Fast Response!

While I was giving blood after work today I signed up for something called Fast Response. Basically this means that if stocks of my blood type are running low the SNBTS can call and ask me to donate within 24 hours.

My visions of an emergency helicopter or – at the very least – a police escort with sirens blaring were dashed though. All I got was a pin badge with a 24 logo that has more than a passing resemblance to a certain TV series.

Winter’s here!

I spent last weekend in the Highlands of Scotland for a friends 30th birthday celebrations. The snow started in earnest after a stop at the House of Bruar for a warm bowl of soup. The A9 was actually closed shortly after we left.

Saturdays activities consisted of quad biking through forest trails and then some clay pigeon shooting, rounded off with a great whisky tasting at the Wee Spey Dram. That set us up very nicely for the vast quantity of food and drink ahead of us!

The trip also coincided with the peak of the annual Leonids meteor shower and the lack of light pollution from major cities make the Highlands a fantastic place to watch the stars at any time. As it turns out we only managed to see a single, brilliant, meteor before heading back inside to the warmth!

Monkey Butter

Had one of those random afternoons today. After reminding Alex that he had to go and debunk the KFC logo I set out to find how one ‘bunked’ something in the first place. As ever, Wikipedia was invaluable.

This led me on to wondering if I could ever be described as being ‘gruntled’ and how someone would dis my gruntle. I never did find out the answer as I found it almost impossible to stop laughing at (Netscape hero of old) Jamie Zawinski’s treatise on monkey butter.

Google Sightseeing

Well, that was one Hell of a weekend. Thanks to birthdays galore but mainly the BUDS old school reunion and ball at Murrayfield, I am absolutely exhausted and will shortly be in bed for the night.

However, things started off a lot more civilized (there was no long-arming of drinks for a start) at the Google Sightseeing book launch at Indigo Yard on Friday after work. The work of my colleague and his brother, this is a really interesting annotated collection of satellite imagery from around the globe. Nice timing for a Christmas stocking-filler guys!

And no, I’m not on commission before you ask.

The Rat Race

“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat”
Lily Tomlin

So my work colleague has entered a team into the Edinburgh Rat Race. All well and good I though until I remember that I’d expressed interest some time in the past after a couple of beers. Sure enough, I was on the team.

I’ve way too much socializing to get done before New Year so I guess training will start in January. I’m not the best of runners so I guess I’ll focus on that first.