Mocking Alvin blogged
Nov 28, 08 10:02pm

A couple of days ago i decided it was about time i started getting myself into a Christmassy mood, seeing as it is a mere 2 days until the first door on my advent calender needs to be opened. The best way to do this, i thought, was to watch some Christmassy movies. It just so happened that The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause was on TV, Four Christmases had just come out in the cinema and i dug out my copy of Bad Santa on DVD (which i hadn't watched yet).

Now, could i get much more Christmassy than that, movies that mention Santa Clause and Christmas should get me firmly in the mood. But no! None of these films left me with that nice, warm feeling that you get inside when you realise Christmas is just round the corner. I was bitterly disappointed. It also didn't help that The Santa Clause 3 must be one of the worst movies ever made. Four Christmases denied that Santa exists! I don't want that from my holiday flick, i want to be assured that a fat little man in a red suit carefully places my presents under the tree. The word "*bleep*" and its variations are used 147 times while "shit" appears 34 times amid a total of 243 profanities in Bad Santa...what!?

It then dawned on me, that i couldn't name a good Christmas film to come out this decade. This made me sad. So i had to watch Miracle on 34th Street to cheer me up, my favourite Christmas movie of all time!

Feel free to tell me what your favourite Christmas movie is.


K Chop King blogged
Nov 29, 08 5:16am

Tofay I made a caterpillar out of wood and then I pretended it was an aeroplane a bit faggy I know but I used my imagination none the less and I had a few minutes of fun. I think that the art of imagination is being lost in todays youth, maybe it's because of upbringing maybe because it's of T.V maybe it's because of video games, but I think what's killing our imagination is our peers. It would seem people are to scared to voice there imaginings because they don't want to be called a fag or a tosser or anything.

Ecto blogged
Nov 29, 08 3:59am it's the day after and I feel like shit. My head is spinning and the heater is unusually loud...and focusing on objects takes work.

Anyway, despite what you see in movies and shows, the whole 'raw egg in your drink' thing does not help hangovers. So, I figured I'd take a moment or two and disclose the incredible secret of ginger tea and its power...which is enough to gather a religious following on the note of it's hangover curing capability.

Note that ginger is a natural antioxidant and is used with thousands of herbal remedies. It also has a decently strong taste and, if you're not a cook, should consider purchasing yourself a stick of raw ginger and seeing what sort of use you can use it for.

      How To Make Ginger Tea
    You can purchase boxes of ginger tea in stores. Don't do it. The quality of much more poor than something you can make yourself in, literally, 3 minutes or so.

      Step 1:
    Take your clove of ginger and wash it. It's really not a huge deal sense you're going to be cutting off the skin anyway, but it's always nice to do when purchasing anything from the local grocery store.
      Step 2:
    Now you're going to want to cut the skin off your ginger as that part doesn't help your condition nor does it taste very good. In fact it's pretty yucky, don't use it. You might find it to be a bit tricky due to the unusual shape of the clove but it's not too difficult to do.
      Step 3:
    You should now have a giant piece of skinned ginger and it's smell should be hitting your nose about now. Good, eh?

    Chop up the ginger into thin slices. The goal here is giving it as much surface area as possible. Note that chopping your ginger into fine little blocks works but you'll have a bit of trouble trying to drink your tea without those blocks getting in the way. It's better to have larger pieces with a larger surface area.

    You've seen people chop up banana's in slices, right? Imagine making each slice of the banana as thin as you can get it, that's how you should chop up your ginger.
      Step 4:
    Now simply take your chopped ginger and put it in your cup of hot water. Because the pieces are relatively large and ginger is heavy you're not going to need a filter or anything as it'll just fall to the bottom. Let it steep for about five minutes or so and you're on the way to recovery!
    I usually like to put cream in my tea but I've noticed it doesn't work as well with ginger. Instead, try replacing it for quite well if you ask me. Just depends on how you like your tea, really.

Star of Spurs blogged
Nov 28, 08 7:55pm

I've come to the conclusion that most people on msn are idiots.

Not all of them, I'll make that clear - some people on msn are very nice to talk to. But I always find there's a few dumbasses who seem to never get the picture.

There's 3 types of msn annoyances.

1: People who types like 'Hi m8, wuu2 - u gun movii 2nite?', which is both hard to read and really annoying,

2: The people who continue to send you winks/stuff to be downloaded, despite you saying you don't want it, and

3: The idiots who post 'r u der, r u der' every freaking second, and keep nudging me.

Maybe I'm just adding the wrong people.


OK, maybe I should say something worthwhile in this blog rather than just a general, every day common stereotype moan.

I think I have a small problem, in which I laugh hysterically when I am performing in Drama, or just speaking to the class in school. It's usually at the worst time too - like today, in R.E., I laughed when I was told to explain what to do about Child Labour. It's not really good when you're standing up, laughing for no apparent reason whilst 25 other kids look at you and think you're a dick.

It's nearly Christmas - I know it is, the adverts have started. I feel let down by this Christmas for some reason - not only has my Tottenham advent calender not got a number 25 door, I just haven't really felt that excited for Christmas. I'm not really excited for my birthday either - strange for me, I'm usually really excited.

But I don't know what it is about this year. Maybe I'll feel more festive when I get to the 20th or so. Maybe I'm growing up.


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Tweety Pie blogged
Nov 29, 08 2:00am

And candy canes and silver lights are go. Christmas adverts are already established on the TV sets of the nation, and love them or hate them, it is now only three days until the run-up begins with Advent and calendars are opened across the country. It is the festive season soon, a credit crunch Christmas as some jobber in the media will term it, with the usual shopping rush and midnight ambulance services. All it takes is a brief line of a Christmas advert to sprout that shit out of my mouth. Which is what blogging is all about I suppose. Probably.

Imparting knowledge to the younger generations should be another part of every educated human being's life. I arrived late to the bus this afternoon and whiled away the journey giving a bunch of 11 year olds a much needed education in order to raise awareness that the key to the rest of your life is in your trousers. It's refreshing, morally sound and probably a good deed, educating the masses, do it today.

Seeing as this blog has no rythm or flow so far I suppose I should try and implement some, like the finesse on a rake or the varnish on the rough farming implement, the lick of paint on a tractor. No clever turns of words, or nuance between each sentence, no subtle allegory of love through a chess board. Just a load of shit patted into squares and lumped below a picture of some bubbly, which seemed to have crept it's way into my 'My Pictures' folder somehow. My determination to head every blog entry with a picture from that depleted folder seems doomed already, and it may need replenishing at some point. Rambling, rambling, rambling, you can only every stop when your in mid-flow and realise what you're doing. There I go again. See? However, when blogging I assume you have to check yourself, realise you're doing the right thing, and carry on regardless. It really annoys me when my English teacher bangs on about how I shouldn't comma before an 'and', alright, if it's a list, but it has no flow, no substance, no subtle break between the rythm of a piece of writing. The comma is essential. You gotta believe me.

Bloggity bloggity bloggity bloggity bloggity blogty blog.

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Tainted blogged
Nov 29, 08 1:52am

I figure that it's time I bring out my Christmas list for this year. I'm going to break it down into two categories: Realistic things and unrealistic things. The latter will be the really expensive things that I wouldn't ever really get for Christmas, or things that I wouldn't be able to use if I got them.

Realistic Items:

Animal Crossing: City Folk - I'm not going to lie here. I haven't touched my Wii in a month or more. In fact, it actually was packed away in its carrying case until yesterday when I considered playing it, but then settled on one of those "Plug-N-Play" Pacman games instead. Anyway, at this point it's pretty clear to me that I'm in need of a solid Wii game to keep me interested in the system, and City Folk is that game. I know it is not much of an upgrade from Wild World, but I am still an avid Animal Crossing fan and I can't wait to mess around in the City. Once I get my WiFi fixed I'll be sure to pick up Wii Speak as well, so I can actually interact with my friends online.

Guitar Hero: World Tour - Yes, I know that there have been some issues with the drums, and the game lacks polish, but I shall remind you readers that the only next gen system that I own is the Nintendo Wii. This means that my options are pretty limited in terms of band games. And from what I've heard, Vicarious Visions has put tons of cool features in this game, and has made sure the the Wii version did not get completely screwed. And so I am still excited to get my hands on this game, if only because of the inclusion of Float On.

Nintendo DS Lite - You are probably wondering why I would be wanting a Lite right after the announcement of the DSi, and I am not completely sure myself. But, I do know that the battery on my original DS is failing, and I am only getting one hour per charge. And honestly, after hearing about the poor quality of the pictures from the cameras, I've realized that paying that extra 30 bucks for DSware is pretty ridiculous. So I am going for a DS Lite.

Unrealistic Items:

Xbox 360 - I was extremely disappointed to learn that my brother was selling his Xbox 360. But, since he bought it with his own money, I had no say in the matter and soon enough it was gone. And so now, in the midst of all the high quality titles being pumped out on the system, I am forced into staring at my Wii, hoping that somehow I will magically obtain some Wii points and finally relieve me of this drought that I've experienced.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Whenever my friends talk about how much fun they had in Zombie Mode, I can do nothing but sit in my chair and squirm. The game looks awesome, and I am itching to get my hands on it.

Mirror's Edge - Wow. This game looks absolutely breathtaking, and I am sure that I would enjoy it. I am anxiously awaiting the day that I get to play it.

Left 4 Dead - Co-operative zombie killing? That just sounds awesome. I picture something like Dead Rising, but with first person mechanics and a friend that can play with you. It's everything I wanted in a game, and Valve is at the helm. How awesome is that?

So, there you have it. As you can tell, I'm experiencing some buyer's remorse with my Wii purchase, but I haven't completely lost hope yet. However, I am now much more inclined to go purchase a 360, if only my budget would allow it.

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Artificer blogged
Nov 28, 08 9:45pm

If you've been to Loungin' since July, you may have noticed the drop-down list in the forum header that allows you to change how you and only you view the forum. This gives seekers a great opportunity to view forums in a different light without annoying other people with their choice. The best part is that your choice is saved for the next time you view the forum, assuming you have cookies enabled.

Since the feature hit Loungin' I've had a few PMs from moderators who want to do the same thing in their forum(s), but I haven't had a good answer for them...until now! I intend for this post to walk you through each step required to add this feature.

Step 1. Build Your Themes

Obviously in order to have a theme selector, you have to have themes! tekmosis gives a good introduction to theme making here, but there is one thing you have to keep in mind. Instead of creating your theme like this—

<style type="text/css">

You'll need to put your theme in an external .css file. For example, if this were what I used to put in the forum header—

<style type="text/css">
body {
  background-color: black;

Then all I would do is take the text between the style tags and put them in a file and save it as something like MyTheme.css. Remember, don't put the style tags in the file!

Here are some examples from Loungin': Dark Knight, Aya Pink, Shane Blue

Step 2. Upload Your Themes

You'll next have to make sure that your themes are accessible online. If you don't have a way to host CSS files online, I'd recommend signing up for an account at Lycos; afterwards navigate to the WebFTP area and upload your files that way.

Step 3. Upload the Script (Be Nice to Ren of Heavens)

Ren is your friend when it comes to uploading scripts for your forum. If you ask him nicely to upload this script for your forum, you'll be one step closer to having your dynamic themes.

Step 3b. Modify Your Forum Header (Optional)

If you intend for the themes to change your forum header as well, you will need to ensure that your header has an ID attribute with the value "theme_header". For example—

<img src="" id="theme_header" />

Step 4. Add the Theme Selector to Your Forum

Let's review quickly. If you've reached this point, this means you have at least one custom theme you'd like to use, and you also have the script uploaded in your forum. Assuming that's the case, let's move on to the last part: the theme selector.

The drop-down list is very easy to make; the template looks like this:

<select id="theme_selector">
  /* Additional Themes */

For each theme you want to add, follow this pattern:

<option value="THEME_KEY" csshref="CSS_URL" headersrc="FORUM_HEADER_URL">THEME_NAME</option>
  1. THEME_KEY: A one-character piece of text that identifies this theme. This means that each theme in your forum must have a unique THEME_KEY.
  2. CSS_URL: The URL for the CSS file you uploaded in Step 2 for this theme.
  3. FORUM_HEADER_URL: If you want to change the forum header to match your theme, put the URL for the new image here.
  4. THEME_NAME: This is what people will see in the theme selector, so make it a friendly name like "Aya Pink" or "Shane Blue".
Here are some examples.


<select id="theme_selector">
  <option csshref="" value="a">Aya Pink</option>
  <option csshref="" value="e">Enigma Maroon</option>
  <option csshref="" value="k">Kjg Blue</option>

  <option csshref="" value="q">Quierta Purple</option>
  <option csshref="" value="s">Shane Blue</option>
  <option csshref="" value="b">Gun Metal</option>
  <option csshref=" Ivy.css" value="g">Poison Ivy</option>
  <option csshref=" Line.css" value="l">Sour Lime</option>
  <option csshref="" value="d">Dark Knight</option>

HTML/CSS & NeoHome Help

<select id="theme_selector">
  <option>Neoseeker Theme (Default)</option>
  <option value="d" csshref="">DEVPEN Theme</option>
  <option value="t" csshref="" headersrc="">Torn's Theme</option>

Afterwards, the theme selector and the script should work together to give you your custom themes.

I hope this helps! Feel free to post any questions or comments you have here.

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The Deathwind blogged
Nov 28, 08 6:37pm

We have blogs now? We have BLOGS now? We have frickin' BLOGS NOW?

Most excellent, I can bitch somewhere where no-one but me will care. And maybe the odd person who for some reason actually finds me funny, but how likely is that?

So, yeah, I'll probably just be using this space to bitch about how much I think everything sucks. Or possibly how awesome I think something is, but considering how much more attention negative media gets, expect bitching. But hope for a little ray of sunshine in the back of my mind if you really want more positive news. Or, you know, just ask me nicely and I'll see what little hope I can whip up.

Also expect me to use this for any opinions on games/books/etc I have that are too informal for a review.

1831 blogged
Nov 28, 08 3:41pm

Dear blog, my name is 1831 (with a 1, not a one) and I am 15 years old. Today Synergy said she loves me, and even called me babe! I'm so excited. Tomorrow i'm going to ask her out. Synergy is a really cool chick, and I hope that one day we will spend our days informing people on how Fallout 2 is so much funnier than Fallout 3, which sits in a comfortable position above the Elder Scrolls games but below the first two Fallouts. I would say'Bethesda has done an admirable job, but there are a number of key flaws, such as crappy perks and your SPECIAL stats really not affecting much, as opposed to Fallout 2 where they could really *bleep* you up!' and then Synbunny would say 'I agree with this. Also, I am a total whore', and I would say 'but I love you anyway, darling xoxo'. Wish me luck! :):)

Kokoro blogged
Nov 28, 08 11:48pm

You know what I hate? Internet slangs and memes. They're just so stupid and you'll never see me use them, not even on something like MSN. Not to mention, they are so overused these days. There's no point in them, other than laziness or just trying to be funny. I actually have used them a few times now and then a long time ago, but I regret it now. You can say it's "fun", but I don't see any fun in them.

Chad blogged
Nov 28, 08 9:06am

Today, before starting my daily routine on the computer, I decided to flip on the radio. A few good songs came on, and I was too lazy to change stations when one I didn't like came on. So there I was, beginning to type something up for school, already having the wording and what the finished product will look like in my head. I start typing and I notice something odd, I'm subconsciously typing to the lyrics of the song. At that time, "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis was on, and it had just started the singing. Every time she would be saying a word, I would type it in a rythmatic fashion, not typing anything inbetween words. I was seemingly typing in quick spurts, with less than a second break before typing again.

Half-way through the song I caught myself doing this so I decided to turn off the music. I began to wonder if I had done this in the past when typing and simultaneously listening to music, then I began to wonder if I had ever done anything subconsciously to a beat or lyrics that I could hear. Then I thought about how a lot of people require music to get work done or study or do some other activity. Are the beats/lyrics involved actually keeping them focused on what they are doing? After about ten minutes of wondering about this, I just decided to scrap the whole thought process that was currently running through my head about this topic. Still though, I wonder how many others aren't aware that music might have an effect on how they do things.

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Ecto blogged
Nov 28, 08 7:48am

Thanksgiving was at my fathers house this year and, though I do love Thanksgiving and acknowledge it as my favorite holiday, I seem to appreciate it less and less every year and, tonight, I'm just glad it's over. I like to party and love being around people but...when it comes to family...the house just gets too crowded too quickly. Don't me wrong, I love my family and enjoy being with them, it's just not, I'm sure we can all agree, different than being with friends and the sort.

I don't really have a point with all of this...but I must say it's a depressing thought to think Thanksgiving isn't going to be as enjoyable next year as it is this year if I continue along this patter. I've always been a pretty quiet person...I enjoy being alone. I would also much rather have only a couple really close friends than a lot of good friends.

I did work and a half was enough to convince me. Perhaps I'm just extra tired this year.

Good news is I have tomorrow off. Cheers!

Harvest Moon girl blogged
Nov 28, 08 4:48am

Which is why I won't even bother to spend time thinking of a creative, eye-catching one.

Phil (VulcanRaven) mentioned this to me a little while ago, so I thought I'd check it out. I'm one of those losers who love to learn about other people, so this is absolutely fascinating to me, even if I have never heard or "talked" to most of the members blogging here. I suppose I'll introduce myself though I doubt that too many people will ever read this.

I'm known as Harvest Moon girl on Neoseeker and have been a member since February 29, 2004. There's really not much to say about my Neo history other than I made quite a bit of friends on the site that I truly enjoy talking with. I don't have any epic stories of my modding skills since I never was one, but that's quite alright since I'd make a terrible mod. You would probably see me editing everyone's grammar and spelling, haha. Since there's not much to tell about my neo self, I'll write more about myself.

Hi, the name's Antonia and I can be one of the most sardonic people you'll "meet" if I'm irritated. I've gotten better at controlling what I say though and have begun to sound less sarcastic. Although sarcasm is second nature to me, I still consider myself to be easy-going and nice and if not nice, then certainly very polite. Though I wouldn't call myself gregarious, I certainly do enjoy meeting and speaking with new and different people.

I think I'll probably end up using this as a place for storing quotes I like or posting reminders to that paper that's been due since October 16th, *bleep*. Am I allowed to curse? Sorry for corrupting the youth, though I'd like to mention that today's youth doesn't need any help from me.

Oh, Happy American Thanksgiving!

Hmm, this looks so bland. I think I'll go and try cajoling Foxshy (Artificer) into teaching me his mighty CSS tricks.

Mocking Alvin blogged
Nov 28, 08 4:29am

Okay, I really don't have a clue where I am going with this blog. It's really just a way for me to rant on (and on, and on) about stuff that interests me, but probably few others. Seeing as i don't know what to expect, i can't really give you a good idea , so you'll have to read to find out.

A short introduction first is probably necessary, as i'm sure very few, if any, of you actually know who i am. I am a nineteen year old English literature and Film/Theatre student living in Glasgow, Scotland. Which is a great city by the way. I barely do any work at university though, and my attendance is shocking, so i don't really know how this whole degree thing is gonna turn out. Erm, my interests i suppose are books, movies, writing, football (sport in general really, i like a fair few, both playing and watching), gaming and going down the pub for a few pints with friends. You can pretty much guarentee that the majority of my posts will be concerning these things. I don't wanna rabble on, so i'll leave it there for now, and maybe reveal more as time passes.

I was going to have an opinionated section of this post, but i figure an introduction will do for now, and then i'll crack on with forcing my feelings and opinions (of which i have plenty) on you tomorrow. Also, pat on the back for whoever knows what the title of this post is in reference to.

Oh, and fancy bloggy layout stuff will be coming soon, hopefully.


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