Short URL Issues

Currently, the Ninja Hedgehog short URL service (niho.me/shortURL) isn’t working and I have absolutely no idea why. I’ve tried a fresh install of the necessary code from the original service I used and the code of alternative services but I’m still getting the same errors. This is a major inconvenience. I’m currently waiting for my web host to look into the matter and come back to me, but I’m willing to bet that they tell me there’s nothing wrong on their side…

Admiral Rip-Off

It’s that time of year again when the car insurance renewal letter drops through the letterbox and I have to go through the whole rigmarole of calling Admiral Insurance to tell them how disgusted I am at the unreasonable price increase for them to then waffle on about automatic renewal letters, not necessarily the best price blah blah blah blah.

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Manchester Bombing

As we all know, there was a terrorist attack at Manchester Arena last night  at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

At approximately 22:30, a suicide bomber detonated a nail bomb, injuring dozens and at the time of writing this, killing twenty-two innocent people; some of whom were just children. Islamic State have taken responsibility for this attack. I was going to refer to this as a cowardly attack, but when isn’t detonating a bomb as part of a calculated attack against hundreds or thousands of people not cowardly?

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Burger King Beef

I’ve not been to Burger King for a very long time, which is probably down to the simple fact that there’s not as many of them around as there are McDonald’s. And the other simple fact that you have to get out of your car to get a burger from Burger King.

As a youngster, I always enjoyed a burger from Burger King because the quality and portion size was far superior to that of an equivalent meal from McDonald’s, so I was mildly excited last Sunday when I stopped at a motorway services and saw that along with the three(!) Costa stores, there was a Burger King. continue reading

Commuting

As mentioned here, I fairly recently took a change in direction career-wise.

My new job means that I now have to commute on the train and endure having my personal space invaded whilst simultaneously invading the personal space of others. This is a given when using the train so you’d think every other passenger would be accepting of it, but I’ve been surprised (perhaps naively) by the reluctance of other commuters to accept their travelling companions on their journey to and from work. continue reading

Glucose Aid

Yesterday afternoon, I started to develop an annoying, dull headache. Knowing that I hadn’t consumed an awful lot of water during the day, I started to drink a lot of it as I was probably dehydrated.

Although the headache initially started to subside, it performed a full 180 degree turn and decided it was far from done where fucking my head with a pneumatic drill was concerned. continue reading

Spammy Spam Spam

For some bizarre reason, Ninja Hedgehog was inundated with spam comments today. Even more bizarrely, the URLs included as part of these comments (which I always remove anyway) seemed to be made up of random letters, although I’m not stupid enough to click on any of them before I remove them. I like to leave the comments and pretend they’re from the heart. Ninja Hedgehog becomes neglected for longer and longer times because it’s difficult to find the time to get back in to writing my random crap again. Several months ago, I left my ‘safe’ job of almost a decade to embark upon a new chapter in my career choice. This is pretty intensive and will continue to be so for another year or so, so it’s even less likely that I’ll be able to update Ninja Hedgehog as often as I should. Rest assured, I have some ideas and I will be writing nonsense again soon!

I Wish I Hadn’t

 A few months ago, a friend introduced me to Wish (although I think I’d seen adverts for it pop up on my Facebook feed at various points).

My friend had bought a horse mask (don’t ask because I don’t know) from Wish via their mobile app so I had a look, only to find that you can buy most things you’d need to buy and just as many things which were completely unnecessary but which you (me) may buy anyway. Best of all, the stuff on Wish is very cheap.
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New Car

Sadly, my insurance company didn’t think it was economical to repair my trusty Passat, so it’s been written off. I was incredibly fond of that car and had owned it for 3 years, so it was sad to find out that I wouldn’t be seeing it again (apart from here, where it’s currently being auctioned).

The insurance has paid out so I thought “fuck it, I’ll buy a new car”. I had gone to look at newer Passats but they just don’t exist with the spec my previous one had.

On my way out of the showroom, I happened to catch a glimpse of a Tiguan, which does have identical spec to my ex-Passat (with the added bonus of being an automatic and 4 wheel drive) so I’m now the owner of this.

The fuel economy is the same as my ex-Passat and I’ll have to sell my caravan, but the Tiguan smells nice, so it’s worth it.