Forward, positively..

November 30, 2006

A Man, A Van, A Plan…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 3:55 pm

Well, the removals went fairly smoothly all things considered. One hire van and two and a half days busy labour and everything is moved.

A large amount of our personal possessions are now in bags or boxes but that just takes a little time to organise.

A very good thing about this place is that the wireless router is close-by and the signal is strong throughout the house. No need to blog from anywhere other than in front of the cable TV (with a glass of wine).

This is also a public declaration of my appreciation of the organisational skills and effort of my wife who made it all happen.


November 26, 2006

The Rolling MOSS Gathers No Stones…

Filed under: Work — thebestbrew @ 6:44 pm

The Momentum of MOSS continues to gather pace.

Keep going to Mark Harrison for useful links. Go to the Sharepoint team blog for heavyweight brain-bending but go to Spencer’s blog for nuts and bolts implementation links.

Pack, Pack, Pack……

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 6:31 pm

Moving house this week. Made hugely pain-free by the admin and organisation skills of my wife.

We have moved several times in the last few years and she is becoming very practised at it. Typically all I have had to is turn up at a new address – job done. This time I need to put in a bit of grunt work.

I may be quiet for a few days as I need to get the broadband service set-up in the new place.

November 24, 2006

Giving Happy Thanks….

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 12:07 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to all. This is one American custom which I am sure we could benefit from in this country.

However, I understand from sources that in the States of United America, Thanksgiving is bigger than Christmas! Quelle Horreur!

Happy Thoughts to you all.

November 23, 2006

The Dumb/Smart Balance is Restored…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 12:52 pm


Like the advert says – for every smart thing that happens, something dumb happens somewhere else to keep the balance.

The latest smart news must be that the EU blocks low-duty alcohol online.

The balancing dumb thing is contained in a sentence at the end of the article: “But this may be a short term reprieve for the UK Treasury because planned draft legislation could reverse this decision in the future.”

Alcohol is the biggest threat this country faces. Ahead of (other) drugs, smoking, global warming, accession state immigration et al. – WAY AHEAD.

Win a PSP….

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 9:23 am

I didn’t pick this up on the Navy page when linking in the pervious post – what a wheeze, help recruiting with youth-oriented competitions on your web site. Win a PSP from the Navy (I wonder if you can take it on board?).

But for a Few Billion More…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 9:19 am

…all you need is a bigger drain. Step forward the Trident replacement option – the BBC Q&A is here.

I’m no namby-pamby pinko-liberal tree-hugger but, as I did 40 years ago, I think this stuff is insane for the UK to be doing. Who the heck are we targeting (literally) with these WMDs. I’m not going to argue about breaching treaties and things like that – WE JUST CAN’T AFFORD IT.

Fine, I’m OK with nuclear-tipped cruise thingy’s, put them on planes or whatever but sneaky submarines – WE CAN’T AFFORD IT.

November 22, 2006

Got a Few Billion to Burn….

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 6:27 pm

…first find your drain, then pour it down.

In this case fusion energy. These scientists must be chuckling into their super-cooled beakers at getting all this dosh to play with. All very Star Trek (or is it Star Wars?). I wonder if they will still be heating up water to turn it into steam to turn….I though James Watt already did that?

Maybe they have some super-dooper way of generating electricity directly from the plasma – they don’t tell us about that.

Alternative Answers on a Postcard…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 6:12 pm

Courting controversy rather than flip humour for a change. Dealing with drug addicts?

This man is right but who has the b*lls to agree publicly?

JK Galbraith knew the score when he said “In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.” More quotes from the great man.

November 19, 2006

For Digital Photo Stuff…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 6:49 pm

I take pictures. Not enough, not sufficiently frequently but I do. The Luminous Landscape is a great source of tips, advice and insight. Superb stuff.

Bonnie Got a New Phone…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 6:44 pm

Evidence, as if any were required, that the web brings you into touch with happenings in other lives as if they were your friends or colleagues.

Ballpoint has a new instrument. The pen may be mightier than the sword but sometimes, a camera-phone trumps them both.

To Parenthesize (or Not)…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 6:13 pm

Yes, Ok, I parenthesize (the zee is for our American readers) too much. But short of developing a whole new style of writing, I don’t quite know how (or whether) I should do things differently in the wordy wordsmith department.

Brackets persist pro tem.

Oh Oh Seven, Oh Oh No

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 6:00 pm

Wife and I went to see Casino Royale last night. One simple piece of advice – don’t bother,wait until the DVD come out then rent it – that way you pay the least amount of money for maximum disappointment from a Bond film.

I can only surmise that the makers (that is intended to include everyone associated with the making of the movie who had some opportunity to say – “That’s no good enough”) were too obsessed with the issue of Daniel Craig (yes/no, good/bad, dye/don’t dye his hair) that they forgot they were making a Bond movie.

Ok, no gadgets – Ok, no satellite weapons – Ok, no wierd badies, but at least give us a Bond we need to slightly suspend our disbelief for.

For the record, Daniel Craig will be a very good Bond. They just forgot to write a decent movie for him. Edgy (no), Dark (no), Killer (yes), Anger Management issues (definitely).

However exceptionally well done (remember the train scene in From Russia with Love) there was too much emphasis on the blood and snot.

Product placement (however crucial for financing) is so brutally in your face it is trully awful. What is Bond coming to when you get a longer driving scene from airport to hotel (ensuring that you get the whole car in) in a Ford Focus than in the Aston Martin (the rolling car shot is almost as long as the driving shot).

Save your time, money and appreciation of Bond.

November 16, 2006

Bonnie, Bonnie, Bonnie – It’s a Cracker…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 5:46 pm

Ballpoint posted this super little animation, Kiwi – nice one!!!!

Hugh’s Gone Red…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 5:21 pm

Red is a stimulating, angry sort of colour – don’t you think.

He has this interesting marketing link. Proof that even when you think someone in marketing might seem too far up to see the streetlights, damn it if they don’t just go and make some sense.

Picking another of Mr Dodds articles at random (The Rules of Blog Club) for evidence of over-consumption of self, I was tickled to see rule number 4.

“…4th RULE: Only two brain cells to a fight….”

 – maybe not too far up after all – mustn’t judge a blog by it’s cover.

Geek Time – Much MOSSy-ness…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 5:07 pm

Us lazy guys love it when someone else does some heavy lifting for us. Mark Harrison is great at bringing together links and stuff from Planet Sharepoint. If you want a quick lazy hit of what’s what, what’s released, what the groovy features do – go to him.

OK, OK these guys also know the real scoop but their stuff is kind of dense.

November 14, 2006

The Prestige…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 9:53 am

The Prestige, Fantastic movie – very, very good. Another excellent performance by Michael Caine and Christian Bale with a Victorian London accent!!

I normally don’t like period pieces but this was a feast. Go see it, enjoy.

The representation of Colorado Springs in the Tesla phase (a wonderful cameo by David Bowie) looked incredible. I live on the East coast of Scotland and have never been there but if the Rockies don’t look like that – they should.

One thing I hope this stimulates is a wider interest in Nicola Tesla. That deserves a post of its own.

Go watch The Prestige.

November 10, 2006

Beautiful, Cold, All in a Good Cause…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 6:30 pm

The much trailed charity event took place a while ago – thanks to everyone who contributed (mainly cash and a fiver online from my daughters admirer). Here we are…..


Fuzzy and indistinct maybe, but it’s definitely us. It was a fantastically beautiful day in Aberfeldy – lots of fun and raising money for a good cause – first time I climbed a tree in around 40 years.

Well, They Just Gone and Done It…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 6:07 pm

Yippee, they did it but who will be the next Dem President. They might just be able to field a candidate who can screw it up? Please, please, please don’t make a mess of it.

The immediate good news must be getting rid of John Bolton – how much bad news was he?

Somehow this all makes our domestic politics quite twee.

Stormhoek, Stormhoek, Stormhoek…

Filed under: Rants and Opinions — thebestbrew @ 5:55 pm

That should get Hugh’s attention.

For an age he’s been been doing his Anything 2.0 bloggy number and pushing Stormhoek wine. The crunch has now come – the flipping stuff is now in my LOCAL THRESHER STORE. The only sane course of action is to buy a bottle and taste the stuff. It’s a tough assignment etc…..

Thanks heavens he’s doing something about the labels – the current bottle decoration looks like it was designed to camouflage it within the competition.

Report to follow….

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