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7 Continents Challenge – Update August 31, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Geek, General, Internet, Personal.
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Well, here is the first update from the original post in this series of posts. Overnight I have had a couple of hits from Oceania! So, this just leaves 3 remaining continents.

1. North America
2. South America
3. Europe
4. Africa
5. Asia
6. Oceania
7. Antarctica

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UK Terror Alert Status August 30, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Government, Internet, Questioning, Terrorism, Websites.
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I came across this website (www.terror-alert.co.uk) via BritBlog and it struck me as completely at odds with my views on terrorism.

The website is a simple enough affair in that it essentially offers you a way of placing a badge on your own site that displays the current ‘threat level’ of a potential terrorist attack in the UK. This seems harmless enough, and it probably is, but it is the signal that this sends out which I find difficult to support.

I spent several months researching and writing about terrorism for my university dissertation. In my opinion I believe that whilst ‘one man’s terrorist can be another man’s freedom fighter’ there is no place for terrorist activities today.

Terrorism works on initiating and spreading fear, without fear the terrorists really are left powerless. It is for this reason that I found the website and its badge somewhat gauling. It is suggesting that we should always be informed of potential terrorist activity in order that we let it effect our lives in some way. I don’t care what the current ‘threat level’ is because I am still going to carry on with my life irrespective.

If anyone is interested why not just go to the Home Office website and see for yourself, there’s no need to have a live feed straight to your webpage, surely?

Is blogging success all in the title? August 26, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Questioning.
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I was just wondering, being a relatively new blogger, how much of getting a successful blog is down to the titles one selects for each post.

The reason I ask is that I’m not really sure how people come across my blog! Are they just browsing a list of blog names, or post titles and they click on one that looks interesting? Or when people are searching blogs do they get a snippet of the post as well? Thereofore, perhaps it is the first few lines that need to strike a chord with the potential audience.

I recognise that once a blog becomes established then it is about good content that maintains and builds readership. My question is from the persepctive of a new blog.

I mean how do people come across my blog? How can I find other peoples blogs? At the moment I just link from the WP forums or from my dashboard. What is there some secret portal to a blog directory that I am yet to discover?

Banking should be like computing August 25, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Geek, General, Personal, Questioning, Whinging Stuff.
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I have a loathing for banks and most financial institutions for many reasons, but mainly because they have too much control over peoples lives. Anyway, if I could live my life without having to be associated with banks I would be a much happier person.

I know that I am next to useless at budgeting for future financial commitments. I can happily manage my rent payments for example as that is regular i.e. every month. However, things like utility bills, car repairs, house repairs etc…I am rubbish at budgeting for. Anyway, I was just thinking of ways in which banks could be improved that might help me overcome my inadequacies in this area.

It struck me that my problem is that if money is in my account I will tend to spend it, of this I am sure others can relate. So I thought why can’t you have a folder system for your finances, much like you do on a computer.

You could access your current account and then have a number of sub-accounts where you could set-up a standing order for a specific amount of money to go into each sub-account every month. So for example, you could have a sub-account named as ‘Car Repairs’ and each month (on pay day) £50 is automatically transferred. Come service time you would have a nice stash to cover any unexpected expenses. If that £50 had remained in my current account it would gradually get spent, leaving me in a familiar predicament of thinking, bugger, where’s the cash going to come from for this?

Now this should be possible, but banks (certainly in the UK) don’t like you having lots of accounts. Why?

Well, it’s more paperwork for the bank so you would be a more expensive customer. Secondly, banks like you screwing up because they make money of people who screw up.

Does anyone else suffer the same frustrations?
What do you think of this idea?

I would enjoy hearing your thoughts.

Do you want at least 2GB of free online storage? August 22, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Internet, Links.
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Of course you do!

Well, just take a look at this by clicking here.

I have been using it and it is absolutely great. 2GB of free storage to back-up whatever you want, music, photos, documents.

It’s really easy to use, I can’t recommend it enough.

Have a go now!

Note: if you use the link above then we will both get an extra 250MB of storage space!

Old school mates August 21, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Personal.
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This is one of my old school mates. How awesome.

7 Continents Challenge August 21, 2006

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The title of this post may make it sound more exciting than it actually is and certainly far more energetic and demanding. No, I’m not going to walk up the highest peaks of all the 7 continents in 30 days, nor am I intending to cycle across them.

No, instead, my aim is to get just one ‘hit’ on my cluster map from each of the main continents. I will edit this post when each continent has been successfully hit!

So the continents –

1. North America
2. South America
3. Europe
4. Africa
5. Asia
6. Oceania
7. Antarctica

I definitely think Antarctica is going to be a tricky one! However, if you know someone that lives on one of the remaining continents who wouldn’t mind taking a few seconds to give me a hit then I would be very grateful. Thanks.

Do you have a showering routine? August 20, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Humourous, Personal, Questioning.
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I just realised that I have a really regimented shower routine. Is this normal?

I wash my hair, then my body (starting with my left arm, across to the right and then work down to my feet), completing with a scrub of the face.

I do it this way, EVERY time! Why?

Please, someone else tell me that they have a shower routine as well, or is it just me?!

Ever had a parking ticket? August 17, 2006

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Well, I bet you wished that you had been living in Belgium at the time!

A new site has been set-up which allows anyone to buy old parking tickets. They then present these tickets to the authorities as ‘proof’, claiming that the warden ‘just didn’t see it!’

Genius.

I have to admit, I have on one occassion hung around a car park after being given a fine, in order to ask another motorist for their expired parking ticket. They gladly handed it over, and I saved myself £60! I only had to wait about 20 minutes!

Stuck in the slipstream August 17, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Whinging Stuff.
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I find this really annoying and was just wanting to vent my frustrations.

Don’t you just hate it when you’re walking down a street/corridor/supermarket aisle and come up behind somebody who is going a lot slower than you are. However, this is perhaps not that bad, unless it happens when you are perhaps only a matter of paces from your destination! You’re too close to rush past only to then stop right in front of the laggard who cuses you for being an impatient idiot, but it’s still far enough to be really annoying.

The reason I felt the need to share this was because I was in a supermarket heading for the tinned goods. I only needed a few items, so I thought I would just nip around, 5 minutes tops. However, I came up behind this couple who just seemed to be able to cover the entire aisle! There was just no way around without making a bit of a scene, so I was resigned to loitering behind the couple in question!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a chilled out person, I wasn’t in a rush, it was just that I was doing something a bit faster than someone else when our paths crossed. It’s more of a pet hate than anything else.

Does anyone else get irratated by this sort of thing?