Archives for the month of: September, 2005

I am very aware that the only people that seem to know about and use my wiki are spammers. So I’ve made a few changes which means you have to have a user name in order to edit the pages. Although I intend to leave it that anyone can create a username, I’m hoping that this will stop the spammers.

I’m also very aware of the fact that the site is well overdue for a redesign, seeing as it still has the default skin that comes with wordpress. I make no promises on timescale with this, as my design skills are close to non-existant and I don’t have much time to put aside for the task.

I would estimate that you will see a new design of some type, within the next year.

But no promises.

I never really got the hang of baths and a long time ago I simply gave up on them. However I’ve been forced to re-address ‘bathing’ as our shower has broken.
One of the main problems I’ve had with baths in the past is that I don’t have the patience to let it fill up to a ‘reasonable’ level. So previous experiences have involved sitting in ankle deep water wondering what all the fuss is about. Yesterday I decided to get round this problem by leaving the bath running and doing a few chores and chatting to my housemates.

Things were already looking much better, the bath filled to a decent level in what seemed to be no time at all. Bubbles everywhere as I had the foresight to get some bubble bath on my way home from work.
I was determined that this bath was going to be different, and I would finally ‘get’ why so many people enjoy them.

I take you back to yesterday evenings events:
I climb in and sit down. The temperature is pleasent, but after about five seconds I can’t help but wonder ‘how does this get me clean?’ I try the usual washing actions but somehow it doesn’t seem like enough. I lie down and ponder for a while. This is quite relaxing and I begin to get an idea of the ‘point’ of baths.
I can’t relax for long though, there’s only one bathroom in the house and I have things to do. With a sigh I reach for the familiarity of the shower gel and wash.
Now I’m clean and the water is murky, I can’t wait to get out.

So after this experience; my opinion of baths?

Well I think they are more for relaxing if you want/have some time for yourself. If you want to get clean, use a shower.

Or buy a sponge.

It’s not immediately after the DSEi but it is after. So here is the story of yesterday:
Arriving on the docklands light railway to the ExCeL exibition I was surrounded by serious looking people in suits. As we got off the train, a passenger on the train at the platform opposite shouted ‘YOUR WORK IS DEATH’ just as the doors on his carrige closed. There was an incredible police and security presence and that was all I saw of protesters all day. In the queue to go through the four levels of security checks, there was a banner advertising sniper bullets. It had a picture of a beer mat that had been shot four times at a distance of 1.2km. Seems the protester on the train was right!
So I wandered round the excibition for the rest of the day, checking out the competition and looking at pistols, knives, sub-machine guns, mortars, grenades, millitary swords, sniper rifles, cruise missiles, remote controlled mounted machine guns, all kinds of vehicles and many other weapons. Death certainly was the order of the day. There was some very cool communication and intergration technology on display too, which I really enjoyed looking at. I also got to heaft a sub-machine gun on the Heckler and Kosh stand, it was heavier that I was expecting!

The people there were almost as interesting as the stands, millitary looking people from all areas, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada, Switzerland, to name but a few. People in uniforms too, navy, army, police and ambulance. All in all it was a combination of very cool and slightly scary.

The food wasn’t great either.

Today I am going to DSEi which is a defense exhibition in London.
That’s defense as in military not as in self.

Anyway, I’ve got mixed feelings about it, on the one had I’ll be excited to see all the technology and to see where my company fits in the grand scheme of things. On the other hand I’m slightly nervous because there will be people protesting the event.
I’ve checked the protesters plans and they are peaceful, which is good. Personally I don’t think they could be anything but really, if you’re protesting agains violence and war then any violence on your part completely destroys your point. Ironically I completely agree with the protesters, the arms trade seem to be a bad idea most of the time.
Anyway, I’m hoping that I’ll see nothing of it, seeing as their plans are to chain themselves to the carriges of the underground (inside of course). Given the terrorist bombings of not so long ago, I can’t really see the police allowing people to hang around on the tube chained up for ages.

Well we’ll see, I’ll let you know how it went when I get back.

Films have many amazing effects these days, but there are two (as of today) that are causing me concern.
The first one is people falling down the stairs. Now I’m lucky enough to have never actually fallen down the stairs myself, I don’t know anyone that has and I’ve never even been told first hand of someone that has. So my problem is: how dangerous is falling down the stairs???
The movie portrayal of it can vary wildly from being a bit of a cheap laugh to instant death. This bothers me, and has done for some time, but has never stuck me as being enough to warrent a post all of its own. Which of course brings me to…

The second, this is nose bleeds. Not the protrayal in this case, but the exection. How do they actually do it! There stands actor/actress (obviously they can be sitting or lying too), and then, a small trickle of ‘blood’ comes out of their nose. I can quite easily imagine that in some cases this effect is acheived by doing a close-up of a fake nose and then everything becomes easy. The thing that bothers me is when it’s not a close-up, I really can’t imagine that the actor/actress has tubing going up their nose. Do they just get some fake blood up their nose somehow and then quickly yell ‘action’ before it starts to dribble out again? Do the method actors go to the extreme of getting high blood pressure and taking up heroine to weaken the inner walls of their nose sufficiently so that they can have a nose blood ‘on cue’?
No, the problem is flummoxing me to the extreme and the more I think about it, the more I want to delve into the problem.
If you know how these are done, please sate my curiousity before I get angsty.