The journal of Paul M. Watson.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

New house

Blogger has been good to me but it is time I made use of my paulmwatson.com domain.

So this is the last post I will make here at Blogger. Instead you can now catch my ramblings over at paulmwatson.com/journal. There is a new RSS feed that you can use.

See you on the other side, folks.

 by * Honest *

Originally uploaded by * Honest *.

What if a demon were to creep after you one night, in your loneliest loneliness, and say, 'This life which you live must be lived by you once again and innumerable times more; and every pain and joy and thought and sigh must come again to you, all in the same sequence. The eternal hourglass will again and again be turned and you with it, dust of the dust!' Would you throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse that demon? Or would you answer, 'Never have I heard anything more divine?

- Friedrich Nietzsche

Procrastination

Fear of failure... If you flunk a calculus exam, better to loudly blame it on the half-hour study blitz, than admit to yourself that you could have used a tutor the entire semester.

Perfectionism... These people fret that "No one will love me if everything I do isn't utter genius." Such perfectionism is at the heart of many an unfinished novel.

Stand and Deliver

Friday, April 28, 2006

€14,200 later and they give you a fob of plastic and metal... oh, and a car. Wooooooooohooooooooooo!

In this article about MySpace the owners are finding it tough to advertise on a large enough scale (they get nearly a billion page-views per day) without pushing away their users. One thing they want to do is get MySpace kids to put adverts on their profiles. How about the incentivise the users? You put an ad on your profile and you get a few cents everytime someone clicks through it. That way whoever is viewing the profile won't feel "a corporate put that ad there."

Bank: Oh, look, a fax

Bank: We haven't received the new invoice
Dealer: I sent the invoice
Bank: No new invoice
Dealer: It went through
Bank: Nope
Dealer: I have every incentive to get that invoice to you
Bank: Yeah, but we still don't have it

So who is bullshitting here? The bank or the dealer?

Finance woes

It just goes to show that incompetence with money and documents is a world-wide problem.

Over the past few days I have been getting my ducks in a row for car finance. AIB were quick to quote but then failed to tell me a few important steps and so the process was slowed down. The dealer has had the car ready since Wednesday morning but can't give it to me until I have signed the car finance papers.

So this morning the bank tells me that the papers are ready and they will fax them to my nearest branch. I take a €10 taxi down to the branch to find out the papers haven't been faxed. 15 minutes later, after phoning the car finance division, the papers are faxed. I sit down to sign them but thankfully before I do I notice the total finance amount is wrong. It says €14,950 when my deal with the dealership is €14,200. The original price of the car was €14,950 but the dealer discounted it by €750 to reach €14,200. The bank says the invoice lists the discount as a deposit. The dealer says the €750 amount on the invoice is clearly marked as a discount.

One hour later and another €10 taxi ride I am back at work and have accomplished zero. The dealer has to send a new invoice, the bank has to reprocess the forms and I have to go back to the bank this afternoon to sign the papers I was supposed to sign this morning.

I don't know whether AIB is incompetent or whether the dealer was trying to screw me over. I'll get ahold of that original invoice and then have a nice long chat with whoever was responsible.

Web2Ireland

Web2Ireland


The Web2Ireland event went down in Dublin yesterday . The speakers focused on the business opportunities of Web 2.0 and all in all it was a good event to be at. Most importantly I got to see and meet the Web 2.0 community in Ireland which is bigger and livelier than I thought.



Marc Canter (Broadband Mechanics) spoke in his usual operatic voice about love, peace, free-markets, George Bush and media while Jeff Clavier (Software Only), Judy Gibbons (Accel), Daniel Waterhouse (3i) and Nasse Batley (Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein) spoke on the investment opportunities.

The slides should be available on Web2Ireland soon. I'll post them when they are.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I'll be up in Dublin tomorrow at the Web2Ireland event. Text me for a pint.

If you think that a kiss is all in the lips, then you got it all wrong

The Denial Twist - The White Stripes

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Yet another successful build!

Yet another successful build!


You have love an app that is an optimist. CruiseControl.net could just say "Build worked. Carry on slave." Instead it happily pops up this joyous bubble of love and as it pats you on the back sings "Yet another successful build!"

Anyone else notice that GMail and Blogger have been glitchy the past few weeks? Plenty of down-time and sluggish performance. Just tried to send an email via GMail and I am getting server errors back.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Fiesta time

I took a 2004 Ford Fiesta LX out for a spin on Saturday and was impressed. The 1.25l engine pulls well enough, the ride is good, the design smart and the interior nicely put together. At €13,000 with 38k on the clock it is reasonably priced and I am sure I can knock several hundred off of that. Across the road though I spotted an even nicer 2005 Ford Fiesta with just 6k on the clock. It is the Steel spec which means nicer alloy wheels and a sun-roof. It is €14,300 though, €1,300 more than the other. I am debating whether it is worth the extra money. The difference will be even greater as that €14,300 price is already €700 down from the original price while I have yet to haggle on the €13,000 price. I'd expect at least €500 off that.

Anyone got an opinion? I have bought the red on.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Mobile networks in Ireland can't be making any money. I use my mobile mainly for texting, about 20 messages a day, and the odd voice-call and haven't had to put any money into my pre-pay package for the past three months. Every month 02 give me €25 free as part of the original sign-up package nearly 5 months ago. It covers me just fine.

Now 02 have gone and cut costs during weekends to insane levels; 1c per minute and 1c per text to other 02 customers.

Will I ever have to pay for mobile calls again?

Shift+Alt+F10

Shift+Alt+F10 to automatically insert Using statements is one of the single best things about Visual Studio 2005.

The stroked

I am not a The Strokes fan but I do like their Ask Me Anything track.

I have noticed that I usually pick one of the lesser liked tracks on an album as my favourite. The headliners on albums are great but then there are these little ditties that I fall in love with. 2 minute tracks with crazy tunes and funny vocals that grab me and make me smile like the other highly-polished tracks cannot. On Coldplay's album Parachutes my favourite is the 46 second long self-named Parachutes. On Outrospective by Faithless it is 2 minutes and 43 seconds of Crazy English Summer that leaves me feeling happier than any other song except Song 2 by Blur. Kasabian's U Boat is eerie, quite wonderful. From Arctic Monkeys it is Riot Van that makes me laugh the hardest; "from men with truncheons dressed in hats". The Birmingham accent on "hats" is brilliant.

Friday nano shuffle

01 Eight Days a Week - The Beatles
02 Let Me Live - Queen
03 Medication - Garbage
04 Love Punch - The Chalets
05 We Will Rock You - Queen
06 Kerplunk - Green Day
07 Tame - The Pixies
08 Screwdriver - The White Stripes
09 Cut Off - Kasabian
10 Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

All time artists



Sadly I haven't yet got last.fm to sync with my nano and so it hasn't been updated in awhile. I'd pay for an app that can send play data from my nano to last.fm.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Talk to Dig from Vodaphone

The operator of the yellow, monster JCB* just outside of my window took a call on his mobile as he was digging. Any law against that?

* The Irish call those big CAT diggers JCBs here as that is the main brand.

Fluxiom released

Fluxiom


The eagerly awaited Fluxiom digital-asset management web-app is out. Sadly, I can't even get into the trial as it requires a credit-card. I understand the reasoning behind this requirement (to stop the same person singing up every 30 days for a new account and so never paying for Fluxiom) but it is a risk a web-app has to take. Don't lock us out chaps. Let me in, let me play for 30 days and then if your app is worth it I will shell out the bucks without quibble.


A real pity as from as from what I can see of the app from the Vitamin review it looks stunning.


Hopefully if enough of us bring the CC requirement problem to Fluxiom's ears we can get it opened up. Even a demo account will be handy.

Ziki digilife aggregator

There are a few digilife aggregators out there but they are either so awfully designed I run screaming from them or are so over-featured you leave with a headache. Ziki though gets it right. Simple, stylish and easy to use.