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Life

Another Artiss!

Ok, not a David Artiss, but another instance of my surname, thanks to Google Alerts.

A German company has concatenated “Artificial” and “Tissue” to “Artiss”, to form their company name.

The company, a biotechnological enterprise, was founded in 2000 under the name ATT. The name was changed to Artiss in 2001. The name has nothing to do with the founders of the company, who are Dr Haverich and Dr Heublein (Thanks to my girlfriend for performing the German to English translation!).

Not very exciting, but another spotting of my relatively rare surname.

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Life

Useful Latin

Impress your friends and relatives, talk to them in Latin. Remember: “quidquid latine dictum sit altum viditur” (anything said in Latin sounds profound).

Imus ad magum Ozi videndum, magum Ozi mirum mirissimum.
We are going to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz.

Fac ut gaudeam.
Make my day.

Sola lingua bona est lingua mortua.
The only good language is a dead language.

Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit.
To boldly go where no man has gone before.

Postatem obscuri lateris nescitis.
You do not know the power of the dark side.

Sit vis nobiscum.
May the force be with you.

Magnus frater spectat te…
Big Brother is watching you….

Monstra mihi pecuniam!
Show me the money!

Habetis bona deum.
Have a nice day.

Mihi ignosce. Cum homine de cane debeo congredi.
Excuse me. I’ve got to see a man about a dog.

Noli me vocare, ego te vocabo.
Don’t call me, I’ll call you.

Radix lecti
Couch potato

Mellita, domi adsum.
Honey, I’m home.

Te precor dulcissime supplex!
Pretty please with a cherry on top!

Magister Mundi sum!
I am the Master of the Universe!

Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure.
I can’t hear you. I have a banana in my ear.

Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?
Is that a scroll in your toga, or are you just happy to see me?

Prehende uxorem meam, sis!
Take my wife, please!

Vacca foeda
Stupid cow

Fac ut vivas.
Get a life.

Vescere bracis meis.
Eat my shorts

Lege atque lacrima.
Read ’em and weep

Noli nothis permittere te terere.
Don’t let the bastards get you down.

Lagunculae leydianae non accedunt.
Batteries not included.

Speaking of Latin (and I probably won’t even again – this is a one-shot subject) there is (for geeks around the world) a great site, named Lorem Ipsum, which allows you to generate pre-determined sizes of dummy latin texts – this allows you, for example, to fill a webpage with text for testing purposes.

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Hacks

Child Seats

New laws come into place from Monday with regard to child seats. In a nutshell, if your child is under 11 years old and less than 150cms, then they need a child seat of some kind.

This is likely to cause problems, for example, when you go to pick up other children. The responsibility is the drivers so if someone has forgotten to supply a seat, you can be in trouble if you then drive them.

But there IS one big issue, as I see it. Booster seats have a maximum weight of 36kg. If your child is less than 11, less than 150cms tall and over 36kg then what do they do? Well, according to the Department of Transport, they should still use the seat. Even though it’s against manufacturers recommendations. Does that make sense to you, because it doesn’t to me?

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Life

Urg, dentists

Love them or loathe them, the dentist is there to fulfil an important role, and the health of your teeth is not something you should ignore.

A few years ago I read some great advice from some actual dentist, that I thought I’d reproduce. First of all, anonymously but still with the authors permission, a little about how NHS and private dentists work.

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Life

So There It Is

If my late grandma was good for nothing else, it was her sayings. Some are well known ones, others she blatantly made up herself. All have stuck with me though and I often catch myself saying them to my daughter.