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Sunday, January 30, 2005

giggling from a far

Yaargh! That Tickles


Hmm Interesting

Funny Daddy

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

changes in the environment

It has to be said one of the most noticeable things about having a baby is that your house is now filled with laughter, that coupled with prolonged periods of screaming, but mainly laughter, oh and of course crying, but as I say mainly laughing. I'm sitting down here in the basement speaking into my computer and I can hear penny upstairs giggling and laughing with Ripley, it is enough to make you feel positively happy. Signing off.

Monday, January 24, 2005

a clever gadget to make life easier

I often find myself with a problem, being a bit of a geek I do enjoy playing on my computer quite a lot, the main problem with the parent of a small screaming baby who also wants to play with his computer is that you only have one pair of hands. I have found that most excellent solution to this predicament; voice recognition, it really is the future (garlic bread). In fact I am writing this right now using my voice recognition software and as you can see it hasn't even got a single word wrong, unfortunately it does not improve my writing skill in the least. Anyway hopefully now that I have this tool I will be able to update this blog more often. Signing off.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Getting Up For Work

Getting up for work used to be hard, but now - thanks to the little fella - I quite like getting up to see him and Penny. This morning he gave a really cheeky big smile and a little chuckle as well - Fantastic.

Friday, January 14, 2005


It only seems like 5 minutes ago that he was born (9 weeks to be precise) but now it seems he might be teething. It is not too unusual for a baby to start teething at this age some are born with teeth, I guess I just wasn't expecting it.

We think he might be teething because:

a) He has a new terrible scream which just happens randomly. It is awful, sometimes he starts screaming in his sleep. He really sounds like he is in pain.

b) He is drooling and chewing on stuff. (more than usual)

The screaming usually lasts for about 5 or 10 minutes before he starts grinning again, so it is not too traumatic for him or us.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Figlet Fonts

I have figletified my site with cool retro old skool ascii art titles.

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Visit WebFiglet to do your own!

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Musical Taste


They Might Be Giants
Jean Michel Jarre
Linkin Park
Dance Music
Winamp visualisations
- He thinks these are fantastic and basically will listen to anything when these are on - I can keep him occupied for at least 30 minutes! You try keeping a baby interested in something for 30 minutes!!

Not Keen:

Nine Inch Nails
The Beegees

Event: Grabbed my Hand & Smiled

I got home yesterday evening stressed and tired as usual, but all that got washed away when Rip looked straight at me, grabbed my hand and smiled his cute toothless grin. I thought it might be a fluke so took my hand away, he did it again and again. He has great coordination and he likes my face. Little things like that make it all worth while.

He also laughes and grins when he sees me in a mirror & and is still fascinated by the Space Invaders.

Monday, January 10, 2005

More MSN Fun

Penny: // pc9999999999999999cdvc
Penny: =#'xcc c n
Chris@Work: hello there Rip
Penny: 9ixdflo9a
Penny: 333ew n nssssxxxmsw wdev
Chris@Work: ah I see
Penny: vvcggggggggggggggggggggggg
Chris@Work: yes interesting
Penny: xaiuzrae9888888888888888888dc8987
Chris@Work: you dont say?
Penny: oi0 99 000000000000000.v fvfopppppppp
Chris@Work: Well.. I have to disagree
Penny: ';b nbfe'.ereF;reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Chris@Work: You typed Free.. very good
Penny: /CX>:@5t079700000-gb000000000000000bt
Chris@Work: haha.. excellent
Penny: kioooooooi m,cbv kj,kmvckmb.m l,c fvcyxx']]nb #
Penny: ''' N]n
Chris@Work: njn indeed..
Penny: #{]]4trde4tredt69iyhlkki5k45 zxdcdx
Chris@Work: put your mother on
Penny: 50gdcrtf09uxooooooo9o9ollllllllllllllllox
Chris@Work: That last word looked like the bollox in l33t speek
Penny: i know
Chris@Work: :D

Live Streaming Webcam

You will see now I have a live windows media streaming webcam situated in my basement. Enjoy.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Happy New Year

I enjoyed new year's eve at home with Penny & Ripley. We always go out on New Year's eve, but not this time and that was fine with us. It was nice staying in with the family & watching the fireworks outside our window.

Personal Resolutions

Stop swearing - It's not big or clever but I work with a lot of stressed blokes and we deal with a lot of total idiots, I will try to limit my vocabulary to the family section of the dictionary - "Goodness me, what the flipping heck are you talking about you total flipping twit"
No More Road Rage - Heh heh.. yeah right. I managed to break this one (and the last one come to think of it) within 10 minutes of my journey to work this morning. But I will try not to get irratated by fools on the road, it isn't my problem. As the DVLA say "try to imagine you are all part of one big team and your project is to get to your destination" - hahahhahahahahaahaaaa priceless, corporate bullshit language creeps into everything nowadays.
Declutter - This will make Penny happy also. I WILL chuck out my junk, I will sell my 200 Watt PA system from my former life as a front man, I will get rid of any gadgets I don't use - eBay here they come.
Reduce the Mortgage - This really should be at the top of the list, I WILL formulate a plan to pay off my mortgage in 9 years minimum. I don't want to have any debt by the time Rip goes to secondary school & Uni. In England only the rich can get a proper higher education, that is why our professional people are such morons and you have geniuses working in KFC.
Learn to play the Piano - This has been on my list for about 5 years, but you never know. I suppose a cheap option would be to buy a USB piano keyboard for my PC and learn that way.. hmm.
Stay in contact with Family - I have made a good start on this already by sending a new year card to everyone and including a DVD of Ripley.

Career Resolutions

Get CISSP certification - Easy to get, hard to find the time to revise.
Finish SCSA certification - This is the last important UNIX exam I have to complete.

Happy New Year

Saturday, January 01, 2005

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