Tuesday, November 29, 2005


bulbboy is thirty years old. today is the start of my fourth decade on this planet.
to celebrate i went to Milan last night to meet bulbbgirl.
she had been teaching in Slovakia and we decided to meet up somewhere on my birthday.
well technically not Milan but Bergamo. as we had so little time, just one night, we decided not to get the bus into Milan.

a short taxi trip to the mercure hotel in Bergamo cost 10.60 euros (according to the meter). bulbgirl went to pay the driver while I got the cases but the driver pointed to the same meter and said "no, no, notturno, notturno, quindici (15)"
bulbgirl thinks that we were done, saying that i'm naive. the taxi driver seemed like a nice old man. is there a nighttime taxi tax in Bergamo? answers on a postcard please...

after a lovely meal, we took a stroll around Bergamo, the architecture and lighting was lovely. our stroll didn't last too long as it was pretty cold. definitely recommend a visit.

guard your possessions on public transport. bulbgirl's wallet was stolen and our time at the airport was spent phoning the international operator, cancelling credit cards instead of relaxing with a coffee.

Monday, November 28, 2005


i'm afraid to say that i have a deep, dark secret.
i have liking for flashlights / torches.
on my 15th birthday i received a huge duracell torch that took four d cell batteries. it had a lantern as well as a spotlight function. it was great but too expensive for me to run at that time. it was never used in an emergency, just for playing with (until the batteries died).

when was it that my flashlight fetish developed?
i blame starwars.

seeing a lightsaber for the first time did something to me. Santa never did bring me a real one. my annual letter to lapland usually contained the words 'real lightsabre'. i didn't want a pretend one. Santa, in his wisdom, probably knew that giving a seven year old kid a weapon that could cut through metal and walls, wasn't a good idea.

so playing with torches (especially on a foggy night) was the nearest i could get.
my life moved on, lightsaberless.

led technology moved on too. they are more efficient now and are a lot smaller that torches of old. smaller, sleeker, and they come in different colours too.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

quite right

iain boyd is quite right.
i suspected as much.
from time to time i have doubted it
but lately i've been believing it more. now it's been confirmed.
what am i on about?

have a look at: Googlism.com

entering my own name produced the result that i am quite right.
i can sleep soundly now.

P.S. no results for bulbboy in googlism just yet.
have fun putting your friends names into it.