Went to the dentist today. As I mulled over the psychological impact of hearing the whirr of a drill on patients (perhaps if you used a silent drill people wouldn’t make the association between pain and the drill?) the dentist took a couple of x-rays of my teeth. I hadn’t been to the dentist for a while, so I was suitably impressed with the mobile x-ray camera they had attached to an actuating arm above the chair. I was however less impressed when, as I leaned back after the x-rays, the camera (looking uncannily like a gun) went and drifted over from its storage position to come to rest direction above my face, pointing down.

“It’s got a life of its own,” muttered the dentist.

This didn’t assuage my fears.


I normally don’t participate in web memes, but dammit, when they’re this funny there is no other choice. The whole ‘Pirates vs. Ninjas’ debate first originated from the Real Ultimate Power ninja site, and quickly spread through the web like wildfire (because, let’s face it, the site is cool, and by cool I mean totally sweet*).

But the ninjas have a lifelong emnity against the pirates, giving rise to such sites as Pirates and Ninjas Tested in a Variety of Everyday Situations and endless debates on the subject.

*I am currently trying to ascertain whether this phrase originated from the ninja website or not. More news soon.


Tom Armitage of Tajmahal is an unusual person. First, he reads this weblog. Second, he is thinking of duplicating the big post/little post structure of Massive. I think that this sort of structure is a good way to keep yourself interested in writing for a weblog, and it’s definitely increased my enjoyment and input for writing this weblog, so my advice to Tom is to try it out.

A friend emailed me today to ask me if I remembered what the great line from Gattaca was (not only a great line, but in my opinion, the greatest line of all movies). So, without further ado…

“You know, I had this crazy thought that you were more interested in the investigation than me.”

“You’re right.”


“It was a crazy thought.”

[she swoons and is his forever, and everyone lives happily ever after. Well, maybe not, but it’s still a great line although it probably loses a fair bit being out of context]


Extreme Ironing – ‘the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt.’