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Lots of questions

Hemant asks which questions in your life go unanswered?

Here are my questions.  If anyone has any answers can you let me know.  Otherwise do you have any questions?

  1. What will replace humans as the dominant species on the planet when we’re all gone (if anything)?
  2. Why can’t we humans create a government that is able to plan for longer than 3 years ahead?
  3. When you die all your brain functions cease.  Where does the energy go when this happens?  Is it just emitted as heat or electromagnetic radiation?  How much energy is involved?
  4. Why do living things die?
  5. Is it possible to build the Matrix or something similar where a virtual environment is indistinguishable from a real environment?
  6. When you look in a mirror and see your reflection is that how people see you (only in reverse) or do they see you differently?
  7. Is it possible to build a tower that goes into space?
  8. Could we colonise Mars or one of the moons in our solar system?
  9. How close to the speed of light can we travel and survive?
  10. What sort of crops should I grow in my pokey little garden?
  11. Why do some people seem to need religion?
  12. Is there anything smaller than a quark?  I’ve heard of superstrings but the idea is too strange for my mammal brain.
  13. What’s it like to be a pond skater, a bird or a mole?
  14. What colour was a T-Rex?

Not thirteen questions but fourteen.


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It’s Thursday Thirteen time again.

Thirteen Things about hoverFrog

  1. Spiders love me. I’m always finding spiders in my hair or crawling over my face or glasses.

  2. Cats hate me.  I have the “enemy of cats” gene that makes felines hostile to me.  I’m just going to run with it though because I’m not too keen on the verminous little pests either.

  3. I have a loony magnet.  I’ve no idea why I have one and I can’t get rid of it.  You know the nutter on the bus who talks to himself or the crazy lady who smells of wee that won’t leave you alone?  Well I’m their best mate.  They always want to talk to me.  The Hildy says I have a friendly face but I think she’s just laughing at me.

  4. I don’t wear shoes except to travel from one place to another.  At home or at work I am barefoot.

  5. I have really long toes.  They are literally twice the length of The Hildy’s toes.  It’s possible that she has stunted feet as a result of some awful Chinese binding practices but she claims otherwise.

  6. I like to argue.  Not that unusual really but I find myself arguing against things that I am indifferent about just to get a reaction.  I am a very bad man.

  7. I have almost no ability to match a name to a face.  Seriously.  I can bump into someone who I haven’t seen for a while and not know who they are until they tell me their name or put themselves in the proper context.

  8. I don’t like chocolate.  I’ll eat it for the sugar rush but I’d much prefer an apple or something spicy.

  9. I really hate pigeons.  Vile, verminous, disease ridden horrors.  *shudder*

  10. Rats make the best pets.  OK not that weird but for some strange reason there are people who can’t stand them.

  11. I change favourite drinks a lot.  Tea, coffee, cider, stout, beer, water, cherry aid, shandy bass.  I just can’t stick to one.

  12. I eat really fast.  About twice the speed of anyone else.  If you share a Chinese meal with me make sure I have chopsticks or I’ll finish while you’re still pouring the tea.

  13. Sometimes I forget to eat.  Probably not a bad thing considering the last point but it’s only when I feel dizzy that I remember that I last ate something on Tuesday.  I don’t do this often though as my prodigious girth will attest.

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My answers to my own questions

 Here are my answers to last Thursday’s Thursday Thirteen.

  1. How would you order the seven deadly sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride) so that your favourite was first and least favourite was last?
    LustPride, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, Envy
    I’m not too keen on Envy but I think all of the others are great.
  2. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
    The ability to stop time and step out of it to do things.
  3. What single property of the human race as a whole would you change?
    I think that the willingness to follow others is one of those awful things that humans are prone to do.  I’d love to grant the members of the human race the ability to think for themselves rather than defer to others.  No, I don’t think that people think for themselves.  Not often anyway.
  4. What do you like least about yourself?
    I tend not to finish things.  I’d like that to change.
  5. What one thing about travelling (short or long distances) makes you most angry?
    Human beings.  They just get in the way and annoy me. I’d quite like a fast lane for people who are just trying to get somewhere and a slow lane for the world’s ditherers who just want to look.
  6. What frightens you most about the future?
    That it may already be too late to change it.
  7. What is the best Halloween costume?
    In an adult female I’d say the sexy vampire.  Anyone else should be a zombie.
  8. Would you rather be evil or stupid?
    Evil all the way.  Stupidity is just messing up because you don’t know better.  Evil has a plan.
  9. How long does it take you to wake up properly?
    10 minutes to wake up enough to get to the shower.  Normally though I’m on my third coffee before my brain really gets into second gear.
  10. Assuming that there is life after death, what would you do for eternity?
  11. What one subject would you choose if you were on Mastermind?
    Honestly I know a bit about a lot but not a lot about a bit…If I had to choose it’d be Lotus Notes Programming.
  12. Which is creepier: Clowns or animals with human faces?
    I think we’re all agreed that they’re both creepy but clowns are slightly more sinister for me.
  13. Which one word would you like to see removed from the English language forever?

Thanks to everyone that joined in.

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Answer me these Questions….Thirteen

For those unfamiliar with the idea of a Thursday Thirteen it is an opportunity to give thirteen pieces of information about the blogger in order that those who read may understand him or her a little better.  Today though hoverFrog speaks in the third person and so has decided to ask questions rather than provide answers.  This may mean that something is revealed about himself or it may merely sow confusion.  Either way hoverFrog is pleased.

  1. How would you order the seven deadly sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride) so that your favourite was first and least favourite was last?
  2. If you could have any super power, what would it be?
  3. What single property of the human race as a whole would you change?
  4. What do you like least about yourself?
  5. What one thing about travelling (short or long distances) makes you most angry?
  6. What frightens you most about the future?
  7. What is the best Halloween costume?
  8. Would you rather be evil or stupid?
  9. How long does it take you to wake up properly?
  10. Assuming that there is life after death, what would you do for eternity?
  11. What one subject would you choose if you were on Mastermind?
  12. Which is creepier: Clowns or animals with human faces?
  13. Which one word would you like to see removed from the English language forever?

It would please immensely hoverFrog if you were to answer these questions. 


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Thursday Thirteen

I am moving house on Monday to le château de grenouille.  My broadband connection has been terminated already and I will be frantically packing* for the next few days so I won’t be around until at least Tuesday.  I know that you will all** miss me terribly so I thought I would share a Random Thursday Thirteen before I go.

Thursday Thirteen is a meme with one purpose:  to get to know bloggers better. Thirteen secrets they’ve never shared before, Thirteen random things about themselves or their lives that give the reader a better idea of who they are.

  1. I open all the cards before I open any of the presents even though it annoys people.
  2. I love getting letters but hate sending them.
  3. I’m more concerned with “how?” than “why?” and I always have been.
  4. I think that it is more important to have an opinion than to be right.
  5. I can sit in the lotus position.
  6. I can’t dance when I’m being watched.
  7. I prefer a little grocer, baker, paper shop and chemist to a supermarket.
  8. I can’t drive.
  9. I never swear out loud.
  10. I think that the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.
  11. I read the ingredients of packaged food before I buy them.
  12. I think that rainbows are the most amazing phenomenon in nature.
  13. I think that the moon would make an ideal location for a retirement village.

 Have a good weekend everyone. *waves*

*I have more to pack even though my house looks like an explosion at a cardboard factory.

**I know that some people read my gibber jabber even though hardly anyone comments.  I suspect that I only attract shy people or that I’ve offended everyone and you only come by to see if disaster have befallen me so you can gloat. 😉


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Rules For Work:

  1. Never give me work in the morning. Always wait until 4:00 and then bring it to me. The challenge of a deadline is refreshing.
  2. If it’s really a rush job, run in and interrupt me every 10 minutes to inquire how it’s going. That helps. Even better, hover behind me, and advise me at every keystroke.
  3. Always leave without telling anyone where you’re going. It gives me a chance to be creative when someone asks where you are.
  4. If my arms are full of papers, boxes, books, or supplies, don’t open the door for me. I need to learn how to function as a paraplegic and opening doors with no arms is good training in case I should ever be injured and lose all use of my limbs.
  5. If you give me more than one job to do, don’t tell me which is priority. I am psychic.
  6. Do your best to keep me late. I adore this office and really have nowhere to go or anything to do. I have no life beyond work.
  7. If a job I do pleases you, keep it a secret. If that gets out, it could mean a promotion.
  8. If you don’t like my work, tell everyone. I like my name to be popular in conversations. I was born to be whipped.
  9. If you have special instructions for a job, don’t write them down. In fact, save them until the job is almost done. No use confusing me with useful information.
  10. Never introduce me to the people you’re with. I have no right to know anything. In the corporate food chain, I am plankton. When you refer to them later, my shrewd deductions will identify them.
  11. Be nice to me only when the job I’m doing for you could really change your life and send you straight to manager’s hell.
  12. Tell me all your little problems. No one else has any and it’s nice to know someone is less fortunate. I especially like the story about having to pay so much tax on the bonus you received for being such a good manager.
  13. Wait until my yearly review and THEN tell me what my goals SHOULD have been. Give me a mediocre performance rating with a cost of living increase. I’m not here for the money anyway.


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Thursday Thirteen

Tracey suggested 13 childhood memories but I’ve had several attempts at this and it just comes across like I’m a whinging git.  Plus I had real trouble remembering 13 things.  So I’m going to leave it for a while.Mas suggested a lot of things:

  • 13 things (that mean something) on your desk, (shelves or noticeboard/pinboard/wall/bag) ? (oh, that’s similar to the 13 things in the room you’re in which was suggested. Hmm)
  • 13 decisions that changed your life?
  • If money was no object, 13 places you would rather live.
  • 13 things that keep you going when the world’s against you.
  • 13 (bad) things that the world always seems to throw at you.
  • 13 truths you’ve learned.
  • 13 secrets you’ve not told.
  • 13 of the best gifts ever given or received by you.
  • 13 people you would bring back from the dead and meet if that was something that could be done.
  • 13 food or drink items we might not expect you to like, but you do.
  • 13 hours in one day.
  • 13 mistakes you regret and
  • 13 mistakes you do not (regret)The first has sort of been done already and the second is very tricky for me because I’m in a philosophical mood and surely every decision made (or not) changes your life in some way.

    Anyway I’ve settled on “If money was no object, 13 places you would rather live. ”

    These aren’t in order.

    1. The moon.
    2. In a castle on a cloud.
    3. Next door to Michelle.
    4. Not too far from Chloe.
    5. In Cardiff.
    6. In London near all the London bloggers.
    7. Under the sea in a glass (or at least transparent) house.
    8. Very high up on a glacier in Switzerland.
    9. The North pole.
    10. The lowest point of the grand canyon.
    11. Canada.
    12. A fantasy world populated with dragons, unicorns and creatures out of legend.
    13. Right where I live now.
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    Big Brother

    Deviating from the regular *ahem* Thursday Thirteen somewhat I’d like to suggest thirteen methods of not watching Big Brother.

    1. Stab knitting needles in your eyes.
    2. Sew your eyes shut using cat gut.
    3. Drink strong liquor constantly for the next three months.
    4. Travel somewhere remote to work 16 hour days helping to save endangered animals from extinction.
    5. Fight a guerrilla war against Andy Duncan, chief executive of channel 4 from the hills outside his house.
    6. Spend every waking moment running in rural areas.
    7. Hibernate until it’s over.
    8. Fall down a well.
    9. Bury yourself in ice.
    10. Get on the show yourself.
    11. Break into the Big Brother house and gun down all those screeching harpies till their all dead.
    12. Set off a large enough nuclear explosion to create an EMP pulse to knock out all electronic devices in the UK.
    13. Curl into a foetal position and refuse to move until it’s over.

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    “13 things you would do if you suddenly won the lottery” as suggested by the ever so clever and super strong Michelle.

    This is a tricky one for me because I live such a perfect, charmed life that I want for nothing.  Honestly.

    1. Pay off my mortgage.
    2. Get tutors for the kids and for me.
    3. Pay off my friends’ mortgages.
    4. Buy a huge house to live in with annexes for family members who are getting on a bit or just like to visit.  It needs to have lots of land for the horses.
    5. Buy some horses.
    6. Leave a £1000 tip for the first person to give excellent service in their job.
    7. Buy a book shop.
    8. Quit working for other people.
    9. Buy Chinese food every night just to see how long it takes for The Hildy to get sick of it.
    10. Learn lots of different languages starting with French, German, Japanese and Italian.
    11. Travel the world.  All of it.
    12. Fund an Atheist School where only Atheist’s are allowed to attend just so I can annoy the Catholic School down the road and get in the papers for being a git.
    13. Buy lots of houses and let homeless people live in them rent free.

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    Suggested by the stunning Michelle:

    13 things in the room that you are in right now:

    1. A green mug.
    2. A Cisco free pen that has a magic blue light that comes on when you click the end.  It’s great, like a Doctor Who sonic screwdriver that writes.
    3. A post it note asking me to “Please do the scanner.  Please! Please! Thanks”.
    4. A grey CAT5e network cable.
    5. A hammer.  Obviously for percussive maintenance issues.
    6. A stack of inspirational pictures that need to go up on the walls.  You know the sort.
    7. My swishy new laptop.  It’s an HP Compaq nx9420 and is much better than my old one.
    8. The most beautiful server I have ever had the pleasure of working on.  It’s 1U and shiny.
    9. A pile of software licences.  Somewhere in there is the Office 2007 OEM installation CD.  I hope.
    10. My shoes.  My lovely new green trainers with the slightly too long green laces.
    11. My travelling expenses.  At nearly £50 a day I’d quite like this money back.
    12. My phone.  It’s a Blackberry 8700f and it really does stop me from getting away from work.  Curse you!
    13. A 4Gb flash memory stick that I keep calling a pen.

    Anyway.  I should be finished in a bit and then I can go home and do DIY with The Hildy.  What have I missed while I’ve been working?

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