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Job hunting, Drupal, photos, proportional representation*, and Marks & Spencers' warranties

Key requirements for a blog: 1) write little; 2) write often; 3) write interesting(ly); and 4) engage your audience.

I'm proud to be able to tell you today that I excel on no less than zero out of the four of the above principles.


Not only am I too scared to look at the date of my last blog post on here, but I've completely forgotten what I wrote about. You could wave a copy of my last entry under my nose and I'd have trouble distinguishing it from a hole in the ground, although that probably says more about my goldfish-capacity memory.

Here's a lightning-quick, probably-not-as-interesting-to-you-as-I-think-it-is recap of the last 12-ish months of my life:

- Stopped smoking;
- Left job and England behind and moved to Ibiza;
- Got bored of not using my brain after 1 week and came home;
- Went back to my former NHS job;
- Bought 'spensive suit at Marks & Sparks. Felt (and walked) like a pimp. Got funny looks from other commuters;
- Visited parents for xmas. Ate too much;
- Took some photos of some things;
- Wisdom tooth snapped in half. Still managed to avoid seeing dentist for two months;
- Went to dentist. Dentist pulled tooth out. Asked me - with evil glint in eye - to come back next week. TBC;
- Took some more photos of some more things (to be posted to Flickr sometime);
- Visited the Better Half's parents in Belgium, yet wasn't kidnapped by MI6 operatives, didn't experience extraordinary rendition to a far-away corner of Russia to answer "questions", didn't enjoy a polonium milkshake in a Belgian Maccy D's, and wasn't even punched in the face by BH's father. Highly disappointing...;
- Did some coding with this Drupal interwebs thingbob I build websites with. Very fun (for me; highly boring for normal people, I know); will be releasing three Drupal modules - probably to perpetual dev/alpha - just as soon as I figure out how to do so on;
- Noticed slight draft in "downstairs area" and stifled giggling behind/below me as I ascended escalators at London Bridge station one morning. On arriving home, found fist-sized hole worn through crotch of suit trousers. Suspect hot pink-trimmed boxer shorts may have been complicit in giving the game away;
- Took trousers to M&S today and begged lady to help me fix my suit in time for next week's job interviews. I was prepared to use begging, pleading, and offers of bribery with freshly baked goods from Greggs, but in the end only had to resort to being polite. Turns out she was a Very Nice Lady indeed, as I got a full refund on trousers and jacket and headed straight downstairs where Frank the Suit Fitter, the BH and I picked out a hella-nice new suit;
- Tomorrow I'm taking back my shoes which have also fallen apart. What's the worst that could happen?**
- Oh, and did I mention I'm looking for a job? Yes? Then I shall shaddap now.

* Sorry, there's no talk of proportional representation here really; I only said it to get you to read the rest of this blog entry - I know how politics can be sexy. Ahem... ;o)

** Yes, I have seen the Dr Pepper adverts :o)

Thanks for reading! See you all in 12 months...?


Video: 24 hours of Global Gathering 2009

So I got bored last night, and found that Picasa can turn a photo album into a video, so I put my 1,000-ish photos from last weekend in and this came out the other end... :o)

Global Gathering photos fail :o(

I've only just got round to unpacking my camera bag from Global Gathering and it looks like one of my camera's memory cards - with about 750 photos on it - is still somewhere at Long Marston Airfield.

I am absolutely gutted :o( Sorry to anyone whose photo I took before about 2am, as your pic would have been on that card.

I'll post up the best of the remaining 300-ish photos when I've worked through them. It looks like I should be able to upload them to the GG website, and I'll send them over to my flickr page as well.

Cheers 'n sorry!

Want to live and work in Ibiza? These tips might help you... :o)

Sorry for the random "I know everything" post - I really don't, but a friend just made me extremely jealous by telling me he's moving to Ibiza to work for the rest of the summer. I went out there and survived a couple of months last summer, and he asked me for any pointers or advice I can offer.

Having had one too many Red Bulls this evening, my reply to him, which was only supposed to be a couple of lines long, ended up looking like this.

Recommended plugins: Flickr Manager and Twitter Tools for Wordpress

(Warning: geeky blog ramblings ahead...)

The frequency of my posts on this blog tends to fluctuate from sometimes several a day to a more-common one every six months.

Strangely, though, the most random things inspire me to write on here.

Fireshot: grab screenshots of webpages with one click

I don't know why I didn't look for this before. Maybe I did but I didn't find anything very good. Anyhoo...

Screenshot of the Fireshot page on MozillaI've just discovered an excellent plugin for Firefox, called Fireshot. is online - go take a look :o) screenshot (c) danielessex.comA friend of mine who, according to his Twitter feed seems to spend half his life going to excellent events, has set up a blog which he's cunningly called...

Do wander over and have a read when you have a chance.

Some summery photos

I've been wandering around wielding a camera again. Some of the results are below (click to see a larger size, or find more here).

Thank you for humouring me...

The BNP as MEPs?

I have no doubt that minds far greater, and far better educated in matters of politics than mine, will debate for some time yet how it came to be that the British National Party has secured itself a seat in the European Parliament.

Since I am a political atheist (yup, I don't believe in politics, Santa Claus or council tax...)

is getting comfy to LOL at the...

is getting comfy to LOL at the Apprentice final. Unintentional comedy ftw (yes, I'm a git... ;o)


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