Saturday, December 9, 2006

Size matters

  • For months I have been waiting to be allowed to use Blogger Beta, and finally today I got a note that said: "Your new version of Blogger is ready!"
    I eagerly clicked the button to switch over but was confronted with an error message: "Unfortunately, we cannot switch your Blogger account at this time, because one or more of your blogs cannot be moved."
    Apparently, the problem is that I have "a very large blog."

  • Random interesting fact about Cardiff Central Station: There is no Platform 5. The platform numbers go up to 7, but for some inexplicable reason, they skip over 5. Actually, that's only part of the platform confusion: the platforms are numbered as such: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4a, 4b, 6, 7.
    So, there's a Platform 0, and Platforms 4a and 4b, but no Platform 5. I am surprised that none of the science-fiction shows that are filmed in Cardiff (Dr. Who and Torchwood) have made anything out of this.

  • Random interesting fact about the Welsh language: It is easier to read Welsh written in 1753, than English that was written in 1753. This is because the written side of Welsh hasn't changed as dramatically over the last 250 years. I am on the fence as to whether I think this is good or bad or if it is even a fact to which any value can be attributed.

  • In car news, we are debating between a Peugeot 306 (1.9 diesel) and a Toyota Corolla 1.3. If anyone can offer advice, please do.

  • Lately I've found it impossible to sleep due to what comic Dylan Moran calls the washing machine of the mind: "What am I doing? Is it enough? Do I enjoy it? Am I any good at it? I should get some sleep; I can't because I'm too stressed."
    I am awake every morning at 6 a.m., and just sit there staring at the ceiling in a slow-minded panic. I have only one week left in the semester and plan to just sort of fall down and weep for a week as of Thursday afternoon.

  • Related to the above, I am still not writing any Flickr Fiction, but I thought I would draw attention to other people's stuff since it's started back up. Taking part this week are: Donal, Elisa, Isobel, Sarah, and TadMack. I may be back next week -- no promises, though -- with a new piece of my own. Remember that all of my pieces are supposed to be connected, so, like me, you may want to refresh on what's happened so far.

    Anonymous said...

    I'd go for the Toyota. They're nice cars, more reliable that Peugeot's in my recent experience, and the smaller engine size will make it cheaper to run and insure.

    What are you going to do with your break from college?

    Anonymous said...

    I second Issy's Toyota pimping. The Peugeots have that Frenchy style and Joey Vivre but the Japanese make 'em more reliable.

    Also they are very particular over there in how you pronounce the word Peugeot. Apparently it's pronounced perge-oh. Roll the r, merging it with the soft g sound. The British do not take kindly to any mangling of their French cousins vocabulary and I found myself damned for the ignorant Paddy I am upon referring to this fine piece of Gallic engineering as a 'Pewjoe'.

    But nobody cares how you pronounce Toyota.

    tuckmac said...

    I had the same issue with the "New Blogger" and received six e-mails this morning telling me AGAIN that they were unable to switch me. Ger.

    I know everyone's pimping for the Toyota, but... As a former ex-pat, the stories of your Peugeot car would be much more interesting and "European" to an American audience than the Toyota would. Also, for the record, I drove a 1997 Peugeot 106 1.1XL that I really loved, and the bugger was STILL great in 2005. So... I don't know. I'm just not a fan of rice-burners. I have to admit, however, the Toyota Yaris Hatchback is a nifty lookin' car.

    Boy, I was helpful, huh?

    -- T

    Anonymous said...

    Go for the Toyota. French cars are ok until they break down for the 1st time. It's downhill from there. However, you could always get a really good car and buy a VW. Toyotas in the UK are much too favored (yes, US spelling, none of that brit mérde!) by pakistani minicab drivers. At least so in London.