sadly or start screaming?". It was an effort not to start screaming there and then. I chose "lying there sadly". She then asked "well, for how long?". I think she's getting in touch with her Inner Goth. Light a candle for me, people.

As a quick nod to the continuing invasion of Iraq, this link is a good, boiled down version of the various reasons/excuses given for the war in the months before it all kicked off. Good for a few bitter laughs.

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Date:2003-03-29 10:50

As a cost cutting measure, all future journal entries will be auto generated.

The Management.

Presumably plans are afoot to create a program which will automatically read them for you as well.

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Date:2003-03-26 21:50
Subject:Godwins Law be damned

In 1992 I spent 3 months in America working as a summer camp counsellor and travelling around. I loved America and have always wanted to go back. I was worried when Bush Jr. was "elected" and like many people, I have been opposed to the actions of the Bush administration since Sept 11. I mention all of this because today I stumbled on this post by angiej.

I know that Godwins law says that an argument is effectively finished (or at least has ceased to be rational) the moment someone draws an analogy to Hitler, but it's becoming harder not to start drawing parallels between the US now and pre- WW2 Germany.

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Date:2003-03-26 20:40
Subject:Gory cat

Filthy and Fatty were both behaving very suspiciously yesterday. They stayed out most of the evening, popping in only briefly to grab a bite to eat, before leaving without so much as a meow of acknowledgement. I only mention this as background to the fact that this morning, Fatty came padding up to us spattered in dried blood. Naturally , our first reaction was "Oh my god, are you hurt?", but it gradually became clear that it wasn't his blood. Filthy is still alive and well, so we'll be watching the local news tonight with added interest.

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Date:2003-03-17 22:32

I have just come out of our kitchen, where I had rather a shock. The lights were off and there were rays of light coming up through the cracks in the floorboards, clearly visible, even though our ratty old vinyl flooring. Read more...Collapse )

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Date:2003-03-13 23:51
Subject:Spain/England, what's the difference?

Mad time at work. Our software has been in development for over a year. Deadline is in 3 weeks, but huge chunks are still not finished, because various managers keep adding requirements that they should have given us over a year ago, but forgot about until now.

Important note: The whole thing was designed around UK addresses and maps. 2 Weeks ago, management calmly inform us that they have taken the first orders from customers...in Spain.

1. Spanish addresses look _nothing_ like English addresses.
2. We are using a map coordinate system unique to the UK (which management were well aware of).

I wish I was making this up. Maybe I should post a photo of the door to my workplace here.

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Date:2003-02-10 00:05
Subject:The Midwich Rats.

We've known for some time that there is a large nest of rats in one the gardens nearby, but they've been keeping a low profile for the last few months. This morning however, I almost tripped over one.Read more...Collapse )

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Date:2003-02-01 21:09
Subject:And the worst part is...

...I thought to myself, "I'll answer this as honestly as I can, rather than playing it for laughs".

I am 85% Evil Genius

I am pure evil. I lie awake at night devising schemes of world domination, and I will not rest until all living souls bend to my will.

Take the Evil Genius Test at fuali.com

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Date:2003-01-29 07:00

This article is quite touching. Some days I need my faith in people restored a little, and that did the trick.

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