This is one End User License Agreement (EULA) I can agree with

Introduction to Data Communications since Revision 2.0 has the following licensing agreement. You are allowed to use it, view it, modify it without permission of the author Eugene Blanchard, provided that you agree to the following:

* That you will try to be a better person today than yesterday.
* That you will exercise your body as well as your mind.
* That you will tell the persons dear to you that you love them.
* That you will defend the rights of those who are unable to defend themselves.
* That you will not hurt your family members emotionally or physically.
* That you will respect your elders and care for them in time of need.
* That you will respect the rights of others in their religious beliefs.
* That you will respect the rights of others in their sexual orientation.
* That every man, woman and child has the right to be here and is equal regardless of race, creed or color.
* That you will act honorably in all aspects of your personal and business life.
* That your family is first and foremost the most important thing in your life.
* That when you make a mistake, that you admit it and make amends.

This book is available online in the hope it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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The cat tower I built last weekend

…and before I go on, the kitten LOVES it:

and Yogi at the top of the tower, enjoying the view

and doing her squirrel impression

lazing about in the box (which is big for a kitten, but I was thinking of possibly 2 adult cats)

Another cool thing is, this counts as one of my Day Zero Project goals 🙂 #39: make something out of wood

New Kitten!!

I posted on my Facebook thingy (no, I’m not really that old) about ‘applying’ to re-home a kitten, well we got approved after a visit to the neighborhood by the charity, visited the foster home and the next day this week formerly feral kitten was delivered to us:

Her name is Yogi (the daughter of the foster home lady named her)

and she’s a lovely little energetic ball of fuzz

I could only get pictures of when she was sleeping (mostly because I was too busy playing with her)

She’s integrated with people really well, the foster/charity lady did a really good job, and she loves to lie between us as we watch TV or read or whatever.

I want to train her to be more of a lap cat, but right now she’ll lay in my lap for a while, then wake up and move back to her pillow

We might think about taking in one of her sisters (might be half-sisters) but they have a little way to go yet, they are still very shy and wary around people. But so cute!

She seems to be adapting really well, although after 4 days she still hasn’t been in the kitchen She can play football (with ping pong balls) really well, though! They definitely tire her out, plus anything on a bungee string with feathers.

(trying out the artsy option on my phone camera)

Yogi was re-homed through Leeds Cat Rescue, they were on a nationwide directory of cats that need homes, then we clicked through and there were pictures of the available cats and kittens. The shots are paid for, she’s been ‘chipped and the spaying is already arranged. The feral mother was trapped (along with all the kittens), spayed, then released – she’ll never be anyone’s cat but the kittens are making their way to new homes, instead of under the corner shop where they lived.

Getting all the ‘cat tat’ was half the fun (and I forgot to include the carrier and some toys in this pic!)

Happy New Year

Hi!…random blog-reader or person I know!

I’m a bit lax about posting stuff on my blog, since I’ll usually share stuff on Twitter and let those updates feed over to my Facebook status updates. I usually save the bigger topics and things for the blog, but because it takes more time to update I’m usually pretty lazy about it.

Anyway, I’m going to try to update at least once a week this year and see how that goes. Short or long updates, whatever, but I just want to put something here, so whether it’s links to some of my photos or other projects, or just commenting about stupid shit I’ve been noticing lately, it’ll go here at some point.

So. What’s been happening with me.

I suppose the main thing I’ve been wanting to tout on here is the podcast I do with a friend at work. It’s called Digital Porridge and we’ve just done our 11th episode and it’s gone up today.

If you’re not familiar with podcasts, basically they’re like radio shows that you can download and listen to on your phone, MP3 player, computer, etc. Our is just over half an hour long and we try to do one each week. Mostly it’s myself and my friend Mat telling stories, comparing cultures (he’s British) and goofing off, and hopefully entertaining whoever listens.

The link to the main web page/blog is here, and we’re even officially on iTunes, and if you have an RSS reader like Google Reader you can use this RSS link to subscribe.

We’ve been getting some nice feedback, even from people who I don’t know personally – I think the next step is to really push our listeners to get their friends to subscribe. We have nearly 30 subscribers via Feedburner RSS links, and who knows how many on iTunes because they don’t provide any info at all, but I’d say it’s less than 15-20. Because we’re pretty small fry in the podcast universe I’ve been trying to get all of the people I know with iTunes to subscribe, even if they don’t listen, and give us a rating (maybe listen to a show or two if you feel weird about rating us without giving us a try). This requires almost no effort on anyone’s part to subscribe, and a good rating gives us a nice bump and with enough good ratings we might get featured on a blog or even on iTunes. So please subscribe to us in iTunes!

Day Zero Project

So here is something I thought would be cool to take part in: the Day Zero Project.

The idea is to skip short-term, easily done things or New Year’s resolutions and complete 101 goals in 1001 days. That’s roughly 10 days to complete every task, whether it’s climbing a mountain or sharpening all the knives in your kitchen.

So here’s the gist

The Challenge: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on your part).

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

The official web site for the Day Zero Project isn’t working as I type this, but their Tumbler blog is working OK and has a lot of great ideas to start with.

I added a new page to my website that will compile all the goals I have added, so they’re easier to find than spread out on a bunch of blog posts.

More crap on eBay = more crap out of the house

Alright alright alright!

Achievement unlocked: 37 items listed on eBay

How about that? I spent AGES editing all these listings on eBay Turbo Lister as I watching Castle (good show, nice way to pass the time by the way). It’s nice having a widescreen monitor 🙂

Most of these would have been listed on Sunday, but somehow the hours I spent making listings on Friday were wasted when my listings weren’t saved for some reason. So I just lost all motivation  and read comics on my new phone instead (more on that soon).

Numerically, 37 listings is about 75% of the items I have ready to sell right now, but volume-wise it’s only about 25% of the space of the stuff!