# Tuesday, 01 April 2008
Gmail Custom Time is the innovative new application that allows you to send email to the past. It’s just a shame it’s actually just an April Fools joke. Still, it looks quite convincing and I quite like the fact that it only allows you to send email back until April 2004, that’s the day Gmail was launched. The testimonials are quite amusing as well with one saying "I just got two tickets to Radiohead by being the 'first' to respond to a co-worker's 'first-come, first-serve' email. Someone else had already won them, but I told everyone to check their inboxes again. Everyone sort of knows I used Custom Time on this one, but I'm denying it." I wonder how many other April Fools jokes I have missed today.

posted on Tuesday, 01 April 2008 16:15:44 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
I have been looking for a self cleaning litter tray for my cats for some time as it would make leaving the cats overnight much easier. Unfortunately it appears most models are currently only available in the states. My search did lead me to this rather humorous article, however where a cat owner gives his view of a self cleaning litter box called the Cat Genie. Amongst his comments are the following:

“Cat Genie takes the small unpleasantness of daily cleaning the litter and it saves it up and releases that unpleasantness as one big unscheduled, unpleasant inconvenience every week or two.”

“You will become more familiar with your cat's feces (sic) every day as the cat genie gently fills your home with the aroma of baking excrement.”

“Actually, the real reason for the high cost of the device is to cover the costs of all the customer support that they must provide and to cover the costs of all of the returned units.”

“The stench is really outstanding. It's hard to describe. I'm a doctor, and I've rarely ever smelled anything so bad.”

and “To say something positive, the customer support line is manned by kind, well-meaning kids who really do feel badly that you're having a hard time with your mechanical poo soup maker.”

The review certainly makes an entertaining read. If anyone has found a self cleaning litter tray that works and is available in the UK please feel free to comment.

posted on Tuesday, 01 April 2008 16:04:39 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 31 March 2008
If you are happily married and live in Britain then you could be in the minority. Recent statistics from The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have found that nearly half of all British marriages end in divorce. In fact 45% of all marriages end in divorce before a couple’s 50th anniversary and half of these splits occur before couples reach 10 years of marriage. The statistics have also found that less people are getting married with 2006 having the least number of weddings for 110 years.

posted on Monday, 31 March 2008 13:06:16 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 30 March 2008
We met up with some friends last night for a beer tasting evening at Brouge at The Old Goat in Fulwell near Twickenham. It was certainly a slightly different evening. The staff at the pub started by telling us a little bit about some of the beers and we then got to sample some. Apparently they serve over 60 different beers and by the end of evening it felt like we had tried all of them, although in reality I think we had sampled just over a quarter of the beers on offer. We had a honey beer, an apple beer, cherry beer and even champagne beer. They were not all too my taste but I did find a particularly nice ale called De Koninck which I really liked. The food at the restaurant was a mix of burgers, sausages and sea food. It was nice and quite reasonably priced but nothing special. I do recommend going here for the beer though.

Picture showing just some the many beers.

Me with a large glass of beer.

posted on Sunday, 30 March 2008 15:59:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 29 March 2008
I read this interesting article that suggests you can make quite a difference to the environment just by paying your bills online. The article is based upon a study done in the US and claims that if just one household stopped receiving paper statements and instead paid their bills online it would save 24 square feet of forest every year. This calculation was based on the fact that an average US household receives 19 bills or statements from credit card companies and banks per month and makes seven payments by paper per month. Apparently if just 10% of US households gave up paper bills, it would save 75,469,808 pounds of paper, that’s about 905,638 trees. It would also avoid producing 1.96 million pounds of greenhouse gases which is the equivalent of taking 162,861 cars off the road.

posted on Saturday, 29 March 2008 10:36:55 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 28 March 2008
Personally if I won the lottery the first thing I would do is give up work, or at least pay people to run my businesses for me. One man who won the lottery, however, missed his job at McDonalds’s so much that despite quitting, he asked to go back. Despite the fact that he is £1.3 million richer after his lottery win Luke Pittard still gets up every morning and goes to his £5.85 per hour job where he spends his time flipping burgers. Surprisingly he earns more money in interest on his winnings per week than he does from his job. He must really love his work.

posted on Friday, 28 March 2008 10:45:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 27 March 2008

This article is rather strange. It is about what could be the world’s first pregnant man. Thomas Beatie was born a woman and has had partial sex change surgery. He is legally classified as a man, having had his breasts removed and undergone testosterone treatment. However he has been able to conceive because he has not had reconstructive surgery on the lower half of his body and still has female reproductive organs. Whilst medical experts say the pregnancy is possible some doubt has been cast on whether this story is true and many have dismissed it as a hoax. Either way the story is likely to provoke quite a lot of questions.

posted on Thursday, 27 March 2008 17:30:27 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
This rather sleepy looking fox was found by Terri Strick when she opened her chicken coop to feed her chickens. When she had last opened the chicken coop it contained, chickens, however the fox managed to crawl inside and after consuming all the birds settled down for a well earned nap amongst the remaining feathers.

posted on Thursday, 27 March 2008 17:11:30 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
There are many expenses associated with selling a home but one fairly new cost is the home information pack or HIPs. HIPs have been promoted by the Government as a way to provide key information to buyers and also speed up the purchase of a property. However a recent report from Which? has found that HIPs have little value and that 41% of buyers find the packs make purchasing a new house more difficult. HIPs have also been opposed by estate agent trade bodies, the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the legal profession. The general opinion appears to be that they are simply a waste of money.

posted on Thursday, 27 March 2008 16:57:35 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 26 March 2008
New Ofcom proposals could mean that we will soon have more frequent commercial breaks on TV. Currently ITV1, Channel 4 and Five are allowed to show an average of seven minutes of advertising an hour. Advertising is also restricted to one period per half hour programme and two per hour long programme. Under the new proposals these timing restrictions could be dropped meaning you would have two breaks in a half hour show rather than one. You could also have adverts in films every 30 minutes instead of every 45 minutes. I feel there is already enough advertising shown on TV so if these measures are put into place I will simply record everything I want to watch on Sky + and forward through the adverts.

posted on Wednesday, 26 March 2008 18:43:38 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Tuesday, 25 March 2008
This article suggests that solar powered clothing could be coming to the shops soon. Fujitsu Siemens are working on incorporating flexible solar cells into items of clothing and say the device could only take a year to perfect. The solar cells would work by converting light into energy which would then be used to power devices such as mobile phones or MP3 players. It sounds interesting although as sunlight is required, it might not work so well here in the UK, after all we don’t see the sun very often. It could be a good device to take on holiday though.

posted on Tuesday, 25 March 2008 18:01:47 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Having used a few stink bombs before I know how unpleasant they can be. Saying that, they still wouldn’t be my number one weapon of choice if I wanted to rob a bank. A lady in Austria, felt differently. On entering a bank, she took out a box which she said contained a deadly explosive. She then smashed it on the counter breaking the vials of stink bombs and filling the bank with a dreadful smell before running outside. The staff also quickly retreated outside to escape the horrible smell. It seems her plan failed and she left empty handed, perhaps she should reconsider her choice of weapon before trying again.

posted on Tuesday, 25 March 2008 16:18:30 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback