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Thursday, April 9th, 2009
11:11 pm
Mainly for the benefit of clonion.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2008
3:10 pm
Bored, so it's meme-time, via khalinche:

Ask me any questions you'd like. Leave one or two in comments, and when there are 16 I will answer them all, unless I think they're cheeky and don't want to answer them, in which case I will tell you to sod off. I'll enable anonymous commenting so you can hide behind it if you want. So:

1. Ask me a question (or two or three)
2. Once there are 16 questions I will answer them all
3. You then have 16 statements from me which you might not have otherwise had.
4. Pass it on if you want.

All clear? Ask away then.

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2008
8:35 pm - Typewriter!
As those of you who keep eager tabs on my Facebook status will know, I just unearthed my typewriter from the attic. I've had it for at least 15 years, and I doubt very much that it was new when I got it. It's certainly spent at least five of those in the loft. It's missing a couple of keys, G and N. I wrote English assignments on it, probably attempts at a paperback too, puncturing the paper in places. It's as well the P key is still attached.

The thing I'd forgotten was the smell of it. It's a slightly wooden, slightly fabric smell, from the wooden/fabric case (presumably) and it smells of newsrooms and of comedy and of literature. If I could have typed this on it without having to retype it, I would have done. I'm excited to do more writing with it.

current mood: jubilant

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Monday, May 5th, 2008
2:04 am
Shocking news from Auntie: Britain would not have been able to cope with a nuclear holocaust. Every metropolis in the country obliterated, presumably the remainder under radioactive dust, and the reliable fallback fades out as 'Never mind, love, have a cup of... oh."

In other news, it's 2am, I'm exhausted and I can't sleep, partly because I'm trying to do so on sofa cushions chez my mum. Any ideas?

current mood: tired

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Thursday, May 1st, 2008
8:44 am
I think I finally reached adulthood when I saw the headline "Hornby to buy Corgi in £7.5m deal" and my first thought was 'What would the author of Fever Pitch want with such an expensive dog?

current mood: grown up

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Friday, March 21st, 2008
2:30 pm - "I am a mathematician and I'd like to stand on your roof"
This is an interesting clip of a TED talk about fractals in African architecture.

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
12:55 am - A blind watchmaker
You can see this as a demonstration either of the power of evolution, or of genetic algorithms. My only quibble is that 'how well the clocks can tell the time' isn't very well defined.

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Thursday, January 31st, 2008
8:26 am - CSI: Bozeman
The Bozeman Police Department reports for Tuesday included the following:

- A man at a bar on East Main Street hit another man with a pool stick.

- Two Bozeman High School students were warned for swearing in the hall.

- A person on West Beall Street reported that people were possibly smoking marijuana. They were smoking tobacco.

(BPD report ends).

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Friday, December 7th, 2007
11:02 am - Solar stuff! In the meeja!
The Guardian has picked up on a Hinode press release. My landlord is heavily involved in one of the telescopes on board. And the pics are pretty neat :o)

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Monday, November 19th, 2007
10:43 am
Man sleeps on all 162 sizable Scottish islands. That's the kind of pointless challenge I can respect.

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Sunday, November 18th, 2007
3:33 pm
This is the first story that's made me cry in a while.

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Saturday, November 17th, 2007
1:26 pm - Microsoft in suckiness shocker!
I was encouraged to watch a webinar about giving good presentations. Obviously the 'word' webinar is a clue that it's not going to end well, but the topic was interesting enough that I tried. It is in MS Office Livemeeting, and in order to use it, I had to:
* enter my MSN password;
* fill out a form including my e-mail, home address, work contact details, and uncheck three boxes which would have allowed MS to contact me using them;
* open my email to click a verification link
* fill out a second form with my email and company name
* wait five minutes for an error message saying I needed to reinstall Media Player
* reinstall WMP... (ongoing).

This is all for something that is supposedly 'freely available'. I hope it's worth it if and when I'm finally allowed to see it.

In other news, general disappointment but little surprise about the Scotland result.

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Saturday, November 10th, 2007
10:43 am - Good grief
There are some days when your brain just comes up with something simultaneously horrific and genius that you don't know whether to pursue the idea or not. It does this while I'm supposed to be writing my NaNo, thank you very much, currently at 14,847, a shade over 1700 words behind where I ought to be by the end of the day.

In any case, today's little piece of horror reads:
"... I asked her her field and in a deep brown voice she said 'Solar, S-O-L-A Solar'

current mood: chilly

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Monday, November 5th, 2007
8:42 am
You can always rely on Japanese TV to answer the critical questions of our times: if the holder of the world record for race-walking was attacked by sword-wielding samurai, would he run away... or walk?

current mood: sleepy

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Friday, November 2nd, 2007
11:36 pm - Spam
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Really, if you're going to tell me I've won the UK lottery, you might be best to do it from a .uk address. These Canadians, coming over... going over there, taking our spams. I'm kind of tempted to e-mail Sir Newton Edmond to see what he can do for me. A wise man - I think it was Bernard from Yes, Prime Minister - once said to be wary of people whose first and last names appear to be the wrong way round.

current mood: drunk

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Monday, October 29th, 2007
2:08 pm
American football game interrupted for 60 seconds by outbreak of rugby.

ETA: Warning: you may want to turn the volume of the commentary down a little. It's apparently too screechy for some of the more sensitive members of my flist.

current mood: impressed

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
7:20 am
It is currently 7.20am. I am at work, driven out of bed by NPR's fund drive. I have, however, forgotten my laptop so a slight change of plan about what the workday holds is in order.

Still, I can go home a little after 3 :oD

ETA (8.15am): I had not forgotten my laptop, merely taken it out of my bag, placed it on the desk behind me, and forgotten about it. Still, that's an hour's worth of work on a manual that wouldn't otherwise have been done.

current mood: cheerful

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Monday, October 15th, 2007
9:08 am - Montana checklist
I just saw someone wearing a tinfoil helmet.

current mood: amused

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Thursday, October 11th, 2007
9:31 pm - Things I have learned today
1) Getting in to work super-early doesn't really buy you any time in the evening because you flump into bed or the bath as soon as you get home.

2) When playing racquetball, be extra-careful when backing up to make sure you don't step on the wall behind you. Otherwise, you might end up fretting about finding an osteopath in the morning.

3) When playing fitba, even attempting a bicycle-kick is good for garnering high-fives.

My question to you: what would you do with your time if you had all the money you needed?

current mood: sleepy and sore

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
9:43 pm - Honey trap
A silly short story (~400 words)Collapse )

In other news, if you wander over to the Other Blog at wordpress, you'll see a new song, complete with demo and lyrics. Enjoy!

current mood: silly

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