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Website Design, Anyone?

April 25th, 2007 · 2 Comments

I am working on a project at work that seems like it will take forever to finish. *sigh*. I am not the greatest of web designers, and you can see from the design of this modest site. It took me some time to figure out some stuff that should have taken a few minutes at best – well at least according to my initial estimate.

The project at work involves creating a website, and I am thinking I should just contact some website design firm. Would any of you know any better regarding design firms that are cheap and do a good job? I know that is like asking if anyone’s seen my needle in a haystack. Also, the visitor numbers for this blog are going up regularly, at more or less 20-30% every week or so – but I am missing the comments ;) I hope some of you might have recommendations for my problem here.


Egypt Beckons…

April 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment

I got lost in this tour of egypt. There are so many touring services for Egypt, maybe I should just get one of these all inclusive holidays to Egypt.

Things seemed to be wrapped up neatly into a cool package. I never can quite decide which is better, a packaged tour (where you are guaranteed not to miss the important highlights), or a self-planned tour. I am tending towards all-inclusive holidays primarily because they save a lot of time, and a little money, too.

When I do go, I will be in seventh heaven, and I will, for once, put my digital camera to good use. Till I go, check out the Egyptian Name tool. I wish I could visit the Valley of Kings once before I kick the bucket. Oh, if wishes were airline tickets…

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Absolutely Amazing List of Coincidences

April 16th, 2007 · No Comments

2Spare – Top 15 Strangest Coincidences.

Wow! These are really, really weird. The lighting coincidences are so spooky. Imagine people from three generations of a family dying by lightning at the same spot, or the same man hit by lightning and paralyzed to various extents many times before dying, and then lightning toasts his grave. Read it, you won’t regret it.

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Home and Living: 10 Ultra Small Houses

April 14th, 2007 · 6 Comments

Perhaps the most famous man to live in a dimunitive house was Thoreau, who famously lived in a wood cabin for a while. I went on a trip today discovering small houses of all shapes and kinds.

No list of small houses will be complete without these exemplary examples….

1. Yurts

You have US yurts and Russian yurts

2. Tumbleweed houses

..Which are smaller than some folks’ bathrooms

3. The Mobile Hermitage

Which seems to owe some of its design and inspiration to the Tumbleweed house dude, Jay Shafer

4. The weehouse

Completed for less than $45K. Cheaper than your car – Hummer Lover!

5. Custom-built Gypsy Caravans
More caravans.

6. The Loftcube

It’s like living in the clouds. Not for the agoraphobic. Also see: glass house, and the house that hovers.

7. Straw Bale Houses

The one pictured above is just 140 sq.ft. Living in it might just be like living in a 2-D world!

8. Free Spirit Spheres

They hang from trees, look like a sphere – what more do you want? I want one, just so I can say, “I live in a ball. Yes, the ball hangs from a tree.”

9. Tear Drop Trailers

Quite in the rage in the 30’s and 40’s I hear.

and of course… the very popular…

10. Igloos

I’ve always wanted to go inside one and see if it is actually warmer.

There’s also this story on the SF Gate about small homes for the homeless:

Small homes are environmentally conscious and sustainable as they quite literally reduce your “footprint”.

For more lists of small houses, check out – the Tiny Home Page (pun intended, and not original, thank you very much!), and this list of the tiny house hunter who was at least as interested in them as I am.

I wish I could collect small houses and put them all in my backyard, but for now I will have to refer to Home and Living and plan on visiting Home Depot to get more power tools!


The 100% Stain Resistant Shirt is here.

April 13th, 2007 · No Comments

We’ve removed the fear of eating spaghetti bolognese in public for the very first time.

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Idling Your Car to Warm it Up is Useless

April 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Idling: Myths Versus Reality
Contrary to popular belief, idling isn’t an effective way to warm up your vehicle, even in cold weather. The best way to warm it up is to drive it.

The article also says that you can save a lot of fuel by turning it off if you are going to be idling for more than 10 seconds. 10 seconds is the time below which restarting your car will consume more fuel that letting it idle.

I have always known, in the depths of my brain that idling a car immediately after starting it in the morning does nothing to help prolong the life of the engine. With modern electronic computer-controlled engines, you would think the engineers thought of the cold starting problem – and they have!

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Blood groups ‘can be converted’ – Creating “Neutral” Blood

April 11th, 2007 · No Comments

Scientists have developed a way of converting one blood group into another. They can convert RH Positive blood from one blood group to another. This should fix the O-ve blood shortage problem. The absolutely amazing techniques uses micro-organisms to work on the blood cells and strip them of their “group”-iness. The paper describing the work was published in a Nature journal.

Oh, and by the way when some researcher says “potentially”, be wary:

The technique potentially enables blood from groups A, B and AB to be converted into group O negative, which can be safely transplanted into any patient.

What “potentially” really mean is – “we think it should work, and that it is a neato idea – but you are on your own for now, and can’t really seriously hold us to it.” :)

That’s enough chit-chat for now – have to get cracking on work now.

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Sheriff Gives Himself a Ticket

April 10th, 2007 · No Comments

ABC News: Sheriff Gives Himself a Ticket

“As sheriff, I’m held to the highest standard in law enforcement. How can I hold officers accountable if I don’t hold myself accountable?” he said. “I’m satisfied I’m doing the right thing.”

Kocken issued himself a ticket March 27 for an unsafe lane change, three weeks after he had rear-ended a suspected speeder after that driver slowed to turn. Neither the deputy who completed the accident report nor the Brown County district attorney’s office felt that Kocken deserved a citation.

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Wilfing: Aimless Browsing Online Has a Name

April 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Wilfing is the new term that describes aimless browsing on the Internet. I am told WILF stands for “What Was I Looking For?”

Nice! Someone had to invent a name for this phenomenon that is everywhere, and affecting just about everyone.

“However, our study shows that although people log on with a purpose, they are now being offered so much choice and online distraction that many forget what they are there for, and spend hours aimlessly wilfing instead.”

Read Britons waste online time wilfing: study – Yahoo News for more details.

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Intentional Typos to Boost My Ego?

April 9th, 2007 · No Comments

In the Preface to the Bibliography of American Literature(BAL) compiled by Jacob Blanck, he says:

“I am told that Chinese printers have a tradition which obliges them to introduce into their work a sprinkling of intentional errors; the reason for this curious action is to provide the careful reader with that sense of superiority which follows discovery of another man’s typographical lapse. We all know that strange pleasure; and while I would not rob you of such harmless delight it is nevertheless my sincere hope that no one will leave this Bibliography of American Literature with a violent attack of superiority complex.”

Wow! I wonder if this is another incident of someone using the “Chinese” as a vehicle for their imagination, like the old Chinese curse thingy.

However, it is interesting. I have always taken perverse pleasure in underlining mistakes in the books I read, as well as observing typesetting errors, like a top margin that varies in height from left to right. That a printer would intentionally introduce typos to make me feel smarter was beyond me!

I learnt that in the olden days, dictonaries, maps and authors used to intentionally misspell things, or even typeset some letters upside down to catch pirates. Copyright piracy, that is.

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