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Monday, May 29, 2006

Planet Tim on hold

I am currently in Stratford upon Avon working for the RSC, and don't know how often I will be able to add new links to this website.
In the meantime, please check out my old posts which are categorised at

Tags: tag

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Counterfeit Windows

The latest Windows Update can result in a window which says:
"This copy of Windows is not genuine. You may be a victim of software counterfeiting."

I would have thought that it's Microsoft that's the victim.

Anyway Taoski says how to get rid of it.

Tags: technical

Friday, May 12, 2006


A website that shows you how to tie knots. The ones I use at work are the Bowline, Clove Hitch and Cleat Hitch. There's not many situations where one of these knots won't sort you out!

(Thanks Laura)

Tags: Laura theatre

Monday, May 08, 2006

England unveil World Cup squad
"England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson will on Monday name a provisional squad to take to this summer's World Cup.

The Swede will make his announcement at 1400 BST in London.

Eriksson can take 23 men to Germany and is expected to name a squad comprising that amount of players - with an extra three or four on a standby list."

Don't know what all the fuss is about, I would take:
Robinson, James, G Neville, Ferdinand, Terry, King, Carragher, Campbell, A Cole, Bridge, Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Cole, Carrick, Downing, Wright-Phillips, Owen, Rooney, Bent, Crouch, Walcott, Lennon.
On stand-by: Green, Jenas, Hargreaves, Defoe

It may be a little light of experienced fit strikers, but I reckon taking Walcott along (and Lennon) will pay dividends for competitions in the future. Plus, from what I've seen, Walcott has the pace to terrorize any defence in the world.

Sven picked:
Robinson (Tottenham), James (Manchester City), Green (Norwich); G Neville (Manchester United), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Terry (Chelsea), Cole (Arsenal), Campbell (Arsenal), Carragher (Liverpool), Bridge (Chelsea), Beckham (Real Madrid), Carrick (Tottenham), Lampard (Chelsea), Gerrard (Liverpool), Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), Jenas (Tottenham), Downing (Middlesbrough), J Cole (Chelsea), Lennon (Tottenham), Rooney (Manchester United), Owen (Newcastle), Crouch (Liverpool), Walcott (Arsenal).
I only got 3 wrong, and I got the hard ones (Walcott, Lennon & Downing). :-)

Tags: football England bbc

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Street Wars

You are an assassin. You have a water pistol.

The videos on this page expalin it better than I can here.

Tags: games video

TV on the internet

For what's on TV listings, I use You have to register to get the benefit of tailoring which stations you want to display. I find it an easy way to display the channels available on freeview.
Alternatively , for a simple single channel view as a list try which has descriptions on the programme too.

For TV downloads my first port of call is UK Nova. Again, you have to register, but this site has most of the programmes I watch (Match of the Day, Doctor Who) and a good selection of British television programmes.

For streaming links ie. live television I am usually wanting to watch live football, so I'd go to, or I'd look at this list of available channels showing football, sport as well as everything else.
For people with a broader spectrum of television entertainment COM FM tv, Nuke Radio TV and WWitv all list available TV feeds.

Screen select lets you rent DVDs, at a monthly charge.
imdb - the internet movie database gives details on all films and TV programs in the UK.

Tags: video tv internet

Friday, May 05, 2006

Eye test

An old one, but still good.

How many times does the letter "f" appear in the following sentence?

"Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years..."

If you get the answer 3, count again.

Click 'comments' for an explanation.

Tags: weird

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Royal Shakespeare Company

The RSC have offered me a contract to work in Stratford. I have decided to accept, and will leave in the next few weeks.
The Theatre Royal is closing for the summer for refurbishment.

Postings to may be rare for the next few weeks.

Tags: theatre money

Monday, May 01, 2006

2006 World Cup chart

Micheal Wray is simply the best at producing Excel football spreadsheets. On his site there is a 7.1MB World Cup chart (download here).

"Packed with all the usual features you've come to expect, such as:
- Review of all past tournaments and 2006 qualifiers
- Small preview of what's happening with the 2010, 2014, 2018 World Cups
- Review of host cities
- Review of stadiums
- Review of finalists
- Referee information
- World Cup stats for the finalists
- World Cup pedigree display for finalists - World Cup pedigree for all FIFA members past and present (similar to what was in the qualifers, but now includes note for which team prevented further progress). As I figure most people will want to look at the finalists, I've separated into two pages; one for finalists and one for the 175 other FIFA members and 4 non-members.
- Past World Cup results for all finalists
- Head-to-head World Cup results for all finalists
- Timezone converter with automated Daylight Savings conversion. I think I have picked up all DST settings correctly, but there is an override function if not.
- Group phase sorts using full FIFA regulation criteria. (FIFA caught me out briefly by changing the rules from the qualifiers!)
- Brief article comparing UN and Olympic membership to FIFA membership."

You might have to reduce your security settings to enable all the macros. I have done this & my computer is still running :-)

Tags: football England