Still in a pre-Google world

Found this why surfing the web. An excellent illustration on how not to find information.

Complete Tosh, by Neil McIntosh: Still in a pre-Google world
Still in a pre-Google world

Here’s an interesting excerpt from a book by Peter Hyman, former advisor and chief speechwriter to Tony Blair. It’s 2003, and they’re working on Blair’s conference speech, to be delivered the next day. Hyman’s leaving Blair’s suite when Tony says…

“Can you find me a quote? There’s this beautiful saying from the Bible, Proverbs, I think, twenty-something, that says exactly what we want to say in this speech. I want to use it at the end. “It’s something like, ‘If we faint in the day of struggle, we have little strength.'”

I leave the room and go back to my bedroom to look for the obligatory hotel Bible. I open the bedside drawers. No Bible. I look in the cupboard under the television. It’s a mini-bar. Is this the only hotel room in Britain without a Bible? Is this yet another symbol of the decline in values?

Found it. It was in a clothes drawer.

I look for the quote and find Tony is almost spot on. It’s Proverbs 24:10. I return to his room. The security man on the door lets me in with a key. I tell Tony the good news. “If we faint when there’s trouble, then we have little strength.” Tony says: “That’s the right quote, but there are more poetic versions. Have you looked at the King James Bible?”

Where will I get a King James Bible at 10pm on a Monday? I phone the only person I know who will be working at this hour, the No 10 duty clerk, the heroic person on duty through the night. He calls me back within the hour: ‘If we faint in the day of adversity, our strength is small.’ I leave the quote on a piece of paper for Tony.”

Maybe it’s just me being a geek, but to me this reads almost like something from a different age – the second world war, perhaps. Surely the instinct of most professionals, faced with the need to find the King James version of a quote, would be to hit Google with the approximate version? Indeed, search on what Blair gives him – proverbs If we faint in the day of struggle, we have little strength – and you get the exact quote at number one. Search on Proverbs 24:10 and you get the full thou and thy King James version at number four.

I bet they have Google in the West Wing.

Harry Potter – Differences between UK and US Versions

Differences between UK and US Versions

Harry Potter – Differences between UK and US Versions

For you Harry Potter fans out there:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Or just read the website –

The Weather

Another post from my sleep deprived, caffeine saturated brain.
If I lived in the US, I would probably watch the Weather Channel. But I don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t, so I will just have to make do with having the Ulsan weather forecast on my sidebar (the thing on the right of the screen)

Off course if my Dad was here he would say ?¢‚Ǩ?ìWhy don?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t you just look out the window?¢‚Ǩ¬ù
My response for that would be ?¢‚Ǩ?ìwhere?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s the fun in that??¢‚Ǩ¬ù

Hmm, /// off course, if I had a webcam I could ring a live video feed of the view from my window.

Enough computers for today, time for my daily dose of Harry Potter.

Haidong Gumdo Grading addendum

Last Friday, the fourth of February I thought I would pass my Haidong Gumdo grading (test)
I had an adequate command of the techniques, not perfect. But considering my recent recovery from my ankle injury I was sort of satisfied.

Alas, I screwed up, big time

     At the very start of one of the routines, I forgot it!

so I failed… shit happens

Off course now, this gives me a change to get the techniques right, and be more fluid executing them.

Oh yeah, nearly forgot, I have the whole incident on video,
there is a slight probability that the form where I forgot what to do will suffer an irrecoverable. error and alas, no backups. 🙁