Tuesday, 22 February 2005


... are the reason why toasters have a setting that will turn mere bread to ash.

Granted, toasters should not be labeled the way they are. Having numbers from 1 to 5, or any such ordering is useless. I propose a new dial label that goes something like:
|-Toast-|-------Burnt Toast-------|-Crumpets-|

Here's a discussion about the importance of a good crumpet by some, unknown to me, gamers here in NZ.

Friday, 18 February 2005

Friday is Photo Day

At least, for special reason, this Friday is. Today is TG's birthday (as well as MR and BA). TG was the author of the not-so-polite message from the Playing Along At Home entry. To try and appease him I present the following, formally rejected, photo.

South Brighton at night

This photo was taken back in November and described in the Guy Fawkes Day entry. This is looking at the port hills from the sand dunes of South Brighton.

Monday, 14 February 2005

RPS - The Update

First match went as follows:
Me: S, Machine: R - I Lose
Me: S, Machine: R - I Lose

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, I'm out. So much for that experience.

I've still got a chance to win in the prize pool, tho. I'll let you know if I win anything.

Wednesday, 2 February 2005

Rock Paper Scissors

rps027 is the latest promotion from Telecom.
Are you the one? There'll be only one. One 027 user who makes the TV final, then survives for the final confrontation against The Machine. This is rps027 - the world's first mass TXT Rock Paper Scissors Knock-out. See how fame and fortune could be yours - free!

Though the whole rps thru txt has been done before, it's never been at this scale, or free.

They're drowning the tv ad spaces with this thing, so I thought I would check it out. I txt 'demo' to 2005 and got a nasty response. I'm not a fan of txt talk, especially when giving instructions.

U wnt 2 regista 4 Rock Paper Scissors? Giz yr usr nme. Mst B less thn 12 characters. It's free 2 play & u cn win big! rps027.co.nz

Why not take the 5 extra chars from characters and make Giz yr usr nme. legible? And with predictive text who actually sends messages like this? Actually, I know a lot of silly people that do and they say it's quicker; until they're proven wrong. Maybe it was the 37,117 text messages I sent in a month that gives me the speed advantage.

I'm going to register for the game (on the readable web site) and see how I go. I'll keep you all posted.