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Saturday, April 28
My Acer = Happy Acer

Looks like my Acer laptop (an Aspire 5672WLMi) juuuuuuuust missed out on the huge battery recall being undertaken.

The batteries affected are (as you might've suspected) Sony batteries. A full list of affected battery serial numbers is available on the Acer site: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07167.html

Acer must've wised up a while back, because I bought my laptop in October last year (during the affected time period where dodgy batteries were being sold with laptops) and my battery is a Sanyo. At least they decided to go elsewhere for batteries in good time! I'd hate to have to go batteryless in my laptop, even if it was only for a week or so (though that said, my laptop is currently on... On my bedroom floor... Plugged into the mains, and I only ever use it on the battery when I take it to Uni. Go figure. haha)

Be careful though if you have an Acer - the serial number for your battery is on the underside, so you have to take it out - but if you have a dodgy one, send it back sharpish! You don't want the chemicals inside to explode all over your nice pink fleshy legs, causing irreparable burn damage to your thighs (and most likely immense pain at the same time), do you?

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Thursday, April 26
All Hail His Noodly Appendage

So I've decided from this day forth that when asked what my religion is, I will respond: 'I'm a Pastafarian.'

Except for national Censuses, for which I reply Jedi.

And when I'm accosted in the street by the Scientologists, to which I reply "I'm already OT Level 7, get out of my way."

There's various reasons for what brought about this change of heart all of a sudden, but I was getting bored of calling myself agnostic for one thing. ;)

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Wednesday, April 25
Kryptonite discovered in Serbia

Sorry, I had to copy and paste this verbatim for the benefit of those who don't usually read Good Morning Silicon Valley:

This explains why Clark Kent turned down that job as Belgrade bureau chief: Ever wonder why Superman never did more to help out Serbia? Now we know -- there's kryptonite over there. Researchers working at a mine near Jadar recently came across a mineral they couldn't identify and called in Dr. Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London's Natural History Museum, to help. "Toward the end of my research," Stanley told the BBC, "I searched the Web using the mineral's chemical formula -- sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide -- and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luther from a museum in the film 'Superman Returns.'

The new mineral does not contain fluorine (which it does in the film) and is white rather than green but, in all other respects, the chemistry matches that for the rock containing kryptonite." Unfortunately, international rules prevent the new mineral from taking the kryptonite name because it's not related to the real element krypton, so Lois Lane will have to remember not to buy any jewelry made of Jadarite.

How genius is that! Proper update coming soon, my laptop's being an arse and "forgetting" that its (inbuilt) wireless adapter is there, so I'm pissing about making it work. Think I've got it going again now.

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Saturday, April 21
What gender is your blog?

Newsvine sometimes turns up little gems of sites. Today, it provided for my delectation an online utility simply named The Gender Genie. What it does is something quite remarkable - it uses established algorithm to determine the gender of your writing. Of course, your mileage may vary, and it's far from perfect, but it detected my gender perfectly. I used a recent blog post of mine as the sample text to test - this one, in fact. My results came back as follows:

Words: 676
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 557
Male Score: 1044

The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

How glad am I! There's also a PDF describing the algorithm behind the site on the results page (just submit some text to see it).

So go test yourself: hit up The Gender Genie and see what it says about you!

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Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger's daughter is called IRELAND


Go read on TMZ about the nasty voicemail message Baldwin left for his daughter on her phone after she didn't pick up (which has exploded across the web's gossip sites and eventually resulted in Baldwin issuing a public apology on his site): start here.

Then, once you've skimread that, sit back and think - WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU CALL YOUR DAUGHTER IRELAND?


Un-fucking-believable. Frankly, the whole dad-being-snippy-with-kid thing pales into insignificance in comparison with the heinous crime against humanity committed by Baldwin when he and his wife called their child IRELAND - and continuing to do so is inexcusable, particularly when a namechange via deed poll is very affordable and cost-effective these days. Naming your kid Ireland... This is fast becoming a national scandal!

Were Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger missing their CLEVER GENES OR SOMETHING? Bloooooody hell. Just when you think that there's at least a few regular, sane(ish) people left in the wonderful world of celebrity...

(By the way, if you're allergic to swearing, you should've looked away about four minutes ago.) ;)

I can't believe I was spurred on enough to even write this, what the hell is wrong with me.

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH BALDWIN! Even Jesus is up there going "well, freedom of choice and all that, I know we're typically non-interventionist and graceful in our passive rule of the universe but YOU'RE SERIOUSLY TELLING ME THIS IS WHY I DIED ON THE CROSS, SO SOME IDIOT COULD NAME HIS KID AFTER A SMALL ISLAND COUNTRY OFF THE WEST COAST OF ENGLAND AND WALES?

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Thursday, April 12
Grumble the signs of change grumble grumble

I was handed one of our new £20 banknotes today.

In a word: urgh. I was amazed at how much they look like €uros (the first time I've used my Acer's dedicated € key, too - the second time just there! what a pointless button). I was also disappointed by, therefore, how much they're starting to look like Monopoly money. Apparently they're harder to forge, but compared to the previous generation of notes they just don't compare.

Take a look:

and this picture shows it alongside a €20.

Bloody monopoly money, ain't it! Took a picture next to a £10 but couldn't be bothered to put it up... Pfft. I'm becoming such an old grumpy. At least the weather's nice :D

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