Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My First Pumpkin

The kitchen staff (so that includes me :) ) at work were offered 2 free pints to carve a pumpkin for Halloween.

Never having carved one before I didn't know what to do so had a thought and came up with this idea and quickly mocked it up on the computer just before I had to leave:

I didn't know where to start carving so after copying my design roughly onto the pumpkin I started with the person first.

I think it turned out reasonably well for my first one, and it was definitely worth the free pints :).

Happy Halloween.

Woo Hoo finally I have a pagerank

Google has awarded me Pagerank 3, yay!!!!

If only I had been awarded this before Google went nuts and made everyone distrust the whole thing and devalue it's meaning!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Obviously it was bored with nuts!

Yesterday I was almost late for work because I saw this little thing munching a whole slice of pizza and I had to try and get a quick photo.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Show Yourself

Inspired by this post over at Vegan Momma I thought of this new meme idea and I know that the whole meme thing is maybe overstaurated in this little blogging world but I really like the what Opal said about seeing the people behind the blog and think this will be fun.

This is me:

(The photo was taken by my partner Lara)

Blogging can become unpersonalized as we rarely see the author so the idea of this meme is to let us all have a little peak at the person behind the blog

- Copy this post and amend the text above 'This is me'.
- Replace the image with a nice smiley, silly, serious picture of yourself.
- Make sure your name and link is added to the participant list.
- Tag and link some fellow bloggers in the 'Show us yourself' area
- Let them know they have been tagged.

See us here:
Forest Parks from The Random Forest
Show us Yourself:
Twisted Sister,
Bush Mackel,
John Cow,
Vegan Momma,
Me And My Drum,
Ugly Mailbox

And if anyone who I have not tagged wants to join in the fun then please do, and leave a comment on this post so I can visit.

I look forward to seeing everybody.

I finally have Pay Per Post

Finally I have and am using payperpost to help monetize my blog.

As most bloggers know payperpost is fairly commonly used and I knew about it for a long while and have been eagerly waiting to try it out.

I have posted a couple of posts so far and really like the fact that there are so many opportunities to choose from and you can pick things that are relevant to your blog or you just want to promote.

I did worry that before I started doing paid posts thats I would drive people away so I am trying not to make every post a paid post to help keep the overall integrity of my blog but when I do do Paid posts I am trying to improve my writing to make sure the content is still entertaining and maybe if I pick the right reviews and products you guys may come across something useful.

This is my first real opportunity to earn anything worthwhile from my blog and I really do see it as a very small leap towards my dream of being a full time web worker but at least for now I'll earn enough to pay for my web hosting and maybe be able to expand my portfolio of sites.

If you have any suggestions to improve my integration of payperpost and improve the writing of my reviews I would be super happy to have some feedback. I have actually found some interesting websites and information through other peoples paid posts and have especially enjoyed reading posts where people manage to integrate them into a talking point topic.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Four Foods on Friday

I have not done a meme for a while and I was just about to post a meme that I have created when I saw that I had been tagged for this one by Lynn at the Sewing Mum. Phew that was a long sentence!

This is a quick and easy meme and a way to help us get to know our fellow bloggers. Just answer four food related questions and tag a few other bloggers. That’s it, so here I go.

1. How do you like your eggs cooked? Any special ingredients? Hmmmmm, I like them poached then in a toasted sandwich with some random herbs, cheese and ketchup.

2. What is your favorite cold sandwich, made on two pieces of bread? Probably peanut butter.

3. What is your favorite pie? Has to be a really really good homemade fruit pie of some sort. Maybe apple and cheery with custard would be a dream combination

4. Name one food you refuse to eat and why? Mayonnaise, I would rather lick the road clean for a day then eat even 1 spoon of this sludge!

I’m tagging, hmmmmm i'll go for some people that I have not tagged before!!:
Ms Danielle
I'm Happy Fish and

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I say tomato you say tomato

I once blogged about the difference between the letter Z (here) in the UK and in North America. It was only the tip of the iceberg as far as pronunciations and language differences between these English speaking nations (I should note, out of respect, that Canada actually has two languages... French and English. Oh and the US will probably have to include Spanish as it's other langauge some day soon).

Most people can instantly think of a few words that the UK and North Amercia pronounce differently, such as tomato, but the one word that tickles me everytime I hear it is Herb.

For some reason North America says 'erb and drops the H. When I was living in england the only time I would hear herb said like that was from the Carribean accent so to see a 70 year old checked/checkered (depending where you are!) shirt wearing Canadian say 'erb really makes me chuckle and seems really out of place.

In many instances words mean different things over the water.

In British English pavement means the sidewalk. Chips means fries, pants mean whitey tighty underwear and fanny means vagina!

"We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, the language"
Oscar Wilde , (The Canterville Ghost, 1888).

This Wikipedia article goes really deep into the differences between the languages.

I really love the fact that the differences exist. Here in Montreal I'm teased about not speaking properly and the differences in our english provides at least a small amount of entertainment everyday.

If you can think of any other words that are differently understood between versions of English (or any other language for that manner) then I would love to hear about them.

Monday, October 22, 2007


If you had a personalised number plate just for fun what would it be?

I suppose I would try and have a variation on the name forest maybe something like this F0R35T or maybe my second name which is Parks would be P4RK5?

I have never owned a vehicle so have never had the need for a plate on my car but a Bedroom Door Sign could be cool and I guess it would be great for kids. I would use my name but you could try anything such as G3T AW4Y or PR1V4T3 then fun could never end?? If you own a company then you could turn all your workers into numbers and buy number plates to pin to their office doors so that you could find then easily. This also works if you are starting a fight club style organisation or you have lot's of children.

If you are in the UK then 4plates offer a cool plate design and build service which can be used for serious replacement plates, personalised plates or the fun variety that I was writing about above.

Many of my friends have had private plates put on their vehicles and used similar companies. The results are always pretty cool or funny depending on what they have chosen to have.

Maybe i'll go and buy some for my friends birthdays with encouraging messages such as L0S3R or B0RN DUM3. That would please them!!

A bit of a laugh for everyone.

For some reason today I was thinking about English comedy and one comedian in particular came to mind.

Peter Kay is his name and I have included this video so you can make your own mind up!

So let me know what you think.

I also remembered this email that I got years ago so I dug it out. I'm not totally sure all the lines were actually said by him though!

Thoughts and one liners from Peter Kay...

Triangular sandwiches taste better than square ones.

At the end of every party there is always a girl crying.

One of the most awkward things that can happen in a pub is when your pint-to-toilet cycle gets synchronised with a complete stranger.

You've never quite sure whether it's ok to eat green crisps.

Everyone who grew up in the 80's has entered the digits 55378008 into a calculator (Thenturned it upside down).

Reading when you're drunk is horrible.

Sharpening a pencil with a knife makes you feel really manly.

You're never quite sure whether it's against the law or not to have a fire in your back garden.

Nobody ever dares make cup-a-soup in a bowl.

You never know where to look when eating a banana.

Its impossible to describe the smell of a wet dog .

Rummaging in an overgrown garden will always turn up a bouncy ball.

You always feel a bit scared when stroking horses.

Everyone always remembers the day a dog ran into your school.

The most embarrassing thing you can do as schoolchild is to call your teacher mum or dad.

The smaller the monkey the more it looks like it would kill you at the first given opportunity.

Some days you see lots of people on crutches.

Every bloke has at some stage while taking a pee flushed half way through and then raced against the flush.

Old women with mobile phones look wrong !

Its impossible to look cool whilst picking up a Frisbee.

Old ladies can eat more than you think.

You can't respect a man who carries a dog.

There's no panic like the panic you momentarily feel when you've got your hand or head stuck in something.

No one knows the origins of their metal coat hangers.

Despite constant warning, you have never met anybody who has had their arm broken by a swan.

The most painful household incident is wearing socks and stepping on an upturned plug.

People who don't drive slam car doors too hard.

You've turned into your dad the day you put aside a thin piece of wood specifically to stir paint with.

Everyone had an uncle who tried to steal their nose.

Bricks are horrible to carry.

In every plate of chips there is a bad chip.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Watch out for this man - Richard V Rhone


On my bus trip this morning from Montreal, Canada to Burlington, Vermont, I met one of the most interesting characters I've met in a long long time. His name is Richard Rhone.

After a brief discussion about his Sansa MP3 player, he showed us a photo of himself with President Kennedy. In fact he was the first black man to ever guard and serve a US President. I was amazed! What a great story.

Richard had a great persona and a great round afro. He said his life had been blessed, telling us about many things that had happened throughout his life. He used to be a clothing model, he acted in a movie playing Matthew Henson- who was the first black explorer to go to the North Pole. Richard was also the first black stockbroker in New England and almost by accident, he ended up negotiating pay increases and endorsements for some of the biggest Montreal sports stars of the 70's. He is an inspiration.

Now the next part of the story may seem unbelievable, but this man truly seemed like a genuine soul. I hope with all my heart that he achieves the long hard journey that he is embarking.

Some years ago he had a brainwave: He decided that this little brainwave may work out in his favour, so he visited an agent and patented a very simple idea. He thought that communications companies could make a very large sum of money if they offered their current and future clients high speed internet accesss for their current dial-up price. Very simple and now, as you all know, a very common offer.

After the patent had been drawn up, some of the major Canadian and US communications companies were approached with the idea in exchange for a reasonable sum. They all ignored him. And yet, one by one, many of them began using this idea to promote their high speed services.

Richard realised he was entitled to some part of the profit, as he owns the patent. He honestly believes that by Christmas he could be an extremely wealthy man. And when I say weathy, I mean billions! He is leading a case to sue the huge telecommunications companies.

At present, he is going through the motions. Due to the fact that a fight with the communications industry is so god damn big, many lawyers are refusing to help, but he is making headway and building up much evidence and support.

Richard is a genuine man and if anything like this is achieved, he truly wants to inject his money back into the world in a big way: "To feed the world."

Richard gave me a copy of the great photo, as seen above, and kindly gave me his contact details.

I am starting my support for this great cause and will be keeping close contact on what Richard Rhome accomplishes. Hopefully, R V Rhone updates will become an important part of my blog.

Remember the name, he could be very important one day.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Brrrrrrrrrr, It's getting Chilly - Heat your garage!

Finally I have become eligible to write for Pay Per Post and as it's just starting to get chilly here in Montreal I thought I would pick something helpful to write about in my first Paid Post.

I woke up yesterday morning and it felt a little chilly. I ran to the shower half dazed and threw myslef under the hot shower.

That was not so bad....

When I jumped out of the shower however I had a shock. Freezing cold and late for work I dressed and rushed, shivering all the way on my 25min walk.

This is a very gentle introduction for me to the cold weather of the Canadian winter. I have heard many stories or morning hell and if I drove to work then a garage heater would definitely be something I would look at getting.

Just imagine being able to warmly get into your car and then once the heat in your car is up to par you could leisurely drive to work pretending that the cold never existed!

Sadly I don't drive or have a garage so will just have to dream of this while I trudge the cold streets.

This is a sponsored post

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Back in business

After taking my laptop to pieces and reassembling twice I now have a fully functioning laptop. Sadly though a few pieces and screws never made it back in, I hope they were not important!

My blogging life has suffered over the past few days with visitors almost reduced to nothing and 333 posts to get through in Google Reader but I'm sure I can get back to normal within a few days.

A great piece of news arrived in my inbox though, I have finally been accepted onto Pay Per Post so hopefully I can actually start making a small amount of change from my blog.

I'll be back soon, until then adios.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Don't Drink And ........................

...............Carry your laptop in your back pack.

I just learned the hardway.

On Wednesday I got really drunk and hadn't eaten. A vaugue memory of me throwing my bag has resulted in this lovely display on my poor Macbook's screen.

Anew screen is arriving from ebay (approx $200) and I have found a repair guide on Ifixit.com. The Apple service people wanted almost $800 so I have to do this myself.

Wish me luck and i'll try and keep some blogging going until I get this problem ironed out.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Aliens!!!!! No wait..... we created them...... well what are they then?.....What is the world coming to?

According to a story I read on Sunday on Guardian Unlimited, we are on the verge of hearing, from scientist Craig Venter, a breakthrough in which he has created the first new form of artificial life on earth!

Know ethical or not, it really is amazing and scary and confusing....argghhhhhhhhh, what does it all mean for life and existence?

The story, which in full can be found here says that:

"The new life form will depend for its ability to replicate itself and metabolise on the molecular machinery of the cell into which it has been injected, and in that sense it will not be a wholly synthetic life form. However, its DNA will be artificial, and it is the DNA that controls the cell and is credited with being the building block of life."

I eagerly wait to hear any further news and am still struggling with the concept and my issues regarding the morality of the whole thing.

It's almost like the start of a comic book so if we don't hear any news or he just say that the experiment failed.... well..... we can safely assume that after going back (alone) to the lab late one night he was overtaken by the new life form and the artificial DNA overtook his body and took control of his brain making him a superhuman evil genius capable of destroying the earth and intent of spreading regenerating plastic DNA beings all over the entire globe........ phew gotta take a deep breath now, oh and a reality check.

So what do you think about the moral issues and the possible implications of such a technological/scientific leap? Or alternatively do you even give a damn?

Saturday, October 6, 2007

A load of Pollocks

Whilst haphazardly journeying through the interweb I fell and stumbled across this rather interesting time waster.


It allows literally anyone to create deep meaningful pieces of priceless classic art in the style of that famous artist who's name I can't remember :)

As you can see above, I really have showed my immense talent in this creation. Maybe if you really focus you will be able to create a slice of your own genius!

You can learn abit more about the real creative genius behind this here.

I hope you enjoy this for a little bit of fun.

Oh and this post isn't sponsered. I just liked the site.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Quit your Jibber Jabber


After reading the first few lines of Bush's recent meme post 'My Desktop' waves of nostalgia for the 80's came spilling back into my head.

I am an 80's child thrown into this world back in '81 I grew up lapping up American television and believing that America really was the place of Dreams.

Of course I was aware that the good old US of A had it's problems but gladly a certain group of Soldiers of Fortune were there to make sure that it was all flattened out.. oh and most importantly under strict orders (and funding) of Charles Hestons mob no one ever died.

The A-team, as cheesy and completely unrealistic as it was, was a real fun part of my youth. I think I used to watch it on ITV on a Saturday early evening and BA was truely a man to look up to, even though he only stands 5'10 (surprising, I know!).

A while ago I heard that there may be plans for a big screen version of this old Tv classic. This could possibly be the biggest movie mistake ever, or it could turn out to be one of the most entertaining films in many years. None the less I have been figuring out my Dream A Team for a while now and my current line up is as the photo above shows:

Hannibal - Jack Nicolson
Howling Mad Murdoch - Jim Carey (Almost certainly the ONLY choice!)
Face Man - Jude Law
BA Baracus - Michael Clark Duncan

Jack Nicolson is in my opinion an acting god. In recent films such as About Scmidt and The Departed he has shown his accute attention to making himself somebody else is still in tact and I still think he has more than 'what it takes' to pull off the subtle blend of comedic lines and authoritative father figurism needed for a modern Hannibal.

Jim Carey pigeon holed himself in early performances as a madcap clown but recent offerings have shown his solid serious side. Blend these two where needed and Murdoch is almost unchanged from his original form.

Jude Law can be hit or miss. He is a good actor but has made some medicore decisions in his time. However he is smooth when needed and carries the looks to pull off 'the ladies' man persona needed for the role. I say 'Give him the job'.

BA is the hardest one to replace. Two faces come to mind and the one I did not choose is Ving Rhames because he is the popular choice. I believe Michael Clark Duncan on the other hand has shown he can be mean and sensitive and he certainly carries the huge huge presence needed to attempt to follow in Mt T's shadow.

For a while I have thought that only Mr T could play BA but I understand the need to move on. And also if you watch this video below you will see that he is much more adept at singing and should be pursuing a singing and dance career.

So who do you think should make up the new A-Team?

Further reading on the movie news: http://www.ateamshrine.co.uk/movie.php

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A new baby is born

Firstly apologies for being gone for a few days.

I have been having troubled times with my first jump into Wordpress.

An idea I had a while ago for a directory website has finally been born (in it's initial incarnation anyway).

I have been battling for the last few days to get my head around Wordpress and bend it to my needs for this directory site.

So here it is www.largequalityprints.co.uk

The function of the site is to provide a comprehensive list of large format print suppliers in the UK with easy area search, free of charge. Revenue (if any!) will initially come from Adsense.

The next steps are to keep working on the functionality (improving the search, add listings daily (as it will take a while before people are contacting me with their details) and also delve into the weird and wonderful world of Search Engine Optimization!!

Please let me know what you think (honestly) as this is my first try at anything even remotely business based.

There are also many more ideas up my sleeves and hopefully I can start work on some of them sometime soon.