Sunday, October 31, 2004

Suddenly they were attacked by ninjas...: "Dares Complete: (5 dares 3 bonus points)
* The BIG one: Write your novel based on dares
* Use one dare for every 1,000 words. Bonus if you do one for every 500. Double bonus if you do one for every 250 words "
National Novel Writing Month - Forums FAQ : "How many novels have been written through NaNoWriMo?
We had 21 participants and six winners in 1999, 140 participants and 29 winners in 2000, 5000 particpants and more than 700 winners in 2001, 13,500 participants and around 2100 winners in 2002, and 25,500 participants and about 3500 winners in 2003. This November we're hoping for 40,000 participants and something close to 5000 winners.

Has anyone had their novel published?
Jon F. Merz was one of Team 2001's winners; his NaNo book The Destructor was published by Pinnacle Books in March 2003.
So far, two NaNoWriMo 2002 participants have sold their works to publishers, including Lani Diane Rich, whose NaNo-penned manuscript, Time Off For Good Behavior, will be coming out on Warner Books in October 2004."
Azelma's NaNo Blues

This is the place where I "publish" (haha, that's funny) the novel I'll be doing for NaNoWriMo. Read it. Please? It's funny. I promise. Ok? Good.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Audioblogger: Speak Up! yes telephone your audioblog and leave a recorded message

Each post may be up to 5 minutes in duration. If you want additional time, you are given the option at the end of each post to record another post.
The number that you call is located in the us. We have plans to put this service everywhere in the world where there is a blogger blogging.

Send the blogger people an email if you would like to see the service in your area.

the file size is about 1k per second
from their faq

Are you guys going to have speech to text?

We are very excited about speech to text and are currently developing solutions to enable this capability. Also are in the works are indexing, categories, and meta-search.

Friday, October 29, 2004

A YANK IN THE OUTHOUSE: "My home was in a small rural village in England and I was waiting to be drafted by the government for work in a munitions factory."

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

from my news-mail
re uk.local.wolverhampton

> Hi all,
>I'm trying to get a new usenet group created: uk.local.wolverhampton.

What language will it be in?

Monday, October 25, 2004

Gareth's Help Page [4] finding missing people

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Sharpes-R-Us: I Found Some Of Your Life: "This is really, oddly interesting -- and creative. Someone found a CompactFlash card in a taxi in New York. As there was no identification on the card, it was impossible for the finder to directly contact the owner. The FINDER decided to create a blog - - -"
but now it has been deleted
Google Search: I Found Some Of Your Life

I found your life... | Design Nine Technology News: "In the 'old days,' (I find myself saying that a lot recently, and I'm usually talking about six or seven years ago), if you lost a roll of film, it might, at best, have 36 pictures on it, and no one would bother to spend the money to have them developed."

And the fact that something like this is even possible demonstrates how much the world really has changed. Anyone can be a writer and publisher--anyone. Like the bloggers that broke the story on the CBS memos, it's a dramatic redistribution of power away from the "old" media conglomerates and toward a much more equitable and egalitarian model. Of course, it's also now easier to publish complete falsehoods, but as CBS found out, to its chagrin, if the falsehood is important in some way, someone, somewhere, will let the world know.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Yahoo! Groups : YgrainesHerblore:
"Welcome to the Magickal Cauldron's Herblore Workshop, guided by Ygraine!! This is an ongoing workshop, designed to help you whilst you actually prepare your garden, begin your seeds, and watch your herb garden grow!! "

thanks to SARAH HEAD

This is the basic recipe for any syrup which was devised by Non Shaw
Christopher Hedley's and appears in their book, "Herbal Remedies"
1 l (2 pints) water (remember these are European pints (20 fluid oz)
not US
40 g (1 1/2 oz) dried herb or 100 g (4oz) fresh chopped herb
450 g (1 lb) sugar

Put herb in water, bring to a boil, let simmer 20-30 minutes, strain.
Clean out pan, pour liquid back into it, let sit on minimum heat until
you only have 2 dl (7 fl.oz) left Add sugar, simmer until sugar has
dissolved, pour into jars, label.

For the SAD syrup I used equal quantities of dried St John's wort and
balm which I ground up in a coffee grinder. The only reason the plants
dry was because I picked them and then left them in the basket in the
kitchen for several days and when I came to make the syrup they were
bone dry! I used the aerial parts of both plants. Normally I only use
flowers of St John's wort to make oil and tincture, but a lot of my
had gone to seed, so I used the seedheads and flowers and some of the

Remember that lemon balm only has a shelf life of 6months when dry, so
you buy some from a supplier, ask when it was picked. You should also
the leaves before they flower, but as most of my plants had flowered, I
tried to pick as many secondary shoots that I could (shoots which had
up from stems which had ben cut earlier in the year).

Before the herbs simmered in the water, I added the grated rind of a
and when the syrup was finished, I added the juice of the lemon so that
wouldn't be too sickly. I add lemon or orange juice to a lot of my
and use them more as hot cordials than taking 1 tsp at a time.

The doseage for the SAD syrup would be around 1tsp three times a day.
use this syrup if you are already taking SSRI drugs for depression or
you've had a bad reaction to St John's wort in the past. Some people
take medication for migraine conditions find it can bring on a

The difficulty with this syrup is that it tastes so good, it could be
quickly used up, so take care and don't take too much at once! As with
medicines, make sure children can't go and help themselves or you will
suddenly find the bottle is empty!

=============== AND ===============

Below is my general recipe handout that I give to people after my rl
workshops. I hope they give you some ideas of things you can make or do
the winter. If you've got joint style pains and aches, try a rub with
infused meadowsweet oil or mugwort oil or one made from hot peppers. If
you're suffering from a virus induced bone ache, use boneset, but
because it is incredibly bitter.

Remember not to give honey to any child under the age of 2 years,
should they have any kind of mint or thyme - their livers can't handle
menthols. The herbs recommended most for soothing children are catmint
lemon balm and these can be given most effectively in a bath last thing
before they go to bed. (Make a strong tea and add it to the bath
Wrap up warm after drying, bedtime story (no running around) and sleep!

You'll find instructions on how to make oils, teas, tinctures, creams,
salves etc in the archives.

Have fun



Classic Cold Tea
Use 1tsp each of dried peppermint, yarrow and elderflower (1tblsp if
Pour 1/2-1pt boiling water into a teapot of cafatiere and steep for ten
minutes. Strain and drink every half hour. Sweeten to taste

If suffering from 'flu, add 1/2 tsp dried boneset to the tea to
aches and pains.

Sore throats
Make a tea with sage and gargle. Echinacea tincture can also be added
to the
gargle. Swallow, don't spit. (If throat is very sore, add 1tsp salt to
gargle and don't swallow.)

Pour a mugful of boiling water over 2tsp cider vinegar and 2 tsp honey
taste) Sip. Use sage infused cider vinegar if available.

Add juice of half a lemon to 1-2 tsp honey in a mug and pour boiling
over it. Sip. (Cool if using with children)

Bad Chest/Throat
Make a tea with 1tsp sage and 1 tsp thyme (dried) Steep for 3 minutes,
strain and pour over the juice of half a lemon and add honey to taste.

Ticklish Cough
Grate 1 inch of unpeeled root ginger and cover with boiling water.
Steep for
ten minutes, strain and drink.

Cough Syrup
Use general syrup recipe from Non Shaw and Christopher Hedley's Herbal
1 l (2 pints) water
40 g (1 1/2 oz) dried herb or 100 g (4oz) fresh chopped herb
450 g (1 lb) sugar

Put herb in water, bring to a boil, let simmer 20-30 minutes, strain.
Clean out pan, pour liquid back into it, let sit on minimum heat until
you only have 2 dl (7 fl.oz) left Add sugar, simmer until sugar has
dissolved, pour into jars, label.

For straightforward syrup use 2 parts peppermint, 1 part hyssop, 1/2
thyme, 1/2 part horehound. For cough syprup which can also be used as a
drink, use hyssop, thyme, elecampagne, white horehound, lemon balm and
ginger. (This will take the back off your throat, but will stop you

Gently pour 1/2 tsp warm St John's wort oil or mullein infused oil into
affected ear. Stop ear with small plug of cotton wool. Repeat as

Antiseptic wash
Make a tea with either calendula leaves or thyme and use to wash

Use salves made from yarrow, plantain, elder leaves or bark or
arnica cream and/or tablets. Crush daisy or yarrow leaves and apply as

If skin is unbroken, wrap affected limb in compress of distilled witch
hazel. Bandage and leave for several hours. Repeat, leave overnight if
possible. Keep affected limb as supported as possible (elevated and
non-weight bearing if swollen) and repeat as necessary.

If knee is swollen, alternate hot and cold compresses with witch hazel
(cold) and elderflower oil (hot)

Make cream using St John's wort oil, calendula oil, St John's wort
and the inside of a fresh aloe vera leaf. Blend well, add a few drops
lavender essential oil and keep in the fridge.

Minor burns
Cool affected part by keeping under running cold water for at least ten
minutes. Open an aloe vera leaf and cut a small patch and place over
area (It cools and soothes) If burn area is larger than size of 10p
seek medical advice.

Stings or splinters
Chop up or chew enough plantain leaves to make a poultice, apply to
area and bandage securely. Replace with fresh poultice ever three
hours. If
dried leaves are used, crumble three or four leaves and moisten with
water until a poultice consistency is achieved.

Apply a compress of fresh chickweed to affected area, bandage securely
replace every three hours.

Sore Eyes
Make a tea of chickweed, or marigold or chamomile or eyebright if very
strain and use as an eyewash. Chickweed compress can be used for eye

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Monday, October 11, 2004

Frustration Ventilation: "Tuesday, February 05, 2002
Posted 3:57 AM by Jonathan Martin
Does anyone out there care about me?
It seems they all just use me and flee.
I'm a good kid, a great friend, I got a big heart."

Sunday, October 10, 2004

The world in my taxi: Moynalty Video Production big questions
"Driving a taxi gives me time to think"

too true if you hold at a rank - but if you cruise looking for fares -like I used to before I retired, you alternate between a ZEN like total concentration on driving and chatting with passengers or being a good samaritan ear and doing non-directive councilling.

Occaisionally they are a bit stiff - I remember one fare I asked if she had any children, a sort of ice brakler, - "That is too intimate a question was the reply in Danish.

I took a firm grip on the wheel and answered "I have your life in my hands - what could be more intimate?"

taxi drivers are so trusted that they are regarded as part of the machine LOL - of course really upper class people are charming with the servants - theywant to get the best.

Those who behave badly to waiters and drivers have no breeding at all.

but this blogger is a wanna be - see Moynalty Video Production - Wedding Video Home Google image Search: Moynalty and Google Search: Moynalty taxi

Google image Search: site:ie taxi

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Profanisaurus - N LOL good night all
dream of nurfing
BBC - CBBC - Shoebox Zoo a page of kids' dreams

Saturday, October 02, 2004

I ended up there via Google Search: marginalia because I was using google as a spell checker
- in fact a grammar checker - because on this page
I wrote "marginalia has another total" and it felt wrong. On checking I found marginalia is a plural noun - like money - but I i changed the phrase anyway to [another total in the marginalia] took the -alia out anyway.
Think Gower Plain Words

well the google top was the blog adn after some gossip Bill Stilwell had blogged another blog

September 17, 2004
On Wittgenstein
David Rees (of Get Your War On fame) waxes hilarious on Wittgenstein:

The Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus reads like a calculator’s weblog about C-3PO’s honors thesis, or an instruction manual for meaning itself translated from the algebra by Data from Star Trek Voyager. The book’s skeleton is a septet of underwhelming statements: “The world is all that is the case;” “A thought is a proposition with a sense.” The intellectual savagery of this book lies in what spins out of these nodes, furious and brilliant. Each initial statement is broken out into sub-statements which are numbered according to Wittgenstein’s secret taxonomy. For example, paragraph 3.33 (“In logical syntax the meaning of a sign should never play a role…”) is elaborated by paragraph 3.331 (“From this observation we turn to Russell’s ‘theory of types’. It can be seen that Russell must be wrong.” [Oh SNAP!!! How much did Bertrand Russell hate reading paragraph #3.331 in the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus?])

Then, late one August night Wittgenstein awoke with the realization that he had not totally destroyed philosophy. A few wily questions had survived his armageddon. They had grown stronger during his hiatus. They had learned from their fellow questions’ fatal errors. They steeled themselves to the Tractatus. And now they called out to Wittgenstein, taunting him. So our hero came out of retirement and starting swinging harder than ever. He returned to Cambridge University and began raging against the dying of the light. He raged so hard, he accidentally developed an entirely new philosophy of language, one that contradicted the Tractatus-Logico Philosophicus. This new philosophy was called “Language Games.” The basic idea behind it was, “Just talk and have fun. It’s all good. It’s only language.” This philosophy was a little more mellow and less strident than the pit bull paragraphs of Wittgenstein’s earlier work. This later period of Wittgenstein’s career is referred to as the “All Good Period.”

or from amazon

I hang out with a Wittgenstein list

- - that guy W is a paper tiger, which academics revere, but post-Chomskian ideas on language date Ludvig W badly.

The best thing about reading philosophy at Copenhagen University was that you were encouraged to argue and dispute with your teachers.

We were expected to read in three languages danish, english and german - and latin and old greek would be useful too.

If you are a thinker it is clear anyway that all the old philosophers are riddled with assumptions and consequent errors.