Cyril & Methodius, Dell, Time-killers

One of the downsides of freelancing is the feeling that you’re sort of missing out on state holidays, especially when you’ve got a colossal workload (I won’t get into paid holidays – that’s just too depressing). Not until I noticed all the pouting princesses and gay heroes on TV today did it dawn on me that most of the CR’s workforce is off enjoying St. Cyril and Methodius day. And tomorrow the Czechs will be celebrating (i.e. exerting little effort and/or getting hammered) the life of the country’s greatest burnout, Jan Hus.

Of course, explains why I wasn’t able to get any response from the folks at the Prague branch of Dell yesterday – of course everyone took yesterday off to extend their weekends over a five-day stretch. Feeling like an eight-year-old on a never-ending Christmas Eve, I’m anxiously awaiting a very souped-up Inspiron 6000 notebook (1.6 GHz Pentium M 730 processor, 128 MB ATI Radeon x300 graphics card, 1 GB DDR 400 MHz RAM, 60 GB 7,200 rpm Hard Driveā?? yes, I’ve gotten back into gamingā?? sigh). The only way to get one of these babies here is by ordering it online, paying upfront, and waiting for your order to go through logistics in Holland, then assembly and configuration in Ireland. Once I have the thing I’ll consider writing about the experience of buying from Dell in the Czech Republic – so far my feeling towards their customer service people is lukewarm.

Anyway, it’s a holiday here in the Czech Republic today, and the weather really sucks, and I’m working and doing a bit of casual surfing. I found a great little extension for Firefox (if you don’t have Firefox yet definitely check it out, and get Thunderbird while you’re at it) – called StumbleUpon. It’s sort of like hitting “I’m feeling lucky” on google after typing in something that you’re interested in. So far so good – from the procrastination aids I’ve come across today, here is time-killer number one, and here is time-killer number two. Enjoy!

Jul 5, 14:01 (Filed under: Other, Personal )

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  1. You bad man! I’m very busy at work (as well as trying to organise a couple of cricket teams. sigh…) but these timewasters are very cool. Getting the super curve ball bonus made me very pleased with myself. I wonder if there is a super dooper curve ball bonus.

    I had those canadians in oxford last night. It went really well. One of them (the tall good looking one) is making her way across to Prague in a week or so. I told her to check out Alchemy. Her name is Barbara Adler. She’s fun but she gets very wired late at night… When I get some energy I shall blog about it. The trouble is I have a million things I’d like to write about (U2 last week, Live 8, this that and the other)...

    Maybe I’ll play with these when I get home.
    Richard    Jul 6, 12:06    #
  2. Hi Richard, good to hear from you. Glad you like the timekillers – StumbleUpon is a hell of a distraction in itself.

    Not sure what’s been going on with Alchemy these days as I haven’t been getting out to it. I keep meaning to, but there always seems to be something else happening. From what I hear it’s still taking place at Tulip Cafe, it’s still hit and miss, and the crowds are fluctuating in their usual way. Thanks for mentioning Alchemy to Barbara, I’ll do what I can to make it if she decides to perform there (she’d have to talk to Ken about headlining tho).
    Patrick    Jul 7, 13:25    #