February 8th, 2011


Of hoops, drunken women and the Beehive roof (with ponies)

Last night was hooping with rivet. This has fallen by the wayside a little over the last lot of months, mostly because the second half of last year was a low motivation period for me, and then I got cut which wasn't conducive, and then I went to Hong Kong. I'm due to get cut again on Sunday, so this was my window of opportunity and I grabbed it. These days, we also have our own personal DJ (who needs to update his 'about'), playing techfunk for us and occasionally fondling his new toy while drooling.. but I digress.

So it was very nice to spend some time in the spiral - I'd been getting a bit jaded with hooping, not least because we rarely get other hoopers coming through here and so I wasn't really learning anything new. But last night I found my groove again and had a wonderful (and sweaty) time goofing around. And I have almost mastered a new trick!

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Last night I also dreamed about riding off into the sunset with ferrouswheel on horses. I am quite fond of this idea. His one was called Demelza and mine was called Purdy. Don't ask me why.

Finally, you know the guy who predicted a giant earthquake for Wellington as part of the Waitangi Day celebrations? And claimed he'd seen the roof of the Beehive (our Parliament building for those playing along from foreign shores) lying in the streets? And that he'd waited 38 years to share this vision? My brother did a countback. Turns out that 38 years ago, the Beehive didn't have a roof. Hmm..

LinkedIn fail

As mentioned, I recently updated my profile on LinkedIn. Part of this is that they ask you if you want to invite people to your network. "OK, I'm looking for a job," I thought, "Expanding my network sounds like a good plan." So I clicked yes.

At which point the site spidered every person I've ever emailed through any of the email addresses I use.

Now here's the bit where I feel a bit dumb. 900 and something addresses came up, all selected. Instead of deselecting them all and only reselecting the ones I wanted to send to, I started deselecting them individually. If you were in the first 300, you're one of the lucky ones. But my laptop was running out of battery and I got pissed off with it and eventually clicked 'send'.

Now, anyone who hasn't responded to the invitation is getting sent reminders spam every couple of days. I have found a way to stop this, which requires me to open each individual invitation and withdraw it. I'm doing that. It'll take a while.

I have to ask though, what sort of professional networking site thinks it makes their clients look professional to spam their potential contacts with repeated invitations? Surely one is enough? I'm considering deleting my profile over this because WTF?