Friday, 31 October 2014

The Friday Question Set — 31-10-2014


I completely forgot that Halloween, this year,  was a Friday!


To coin a phrase!

It used to be I’d make a point of assembling a Halloween quiz, especially: back when I was doing live pub quizzes.

At ANY rate … ?

At any rate, if you hit the Halloween tags at the bottom of the post, you should be able to find SOMETHING.

Or you can look me up on Twitter or Facebook and ask me for horror themed questions … !

Either way … ?

Let’s move on … 


The Daily Teaser — 31-10-2014: Be SCARED!

 Hmmm … 

You know I like I documentary, don’t you … ?

I’ve got one on, at the moment, that I recorded last night.   About a WW2 operation called Operation Jericho: all about t raid on Amiens Prison, where a lot of Resistance fighters were being held.

Fascinating stuff, I should add.

And very mysterious, in one sense.

No-one’s sure who ordered the raid … 


Thursday, 30 October 2014

John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982): Still Looking Good!

29th October, 2014.
You know, I like a movie.


You’d worked that out, hadn’t you, over the years: and probably noticed that I like watching films, and then telling you about what I’ve seen.

It’s also got to be said that, when I DO watch a film, I tend not to repeat myself.

Rarely, any way.

I have to confess, I did, tonight.

I’ve fancy catching a film for a couple of days: something gruesome, considering it’s almost Halloween.

But … ?

Well, I’ve had a look at my broadband usage for the month: it’s … OVER my limit.

Not by much, I should add: but certainly enough that any credit I’d had on my last quarterly bill has been eaten!

Which is what happens when you help your family update assorted devices, stream a lot of media from an Apple server — instead of locally! — and let a friend’s daughter watch a LOT of Stampy Cat videos … !

At ANY rate … !

At any rate, I fancied a movie.

And, lord … I’m glad I’d a backed up collection on my external drive.

It means I could watch a film, without going more over my limit than I am.


The Daily Teaser — 30-10-2014: Benito Mussolini

Hmmm … 

Looks like I’ve another letter heading for Brentwood Job Centre … !

You know I’m job-hunting at the moment, don’t you … ?   And that I have to do a job search on their computers, each day?

I sent them a brief — but polite — letter, a couple of weeks ago, asking when they’d be updating these systems.

I’ve not heard anything back: so I’ve written another, asking what’s happening: and mentioning the Heartbleed and Shellshock bugs.   Just to see if that get’s an answer!

Here’s hoping!


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Brentwood Gazette’s Weekly Teaser — 29-10-2014: ARPANET!

Hmm … That’s a bit odd … 

Did I tell you I’m job hunting at the moment?

And have to go into my local Job Centre, to search for work, online?

Well, I do.

And knew all about the planned digital makeover the government’s planning: a bit before the BBC.

Trouble is … ?

Well, the trouble is, it looks like the new computers — as the current ones I and others use to search for work — aren’t monitored.

Beyond the staff ‘having a chat’ if they see us using something like Facebook.

That’s … odd.

Given that — from the little I know — it’s easy for an IT team to deny access to things like FB, to groups of computers within an office?

Then it’s odd I could use the Job Centre machines to pay Facebook a quick visit, this morning.

Personally?   I think that’s an unfair benefit sanction waiting to happen … !