Friday, January 26, 2007

People watching

Eyeballing peoples reading habits on planes is a fascination pastime, and I can report some interesting observations, made under scientific conditions.
A woman (somewhere between 18 and 28, it's getting harder to tell the older I get) reading a 'ladies' magazine such as Cosmo, Hell-o or Good God spends half as long reading an article entitled 'SEX, how to get what you want' as she does looking at an article on frocks. Probably more surprising bearing in mind the stereotypes we are fed, the 'Sex' article got twice the eyeball-time as that of the piece on 'How to get your ideal man'.

I don't know, you ladies may be getting it wrong....we want to be Woo'd after all...

ITs Burns night again....

IT's Burns night because both Gordon (my network bitch) and I are invited to the Scottish festivities this year, and I have high hopes of it being every bit as fun as the last one, even WITH the woolly skirts!

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

You gotta love 'em

As an avid, if somewhat 'John-come-lately' Mac user, I am still big enough to admit when Microsoft are getting something right. First, I was introduced to which appeared to be MS's take on Google Earth. Except I could see my house (in Brighton) from a height of 30 yards, whereas on my version of Google Earth, I am a mere blotch at anything over 6000 feet. AND you can view in a kinda Isometricish planar view. AND from up to four direction. Pretty slick, but original? Probably not. the other hand is something quite different. Its sort of Flickr, sort of browser, sort of Google Images, sort of thing. And despite the rather cutsie MS style that insists on championing the Ethos of Live Labs, the Photosynth project looks and more importantly, FEELS like something genuinely original and full of development potential.
I'd like to think about this a little deeper, so I'll stop posting for now, but I expect I'll pick-up again tomorrow.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Latest plan....

Its like Independance Day in London, and I have murdered vicars and cast old ladies to the dogs in order to secure a seat on what could possibly be the last train out of town, heading to Brighton. 
To liken the scenes in Euston station to those during the Blitz would be a cliche, and entirely inaccurate; if we had just stood in groups looking at display boards during the war, hoping that the row of 'canceled' signs were group hallucinations, we'd all be eating Weinerschlom and the trains would be on time.....
I bailed when I realised the Grolsch was getting warm (a sure sign its been a good afternoon at The Brittania) and I wasn't going up to Rugby in preparation for a Talk I've been asked to deliver. 4 stops on an empty Tube Train and step Bond-style onto a departing train without breaking step or sweat.....Sweet! gets better....the Char-Lady has just wheeled her trolley up to my executive bunk laden with Gin and Salad...hooray!

John was on a train this morning that was hit by a falling tree (that'll show him, coming back here and taking all the high-paid jobs that didn't exist before he convinced some poor Pom that they really badly needed him!) So he spent 2 hours waiting for guys with chainsaws to remove the rail-abberation (why the hell do they PLANT trees alongside railtracks?!) and is facing a midnight return home as someone in his office wants to talk about fullstops in marketing plans at 5.30 tonight... (awww...shame!)

So...the latest plan involves me catching a Virgin train to Glasgow at silly-o-clock tomorrow and flinging myself from the train somewhere around Rugby....wish me luck!

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Local boy made good

You all have no idea how proud Anna and I are of the urchin here-pictured. Russell (for 'tis he) DRAGGED me for a beer at the Castle Inn tonight, to break the great news that he has been made Division Director of Anglian Windows.
Its not the distance he has come, its the fact that we have seldom met someone that deserves it more. Well done Chap!

Originally uploaded by Russ Perryment.