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Wednesday, 18 January 2006

An alternative to reality?

I've had so many fleeting thoughts over the past ten days, but haven't taken the opportunity to focus them into a bit o' typing... my own fault, really - preferring to potter around the house, or play daft games on the PS2 (we bought a three game set of the classic Rayman series, and they're really silly!). We bought some reasonably economical wireless controllers from Asda to save any nasty trip accidents - the children gravitate to the cables - and they seem to work very well indeed. I'd definitely recommend them.

OK, so I have a feeling I might be a bit of a gadget addict!

I'm still hooked on podcast - my current favourite is the "pub chat" yabberings of Top Of The Pods - so much so that I've actually done some ironing while listening!

As far as making full use of my iPAQ to catch podcasts goes, I've settled on the zero cost option - there's a piece of software called FeederReader which is a little unintuitive, but is capable of downloading enough to listen to on the way to or home from work!

There are some things that I'm afraid I'll never understand. One - and I was immediately reminded of Better Than Life - a classic Red Dwarf episode when I heard about it on Lug Radio - is a computer game called "Second Life" - a 'virtual world' online computer game, where you interact with, well, all the rest of the inhabitants/players.

OK, so it's not so far off the pace of evolution - from email groups, through internet forums to interactive chat rooms, but maybe it's that little bit too far for my aged brain; it's escapism to the max (you can live the life you choose), so possibly quite addictive as an alternative to the scraggy old world we live in. I'll certainly be able to resist, since I don't think I've got a powerful enough graphics card!

Speaking of which, the soundtrack to our daily life has changed somewhat - there is a project underway to demolish the Vauxhall factory, which lies about half-a-mile away. I must get a recording at some point - it's a long, slow, painstaking job, since it's like dismantling a giant Meccano kit that's been standing for decades.

Ooh - finally, I notice that NTLWorld have started sweeping for spam. I think this is a new thing, but it's worth checking to see what it does to your email if you're a subscriber. I only found this out because I recently started to receive emails - unerringly spam - with the word (DIRTY?) prepended to the subject line. When I checked my webmail, I discovered that there was now an option to select what NTLWorld do with suspicious emails; by default it deletes them. Now I receive them, but they have [SPAM?] in the subject line. Perhaps it's the domain forwarding company or - slightly more unlikely - Spam Assassin has started working. I'm sure I'll get to the bottom of it.

That'll do for now, I think, save for a couple of entertaining links to pass the time...

Links of the day:

  • cameratoss.blogspot.com : take whizzy pictures by putting your (or someone else's) camera at risk. I fully intend have a go at this... though I might wait until I get a smaller digital camera!
  • www.artlebedev.com/portfolio/optimus : It might not exist (and it might never!) but this would appear to be the ultimate PC keyboard - it uses hi-tech new OLEDs to change the image on the keys depending on what you want to do with it... wow!
  • www.daskeyboard.com : for übergeeks, however, this is a close second best.. or not!
  • www.regrettheerror.com/2005/03/s_majesty.html : was googling for the word "hoiked" (or "hoicked") when I discovered this rather amusing printing error (and related website).

Posted by james at January 18, 2006 9:40 PM

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