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The Grauniad reply
Wednesday 1st January 2014 12:04 pm

The other day I posted a photo caption from the front page of the Guardian where it had the "caption goes here" text.

Well, in today's paper they printed this letter:
Guardian letter


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The Grauniad
Monday 30th December 2013 5:13 pm

This was on the front page of The Guardian today:

Guardian caption
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Scientifically accurate nativity
Wednesday 18th December 2013 8:25 pm

I liked this post about the scientific inaccuracies in the nativity. It actually went up a week ago, but events overtook me somewhat last Wednesday (the smell's still not gone, incidentally, but it is at least going).

What always got me about the whole thing was the Virgin Mary. Accepting that she got pregnant without having sex, then sometime after that she must have married Joseph. In which case there was nothing to stop them having sex. Or even before then - it wasn't like she was going to get pregnant again. In which case she's not a virgin, so calling her the Virgin Mary is inaccurate.

The one thing I didn't like in the article was the mention of Anakin Skywalker being conceived by the midichlorians. I can see why people got that, but his mother only says that he doesn't have a father. Which is what any mother would say if the father wasn't involved in her child's life and she probably hadn't seen him since the conception. It doesn't mean there never was one, just that he's not important.


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London again
Saturday 16th October 2010 6:24 pm

Now I am behind - it's been a busy week. Wednesday I decided I was too tired to do any museums, so I went into London in time to attempt to find the theatre and pick up my ticket. You have to pick your ticket up at least 30 minutes before the start and that was the only option. As I didn't want to be hanging around the theatre for 30 minutes, I went earlier. And got lost coming out of Euston Street Station because I didn't read the sign closely enough. But I got there in the end, and I found the station useful to go through to get from one side to the other. I never worked out how to go round. And to get from the station to the theatre I had to cross a road with three lanes on either side with traffic lights, but no pelican crossing. I'm really scared of London traffic because there's so much of it, I have no idea where any of it's going (except at great speed) and the bikes don't always stop at red lights.

I met up with my best friend again and we found a pub where they did double steak and chips (ie two 4oz steaks and an extra large portion of chips ) for £6. Half of which was the perfect amount each. So we ordered it and then had great trouble getting another plate. We made do with the one steak knife between us, though. We also established that Single Father was rubbish. I saw so much hype about it beforehand that it seemed like it had to be good, so it was good to talk to someone else who it bored too.

Chris Addison was very funny. At first he started talking about the Chilean Miners and Thatcher and repeated the jokes he'd posted to Twitter earlier in the day. So I was a bit unsure, but he improved no end. He kept getting side-tracked in his jokes and going off on a tangent to tell another funny story and never went back to the original story. But I had to think what the original story was, so I didn't mind. He was funny either way.

He did a whole load of politics jokes in the first half, and having not watched any of the party conferences, I missed some of the jokes. The second half was more general stuff. He revealed that he tore a ligament in his ankle in Edinburgh running after the Sainsburys delivery man. He went off and then came back and took questions for 15 minutes. Someone asked him if Dara O'Briain's head was big, but he said that Dara was just generally big and it was in proportion.

I managed to get the third to last train back, with 5 minutes to spare, which meant getting home at midnight, rather than 12.30. If I wasn't ill I could do that sort of thing quite happily without having to take any days off. Which was half the point of living two minutes walk from the train station. It's really annoying not being able to.


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Funny stuff
Friday 4th June 2010 9:20 pm

I thought that posting about some of the funny RSS feeds and twitter feeds I've been looking at recently would be fun. Read more...


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Funny songs
Monday 7th December 2009 9:16 pm

This would be me not working on Yuletide, but it's all ISIHAC's fault. They mentioned the rhyme, I remembered it from Brownies, I had to look it up and it all went downhill from there. There were various funny songs I remember from Brownies, usually based on another song, or just using the tune. Here are a selection: Read more...


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Time Travellers Forum
Saturday 17th May 2008 12:39 pm

This was linked on New Scientist of all places: Wikihistory

It's page 263 of a (fake) forum called International Association of Time Travelers: Members' Forum Subforum: Europe – Twentieth Century – Second World War. It's funny and rather a lot like forums are...


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I’m having one of those weeks
Tuesday 22nd January 2008 10:11 pm

I'm clearly having one of those weeks. Yesterday I had pasta with some pasta sauce free from work. I'd got four of them, one I'd liked and one I hadn't, I thought the one I used was the one I liked. But I had one mouthful and it felt like it had chilli in it, which I'm allergic and intolerant to. So I checked the ingredients on the pot and chilli wasn't on there. So although I haven't eaten anything spicy for a while, I have in the past, and I hated it to go to waste so I carried on eating. I didn't get very far, though, before it was just too painful and I stopped. It was just as well I did, though, because an hour later I felt ill. So the ingredient on there that was the spice was either another word for chilli or related to it in some way. I won't be doing that again.

Tonight, I thought, had to go better. Except when I turned my computer on something crashed and I had to restart before I could even do anything. But when I went to connect to the internet my dial-up connection had forgotten my username and password. Which was a pain, but I knew where I'd written it down. Or at least, I knew it was in a pink folder and I knew where I lived before I moved...

Eventually I tracked the folder down and found that I had my old username and password in there (I had to change them when I moved). And nowhere could I find that I'd written the new one down. I knew that I didn't have the new ones in Outlook Express, but since mypipex requires logging in, I knew it would be in Firefox/Roboform. Except I hadn't been there since I moved...

Looking through my archived emails turned up my username, but no password. So I rang the number I found in there and was on hold for fifteen minutes (at least it's an 0845 number, come February it will be an 087 number). I was asked a whole load of security questions and the bloke I spoke to gave me my password, which did ring a bell. And then I found out I needed the bit after the @ for my username too. So I got online in time to go out.

When I got back I was thinking that all of this is because the letter with my details in when I got connected is in a safe place. At which point I remembered where my safe place is: the only place in the whole house with any paper that I didn't look. 30 seconds later I had my username and password. Typical. At least now I have it in multiple places.

So I've not really got much done this week so far...

But for everyone having a bad week, some legal youtube videos: Armstrong & Miller's WWII RAF men from the BBC, who can probably be best described as posh chavs. Random.
RAF Airmen do Fashion
RAF Airmen Stuck Up a Tree
RAF Airman Up in a Plane
RAF Airmen at Hospital
RAF Airmen Captured


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Something to make you laugh
Wednesday 28th November 2007 11:01 pm

I do like these spoof tube announcements, by the woman who does the real thing. The American tourists and suduko ones especially.


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Some links
Saturday 19th May 2007 8:19 pm

I sorted out my bookmarks the other day and realised there's some cool stuff I've seen linked elsewhere and I haven't mentioned here. So now I will. Although I can't remember where I saw them all.

They Fight Crime! - crazy they fight crime duos. Such as:

He's an oversexed gay hairdresser with a passion for fast cars. She's a mistrustful tomboy mermaid with a song in her heart and a spring in her step. They fight crime!

1-click Award - shows you what really moves your mouse around

Star Wars toys that never made it - such as the smouldering corpses of Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen.

And a couple of useful ones from tonight's Doctor Who:
Read more...


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News! and Links!
Tuesday 12th December 2006 7:57 pm

If there's anyone who hasn't heard about it by now, the story of theVerizon employees and their inability to do basic maths: starts here. There was briefly a Wikipedia entry about a new form of maths called Verizonmaths but unsurprsingly it's not making them look good and it's been taken down.

Torchwood has a second series, on BBC2 this time.

Most excitingly, I think, Blakes 7 is getting a radio series. It's slightly surreal because I was talking about this with someone at the District Christmas party on Saturday. I can't decide whether to be excited about new Blakes 7 (there are some interesting people in it, like Craig Kelly and India Fisher). I just don't know if it'll be the same with new actors. But the Cult of Blakes 7 is on in half an hour, so I'm sure that'll help.


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Still tired
Thursday 5th October 2006 9:54 pm

I am still tired, although possibly slightly less so for missing one day of my antibiotics. The doctor (and I just typed that with a capital d!) basically told me I could stop taking them but it might come back. So then I'd end up doing this all again, so I'm back on them again. Although with me two weeks of pills lasts longer because I am incapable of remembering to take them everyday. According to the memory section the BBC had up a while ago when they had a programme on it it said that if you get into a routine then you remember. Except that doesn't happen when I take stuff for my hayfever for three months.

I got my SG rare pairings assignment, featuring two prompts I can't write. But it all got sorted out the same day and now I am in the apparently rare position of being able to write either. If I just went and found out who one of the people is 🙂 I'm looking forward to writing it because it should be a nice vignette. Unlike my SJ gen ficathon thing which is up to 4000 words and still not finished. And that's just the first draft which I'm feeling is definitely not detailed enough.

I have started typing up my Northern Ireland diary and since I have a couple of quiet weekends coming up I'm planning to spend some time on website-related stuff during that time.

A bit of silliness courtesy of The Guardian's online blog: but type "search" into Google.com and see what you get.... then type the same word into MSN Live Search, ditto (msn live search being at msn.com). I was quite amused.


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Wimbledon
Friday 7th July 2006 8:11 pm

Some links to begin with:

419 Eater - This is a guy who scammed the scammers and a record of the emails they exchanged.

In yesterday's Guardian, Sophie Aldred had a little column: Time travel for beginners. However, the big new spoiler is in the first paragraph and links to similar stories at the bottom includes the not-quite-so-new-any-more spoiler. The non-spoilery bit in the middle I've copy and pasted to the Ace comm

My dad's obviously really busy now he's retired and he sent me a link to that very dangerous website whose tagline is completely true - it's full of stuff I really want but don't actually need. This is a USB missile launcher and there are even videos of it in action.

My gupi has once again proved it's a boy. For some reason it kept on crying and refusing to walk anywhere no matter how much I stroked it or plugged it into the mains to recharge it. Turns out he was really unhappy and wanted me to stroke him while he had his carrot in his mouth. Hmm. Anyway, now he is perfectly happy and running into things and laughing again. I will bring him to the windmill.

I really enjoyed the Baghdatis/Nadal match today. It was great when I got home and watched it. I've not really watched much tennis this fortnight, mostly I've listened to it on the radio, which isn't that unusual. This evening they really annoyed me at one point whenever Baghdatis won a point they showed his family up in the players box celebrating. Who cares? Not me, I'm watching the tennis. They do have an annoying tendency to show really weird angles so you can't see what's going on and a couple of times when Nadal was actually about to serve, rather than just pissing about, as he does, they showed a very close up of Baghdatis. And what's the point of that?

On the plus side, the Radio 5 commentators are much better than the TV ones, not least because they don't include John MacEnroe or Virginia Wade. I'm really looking forward to going there on Sunday, just as long as we can get a place on Henman Hill (we have Court 1 tickets and frankly, I'd rather see the men's final).


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The past couple of weeks (ish), the good, the bad, and the ugly…
Wednesday 19th October 2005 10:37 pm

Good

Payrise! Well, technically promotion but the only difference is the nice big payrise. Which needless to say, I've already spent. Dad had me addicted to QuizCall this weekend, so now I have bought a Freeview TV card, which is the size of a pen drive. So as of this weekend I will have three TVs....

I've read Thud! It was good, I enjoyed it. Specially Vimes's Gooseberry.

I've got Friday off, so am going to see Wallace and Gromit. I know it must be good because The Guardian likes it (they don't like anything).

Mum made me some muffins that are very nice and extremely chocolatey. We had chocolate mousse every night for pudding when I was home. Mum's chocolate mousse is 100 times nicer than any other I have ever tasted. She also made flapjacks but we all forgot that I should be taking them home. And even though they were a bit chewy they were nicer than ones you get in shops as well. She also made me bread, which isn't so good as it's white. And gluten-free, so dry and falls apart.

I've found a version of Hexic at MSN Games, although it's not as good as the Tablet PC version.

Captain Jack is getting his own TV show although it's on BBC3. It might be available on the internet afterwards though, like Confidential was, and The Thick of It will be for the second half of the first series/second series.

Very funny wikipedia take-off: Uncyclopedia. I particularly like the section on the religion of various particles (protons are catholic because they have mass) and various random things, like the links off the marriage article to slavery.

Bad

Broke a string on my guitar. Got it fixed fine at the shop. Went to lesson and the teacher pointed out it was the wrong type of string. So I'm taking it back again tomorrow. On the plus side, I now have an electronic tuner which makes tuning 5000% easier.

I've set off the RSI in my thumb again with my cross stitching, so that's out. It gets worse throughout the day after I've been using it - it is quite hard not to use your right thumb, specially given that it doesn't hurt until I've been using it a bit, so I tend to forget. On the plus side, I really should put my Australia photos in an album. On the minus side that does involve writing, which also involves my right thumb. On the plus side, I've just realised I could type the descriptions. How stupid am I?

Just travelling home Friday, back again Sunday, and walking round Bournemouth has completely worn me out. I'm still a bit tired from it.

My chocolate spread has vanilla on it. But I will see if my local health food shop will order me some Plamil Well, their chocolate is good, so I figure their chocolate spread ought to be good too. If not, there are other ones I can try.

Ugly

Which is really just a way of saying this could go either way. I've discovered spirits have a tendency to be made from wheat grain. The thought of having one drink and spending the rest of the evening doesn't really fill me with joy so my only options seem to be brandy (yuk) or wine (ditto). On the plus side, I'm a cheap date. And will be driving everyone once I have a car so I can remind them what they did the previous night. And increasingly, drink just seems to make me tired.


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Happy birthday, fileg
Monday 15th August 2005 10:17 pm

It's just as well I read Avon's LJ, I'd have forgotten otherwise (is it August already?). Happy Birthday, fileg. I hope it's a good one.

To go with Overheard in New York, I found Overheard in the Office and Overheard in the UK.

Dad sent me a link about PawSense which looks like a silly thing that detects when your cat is typing. Except that I looked round the website and found it actually exists, which is somehow more worrying...


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All sorts of stuff
Saturday 16th July 2005 9:11 pm

First a link: Word Perhect - it's a word processor along the lines of Windows RG.

The week started off so well, then I accidentally ate some bread with milk in at the Rotaract barbecue, so spent the rest of the week trying to catch up on my sleep. And reading the last Doctor and Ace BBC book. Pity the ending was so crap.

Today was our tinshake, so I got to sit in a nice garden for five hours and spend one hour standing in the sun in a fairly empty town collecting. I managed to spend most of my time with my left side in the sun (or towards it) so I now have one brown arm and one white one. I will have to spend tomorrow the other way round so I have a matching pair. I also got to count money and we made just under £400 for the local toy library, which is pretty good going. For some reason it seems that any collection in the town gets between £300 and £500 no matter the time of year and the weather.

I enjoyed sitting around with nothing urgent to do so much I made plans to do the same tomorrow. Although finding shade in my landlady's garden is sometimes a bit tricky. After the tinshake I went to Tescos, mainly for some pink grapefruit which they couldn't manage to provide anyway, and got Harry Potter. To read tomorrow (although I read an hours worth this evening in the garden). I did tell myself in advance I wouldn't buy it if it was more than �8 and it wasn't, so I felt vindicated. Sort of. After all, I get the Discworld books in hardback when they come out for �8 or �9.

I have to say that as soon as I started it I felt like I was being talked down to. I've got more used to it now but it does serve to remind that it's a children's book. And I certainly have the children's cover - it's prettier and more colourful. And I certainly didn't re-read the others in preparation - I've read them all twice (or more, I haven't been counting) so I remember them now. I only usually need twice through anything to fix it in my memory for a good few years.

I also discovered Atlantis was on Channel 5 yesterday. It's just as well dad wasn't waiting for it to be on terrestrial to see it - otherwise I'd have been taping it for him because they don't have Sky and no intention of getting it. Sometimes mum asks me if they're missing anything by not being able to get Channel 5 and I can reassure her they're not. That's when I remember to read that column in the TV guide - I got so used to ignoring it before I went to uni I often forget it's there entirely.

Anyway, I enjoyed Atlantis. I had forgotten that Major Sheppard knew nothing about the whole Stargate thing before it started. And I can definitely see a Sheppard/Weir thing going on.

Annmarwalk and Avon did this one:

The One-sentence Meme

If you happen to be working on some new writing project, fanfiction or what have you, post exactly one sentence from each of your current work(s) in progress in your journal. It should probably be your favourite or most intriguing sentence so far, but what you choose is entirely your discretion. Mention the title (and genre) if you like, but don't mention anything else -- this is merely to whet the general appetite for your forthcoming work(s).

So I had a look through my wip folder and found all sorts of things I'd entirely forgotten about, some of which may even be finished one day in the distant future. Don't hold your breath though, some of these were last modified in 2001.

* Unfortunately the ship was running smoothly and Trip temporarily run out of things to take his mind off the situation. (untitled, Enterprise)

* "You don't see me eating pecan pie off just anyone's plate." (untitled, Enterprise)

* "Aeryn can we please have a sensible conversation that doesn't involve talking in riddles and going round in circles." (Lost Without You, Farscape)

* "If you are referring to our destination of Place A then it is still 5 days away. We are only 2 arns from Place B, however." (untitled, Farscape)

* If he had been thinking clearly he might have noticed that not only was Aeryn not breathing, but there was also a bullet wound in her stomach, accompanied by a fair amount of blood distributed between Aeryn, the floor and the guards. (untitled Farscape)

* It has been said that hell is being stuck in a room forever with your friends, and we've certainly proved that. (Trapped, Stargate)

* Elrond made to get up and get some bandages but from the corner of his eye he saw Celebri�an's eyelids flutter and her breath falter. (Abduction, Lord of the Rings)

* He momentarily wondered if he shouldn't have cleaved to Arwen so early, in which case he'd now understand women a little better. (working title Adjustments, Lord of the Rings)

* Elrond did not easily express his emotions and Arwen was glad he had at least felt something. (untitled, Lord of the Rings)

* "I'm trying to seduce you and that's all you can think about?" (untitled, Lord of the Rings)

* There was always one or other of the Northern Rangers injured or dying and Elrond couldn't help worrying that one day one of the dead would be his son. (Choices, Lord of the Rings)

* He could taste the lembas that had been the last meal for both of them; he could smell metal and earth; he could feel the handle of his bow pressing against his palms and digging into the skin. (Last Alliance, Lord of the Rings)

* It was always dark these days and my mother had only found one candle to light the room we were in. (working title Servants 2, Lord of the Rings)

* They had an unspoken agreement not to reveal to anyone else the truth of their marriage but still his actions surprised her. (The Tale of Arathorn and Gilraen, Lord of the Rings)

* He could imagine what would happen if it got round that the king and steward were moonlighting as seamstresses. (untitled, Lord of the Rings)

* The Doctor, on the other hand, had clearly decided Paris was at its best during the French Revolution, when half of the population was trying to kill the other half (untitled, Doctor Who)

* Instead, I am scared of the future - it stretches before me, long and empty without you in it (My Angel, original)

Saz and Nic did this one (which I must reply to):

Why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself? Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's so and so...she/he wears mismatched socks." I'd love it if every single person who friended me would do this. Yes, even you people who I know really well. Then post this in your own journal.


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My Week
Thursday 28th October 2004 9:53 pm

This week has seemed so long. It's certainly been busy. First of all, some fun links:

Slap the Candidate (and by candidate it means presidential candidate)

Parking Battle of the Sexes - in which, slightly bizarrely, level 1 is the hardest

Monday

I did order a signed copy of the Tertiary Phase, which mum is going to pay me for, so it's a Chanukah present. I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities to listen to it over Christmas while doing puzzles.

I also wanted a desk chair because the one I have isn't doing much for my back (she says, after three and a half years). I found a lovely comfy one at Staples but the best they can do, delivery-wise, is sometime in the next ten days. And not on a Saturday. So just one problem with that... I'm going to have to talk my sister into taking me to get it, assuming we can find a date we can both make (I have every weekend between now and Christmas booked up for at least one day).

I also agree to do a Tae Kwon Do grading on 14th November. I hate gradings, they're horrible scary things. And I haven't done much theory stuff recently (or practical, lets be honest). So serious practice and reading of the book will be needed between now and then.

Tuesday

5.15 (we finish at 5.30), and two days before my appraisal, incidentally, someone discovered a mistake in some work I'd done some time ago. So I was there till nearly 7pm sorting it out, and just about made it home for some dinner before Rotaract. My head was still in work as well, so that meeting didn't go too well from my perspective.

On the plus side, I discovered The Dead Zone finally made it to TV. Late enough that there weren't any adverts either, which was good. I didn't watch it till Wednesday, but I enjoyed it anyway. And Teachers was funny, which I wasn't expecting. I barely noticed Brian and Kurt weren't in it any more.

Wednesday

Wednesday was only yesterday, yet it must have been good because I can't remember it. I wrote a macro so that the problem this person had found the previous evening won't recur.

Thursday

I went all over town looking for a 35cl bottle of vodka. Which you wouldn't think would be difficult but Waitrose and the off-licence could only manage 1l or 70cl, which is just too much to carry. I eventually found one in the local corner shop. And then got ridiculously wet on my two minute walk back in rain that was coming down in sheets. I could actually wring my trousers out by the time I got home.

I also had my appraisal. I'm always really scared of them. We all joke that's when you're going to get fired, but in reality they wouldn't wait for appraisal time to do it, if they were going to. It was both better and worse than I expected, which is what happens everytime really. At least that's over for another six months or so.

I am now really tired for no reason whatsoever. On the good side, though, I am off to a windmill this weekend with some friends from uni, which will be good fun. Then I'm back in work for two days then I'm off to SG8. And I get paid tomorrow, which is handy really, cos I'd be so broke otherwise.


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Holidays
Tuesday 31st August 2004 11:06 pm

I think I've pretty much had all of my holidays worked out for next year (which includes conventions as holidays).

I've got:

  • Redemption at the end of February
  • Australia from Easter (end of March) till mid-April
  • National Conference on May Day bank holiday weekend (where I will be celebrating my birthday)
  • Banbury Camping Rally at the end of August (assuming the rest of the club talk me into it and we get a luxury tent between us - I really don't like camping)
  • SG10. I just knew they were going to announce more of them at some point. There's no way I'm doing SG9 the week before Redemption, but since I know I'm going to be talked into going to SG10 anyway, I might just as well admit it now.

At least, of those, Australia and SG10 are the expensive things. Australia I'm saving for now, and I'll have time to save for SG10. And I should still have 9 days holiday left from work, although I may keel over from alcohol poisoning and lack of sleep after all of that.

I've been reading lots of Harry Potter fan fic recently. The thing about it that's really annoying me is that it's all full of Americanisms. Now, I know they changed the title of the first book, and presumably Americanised everything else, so there's probably no grounds for me complaining. But Hogwarts, does not have semesters. Some universities do, but I didn't go to one (on purpose) so I really don't understand how you fit two semesters into three terms. And unless boarding schools work differently, no-one is going to graduate. They'll just finish school and leave.

Something that really confused me in a fic today: Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny were told to charm the windows of the first floor of the house they were living in at the time so that nothing would get in (as they were possibly going to be attacked). I spent a fair few minutes trying to work out why they would want to charm the windows of the first floor and not the ground, until I realised it had been written by an American, and they meant the ground floor.

Admittedly, this also confused me completely when I was in Las Vegas. When we first went down from our room back to reception I was looking in the lift for the button that said 'G'. The American friend I was with had to press the '1' button for us, because I was just lost. I really can't get my head round it for some reason, even though it ought to be more logical that our system.

I also meant to post this link last time - Funny Olympics animation. I particularly liked the fencing one, but then I would.

A fic I read today included a bit where Sirius and Remus had an argument. I got quite excited when they were building up to it because I love a good argument in my fic. I commented on someone else's a while back, when she had Elrond and Celebrian fight, that it was my favourite bit. She replied to say she knew I'd like that bit. So I know I like arguments, other people know I like them, I just don't know why. I know there are people who write them so the two people involved can have make-up sex, and there are people who read them purely for the sex. I read them for the argument - once they make-up I'm bored and skip the sex.

I was going to say I think I'm weird but I know that I am. I also think this morning came as a bit of a shock after three increasingly late nights followed by three increasingly late mornings, so I'm tired now and should probably go to bed once my housemate's out of the bathroom.


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Links
Saturday 28th August 2004 10:04 pm

Two cool links: Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars Trailer. Very exciting. I just hope that the BBC show it, and after 9pm. It's not a children's program, BBC, take note.

I have also just found some of the Orange adverts they show at the cinema to remind you to turn off your phone. These are usually someone pitching a film and the Orange guys ruining it by putting mobile phones in it. You can't get to the Clockwork Orange advert for Orange Wednesdays but the Lord of the Ringtones one is there (generally agreed to be the best one so far, it even stands up to multiple viewings).


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Bits and pieces
Monday 16th August 2004 10:44 pm

First off, Happy Birthday fileg for yesterday. There may be more than a drabble forthcoming for you but it's been a long time since Verse and Adversity and it's got so much harder. And that's cryptic because it's not for public viewing.

I knew there was a good reason to check the Blogger news page before I post. Eats, Blogs and Leaves - reasons why you should use good grammar on blogs. But more importantly, it's funny.

Louise Bond-Williams goes in the individual sabre tomorrow. We're desperately hoping she wins gold so we get one hit of fencing in the whole Olympics. But she's only 22, so maybe next Olympics or the one after. Small claim to fame - I have a friend who has spoken to her. I have at least heard of her, unlike our other British fencer in the Olympics. I was at a party on Saturday with fencers, so we had a nice bitch about the lack of fencing shown in the Olympics. Admittedly, it's probably very boring to watch, as it's so fast at that level. But proof would be nice!

I'm so behind with my livejournals. I keep finding more, which is fine. Except that some I've added to Abilon only and some to my Favourites only. But, ultimately they need to be on my Bookmarks page, and my lj friends, and Abilon. And my Favourites list is going off the page, and I only sorted it out a couple of weeks ago.

I did discover The Daily Snitch via Sel, which tends to come up with interesting stuff. Like this post speculating on Sirius' upbringing and all the comments about it.

To summarise very, er, summarily, it comes to the conclusion that Sirius really isn't a very nice person. And points out that when he finds out about Peter Pettigrew's betrayal he goes straight to kill him, rather than reason with him, or understand why he did it. After all, Sirius did once try to kill Snape, whether by accident or design.

Which all got me thinking, what would have happened if it had been Lupin who had reached Peter first? Lupin seems much more of a reasonable person, except that he was quite happy to kill Peter in the Shrieking Shack. The question is whether that's purely to do with what he's been through, loyalty to Sirius and what he's been through, something else, or if he would have had exactly the same reaction twelve years previously. If someone's written that AU, I'd love to read it. I certainly couldn't write it, I just can't get enough of a handle on the characters to do it.

I've got to the bored stage where I can't be bothered to do anything at the moment, not sure why. Not so much Rotaract stuff going on, probably, and no more Tae Kwon Do till September. Although the men's synchronised 3m diving woke me up a bit. And not purely because they wear very skimpy swimming trunks. It was mainly because a few of them made a complete cock-up of it. Then I checked my mail and got some nice comments about one of my drabbles, which has made me happy for the evening. So I'm off to skim-read some angst so I can review it for Sel.


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