7 Jul 2009

Rules for School Leaver's

Got this in an email recently. It's been on the internet for a few years, but still true now.

It can be summed up as:

Feel-good, politically correct teachings creates a generation of kids with no concept of reality and this concept sets them up for failure in the real world.

The rules:

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this - Thank a teacher!

5 May 2009

Manga I've Bought

Just went into Waterstones one day a while and decided to check out some Manga - mostly due to watching lots of Anime - so wanting to check out the comics. First I tried Ragnarok, which is based on Norse Mythology, but in Manga (or rather, Manwha - Korean comics) style. Found out I liked it, so got all the volumes available - unfortunately it is an unfinished series - up to volume 10 (November 2003, UK).

Also have Ghost In the Shell, which was also very good and volume 1 of Black Cat. Wondering whether I should get the rest of Black Cat or check out something else.

6 Jan 2009

"How to Draw Manga" Books

I have an interest in the manga style of drawing and as a result am looking at what books are available for learning how to do it. Currently I have a list of a few books on drawing manga.

  • Manga for Dummies - a very comprehensive looking guide (432 pages), covering many aspects of manga creation, from tools to characters, story and scenery
  • The Art of Drawing Manga - a shorter book (144 pages) than the Dummies one, available in full colous
  • Step-By-Step Manga - by the same author of the previous book, very short (64 pages), targeted at younger audience and consists of various characters and how they were designed
  • Draw Your Own Manga: All the Basics - a book apparently used at the Tokyo Animation College. Details the steps made in creating a manga in a manga illustrated format
  • The Monster Book of Manga - a long book (384 pages) with many different styles, not really for an absolute beginner, more for reference

17 Nov 2008

Wikimedia Sites

Apart from Wikipedia, there are several other sites under the control of the Wikimedia Foundation:

5 Aug 2008

Sleeping makes you smarter

As detailed in the article: Sleep on It: How Snoozing Makes You Smarter. When you sleep, your brain is still active - it processes the information that was absorbed during the day, in a more efficient way than during the day, thus improving memory recall. So when you have difficulty solving a problem, it really is worth 'sleeping on it', even if just for a couple of hours.

Maybe I should get more sleep...

22 Jul 2008

Cheese Sticks recipe

Found this on a Acrobat PDF related site (details about a free tool that can generate them (iText), for programmers) - of all places to find a recipe, an odd place to find one. I wonder what it will taste like?


  • 1/2 lb. butter (2 sticks) --- approx 450g/900g
  • 2 c. sifted flour --- approx 475ml
  • 1 lb. grated sharp cheddar cheese --- approx 450g
  • Tabasco sauce to taste
  • Worcestershire to taste

Cream butter until fluffy - add flour, shredded cheese and seasonings. Shape into small sticks or balls and press lightly with the tines of a fork. Bake on a greased pan at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Other recipes for cheese sticks: Cheese Sticks - Recipe Exchange Forum, Cheese stick fritters with peach chutney, Cooks.com recipe search for 'cheese sticks'


16 Jul 2008


Wikiquote is a site of quotations that anyone can edit (like Wikipedia). It is also categorised into sections like People, Literary works, Films, TV shows etc.

This quotation by the late, great Douglas Adams is particularly profound:

"We don't have to save the world. The world is big enough to look after itself. What we have to be concerned about is whether or not the world we live in will be capable of sustaining us in it."