Free Photoshop Lightscribe Template

January 12, 2010 10 Comments

What is it?
It’s an Extremely simple Photoshop template for you to use on Lightscribe discs.
This is a simple PSD file with just 2 layers that will allow you to create your own lightscribe labels using Photoshop.

How do I use it?
Easy! Just download the template and open it up in Photoshop…you can get a free trial version from the Adobe website.

The top layer should be kept on top and shows the edges and central circle in white – these do not appear on the CD itself.
The bottom layer, and any more you add under that, is what you will see on the CD once printed.

Simply copy images or insert text onto this bottom layer, or other layers under the top layer, and save as an image.

Open up your Lightscribe software – I recommend the cover designer within Nero 9 – and select a new lightscribe cover using the picture you have just saved.

What are you waiting for? Download the Free Photoshop Lightscribe Template now!

Free Desktop Background – Moon

January 6, 2010 4 Comments

Select your desktop background size from the list below for your free desktop background of the moon.

This image was taken with the Canon EOS 500d on Christmas Day 2009 – Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500); Aperture: f/5.6; Focal Length: 250 mm; ISO Speed: 200

Free Moon Desktop Background


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Unedited versions of the original image can be viewed on my flickr page here

Going down?

January 2, 2010 1 Comment

The goods lift in my building states that it can take up to 600lbs of weight.

That started me thinking. The average newborn baby weighs 7 1/2 pounds.

Let’s do the math: 600 divided by 7.5 = 80.

That’s 80 newborn babies that should be able to fit in my goods lift without it being overloaded, though I’m not sure how they will be able to operate the buttons or the door if they are in there on their own.

That’s one heck of a surprise for the next person to use it also!

going-down-1956

Formula1 – final race

October 30, 2009 2 Comments

Just in case a place is required to predict results of the final F1 race due to site issues.

Weirdest Spam…ever.

April 20, 2009 3 Comments

This has to be the strangest spam that I’ve ever received – just this image and nothing else:

What the huh?

I can’t decide if it really is an image of a retarded Chinese choir, or if it’s just that they’ve all just figured out the sum in the middle after days of struggled logic.

Answers on the back of a postcard/dead squirrel to the usual address.

The best-laid schemes

April 13, 2009 2 Comments

So much for a nice relaxing yet productive Bank Holiday weekend.

Plan:
Thursday – Leave work, go for a quick drink with workmates (2 pint max), return home and chill for the evening.
Good Friday – sleep in, go to work for a few hours to get things done, return home, cook, work on websites.
Saturday/Sunday – spend as a normal weekend, write a long overdue blogpost for one particular site, reformat old PC, cook a nice Sunday lunch of some sort.
Monday – play poker.

Reality:
Thursday – Leave work, go for drinking session, get home at 7am.
Bad Friday – get out of bed at 3pm, put kettle on, things start to spin, go back to bed.
Saturday – spend day in bed watching Season 2 and 3 of How I Met Your Mother.
Sunday – venture out to shops to find Waitrose is closed. Retire home to eat bananas and bagel.
Monday – still plan to play poker in a few hours.

Happy Easter and all that.

Being a celebrity – my pros for and cons against

March 17, 2009 1 Comment

I’m not a celebrity, not even a minor one, and this is mostly a good thing.

Here’s two reasons why it would be cool to be a celebrity.

1) I would be rich.
2) I would be famous.

More importantly, here’s three reasons why it would suck.

1) I am camera shy
2) I have a voice that’s perfect for silent movies, and a face fit for radio.
3) Being part of a celebrity family would suck – big time.

I think the only one of these points that needs clarifying at all is the last one, so I will do so. I’ll use the lovely Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal as my surrogate family.

Hell, I’ll just pretend that I am Jake Gyllenhaal and be done with it.


Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal topless

Here’s what one of my days would be like:

Wake up beside some hot brunette who I met the night before, haven’t got a clue what her name is.
Look in mirror – think to self ‘gosh I’m a hottie’.
Buy stuff online – think to self ‘gosh I’m rich!’
Go out – party with friends, get drunk, play up to the cameras that are taking sly photos of me.
Go home, a little tipsy, a little horny, but alone.
Sit down in front of the TV, unzip and whip out Jake Jnr, grab the TV remote and start flicking through the channels for flesh.
Bingo – land on a film of some sort with a smokin-hot-brunette all nekkid and writhing around on the bed.
Jake Jnr also appears interested and sits up for a better view – he looks scared so I should hold him, and stroke him for comfort.
Camera pans up naked smokin-hot-brunette’s legs, past the pleasure box, stops momentarily on the beautiful breasts and then – oh, no! OMFG. It’s Maggie! My sister’s in a film and Jnr is loving her acting skills.

This is bad.

It’s wrong on so many levels.

…should I stop?

Well…I’m nearly there and if I close my left eye I can block out her face.

It is a smokin-hot-body and all.

Yeah…I should stop.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal - alas, not topless


Flirting 101

February 23, 2009 4 Comments

Scene: lift going from floor 8 – floor 0, I hold lift door for INCREDIBLY HOT BRUNETTE who can’t possibly live in this block of flats because every other resident seems to have been born here when it was built in the 1930s. Girl to be known as IHB from hereon.

Flirting Win
IHB: Hello, thank you (super sexy lady smile)
Me: Well hello, you’re welcome (with emphasis on ‘well hello’ as if I was in Up Pompeii)
awkward pause – I furrow my brow.
Me: Sorry, I didn’t mean for that to sound so…pervy.
IHB: How pervy did you mean for it to sound?
Me: um…on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being friendly and flirtatious, and 10 being wanting to lewdly suggest the seriously kinky shit I want to do with you – I would say a 7.
IHB: Shame…if it had been an 8 you may have got somewhere.
Lift stops, she walks off leaving me to daydream all day.

Flirting Fail
IHB: Hello, thank you (super sexy lady smile)
Me: (Eating a banana so cheeks stuffed like a chipmunk) You’re welcome (bits of banana fly in her direction.)
awkward silence between floor 8 and ground floor
Me: (banana in mouth now swallowed, the rest remains uneaten) Hope you have a nice day!
I reach over to pull the door open for her (one of those old style cage doors) and stand on her foot.
IHB: OW!
She limps off leaving me and my half eaten banana feeling a little insecure.

Win or Fail – Guess which I did this morning?

Would you like serengeti sauce with that?

January 5, 2009 2 Comments

I went to EAT today for lunch today, buying for a colleague – transcript as follows:

Me: Big simple please…and you realise that your soup menu for today is not the same as it is online?
Them: Sorry for the inconvenience…would you like anything else?
Me: A cheese straw please.
Them: Certainly…anything else?
Me: A cheetah please.
Them: um…a cheetah?
Me: Sorry, I mean a banana…thanks.

See, the colleague I was buying lunch for always buys a banana, and as you know they come in various degrees of ripeness so we’ve taken after likening the ripeness to wild cats. If the banana is beautifully yellow with not much green it’s a lion, and then there’s scale of Puma, Cheetah and Leopard depending on how many brown spots are on it – with a banana so manky that it’s not worth consuming being classed as Hyena.

It’s natural for me, therefore, to take the lunch order by the name of the wild cat depending on how ripe they wanted the banana.

I’m normally very good at asking for a banana when in the shop itself…guess I’m not really with it today.

Gucci by Gucci

January 3, 2009 Leave a Comment

Gucci by Gucci pour homme- eau de toilette spray

Gucci by GucciTop notes: bergamot, cypress and violet
Heart notes: tobacco leaves and jasmine
Base notes: patchouli, amber and incense.

Though the reviews for this scent were not the best (to say the least…I think Luca Turin described it along the lines of a rush hour scent – but obviously with more eloquence) I wanted to try one of the latest Gucci scents and this appeared to be the best of the bunch available with the decision being swung in it’s favour by the lovely bottle.

I haven’t tried any Gucci products since Tom Ford left which must be about 5 years now, and I’m happy enough with this product.

I’m never a fan of something that’s too overpowering, and this one suits well with a fresh but bold smell once first applied. Though the top notes fade relatively quickly the scent lasts a reasonable length of time in a very subtle way. I’m not sure it really develops into the dry down stage though…or if it does it really isn’t powerful enough to be recognisable.

Would I rebuy? Yes…but probably only for the brand of which this is the best of the bunch out at the moment. However there are certainly much cheaper and better options out there. Chanel’s Allure still remains my favourite – I’m attempting the ‘sport’ version just now which seems a bit more citrusesque.

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