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Posted by sean on August 29, 2017 at 5:54 pm in Work Activities with No Comments


The water from the taps at work is horrible. It is so clean that you can taste the chlorine. It is like drinking water from a swimming pool, except there is no child’s urine in the nasty chemical cocktail.

I have therefore invested in one of those Brita water filters. I was a tad sceptical at first, but can happily report that my ‘filter in a bottle’ is working wonders removing all the nasty flavours.

The resulting water may not be Evian – I’d have to climb a mountain and collect million year old melted snow to achieve that, but it’s certainly better than a Chlorine Martini.

The filter is a disc, which sits at the top of the bottle. When I change it, in a few weeks, I expect it to be full of chlorine. It’ll be so clean, I could drop it into a urinal, and for it to act like one of those cakes, which attempts to sterilise men’s wee wee.

Posted by sean on August 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm in Geek Stuff with No Comments


My Bank Holiday Monday afternoon was mostly spent playing Sonic the Hedgehog. As well as re-living my youth, I also completed a long overdue job. No, not make a blog post! I backed up my hard drive of DVD Rips.

Now before you all dial 999 and arrange for my house to be raided at 4am, let me make one thing clear. Every film and television episode I have on my hard drive, I own the DVD for. I don’t use torrents and I don’t shoplift from HMV. So you can forget about calling Miss Marples.

My collection of titles on the hard drive is vast, and has taken many years to obtain. Therefore, if the hard drive ever snuffed it, I’d be very sad, as would my wife, who also regularly watches films through it – and as all married men know, a happy wife is a happy husband.

I therefore spent many hours, copying the contents of my main hard drive – AKA The Beast – onto two smaller drives. All’s good. Now if The Beast ever kills itself, my couch potato’s dream can be salvaged.

Posted by sean on August 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm in Website Stuff with No Comments


I was disappointed and disturbed to receive an email from Amazon this week, telling me that they were closing down their LoveFilm service. I have been a customer on and off for many years, only recently re-subscribing, so my wife and I could enjoy some of the many DVDs in LoveFilms back catalogue.

The reason for closing the service is a decrease in customers, who are now streaming their movies, instead of renting them on an actual disc. The problem with streaming is th….

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the service often buffers, resulting in a rubbish viewing experience, a bit like the garbage and random symbols above.

The choice available on LoveFilm is fabulous. Want a TV show from your childhood? It’s there. You can gorge on Jimbo and the Jetsets to your hearts content. Should you look for your favourite retro movie on Netflix or Amazon Prime, you’ll be very disappointed.

Luckily, a kind Twitter user suggested I use a service called Cinema Paradiso. This service boasts over 90,000 DVDs, available for rent. I’ll hold off joining CP until LoveFilm closes at the end of October. I am still hoping that, following online outrage, Amazon reverse their decision and save LF, but I don’t hold out much hope.

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