Wednesday, January 31, 2007 

Google Earth Coincedance.

I received my monthly newsletter from Google Earth this morning (The Sightseer) and in that newsletter there is always a competition called 'Where in the World'. A picture of somewhere on Earth is shown and the person that guesses the correct City and Country wins a prize.

Imagine my surprise when I looked at the picture only to discover my tattoo in someone's courtyard!!
Look closely and you will see a sixteen pointed star:
My tattoo in someone's courtyard.
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My guesses are: Cyprus, Greece, Crete or Kris 'Thrash' Weston's secret hideaway complete with swimming pool, watchtower and 9 hole mini golf course!

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Monday, January 29, 2007 

Hello. Hallo. Bonjour. Witaj. Halloo. こんにちは.

I installed ClustrMaps 4 days ago to allow me to see where visitors to my blog come from.

Location of visitors to this blog.
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I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm Welsh welcome to the visitors from the following locations:

North America (East & West coast), UK, Germany (most by the looks of it!), France, Austria, Poland, Finland and Japan (Tokyo?)!

Feel free to leave a comment and don't forget to mention where your viewing from!

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Saturday, January 27, 2007 

A tattoo is for life not just for Christmas.

Well, I finally got it done!

A sixteen pointed Orb star tattoo that I have wanted for years, courtesy of Louise who knew I wanted it done - thanks babe!

I scanned the image from the back of a 12" Little Fluffy Clouds vinyl, then inverted it, cleaned it up a bit, modified the tips of the points of the stars then shrunk it. My tattoo is unique :-)

The picture below was taken 2 hours after the tattoo was finished, hence the redness, swelling, etc.

My Orb Tattoo.
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Im very happy with it and would definately have another one (or two!)

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Thursday, January 25, 2007 

Happy St. Dwynwen's Day!

Today is Saint Dwynwen's day (Jan 25th).

Saint Dwynwen's day is the Welsh equivilent of St. Valentines day.

Happy St. Dwynwen's Day!



Caldicot Castle.

Last Saturday saw Dischromatics Ltd's (the company that I work for) annual outing - this time to a medieval banquet at Caldicot Castle!

The night was fantastic with traditional food, drink and entertainment.

Here are some photos with brief descriptions:

This is Louise and me at the beginning of the night in the bar area just after the draw bridge entrance. We went into the guards room from here to finish off our drinks. Is that Henry VIII behind us?
Louise and Me.
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This was the guards room where we were entertained with traditional music. I cropped the picture wide to show the coat-of-arms that were decorating the walls.
The Guards Room.
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A close up of the musicians playing traditional instruments.
Traditional Music.
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More merriment! This time upstairs in the great hall where we dined.
Traditional Music.
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Me and Louise in the great hall. Louise is drinking mead from a small pottery goblet. The large jug contained red wine. Note the bibs we had to wear as we were going to have to use our fingers to eat the food and get messy!
Me and Louise.
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This wonderful looking Welsh dragon adorned the wall in the bar.
Welsh Dragon.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007 

Strange Metal Orb found in Texas.

This find may be old but the site is still frequently updated and its an extremely intriguing read:

Strange Metal Orb found in Texas.

Metal Orb.

What do you think it could be?

An Alien sportball (like from Speedball I/II)?
A flux capacitor prototype?
A Jedi training sphere?

- answers on a postcard please.



Chiptune alert sounds.

I got bored with hearing the same incoming sms alert sound on my mobile so replaced it with some 'end of level' little sequences of music from the games Turrican I & II.

alert1.mp3 - From Turrican 1
alert2.mp3 - From Turrican 1
alert3.mp3 - From Turrican 2
alert4.mp3 - From Turrican 2
(Right Click and 'Save Target As...' to download)


Wednesday, January 17, 2007 

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Climate resets 'Doomsday Clock'

BBC NEWS Science/Nature Climate resets 'Doomsday Clock'

For further information on the Doomsday Clock click here.


Tuesday, January 16, 2007 

Wi-Fi Sniffing.

Yesterday morning en-route to work, I scanned for Wi-Fi hotspots and was surprised by the results.


79 Wi-Fi locations were detected in total.
68 of these were ACCESS POINTS (AP).
30 had WEP dis-abled!!!
49 had WEP enabled.

All these were found between 8:36am - 8:49am which also includes a 2 minute stop to drop the kids off to school.
Distance covered: 4.2 miles.

About half the journey is via a by-pass. If I took an alternative route to work there would be a lot more!

The scanning software I use is WiFiFoFum on my Dell Axim X50v.

TIP: Turn off the power saving features of your PDA/Laptop to eliminate possible shutdown/hibernation which could result in loss of Wi-Fi hotspot detection.

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Monday, January 15, 2007 

O2 Advert.

The rather excellent music on this advert is called 'Utopia' and is by 'Jackson and his computer band':

I wonder if anyone would notice the obscene word in the link if I did not mention it here?:

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Another flag amalgamation.

This time its the Prince of Wales's feathers on the flag of Saint David.

Three feathers on Saint Davids cross
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PS. Sorry about the crap quality.




OK - enough is enough, this has to stop.

All the spam I receive lately seems to be focussed on one thing only - weight loss via magic pills!

Here is a list of genuine subject lines that I found mildly ammusing with my favourite 'top 5' at the bottom:

Achieve picture perfect weight and enjoy life.
A simple and safe way to weigh less.
Be leaner and slimmer by next week.
BE like a normal MAN.
Become fit and happy again.
Check out the wonders of pound melting.
Get rid of extra pounds and enjoy life.
Get rid of the pounds you hate.
Getting thinner can be enjoyable.
Get thinner, feel better.
Get more energy and get rid of fat.
Healthy living with less fat.
Join the thousands of people who got slim.
Keep weight off and enjoy life!
Less weight - more pleasure and joy.
Lean and mean is in.
Look in the mirror and enjoy the new you.
Melt away pounds with Anatrim.
Melt away fat easily.
Natural way to better weight.
Never be shy to take your shirt off again!
Not comfortable with your weight?
Obesity is dangerous, stop it.
Organic way to eat less and feel better.
Pounds down, mood up.
Reinvent yourself as being slim.
Say goodbye to extra pounds.
Seeking to stop your weight gains?
Shed weight now and enjoy the process.
Started buying bigger clothes recently?
Stop gaining weight before it is too late.
Stop being obese and unhappy.
Stop being a food addict!
Thinking you eat too much?
This blend will help you get thinner.
Try the new weight loss herb.
Watch your body change with Anatrim.
Women will love your new figure.
Your extra pounds are not in fact you.
Your food cravings can be combated.
You'll love the new, non-obese you.

Top 5:

1. Stop the painful craving for more food.
2. Make your fat friends envy you.
3. Get out of the obese crowd.
4. End the annoying obesity now.
5. One chin is enough - get rid of the rest!

It's a good job I'm not a gullible person with low self esteem. For if I were, I could be in danger of actually buying some of these placebo's.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007 

Some classic Orb videos found on YouTube.

Little Fluffy Clouds:

Perpetual Dawn:

Star 6 & 789:


Blue Room:


Pomme Fritz:

Oxbow Lakes:



Once More:

Cool Harbour:

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Welsh flag amalgamation.

I thought I would mix the two main flags of Wales to see what it would look like (Welsh Dragon and Saint David's cross).

This is the result:

Welsh Dragon on Saint Davids cross.
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