This story cheered me up on a dreary Monday... A ten year old boy goes missing, the police are called, one search and rescue operation, including full house to house investigation and overhead helicopter, later, boy turns up under bed fast asleep in a makeshift camp behind a cardboard box. The best part being (other than him being safe and well of course) he was still fast asleep when they found him. Respect.

Entry 551, Monday, October 13th 2003, Filed In Stuff

Washing WhiterUp late last night I saw a television advert that I didn't quite believe to the extent that I had to check on-line today to see if I remembered it right. Fortunately I did. See the ubiquitous and irritating LLB (LLB = Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen for those lucky enough not to know) undergo stain torture at the hands of the awsome Adam & Joe, all to see if Surf can remove stains from ridiculous clothes.

Entry 550, Sunday, October 12th 2003, Filed In Stuff

I can't remember who it was but at some point during the last couple of weeks somebody was explaining to me how the baseball 'World Series' got it's name. That is say why it has the word 'world' in it's title when it is quite clearly a US only event.

The explanation was quite pleasing. The story goes that the original sponsor of the World Series was the 'New York World' newspaper - hence the name. Nothing what-so-ever to do with someone confusing their country with the planet.

Thanks to snopes urban legend reference though I've since found this explanation isn't right at all. Unfortunately while the story is disproved no satisfactory explanation of where the name comes from is provided. Did someone really not realise that there is more than one country in the world?

Entry 549, Sunday, October 12th 2003, Filed In Stuff

Something troubling you? Been naughty? Let it all out and confess on-line and you'll be rewarded with a *grouphug* [via burnt toast].

Entry 548, Sunday, October 12th 2003, Filed In Stuff

If you can't find some paper to screw up and a dustbin to throw it in you can now play paper basketball on-line instead. Just like the real thing but with less tidying up afterwards.

Entry 547, Sunday, October 12th 2003, Filed In Games

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Entry 546, Saturday, October 11th 2003, Filed In Stuff
Comments(2) - A classic example of a domain name meaning something completely different to the owner from what you were expecting. At least the guys at are just taking the piss (I think). sadly remains registered but unused.

Entry 545, Saturday, October 11th 2003, Filed In Stuff

How did people express this kind of thing before flash animation? As usual insanity and flash meet head on [via Daisy].

Entry 544, Saturday, October 11th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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Second Life is an expansive online society, lived in and built by its participants. I'm seriously tempted to sign up but it does sound a little bit addictive and a touch nerdy. Second life or no life? Also what kind of pesudo virtual world is it where I have to be a resident of US or Canada to play? Am I really banned for being a Brit? The whole thing intrigues me.

Entry 543, Saturday, October 11th 2003, Filed In Games

Lo-Fi Wi-Fi finding. I swear I heard the term warchalking a few months back but I wasn't really paying attention. I then accidently stumbled across it again the other day through I don't know what google search and I got reading - such a friendly lo-tec approach to wi-fi networking. Interesting.

Entry 542, Saturday, October 11th 2003, Filed In Stuff

Last Exit To SpringfieldLast exit to Springfield - for all your Simpsons needs. Extremely neat site including the worryingly large episode guide, the seemingly endless image galleries, not to mention dates and times for up-coming episodes in 3 countries (USA, UK, Oz).

Entry 541, Friday, October 10th 2003, Filed In Stuff

If ever there was a website that left me utterly confused it was this one. The about page actually made my head hurt - surely it must all mean something? But what? Did the dog build the web site?

Entry 540, Friday, October 10th 2003, Filed In Stuff

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