Happy 10th Birthday Three NInjas

Happy 10th Birthday to the “Three Ninjas” community.

Happy Birthday to us!

The Cake is not always a lie!


Sit tight dear reader while I give you the brief history of how we came about, and why were are celebrating today!

19th May 2005:

A couple of us in the office created LiveJournal accounts so we could keep up with what our friends were doing, and so we could post random gibbering’s online during the slower parts of the day to try and keep us sane. My account was under the name penddraig, and the first ever post I made can be found here entitled “First Entry

Our posts covered mostly the insanity of work, random thoughts & meme’s, and what we had been up too. Including a few funny themed posts like the “ICE phone scam“. Our little community grew with some constant interactions and comments from the same group of people.

8th January 2009:

With the sell off of LiveJournal to a Russian businessman, and the reported rumours it was closing down  reported here in “Livejournal” (Plus the niggling voice telling me as an IT person I should have my own hosted blog) I decided to start my own self-hosted Blog using WordPress as the core system. I therefore set up wordpress, imported all my old LiveJournal posts into the new Blog and was up running.

12th January 2009:

Before I’d even finished setting up my blog, a friend from the old LiveJournal days expressed an interest in moving away as well. After a beer fuelled discussion, we decided to have a group or community blog. So After much discussion we settled on a domain name, and the Three Ninjas blog became a reality.

So without that original set of LJ posts, this blog would never have been here. So please take a minute to wish us (and GothNinja in particular) a Happy Blog Birthday.

MEME – 7 interesting/uninteresting facts you may or may not know about me

I got hit with one of those FaceBook meme’s (Thanks @MaguirePete) and as I was posting the status update, it occurred to me that it would be a great excuse for a blog post.

But wait! Not only am I copying what I posted on Facebook here, for a limited time only I am also giving small explanations to my answers, Yes Dear Constant Reader, its the New and Improved set of answers I gave on Facebook, for no extra cost*1.

7 interesting/uninteresting facts you may or may not know about me.

1) I am Mentioned or Acknowledged in several Education books around the world.

For example: I have been acknowledged for my assistance in a book on Information Technology in the e-learning environment of Library services, I am mentioned along with my “Insanity Test” in a few Psychology Textbooks, and books on using comedy in dealing with mental illness. And My RLF stuff has been in several children’s books on Christmas, and in a couple of Brazilian schoolbooks on learning English (cos I iz do writ gud!) Not to mention the Papers and Dissertations I get credited in, Not bad for a waster really.

2) I was asked to join Mensa when I was 15

Not much to say about this. I sat one of their tests out of curiosity. Then spent a year getting multiple letters from them asking me to join. I never did join because they seemed too needy.

3) As a teenager I took part in an European wide NATO WarGames

I spent several years in the Army Cadet Force (They let me play with guns) and one year our weekend camp coincided with a large NATO exercise covering most of Europe. And as a treat, some of us were allowed to join in, albeit in a small way. I therefore got to spend an evening manning the Guard Post at the main entrance to a Military Camp, a job I would like to say I fulfilled to the best of my ability. I would like to say that, but at one point 4 soldiers approached the gate slightly drunk. I requested their ID because “War Games = High Security” and the back 2 pointed at the others and said “Its OK they are with us”, so I asked for their IDs only to have the 1st 2 say “Its OK they are with us”. I should have refused them entry, called for an real soldier and followed orders. But come on, I was a young teenager, they were BIG drunk soldiers. I did the only thing a kid in my position could do, I allowed them to bribe me and my fellow cadet guard with beer in exchange for looking the other way. So I took part in NATO WarGames, but I was bribed into neglecting my duty and breaching security.  GO ME!!!

4) I once failed a Computerised Personality Test at a Job Interview, it came back with “ERROR:”

I went for a job interview many years ago, and after the normal Greetings, Interview Questions, Q&A that you normally get at Job Interviews, I was asked did I mind sitting a Personality Test. I believe they were checking candidates had the right personality for the role. So I sat in a room, in front of a computer that asked me questions. I should point out there were no right or wrong answers, it was a how do you feel about X test. SO I sat it, said my goodbyes and left.  I got a call from them later that day asking could I come back in later in the week (Which I figured was good, a second Interview). When I returned I was informed that they wanted me to resit the personality test because of reasons they would not tell me until after. I figured it must have said I was not fully suitable for role, but because I interviewed good they were giving me second go. SO I resat test. And as I was leaving I asked “so why the retest?” which is when I was informed that my first test failed and basically responded “Error:” Yup, in a test with no wrong answers my result was ERROR.

5) I am not 100% sure of which day I was born on.

I have explained this in the past in the post One More than the Queen of England. but because TLDR;

It turns out that it was a very long and painful labor, and I was a home birth (a uncommon occurrence at the time). Also the Midwife was not that good, and forgot to fill in the forms at the time. She also banged my head repeatedly against the bed, but thats a different story. So basically everyone was tired, exhausted, and under belief that the midwife did her job. It was only later when it came time to register my birth they realised they were unsure of the date. My father, Mother & Nian (Grandmother) all believed different days.

6) I have won shooting competitions.

Does this need any further explanation? During my time in the Cadets I took part in, and won several shooting competitions. 

7) I have been invited onto TV Shows & Documentaries as an “Expert Guest” (But I decline because I’m shy)

I get a fair bit of emails from TV or Film Companies saying they are filming a Show/Documentary  on X and would I like to be on the panel of experts. I occasionally get similar ones from Radio or Magazine people as well. I can only assume my details are on some globally shared list? I mostly get them for things Geek, Goth or Vampire related. I keep all the requests in a folder, which I look at every now and then and think “oh the infamy I could have if I was not such a shy, retiring sort”

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MEME: The Year That Was 2014

Its that time of year again, where I look at the Year that was, and do the customary Year that was Meme.

MEME: The Year That Was 2014

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? OK, New things :-

  1. Became one of the Principles in Chapter
  2. Resigned from my Mother Lodge 🙁
  3. Visited in an order other than Craft. (Oddly I have never visited any side order)
  4. Visited a SRIA Collage
  5. Visited a RA Chapter
  6. Became a founding member of an official Group (North Wales Chapter of the Widows Sons MBA)
  7. Missed Rehearsals for the 1st (and 2nd) time.
  8. Took a None-Ladder Office for the first time
  9. Took an Administrative Office for the first time.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I Have stopped setting Resolutions for myself as I have discovered that I am really crap at sticking to them. But I have discovered over the last few years I am better at completing challenges, so that is what I do instead. 2014 was the “Challenge Pursuits“. And in 2015 I am taking part in a Triple Creative Challenge with MaguirePete.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes. My Eldest Nephews Girlfriend gave birth to a little girl who apparently does not look like every other baby on the planet but is beautiful and special.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No. I do not believe anyone close to me died this year. I do not recall going to any funerals.

5. What countries did you visit? The usual suspects of England/Wales. I did go through Bala which should really be classed as it’s own country, if not it’s own planet!

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?  A Presented Paper, Enthusiasm, an Intern/PA. OK. I would actually settle for Enthusiasm to get on and work on the many unfinished projects and ideas I have, instead of wasting so much time. Oh, I should add “less unfinished Projects” to the want list. Darn I really need a PA/Intern.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

  1. 13th October – The day I resigned from my Mother Lodge.
  2. 3rd December – The Day I got my 1st None-Ladder Office

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Being asked to be “Director of Studies” in SRIA, since that is a responsible role, generally given to experienced and knowledgeable members. And it felt even more of an achievement because 3 separate members who I admire suggested me for the job at different times.

9. What was your biggest failure? Leaving my mother lodge. YES I know it was not really a personal failure, since I left for the right reasons, but it still feels like a failure, like maybe I should have done more to stop it heading in the direction it did. Ah the Voice of Doubt, why don’t you go back to Wil where you belong. *1

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Yes. Inflamed Rotator Cuff, which let me tell you is not fun. Especially when it’s your dominant arm that you loose the use of. 

11. What was the best thing you bought? Well up until December, my answer was going to be a USB Memory stick with a USB connector one side, and a miniUSB connector on the other, so it could plug into computers, tablets, & phones! BUT in December I upgraded my phone to a Samsung Galaxy S5, and I got myself a new tablet as a joint Birthday & Christmas gift to myself. So I would now answer Samsung Phone & Samsung Tablet.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration? My Niece for doing so well in her exams, getting into the collage course she wanted, and getting herself a part time job.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? A certain group of people, that I will not name since I still have to deal with them. *2 

14. Where did most of your money go? Diesel for communing, New Toys, & Books. Normal money drains really.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Becoming one of the Principles in Chapter. *3

16. What song will always remind you of 2014? Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner
c) richer or poorer? Richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Writing, Visiting & playing games.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worrying, Procrastinating, & wasting time.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? Well since it is now past Christmas, I can answer this with 100% accuracy. I got up and went to my parents house to open presents in the morning, along with my Sister & niece. Then for Christmas Dinner we all went to my Sisters for the first time. And since her fiance did the cooking, the meal was excellent and no one got food poisoning 😉 Then in the evening I watched (as tradition demands) the Doctor Who special, which was a bit disapointing.

21. What was your favourite month of 2014? December. Because I got my new phone, New Tablet, and the DofS job in S.R.I.A. all in December. 

22. Did you fall in love in 2014? Alas No. I am still a high functioning Sociopath. *4

23. How many one-night stands? I do not believe in one-night stands. How can you tell if you realy like something unless you try it at least a couple of times?

24. What was your favourite TV programme? Sheesh. Here we go. Arrow, Flash, NCIS*, Castle, Sleepy Hollow, Agents of Shield, Haven, Blacklist, Person of Interest, etc… etc…

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? “Hate leads to suffering” and I do not make myself suffer! Or to put it another way. No. There are no new people on “The List” this year.

26. What was the best book you read? Hard to choose, But I can short list it to :-

  1. Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
  2. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
  3. Cold Days by Jim Butcher

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? I made NO new musical discoveries this year. The office has become a music free zone, so there has not been much music in 2014.

28. What did you want and get? New Phone, New Tablet!

29. What did you want and not get? Enthusiasm, Love, Slaves A PA/Intern, A new House (Not easy finding one I like, I may be fussy?)

30. What was your favourite film of this year?  This is an easy choice this year. “Guardians of the Galaxy” I loved that film, just the right amounts of Comedy, Action, SciFi and they managed to cram in, Car chase, Bar fight, War, Love story, Betrayal, A dance off? and… and.. and….. a talking tree!

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I spent the day as I would any other day. After a time birthdays become meaningless. I believe its as soon as you no longer get toys as gifts 😉

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? The Zombie Apocalypse. Seriously, How cool would that have been!

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014? Mostly Cargo Pants (I like the extra pockets) Jumpers, and in work Coats…. Oh and suits, because suits are awesome…… True story

34. What kept you sane?  Sane? Sane? “You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means”

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? The character Felicity Smoak from Arrow/Flash. Looks & Brains, a perfect combination.Seeing Red

36. What political issue stirred you the most? None, I don’t do politics.

37. Who did you miss? No one. “ high functioning Sociopath” Remember? Remember? from Question 22?

38. Who was the best new person you met? I’ve met a few interesting people from S.R.I.A. and some great new friends on Twitter. But No one person stands out as the “best new person”

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014?. Some people are just Dicks, and it is often better for your soul and life to just walk away than to try and deal with them. Remember “The rat race is mainly for rats, so make sure you are the guy in the white coat it’s a lot less stressful” *5

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. 

This conversation just keeps going
Want to get through this without you knowing
You can see it in my eyes
My calculating bullshit lies
You look at me so appalled
’cause I don’t recognize you at all

Now am I an asshole
Or are you just boring?
‘Cause one of these two things must be true
Am I self absorbed, preoccupied, and shockingly cunty
Or is there just nothing memorable about you?
Well even if I’m arrogant and totally suck
I’m still betting on the latter ’cause you’re bland as fuck. *6


  1. “The voice of Self Doubt” & “Prove to everyone” are supposed to live in the mind of Wil Wheaton!


  3. I spent a good twenty minutes staring at that question trying to remember something that happened in 2014 that i got really excited about, and that was the best thing i could come up with.

  4. Remember this answer from last year?

  5. Also remember *2

  6. “I dont know you” by Garfunkel and Oates

Site Change

Greetings & Salutations

You may have noticed we have had a large style change on the site. If you have not then I suggest you book an emergency eye test because this site now looks nothing like it did before.

The reason for this change was to fix a few bugs that were starting to pop up. You see the old site had been running on the same code none stop for almost 6 years. In that time there had been countless updates, bug fixes, tweaks, etc which had kept the site running. Unfortunately keeping it “just running” was getting harder and harder, and the bugs were getting bigger and slightly self aware.

To combat this threat. We wiped the site and rebuilt from new. So please be patient as we sort out any teething issues.

Thank you for your continued support

The Management!


Sept. 10th is the Internet Slowdown

Sept. 10th is the Internet Slowdown

Cable companies want to slow down (and break!) your favorite sites, for profit. To fight back, let’s cover the web with symbolic “loading” icons, to remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like, and drive record numbers of emails and calls to lawmakers.

Are you in?

We here at the Ninja Temple are supporting this important issue. Which is why you saw a “Loading” page when you connected.

Help us spread the world, and keep the Net Free, Unrestricted, And speedy!!!

More Information can be found @ https://www.battleforthenet.com

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