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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
5:59 pm
As requested by madame_morbid. Something for the miss.Collapse )

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
7:12 pm - less a skidmark, more a half mile stretch of the maginot line
Mon 11th - Tues 19th AugustCollapse )

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Sunday, August 10th, 2008
6:12 pm - Happiness is a printer that says "Online"
Ok. Lets update this.

In the last 6 months since I last updated:

- I've been settling into the job I started last October, passed the 6 month review with flying colours, and am getting more and more responsibility piled onto me. We're now moving offices, and I'm organising the IT side of the move, among a lot of other things, including ramping up the number of staff we've got. I'm feeling a bit stressed, but it's almost all positive stress (new things to learn, new projects, that sort of thing), as opposed to the relentless negative stress I was under at Pipex.

- I proposed to Val. In the middle of seeing Ministry on their final tour out in Manchester. She said yes, but we've still not coordinated ring shopping enough to actually buy her one... Wedding is a way off yet, as we're not doing this without having lived together for a bit.

- I bought daresbalat's house off him. Completion was Tuesday just gone. In the "current climate", this could be a bad thing, but it's the cheap end of the housing market, so there shouldn't be much drop off, if any. And in anycase, I'm not planning on moving anytime soon. We only just completed, so I'm only just starting the process of turning it into "my" house.

- I've watched lots and lots of films, read some books, and mostly stopped going out in the evenings (there's next to no gigs I want to go to, I'd rather stay in with Val than hit the pub, and there's no club nights I want to go to other than Damage, which is on the worst possible night for me now).

- I've been concentrating on painting toy soldiers rather than playing with them. I'm failing badly at the Pledge I said I'd take part in at the start of the year. The idea was to paint more toy soldiers in the year than you bought. Unfortunately, I've been coming up with lots of interesting non-GW stuff to buy, and, although I'm way ahead of where I'd normally be in terms of painting, which is awesome, I'm also way ahead of that in terms of models bought. Anyone actually interested, I've been blogging progress (with pretty photos) on beatenzone.

- I got me new ink. I got a chaos star design. I've had an eye on getting a chaos star for 15 years. Wanted something a little different and something to balance the Jourmundgandr on the left shoulder, so it's in the same Mayan/Aztec style.

- I've lost a stone. Intermittent gym activity, intermittent riding to work, and cutting back the drinking and feeding seem to have taken effect.

So. Now, I'm going to try and start updating again.

Aaaand. My car's looking like it's not happy. I was ready to spend Thursday night picking up things from the UPS office, then painting tanks and doing bits around the house. Instead, I got home, and the car refuses to even start turning over at all. I go to start painting things while watching dvds, but all my energy's gone. About midnight, when I've had a rummage of the Haynes manual, I go out to try the things it suggests, and find the thing starts again.

Finished reading Battle for the Abyss (by Ben Counter, part of the Games Workshop Horus Heresy series) this morning. The characterisation and subtlety of plot are fucking awful, which it typical of Counter. The fight scenes are decent though. It does leave the story unfinished as well, having spent much too much time dwelling on stuff that didn't need the attention.

Friday, I get home, get over to the UPS office the other side of Stapleford, leaving V in the car guarding it with the engine running (I don't trust it to start again if I stop it) while I go in and pick up the magic box from Virgin that will make our internet work again. Spend half the evening setting it all up (with the lass on the phone huffing at me at one point), the rest watching L.A. Ink and Miami Ink and going "ooooo, haven't we got a stack of crap to watch".

Saturday. Bit of a lazy day, and made lazier when we find a couple of channels showing many hours of TNA wrestling. One of the female wrestlers has the best named finishing move evar: the Implant Buster. In essence, she hoists the victim up into the air and down onto their front (it's a lifting double underhook facebuster, for those who understand these things), which is something that'll punish the boob-jobbed female wresters more than the men...

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Thursday, February 14th, 2008
1:42 am
a cartoon for the GW geeksCollapse )

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008
11:22 am - marmite. well, you either love it or you hate it... or you spread it on tanks.
January so far...Collapse )

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Friday, December 28th, 2007
2:24 pm - you fail as a frog
Yesterday mostly didn't happen. We didn't get anywhere but my room and the Xmas chocolates until about 7pm. Val decided she fancied fish and chips at Matlock Baths. So we did. And caught the chippy just closing up, so they gave us all the spare food as well. Woo, yay, random expeditions and free food.

Today, I'm stuck at work. Boo to not having enough holiday time acrued to be able to take the xmas week off entirely.

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12:21 am
Oh yeah. Happy humbug and merry new beer to all of you.

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Thursday, December 27th, 2007
5:39 pm
2007Collapse )

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5:15 pm - get your coat, i've got a knife
I'm going to start permanent markering the cheerful, smiling faces on all bloody IT advertising. For some reason, every IT marketing department puts cheerful, productive-looking people on every page, rather than something more elegant and actually related to computers. I suppose it's meant to appeal to managers who like the idea that buying this new hunk of IT junk will make their employees happy and motivated and make them more money.

I suck at regular updates.Collapse )

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Friday, December 7th, 2007
12:09 am - was jesus experiencing lag when he took 3 days to respawn?
I was out the other night, picking Val up from her parentals after going swimming, and at one point, we see ahead, a fella on the pavement getting splashed as a car goes through a puddle next to him. He stops, swears and flips the bird at the car, but doesn't move out of the way of the puddle, so gets sprayed again as we can't avoid going through it...

Played Half Life (the original one) through again recently. Didn't take much time compared to first time through (I'm that much better at shooting, know what's coming, and the AI isn't looking as shiny as it did back then), though it was a reminder of how bloody huge and bloody good that game actually is. I was looking to play some specific sections, but didn't remember that they were actually toward the end of the game. "Surface Tension", where the bits I was looking for are, is a superb sequence. All sorts of challenges and styles of play. Clambering down ledges on a sheer cliff face, fighting soldiers in trenches, working through rock formations with soldiers, headcrabs and landmines on the ground, and choppers overhead, warehouse fights, streetfights and more, and all one after another. Woo.

Aaand, today, I finally finished up playing as much of STALKER as I can be arsed. There's several endings, and I did the bad "I want to be rich" ending, then the "Ok, I'll join the bad guys ending". I really can't be arsed working through to the best ending. There's lots of good to the game; the grit of the whole thing, the realism they've gone for, and the nice open maps, but there's plenty of flaws as well, particularly in the sequencing of the questing not being very robust, and that the corridor fights got a bit samey. Think I liked the street fighting of Pripyat the most. Starting off working between blocks of flats with a team of other stalkers for help, then working through a wrecked city to the objective.

Bleh. Knackered and full to the brim with vindaloo. Was in a very anti-social mood earlier. Going for a drive definitely helped.

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Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
10:56 am - i got the world's last piece of chocolate
Today, I shall mostly be totally knackered. Last night I went swimming. This would be the first proper exercise I've taken since about May. I kept going while in the pool, but couldn't get out of bed today.

I also said hi to the nice man running kickboxing classes at Vicky Leisure Centre. He looks and sounds like he knows exactly what he's doing, which is good, but he says that the insurance he's got means they have to use only one brand of kit (pads, gloves, etc) in the classes, and you can't bring your own, which stinks of horse poo to me.

Today, I discovered I've got enough hair to start having bad hair days again. Woo. I've been growing the hair since my birthday. I'm seeing whether it's too receeded to grow out again.

And the bloody servers at work are mostly working now. Thank the gods.

Geekery: Inspired by this lot, I built this. And I've got the bits for another 10. Heeee. Now I've just got to stop thinking about the idea of building a gyrocopter.

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Monday, December 3rd, 2007
12:51 am - anything is better than slap bass, including death
Meh. This weekend's been a bit of a write-off.

I'm trying to sort out some busted hardware at work, and the bits I needed came in on Thursday afternoon. In order to get it up and running involves taking down one of the key infrastructure servers, so I can't do much with it in normal working hours. In order to get around this limitation involves putting in a redundant server, but I'm having real problems getting the hardware in the only spare box we've got to work, which I've got to do in order to sort out a redundant server...

Sooo, I spent Saturday, instead of relaxing with V, at work, trying to get the damn servers sorted. By 5, I was stressed and frazzled and had to head home and get drunk.

Which also took out Sunday, cos I needed to spend Sunday chilling instead of doing productive things.

Bloody servers.

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Thursday, November 29th, 2007
10:45 pm - if it fitted, it went in. if it didn't, it got shoved.
Hum. It's been 6 months since I actually updated this thing. I've been keeping notes, intending writing them up into something sensible, but it never quite gets finished.


Very quick synopsis of last few months...Collapse )

Yesterday, I went to see Beowulf. Val refused on the basis that she can't stand Angie Jolie, so I went on my lonesome. Did the 3D version. They really go for it on finding any depth of field to every shot they can. I enjoyed the story, but thought the digitisation cost a little too much of the character of the faces.

Today, work involved blood, sweat and tears. I was humping hardware around, thus the sweat. Managed to stumble and gouge my shin, thus the blood. And split my bastard shorts (yes, I'm still in long shorts in November) while down on my haunches unscrewing hardware from it's mounting, thus the tears (as in "pears", rather than as in crying).

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Monday, October 8th, 2007
11:20 pm
This might be of interest to one or two of you:

lolthulhuCollapse )

Thank you to the lovely voodooangel for drawing my attention to this. Made my day, it did.

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Sunday, September 16th, 2007
12:43 am - Sam Wins
I think I win at this meme.

Go to www.CareerCruising.com
Login: nycareers
password: landmark
Do the career Matchmaker thing.

1. Explosives Specialist
2. Database Developer
3. Web Developer
4. Automotive Painter
5. Electrician
6. Musical Instrument Builder and Repairer
the rest...Collapse )

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
10:08 pm
This looks like fun: http://www.avp-r.com/trailer.html

Possibly not worksafe, just purely for the sheer amount of deaths in one trailer...

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Friday, June 8th, 2007
7:15 pm
I'm freeeeeeee...

I'm writing this as my last action before I sign off from my machine at work. And when I walk out the door, I'm dolescum.

At long bastard last.


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Saturday, May 5th, 2007
8:58 am - you know me. i'm the heebie jeebies.
mon 26th March - sun 1st April 2007Collapse )

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8:57 am - you get to leave unsurgeried
mon 19th - sun 25th Mar 2007Collapse )

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8:55 am - he's exactly where a tighthead prop should be, on the left wing
Second half of March. Adventures in Uxbridge.

mon 12th - sun 18th March 2007Collapse )

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