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Dec. 26th, 2009 | 08:58 pm
location: Home
mood: calmcalm

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Nothing.

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't recall making any.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No. Unless my parent's cat, WYSIWYG counts...

5. What countries did you visit?
France, Germany.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in most of 2009?
Time.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Hmmmmm... can I have two?
February 14th
and July 19th

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Staying alive.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Fucking things up.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just the usual gut rot and flu.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Jeffrey West winkle pickers.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
I've heard that you have all been very, very naughty.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
JMF

14. Where did most of your money go?
Fuck knows!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Noemie.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
So many to choose from! For the sake of choosing one:
Specimen - Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang!

17. Compared to this time last year, you are:
More mixed up.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Music.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?'
Crying.

20. How did you be spending Christmas?
Alone.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Yes.

23. How many one-night stands?
The cheek of it! None!

24. What was your favourite TV program?
Meh!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Its too easy to hate, but I'm stronger than that.

26. What was the best book you read?
Nights at the Circus - Angela Carter

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Quite a few to choose from again, but I'm going to pick Frustration.

28. What did you want and get?
Love

29. What did you want and not get?
Love

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
I didn't watch many films! Of the one or two I saw: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I got drunk at Big Red with Purple Carol, Chris, Karen and loads of other wonderful people.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Only one thing!?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Kitten prints.

34. What kept you sane?
Beating my head against the wall.
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Bored/Meme

Jun. 21st, 2009 | 04:49 pm
location: home
mood: hungryhungry
music: Radio 4

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My Musical Journey

Feb. 23rd, 2009 | 08:30 pm
location: Home
mood: nostalgicnostalgic
music: Radio 1

Well, something about Mark's post on Facebook got me reminiscing. "Think of 25 albums that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions."

Well, this rather long post lists the albums that changed my life and why. These are not necessarily good albums, or even my favourite albums. They are, however, albums that marked big changes in my life such as the one that happened last weekend. Most sane people would find this intensely dull and self indulgent, but somehow I feel the need to document my musical journey so far. If you are interested click hereCollapse )

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Well, that was that

Feb. 23rd, 2009 | 08:16 pm
location: Home
mood: numbnumb
music: Radio 1

Three wonderful years, one dreadful week. I am single again. Going by past performance, I should be able to get a girlfriend in the next 10-20 years.

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Not been a good week

Feb. 21st, 2009 | 03:07 pm
location: Home
mood: gloomygloomy
music: Nothing

That is all

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Things I'm thinking about

Jan. 29th, 2009 | 08:13 pm
location: Home
mood: contemplativecontemplative
music: Radio 4

1) German Efficiency

Last Sunday I ordered tickets to various shows in the UK - and one ticket to a show in Germany, the Zita festival in Berlin.
This morning I have Zita tickets... but nothing from English National Opera, The Young Vic, Flag Promotions or Ticketmaster. German efficiency can not be questioned.

2) Chinese parents

It is well known fact that the Chinese have a one-child-per-family law. But what happens if the mother gives birth to twins? Or, as in the recent case, octoplets? Does she get to choose one? What happens to the others?

3) People seem to think that the government has somehow 'mis-managed' the economy.

Well - no. The economy is not predictable. Its not even random - its chaotic. The government can control the economy every bit as much as it can control the weather. I wouldn't like to predict what impact the recent VAT shenanigans have had, or the massive influx of public capital. All we've done is shaken the whole thing up a bit. But... its still an unstable, chaotic system. Unsurprisingly the changes they've made haven't had the desired impact.

4) I really need to start a campaign to get people to vote for anything but the big 2.5 political parties

Labour, Conservative and Liberal democrats are all offering us more of the same. Sure, they've got the odd tweak here and there... but really, giving the Conservatives a whopping great majority is only going to give us yet another parliamentary dictatorship. Vote for the smaller parties! OK, so your chosen party won't win - but at least the party that does win won't have such a whopping majority that they can continue building the surveillance society and screwing us over! And, if we are lucky, we might get a hung parliament and those over paid fuckers will have to work for their living by, you know, defending their policies in a balanced debate rather than relying on an overwhelming majority.

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2008 Meme

Jan. 1st, 2009 | 05:07 pm
location: Home
mood: relaxedrelaxed
music: Silence

Best Gig: Close tie between The Damned@Islington Academy and the Diary of Dreams@Dingwalls.

Best Album: I bought only 5 albums that were released this year... none of which are worthy of this accolade. I'm liking the Scroobius Pip single Thou Shalt Always Kill though I don't own the album.

Best Book: The Glass Book Of The Dream Eaters by G.W.Dahlquist

Best Film: Pass

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
We saw a ballet - Swan Lake at the Royal Opera House. It was fantastic, even though we were standing at the back. We will be going back (I'd love to see an opera there)!

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any, and I don't intend to make any this year either.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No

5. What countries did you visit?
Italy (9 times), France (twice), Luxembourg, Austria

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
More spare time.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 14th - the date Jane went in to hospital.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Managing a rapidly growing team spread between two countries.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I failed to write a single tune this year :(

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably my new computer. That's quite boring, isn't it?

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The UK mainstream political parties. I am deeply concerned that come the next election we will be faced between a choice of two far right fascist parties. *shudder*

14. Where did most of your money go?
This is a stupid question. Everyone will say mortgage/rent, unless they live with their parents! The most expensive thing I bought was my new Ted Baker suit.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing Carter USM - who were to be honest, a bit disappointing.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Diary Of Dreams - The Curse

17. Are you happier or sadder? I'm still a miserable old git.
Thinner or fatter? Fatter - in a beer gut kind of way.
Richer or poorer? Richer - thanks to multiple cuts in interest rates.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Writing/making music.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Travelling.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
At home pretending its not happening.

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Nope, already taken, thank you!

23. How many one night stands?
:-O

24. What was your favourite TV program?
I don't have a telly.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No.

26. What was the best book you read?
The Glass Book Of The Dream Eaters by G.W.Dahlquist

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Anne Clark. Not a new artist (by any stretch of the imagination!), but one that I'd never hear of before.

28. What did you want and get?
A new rug.
PVC Jeans.
A new suit & shirts. (Ted Baker - I can recommend them)
A new computer. (Cougar - I can recommend them too)

29. What did you want and not get?
I've done well this year - I've got everything I wanted :D

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
I only watched two films (The Duchess & The Dark Knight), and neither are worthy of this accolade.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to Cambridge - it pissed it down, but we had a great time anyway. There is a great museum of old scientific equipment there that is a real gem. And I'd always wanted to see the King's College chapel. Sadly, circumstances did not allow us to stay for a concert.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
First class tickets on British Airways instead of cattle class with Ryan Air/EasyJet.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Ted Baker. PVC. Rubber.

34. What kept you sane?
IPM Radio. Sadly, they have just done their last show, so by this time next year... who knows?

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Dita von Tease

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The Israeli governments dire treatment of the Palestinian people.

37. Who did you miss?
A lot of people from Maidenhead/Reading. I really need to make more of an effort to keep in touch!

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Though technically I met her a few times last year, I didn't really get to know Manuella Becker until this year. In the last few weeks I've met a *lot* of new people since we've started going out again now that Jane has fully recovered from her operation. I'm sure some of these people should feature here too... but I haven't quite got my head around all their names yet!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008
Avoid Heathrow Terminal 2 unless the only alternative is Ryan Air or EasyJet.
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Infest/Poisioning?

Apr. 13th, 2008 | 08:24 pm
location: Home
mood: curiouscurious

Is anyone planning on going to Infest this year? We're thinking of going as the line up looks better than last year's...

Also... I seem to have narrowly avoided killing Jane and me with a lethal spicy jerked chicken... The first time I've had to throw my dinner out and start again from scratch! :-O

Ho-hum... life goes on!
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Help me decide...

Apr. 3rd, 2008 | 02:01 pm
mood: geekygeeky

My old PC is knackered. The hard disk is blitzed, there's only just enough memory to KPatience and the video card sucks so hard that KDE4 grinds to a halt. This later may be due to the rubbish drivers NVidia provide, but they no longer provide bug fixes or updates for that old card.

Sooo... VOTE!

[ ] Do nothing - you mostlye browse the web and email
Pros:

  • Cheap


  • Cons:

  • Sooner or later fsck is not going to be able to repair my hard disk...

  • Not portable

  • Too slow to run the latest KDE or Windows apps, and definitely not up to music stuff!



  • [ ] Invest in a refurbished 15" MacBook Pro (circa £897)
    Pros:

  • Interesting new OS to play with

  • Good for music related stuff

  • Portable


  • Cons:

  • Expensive



  • [ ] Get a generic Kubuntu PC from Efficient PC (circa £630)
    Pros:

  • Cheapish

  • Much better specification than the MacBook Pro


  • Cons:

  • KDE not ideal for music related work

  • Not portable

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    Has someone found a bug in Windows again?

    Mar. 31st, 2008 | 04:45 pm
    mood: aggravatedaggravated

    The number of junk emails I've been receiving has steadily been dropping over the last few years as more and more people patch their XP installations to SP2. Since this morning, I'm getting 75 an hour! I think someone might be exploiting a bug in XP or Vista on a massive scale....

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