Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Partial Eclipse of Sun

Partial Eclipse of Sun
Originally uploaded by barry_williams.
Just read that there is a partial eclipse currently in progress viewable from the UK.

Armed with my Tripod, 300mm lens and SLR I sat on the pavement outside the house with a piece of paper to get the direction correct. The focus was set to infinity and I took about 15 pictures. This was definitely the best. The images taken at 1/4000 had a lot of lens flare, but this one at 1/1000 with 2 CDs in front of the lens to restrict the light seemed to work great!

The moon is due to pass in front of the sun from 10.45am to 12.25pm, covering nearly a fifth at its peak.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Found in Kelvingrove Park

Originally uploaded by Nickynoo.
It would seem that some of the people who were trapped in 'The Garage' attempted to make their way home too early...

It's snowing in Baillieston - Big Time!

Originally uploaded by barry_williams.
It's been snowing in Baillieston from about 1am now and as of this post is still doing so. Our boxer dog was quite amusing in the snow - wanting to play and roll in it...

It's about 5 inches deep everywhere with drifts of up to 2 feet!!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Friday Joke

Courtesy of

A couple, desperate to conceive a child, went to their priest and asked him to pray for them. "I'm going on a sabbatical to Rome," he replied, "and while I'm there, I'll light a candle for you."
When the priest returned three years later, he went to the couple's house and found the wife pregnant, busily attending to two sets of twins. Elated, the priest asked her where her husband was so that he could congratulate him.
"He's gone to Rome, to blow that candle out" came the hurried reply.

taH [a] tlhIngan

The title is Klingon for "Be a Klingon!". This (linked) BoingBoing posting links to a wired article about subdermal implants! These weird creations are only implanted by Tattoo artists whom cannot obtain Anesthetic so idiots electing for this treatment have to simply bear the pain... The surgical implement of choice for these Tattoo artists? A butter knife...

An uneasy Dr. Phil Haeck is quoted:
When an implant goes bad, it can require surgical correction, skin grafts, and still leave permanent disfigurement. If an implant site becomes infected, the tissue over the implant can die. "If it isn't done a perfectly sterile environment, the infection can be a disaster,"

This is ritualistic scarification in a different form. I can't imagine (a doctor) wanting to become involved in this area. This is a deviation in surgery that has no place for someone that has taken the Hippocratic Oath and wants to serve mankind.

So, if you want to become a Klingon and die with honour, go to America and get a subdermal implant from any good Tattoo shop!!!

To be fair, the Tattoo artist in the article "Emilo" has had formal training for this type of procedure. But this would seem to be the exception!

Read the original Wired article
Link to the BoingBoing post

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Visit to Yen's Teppanyaki Restaurant

Yen Teppanyaki - 24
Originally uploaded by barry_williams.
Over the weekend I went along to Yen at the North Rotunda in Glasgow. It was the same place I held my Stag party, but this time we went to the Teppenyaki restaurant downstairs. You are treated to an eight course meal which was very tasty and quite filling! You can choose two of the main courses - I opted for King Prawns and the Chicken, but there are quite a few different choices available on their menu, they'll let you choose your own combinations if you'd prefer.

The chef puts on a great show which was great fun to watch and he also let me know when he was going to do anything spectacular before hand so I could get my camera ready which was good of him!!

I've put my still photos online on Flickr! I've yet to work out where I can put the videos I also created...

Thoroughly enjoyable experience - I'd recommend this place!

Stuck in the middle with you...

Very interesting opinion article in today's Daily Telegraph

I had to pay £13 today for a prescription. Just after, I heard how one of my father-in-laws work colleagues (who is fully employed) was complaining about the fact he only gets two free sets of glasses a year from the NHS because of his benefits.

The article written by Alice Thomson was on today's Daily Telegraph Podcast and is a good read - so long as you're not rich or on benefits...

But those in the middle have to think before they procreate. How can they afford to have a second child, pay off the mortgage and save up for their pensions unless both parents work? Even if they manage to pay for the childcare and the ballet lessons, they will have to help with the university tuition fees (now £3,000 a year).

Link to the original Daily Telegraph Article.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Traffic Warden Tickets Neighbour.

This has to be one of the funniest stories I've heard. Basically a traffic warden kept giving his neighbour a parking fine, because his neighbour hadn't moved his car after the morning restrictions. On one occasion Mr Dove placed a ticket on Mr Parry's car at 8.31 - only 1 minute after the 8.30 restriction, presumably Mr Dove was "on his way" to work...

Mr Dove has been a pain in the backside. I would say he has given me more than 10 tickets. I got one just a minute into the restriction period.

Here is the link to the full article in the Daily Telegraph.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Friday Joke

Courtesy of

Three kids come down to the kitchen and sit around the breakfast table. The mother asks the oldest boy what he’d like to eat. "I’ll have some fuckin’ French toast," he says. The mother is outraged at his language, hits him, and sends him upstairs. She asks the middle child what he wants. "Well, I guess that leaves more fuckin’ French toast for me," he says. She is livid, smacks him, and sends him away. Finally she asks the youngest son what he wants for breakfast. "I don’t know," he says meekly, "but I definitely don’t want the fuckin’ French toast."