Gives us more nothing!

Good news yesterday in the Independent newspaper and also available online.

The UK goverment is going to make light pollution a criminal offence. Good news for everyone who has ever looked up in the night and wondered where all the billions of stars have gone.

I also discovered a goverment sponsered review on light pollution, here, that say’s if some simple measures were put in to operation then within 20 years we could once again see the rest of our galaxy, the Milky Way.

Lets hope by 2020 we will all be seeing the stars with 20/20 vision.

#Pic: AstroPics
#Flag: Astronomy, “Milky way”, “light pollution”. link


So I’ve made the plunge then and I’ve signed up for broadband with PlusNet. It was pretty cheap compared to some others, and it doesn’t have any download limits on. Also they were higly rated on ADSLGuide, a website I’d highly recommend if your looking to change or install your broadband.

Unfortunately, I made a mistake when I signed up and gave them my wrong delivery address so I had to ring up to change it. I called them on the phone and my first experience with them was a recorded voice on the line saying “Call waiting time’s are in excess of 15 minutes”, Great! Still, the good news is that it lied and I was only waiting about 5 minutes, which was good – although it was obvious they were busy at the time because they guy was speaking so fast I could hardly understand him!

It’s still going to take at least a week for it to be all set up, but when it is I’m sure I’ll be making regular reports of how good they are doing.

Now time for home. (I’m blogging from work!) Later.

#Flag: Broadband, PlusNet, links

totd: Ice cream meltdown.

Hot apple pie and ice cream – my favourite desert. Just pop the pie in the over for 10 minutes if its small, and 20 minutes if its a big one.

BUT! If the ice cream is a bit to hard to scope out of its container, don’t be stupid enough to put it in the hot oven after the apple pie’s, even if it has been turned off for a bit. Ice cream is meant to be kept cold, and apparently so are the plastic containers…

In short: Ice cream containers will MELT even if slightly heated! (Note: it may look cool the way the box folds in on itself, but you just try getting the lid back on…Oh, and I expect melted plastic is poisonous in some way too…)


#Flag: tip, ice-cream, food, oven, “Dont try this at home”, funny

Pee nine hundred blogs

So while I’ve been unable to get on the internet I’ve been using my phone to keep track of the things I’ve wanted to put up on this blog. My phone is really great for this. Its a Sony Ericsson P900 and its got handwriting recognition on it which makes it really quick to jot things down. (It also has a full internet browser on it so technically I could just access this website from anywhere!)

I’m not sure I could recommend it to anyone though, as it has a few glitches, sometimes it can even crash, and as phone’s go, that’s bad thing – what if I want to make an emergency call? However, it is very useful when it comes to making notes. I have a collection of things on it, like lists of movies I’d like to see or books I’d like to read. I have even started writing a story on it, which it is ideal for – you never know when your going to get inspiration.

The phone is now actually pretty old (for a mobile phone) and it has already been replaced several times. The current model is the P990i, and it looks a lot like a PDA to me – which is actually what they all are, and is probably the reason I bought it!

My current thinking on phones however has changed, and I think my next phone will have emphasis on its camera – this is why I’ve been wanting the Nokia N90 for a while now. It has a really great camera which will also record high resolution movies. And it looked like a really responsive, shinny phone when I had a play with it in a Nokia shop. If I ever save up the money for it, I’ll put up a review.

Must eat now.

#Flag: “Mobile phone”, N90, P900 review

2005 + 1

And before I forget:

Happy new year

Hope all your dreams come true,
from Akademy

#Flag: “New year’s day”

Work post.

Well, finally got access to the Internet again, at work anyway. Dam, I miss it when I can’t use it.

Took first step in getting Broadband at home though, I got a BT phone line in, well actually I’ve had to wait four days for them to connect me, apparently it takes a lot of time to “Flick a switch”… The BT Line is costing me £10.50 a month and that’s the cheapest I could pay and remember that’s without paying for a broadband account.

I’ve just been looking at the broadband provider PlusNet – they seem to be comparatively cheap and highly recommended on ADSL Guide – so if no-one else has any suggestions I think I’ll go with them.

Back to work now.

#Flag: Broadband

Return journey

It’s now time for me to return back to my flat, at least for a couple of days. Got a lot of stuff to take back, mostly home and kitchen stuff. My last buy was a mop and bucket – Yes, it’s the high life for me! Oh, and its been snowing and its probably icy, so if I don’t make it back in the car – “It’s been fun, and I’ll catch you later. Probably.”

There’s still a few days of the Christmas holidays left, so I’ll be able to do some cleaning of my new place, and some furniture shopping while the sales are on. Think my next buy will be a sofa.

Unfortunately, I haven’t got internet access at home yet, in fact I haven’t even got a phone line at ny new place yet. I have a look around and I think there’s only two company’s that can give me a phone line, either NTL ot BT. I’ve also been looking into getting broadband and it looks like most providers need you to have a BT line in, if anyone can make a recommendation in this area, I would be most welcome, I live in Oxfordshire. I’ll keep you up to date on what I decide, although that might be hard not having internet access… :o)

#Flag: Flat, broadband.

totd: Christmas shop after Christmas

When’s the best time to shop for new Christmas stuff? And I’m talking about new decorations, new christmas lights, wrapping paper, christmas cards and all that stuff…

The end of December of course. All the shops are getting rid of all their Christmas stuff so you can get loads cheap. I just bought some new Christmas lights, that were a quater of the orignal ones.

And if you buy them now you can put them away with all the other Christmas stuff you’ll be putting away soon anyway!

#Flag: Tip, Christmas

totd: Girlfriends and blogs

I made the mistake of telling my girlfriend I had a blog today and now she wants to know where it is, but I don’t really want her to read it (or in fact anyone I know to read it). But she’s upset that I won’t tell her.

So, if you don’t want people to read your blog – Then NEVER mention it to ANYONE! Its just easier for everyone then…

#Flag: Tip, Girlfriend

Boxing day.

Its technically not boxing day any more, but I’m going to pretend it is.

Today I made a valiant attempt to get everything I own in to some kind of order, so I can then take everything down to my new flat. So far I’ve cleared a meter space of the floor of my bedroom… Unfortunately, I put it all over my bed and now I want to get some sleep so the only choice I have is to put it all back on the floor! I’ll start again tomorrow…

Also went shopping today, first day of sales. And I was out in my old local town centre, Alfreton. There was only about five shops open which probably explains why it wasn’t very busy. However, we still managed to spend quite a bit of money. I went with my Mum and Dad as they said they’d like to buy me some stuff for my new flat. (My mum said “Its not every day we get rid of our son…”, Nice!)

I bought (or rather my mum and dad did) a lot of cool stuff. Mostly for the kitchen – bread bin, kitchen towel holder, that kind of stuff, mostly all chrome looking, except bread bin which is made of wood – also got some bits and pieces I’d need for the Open University courses I am taking this year – just some note pads and printer paper – looking forward to the courses but also a bit apprehensive about the time it might take…

Anyway, getting far to far into tomorrow so better start clearing the stuff off my bed.

#Flag: Flat, “About me”, “Open University”, links