Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Death of old blog

The old website (http://www.shortboy.net/~dwagn) is dead. That website was hosted on a friend's account that he was paying for. Thank you so much Ben for allowing me to host this site there. It was good while it lasted.

My isp (AOL) ofcourse offers free hosting up to 120megs. But alas dear friends they have a technical limitation which means I can not upload my photo galleries. :( So until I decide what to do there will be no more photo uploads!

I knew going with AOL as my isp would come back to haunt me! I'll probably just end up using imagestation. The best part about imagestation is that there is no limit to the amount of space you can use, and friend's can even order prints online.

Considering how much space I use up there (I upload FULL size originals), I can't help but wonder how profitable they really are.

A worthy mention.

I feel somewhat legitimised now. Most homepages probably go unnoticed by the wider virtual community. This site got a mention on Andrew and Kathleen's blog.

Its kinda nice to be linked to from another site even if its only a friend's site. Ironically this happened roughly around the same time that Ben my 'ol hosting service stopped.


I like several design aspects of Andrew and Kathleen's blog. I believe the saying goes something like: "Immitation is the sincerest form of flattery". Close enough.

Lulu quite rightly stopped me from flattering Andrew/Kathleen's website.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Big Blogs

This page is getting long... one of these days I might even archive off the older entries to different pages...

[2/11/04 amendment] Good thing I've moved the blog to blogspot.com!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Swinging retro London

"Footsteps on the dance floor reminds me baby of you. Tear drops in my eyes, the next time I'll be true." Womack and Womack. 80's music. The song is on the radio as I sit here typing this entry.

In some weird twist of fate or something but the cheap clock radio that we got from Argos only receives 1 radio station properly and it seems to play way to much 80's music. I always believed the British music industry was bigger than Australia's and with so much talent going through there was little room for the older stuff. Its good to know the decade that I did most of my growing up still lives on... and thats not even mentioning the revival of 80's fashion, but thats an entry for perhaps another day :)

Physics in London.

It rained today. Rain is good. It makes the flowers grow. Don't get me wrong I like rain in general.

Except in London.

I have a balanced physics / maths equation for this: Rain = Water = London Tube system shuts down.

On Supermarkets and Museums.

Lulu is a constant source of amusement for me. There are 5 major supermarket chains here and she visits them like she's visiting a museum.

Support the Home Team #2

"I'm turning Japanesa, I'm turning Japanesa... Yes I think so..." Remember that song? Well I'm not really turning Japanese, but I'm told I'm definitely picking up the local accent and lingo.

For example the English favourite hello is "Hi ya!" and instead of saying "eigth-thirty" for the time they would say "half-eight".

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

NI Number Woes

The equivalent to the Australian Tax File Number (TFN) is the National Insurance Number (NI). It is not easy getting one either.

I spent a morning trying to find a phone number to call to make a booking for an NI interview. Got the round-around so much I tried the net. The website was broken. I found the local office who gave me the correct office to go to and 3 phone numbers to make an appointment and was told they never answer so just turn up with the appropriate documentation.

We turn up. We do need to make an appointment. They give us a 4th phone number. argghhh!!!

Atleast this number is correct and we're able to make an appointment. Apparently they ask questions like "when you arrived in England how did you get home and did you stop on the way". Maybe it really is relevant given all the extra security for terrorism, but I don't exactly see how. Any self respecting terrorist would lie anyway.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Head shearing

Finally got a hair cut today, it is about 2.5 weeks shy of 3months without a haircut. There was so much hair the barber took ages to cut it... and that was with the shears!

Lulu was impressed that I sussed out the barber and found out that he has been doing this for 11 years. Its good to know you have entrusted your hair to somebody with skill and experience after all! Why then do I feel like that cartoon cat that pops out of the washing machine as a big fur ball and floats away?!?!

Monday, August 02, 2004

City Pages

I've been toying with the idea of writting "City Pages". The concept is simple. Everytime Lu and I go someplace we write a page on what we thought of the place. Likes, dislikes, must-do's, that sort of thing.

Like me adding more "Did you knows" (which I do have a few more to add), if only I could be arsed to actually do it now...