The latest in the BMW films series: The Driver (Clive Owen) witnesses a deal between James Brown and The Devil. Excellent guest appearances, watch out at the end especially. Once again it's the turn of the new Z4 to represent BMW; never has advertising been so cool.

Entry 34, Monday, November 25th 2002, Filed In Stuff
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Visited Matt and Paul in Portsmouth last night, after having been to work all day Saturday (the system I've been working on for ages finally went live), for the latest of the ex-Intranet developers get togethers. Just a small one this time with drinks at Gunwharf, followed by Tapas. Looks like the major get together will be in January with a full reunion in Cheltenham with Ben playing host. Hopefully by then I've have my new camera so I can record the event.

Currently I'm not sure which camera to go for, although the Canon IXUS 330 is definitely my front runner so far. It's difficult to judge, because I want something quality, but not too over board, as 9 times out of ten I'll just want to post the pics on-line, so I don't really care about megapixels and all that nonsense.

During the day I was working in Fenchurch St and the London Underwritng Centre - I never really realised that the City was so quiet at the weekend, it was like the end of the world, or the trailer for that new film - 28 Days Later. How can somewhere normally so busy, be so quiet? The worst thing though was that I lost my train pass somewhere. That's going to be very inconvenient this week. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Entry 33, Sunday, November 24th 2002, Filed In Diary
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Virtual tour of Bill Gates' new home. If I could spare the $97 million I might think about putting an offer in, but you know how it is, all my money is tied up in those savings accounts where you have to give a month's notice to withdraw your capital, *shame*

Entry 32, Sunday, November 24th 2002, Filed In Stuff
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Unst Bust ShelterThe official site for Unst bus shelter. It's hard not to sound sarcastic when talking about this site but I really love it. It reminds me of the 'my home page' days, but in a really good way. And I'll tell you for nothing if I ever get to Unst I am definitely making a pilgrimage to the bus shelter. The only thing that could make this site more perfect would be a web cam combined with a timetable posting.

BTW if you don't think waiting for buses is entertainment you've obviously never played Shenmue. If there are any more bus shelters out there with sites mail me the addy's :o)

Entry 31, Sunday, November 24th 2002, Filed In Stuff
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The Coffee ExperimentThe acute fatal dose of caffine is purported to be 4000mg, or roughly 40 cups of coffee. As much as I love coffee I personally can't spare the time for all the toilet breaks required to prove this, not to mention the fact that it sounds kind of dangerous, so it's just as well that someone, 'Benito von Bitter Ragazzo', has set out to test the theory on behalf of us all. Some would say of course that with a name like that he was born to the job.

Entry 30, Saturday, November 23rd 2002, Filed In Stuff
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General ZodWhat ever happened to….(number #3249 in a series)…General Zod. After featuring as supreme bad guy in the Superman film series you would have thought that General Zod would have slipped into some quiet lifestyle, like tending chickens in rural Hampshire, but no he's plotting total world domination from his *neat* web site. How is Superman going to combat this new threat? For a start I suggest he takes legal action against DC Comics who appear to be cyber-sqatting on his domain name, or alternatively go back in time by flying round the earth counter-clockwise to just before they bought the domain name so that he can get in first and avoid a messy legal suit. Mind you on the up side I think he would have a good case, I mean they've blatently stolen his name, although it would probably help if he had it copyrighted. I've recently taken the precaution of renewing my registration just in case.

Entry 29, Saturday, November 23rd 2002, Filed In Stuff
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How do I swear in foreign languages? All you need to know about swearing in languages other than English. Also incorporates a random insult generator if you feel the need to be insulted by your web browser. 'Mine vittu' as they say in Estonian.

Entry 28, Friday, November 22nd 2002, Filed In Stuff
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If you regularly need to translate text into binary this is the site for you. Send this link to the geek in your life to make their 01100100 01100001 01111001 00000000 (day).

Entry 27, Thursday, November 21st 2002, Filed In Stuff
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PavlovThe work that made Pavlov a household name in psychology actually began as a study in digestion. He was looking at the digestive process in dogs, especially the interaction between salivation and the action of the stomach. He realized they were closely linked by reflexes in the autonomic nervous system. Without salivation, the stomach didn't get the message to start digesting. Pavlov wanted to see if external stimuli could affect this process, so he rang a bell at the same time he gave the experimental dogs food. After a while, the dogs -- which before only salivated when they saw and ate their food -- would begin to salivate when the bell rang, even if no food were present. In 1903 Pavlov published his results calling this a "conditioned reflex," different from an innate reflex, such as yanking a hand back from a flame, in that it had to be learned. Pavlov called this learning process (in which the dog's nervous system comes to associate the bell with the food, for example) "conditioning." He also found that the conditioned reflex will be repressed if the stimulus proves "wrong" too often. If the bell rings repeatedly and no food appears, eventually the dog stops salivating at the bell.

All this makes for a great Flash animation, although I can't help but feel that the treatment of the real Pavlov's dogs wouldn't be so comicly entertaining. Anyway, that aside, this is a great animation, and the spaces in the site navigation suggest there is plenty more to come.

Entry 26, Thursday, November 21st 2002, Filed In Stuff
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Classic arcade game free to play on-line. I can't actually remember this one from first time round although I did have a go on an original machine at Game On. Excellent soundtrack. The bad news if you are near London is that Game On is no longer at the Barbican, but the good news is that it hasn't simply ended, it has moved to Edinburgh. If you are up that way I can *highly* recommend a visit to this superb expo. For about 5 mins you'll ponder the history of the arcade and the console, then another few hours will be spent regressing back to the Old Skool days of gaming.

Entry 25, Wednesday, November 20th 2002, Filed In Games
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Available Temping ManAble to create impressive looking spreadsheets with a single click of his mouse it's…..The Available Temping Man (and his side kick : Sticky Note Boy). Our super-hero has his work cut out when Gary at Disposable Personell gives a temp job at a Law firm to one of his failed actor friends. Warning: watch out for the language at the law firm if you're easily offended, or if you can't bare to see a badly presented pie-chart.

Entry 24, Tuesday, November 19th 2002, Filed In Stuff
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Sonar Keepie-UppieFor some reason I can't work out this wicked game of keepie-uppie is called the 'Sonar Challenge'. Whatever, it's a neat game, especially if you turn the volume down so you can't hear the distracting sound effects. I managed a very poor 29 before my wrist starting hurting. If you don't have RSI you soon will.

Entry 23, Sunday, November 17th 2002, Filed In Games
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