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John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!" Started conversation Jan 25, 2004
vegiman Posted Mar 12, 2004
Long Time ...
As the time period shows - I do not get on here as much as the old days, but I am still around.
No, the fish are the original hootoo fish before being upgraded. I had a Fenny fish but for the life of me - I do not know, for where it went. This is the third change of computer since those days so the file has vanished..
Are you still subbing? or are you a bit like myself, just popping in from time to time as the mood takes you.
I am still an ACE, working mainly in the background as and when needed.
A lot has happened over the past year. The vegiman busines will be closing at Easter in favour of something which makes a better living.
plus, www.medways.co.uk website is completely my own work. The MD of Medways just gives me a few catalogues and leaves the rest to me. Although simply done I am rather proud of the over 1000 page site.
Whats Life like at your end?
All the best
John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!" Posted Mar 13, 2004
You should be proud! Blimey, that must have been a lot of work! I had a quick look around... went straight to the gardening stuff, naturally.
I took a break from h2g2 for a while, missing the people shifting and so on that took place. It's taken a while to get back into the swing of things. I just popped into the Hub, like swimming through a drain, just to prove to myself that I could and to say 'Hi' to Peta. Nowadays, most of my h2g2 time is taken up with h2g2 Friends of Tibet.
I gave up the subbing some time ago, as the Entries were getting longer and I just didn't seem to have the time to give them the proper attention. To be honest, I found Peer Review took a lot of the old wild west spirit out of subbing. In the old days, people were generally glad of any alterations made to their stuff... or at least they kept being furious about it to themselves. With the advent of PR, folks generally have had enough of having their work prodded and poked by the time it gets to the Subs, and often resent any sort of tampering in the editing process... understandably, I suppose. Still, that was where the fun lay.
Life in Canada is gradually emerging from the blanket of snow. Gardening life is just on the cusp of being frantic, as our short spring approaches. Next month, the Dalai Lama is coming to Toronto; so where're excited about that.
vegiman Posted Mar 14, 2004
Glad you liked it. I have written many programs to put the pages up automatically, one took three months to write. - Its a lot easier now.
Considering I did not know what HTML or XML was before I joined hootoo, I owe this site my thanks.
With all that snow around you must have been suffering from withdrawals. The weather here is very mild even for us.
This site is not what it used to be without the old Towers mob in charge with DNA pushing through his dream.
Only two people actually at the Towers now - Natalie & Jim Sangster all the rest have moved to on-line chat or the Hub.
Hope you get to see the Dalai Lama, as I can see by your writing, you have grown an affinity with this torn country.
All the best
John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!" Posted Mar 14, 2004
I still make a living massaging worms. But, like you, I owe whatever I know about HTML and XML (not much, I admit ) to playing here, as I'm sure, do a lot of others.
You're right about the old crowd. There's always a tendency, I think, to lapse into the old 'When I were a lad...' thing. But the old crowd were a special bunch, not least for making us feel like we were all a part of the team, building Douglas Adams' dream.
Natalie and Jimster do a great job. I don't know how they manage it, really. They must be running around like mad.
vegiman Posted Mar 15, 2004
I know what you mean about, 'When I was a lad', but when everyone on site knew who was at the top, I just wonder how many on site know who is who now ?
Those worms must be frozen stiff by now
I am working on a couple of new pages now. St Georges Flags ready for the Football, Euro-Cup, in June. They go up all over the place when England Plays abroad.
Plus something you would be more interested in:
A Foldable Garden Bin - Like a very strong plastic bag with a large coil spring. Folds flat for storing. Perhaps you have something like it over there.
Must get on
John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!" Posted Mar 16, 2004
That Foldable Garden Bin is a good idea. We'll probably have them about the time I'm ready to retire. Something like that would be ideal for the home gardener and especially so for gardeners, such as myself, who have to cram a lot of stuff into the back of a very finite amount of truck space. Carrying around two or three conventional bins (which we do) takes up a lot of space, which could better serve other uses.
I think the worms are about six feet down, playing cards and smoking cigars at the moment, doing things that they carefully hide from human observers. We had a taste of spring last week. The night temperatures are still pretty low though; so the ground is still pretty stiff. It's amazing how quickly things change when spring does decide to make an honest effort. In fact, I have some hellebores in flower now.
I think in the olden days, when h2g2 was made of wood, we were more conscious of the top because we knew that DNA, himself, was up there; and most of us were motivated by wanting to help build h2g2. The community side of things was really peripheral then; whereas, nowadays, it seems to be central to h2g2 life and writing Entries has taken a back seat.
Yunguns today. They don't know they're born.
vegiman Posted Mar 17, 2004
Yeh - The Folding Bins seem to be moving fast
I am sure I could arrange for some to be sent over to you at wholesale cost . Email me from my home page if you are interested.
Popped over to your page and see you are well into the Tibet thingy. If I had more time I would certainly join in, but with starting a new business and keeping medways pages up to date, I do not seem to have a lot of time for myself at this time.
Hopefully in the near future, things will change and I will be able to get a life.
Keep the worms guessing
John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!" Posted Mar 17, 2004
Thanks, vegi. That's good of you. I have to be a bit careful where I spend money, though, as I work for a municipal government. Last year, my boss had a bird when I bought a butterfly net from California.
Some of the stuff in the h2g2 FoT Current Projects are links to one-click campaigns, pre-written letters, and so on. I'll add your name to the friends list, anyway, if you like, as, according to karma, it's certainly the thought that counts.
The weather we've been having must certainly keep the worms guessing. It was glorious last week, warm and sunny, and in all respects convincingly spring like. At the moment, we're in the second day of a blizzard that has completely buried any suggestion of spring.
vegiman Posted Apr 22, 2004
John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!" Posted Apr 23, 2004
Well, there's not too much muck, as it's been a fairly dry Spring so far.
In fact, I'm sneaking off tomorrow for a couple of weeks to see the Dalai Lama in Toronto, leaving the weeds and the muck to the attention of my summer helpers, bless 'em.
I'm glad to hear that things are going well. Is this a particularly busy season in your trade?
vegiman Posted Jan 29, 2006
As you may have guessd by the way it has taken so long to answer - yes things got very hectic. I had to resign from the ACES.
A bit belated but how did the trip to see the Dalai Lama go ??
Same time of year as last time we spoke, so I guess the worms are
Got about 4 websites lined up awaiting for me to have the time to get them started - Had to take on a partner to help me through the maze.
Hope things are still going well for you
John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!" Posted Jan 30, 2006
Hey, veggie, how are you keeping?
I'm not sure about te frozen worms. Thanks to global warming, nothing seems to be staying frozen in these parts for more than a day or two. We seem to be swinging back and forth between winter and spring-like weather.
The Dalai Lama adventure last year was amazing! The Kalackakra itself was like being in another world. I wrote this, more or less as a way of keeping the impressions fresh:
Here is a link to the official Website, which has quite a lot of photos now:
I hope the new partner makes your workload a bit easier. I got the impression that you were up to your eyebrows. Being that busy can be too much of a good thing sometimes.
Great to hear form you!
vegiman Posted Feb 17, 2006
Glad you enjoyed your trip.
Global warming seems to be everywhere < smile >
I will have a look at your article(s) later and report back.
Just popped in for a bit of light relief before knuckling down again.
Yes The new partner is helping - we are just sorting out our own servers - so we can host websites ourselves - cheaper in the long run and more profit
Just had a cup of tea call so I will catcha later
John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!" Posted Feb 27, 2006
Just having a cuppa myself.
Nothing much else to report at the moment. all that talk about global warming seems to have shamed winter into putting on a show for us, worse luck. In fact, looking out of the window just now, i see it's starting to snow again. Shudder.
vegiman Posted May 29, 2012
has it been six years since we last spoke
Are you still digging ? I have now reached retirement age but still working and busy - both at web designing and at a new business I started about 5 years back.
I found I was sitting all day at the computer boggle eyed and getting no excercise.
I thought taking up window cleaning, climbing ladders would suit and I would get paid for it. Better than paying someone else by going to the gym.
The idea was to do a couple of hours a day, 4 days a week. It has grown to a full time occupation with web design taking a back seat in the evenings. That side of things now takes care of itself except when there is a problem. Usually when customer emails go down and need re-setting.
The window cleaning grew to Gutter and fascia cleaning and now gutter repairs and replacement.
I am now training for a new late in life career, when I do not want to climb ladders any more U14996410
Thats enough about me - do let me know what you are up to - still chasing the worms - I see you still come to the site from time to time by the who's online
all the best
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