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NickFitz
28th February 2011, 19:50
Got stuck behind an accident on the M42 for an hour this afternoon. On the plus side, I also got the gig I'd been interviewing for :banana:


Emergency and Disaster Information Service (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php) - Google Maps mashup of current and ongoing calamities throughout the world :)


Turtles use the Earth’s magnetic field as a global GPS (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2011/02/24/turtles-use-the-earth’s-magnetic-field-as-a-global-gps/) - "In 1996, a loggerhead turtle called Adelita swam across 9,000 miles from Mexico to Japan, crossing the entire Pacific on her way. Wallace J. Nichols tracked this epic journey with a satellite tag. But Adelita herself had no such technology at her disposal. How did she steer a route across two oceans to find her destination?" Apparently, they go the wrong way if you reverse the polarity.


Wells Fargo Meeting Today With Philly Homeowner Who "Foreclosed" On Them (Here's How He Did It) (http://consumerist.com/2011/02/how-this-philly-homeowner-foreclosed-on-wells-fargo.html) - "Wells Fargo is meeting today at noon with the Philadelphia homeowner who 'foreclosed' on them... how did Patrick go from embattled and ignored homeowner to seated across the negotiating table with leverage? I spoke with him to find out more about both how and why he did what he did. His story is an inspiration to anyone who's dreamed of going toe-to-toe with the big banks and winning."


From Slumber to the Fires of Computation (http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2006/02/from_slumber_to.php) - "After billions of years, a hydrogen atom might be swept up by the currents of gravity radiating from a congealing galaxy. With the dimmest hint of time and change it slowly drifts in a steady direction toward other stuff. Another billion years it bumps into the first bit of matter it has ever encountered. After millions of years it meets the second. In time it meets another of its kind, a hydrogen atom. They drift together in mild attraction until eons later they meet an oxygen. Suddenly something weird happens."


CIA's photostream on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ciagov) - As well as boring photos of people giving speeches, the CIA's photostream includes cool stuff such as robotic fish and a camera to be carried by a pigeon.


Programming languages and their relationship styles (http://maradydd.livejournal.com/293666.html) - "Java: You try to be loving, but you were raised by a commune of 60 nervous women who have told you that everything you do is loving, even when it isn't. Your unhelpful behaviors have never been corrected and everything you do is subtly wrong and destructive." Meredith L. Patterson compares various programming languages in terms of how they would be in a human relationship; there are loads of additional funny bits in the comments. comments


Have a Bit (http://www.haveabit.com/) - "Be inspired by great people." Nice little collection of quotations from the usual suspects.


internet buttons (http://www.internetbuttons.org/) - "Create a page of buttons for someone you know that makes it super easy for them to use the internet." Neat little tool that allows you to set up a page of buttons for somebody, including details of how to contact you if they get stuck: perfect for that family member that gets confused by things like URLs and Google.


24 hour shot (http://greeksky.gr/GreekSkyForum/index.php?topic=2.0) - "This is a 24 hour picture. I was wondering if it is possible to visualize on a photo a full day, from the morning to the next morning. I finally decided to give it a try! The shooting began the morning of December 30, 2010. I started taking photos with the camera on a tripod facing east. The 'day part' is composed of a dozen of shots covering the landscape from east to west and the Sun's course from sunrise to sunset. The Sun's position was recorded exactly every 15 minutes using an intervalometer, with an astrosolar filter adjusted to the camera lens. In one of the shots, when the Sun was near it's maximum altitude, I removed the filter in order to capture a more 'dramatic' shot with the Sun's glare. After the sunset, I took various shots with the camera facing west – northwest in order to achieve a more smooth transition from the 'day part' to the 'night part' of the picture. The 'night part' is also composed of a dozen of shots covering the landscape from west to east. After the 'transition' shots I mentioned above, I took a small startrail sequence, with approximately half an hour duration, and the camera facing northwest. Then at 19.13 local time, I turned the camera to north and I started taking the all-night startrail which lasted almost 11 hours. After the 11 hour startrail I turned the camera to northeast and I shot a half an hour startrail, and finally with the camera at northeast and east some 'night to day' transition shots."


David Cameron Pretending to be Common (http://davidcameronpretendingtobecommon.tumblr.com/) - "A Conservative publicist steers David Cameron towards a more suitable PR setting after his loud proclamation 'I like this graffiti because it is like Caravaggio for urban people'" Pictures of David Cameron trying to look like an ordinary person.


Happy invoicing! :wave:

Cliphead
28th February 2011, 19:55
Have a banana :banana:

Not for the links of course...

NickFitz
28th February 2011, 21:27
Have a banana :banana:

Not for the links of course...

Cheers :)

Unfortunately I'm now in A&E having a bad feeling in my chest investigated. Cardiogram seems to be normal though so hopefully nothing serious :(

MaryPoppins
28th February 2011, 21:29
Cheers :)

Unfortunately I'm now in A&E having a bad feeling in my chest investigated. Cardiogram seems to be normal though so hopefully nothing serious :(

Oh no. Hope everything's Ok Nick.

MarillionFan
28th February 2011, 21:31
Cheers :)

Unfortunately I'm now in A&E having a bad feeling in my chest investigated. Cardiogram seems to be normal though so hopefully nothing serious :(

Sounds like you may be allergic to the internet! :eek:

Zippy
28th February 2011, 22:31
Oh bugger. Hope all is well.

FiveTimes
28th February 2011, 22:34
have a :music: for the gig

and a :eek: for the heart problem.

I thought you were gigged up at HQ ?

d000hg
28th February 2011, 22:39
I thought you only just got a gig. Don't try to emulate MF's ability to do 3 full-time jobs at once, only he is man enough for that.

http://tescovaluecards.com/static_files/getwell.jpg

My favourite was:

http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_leypmbKpXE1qgpacfo1_500.jpg

Is the caption: "which ones has she had kids by?"

NickFitz
28th February 2011, 22:45
Being admitted for tests - no chance of making last orders now :(

MarillionFan
28th February 2011, 22:52
Being admitted for tests - no chance of making last orders now :(

Jesus Nick! God! God! I'm so sorry! God! I just. I just. I just don't know what to say! Oh! God! Oh! Oh! Last orders man, you missed last orders!!! DAMN!

BTW. I hope you've studied :wink

MarillionFan
28th February 2011, 22:54
http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_leypmbKpXE1qgpacfo1_500.jpg

Is the caption: "which ones has she had kids by?"

Nah.

Which ones are her children!

lilelvis2000
28th February 2011, 22:56
Wells Fargo Meeting Today With Philly Homeowner Who "Foreclosed" On Them (Here's How He Did It) (http://consumerist.com/2011/02/how-this-philly-homeowner-foreclosed-on-wells-fargo.html) - "Wells Fargo is meeting today at noon with the Philadelphia homeowner who 'foreclosed' on them... how did Patrick go from embattled and ignored homeowner to seated across the negotiating table with leverage? I spoke with him to find out more about both how and why he did what he did. His story is an inspiration to anyone who's dreamed of going toe-to-toe with the big banks and winning."




Seriously cool story that one. I wonder if homeowners in the UK have similar protection?

Reminds me I need to desposit that client's cheque! :eek

Zippy
28th February 2011, 22:58
Being admitted for tests - no chance of making last orders now :(

We'll just have to send you a bottle .. erm ... bunch of grapes. :hug:

NickFitz
1st March 2011, 00:36
I thought you were gigged up at HQ ?


I thought you only just got a gig.


The project I was intended to work on at the other gig ended up being delayed, so I was surplus to requirements although they gave a weeks notice. I finish there Tuesday, start the new gig Wednesday :D

d000hg
1st March 2011, 09:06
Still close to home or back to the grindstone?

MarillionFan
1st March 2011, 17:31
The project I was intended to work on at the other gig ended up being delayed, so I was surplus to requirements although they gave a weeks notice. I finish there Tuesday, start the new gig Wednesday :D

You alive fella?

NickFitz
1st March 2011, 18:57
You alive fella?

:wave:

They pumped me full of morphine, then transferred me to The Hospital Without A Phone Signal for more tests. Eventual conclusion was that it was a combination of gut-related side effects and stress; my heart is in tip-top shape. The solution, of course, is more drugs, which were prescribed at 11am and finally arrived, meaning I could be discharged, at 18:30.


Still close to home or back to the grindstone?

About 40 miles each way, mainly motorway :)

MarillionFan
1st March 2011, 19:40
:wave:

They pumped me full of morphine, then transferred me to The Hospital Without A Phone Signal for more tests. Eventual conclusion was that it was a combination of gut-related side effects and stress; my heart is in tip-top shape. The solution, of course, is more drugs, which were prescribed at 11am and finally arrived, meaning I could be discharged, at 18:30.



About 40 miles each way, mainly motorway :)

You still invoiced for the day right? I mean, you did manage to invoice? None of this nampy pamby permie rubbish about not being able to do a days work I hope?

(Take it easy fella, don't want to be seeing a Nick Fitz emoticon for the next 30 years of posting :wink )

Zippy
1st March 2011, 19:45
That's good news. :)

cailin maith
1st March 2011, 20:10
:wave:

They pumped me full of morphine, then transferred me to The Hospital Without A Phone Signal for more tests. Eventual conclusion was that it was a combination of gut-related side effects and stress; my heart is in tip-top shape. The solution, of course, is more drugs, which were prescribed at 11am and finally arrived, meaning I could be discharged, at 18:30.



About 40 miles each way, mainly motorway :)

Yikes it really was constipation? :wink

TimberWolf
1st March 2011, 20:13
Yikes it really was constipation? :wink

Or pyrosis.

('scuse the pun, it's no laughing matter) . I was however a little taken aback at your dietary revelations not so long back.

NickFitz
1st March 2011, 20:17
Yikes it really was constipation? :wink

Seems like that may have been part of it :frown


Or pyrosis.

('scuse the pun, it's no laughing matter) . I was however a little taken aback at your dietary revelations not so long back.

Sorry :o

Pogle
1st March 2011, 20:43
Oh sorry to hear you've been proper poorly again.

Take care sweetie :hug:

shaunbhoy
1st March 2011, 20:45
Yeah, take it easy old 'un.

:wave:

Pogle
1st March 2011, 20:45
Yeah, take it easy old 'un.

:wave:

I LOVE your avatar :rollin:

Zippy
1st March 2011, 20:48
I LOVE your avatar :rollin:

So do I. But I fear the naughty step may be lurking :laugh

shaunbhoy
1st March 2011, 20:49
So do I. But I fear the naughty step may be lurking :laugh

Surely not? Poetic Licence............ :tongue

MarillionFan
1st March 2011, 20:53
So do I. But I fear the naughty step may be lurking :laugh

Really?

You think RealityHack will come steaming in here later tomorrow, pay no attention to anyone else, bother to read the moderators panel and then ban Shaunbhoy for 24 hours for infringing the swear filter, in the meantime both Admin, NAT & Cojak have said it's OK. You're saying the RH hands out bans to posters like Gary Glitter hands out lollipops to Vietnamese school children???

Nah. Will never happen.:rolleyes:

mudskipper
1st March 2011, 21:10
Glad you're OK Nick. :hug:

(Who else would solve our css conundrums?)