Happily I don't drive anymore. As I can't feel my feet I decided it was probably not safe. I do get driven a lot though. My pet peeve is cyclists and motorcyclists. In London there are constant adverts "think cyclist" and so forth... but watching the way they behave in traffic I'd like an advert "think cars". The way they weave... well it is scary sometimes.
2. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
I don't think I have one. The only time I get annoyed is when Blogger sometimes goes a bit mad and misbehaves.
3. What is your biggest general pet peeve?
I think it is probably best not to get me started (!) - generally I have quite a lot. Oh dear. I am trying to change my mindset to not let things bother me. Right now, we'll go with the fact that when my laptop died the new one that I got had to have Windows 8 which drives me insane (and had already bugged me three times this post).
4. What is your most irrational fear?
I have done very well on getting rid of most of them. The only thing left, flying. I know that other transports are more dangerous, but I hate flying. I am terrified. I generally like to fly in the evenings so you can have a drink in the bar before take-off. If I'm going further than domestic short flights I have to have Valium. Twenty years since I first flew, so I don't think I'm getting over it anytime soon.
5. Name 3 celebrities you'd want to have dinner with.
Living or dead. As dead wasn't stipulated I assume that they have to be living. OK, I'm going to go with: Charlie Brooker (English journalist and TV show host), Nathan Fillion (follow him on Twitter he is very amusing) and Eddie McClintock (also follow him on Twitter, also very amusing) - they'd make a good mix.
I sit here typing on what is my fourth laptop. This one had a 3 year life (which is what I would expect) they have not all been so useful.
Every time I change machines I have to transfer documents, photos and music (less of a chore now that a large portion is backed up in the cloud). I also have a clean slate of installing programmes - I start with the ones I use regularly and my creative collection on disk (Serif WebPlus and PhotoPlus).
The thing I forget every time is the fonts. Over the years I have amassed quite the collection. The play-by-mail (play by email) football game I play SoccerStar had a fashion for teams having web pages; and this meant badges. I was the 'go to' badge maker... and the amount of fonts that I downloaded just for this purpose!
Then there is my own artwork; from TV show badges to random posters and inspirational quotes - more fonts required. My iPhone has a helpful app called 'What the Font' so all you meed to do is point, photograph and upload. It meant that when I was doing some promotional material at work I could (almost) match the typeface of our company logo.
Most work done by graphic designers uses professional fonts that cost money; happily there is a huge community of artists who make free fonts (some very similar to the professional fonts). My favourite sites are 1001 Free Fonts and Da Font
So this morning I have been going through the 1500+ files trying to work out which ones came with the computer and which ones are my 'finds'. I'm still annoyed that the first computer (which died) had some fonts that I never copied off including one based on my handwriting, can't find the site that did that for me now!
So the fonts folder has 200 more items than when I started... but now I have fonts like these - and Lucida Sans which I thought was a standard... and I didn't even have to add Comic Sans which still is a standard!