shooty

Ouch

Why is it I can walk around for 9+ hours a day for two weeks solid, often up lots of stairs and even mountains without aching much, but I go to the gym for an hour or so (and take it easy I might add) and then go snowboarding for a couple of hours yesterday and this morning I could barely move?

Bah.
hypnotoad

Job For SQL Nerds

If any of my friends who are experienced in SQL Server would be interested in a 20 - 30 hour week at the equivalent of 22K pro-rata, let me know and I'll pass you on some details.

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shooty

Tech Question

Here's a question for the floor. Those of you with wazzier 17" LCD screens that run 1900 x 1200, how small is the text, and is it legible for stuff like coding etc? I'm looking at new laptops, and most of the higher end ones these days seem to be 1900 x 1200.

I don't appear to have a huge amount of choice on this one, but any advice or opinions greatly appreciated.
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shooty

Ahahahahahaha

Today, I helped right a wrong. Turns out someone was stealing images from a designer I know, and taking credit for work he hadn't done. Cue some advice about stopping hotlinking from me, and now the perpetrator's website has a stern warning on it (may be fixed by the time you read this, but worth a look if not): http://www.looneydesigner.com/

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shooty

Awesome Steed For Sale

Righty. Much as it pains me to do so, the awesome Monkeymobile from this year's Coyote Rally is up for sale. It's a 92 plate Volvo 940 saloon, ie a massive car. 2 Litre petrol engine, power steering etc.

his is the car that came second in the rally, its your chance to own a piece of history!

:P

It's in pretty good nick given it's age, has about 107,000 miles on the clock (again, very good for the age, similar aged models normally have at least 160,000+ miles). It's a good runner, and has a few luxury features like heated seats. It also has a bunch of Coyote Rally stickers on it, and the awesome attack monkey logo stickers as well. Oh, and a parcel shelf full of bears. These come with the car, its not negotiable.......

;)

It appears to have some wiring for a CB, although we didn't use it. The stereo appears to be knackered, and the back passenger side door speaker hums, suggesting a bad connection somewhere (neither are expensive to fix). The MOT is due at the end of the month, and its taxed up to the end of September.

It also comes with a decent Thule roofrack as well.

It'd make a good tank/roadraging mobile, or if anyone fancies doing a banger rally, its comfortable and easy to drive.

If anyone's interested, or knows anyone who might be interested, let me know. If not, its going on eBay. Sensible offers please!

:)

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shooty

Get In!!!

Those of you at Wendyhouse who may have seen me running around and jumping up and down like a loon may know this already, but it transpires that Team Attackmonkey managed to come 2nd in this year's Coyote Rally!

:)

To say I'm chuffed would be a minor understatement. I'm still very giddy about it.......

Basically that's an extra £500 to split between the charities, which is awesome.

Once again, thanks to everyone involved, and to all of you lot for supporting us throughout our crazy endeavour.

:P
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Wanna Fight?

If any of you lot are interested in learning either Kobudo (hitting things with a variety of exciting weapons), or JuJitsu (hitting things with your fists and feet and locking folk up in a bewildering array of unpleasant ways), then you should totally come to our club opening day tomorrow evening. There'll be demos and stuff, and it's free!

Its over in Kirkstall at the Milford Sports club from about 7:30pm. If you're interested, you can download the flyer here.

I heartily recommend it, its a great club with some awesome sensei.

:P
shooty

Day 7

Day 7: 222 miles.

Awoke after an epic sleep, gave the car a once once over (it needed some oil and some tyre inflation), and headed off back up north at around 10am. Stopped at the local services, causing much amusement to the locals who were intrigued by the car. Just outside Newbury, disaster struck. A combination of holiday traffic and roadworks by Oxford meant that it took me nearly two hoursto get about 34 miles!

When the traffic finally cleared, I burned rubber up to Nottingham (using the satnav for the first time) to see our former teammate Lee, who had to drop out at the last minute due to ill health, and Chris. Went through the photos, had a rather tasty lunch in an awesome pub, then headed back to the motorway to go back to Leeds, finally arriving home at 6:30pm, with a slightly crispy smelling clutch.

Total mileage: 2175 miles.
Total rally miles: 1792 miles.

So that's it for this year, rest assured, we will be doing it again next year!

:)

Thanks again to everyone who supported us, sponsored us, rode convoy with us and hung out with us in the bars! See ya next year!
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Day 6

Day 6: 395 miles.

Woke up after a nice long lie-in, and decided to wander round looking for cars to photograph for the final challenge. After some wandering and snapping, we settled down for a cuppa and a rather good eggs benedict for breakfast. You know how when you've got loads of time you're always really late? Well, we suddenly realised it was gone twelve and we needed to be in Dunkirk in about three and a bit hours.

Cue arush back to the hotel, and a drive round the 'Dam to find our exit route. Which was easier said than done. There's no direct route to anywhere from Amsterdam, so much faff ensued. Eventually we were on our way though, stopping at every service on the way in search of the missing cars. Finally foundthe last one at the last set of services, where an old lady in a car with her dogs eating a sandwich was slightly terrified by a large white car screeching up behind her, three haggard looking men jumping out, taking pictures of themselves with her car, jumping in the air and cheering, and then jumping back into the car and screeching off back up the motorway.......

Dispite some impressively fast driving, we rocked up to Dunkirk five minutes before the Ferry left, too late to get on it. We'd missed the ferry! Fortunately Norfolk line let yougetthe next one, so we headed off to a nearby hypermarket to stock up on supplies, before heading back to the port to head home. Got on the 6 o'clock ferry, and headed back to the UK, working out the expenses on the way!

By the time we arrived back in Dover it was getting dark, and something didn't smell good, possibly the clutch, which had taken a battering from Pete and I over the weekend. The smell went away though, so all good. Breezed through customs, and began the long drive home. stopped off at Gatwick terminal to deposit a tired looking Pete to get a train, then onwards to Newbury, finally arriving home at around 11:30pm, at which point I ate, and collapsed into bed.
shooty

Day 5

Day 5: 562 miles

THis morning was made of epic fail. Me and Bernie got up earlt to hunt down absinthe, having knocked on pete's door and got no response. We eventualy buy green stuff from Tescos (try ding that in the UK), and head back to the hotel to find a distraught Pete in the coffee lounge. We then get a call from tem Banksy, who have already set off. We garb our stuff, and attempt to check out. Which takes half an hour when the machine refuse many cards. Then, the lift refused to go to the basement, and we rode up and down the hotel for a bit.......

We eventually got out and tried to meet up with the Banksy guys, only to be stuck in prague traffic. We eventualy caught up to them, and spent a traumatic hour or so trying to get out of te city centre  (esepcially when the motorway we wantd to take turned out to be under construction). By the time we had escapewd, it became apparent that we were never going to make the 10am meeting, so we decided to convoy up and head to Amsterdam. What followed was a very amusing day indeed. We briefly met up with a few teams aong the way, but mostly it was just us, the road, and us testing each other on our film knowledge, which was most fun indeed!

:P

We finally split up with  the banksy guys just outside of the dam and headed into the city, and found our hotel with relative ease. After a quick brew and a change it was of to sort our task and head for the meet up. after walking through lots of windows full of bored/lumpy hookers, we got to the meetup, had a drink, saw the awards for best team/car/theme and then headed off for some seriously tasty noodles. Finally it was back to the bar and the bar next door for sevral more drinks before heading back to the hotel.

It's been awesome fun, and I have to say the organisers did a great job! I'm actually quite sad that the rally is over now, and I'll definately be back next year. Big shouts out to the Beer and Loathing boys, the Lightning McQueen guys, team Banksy and the Dogs, also, props to the suburau volvo and the golfing volvo, the surfers, drive it like you stole it and the chicken coop, you guys were awesome fun.

And finally, thank you to all of you guys for sponsoring us and supporting our good causes, it means a lot to us!

FTP has been poblematic, so I'll get the photos up when I get back!

See you soon guys!

:)
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