Where am I today?
Posted 4 Days Ago
I've started using the Tor browser this week. That's the one that supposedly anonymises your location, doesn't allow cookies, keeps no history etc.
The tinfoil hat suits me, by the way, don't you think?
It works by routing your internet trip through several different nodes, computers, servers, and brings you out almost anywhere, so that's where the website you're accessing thinks you are. Which makes it very interesting when Gmail serves you those little text ads to the right of your inbox.
So far today I've been in Germany, Romania and Portugal, at least. I may have been in some other other English speaking countries too
Gosho's acronym game
Posted 6 Days Ago
I've been playing one of these on another website. The rules are simple - you copy and paste the previous post, choose one word from it, highlight it and make a new sentence from the initial letters.
Prizes* will be awarded for:
Sentences that relate to the chosen word.
Sentences that follow on from or relate to the previous sentence.
Choosing the longest word from the previous sentence.
Not resorting to obscure, archaic or overly long words purely for the sake of it.
Avoiding the use of proper names indiscriminately.
Not hyphenating that which should not be hyphenated.
Avoiding what I shall call, in the absence of any other description, h2g2 silliness. Let's keep a modicum of sensibility and grown-upness about this.
In short, sticking to the rules of good English usage and not being a smartarse
Colons, semi-colons, dashes and commas are allowed, also *one* question mark may be used where artistically justified, but the only full stop should come at the end, and exclamation marks are right out. As much as possible, it should be one complete sentence in its own right.
Sentence fragments (omitting definite and indefinite articles, as long it's not gratuitous) are allowed, simply because it'd be too restrictive to enforce the use of them in a game of this nature, but not the dropping of personal pronouns in the style of an internet post or text message (eg 'Was reading a newspaper today').
Using more than two adjectives or adverbs in a row in order to use up letters will be heavily frowned upon
Existing acronyms and three-letter-abbreviations (such as DNA) are considered words and count as their first letter only.
The rules are subject to change and amendment at any time, and, in the words of Roy Plomley, the chairman's (that's me in perpetuity) decision is final no matter how wrong he is.
Since we don't have formatting on h2g2 (yet) we'll have to find our own way of highlighting the chosen word. I reckon I'll be doing it with asterisks. The next post will show the format.
*There are no prizes.
It's political correctness gone mad
Posted Last Week
No, really. Not only mad, but damn well destructive http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28939089
"Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist"
I think Almighty Bob must like me
Posted Last Week
Because last week someone gave me a $25 gift card for the local foodie supermarket, which also happens to be the place where I buy most of my beer. I went there this morning and guess what. They have a beer sale on this week - spend $25 on beer and you get 20% off
Well, beer is a food group isn't it? Two if you get a fruit beer like Kriek And the monks manage to live on doppelbock during Lent. So it's a good job I bought a bottle of Salvator And that Guinness is going in a steak pie.
I rest my case.
Skipping the 20th century, going straight to the 21st
Posted Last Week
I can still remember the first ad I ever saw for the Sony Walkman. It was in the NME and it was a banner ad, across the top of two pages, probably a quarter or a fifth of the page. On the left hand page there was a picture of a cassette case with the caption "Introducing the Sony Walkman" or some very similar copy. On the right hand page was a Walkman *and* the cassette case with a caption along the lines of "Sorry, the cassette was in front of it".
I didn't pay it much attention at the time. I didn't really grasp what an innovation it was and how it was going to revolutionise the way people (some people) listen to music. I didn't really get that until I found myself sitting next to people on the bus or the train with that tinny "tss tss tss tss" leaking out of their headphones and annoying everyone else.
Either way, I never felt the need to own one, and I never have owned one, or a personal stereo of any kind. Not until now, anyway.
One of the things I do to dissuade the crazies and the nutters from talking to me on the bus is to wear a pair of earbuds (nearly said headphones there - showing my age )so that it looks like I'm listing to something. In fact, the jack is tucked into my shirt pocket along with nothing else but but my spectacles. It's a ruse
But yesterday the former Mrs Gosho gave me her old iPod because I'd been talking about how I might have to start taking a longer bus journey soon (my bus ride to the Drafthouse was all of ten minutes), and how it'd be handy to have one for listening to some BBC radio podcasts, or some programmes I've recorded and turned into mp3s. I'll probably put a little prog rock on there too
And she left some pictures and videos of Dewey and Flossie on it