New colours, New Year’s resolutions

For those of you used to reading in black and white, we are now in a different colour scheme. Luckily due to the way I have designed this site, it only takes a few minutes. Used to take me hours in the old days.

Right, I have decided on the ways I shall improve myself over the forthcoming twelve months. Obviously I reserve the right to ignore these within a week. My plans are learn Japanese, give up smoking, lose a stone in weight to try and dip below fifteen stone, walk to work more, and write my diary in a more regular fashion. I might even start a new page for the new year.

Have a new little camera to play with, which was one of my Christmas presents. You may see some of the results of that on here at some stage. Can do video too, no sound, but it can fit about five minutes on there.


So Saddam has just been captured. Rah rah. Thats going to make everything in the world lovely and safe. Any fears you had, you can put them to one side now. We’re all good.

Have been working on setting up an installation of Linux called knoppix. It loads from a cd, so you don’t need to install it to your pc. Actually, I bought a usb key, so my install is completely mobile. Which is class for me. Had a bit of hassle setting it up on a laptop so far, but on a desktop it is damnably easy.

Also have recently acquired a palm tungsten e from work, which is very nice. Until I got one, my main objection was “what will I do with one?”. Now I have one, its very handy. At work I use it instead of a mass of scraps of paper and post-its. Outside its main use is as a mp3 player, using a SD card for storage.

Sky TV

My friend C has just got sky. She asked me what she should watch. This was my reply:

QVC. Everyone who gets sky should devote one evening of their lives to watching this. Just the once mind.

Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter, on Discovery. God of nature programmes.

Liquid News on BBC3. Will be ending at the end of the year, the main presenter paddy is a genius.

Doggie Fizzle Televisal on MTV. Its Snoop Doggy Dogs comedy show. And it works, somehow.

Challenge TV – the quiz show channel. Now bear with me on this one. I can see why you would think that old repeats of quiz shows would be the last thing you want to watch. Ahhh, but if you have sky, you have sky interactive. And a lot of the quiz shows on here are, interactive. So you can sit and watch them, and compare your scores against the contestants. Brilliant. And they have takeshi’s castle. A japanese quiz show starring Beat Takeshi. Who to the fans of cult japanese films like Battle Royale is a great actor. To the Japanese however, he is considered with all the cultural distain that we show Noel Edmonds over here. This show is why. I quite like it myself.

Thane TV – home of the 20 minute infomercial. Just like you see on the Simpsons, some of the presenters are even mimiced on the simpsons. Since I got sarah into watching this channel, we have seen most of every infomercial ever. Marvel at “The Tuxedo Painting System”.

The Dating Channel – There is a good reason why most of the people on these channels dont have a data. Watch in quiet awe why. I believe on Sky you get 7-8 of these, both for different areas of the country, and for different persuasions.

Digital Radio – you get a load of radio stations. You want to be looking at the schedules for BBC7. You’ll know why when you see them. They have been repeating old on the hours and everything.

Cartoon Network & CNX. If you get these, just have a quick glance every so often, as there is plenty on there you will need to know about for if/when you get round to having kids, because they should be watching these channels

Eurosport. Now, there is a time and a place for this if you don’t acutally like sport. At the back of my mind at the moment is a comedy show based on a fake version of Eurosport. What I truely love about it is watching Winter Sports and the Tour de France. Most of these necessitate commentators babbling their way through hours of fairly dull sport. It seems to morph into a European version of Brian Johnson commentating on cricket. Thats probably not the best all round sell of it, but I do love it.

BBC Parliament – Just because randomly on the occasional saturday, they will repeat a whole days general election coverage from the 70’s or something. Pure history

Biography Channel – The Actors Studio programmes. A bit sucky up to the stars, but very good.

SKY1 – Simpsons agogo, futurama, and the occasional other imported gem.