Pinboard fail

Well, 3 weeks after paying for a bookmark tagging and page archiving account, I’m no closer to having the site owner fix the issues I’ve mentioned.

It’s the first time tagging made sense to me, thus disappointing that the failures are increasing in scope, tested across a range of operating systems, browsers and apps.

Archiving hasn’t started yet despite multiple promises, full-text search is thus impossible, new tags require multiple refreshes to show up and so bundling is problematic, simple searches fail to find bookmarks visible on the same page! I could go on, but the bottom line is when the site owner repeatedly fails to respond and fails to fix the issues I highlight, I complain about, why should I invest more time in the service? thus easily fails to gain Baz’s seal of approval.

I might have to make my own, though it won’t reach the promise of Pinboard’s feature set. Here’s something I put together some time ago; it’s generated from a CSV file, no databases to introduce complexity.


Today, a day of nerdy firsts: I had my first-ever Telnet session, and very tentatively started to play in my first-ever MUD. Bear in mind I’ve been on the Internet since March 1997; that’s twenty years! It’s interesting to note that both Telnet and the MUD precede my arrival in the slow lane of the Information Superhighway.

But first, these snippets from Wikipedia:

Telnet is a protocol used on the Internet or local area networks to provide a bidirectional interactive text-oriented communication facility using a virtual terminal connection.”


“A MUD (originally Multi-User Dungeon, with later variants Multi-User Dimension and Multi-User Domain), is a multiplayer real-time virtual world, usually text-based. MUDs combine elements of role-playing games, hack and slash, player versus player, interactive fiction, and online chat.”

Telnet, first mentioned in RFC#15 in 1969, is almost as old as I, predating the World Wide Web by an easy twenty years! The Colossal Cave Adventure first appeared in 1975, is itself no spring chicken!

Me: I played a few text-only adventure games starting in the early 1980s, but all were stand-alone single-user relying purely on the imagination of the programmer(s) and the user (me!) My all-time favourites: The Hobbit, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, and Zork (a game I never finished.)

You may have seen the game I ran with @mlv in an thread, a flavour of which is available through the transcript here. A very enjoyable, diverting few months.

So there it is. Thanks very much indeed to @papierzeit on the network for posting your server details and allowing me to have a go! I’ll be back.

Sharing imaginations, it’s amazing!


Some of our work numbers are regularly targeted, plagued by unsolicited callers wanting to talk about a recent motor vehicle accident. I’ve been spared, luckily. Until today.

A colleague politely hung up on one… and then my phone rang.


“Hello, this is [unintelligible name, company name] calling about your accident.”


“What’s the name of the company?”


“Hello, this is [unintelligible name, company name] calling about your accident.”

Me, rather louder than I intended to:

“Listen: go fuck yourself.”

And then I replaced the handset, carefully, aware of an unaccountable increase in the hubbub, the level of mirth around me.

As a spectacle, not much, I’m mindful of being in work. I’ve done better…

Some time ago (I may already have written about this) I was unlucky enough to pick up at home; someone telling me my router has a virus. Yeah.

I began by insulting him, calling him a parasite, the usual insults I usually keep to myself when my family is with me. Interestingly, it went a bit downhill towards the end as he traded insults with me.

Here goes.


“Listen, your name really isn’t ‘Mike’ is it.”


“No, you couldn’t pronounce my name.”


“Go on then, I’ve a few Asian friends who aren’t bottom-feeding parasites like you, go on, give me a try.”


“[Utterly fucking unintelligible name.]”


“Ok, ‘Mike, you got me th”

And then I replaced the handset, carefully, aware of an evening of the score, a stalemate.



I have a theory: that Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was close when wondering that, if the secret of the universe was ever found, it would be replaced by something even more improbable.

It happened, someone found it, or at least the secret of the bit over which humanity believes they have a loose measure of control. Why else would our world be changed daily beyond our understanding upon awakening‽

Douglas Adams:

“If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat.”

Prompted by @der_jeff:

“Has the world come to an end yet?”


In the hurry to leave the house for this morning’s school run and journey to work I forgot my lunch, I forgot cash (the cash my wife got for me yesterday evening) and…

Having nothing edible in my desk drawer for the first time in weeks I’m sat here now looking at a vending machine ‘Hot chicken soup’, and wondering if its calorific value will be adequate to sustain me for the next 5 hours.

Hey, a bonus, this time it’s actually not heated water with bits of green stuff floating on the surface layer of micro-froth.

(sips slowly, smacks lips, mmmm…)