Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Four Lions Film

This is going to be a huge hit!

The films story follows four Muslim men from Northern England who become radicalised and decide to become suicide bombers. Really off the wall comedy this.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Consumers rally to force Petrol Prices down!

There is a campagin on facebook to get Petrol prices down by boycotting two of the biggest oil companies petrol stations. Facebook Campaign

Yeah power to the people, here is an extract from the idea:-

Petrol Prices have began to creep up to the 120p a litre mark again and this was when Oil prices were $140 now they are approx $80 and prices are 111p, imagine if the Oil price hits $140 again we will end up paying 150p a litre if not more.

See what you think and pass it on if you agree with it.
We are hitting 111p a litre in some areas now, soon we will be faced with paying £ 1.20 a ltr. Philip Hollsworth offered this good idea:
This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the 'don't buy petrol on a certain day campaign that was going around last April or May!

The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to hurt ourselves by refusing to buy petrol. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT, whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work. Please read it and join in!

Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a litre is CHEAP, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the market place not sellers.
With the price of petrol going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of petrol come down is if we hit someone in the pocket by not purchasing their Petrol! And we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves.

Here's the idea: For the rest of this year DON'T purchase ANY petrol from the two biggest oil companies (which now are one), ESSO and BP.

If they are not selling any petrol, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact we need to reach literally millions of Esso and BP petrol buyers. It's really simple to do!!
Now, don't whimp out on me at this point... keep reading! and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I am sending this note to a lot of people. If each of you send it to at least 50 more (50 x 10 = 500)... and those 500 send it to at least 50 more (500 x 50 = 25,000) ... and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THIRTY MILLION consumers!
If those thirty million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 300 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it... .. THREE BILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again, all You have to do is invite this to 50 people. That's all.(and not buy at ESSO/BP) How long would all that take?
If each of us sends this email out to 50 more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!!

Acting together we can make a difference If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.


I think this is a great idea it's just needs enough people, so pass it on and get it done!

One minor question I'd have is that Esso and BP will probarly have a hand in the Supermarket distribution. In saying that it should work out ok if the managers of these BP stations going running off crying to BP and Essso so that we can at least achieve something.

Friday, 26 March 2010

A Christian Getting Upset with an Atheist

Had a debate today with a colleague, the subject was religion again. It all started when I claimed I couldn't provide any evidence that would disprove God, hypothetically speaking. However I would change my view should the evidence arrive.

He then started claiming that Jesus was a true historical figure and I said the evidence for that was not very clear. Even if I accepted that there was an historical figure called Jesus it didn't prove he was the son of God or that God existed.

I then explained that IF Jesus existed then he could have been a David Blaine / Derren Brown type. Ohhh he got upset at that, he was insulted.

I then said that was ridiculous and this summed up my entire objection with religion. I said your free to criticise my views but I'm not free to criticise yours. He ended with it was fine to criticise views but in terms of religion one should show a degree of restraint.

I will not!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Harry Carpenter RIP

I felt Harry Carpenter was an absolute diamond and sad to hear he has died.

The BBC have the Harry Carpenter Obituary for me the commentary and sense of occasion he communicated in the 1989 Bruno v Tyson fight was unsurpassed.

A genuine sporting legend.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Never go into Business with Friends

Some time back I had my own computer shop, first few years things were going ok breaking even. I knew I needed to turn a profit so had my eye on opening another shop. A friend wanted in on the deal but had a few things to take care of himself.

A few years passed and my first shop was really struggling for a number of reasons, by this time as an act of almost desperation I opened the second shop as a partner to this friend.

I put the stock in he paid the set up costs. It wasn't enough to save the first shop, thankfully I had started freelancing and this was doing great. So we struck a new deal in that I'd kick back a proportion of this income.

The money from the first shop was still in the second shop. The 'friend' a year later then decided he didn't think things were working out so we went separate ways. I was quite happy with this as the freelancing side was doing really well but it was his call so didn't feel guilty.

There was sadly a sting in the tail. The second shop still owed a lot of cash to the first shop. Due to illness the liquidator never chased it but I now had the bank trying to claim on an overdraft guarantee (which I never agreed but that's another story), so if the friend failed to pay then I'd be potentially liable.

He failed and we're not friends no more:)

A convenient selective memory meant that his recollection of events meant he felt that he only owed a few quid despite the evidence clearly being many thousands.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Atheist Pondering

I'm not so much an atheist as an anti-theist. It goes like this:-

  • Believer - Believes there is a God and believes that that God spoke to Muhammad or Jesus was the son of God or .
  • Agnostic - Doesn't know or maybe even care
  • Atheist - Doesn't believe in Father Christmas or pixies at the bottom of the garden or Muhammad was talking to God or Jesus was the son of God.
  • Antitheist - As above but also it sounds like a bad idea.
Case in point is the recent fuss over the Catholic church appearing almost infested with paedophiles. Now if you go that way then who is going to forgive you, well there you go in the Catholic church God forgives everything as long as you believe.

You can do ANYTHING as long as you repent and he'll forgive you, it's like an advert for that type and lets be honest scum of the earth they are as well.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Just another Day - Google Campaigns & Parents Evening

Just another day on work doing Goggle campaigns, this is version 524 :P

Seriously my company spends a lot of money on marketing and these days Goggle is king so it figures that's where I spend my time.

Went to my sons parent evening overall he's doing good but got the usual 'could try harder'. When his teacher was going off on him about homework etc I did feel at one point that I was going say 'yes Miss, sorry Miss'.

That would have been a Homer Simpson moment.

Still playing Bejeweled far too much on Facebook. Yeah Friday tomorrow!

Having some issues in work with Network, tried a few routers now and the various network devices simply refuse to take an IP that is reserved for them. I suspect the switch we have is dicky.

I've had this issue once before where a Director came into work having set up internet connection sharing, that was a fun day. It was a very basic network so most of the PC's / laptops happily took an IP address off his PC, mass confusion as half the office could see network printers etc and half couldn't.

Sky seems to be working again now, I suspect overheating on the Sky HD Box.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Having Problems with SKY HD Full System Reset

Been having problems with a brand new Sky HD box. This is what I've tried.

Sky HD Box full system reset.

All your Recorded data will be Erased.
  • Un plug the box from the mains
  • Press and hold the ‘left’ and ‘right’ navigation buttons on the front of the box and plug the mains back in.
  • Continue holding the buttons in for about 20 seconds, when the green circle on the front lights up and spins, press the Select button.
  • (on the front of the digibox between the left and right buttons you were holding).
  • The sky plus recording logo lights will spin backwards and the full system reset starts. It takes about 5 minutes to complete.

Still no joy, time to phone sky.

Ohh quick tip most awesome site to save money on phone calls Say No to 0870

The site lists many well known companies, and their equivalent geographical numbers.

Alternatives listed for 0500, 0800, 0808, 0844, 0845, 0870 and 0871 numbers.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Spreadex - Worth a Go?

I like a flutter and have met people who literally spend their entire time arbitrage Betting. Have been considering looking at spread betting for sometime and might well consider going for Spreadex, the Spreadex Video looks quite impressive!

Still not sure I've got a system that mostly breaks even now sometimes pays out but it's a recreational thing really.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

NHS Rant

Thought I'd start going off on one about various things. I follow some debates like the NHS one, should smokers, drinkers fat people get treated on the NHS.

This seems a dam stupid position if you ask me.

We are all going to die, so the burden on the NHS isn't dependant upon what the population does but simply the population.

So take your vegetarian, excersises a lot perfect healthy person, they going to hit 80 odd and from the age of 70 probably going to be a burden on the NHS. Then take a smoker who works all his life and dies of a heart attack at 60.

So if you carry the debate to it's logcal conclusion then we should all encourage everyone to do things that would casue them to die quickly.


Electronic Cigarette and Giving Up Smoking

I have tried a lot to give up smoking and recently got the Genuis Electronic Cigarette. It works ok but lacks something.... It doesn't come with nicotiene this one and I know others on the market do.

I've tried to give up so much still smoking though:( My next target is to cut back, smoke a really low tar brand like Silk Cut Silver and maybe get down to five a day.

The patches gave my weird dreams and didn't seem to kill the craving much, the inhaler isn't bad maybe that combined with the Electronic Cigarette will do the trick.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Snapping up Domains

I've been buying domains recently.

I've never heard of this company but traffic seems high, my intention is look for bargains on ASOS clothing and highlight in the blog.

Cross Keys Pub
I have no idea why I bought this, used to go to a pub called the cross keys but it's still a random buy. The domain is quite nice though so thought I use it to compare pubs called Cross Keys Pubs.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Mothers Day Gift Dilema

I had trying to find something for mothers day it's a pain. I suppose I could cop out and get flowers or something, I might even go for the Digital Video memo I featured on Cheap Gifts, not sure yet.

Having to buy something 'from' the kids and for my mum is a bit of pain.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Quick Tip Download YouTube Videos

It's actually very easy courtesy of Keep Vid.
The KeepVid website allows you to download videos most video websites, e.g. Youtube, GoogleVideo, etc.

It's one of my favourites sites and a nice little mini-tip!

As I recall the full list of Video Sites supported by Keep Vid is:-
  • Youtube
  • GoogleVideo
  • Break.com
  • Dailymotion
  • Blip.tv
  • Groper
  • Current TV
And quite a few more!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Quick Guide to Newsgroups in Three Steps

Newsgroups are the fastest way to download anything. Forget torrents or any other file sharing program where you may or may not get an acceptable speed. If you pick a good news provider then you'll max out your connection!

1) Get a news server
It's vital to get a decent news server service, I use possibly one the most expensive but I think the best Giganews.

2) Get a News reader
Again there are free programs but I use Newsleecher, at the time of writing their site was down so link is to a beta version.

3) Once you've installed a News Reader set up your server in the program then it's time to get some NZB files. I was using Newzbin.com but recently it's be troublesome so I'm trying NZB Club. It's free and I've literally tried it twice but it looks ok.

Downloading via NewsGroups

I'll get a full guide on this up soon but newzbin.com has been having issues for me of late so had to go searching elsewhere. As a provider of nzb files I'm trying NZB Club