# Monday, 26 September 2005

An observation on the nature of things (breaking)

Our vacuum cleaner blew up today. No "please" or "if you don't mind", just a funny noise, a flash and a cloud of foul-smelling smoke. One minute it was vacuuming, next minute it was smelling.
 
Made me wonder about the nature of things. When I was a boy, things didn't break. Mind you, it was always sunny and the school holidays lasted forever, so I guess that's what the subjective view of passing years does for you.
 
My second observation on the nature of things occurred to me as I was writing this. Why on earth would anyone in their right mind sit reading the idle musings of someone they probably don't know (unless you're one of my family) on irrelevant and fairly pointless subjects like this? Blogs are funny things too.
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# Thursday, 22 September 2005

Fluorescent lights are funny things

I have been having problems with the light in my office for a few days, and decided that it was the starter than needed replacing. My dear wife bought a new one, and it worked fine.
 
One would think that would be the end of a very short and equally dull story, but...
 
...two days later it started misbehaving again. Instead of coming on straight away, it was taking some time to come on. After a few days, it stopped coming on at all. Just the ends of the bulb were lit.
 
At this point, I decided it might be the bulb, so I took one from the play room, which I know works, and put it in my office. This did the same as the office bulb, implying it wasn't the bulb, but the (brand new) starter.
 
I then took the starter form the play room and put that in my office... and it didn't work either!! The bulb and starter than worked fine there, didn't work here.
 
To cut an increasingly long story moderately short, I have since decided that fluorescent light bulbs do not obey the normal laws of physics, and are actually subject to another set of laws altogether. These of course are not understandable by the human brain.
 
This morning, my wife reminded me that I hadn't put a starter in the light fitting in the Boogle (which was also part of the "swapping them around" experiment). I pointed out that this was because the starter was faulty. Just to prove this, I put it back in and, erm, it worked fine!!
 
Must be that bucket of sheep entrails () I sacrificed to the Great God Of Fluorsecent Lights this morning
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# Wednesday, 21 September 2005

Heads down, no nonsense mindless boogie

Yeah, bang your head on the floor!!
 
I just discovered that I can add pictures to this long-haired string-driven blog. Here is a picture of Aryeh Yehuda doing his "move over Jimi" guitar stance in the kitchen...
 

No, he can't really play the guitar by the way. This was the first time he'd ever even touched one as far as I know!!

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Someone did read it!!

Well, I was wrong, someone did read it!! Two people actually. One was my brother (hello David), which is not surprising as he was the only person I told about it.
 
I don't know who the other person was, but his comment wasn't the sort of thing you expect to see on a family site so I deleted it. I'll have to see how I restrict comments on this blog.
 
pause for tinkering...
 
Well, it seems that you can only have comments allowed or not. You can't allow certain people to comment and not others. I switched comments off. I'll just have to live without the feedback.
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# Tuesday, 20 September 2005

Brand new blog - will anyone read it?

Hmm, why did I start a blog? I've often wondered why people have them. Unless you're someone famous (and maybe even then), it's kind of like saying "Hey, come and read all about me", which sounds somewhat egotistical really.
 
Maybe I'll write about someone else. There's a new idea for a blog, what someone else is doing!! I could start a trend and make a fortune. Hmm, then people would want to read about me and how I did it, which would mean a blog, which brings us right back to square one!!
 
I think I'll go and lie down for a while :-)
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