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Love me, love my dogs. Be kind to my cats. You'd better be nice to my fish too... and the spider that lives in the shower

10 good things about blogging

I posted about this on Welcome to Baskerville Manor before I really got the hang of things and before that blog evolved into a doggy dedicated exercise. 
With the wealth of 8 whole weeks of experience behind me, I decided to see if I could manage 10 more things.
  1. Blogging makes you feel more creative and intelligent than playing games on Facebook (although it is just about as productive).
  2. You can make money from blogging, at least on Blogspot you can… I’ve made $5 whole dollars in 2 weeks through Adsense.  WOW!
  3. Somebody in Australia (I think it was Australia) will like your story about the heath robinson job with the glass wall panels.
  4. You can do something with those odd photographs hanging round your computer, like the spider in the bathroom (he’s now made appearances on MySpace, Picasa, Blogspot and Facebook, and hey, why not here as well).
  5. Unlike a written diary, you can go back and edit what you said before without spoiling the look of the page, thus spoiling any ambitions your family may have about having you certified on the basis of your published work.
  6. You can pretend you MEANT to have that separate blog with the mobile uploads.
  7. I did say you could swiftly run out of ideas, but the more you do it,(blogging)  the more ideas you get.  Theoretically.
  8. Unlike Facebook and MySpace, you aren’t distracted from your purpose by a raft of daft.  But if you are addicted to that stuff, watch out for those gadgets and widgets you can add to your blog…..
  9. You can spend as much or as little time as you like on each piece – the only deadlines are the ones you set for yourself.
  10. It’s kind of nice to finish the piece and hit the PUBLISH button.

But my favourite is still you can say pretty much whatever you like, without fear of interruption while you are saying it .

Online help – why bother?

bad-customer-service2In the last few days I tried to get some help on  a couple of  web pages


I was unable to find some information about a product for sale on and had to resort to the “Contact Us” form – which didn’t work!  So Vodafone had kindly put a comment box about whether the visitor found the information helpful or not, and a link to a place where you could expand on your comment – guess where that led to? Of course… the “Contact Us” form, which didn’t work,… sorry guys, no sale!


Due to my inability not to set up a blog on whatever social network I belong to I’ve ended up with a number of the things and I thought I would be really smart and use each of them for different topics.  This one is going to be the random one and I thought, “hey!  Why not use this one for the Digg auto post?”  Cheerfully proceeding to the “Blog Settings” option on my profile I clicked on the button and was met with a list of options for Blog Software…. which did not include Windows Live Writer.  Undeterred I bravely chose “Other (advanced setup)” – how hard could that be for God’s sake?  There is a choice of “Blog API” to make, either Blogger (Old) or Metaweblog API.  And you have to know where the “url for XML- RPC of Blog” could be found.  Easy peasy, I thought, it will be in the help section, right?   WRONG.  This is the answer:

How can I post a story on my blog?

Digg currently supports single-click blog posting to Typepad, Blogger, Live Journal, Moveable Type, and WordPress. To blog any story within Digg, simply click “Blog This.” If your blog isn’t from one of the services above, you can manually input your blog information.

REALLY, helpful… thanks a bunch folks…

Picture from:  Lemon Justice

Local Councillors and Junk

I am deeply curious about what led Fianna Fail Cllr Sean Paul Mahon to arrange for god knows how many A4 leaflets to be printed and dropped into the letterboxes of the house in Ardcollum Avenue, Maryfield Crescent and Drive, and presumably all the apartments in the Timbermills. 
Let’s see… the topic was  "Junk Collection" and the message was that Dublin Corporation has a free junk collection scheduled for the area every 3 years, that the last one was done in 2006 so there will be one in 2009.  Dublin Corporation, he goes on to tell us, will distribute ANOTHER leaflet in our doors giving us notice of when the collection will take place.
Now call me an idiot, but surely as this is a scheduled (albeit widely spaced in the Dublin Corporate calendar) event, it’s not exactly a major political achievement or even much of a contribution to the community to make a phone call (or, more likely, have some mug of a campaign volunteer to do it) and find out.. what? that it is a scheduled event!
Come on Sean Paul… if you are going to shove junk mail in our door at least try to make the contents useful, or relevant, or about something you did that actually makes a difference….

D = Disaster

2 Saturdays Ago:
The street gets flooded
The garbage bins fall over and the contents float all over the garden
The tiles on the roof get loose
A waterfall runs from the attic through the top floor and onto the ground floor
About 80 books saturated
The glass in the back door gets broken  (again)
Sometime that weekend
All work done on uploading material to new website during previous week in work is lost
2 Mondays ago
No roof people available to fix roof (all busy)
No glass people available to fix glass (all busy)
No money to pay them anyway
A 4 ft mirror on the wardrobe is broken
Garbage bin not collected as garbage is still floating round the front garden
Some time during last week
Large plant knocked over – compost and broken plant everywhere
Set fire to the grill by accident
This Monday
Forget to leave out the organic waste bin for collection
All work done on uploading material to new website during this previous week in work remains online
But none of the forms function..,…
This Tuesday
Leave out the garbage bin instead of the recycle bin – not collected
(bottles for recycling have sailed down to the end of the back garden anyway)
This Wednesday
I think this was the night I fell over a dog,
knocked over the bucket which was collecting the water leaking through the cieling
knocked over another plant and broke huge ceramic container
Spilled coffee over books that had just dried out
This Thursday
A little better – roof man repairs roof
It’s not expensive, in fact it is not sufficient for the insurance company to pay back , just enough to put a hole in my credit card
Glass man repairs door and wardrobe – €230
Joy! I can claim all of €15 from insurance company
Plaster man comes to inspect damage to interior walls
Plaster man will not inspect damage until wood panels are dismantled
No large strong men available to do job
Plan for Saturday
Take down wood panels
Find the web designer
Tie him to the wood panels
Pile the garbage, the organic waste and the recycle material on them
Add the books which should have dried out again by now
Use the whole lot to start a decent fire and burn the house down
But it will probably rain and put it out………