The Diary Of John
What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy? - Gandhi
Friday, August 22, 2003

Its all working :-)

As you can see everything is now working, as far as i can see lol. I guess they must have sorted out whatever problems they had with both Bloglet and also Tag-board so they are both working properly now :-). I?'ll try to add links etc for the stuff i use at the bottom of my weblog later in the week. I have been meaning to do it for a while just to give a bit more colorful credit to the sites that i use to create my weblog but just havent found the time but i will as soon as i can find just a bit of time okay? :-)

I'm supposed to be getting some excercises corrected at the moment but just cant bring myself tyo make a start on them yet lol. Ill get them all finished over the weekend though as there is only a few of them. Maybe sunday i am going to go on a picnic with the guys.. will post more on that if and when it happens :-). Also this weekend i must try to get around to looking at some furniture for my little palce. I picked up some leaflets etc the other day and had a quick look through them but have a few more place to look at too before i can decide on what i am going to buy :-). A coffee machine is a must of course as well as getting some bed clothes and sheets etc. Im toying with either getting a computer with tv card and dvd so i can use it for all those things or just a tv and dvd player. Trust me they are all expensive here no matter what i decide on buying lol

Right i must get myself off to bed.. so its goodnite from me..... Again lol

posted at 9:15 PM by john |  

Hmm well the boards back again lol

As you can see the tag boards are back and working again so no need for me to alter anything here. I tried adding a different commenting thing to my students site but its a little crap lol. it has a link that takes up loads of room just to say the company who gives the program but its too big and although i know they want people to know about their product etc this isnt really a very nice looking link lol. So... i deleted it lol

Anyway i have to get some sleep so im outta here as i have to work tomorrow morning :-)

Nitey nite all :-)

posted at 8:49 PM by john |  

Tag-board seems to have gone

I tried to visit the Tag-boards site today to find out how long the board will be out of action and the site doesnt load. i have tried many times today but nothing happens so i wonder whats going on? Im searching for a new one to put there, i tried Enetenation or whatever its called but after all the code was added to the site nothing happened... it seems from their forums to be a major problem they have with it either not working or just disappearing all the time. I'll find one though and update as soon as i can okay? :-)

Ive been looking at furniture this morning too for my little house ready for when i move there in a couple of weeks. Some places here in Brasil put up the prices when they know they have a foreigner in their stores so its best usually to just keep quiet and look and then go back with someone who speaks portugues lol. I have a couple more places yet to try out just to see what they have on offer before i decide where to buy things from.

Eliane should be back from her vacation sometime today, i dont know when though so ill probably just give her a buzz over the weekend and say hi and see how her vacation went :-) Saturday now i have another group to teach.. the money will come in handy now im buying things for my little casa lol. Another teen group too so should be good fun :-) It will give me something to do on saturdays as i get bored very quickly when i dont have classes or some other thing to do.

Anyway back to my search for a Commenting thing while i have free net acess here at school lol

posted at 10:37 AM by john |  

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Okay ive found one... i think lol

I found a commenting tool called Enetation that i will try to install over the next few days okay? I dont know how it will look etc but im sure it cant be too hard to set up etc.. More news soon :-)

posted at 8:31 PM by john |  

The tag-board is down :-(

I found out earlier on that its not working so im in the search for another one at the moment and hopefully in a few days there will be one up and running okay guys?

Okay i read an interesting article on the internet about Spam and posted it HERE so you could read it, its really interesting stuff too :-)

Okay now to find a new commenting tool lol.. Catch you later lol

posted at 8:20 PM by john |  

'now that thou art quiet, give us thy name, my dear. Come now, speak out, and fear not' said Gagool in mockery.

'Oh, mother' answered the girl, in trembling accents, 'my name is Foulata, of the house of Suko. Oh mother, why must I die? I have done no wrong!'

'Be comforted' went on the old woman in her hateful tone of mockery 'thou must die, indeed, as a sacrifice to the old ones who sit yonder', and she pointed to the peaks 'but it is better to sleep in the night that to toil in the daytime; it is better to die than to live, and thou shalt die by the royal hand of the kings own son'

the girl foulata wrung her hands in anguish, and cried out aloud 'oh, cruel! And I so young! What have I done that I should never again see the sun rise out of the night or the stars come following on his track in the evening, that I may no longer gather the flowers when the dew is heavy, or listen to the laughing of the waters? Woe is me, that I shall never see my fathers hut again, nor feel my mothers kiss, nor tend the lamb that is sick! Woe is me that no lover shall put his arm around me and look into my eyes, nor shall men children be born of me! Oh, cruel cruel'

and again she wrung her hands and turned her tear-stained, flower crowned face to heaven, looking so lovely in her despair - for she was indeed a beautiful woman - that assuredly the sight of her would have melted the heart of any less cruel than were the three fiends before her.

King Solomon's mines - H Rider Haggard

Did you like the passage from the book? lol, i love alot of classics such as King solomons mines etc but not Shakespeare. God that stuff is so boring and is only good in a theater. I found out some mmore quotes for my posts as well, i sort of missed having the quotes :-). anyway all of the quotes from a while will be from women.. most of the quotes i use tend to be mostly male so i thought it would be nice to have a change :-) Alot of them will be from the past but some from present as well :-) I'll start using them soon okay?

I have a shit load of stuff to print out at work, i wonder how much of they will let me do in one go? lol. Most of it i just need a couple of copies as i usually phootocopy most of it as its easier on my ears ;-) Some of it is conversation class stuff and other stuff for my groups later in the semester as i looked through the books to see what they have coming up and ran it up on the computer here. Should be useful for the difficult parts i hope :-). Some of it though is just stuff that i thought would be interesting for the students such as expressions etc or other curiosities that i discovered in my grammer and vocab books and typed out :-) I have to find some other expressions too just for fun with a few very informal words in them just for my teenager groups ;-) you gotta love it right? lol

I had better end now as i have to haul arse over to the school and get to work lol. My groups today are all MEC.. nice as they already speak great english so its easier for me in explanation and stuff. Maybe ill post later.. who knows ;-)

posted at 12:01 PM by john |  

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Okay im setup here at work now on a decent computer :-)

I have Wbloggar installed here at the school now to use to update my site etc. Itll be fun trying to uninstall it as i disabled just about everything i could think of they could use to remove the program lol. They can always remove the files manually i guess but i think i will let the other students use it to update the weblog i created for them to use once they have all registered up for it.

Its a quick post as the pizza will arrive soon and im starving lol. This is just to test the program and the ftp too. Enjoy the pic, hes the new mascott for Rio De Janeiro for the Pan american games in the future lol

Aint he lovely?

posted at 5:21 PM by john |  

Im awake...Honest lol

Omg... 7.30am here and im just waiting to go to work. I have my coffee here so that i can wake up a little more as i couldnt get to sleep last nite and this morning im feeling really tired. I will get a couple of hours when i get back from the school this morning though so i wont feel knackered when i have to go back to teach this afternoon

A sad thing i found out yesterday is that the cleaning woman in the Sobradinho school apparently spys on people and reports what both students and people are doing to others. This is so sad, after all she is supposed to be either a workmate or friend to most people.. but not to me as i sussed out what she was like a long time ago. I wonder what must go through the mind of a paerson like this when they spy on people who are supposed to be their friends?.. i guess they must be very sad and pathetic and lonely creatures if this is the only way they can get attention :-( But things always come around, theres no escaping it and then we will see what will happen to our little spy wont we?

I finally managed to get the sound card working in the computer too after formatting it the other day. Windows was identifying the card as one sort when it was a different model number and once i had the new drivers in it worked just fine and i was able to listen to my new cds lol.

I noticed the other day that on the students site the archives have a different name from the one i originally gave to them. I wonder why that is? lol. Still they work and thats the main thing i guess right? ;-)

Okay i guess i had better get my arse up out of this chair and go over to the school before i drink all of the coffee in the kitchen ;-)

Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) - The Offspring

You know it's kind of hard
Just to get along today
Our subject isn't cool
But he fakes it anyway
He may not have a clue
And he may not have style
But everything he lacks
Well he makes up in denial

So don't debate, a player straight
You know he really doesn't get it anyway
He's gonna play the field, and keep it real
For you no way, for you no way
So if you don't rate, just overcompensate
At least you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake
The world needs wannabe's
So do that brand new thing

He needs some cool tunes
Not just any will suffice
But they didn't have Ice Cube
So he bought Vanilla Ice
Now cruising in his Pinto, he sees homies as he pass
But if he looks twice
They're gonna kick his lily ass

Now he's getting a tattoo
He's gettin' ink done
He asked for a '13', but they drew a '31'
Friends say he's trying too hard
And he's not quite hip
But in his own mind
He's the dopest trip

So don't debate, a player straight
You know he really doesn't get it anyway
He's gonna play the field, and keep it real
For you no way, for you no way
So if you don't rate, just overcompensate
At least you'll know you can always go on Ricki Lake
The world needs wannabe's
The world loves wannabe's
So let's get some more wannabe's
And do that brand new thing

posted at 10:49 AM by john |  

Sunday, August 17, 2003

My name is Bond... James Bond lol

Yeah James Bond is on the tv later on tonite so if i can stay awake long enough i will watch it :-) im feeling really tired at the moment as i went into town earlier on today tro see a movie but they didnt have anything on at a time that i could watch it. I really wanted to see Tombraider - The Cradle Of life but it didnt start until late and by the time i had watched it and travelled home it would have been really late here and dangerous too. Oh well ill just have to try to get to watch it later on or maybe someone will have a copy of it so i can watch it maybe with my students.

On a great note only a few more days and Eliane will be back and i think that my friend Tim and Laura his g/f will go on a picnic with us next weekend depending if Eliane is rested after travelling :-). My first picnic in Brasil and Elianes first picnic ever i think... nice yes? ;-)

I picked up a couple of new cds this afternoon, from those people who sell pirate copies in the street. For me they are a good source of english music as i hardly ever find any here in Brasil. I got Avril Lavigne and The Offspring which i can use with my students as they love these types of singers :-). The offspring cd is a collection of songs they have just downloaded off the net and slapped onto a cdrom so i got 25 songs with some i havent heard before. Alot better than some of the terrible singers there are in Brasil such as Djavan lol. Ill post lyrics later on for you guys who have never heard of The Offspring :-)

On another god note, i have the site up and looking better for my students to post stuff on. Im sure that once it takes off that it will get changed quite a bit as some of them are web designers and will come up with better and better things, well if i can do the things they suggest that is lol. My web design skills arent all that good unless i have done it before or i have a set of instructions in front of me ;-). I have all the sites setup in the Wbloggar program too so that i can create for both sites offline and upload later and use the ftp built into it too :-). I will shove a copy onto the works computers too so i can use it there as it has some nice things i use in the program that i dont get in the blogger post page :-) Maybe the students will use this program as well, who knows!!! I added a sort of cool looking template to the site as well, its supposed to be a river.. well supposed to is about right but it looks half - decent. Ill add an update thingy to it as well if i get a minute free so people will be notified once something changes

Okay time to go and check my email and get something done before the films starts :-) Bye Bye!!!!!!!


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