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July 5th, 2015
07:24 am

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Grr
I know I don't post often. Life can be hectic or boring, in either case I don't tend to broadcast the ups and down Instead I tend to check to see what others have found interesting. Today I was met with a 'survey' from TPTB so I completed it then failed to send it as the form complained that the input was invalid!

Not sure how that worked out as I completed the dammed thing and included something in the please write here box.

Anyway if this is a prelude to being unpersonned You'll know why

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September 11th, 2011
05:08 pm

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XP hell
Ok possibly an overstatement, and yes it's the first journal post in... years? (if you don't count comments).

Anyway one of the 'joys' of life is being family tech support. And this one's a dilly

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May 16th, 2008
05:42 pm

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I know I'm going to regret this!
Just tried the Superhero team quiz.

If you thought lucas_t_bear was an unlikely superhero I have some terrible news!

LiveJournal Username
Your Primary Super Power
Cape?
Identitiy
Origin
Location of Head Quarters
Primary Costume/Uniform Colors
Why are you a Superhero?
Your Superheroic Codename
The veteran grim member of the teamlucas_t_bear
The sexist and crass but annoyingly effective onel_zinkiewicz
The bright-eyed novice or sidekicklucas_t_bear
The teammate that will eventually go evil or insanflickgc
The inept yet determined/reoccurring supervillaintwinfair
The sinister Arch-Villain and team's greatest foelucas_t_bear
The perky civilian that keeps getting kidnappedcatlily
How often does your team actually 'save the day'?
24%
This Fun Quiz created by Shannon at BlogQuiz.Net
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November 17th, 2007
02:51 pm

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Discworld Meme

Which Discworld Character are you like (with pics)
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You scored as The Librarian

You’re the Librarian! Once a wizard, now an Orang-utan (due to an unfortunate magical accident), you refuse to be turned back for a few reasons: In this form, it’s easier to reach the shelves and hold more books; having the strength of five men makes people return their books on time; life’s great philosophical questions boil down to “when do I get my next banana?‿ You say “ook‿ but are usually understood well enough.

The Librarian

81%

Carrot Ironfounderson

75%

Rincewind

63%

Gytha (Nanny) Ogg

63%

Lord Havelock Vetinari

56%

Commander Samuel Vimes

50%

Cohen The Barbarian

44%

Greebo

38%

Esmerelda (Granny) Weatherwax

31%

Death

25%

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02:45 pm

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Discworld meme

Which Discworld Character are you like (with pics)
created with QuizFarm.com
You scored as The Librarian

You’re the Librarian! Once a wizard, now an Orang-utan (due to an unfortunate magical accident), you refuse to be turned back for a few reasons: In this form, it’s easier to reach the shelves and hold more books; having the strength of five men makes people return their books on time; life’s great philosophical questions boil down to “when do I get my next banana?‿ You say “ook‿ but are usually understood well enough.

The Librarian

69%

Lord Havelock Vetinari

63%

Carrot Ironfounderson

56%

Gytha (Nanny) Ogg

56%

Rincewind

50%

Commander Samuel Vimes

50%

Death

44%

Cohen The Barbarian

44%

Esmerelda (Granny) Weatherwax

44%

Greebo

38%

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October 13th, 2007
06:32 pm

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Mystery carvings
A while ago frandowdsofa posted a link to a story about mysterious stone carvings appearing, Onthe BBC news site
appears to explain the mystery, while suggesting that there remain many more to be found as there are supposed to be more than fifty in total.

The related link at One to One Productions is interesting for those who wish to follow the story further.

So, my commiserations to frandowdsofa if one hasn't turned up by now I doubt it's going to happen.

Unfortunately the one to be found on aspodeline's page isn't one of them!

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October 8th, 2007
07:02 pm

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The mysteries of ecomarketing
I know I don't update much - well asphodeline tends to put anything interesting up first!

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Saturday we went DIY shopping for a couple of other items and stumbled across an insulation two for one sale.
Options
170mm thick 114 cm wide 7 m long combi roll £28.98
200mm thick 37cm wide 4m long plastic wrapped space blanket £13.98
200mm thick 37cm wide 4 m long Ecowool insulation £14.98
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Given that they make a point about the Ecowool being 85% recycled plastic and using 23kilowatt hours less energy to make per roll (actually it's 'enough energy saved to run a 60 watt light bulb for 16 days') it seems a bit much to charge a premium - particularly as, if you read the small print, the space blanket roll infill is made using 85% recycled glass. I didn't examine the combi roll as closely but as all three products come from the same manufacturer I'd say it's a reasonable assumption that that contains a similar proportion of recycled glass as well.

I'm afraid that when public (and possibly spurious) ecological ethics meets pure costs - Well we've bought sufficient of the combiroll to cover the whole loft in at least 10” for under 40% of the other alternatives.

Now we've just got to finish laying it!

Current Mood: geeky

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June 24th, 2007
12:18 pm

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Cat kills mouse
Ok not exactly earth shattering.But the kittens have been getting far more adventurous.

I was at my desk when the male kitten (Basil) jumped in front of me with a mouse hanging by it's tail, he then proceeded to play with said mouse until I rescued it - unfortunately by this time life was extinct.

Anything odd about this? Only that the mouse in question was a wheel mouse!

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April 29th, 2007
04:00 pm

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Let's try this



Well that works, funny it gives an error message in preview mode!

I have to say that it's asphodeline's fault! Pretty though.

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March 25th, 2007
11:01 am

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Energy efficiency and diminishing returns
Ok, I've been a real geek here, waffleCollapse ) Call it a before and after snapshot of lighting costs detailsCollapse )This saves around three kwh per day. Replacing the bathroom lights is not a high priority from the energy pov as stripping out the existing setup and replacing with (say) a single fluorescent fitting would save maybe £0.02 per day. Oh we'll get around to it fairly soon but not for purely conservation reasons.

We've made a start on insulating the loft, but this has been more of a side effect of preparing a safe, floored area to store boxes of things we don't need immediately but want to keep. We will expand this area to make a base from which we can properly insulate the loft (and, in the fullness of time, tidy up the bathroom lighting!).

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