Nearly 2006

Wow, another year has gone by. So whats happened this year to me:

  • Graduated
  • Got a job
  • Single once again
  • Been to Yosemite!!
  • Climbed better (I think!!)
  • Have a blog here – and a website – well its the same thing – at

Then the World in general:

  • London was attacked – it was going to happen in the end
  • Democracy in Iraq? Well its getting there, but I still think the human cost has been too much
  • Earthquakes – India & Pakistan
  • Hurricanes in the US showing up Bush. Ok, there was going to be a rant but I’m going to hold myself back… If you wish to know about the rant, ask in a comment and I might digress, otherwise you might have worked it out for yourself

I think thats about it, yes I’ve missed loads but these where the things that came to my mind first… If you want to add more comment…

Anyhow, I presume this is where I wish you all a Happy New Year, peace and something cheesey like good fortune???

Seasons greetings

Well the weather is frosty, the TV is getting worse (yes I watched Flash Gordan – rather parts of it), and I’ve very little to do at the moment!!! Well apart from spend money – I plummed for a new bike today (I knew it was coming, either in Decemember or Jan!!!) Thats about as much spending as I will do for the next 3 years!!!

Wow its only 2 months until Conya, I might even get to try out my ice tools before then if this freeze keeps up…

Anyhow, thats about as much as I can be arsed to put!!! Apart from Seasons Greetings to everyone – I hope your all fine, and looking forward to the New Year. So this is me kinda wishing everyone a Merry (late) Christmas, and hopefully a Happy New Year.

Oh yeah, my plan is pancakes on the top of Winter Hill if anyone is interested, since going out seems ever more unlikely as the 31st approaches…

Climbing Link

Well I could make this in to even more links, but most of them are on the sidebar so… This is the story of Johnny Dawes (in his own words) of the first ascent of Indian Face in 1986, its never had an onsight (climbing from the ground up without practising the moves (for all the none climbers)) ascent yet, only had 2 other ascents (working or redpoint is where you work the route on a top rope (wow, its becoming educational!!!)). I think the words hard, and scary come to mind…

Climbing quotes

Well, its kinda nice to see this on my climbing calendar (its actually advertising Aplinist) so I thought I would share it:

“We believe in sinker james high off the deck, a bomber nut, the crescent moon, your partner’s whoop, sand-washing the frying pan, roadtrips, one-swing sticks, remembering to breathe, apline starts (more for the aplenglow than the early hour), espresson desert, the plungestep, lenticular cloudclaps, rest days, the focus of a runout, a cold beer at the end of it all.”

Kinda, sums up nearly everything about mountaineering and rock climbing…

X-mas spirit et al

Right this is about as far as my Christmas spirit will go this year!!! Wow, how to bring your buzz down if your all in to x-mas!!! I officially no longer enjoy or look forward to it, and I have a very strange feeling this could be the most dull Christmas in a long time. The only real time I do enjoy it is when I’m away. Anyhow, here is some Christmas funny and humour. The link so you can all make crazy snowmen like I have done.

Also some other rudish Christmas humour:

21 things you can only get away with saying at Christmas

  1. I prefer breasts to legs
  2. Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist.
  3. Smother the butter all over the breasts!
  4. If I don’t undo my trousers, I’ll burst!
  5. I’ve never seen a better spread!
  6. I’m in the mood for a little dark meat.
  7. Are you ready for seconds yet?
  8. It’s a little dry; do you still want to eat it?
  9. Just wait your turn, you’ll get some!
  10. Don’t play with your meat.
  11. Stuff it up between the legs as far as it will go.
  12. Do you think you’ll be able to handle all these people at once?
  13. I didn’t expect everyone to come at the same time!
  14. You still have a little bit on your chin.
  15. How long will it take after you put it in?
  16. You’ll know it’s ready when it pops up.
  17. Just pull the end and wait for the bang.
  18. That’s the biggest bird I’ve ever had!
  19. I’m so full, I’ve been gobbling nuts all morning
  20. Wow, I didn’t think I could handle all that and still want more!
  21. I do like a good stuffing.

Well here we go…

Ok, first of all – a mini rant or rather a complain. Went to the wall tonite and the fat lard ass didn’t turn up, I think he was on a call (Mountain Rescue)… Anyhow my staying power at Preston is nothing, I can do most of the boulder problems apart from a few reachy and hard routes. And I really want to get stamina under my belt, I know this is what is lacking for the harder routes, oh and strength… But the training plan is to build up stamina then develop the strength, supposed to be very successful… Anyhow wanted a bit more – but its x-mas, Johnboy has to go and find swans in lakes… 😛

Right more to the point, thats it. I’ve decided (look how bored I am!!!) this is my first writing in tribute to one of my musical heroes… Woah, your all shocked ain’t you??? If your still reading now well done!!! LMFAO… Well the picture gave it away!!! Ian Brown – I’m just sitting here listening to the Stone Roses and some of his solo stuff, and its mind blowing… You have everything in his music especially with the Stone Roses. The long instrumentals in Breaking Into Heaven is an absolute gem at 11:22 (yeah mp3) mins, wow could you imagine N’Sync (yes I’m behind, I have mp3!!!) doing something like that???

Ok, now to his solo stuff – some may say some of his stuff has been a little unpolished, on his first album (Unfinished Monkey Business)… I like it, but its not as good as the next 3 albums (well esp. last 2 (Music of the Spheres & Solarized)… But this is where Ian Brown has been successful, he’s been able to come up with some awesome lyrics, but a very different sound to the Stone Roses… (Haha Breaking into Heaven is still going!!!) I have never seen him live yet!!! Anyhow, thats about it my kind of dedication to Ian Brown…

Outdoor climbing…

Well what a great day, been out bouldering in Yorkshire at Bridestones for about 4 hrs… First time I’ve been outdoors climbing for about 8 weeks. It was as good as I can remember it is!!! Anyhow, the picture is of Johnboy my climbing partner and well just general fat ass… Although he did a 6b this afternoon which was pretty impressive!!! Me, I was restricted to my typical gritstone type of climbing which was squirm everything and be a short ass who can’t reach pebbles!!!

Maybe its time to kill some Germans. No I don’t mean real life – Call of Duty 2…

Another link

Well I got sent this today interesting interview with C++ inventor. If your not a programmer you might not understand the technical talk, or understand some of the concepts, but its still interesting to see what happens in the IT World. I’m not sure how valid this interview is, I’ve been to his official site and there is no reference to this interview. Whether he would want to be linked to this article is another thing though.

Mmmm, the mind does ponder sometimes. C++ is very complicated but then again I have seen the benefits when I’ve written applications with it. The point about code reuse is very interesting, and maintaining code. However, this is all relative to the company that you work for.

  • Code reuse is only as good as the companies and individual programmers attempt to make there code easy to reuse. If you don’t plan to make your code reusable then it won’t be easy to make reuse of it.
  • Maintaining code is only as easy as the documentation and comments in the code.

NB. I’m linking to the article above just for the interest of people who read this blog, I do not support, or verify that the interview is actually Bjarne Stroustrup views

Getting used to a new area

I really do like this new blog area but I do have some issues, uploading pictures is a pain, having to download Hello and then (well I already had it installed) Picasa to make everything even easier. However, hello is rather annoying that you can’t actually make a complete gallery, surely this should be a feature. Although I presume you can make a gallery from with picasa. Ahhh, well moan over. Time to experiment a bit more with picasa and hello…

Oh yes another link – quality flash movies the Tech Support is very amusing both of them…

More training for me tonight…


I often wonder how much programming would be done without the use of caffeine I mean even thinkgeek sell caffeine… We got limited to decaff in work for about 2 weeks and it was murder… I mean whats the point of having coffee without the most essential ingredient???

What else, well back to training last night for my up coming trip to Conya in Italy for Ice Climbing, can’t wait for the trip. My first ever time ice climbing, this might lead to me aiming for real mountaineering – after reading Andy Cave’s book it did inspire me to do a few really big mountains. However, I do think I would have the fear of loosing fingers for rock climbing through frost bite. Ahhh well, gotta wait and see if I can ice climb first!!!

Oh yes, training so 31 and a bit laps of Preston wall not a bad start for a short arse like me. Hopefully next year (climbing wise) I can achieve some of my big ticks (and push my grade) – Cream at Tremadog, Resurrection at Cromlech, The Axe at Cloggy and many more…