Sunday, 30 December 2007

Student/Leaner driver agreement


I am helping out a teenager to learn to drive. They are having professional lessons, so this is just practice time. However this can be a stressful and fraught time for both helper and student. After a few sessions I decided to form this agreement to help reset the right expectations .... Lets see how this goes

Student driver agreement

I the undersigned student driver agree the following :

1) When I am driving and parking, I will be in complete control of the car at all times and I am responsible for road positioning, speed, direction, lighting and engine control.

2) Guidance, hints, tips and advice are NOT personal criticism and will be received in a accepting and positive manner.

3) The actions of others are not in my control but how I react to the actions of others are fully my responsibility. I will try to anticipate situations but will always be ready to react to the unexpected.

4) Anger, impatience, stress and annoyance have no place in my vehicle or mind. My positive attitude and relaxed but alert state of mind are an important factors for driving success.

6*) I acknowledge that these are the most common mistakes that new, and particularly, young drivers make:
• Not slowing down in complex road situations
• Not looking around or using mirrors enough
• Overconfidence
So I will always be ready to listen for guidance on these and any other driving matters.

NAME: ___________________________

DATE :___________________________

* Partly from the helpful



Saturday, 22 December 2007

Does google ignore it's own community ?

I have a small blog - its so far just a colection of random thoughs -
but my friends can find it on google if they look with the right words - Yes ?

Starting at on 23 Dec 2007
Your search - gannett-hscp blog - did not match any documents.
Your search - "RAND(squawk)" - did not match any documents.
Your search - "rand(squawk)" - found stuff that is not yours...
Your search - gannett-hscp - did not match any documents.
Your search - - did not match any documents.
Your search - - did not match any documents - just how much more specific do you have
to get ?

So whois Domain Name:

Registrar Name:
Registrar Whois:
Registrar Homepage:

Administrative Contact:
DNS Admin (NIC-1467103) Google Inc

Does google ignore it's own community ?
Aparently so why waste your electronic breath ?


Wednesday, 5 December 2007

A couple of signs you are getting old ..

Its true I had a couple of signs recently that age is crawling on :

Firstly a favorite film "Blade Runner" now has a twenty fifth anniversary edition. Woh hang on a minute, I saw Blade Runner when it came out in '82 it really can't be 25 years since then. I saw a promo reel at an Easter convention back then and went with a crowd of to see it the week it came out. Great then and even better now a film that really moved on the genre.

Secondly you know when your getting old when you get new techno from your kids. litt'n got a new phone when they upgraded to a new contract with twice the minutes and texts ( hopefully not 1/2 the coverage) for the same monthly cost. I get the hand-me-down a deep red and rather smooth Motorola Pbel. That's an upgrade for me, so much better than my 5+ year old basic Nokia from work. I have to say that T-Mobile were OK about providing phone number port code and subsidy code to unlock the Pebl. If it doesn't work out with the new provider we will be back. I also got the knackered Ipod mini for use in the car via direct hook up. Great for Audible books and podcasts on long journeys. I guess that's what goes around cause I bought and set up the old man's PC back in 2001. He still has it Win98, dial up modem and all. Going to have to do something bout that soon.