Apr 062009
 Monday, 6 April 2009  Posted by at 15:02 geek, misc, work Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »

My office is located in the American Tobacco Historic District. Every day at noon and again at 3:30 they sound the whistle, just as they did in the nineteenth and early to mid-twentyth century when this was a working tobacco factory.

Every day until today that is. Today, it goes off at 11 and then at 2:30. Took a minute to realize that it was the wrong time (usually I dont even hear it) and then to figure out that whatever software drives the whistle must still be set to use the old daylight savings time rules.

Wonder how long it take sthem to get it fixed….

Mar 042009
 Wednesday, 4 March 2009  Posted by at 12:03 geek, humor, TV Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »

Dalek Found Submerged in Pond

In a scene right out of a Doctor Who script, a team of volunteers clearing a pond of rubbish uncovered a long-submerged Dalek.

The Telegraph reports that sales executive Marc Oakland was pushing a rake around the bed of the shallow pool when he found the object with its distinctive eye stalk.

The 42-year-old said: “I’d just shifted a tree branch with my foot when I noticed something dark and round slowly coming up to the surface.

“I got the shock of my life when a Dalek head bobbed up right in front of me.

“It must have been down there for some time because it was covered in mould and water weed, and had quite a bit of damage.

“One of the dome lights was smashed, but the eye-stalk was intact and the head and neck stayed in one piece as I carefully lifted it out.”

Pond warden Tony Brown, 70, was leading the volunteer squad clearing dumped rubbish from the pond, near Beaulieu, Hants.

He said: “We made a very thorough search of the rest of the bottom of the pond and there were definitely no alien remnants lurking.

“We’ve all agreed it best to keep the pond’s exact location under wraps.

“The last thing we want are sci-fi fans descending on the pond frantically seraching for other Dalek parts.”

Mr Brown, who trained as a pond warden with Southern Water, has been helping clear out the area for the past eight years.

He said: “We’ve dredged up everything from shopping trolleys, toys, and bicycles.

“But this is the first time a Dalek’s appeared. We have no idea how it ended up in there, or how long ago.

“We discovered the BBC often took the Daleks out on location for filming, and they travelled to Hampshire on at least one occasion in the 1980s, when Colin Baker played the Timelord.

“Who knows, this might be the remains of one of the originals from the old TV series. I’m told they they were built to last.”

Feb 042009
 Wednesday, 4 February 2009  Posted by at 16:14 events, SCA Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »

Adam’s dad was meeting us at an event once – his first. We told him to call us just before he got to site and we would meet him at troll. Adam then had to explain that, no, there was not going to be someone in a troll costume that he should look for to find us.