Stig(ma) of the dump

Eddie and Gareth breaking up a bed in the garden.

Well, in the end we had a really relaxed and quite weekend in Selkirk.

Oh, hang on! No! It’s the other one. We had a really busy, emotional but productive day clearing out seven car-loads of “stuff” from the shed.

I even managed to lose my head once or twice.

Eddie sawing off Gareth's head in the garden.

The irony was that most of the stuff that we binned was stuff that Dad had … “salvaged” from skips about twenty years ago.

On our first visit to the Civic Amenities Site (dump!) the attendant was wearing a shirt and high-vis bib. On the second visit he’d abandoned the shirt and was just wearing the high-vis. A couple of hours later, on our third trip he was topless. I can’t tell you how nervous we were on our fourth and final visit of the day.

We’re going back (to Selkirk) in a couple of weeks time for The Clearing of the Box Room. It makes Pandora’s Box feel like Disneyland!

Please note …

Post-it note
Why is there a photograph of a Post-it note? No idea … I panicked!

Another early start this morning: I’m now getting used to rising at 05:45 and getting some exercise in before work. This morning, however, I’m off to Edinburgh with Jane en route for Glasgow. This afternoon my colleague Steve and I are giving a presentation at the Scottish Web Folk meeting at the University of Strathclyde about the use of mind mapping to mange the migration of content from one website to another. I’m looking forward to it.

Then Jane and I are travelling to Selkirk to see Mum tomorrow, so if I don’t post between now and then you’ll know that we’re clearing out her shed/out-house. I’ll bring back photos, I promise!

Must go shower now…!

Error’d: But they are ALL new features!

A couple of days ago I was clearing out old CD-ROMs, the ones you get free with PC magazines, and gleaning them of software that I either wanted or thought I should check out.

One application that caught my eye was AceHTML 6 Pro, a development environment for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP, and PHP. This morning I got around to installing it and it was all going well, in a follow-the-instructions kind of a way, until I was presented with this dialog box

Dialog box reads: Do you want to restore the menus and buttons to see the new features?

The dialog box reads: “Do you want to restore the menus and buttons to see the new features?”

I have no idea what this means. I have just installed this application for the first time, so

  1. I would expect the menus and buttons to be “restored”, if that means that they are returned to their default positions, and
  2. they are ALL new features to me, I’ve just installed the thing!

Please, software developers, give us dialog box messages that are actually meaningful to users. 🙂

(Error’d entries on this blog are named after the popular Worse Than Failure feature.)

Jane first to predict “24” times … twice!

Jane correctly predicts the time on 24, for the first time.

Remember the 24 game that Jane and I play while watching episodes of 24? During the breaks we try to guess at exactly what time the break will end.

Well, it gives me great joy to announce that last night, while watching Series 3, 01:00 – 02:00, Jane correctly guessed the time that it came back from a break: 01:16:33.

Not only that, but she was also spot-on with the next break, correctly guessing: 01:29:15.

Jane correctly predicts the time for 24 a second time.

What are the chances of that?!


Jane would like me to point out that she was very tired when I took those photos, and that if she’d known that she was going to be so perfectly predictive — like a mysterious cross between T9 text messaging and Nostradamus — then she’d have dressed up for the occasion.

As it is, life’s like that: the most amazing things happen when you least expect them.