Friday, January 30, 2004

Yahoo! News - Oddly Enough: "A 56-foot sperm whale's insides lie strewn about after its belly burst due to decomposition while being transported to the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan in southern Taiwan on January 26, 2004. The whale ran aground and died on a beach in the southwestern county of Yunlin on January 17. (Taiwan Apple daily via Reuters) "

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Life and Observations: "I once did a dinner party scene with odd characters meeting. "


Google Search: writingbuddies: "ClockWorkMouse Productions: Public details
... Name: Simon Hodgson. Member since: 28.08.2003. City/Town: EX15 2NF Clyst Hydon.
Country: United Kingdom. Home page: ... "


well  have been pretty busy writing on the web,

my 68th birthday came and went on January 7 2004and still not got that first novel properly started


I administer lots of message boards - about 64 -  and some lists like

which is very quiet inspite of my efforts


Old bodies like mine have their idiosyncracies, getting up to pee every couple of hours has been going on for many years, but  yesterday my feet felt funny which meant I got out of bed at 400 am and started by having my breakfast at my north facing open kitchen window on the  seventh floor and listening to the birds singing themselves to bits. I sit there naked as a a sort of cold (air) bath with a wam pint glass of tea in my hands. I donot have my usual winter cough thi year so this regime seems to be working.


Today my brain got the message you are awake at 500 am - so my second pint of tea is taken at the bedroom window facing east as the computer starts to boot.

I have been writing for about 2 hours on the web and the pre-dawn light is filling the  cloudles sky, this is supposed to be cold air frm oGreenland but very little sign of frost below

I have just blogged my family history message and if you click in the side bar you cans see some more of my writing projects. I decided to self-publish in this way because it forces me to write every day.

I enjoy indexing and this site - site map - is beginning to look like a small book on Danish genealogy, the next stage will be to get an ISBN number and send a copy to the deposit libraries in Denmark and England.

Electronic publishing is its infancy but sure beats vanity press with expence, storage and markeing problems non exstant. < just used google to check my spelling

Mrs Google said:- Did you mean: "non existent."

No I did not Fru Google, because  I learnt latin as a kid nearly 60 years ago - reading about plagiarism and style yesterday, as background to an email,  on various university web sites I saw the LATIN is now OUT - better "for example" than EG.

But being the kind of writer I am I like both using and enjoy reading unusual words in a way it is still fun to learn a new word every day. I am not writing romance novels whichhave to be cliche filled to match their market, I do read Mills and Boone, they have just sent me two medical romances for free and a very nice pen as a present to try and get my monthly subscription going again, I cal it market research but sometimes even weep a little. My model novellist remains John Fowles because he writes with an extended english, but I enjou the pulps too.

About chatrooms - I usually hang out on AOL  in the genealogical ones full of old women and hosuewives who often write about their catsand dogs too.

my bloog link´s to my other online writing friends I will post this there too

mw-ville can be a full time job if you don't watch out

more than 30 topics yesterday and 29 new messages since 200 am when i went to bed - it often runs at 2 to 300 a day - totally unmoderated, except by peer pressure, and uncensored.

This weather staiton is about 2 miles away

Updated: 6:00 AM GMT on January 25, 2004
Observed at Coleshill, United Kingdom
Temperature 32 °F / 0 °C
Humidity 94%
Dew Point 31 °F / -0 °C
Wind SW at 2 mph / 3.2 km/h
Wind Gust -
Pressure 30.00 in / 1016 hPa
Conditions Clear
Visibility 17 miles / 27 kilometers


January 25, 2004 Sun Rise Sun Set
Actual Time 7:59 AM GMT 4:38 PM GMT
Civil Twilight 7:21 AM GMT 5:17 PM GMT
Nautical Twilight 6:39 AM GMT 5:58 PM GMT
Astronomical Twilight 5:59 AM GMT 6:39 PM GMT
Moon 10:03 AM GMT 9:18 PM GMT
Length of Day: 8h 39m
Length Of Visible Light: 9h 56m

seems a bit stripy

the sun just up on schedule the big ORANGE  !

it is one fingers width to the left of the most southerly of the 20 odd ten floor towers i can see - at the solstice it was to the right of the same block.

When I was a night taxi driver in Copenhagen the dawn meant time to go home, but now I have to put up a big piece of cardboard to kee the sun out of my eyes so I can still see this laptop's screen.

lots more mail to do until I usually ´return to bed at 900am

I see Simon has a chat scheduled so I will try and join you  there today

regards to all

Hugh W




Friday, January 23, 2004

zeroisms: "anyway, how does someone arrogant enough to ask such obvious questions alter your mood?"

I feel sleepy

Hugh Watkins
BBC NEWS | UK | England | Merseyside | Internet sperm mum gives birth: "A lesbian who conceived a baby after buying sperm on the internet has given birth to a boy."
Wurdz Text Analyzer: "Wurdz is freeware. Support is no longer available"

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

TunafishNews: "Short-sheeting the bunks at the Trickle Down Bible Camp!"

we called them apple pie beds
at boarding school
Google Groups: View Thread "for macintosh users a question re bloggery"

for Newbie blogger below on the ninth January 2004
I started that thread on MW because after giving him the advice
below he thanked me and added that he was a MAC user
I love the MAC but need some of the software on the PC
for genealogy and voice recognition

Hugh Watkins
The Gulles Hornebooke
"Café Esperanto is an always open cafe with ethernet - how else can I post this? oh, yeah wireless….. " NY ?

Saturday, January 17, 2004

parks place: "Now I don't think global warming is a problem. I know it is a problem. A major one. Here's what NASA's Web site says: 'With the possible exception of another world war, a giant asteroid, or an incurable plague, global warming may be the single largest threat to our planet.' Then there's this from Dr. Stephen Schneider, biological sciences professor at Stanford: 'Humans are not simply passengers holding a temporary ticket on planet Earth's ride through the galaxy. We are actively altering the surface of the land and the composition of the atmosphere."

archeology is called for - no news there
life does have that effect on planets


parks place: "There's a discussion about global warming in misc.writing right now. The person who started the thread is famous for tossing out URLs left and right with a few haughty comments about a particular subject--just enough to let the reader know she's turning up her nose at something without really giving any rationale why.

I've noticed that when she is challenged, she rarely has much to say in return. Kind of like the little kid who says 'Nyaah, you're dumb and your mother is dumb too,' and then covers his ears so he can't hear anyone argue. "

I tend to skim MW these days, it's running at 200 plus messages daily - I read highest one in twenty

Nature is not a problem - it just rains equally on good and bad alike
low ground will get flooded

deserts will spread
move north Canada or better still the top half of Norway etc

nature is going to do its thing

we will adapt

Hugh Watkins

Friday, January 16, 2004

TCA's adg 14 Days of Art 2004 mainpage

DAYs 1 and 9 sampled

copy paste collage

only worth a FART so far
davidachazan: "Homepage for
Davida R. Chazan
(a.k.a. The Chocolate Lady)"

postings in MW follow the rotation of the earth,
so those from Israel are amongst the first each day
then Belgium, Uk and later,
USA starting with the early risers in the East
Technology Review: MIT's Magazine of Innovation: "Shattered Geeks
Internet Geek Image Shattered by New Study! This sounds like a farcical headline ripped from the Onion, but in fact it's Reuters response to the World Internet Project: a study which finds that, surprise surprise, surfers read and have social lives. To get the results, the WIP polled both Net-heads and Luddites from 14 countries."
Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage: "For example, the gender gap is most pronounced in Italy and smallest in Taiwan. According to the study, 41.7 percent of Italian men are online compared to 21.5 percent of Italian women. In Taiwan, the difference is 25.1 percent for men and 23.5 percent for women.
The digital divide, a phrase used to describe how poverty impacts Web usage, appears to be tightening around the world, Cole said.
In seven of the 12 countries for which the information was available, more than 20 percent of the poorest segment of the population uses the Internet. Sweden, Korea"

Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage: "The Chinese, meanwhile, are among the most active Net socialisers. According to the study, Chinese Internet users say they rely on the medium to interact with others who share their political interests, hobbies and faith.
'It's more than in any other country and a significant figure for citizens of a nation in which religion is officially banned,' the study said of Chinese users' willingness to discuss religion online with others"

World Internet Project: " 'The invention of the Internet has forever altered the world we live in. Not since the industrial revolution have we seen such profound change in the way we work... we shop... we get our news... and conduct business. The UCLA Internet Study will provide policy makers with a better understanding of the impact the Internet is having on our society.'
-William M. Daley, Secretary of Commerce, USA

The originators of this project believe that the Internet (in whatever distribution system: PC, television, wireless or some yet to be developed system) will transform our social, political and economic lives. We further believe that the influence and importance of the Internet will dwarf that of the most important cultural influence of the past 50 years: television. Potentially the Internet represents change on the order of the industrial revolution or the printing press. Believing this, our Internet Project is designed to get in on the ground floor of that change and to watch and document what happens as households and nations acquire and use the Internet. "
World Internet Project year 3 report pdf

Monday, January 12, 2004

How to Tell If a Microsoft Security-Related Message Is Genuine: "Wolf in sheep's clothing. A professional appearance and sincere, helpful tone tricked many users into infecting their own computers."

old news
but LLOYDS bank warns of a spoof in 2004
Google Search: Xandros Desktop 2 (Linux) Howdershelt
why are you spamming ED ?

you should know better 18 copies of this in google so far
Lulu : Marketplace for a World of Digital Content: "Satanic Thoughts Of The A Devilish woman"

Enter text to be displayed in the main area of your storefront under your image or photo.

This author does not have any published content.

site is BROKEN

Friday, January 09, 2004

from my email

Do you have any recommendations for someone who would like to venture into blogging or est. blog for family member but is not a technical person?

What I would like are the type of blog that promotes alot of feedback and discussion and allows for images as well.

Thanks. Newbie blogger

yes just make a start now

and learn it as you go along

for me a blog should be raw and spontaneous
others use all kinds of graphics

and fancy formats

txt rules OK !

Hugh W

How does one start? What is the word of mouth re: the best server? to sign up with, etc?

Thanks! I like your advice! newbie Blogger

get the google tool bar and use the blog this button

Google Toolbar FAQ
PublishAmerica? : Writers Net Discussion Forum: "This discussion has been done to death...I have books with PA and will try to sum it up briefly...overpriced books ($19.95 or more for most paperbacks) return policy so most stores won\'t order them...they try to get authors to buy books and sell them on their own and they ask for a list of family and friends to send letters to to try to sell your books...\'real\' reviewers won\'t review them, as they consider them POD/Vanity even though they technically aren\'t (you get $1 advance!)
But if you want to publish without paying, go for it. Beware- they do not EDIT AT ALL...what you send in is what is published...
That said, it is a way to get a book out there at no cost...
That's all I have!"
Collecting my Thoughts: "I went to the web first to see if the article were available on-line"
Welcome to Storyteller - Canada's Short Story Magazine: "This issue marks the tenth anniversary of Storyteller ; from over 5,000 submitted stories, we've delivered 40 issues or about 400 published stories. "
Ugly Acronym: "and look what amateur “journalists” are doing on the internet that affects the churches. Sounds very similar to the revolution that the Bible in the vernacular English and German languages started. Bloggers in all denominations are debating and discussing church issues without the filter of their church’s hierarchy."
zeroisms: "get off your selfish lazy fucking entertained ass
and do something extraordinarily fun or worthwhile
or generous for someone who may truly benefit from
your focussed time and efforts and liberties."

poor old Zero a limited vocabulary
Ultrablog: "o's at blogspot now. This should be interesting.

// blogged by paula @ 3:12 PM... you talkin' to me? (0)"
not to me - he is boring predictable and LOUD !
Rant of the Loon: "The advent of the Digital Audio Workstation, really the general democritization of recording technology, has changed all of that. I find myself on the verge of purchasing my very own recording studio. It won't be much, but with a Roland Workstation synth and a Zoom 8(10) track DAW (and a couple of mics/stands/effects, etc.) I'll be able to cut demos and master and burn my own CD's right from the comfort of my bedroom.

I'm giddy with anticipation. I can hardly contain myself. 13 years of dreaming and I'm about to experience this particular fulfillment that for years I doubted would ever happen."

Do it
but allow yourself 10 years to master the technology
paractice 30 minutes a day rising to 5 hours like any other serious musician
then 10 more years to mature - 56 years old you should be doing good stuff

Thursday, January 08, 2004

Keith Snyder: Devoid of... oh really? 2004-01-07-23:50: "Some blogs are as tight as good journalism.
This isn't one of them. "

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

and 68 today Co-amoxiclav
is doing the business 14 more days

the two lumps, post operarative infected stitches (2 of 8)

Hugh Watkins

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Ugly Acronym: "Book club meets tonight to share our views and experiences reading 'Girl meets God' by "

Sunday, January 04, 2004

British National Formulary: CO-AMOXICLAV: "Co-amoxiclav

A mixture of amoxicillin (as the trihydrate or as the sodium salt) and clavulanic acid (as potassium clavulanate); the proportions are expressed in the form x/y where x and y are the strengths in milligrams of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid respectively"

goodbye Flucloxacillin hullo - The official amoxicillin site: "Amoxicillin is a penicillin-like antibiotic used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria"

<>> The tablets should be crushed or chewed thoroughly before they are swallowed. The capsules should be swallowed whole and taken with a full glass of water. << nobody said that to me

two infected surgical stitch sores remain

The Fantasy Novels of Victoria Strauss--Index: "The Inevitable List of Links
An eclectic and illogical collection."

Thank you Victoria

Hugh Watkins
Writer Beware--Index Page: "Ever been charged an up-front fee by a literary agency?

Ever received an agent's offer to read your manuscript, only to be referred to a freelance book doctor or an editing service run by the agency itself?"
Writer Alerts: "Writer Alerts!"
Warnings and Cautions for Writers--Writers' Alerts: "Since Writer Beware's establishment in 1998, we've received a steady stream of complaints about Creative Arts Book Company, a 'co-operative' (read 'vanity') publisher that presented itself as a reputable small press. Writers typically did not discover until after they received an offer of publication that they were expected to pay. The publishing fee, supposedly 50% of CAB's production expense, was actually far more than the real cost of producing and printing the book--even if CAB had printed the agreed-upon number of copies, which by all indications it did not always do."

Friday, January 02, 2004

Ultrablog: "They go out.'

'Out? Out where? Who drives?'"
Ultrapix: "This is the SUV that UV drove."

Thursday, January 01, 2004

Make a new year's resolution to share your family history information with other genealogists

because your family is bigger than you know

Happy New Year

Hugh Watkins
Jim Lynch's Blog: "Low Carb Freedom!
My good friend Katherine Prouty has launched her low carb blog. Please do drop by and check it out if you are interested in low carb eating. She's got store reviews, menus and some other good stuff up there. You'll find lots of info about stuff like the Atkins diet, where to buy low carb foods and which stores are low carb friendly. "

also an idiot
Low Carb Freedom: "I was so happy when Michelob Ultra appeared on the market"