Oh well, its time for my quarterly jaunt into Meme land with as I've been tagged by Mark Boulton and this is another fun one all about me, me, ME!
Four Jobs I’ve Had
Almost done now on my latest personal project, The Next Big Web Thing. Ok, firstly that's not what I think the site is, rather, it's what the site's about. It's also a bit of a new turn for me, as I've followed the collaborative model of many more famous sites. Several colleagues and friends are lined up to take a stake in the entries and add their own posts - in return for a share of any potential earnings from the site.
The idea is simple, we look for stuff that we think is original and new to the web and mention it. At the end of each month the ten best go into a monthly poll to see who wins the distinction of The Next Big Web Thing for that month. Its a very simple layout and site - hopefully the content will do the talking. I have some big plans for marketing it and building traffic to the site - this time next year I'm hoping it can be making all the contributors a nice little side income. We'll see though, I need to get a lot of interest in it first. It should be fun. :)
We went out Saturday afternoon for a stroll on the pier and beach at Penarth, caught a few nice snaps on the pier which is looking more worse for wear every time we visit. Why someone's not snapped it up and turned it into a club or something is beyond me. Given the money in the area now it's going begging for some use or other. Just caught the sunset as well, so some nice candy floss fairground colours in a few of the snaps.
Well, I've had a rotten week, been ill a whole seven days with cold and flu and now what feels like a chest infection and sore throat. I've also been busy getting my latest project off the ground, but more on that when its done.
Now, if like me you're an avid Zombie and horror film fan, you'll know why this story of space dust is resonating the old warning tinklers with alarming alacrity. Space satellites returning with unknown space bugs are the staple plot device in many a classy (and some less so) film, from The Andromeda Strain to Night Of The Living Dead. I just spotted the following picture on the wires, and felt compelled.
Control Room Log: 18.01.06:
It all started well. We were jubilant at first. We watched in awe on our monitors and webcam as the team opened the pod and began surveying the space dust. Steve was so excited his project had worked he was uncontainable.
We had take all efforts to avoid contamination of our team. The atmosphere was clean, they wore breathing apparatus and chemical suits. What we didn't know was the space dust had alien bacteria. It started when Steve rubbed a celebratory tear from his eye. Damn it! Why didn't we put goggles on them!?
The transformation took seconds. He turned green then took a bite out of Roger. Blood spat over the table and the team recoiled in horror. Then Roger turned and bit Jodie. Before we knew it the room was awash with limbs and entrails. Those who didn't turn were eaten.
Then things got worse. They broke out and reaped a trail of death through the base. We just had time to barricade the doors. They're banging now, I hear their finger nails scratching on the door and a fainting dripping noise. We have no guns...
Fanciful and unscientific I know - but hey, as unlikely as it is, you just don't know. But why are they not wearing goggles!
wrestled had the opportunity to go on Radio Wales earlier to talk on the Nicola Heywood Thomas Show about blogging. It was fun, a touch nerve-racking being on a live national show (Don't swear! Don't swear!)
The content was very light and unrevealing though. I'd been preparing stuff about political blogs, fortunes earned blogging, technologies, empowerment etc. We didn't really go into anything beyond my fellow contributor complaining about people having opinions on blogs, whilst on a show that asks people to phone up and share opinions. Ho-hum.
You can hear my croaky voice here - fast forward to about 1:20.00 on the player *EDIT* Off the player now. It might have been a good idea to mention the URL at some point, but then I realised I'd have to spell it and then it gets convoluted. For those of you who listened to the show, the address you want is http://diobach.com. Oh.
I've been tinkering with some errors I made in the CSS of the blog, fixing them right, as should be. If things look different to normal, press CTRL + F5 together to make the page refresh direct from the server so you get the new style sheet and stuff - you might have the old one still cached on your machine.
Happy New Year all! 2006 should be fun. Out of work by July, but dead excited about it. Hopefully a lot of things can come together with that event - I'll be working flat out as ever and adding the odd snap here and there.
Yesterday we went to the Calennig celebrations at Cardiff City Hall, alongside the Winter Wonderland. Elis had a ball and a ride on several of the funfair rides. I got some new snaps. Hover for details.