Dec 24, 2004
STAVE IV: THE LAST OF THE SPIRITS
THE Phantom slowly, gravely, silently, approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery.
It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand. But for this…
Dec 24, 2004
STAVE III: THE SECOND OF THE THREE SPIRITS
AWAKING in the middle of a prodigiously tough snore, and sitting up in bed to get his thoughts together, Scrooge had no occasion to be told that the bell was again upon the stroke of One. He felt that he was restored to consciousness in the right nick of time, for the especial purpose of holding a conference with the second messenger…
Dec 23, 2004
I travel almost 100 miles each day I go to and from work. I’ve never had an accident. Today I’m off work and I drove the 5 minutes to the local Wal-Mart. I had an accident.
It was such a minor thing its ridiculous. I was pulling into a parking space, I miss-judged it and pulled back to adjust my position. At which point the truck in the space next to…
Dec 22, 2004
STAVE II: THE FIRST OF THE THREE SPIRITS
WHEN Scrooge awoke, it was so dark, that looking out of bed, he could scarcely distinguish the transparent window from the opaque walls of his chamber. He was endeavouring to pierce the darkness with his ferret eyes, when the chimes of a neighbouring church struck the four quarters. So he listened for the hour.
To his great astonishment the heavy bell went…
Dec 22, 2004
There’s really only one way to finish my Christmas ghost story series of course. It has to be A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. It is after all the definitive Christmas ghost story.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
IN PROSE BEING A Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens
I HAVE endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour…
Dec 20, 2004
Another ghost story for Christmas:
By M. R. James
Among the towns of Jutland, Viborg justly holds a high place. It is the seat of a bishopric; it has a handsome but almost entirely new cathedral, a charming garden, a lake of great beauty, and many storks. Near it is Hald, accounted one of the prettiest things in Denmark; and hard by is Finderup, where Marsk Stig murdered King Erik Glipping…
Dec 19, 2004
I’ve been fiddling with the settings again. Tweaking and adjusting. I can’t help it, I’m obsessive compulsive like that. I always think things could be just a little better. There’s no radical changes this time, mainly some small adjustments.
I’ve re-worked the navigation on the right so that the constant navigation elements are always in the same place at the top of the page, just seems more intuitive to me. I…
Dec 19, 2004
TivoBlog informs me that a new version of JavaHMO has been released.
JavaHMO 2.1 is a maintenance release of the Tivo Desktop replacement software that takes care of a few bugs that went unreported during the beta testing stages, specifically:
1. Fixed iTunes plugin drops 1 song
2. Fixed Email plugin protocol value reset bug in configuration GUI
3. Fixed shuffle repeat play bug
4. Fixed playlist shuffle bug
5. Fixed iTunes default path
You can grab…
Dec 18, 2004
Watch this video (Windows Media File) and tell me thats not creepily cool.
If you want to know how it works, or if you’d like to have one yourself then just pop on over to Grand Illusions where they explain it and let you print out the dragon.
I’m told that in real life the illusion is not quite as effective as it seems to be in the video. The fact that…
Dec 15, 2004
Story number five in the Christmas ghost story series and the third story from Charles Dickens. Enjoy.
The Trial For Murder
by Charles Dickens
I have always noticed a prevalent want of courage, even among persons of superior intelligence and culture, as to imparting their own psychological experiences when those have been of a strange sort. Almost all men are afraid that what they could relate in such wise would find no parallel…