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Sunday, August 21st, 2005
8:56 pm
Almost unusually smart :-)
via davidould
Much More Scientific

You have:

The graph on the right represents your place in Intuition 2-Space. As you can see, you scored about average on emotional intuition and well above average on scientific intuition.Keep in mind that very few people score high on both! In effect, you can compare your two intuition scores with each other to learn what kind of intuition you're best at. Your scientific intuition is stronger than your emotional intuition.

Your Emotional Intuition score is a measure of how well you understand people, especially their unspoken needs and sympathies. A high score score usually indicates social grace and persuasiveness. A low score usually means you're good at Quake.

Your Scientific Intuition score tells you how in tune you are with the world around you; how well you understand your physical and intellectual environment. People with high scores here are apt to succeed in business and, of course, the sciences.

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 99% on Scientific

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You scored higher than 99% on Interpersonal
Link: The 2-Variable Intuition Test written by jason_bateman.

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005
10:51 pm
Now, how funny is that?
Via davidould.

Not sure about the title, but the first sentence sums it up.

the Prankster

(34% dark, 34% spontaneous, 11% vulgar)

your humor style:

Your humor has a slightly more intellectual or even conceptual slant to it. You're not pretentious at all, but you aren't into what some would call 'low humor'. This isn't to say you wouldn't laugh at a good dirty joke, but you'd definitely prefer something clever to something moist. You probably like well-thought-out pranks and/or spoofs and it's highly likely you've tried one of these things yourself. In a lot of ways, yours is the most entertaining type of humor.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Conan O'Brian - Ashton Kutcher

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 16% on dark

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You scored higher than 0% on spontaneous

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You scored higher than 0% on vulgar
Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid

Thursday, June 9th, 2005
9:12 am
You scored as Reformed Evangelical. You are a Reformed Evangelical. You take the Bible very seriously because it is God's Word. You most likely hold to TULIP and are sceptical about the possibilities of universal atonement or resistible grace. The most important thing the Church can do is make sure people hear how they can go to heaven when they die.

What's your theological worldview?
created with QuizFarm.com

Reformed Evangelical


Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan


Neo orthodox








Classical Liberal


Roman Catholic


Modern Liberal


Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, April 28th, 2005
8:58 am
A fun meme
Via davidould via natewillsheets via kjs. First, read the questions. Second, answer them by typing your answers into Google search and then linking the very FIRST image that it finds, even if it's really embarrassing.

1. What was your first car?
Vauxhall Astra

2. Pick the name of one of your grandmothers.
Amy Darling

3. Where did you grow up?

4. Where do you live now?

5. Search your first and last name.
Martin Biddiscombe

6. What is your favorite food?
Chilli con carne

7. What is the title of your favorite song?
And can it be that I should gain

8. What is your favorite smell?
Freshly ground coffee

9. What are your favorite shoes?
I don't have favourite shoes

10. How are you feeling right now?
Frustrated that email is down


Current Mood: frustrated
Wednesday, March 9th, 2005
2:02 pm
Family news!
Martin & Daniela are very happy to announce the birth of their son, Jakub this morning, weighing 9lb 1oz.

Jakub Biddiscome with Martin and Daniela

He is the first brother for Alzbeta (5 tomorrow) and Amalia (3½).


Current Mood: ecstatic
Thursday, February 24th, 2005
9:19 am
Extreme tennis
Just don't run back too quickly to save a lob...


Current Mood: bouncy
Sunday, January 16th, 2005
9:55 pm
Big changes
Since this things happened very quickly. In November I applied for a job, was interviewed (quite some process, let me tell you...) three times, and the day before we were going to see Daniela's family in Slovakia, was offered a job at Data Connection. I formally accepted the offer once we got back.

I started there a week ago. So far, so good.

The only problem is the commuting time. My old job was soooo convenient: ten minutes away. While Enfield's only half an hour away when there's no traffic around, getting there for 9am is a nightmare. So, this week I'm going to aim for 8am, and see if that's any easier.

Second big change... Alzbeta's started school this term. She's really enjoying herself there.

The other big change is predicted to happen on, or around, 1 March. I think you can guess what that might be :-)


Current Mood: busy
Thursday, November 18th, 2004
12:01 pm
Courtesy of pould

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal...along with these instructions.

omega^star = 1 over ((lambda_1 over (rho_1 + lambda_2.D1)) - lambda_1)


Current Mood: mischievous
Monday, November 1st, 2004
10:18 am
Moving on
I've been working here at Nortel Networks, in Harlow for over eight years now.

It's (mostly) been an enjoyable experience. But, through no choice of my own, it's come time to leave.

The gory detailsCollapse )
Our team had been working on a successful project, and yet our project was closed. The VP of our group claimed,
"Within our current business scope there is an envelope of affordability, in this particular case, that is directly associated with forward looking initiatives. Unfortunately not all projects could be accomodated within this envelope. As a result, there have been some project closures which have impacted the individuals working on those projects. It is this rationale upon which project priority based decisions were made and it pains me deeply that many talented people have been informed that their function at Nortel is being eliminated as a result, yourself included."
To be brutally honest, I don't believe him when he states the rationale for closing projects. It's frustrating, but what can you do? Take the package I suppose.

So, if you know of a job for an experienced software engineer/system architect who's an expert in routing protocols, let me know :-)


Current Mood: frustrated
Tuesday, September 7th, 2004
1:58 pm
As if that wasn't enough
It's just too easy to take great photos of the girls!

Alzbeta and her reflection
Alzbeta and her reflection

Amalia sliding
Slip-sliding away


Current Mood: content
1:51 pm
Excellent photo
Sometimes I just amaze myself :-)

Great picture of Alzbeta

Great, isn't it!


Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, September 1st, 2004
11:30 am
More birthday pics
As I noted yesterday, Monday was Amália's 3rd birthday. Now I've had time to extract the photos from the camera, and space on a memory stick to carry them around, here are a few images of the day...

Finger painting
Amálka tries her hand (literally...) at finger painting

Birthday cake
Yum. That tasted good!

Family photo
Mum and dad together with Alzbeta & Amalia.


Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, August 31st, 2004
1:34 pm
1096 days ago yesterday...
From this

From this, three years ago yesterday
To this

To this, two days ago

Isn't God good.


Current Mood: happy
1:16 pm
Now that's more like it
Harlow may not have much wildlife, but a trip to Richmond Park over the weekend shows that Britain does at least have some animals worth taking pictures of:

A stag in Richmond Park
A stag in Richmond Park


Current Mood: pleased
Friday, August 27th, 2004
4:43 pm
Next stop Tour de France?

Watch her go!
Just one thing...
Take your hand of the brake :-)

Friday, August 13th, 2004
1:49 pm
1:46 pm
1:45 pm
Draw your own conclusions
Take a look at the following and draw your own conclusions :-)

Go on, take a look...Collapse )


Current Mood: excited
Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
4:15 pm
Wildlife survey
It's no great shock really to discover that the wildlife 30 miles from London is a little less varied and somewhat less wild than that in remote rural Slovakia...

Slovak wildlife
Slovak wildlife

Harlow wildlife
Harlow wildlife

What can you say?


Current Mood: mischievous
Monday, July 19th, 2004
3:25 pm
The building blocks of life...
What can you build out of kids' wooden blocks?

The girls asked me to make them a polar bear. How well do you think I've done?

A polar bear, maybe?

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