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Sun 25th May 2008

Level 55!

Filed under: Gaming

I finally got there - I reached Level 55 (Commander) on Call of Duty 4

I have been playing on the Team Deathmatch mode exclusively, primarily using the Northern Monkeys server (thanks lads).

Anyway, a few stats for anyone bored enough to be interested:

Rank: Level 55 Commander
XP: 122249

Score: 51543

Kills: 4983
Headshots: 528
Assists: 759
Streak: 21
Deaths: 4198

Time Played: 2d 4h 40m

CoD4 is definitely one of the greatest online games of all time, so I'm going to keep on playing.  Unfortunately, unlike the consoles, once you reach level 55 on the PC you can progress your rank no further.  I think Infinity Ward should allow us PC owners the same 'Prestige' modes as the console owners get.  Oh well, time to try some of the other game modes....
Wed 21st May 2008

(So very) Wrong exam answers

Filed under: Humour

What with it currently being exam season over here in the UK, it reminded me of my exam days, and those classic and desperate answers I would write down when faced with an exam question I had no idea of the answer to.

Take a look at some of these answers I found while trawling the web - some real brilliant ones!


Tue 13th May 2008

Holy Cow!

Filed under: Random Stuff

In almost every show, Batman would be heard to mutter the immortal words "Holy Cow!"  I wonder what he would say if he ever came face to face with this big bovine.

Chilli, a Friesian bullock, stands a massive 6 foot and 6 inches - towering over his fellow bovine playmates.  Chilli's owners are now hoping to get him listed as the UK's tallest cow.

Chilli and his twin sister Jubilee were abandoned at Ferne Animal Sanctuary nine years ago, when they were just a few days old. Manager Naomi Clarke explained:

“For some reason a farmer decided he didn’t want Chilli and Jubilee, so dumped them with three others on our doorstep nine years ago."

“He was only six days old and didn’t look that big but as the years passed we noticed he was getting rather tall. We have made an application to Guinness World Records and we are quite confident he will get it.”

Apparently, the average Friesian comes in at 5 foot tall.  Full story over at The Times.
Mon 12th May 2008

Been clamped? Got an angle grinder?

Filed under: Humour

Not sure if any of you have ever seen that classic Simpsons episode where Homer leaves his car in the middle of a city plaza.  Of course, it gets clamped - so Homer decides to drive the car home with the clamp still firmly attached.  Hilarity abounds.

Ian Taylor, from Tredworth in Gloucestershire has gone one better, he has cut his car in half after an argument over wheel clamping.

The car was untaxed and was declared as SORN, but an ever-eager clamper saw one of the rear wheels was poking out onto the pavement by a whopping inch and a half.

Ian then came home from work to find that the NCP had clamped the car, he explained in vain that the car was declared as SORN but they just wouldn't listen.  After numerous heated discussions, Ian decided that enough was enough and went and got his disc cutter.

Good on you, that's what I say.  Full story over at the Beeb.
Wed 7th May 2008

Indy's back!

Filed under: Random Stuff

I was watching the normal early morning rubbish on TV this morning whilst getting ready to go to work - King Arthur's Disasters had finished so I was left with a poor array of programming to be fair.  Anyway, an advert came on for the new Indiana Jones film.

Well, it was all I could do not to run around the lounge squealing in glee.  Even the cat stopped chewing on the table runner for the full 15 second trailer.  I remember reading about the new film last year but forgot all about it.  Now, it's nearly upon us - 22nd May!

Being a child of the 80's, the Indiana Jones trilogy was an absolute all-time classic.  Ask anyone who grew up in the 80's and I'm sure they'll agree.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, trust me, it rocks.

Anyway, whilst watching the trailer old Indy didn't actually look so old.  He looked exactly the same as I remembered him all those years ago, even though he is still potrayed by the very same Harrison Ford.  With this in mind, I decided to produce a little pictorial timeline.


  1981 Indy (Raiders of the Lost Ark)            1984 Indy (The Temple of Doom)               1989 Indy (The Final Crusade)           2008 Indy (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) 

Looks eactly the same in every shot doesn't he?  Weird eh?

Anyway, can't wait for the release of the film, it's going to be great ;)  I'm going to attend the cinema in khaki shirt, leather jacket and hat.  I'll also make the time in the queue pass much quicker my singing the theme tune in a constant loop.

Du du du dah, du du dah.  Du du du dah, du du dah dah dah.....
Fri 2nd May 2008

The Cans Festival and Banksy

Filed under: Random Stuff

On a particularly dull day at school once I thought I would express myself via the medium of art and scrawled a particularly kick-ass doodle across my desk using a compass.  When it got found out I thought suspension and expulsion was my only future no matter how often I told my teacher it was art.  So, how on earth does Banksy get away with it?

I'm a real fan of Banksy so I was pleased to see his latest works unveiled in a disused tunnel in Waterloo for The Cans Festival.


Murals in the Bristol artist's famous stencil style appear with work by 29 other artists in a half-mile stretch of the tunnel in Leake Street, Waterloo.  Reclusive artist Banksy kept the tunnel's location secret until Friday morning.

The tunnel is open to the public on 3rd, 4th and 5th May 2008 in Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN.  Click here for more information.
Tue 29th April 2008

Why I shall be switching to avast! antivirus

Filed under: Internet and Technology

OK, well my experience with avast! Antivirus started quite some time ago.  A friend of mine called me and asked me to come and sort their computer out before they smashed the 'effing thing to bits.  I duly obliged and found the machine to be crawling with Adware/Spyware etc. 

So, I installed my trusted Spybot Search and Destroy and did a full scan - as usual loads of stuff was found and removed.  I rebooted the PC and did another scan, a previously removed piece of Spyware had returned and the machine was still seriously sluggish.  So, it became obvious that what I needed was a decent free virus scanner to eradicate this.  I'd heard a lot of good things about avast! so downloaded it and ran the boot-time scan.  It found and removed loads more stuff and the machine was running sweet as a nut once it had fully booted.

I hadn't really given avast! another thought until this week when it has proven itself two more times.

I decided to upgrade my niece and nephew's PC because it was too slow running The Sims 2.  It was then I noticed loads of pop-ups appearing every time I went online.  The machine was running AVG 7.5 so I decided it must be a Spyware infection.  Out came my trusty copy of Spybot Search and Destroy which duly removed a load of Spyware but the pop ups remained.  It was then I remembered avast! and my previous success with it.  I downloaded it, ran the boot-time scan and it found 10 (10 count-em!) viruses.  The machine booted and again ran sweet as a nut.

Then, last night I get a call about a laptop with a problem.  I get there and find it infected with a CoolWWWSearch (CWS) Trojan.  Spybot Search and Destroy successfully identified and removed it, but upon reboot it came back.  The machine was running a corporate edition of Symantec Client Security so I didn't want to install another virus scanner if at all possible for fear of messing the Symantec one up.  I did some Googling and found that Trend Micro offer a tool called CWShredder which claims to eradicate the CWS Trojan and all it's variants for good.  This, however, fared no better.  It identified and removed the virus, but upon rebooting the machine the virus returned.  I downloaded and installed SuperAntiSpyware which I had heard was reasonably good - this didn't even identify the infection!  I tried a few other removal tools also which all identified the infection but none successfully removed it.

Eventually, I admitted defeat and installed avast! 4.8 Home Edition.  Again I did the boot-time scan and immediately it identified and removed:

CWS-AboutBlank (Hijack)
Search-Space (Hijack)

Once the machine booted, all was running sweeter than a nut covered in sweet stuff.

So, in summary, if you are looking for a decent Antivirus/Malware/Rootkit solution, you can't do much better than heading over to

Wed 23rd April 2008

Arrest warrant issued for Darth Vader

Filed under: Humour

Darth Vader has had a warrant issued for his arrest after a crazed and drunken attack with a metal crutch.

It all started while cousins Barney and Michael Jones (the former being aka Jedi Master Jonba Heho and founder of the UK's Jedi Church) were filming an interview in Holyhead for a television programme.  Darth Vader then jumped a garden fence, crutch in hand, and battered the poor chaps, leaving one with a headache and the other with slight bruising.  The maniacal vader-a-like attacker was described as wearing a black bin liner, a "shiny black helmet" and was heard to shout "Darth Vader" seconds before the savage attack.  The two battered cousins were left "upset" by the incident which they believe was "pre-planned".

Although Wynne Jones appeared in court earlier this week for the attack, by the time the case was finished he had harnessed the power of the dark side and disappeared.  Accordingly, District Judge Andrew Shaw ordered police to hunt down the miscreant, and concluded: "I hope the force will soon be with him."

Latest reports now suggest he is now back in court and the case is continuing.

Brilliantly, it turns out that Mr. Jones had drunk the best part of a 10 litre box of wine prior to the attack.  He also said he had no idea where the metal crutch he used for the beating had come from.

Full story and hilarious video of the attack over at the Beeb.
Tue 22nd April 2008

Windows XP Service Pack 3

Filed under: Internet and Technology

Users of Microsoft Windows XP can look forward to a third service pack at the end of the month.  On April 29th, the third (and probably final) service pack will be released via Windows Update and Microsoft downloads

Service Pack 3 rolls up all of the previously released XP fixes, and also adds some new features which make XP more compatible with Windows Server 2008.  These new features include Management Console 3.0 and Windows Installer 3.1.

Microsoft have however promised that the user's experience will not be significantly changed after installation of this service pack.

For further information on this service pack release, click here or here.
Mon 21st April 2008

Olle's latest

Filed under: Design and Graphics

Olle over at, as well as redesigning his site for a fourth time, has released his latest template entitled 'Business'.

As the title suggests, the business template is designed for a professional corporate look.  The XHTML and CSS are fully W3C validated also.

For a demo click here, or to download click here.