People (I think in the context of the article I read it was American people, clearly the only kind...

posted 08 September 2003
People (I think in the context of the article I read it was American people, clearly the only kind worth studying) apparently hit their snooze buttons an average of three times before waking up. This makes me a below-average snoozer, of which I believe I am justifiably proud.

Last night I tried a trick that I read on a blog recently but -- to my link-happy horror -- I can't remember which one (but it was probably Tom). Anyway, the trick involves using your body clock to wake up, and feeling more refreshed as a result. This was important last night, as I'd accidentally stayed up until 3am working on something; whoopsie. So I looked at my alarm clock, set it for 8.15, and said to myself "Right, waking up at 8.10, in 5 hours and 5 minutes times".

Which, to my surprise, is exactly what happened. And I don't feel nearly as exhausted as if the alarm had gone off and I'd hit the snooze half a dozen times. Cool.

If I think I got a lot of flak for being boring and blogging my lunch, I can't imagine how you all will yell that I've also blogged waking up in the morning. Hey, at least I'm not blogging about my cat, right? Dear god, will someone kill the cat blogging meme before it spreads? Maybe I can engineer a conflict and wipe out both groups.

(And your completely surreal referral for the morning is... a blog about pants! Why the fuck is this guy linking to me?

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Things responsible employees don't do, #1

posted 08 September 2003

Use VNC and an ADSL connection to fire up The Sims from their machine at work during their lunch break.

Bad. Very bad.

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Today's Pret

posted 08 September 2003
  • More than mozzerela: basil, rocket, mozzerela, pine nuts, mysterious sauce. Good in places but mainly bland, and mozzerela doesn't feel very substantial even though it's very good mozzerela. More basil would have made it more interesting. Generally not tasty enough, nor particularly satisfying.
  • Pret cranberry cola: Pret's marketing centers around the lack of chemicals in its food, so I was interested to see what was in "cranberry cola". The ingredients list: grape juice, carbonated water(40%), cranberry juice (only 10%), grape extract, citric acid, ascorbic acid, natural cranberry flavour. They have a cute little asterisk next to the two acids saying "Don't worry, citric acid is just lemon juice and ascorbic acid is simply vitamin C. (we have to use the technical jargon to keep the food authorities happy!)". So it's nice that they think to explain what the acids are, but then why is the "cranberry" cola more than 50% grape juice? That's not sounding too pure to me, it wouldn't have been hard to call it "grape and cranberry juice" would it? Unsurprisingly, it doesn't taste much like cranberry juice and is rather bitter, but refreshing if you're looking for a fizzy drink that's not too sweet and not just water.
  • I'm very doubtful that their hand-made lemon cake is at all hand-made, but I'm not very bothered if it tastes nice. Not particularly sweet nor (for the cake part) noticeably lemony, it's a bit heavy, but moist and filling. The top is the most interesting bit; it's been covered in coarse-grained sugar which has then had lemon juice sprinkled on it, which is a very nice and as you eat that suffuses through the rest of the fairly bland cake. So overall pretty good, might have it again.
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Dan's right; this blog is dull as dishwater recently. What am I doing wrong? Possibly not browsing...

posted 08 September 2003
Dan's right; this blog is dull as dishwater recently. What am I doing wrong? Possibly not browsing enough, or thinking enough. No more pedestrian cat-blogging. Good god, did I really blog my lunch? TWICE?
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