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I'm back, even though I said I'd take a break

I couldn't help myself, 100 words is so amazing, plus I kind of feel that I should be doing at least some creative writing in my creative writing elective

I have no idea what I'm going to write I have no plan I'm kind of just writing whatever pops into my head It'll probably be mostly about tech related things (Which pop into my head frequently)

This likly means that this month will likely be even WORSE than last month (Which is going to be quite hard to manage)
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Yahoo is a failing company, or at least many people think so

I would love to say that I disagree, but increasingly I'mm having to agree with this statement

Think of it like this

What kind of company is Google: A search company What kind of company is Facebook: A social network What kind of company is Yahoo: well . . . I don't know

Yahoo do a bit of everything, search, news, Web Hosting, messenger, email (although their email is awesome)

As Isaac just wisely pointed out, Woolworths had a similar strategy

And look what happened to Woolworths
01/03 Direct Link
Running franticly, he didn't want to look back

He was afraid of what he might see

How did he get here, what did he do to deserve this, he was a good man really, well at least he used to be

Events had morphed him, changed him, he didn't even recognise himself, and he travelled across half of the Galaxy trying to find meaning, a purpose. He had failed miserably, and made a few enemies along the way

And now he was running for his life, away from the strange alien that was chasing him

The alien streets were confusing
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He was tall and intimidating

no one talked to him

he wondered whether it was becuase he was intimidating, or whether it was because he was really shy

Everyone expected him to be this big mean evil person but quite the opposite was actually true

He was generous and kind, just very shy, thus he hadn't made many friends, he was too shy to talk to them, and they were too scared to talk to him

A vicious cycle

But in all the time that he should have been socialising he instead learnt how to code, and made a VI to keep him company
01/05 Direct Link
I hate hand shakes

You see I suffer from a condition called Raynauds Phenomenon, which means I lose the circulation to my hands if they get too cold, it also means they get incredibly sweaty sometimes

Which is really annoying when someone wants to shake your hand, especially as refusing would be rude, yet if I do it, they sometimes comment quite loudly about how sweaty my hands are . . .

It's made even more annoying that it's bad enough to be annoying and awkward, but not bad enough so the doctor will do anything about it
01/06 Direct Link
Bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored bored

not bored?
01/07 Direct Link
I'm making a 'chat bot' in computing

You talk to it and it talks back

Except it's not talking, it's writing, talking would be a lot more difficult

But whilst doing it it's made me wonder how far computing will go towards speech based interfaces, imagine having a conversation with your computer and asking it to do things for you 'e.g. computer please find a restraunt on the high street for me'

I find this frigtening because it would cut me out in some ways

and possible diminish the ad revenue model of the internet

and maybe because I don't like change all the time
01/08 Direct Link
I hate Microsoft even more now

You see Hotmail doesn't work with Ubuntu + Firefox 4 which is incredibly annoying, not because I use hotmail, to be honest it's pretty dreadful compared to Yahoo Mail or GMail but, it serves excellently as a spam email account (you know to sign up to all of those services that will inevitably send you spam mail forever)

Although it doesn't surprise me considering that Steve Ballmer called Linux (and therefore Ubuntu) a Cancer, and that they're likely annoyed at Firefox for destroying their browser monopoly

Anyway, they'll be losing my business, Aol. mail spam account it is.
01/09 Direct Link
Finally I've developed a website which isn't grey!

For those of you who don't know me, a lot of my websites inevitably come out grey, it's a trend I've been trying to buck

And it looks like I've succeeded! A blue website (but not too blue) mixed in with white and a very subtle light yellow for the search button

I doubt this website will ever go out into the wild but at least finally I've been able to make a website with a decent colour scheme

Now to create a website with a green colour scheme . . .
01/10 Direct Link
Did you know that the only letter which isn't in any of the 50 state names of America is Q?

Did you also know the average wingspan of an Albatross is 340 cm

And that the company that makes blackberries (RIM) is called Research In Motion

And that REM stands for Rapid Eye Movement

U2 Have sold roughly 150 million albums worldwide

Ask Jeeves is the fourth most popular search engine

Google has (around) 66% of the search market

That Microsoft lost over 700 million in their online division last quarter

And that CPU stands for Central Processing Unit
01/11 Direct Link
I hate the dark

No actually I'm scared of the dark

I think it's sort of an irrational fear though, I suppose it's fear of the unknown, I hate not being able to see what's out there, and whilst I know that there's almost no chance of there being some kind of giant man eating wolf out there waiting to eat me, it annoys me that I can't look to be sure

Sounds also get personified in the dark, e.g. is that my cat I can hear over there or is some random person walking through the garden?
01/12 Direct Link
The radio stations annoy me when they say they're playing "Music Variety" because really it's not music variety, it's either Indie or Pop (Very occasionally Rock) and truly it's hard to tell the difference between Indie and Pop, so to me they just play Pop

And when was the last time they played classical? I admit this might make a few people tune out(ok maybe a lot), but at least it would be true music variety, better than lying to their listeners by claiming to provide music variety?

I don't think they'd see it my way
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"This is the next century Where the universal's free You can find it anywhere Yes, the future has been sold Every night we're gone And to karaoke songs How we like to sing a long Although the words are wrong

When the days they seem to fall through you, well just let them go

No one here is alone, satellites in every home Yes the universal's here, here for everyone Every paper that you read Says tomorrow is your lucky day Well, here's your lucky day

When the days they seem to fall through you, well just let them go

Just let them go"
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My jaw keeps popping

I don't think it's healthy

You see it all started months and months ago, I can't remember why but occasionally my jaw seemed to 'pop' out of its joint, except it didn't hurt, it just made this popping noise occasionally

Then I accidentally hit my jaw against something about a month ago, and for a day or two it was painful, but the pain slowly ebbed away after a day or so

now the popping is worse and more frequent but it's not painful

I'm wondering whether to see a doctor . . . although it's probably nothing
01/15 Direct Link
I'm really sorry that I'm doing this again but I really can't think of anything to write

It's 11 PM at night, and I should be in bed, especially considering I only got about 6 hours sleep last night

But yet I still sit here quickly trying to finish of my 100 words batch

Now to finish off the last 35 words of this entry

Tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired tired
01/16 Direct Link
What's all this hype about Quora!

I mean come on! It's a QA site! How saturated is that segment of the market *cough*Yahoo Answers*cough**cough**cough*

That's not the worst of it either

All questions on Quora are meant to be answered by someone who has some kind of experience / education regarding the question, meaning the answers all of of good quality

Except when it grows to the size of say, Yahoo Answers, what's to stop the trolls from posting stupid answers?

It also wouldn't be as bad if Techcrunch weren't so obsessed with it
01/17 Direct Link

A website which just confirms some of my education in HTML and CSS is slightly flawed

Thank you for your errors W3Schools

Although it's not too bad, they have fixed some of those errors, and let's face it, some of things complained about on that website are slightly trivial

Besides which who could resist W3Schools, I mean it had a try it editor!!!

Regardless if I ever try to finish learning JavaScript I think I'll try one of the websites recommend as an alternative to W3Schools

Now to finish off this 100 words post

Blur are an awesome band
01/18 Direct Link
I wish I'd made an effort to learn Spanish

I'm part Spanish, I have cousins in Spain, and see them very occasionally, they've made an effort to learn English, it makes me feel guilty I haven't made a similar effort with Spanish

I used to know a bit when I was little, although that was such a long time ago, I barely remember any of it

Ok, I think I know what I'll do

One of my goals this summer holidays is going to be to learn Spanish

As long as this doesn't conform to my track record I should succeed
01/19 Direct Link
Why does toast always land buttered side down?

A question which has perplexed many people

And I just had a thought, there must be some physics behind this, therefore why isn't it included as an option to do for the physics practical coursework?

I imagine there's a lot of physics involved, and let's face it, dropping pieces of toast and recording the results sounds a lot more fun that counting how long it takes a spring to oscillate 100 times

It might turn up an interesting answer for why it always lands buttered side down too
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Ubuntu 11.04, success or failure?

Honestly in my opinion is could go either way, in my personal opinion though I think the inclusion of Unity is going to be a mistake

I know people seem to have it out for Gnome Shell, but personally I think it's a good interface

Admittedly there are a few problems with the current Gnome Shell, but I think they'll be ironed out quickly and I can see their philosophy/aim, with Unity I can't see that, it just seems like the top of Gnome panel with a ton of indicators, and a dock on the left hand side
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I procrastinate too much

I know that about 5 of my previous 100 words entries have probably revolved around this topic but I keep finding myself coming back to it

Each time I vow to conquer procrastination and each time I fail pitifully

What am I doing wrong

- Spending too much time on tech websites
- Playing around too much with HTMl
- Playing too many video games
- Avoiding work because I think it will be 'boring'
- Leaving it to the last minute because it always works

Except leaving it to the last minute doesn't always work in sixth form . . .
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"How come I end up where I started? How come I end up where I went wrong? Won't take my eyes off the ball again
You reel me out then you cut the string

You used to be all right
What happened?
Did the cat get your tongue?
Did your string come undone?

One by one
In procession
It comes to us all
It's as soft as your pillow
How come I end up where I started?
How can I end up where I went wrong?
Won't take my eyes off the ball again
You reel me out and you cut the string
01/23 Direct Link
6 days left to go (I'm writing these entries in a strange order)


Today I found out that I'd used the wrong unit (Newtons instead of Kilograms) in all of my results, and then used these results to calculate the answer to my physics coursework

Which is incredibly stupid and annoying

Now I have to go back and rewrite about 1/4 of my coursework, and change all the units and values in my excel file will all the graphs charting the data

On a lighter not I had fun in computing, I think my project is getting there (slowly)
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Did you know that apple were thinking of calling their TV product (not called apple TV) iTV because it fits in with every other apple product that has 'i' before it (iPod, iTunes, iPhone, need I go on?)

That was until they realised that a TV company in Britain called ITV existed, I think ITV were going to sue them if they went through with it, I haven't heard anything since but I'm guessing they gave up

This either means

-American companies don't care (or know) about any big British Companies -Apple's naming people (whoever names their products?) are incompetent
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I really don't like the girl who's leading our creative writing group (let's hope she never reads this)

For example, Mrs Smith got us together and gave us idea's for what we could do, admittedly I liked some of them (I'm not sure if everyone else did) but it was irrelevant because the head girl said (after Mrs Smith had rattled of a long list) that she had her own ideas for what we could do, which all sounded fairly bland, e.g. bringing in an object that resembles emotion etc.

I don't particularly like talking about my emotions to strangers . . .
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It was the last thing that she gave him, a key-ring with two keys, he didn’t know for sure where they both led but he had some good ideas.

The smaller of the two keys likely unlocked her work locker, and the larger of the two likely led to an apartment or house, although he had no idea where that might be; and he had no idea what might be in the locker.

Maybe it would answer some of the many questions he’d been pondering for the last few hours, you see everyone had disappeared, everyone except him, just slowly, one by one people had faded into nothingness
01/27 Direct Link
I don't particularly like dreams

Dreams usually tend to be nightmares (for me anyway) and I'm not one of those people who can tell when they're in a dream, so I spend every second of the nightmare believing it is pure reality

Until I wake up of course, then I'll usually forget about most dreams about 1 hour after waking up

So, basically I'm in fear throughout the night, then by mid-morning I've forgotten all about it anyway

Dreams seem very pointless to me

On another note, after watching Tron I'm really addicted to the music composed for it
01/28 Direct Link
Earlier I was thinking 100 Words is similar to twitter in a lot of ways, substitute 140 Characters or less for 100 words or less and you have pretty much the same thing (there are of course a fair few differences too, e.g. followers)

I also thought about why Google are supporting WebM, then realised it was all for their personal gain, they simply use the 'open source' banner when it suits them

Then I thought about whether I should do my maths for Friday

And decided against it

Then I thought about doing physics coursework

And did some
01/29 Direct Link
I don't have a Facebook account

I know, I'm probably in the minority of people my age, and I know most people reading this are probably wondering why, but that is for another post . . . if I haven't already done a post on it (I probably have)

But it can be slightly annoying sometimes, everyone expects everyone else to have Facebook, and thus I usually don't hear about things

"oh didn't you hear about" no I didn't I'm afraid I don't have Facebook

And I'm among a small number of people (I can count them on one hand) in my year who don't
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Maggie, thank you for your suggestion of It's better than most of the lyrics website I've visited, and I'm glad at least some one agrees with me

Also, while I'm at it, thank you David for persuading me into doing 100 words, it's strangely addictive, and I feel really guilty when i don't finish a batch (Hence why I'm finishing this one now)

I don't think I'll do next month, it's too near to exams for my liking, although saying that I'll probably find 101 other ways to procrastinate and avoid doing and form of revision
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I've finally finished January

If you're reading this, and you've read most of my other posts, I apologize for the rubbish quality of them (I think the whole physics toast thing was a whole new low for me) I'm just lacking in creativity this month

However, a lot has happened this month, even if I haven't written about all of it on 100 words

Somehow though I think the months might get worse the nearer to exams times they get (I'm almost tempted into making a graph . . . I've been doing too much physics coursework)