Thursday, March 27, 2008
Which reminds me - I had my first attempt at a bit of pixel art this week, trying to convert this:
into an icon to use as a favicon for the HRMC website.
I tried shrinking the file with FrontPage, but that produced this:
and then this:
Rather blurred and thus not so good.
So I tried this website and created this:
Which I'm quite pleased with. (Click icon for larger version).
To check how it looks in situ, go here.
Btw, I doubt there will be more updates for a week or so, as I am going away (Will tell you more when I get back...)
PS. And thanks to Michelle for bringing the Google translator to my attention - it can now be found towards the bottom of the sidebar. And apologies to her & Jim for the intermittent fault with the BitmapWorld graphic that keeps vanishing (or at least it does for me!). Can anyone else see a graphic link for it on the sidebar...?
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Michael & I came up with a new term last night...
When answering multiple choice questions, it's frequently the case that there is at least one answer that it just could not be. I commented on this and came up with the following example:
Question: What colour is the sky?
This lead to the coining of the term 'the Parrot', meaning the option/answer that it just cannot be because it makes no sense at all.
A more 'real life' example might be a TV phone-in with the question: "For the Benefit of... who?" was a song by the Beatles? A: Mr Kite, B: Mr Jones, C: Mr Blobby. (In case you missed it, C is the Parrot!).
Since moving 'oop North' about 18 months ago, there have been a number of occasions where I have felt like I am speaking a whole other language to those around me.
The first and most obvious perhaps is the area of Dialect. I have learnt a surprising number of new words in the past year or so. Do you know what the following mean (answers will be given later)?
- Sand shoes (I have come across 4 different terms for these!)
- Bread cake
- more to come
And similarly, in my various dealings with American English, there have been a number of words that I have had to look up, often resulting in an outburst of "Oh! It's one of those!" when the item turned out to be something I knew very well, but not by that name. Such as:
- Ground meat
- Shredded cheese
- Thrift store
- Jumper (US)
- Biscuit (US)
- Sausage (US)
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Watching the rugby just now, I was struck by how much the French Manager, Jo Maso, looks like celebrity tapdancer, Lionel Blair:
And just to let those few who still visit here know... there are about 4 posts in the pipeline (including 3 'themed' ones!). However, unlike Michelle, Jenni or Kate/Cakes seem to, I struggle with writing anything coherent and thus these things take a lot of mulling-over-whilst-filing-Xrays. I'm working on it, though!