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Getting Things Done

Posted by Jon Evans 11/01/2006 at 05h36

I bought a book called “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. It arrived on Monday.

I haven’t had time to read past the prologue yet.

Happy New Year, by the way.

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Musical Breast Implants

Posted by Jon Evans 19/10/2005 at 15h06

Apparently, some researcher at BT is saying that, in the future, breast implants could be fitted with MP3 players.

How many songs can they hold? That depends on the size of the mammary.

Badum-tish. Thank you, I’m here all week.

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Posted by Jon Evans 22/08/2005 at 13h54

James’ friend’s cat had to be put down last week (age 12 years). James asked his mum where Buttons was now, and Heidi said he was probably in Cat Heaven.

Matthew said “Can we go to Cat Devon?”.

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EU Software Patents Directive defeated!

Posted by Jon Evans 06/07/2005 at 14h29

What amazing news. The European Parliament voted 648 to 14 to reject the Computer Implemented Inventions directive. This is almost better news than the announcement that London will host the 2012 Olympic Games.

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Sell your Procter & Gamble shares!

Posted by Jon Evans 07/02/2005 at 12h26

Chemistry professor claims his discovery will spell the end for soap powder on wash day

Richard Pashley, a professor of physical chemistry at the Australian National University in Canberra, has discovered that when tiny air “particles” are removed from water - a process known as “de-gassing” - the water lifts oily stains from the surface of clothes, allowing soap-free cleaning.

Prof Pashley said that the technique was so effective that even the greasiest stains could be removed. “You can use de-gassed water to clean whatever you have dirtied. We even experimented with Vaseline. We cleaned it off completely. This is a new area of science - the mixing of oil and water. It could be a cleaning revolution.”

Read the full article on The Telegraph

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Alone in the Dark

Posted by Jon Evans 02/02/2005 at 00h12

I once bought a computer game called Alone in the Dark. In fact, spinning around on my office chair I can see that the box is still sat there on my shelf. It turns out that they’ve made a feature film out of it. It’s getting amazing reviews, here are some samples:

The three stars have seen better days, but I’d like to think they could still do something classier and more dignified than this. Like gay porn.

It’s only January, but I can’t imagine any upcoming film replacing ‘Alone in the Dark’ as my leading candidate for Worst Movie of 2005.

Saying Uwe Boll’s Alone in the Dark is better than his 2003 American debut House of the Dead is akin to praising syphilis for not being HIV.
Nicholas Schager, SLANT MAGAZINE

…asking the viewer to accept Tara Reid as a scientist is pure insanity, requiring a staggering leap of faith that I can’t even begin to contemplate.

Alone in the Dark co-stars perpetual party-girl Tara Reid as an archeologist. That alone should give you some clue as to how bad this movie is.

As video game adaptations go, even Pong: The Movie would have a lot more personality.
Michael Rechtshaffen, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

via Defective Yeti

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Thank you, Poland

Posted by Jon Evans 24/12/2004 at 02h11

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SinglePoint, RIP?

Posted by Jon Evans 08/12/2004 at 01h05

My current phone is a SonyEricsson P900, which I got nearly a year ago on an Orange contract. Before that I had a Nokia 7650 on SinglePoint. Last night while running a bath for the kids I got a phone call from someone at Vodafone. They asked me if I wanted to return - the guy said that they weren’t dealing with SinglePoint any more as it had cost them too many users. I questioned him further and he said that they’d bought out SinglePoint and immediately got rid of 50% of their staff. It seems that SinglePoint had such a bad customer services reputation that customers were leaving in droves.

I’ve just had a gander at the Vodafone website, and there is a press release confirming that they have bought out SinglePoint for £405m. However it’s written in fairly glowing terms and doesn’t even hint at any problems with SinglePoint

I didn’t really mind the intrusion, the guy was quite pleasant, and it was useful information. For the moment though I’m quite happy with Orange.

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