Work July 28, 2013 Skippy No comments

Universal Job Match

The government has recently started running a “Digital by default” online system. They take online security very seriously… Your username is assigned to you, your password is at least 8 charictors long. you can’t have special characters. your email adddress is locked and never mentioned again So when I lost my username and password, I […]

Geeky, Off The Grid, Tech April 12, 2012 Skippy One comment

02 and the nanny state

I finally got an answer back from O2 regarding the blocking of my website; it would appear that they have unilaterally decided that //skippy.org.uk and //skippy.org.uk are Parental Controlled… The Website status checker [note http://urlchecker.o2.co.uk/urlcheck.aspx] when you type in //skippy.org.uk gives you this screen: Which to be honest is about as much use as a chocolate teapot; and gives you no information […]

Family, Friends March 16, 2012 Skippy No comments

Striking a Cord

I have been collecting some images for the screensaver of my work machine, I have come across these two, the first being: What do I fear? I fear stagnation and lack of progress. I fear never reaching my potential and being average. I fear being forgotten… The Past… Yesterday’s news. I fear giving up and being […]

Trains and Cost – Part 5: Why Automatic Ticket Gates FAIL

One of those things that TOC’s seem to be fond of installing at Stations is ATGs (Automatic Ticket Gate see RIS-7701-INS – Rail Industry Standard for Automatic Ticket Gates at Stations). Obstensivly they claim that these are installed for revenue protection (reduction of ticket less travel), Reduce anti-social behaviour, and also seem to be a requirement of the franchise agreement […]

Boating, Canals February 23, 2012 Skippy No comments

River Rats and Other Derogatory Terms

Abi Rant‘s “River Rats and Other Derogatory Terms” is a poem that hits a cord with me; it’s a performance poetry piece so you really are better listening to the file [podcast]//skippy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/river-rats-and-other-derogatory-terms-abi-rant.mp3[/podcast]   I want the freedom to be different, I don’t have to live like you, I’m not the cause of moral panic, I’m just a traveller through […]

First Great Western, Trains, Transport February 21, 2012 Skippy 4 comments

Trains and Cost – Part 4: Bustitution

Bustitution Etymology Blend of bus and substitution Pronunciation (UK) IPA: /ˈbʌst.ɪ.tjuː.ʃən/, SAMPA: /”bVst.I.tju:[email protected]/ Noun bustitution (plural bustitutions) (rail transport) The temporary or permanent substitution of a rail (train, tram, etc) service with a bus service. Usage notes Bustitution can refer to either the permanent cessation of the rail service, or a temporary replacement bypassing a blockage […]