Monthly Archive for June, 2010

Henrietta’s First Egg!

Still warm!


Eggs and stuff

It’s Hermia laying the eggs, she’s only missed one so far.

Except today there wasn’t one.

I think Emmy stole it… I went downstairs and found egg on the kitchen floor, perfectly cracked but no shell. Bits of shell on the stairs and no egg in the nestbox. None of the other 3 dogs care about the chickens but Emmy gets in there no matter what I do to keep her out. Need to buy some bits of 2×4 and build a proper little fence but I can’t without a car… Maybe there’ll be some affordable stuff on ebay.

Oh, and Steam is having a sale. Everyone in the world needs to own Altitude.


There goes another steam train, same direction as the last one. I wonder where it was going.


Chickens have laid one egg every day since then. I think it’s Hermia that’s laying them but I guess it could be Henrietta. She tends to pull all the hay out of the nestbox and then lay them in the sawdust, I think she’s sitting the wrong way round, with her arse over the edge. Oh and the eggs taste awesome, better than shop-bought eggs for some reason.

Emmy keeps getting into the chicken coop and just kind of standing on the chickens. I think she thinks they’re other puppies or something, it’s totally non-aggressive. Sadly, the two big dogs go absolutely nuts when they see her in there and I had to pull Henrietta’s head out of Bella’s jaws the other day. She lost a few feathers but seems fine. Was the day before we started getting eggs and she’s not been off her food or anything.

I’ve been spending most of my time playing the new Defense Grid DLC, finally managed to get all gold medals on it. Just need all golds on the story mode challenge now! I love this game so much, I’ve managed to log 45hours so far (26.9hrs in the past two weeks) and that’s only on the Steam version, I’m sure I must’ve played at least 10 on my PlayGreenHouse version before I forgot where I’d bought it and my login details and generally everything about it.

Halfway through the first part of the third A Song of Ice and Fire book. It’s made of awesome. In fact, I think I’m more than halfway.

Drama ahoy!

Last week our internet connection went real slow, I’d never paid it much attention but it dropped down to 386k from around the 3mb it was before. So I plugged the router in downstairs to see if it made a difference, when it didn’t we phoned Sky and they muttered something about a cap and pressed a button and it shot up to 6.6mb, 8mb in the engineers test socket. Yay. I plugged the router in upstairs and it dropped to 1.something, I left it there for a couple of days and bought 30ft of cat6 cable, some ends and some crimpers off ebay, plugged the router back in downstairs and made a hazard of the stairs for a few days. I really don’t want to be wireless. xD

Anyway, a couple of days ago it dropped back down to 386k. Idiot on the phone said “WE ARE RUNNING A DYNAMIC LINE MANAGEMENT TEST CALL BACK ON FRIDAY” and nothing I could do would make him say anything else.

Tried phoning back again, “Clear your cookies and reset your router to factory settings!” despite my insistence that wouldn’t do anything that was all he would say. I did it anyway and it did nothing and by that point he’d put the phone down.

So whatever, we waited till today (Friday), an hour on the phone and four different idiots, we finally got somebody competent. It’s now at 4mb but the guy says there’s still errors on the line somewhere between here and the exchange, he did push it up to 8 but it was too unstable to do anything with. An engineer is coming over in the morning to take a look at it for some reason. The guys on the unofficial Sky support forum have also convinced me that a new faceplate for the main socket would be a good idea but I haven’t bought it yet, it’s not too expensive, but lets see what happens!

Oh, we live near the railway line and I saw a steam train go by the other day! Couldn’t see the actual train but it sounded different to a normal one and there was a big plume of steam. Don’t know if it was a special service or what. (It was going from Earlestown towards Newton station)


one of the chickens just laid an egg!

More films

The Road to Eldorado, I hadn’t seen that in so long.

Brazil. I’m not entirely sure I understood it. Interesting film though. I guess I should watch it again next time I have 10 hours to kill.

Fuck that film was long.


Trainspotting was pretty good too.


Finally got round to sitting down and watching Intacto.

Fuck that was a good film.

Eh, whatever.

Started doing something.

Got distracted.

Spent several hours playing with autohotkey. Made some shiny new Chrome keys to search youtube and such, made back/forward work as I always expect them to. Sucks Chrome doesn’t come with changeable hotkeys but I guess it’s been good for me in the long run.

Since I have nothing else to show for today, here.

Just open it in notepad or something.