Thought this looked nice!

October 13th, 2010

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Here’s a view from my bed this morning. Love the light splaying across the ceiling!

Haven’t posted in ages…

October 8th, 2010

Hello everybody, sorry I haven’t posted in a while, been busy with placements and university, and have now entered my final year!

How are you today?

Twitter Stalkers

April 21st, 2009

I wish that someone could explain to me the point in seemingly random people following me on Twitter. You might think that it’s just run of the mill spammers, but generally they’ll come from an marketing background, and just want to follow me for seemingly no reason whatsoever.

Don’t get me wrong, I can understand analysing public feeds for opinions and trends; it makes an awful lot of sense to tap into this resource, but considering that these feeds are already public, it seems that following these accounts to try and check their updates is an exercise in futility: If anything, it simply leads to me blocking these people so that they can no longer see my updates. It seems that usually these phantom followers are simply reading for new followers for popular Twitterers, such as Robert Scoble, Wil Wheaton, Stephen Fry, or Tony Hawk, which seems like a rather intrusive method of obtaining data from people who have decided not to appear on the public feed.

Speaking of this option; there is an option to ‘Protect my updates’ in the Twitter settings, taking you out on the public feed, and requiring you to authenticate anyone who attempts ot follow you, but apparently enabling this breaks some web applications, such as the official Twitter application on Facebook, which I rely on to keep my status updates synchronised. Now, I don’t mind appearing on the public feed, hell, I don’t even mind these marketing folk looking at my Twitter entries to analyse trends and such, but I’d still like to be able to require authorisation in order to keep my followers list limited to those who I think belong there. Essentially, for my own needs, I really think that Twitter should have made these options separate, and I’m hoping that the continuing development of OAuth will lead to me no longer having to rely on keeping my feed public any more, although the introduction of multi-blogging web services such as Ping.fm look promising.

But this doesn’t address the intrusive manner that markters are using to try and get data from users who have protected their updates: Personally, I don’t think that I’d like to deal with the first dozen follower authorisation requests that pop up in the first two hours after following a popular celebrity Twitter user, or the ones that will continue to appear once other marketing types cotton onto the ability to use Twitter for trend analysis, and I’d be interested to know what Twitter, and their users, would consider to be a solution to this, aside from perhaps limiting the number of Followers users can add in a day, or reporting users that randomly add people, then ban and delete repeat offenders.

If you have a suggestion, go ahead, post it in the comments!

Bloody Letting Agency!

August 17th, 2008

I asked the letting agency to give my friend the keys to my new accommodation so that I could move all of my things in on the Saturday before I left for New Zealand, seeing as they weren’t open on weekends. I pick the keys up from said friend, and head over to find that they’d given her the wrong key, so I’m sitting outside with two cars full of stuff, which a friend had driven many miles to help me transport. Needless to say, I’m pretty pissed about this, especially since I’m already paying for the room.

Still, I’m in Heathrow now, waiting to board my flight. Roll on New Zealand!

Here’s What Happens…

August 15th, 2008

….when you make cuts to the educational budget. It scares me to think that there are people out there who don’t understand that sometimes, stuff happens outside of their home country:

Quiz Time

August 14th, 2008

So tell me, what’s wrong with this picture?

Metal?!

It’s subtle…

Spam Bots

August 4th, 2008

They’re getting more creative. Shame nobody responded: I might have met some distant relatives I never knew about:

How are you?

Coventry

August 3rd, 2008

Had a pretty awesome night out in Coventry this Thursday. Turned up late, thanks to spending a lot of my journey looking at the back of a tractor, lorry or bus half of the way. Tarted myself up a bit (i.e. changed my contact lenses and tacked up my hair) and hit the town with friends. Spent far too long wandering around Coventry getting lost, before finally finding the bar.

Personal advice for anybody though attempting to work your way through the entire cocktail menu in a bar is a great way to get a massive headache the next morning. Thankfully, pizza makes for great hangover food.

I did manage to get myself some new shoes the next day though:

New Shoes!

Nice.

Sad News

July 27th, 2008

Randy Pausch, 23 Oct 1960–25 Jul 2008
Randy Pausch
23 Oct 1960–25 Jul 2008

It’s a terrible thing when somebody dies, but it’s especially sad when it’s somebody who has the ability to inspire thousands with fantastic advice regarding attitudes towards achieving their personal dreams. I’m talking about Dr. Randy Pausch, a professor of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who recently passed away, surrounded by his family, on the morning of the 25th July 2008.

For those who don’t know of him, Randy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2006, progressing into a terminal case in August 2007. He was told that he had three to six months of good health left, and despite this, maintained his positive attitude towards life. This was shown in the famous video of The Last Lecture, given back in September 2007, and broadcast on the internet. This lecture quickly gained popularity as a piece of inspiration for anybody who has any kind of aspirations, regardless of how crazy they might be.

I was one month into my first year or university when I saw this, and it reminded me exactly what I was doing there, and why. It spurred me on to do my very best throughout the year, and made me seriously think about where I was actually planning on going in life. It also reminded me of a really important fact. When you run into a brick wall in life, it is there for a reason: To let you prove just how badly you want it. They ensure that the people who achieve their dreams are the ones who have truly earned it. This lecture reinforced my desire to really be somebody who made their life happen, rather than being someone who let life happen to them.

More importantly, it reminded me that having fun whilst living your life is so incredibly important. If you’re not having fun in your life, then it’s time to take control and be that change in your life.

There are a number of lectures given by Randy available on The Legacy of Randy Pausch by Dr Gabriel Robins. I particularly recommend his 2007 Time Management lecture, which provides some brilliant tips for anybody, regardless of their current organisational skill.

So goodbye Randy, I’m sad to say that I never met you, or even spoke to you, but you made a difference in my life, the lives of your students, and hopefully of many others who have watched your lectures online. Your legacy will live on in all of us, as we continue to live our lives with your lessons in mind.

If you have an hour and 44 minutes to spare, I highly suggest that you spend them watching The Last Lecture.

Holy Crap! Dinosaur!

July 23rd, 2008

Well this is quite frankly the most awesome thing that I’ve stumbled across today:

You can tell that it’s a suit, but holy wow, what a suit.

Original from here.

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