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The ‘I haven’t updated for a while’ big, long post about lots of different things
Wednesday 18th January 2006 8:50 pm

I spent the weekend (ok, well, some of it) updating my website. I now have a contact form that works and I ended up with a ton of music videos to rec on there. I also reorganised my fanfiction page, so its actually grouped by fandom now! Plus I went through my drabbles and indexed them at the top of the relevant pages. As I was going through all of this I kept finding other, little, things I wanted to change. I've been thinking for a while that I want to go through and tweek some of the back-end stuff, perhaps I should actually get round to it.

Just after I uploaded it, I posted a new fic to Langford U - Divide and Subtract, which is a Sheppard and McKay friendship piece. I'm tempted to do some more with those two because they're so fun (although it was so tempting to go slashy!) and work my way through the rest of BODMAS (brackets of division multiplication addition subtraction = the order you evaluate an equation in, and is actually useful in my job!)

I really enjoyed Life on Mars on Monday. The DCI is so much like Burnside. I feel when he told Sam he had asked to transfer there that was important to the mystery of how he got to 1973 in the first place, although I have no idea how. I notice that, like Spooks, they've gone for the American style of starting with a bit of excitement before starting properly and telling us the names of the actors and giving us some pretty pictures. Which annoys me because it means you actually have to be ready at 9 o'clock, rather than just thinking about it. Unlike Spooks, though, they have actually kept the credits in and saved the trailer for next week till afterwards. The BBC are seriously pushing it, though - there was even a trailer for it before Doctor Who on BBC7 (which was the last one *sob*)

Last night we went to see Brokeback Mountain, which was very good and I really enjoyed. The only downside, apart from the 70s sideburns and that terrible moustache, was I couldn't always understand the Southern accents and as a result I have no idea of most of the characters names.

From the A people on my friends list - annmarwalk, avon and altariel - I am going to read my height in books this year. Because it is a good idea, and also because I'm only 5 foot 1 - which is 155cm in books, so shouldn't be too difficult.

And just to finish off, as I asked Una one of these:
Top 5 Meme: You post a topic, list, category, whatever, in my comments section (examples: "Top 5 Johns & Jacks on TV" or "Top 5 pairings in Atlantis"). Then, in a separate post, I'll post the answers to all your Top 5 ideas, according to me.

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Book meme
Wednesday 25th May 2005 11:23 pm

I started this last week but had problems with Q4, which I've finally finished. So Q3 is a bit out of date, but still.

1) Total number of books owned?

I had a count of the ones I had here and it came to 96. I have rather a lot more books and space for books at home so it's certainly a few hundred. I need a house with a spare room just for the books. In all fairness, I come from a house with shelves everywhere, most of them full of books. We have a room called the library, with, unsurprinsgly, rather a lot of books.

2) The last book I bought?

I bought a load from amazon: The Science of Discworld III, The Science of Hitchhiker's, Secrets of the Jedi (latest Jedi Apprentice/Jedi Quest book), Star Trek: Titan (which looked interesting) and Una's new book. Although one of those will be my birthday present from one of my friends.

3) The last book I read?

The last book I finished was Shard of Honour by Lois McMaster Bujold, which I really enjoyed. I've reserved some more of her books from my library. I also read bits of the latest Angel guide and I'm now reading The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C Clarke.

4) 5 books that mean a lot to me?

Alice in Wonderland. It was my favourite book as a child, and still is now. I remember having debates with dad over the difference between saying what you mean and meaning what you say, and other similar word games. I also have a distant memory of reading out The Walrus and the Carpenter for a Brownie badge.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I have so many different versions of it that must count for something. It's something else me and dad have in common - I lend him all my related books etc. I went to Australia and my cousins could quote me bits of it. I've made friends through ZZ9.

And I suppose Lord of the Rings for similar reasons. I've met people through it and wrote fanfic in it. I even used it (sort of) on my CV.

The Importance of Being Earnest. Which is more of a play than a book but I have it in book form. I remember when I was younger my mum used to go round the house saying 'in a handbag?' but in a funny accent - there had been a version on the TV, I think, and that was what she was copying. But for a while that was the standard expression in our house for expressing surprise.

Little Women. Not so much the three that came after because I got less interested in the sisters once they grew up and their children grew up. I liked Jo and Beth - Jo because she was the sort of person I wanted to be and Beth for the same reason, just more unlikely. And they had interesting lives. Their ideas for games probably influenced mine and my sister's, I think.


On another note, I've just been to see the new Star Wars film (for Orange Wednesday as well). The first half bored me a bit - the special effects were good, shame about the rest. But then it actually started, and although I already knew what was going to happen, I was still hoping Anakin wasn't going to do it.

And poor Obi-Wan! But I foresee plenty of angsty fan fic from it, with [censored] in as well, which I'm really looking forward to.

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Saturday 9th October 2004 9:11 pm

It occurred to me yesterday that I have a tendency to have dreams that involve book shopping. Which, incidentally, is what I did today. Well, I spent time in Borders, Blackwells and Waterstones and am planning to buy some books on Amazon (or on-line at any rate, being as it's cheaper).

I spent lots of time in Borders, as always, although partly because I got distracted by the rabbit books. Which is not a good idea as I can't have rabbits until I have more money, a house with a garden to put them in, and a change of lifestyle.

I discovered Waterstones has a Costa Coffee (and toilets) which I didn't know. Although I'm still quite worried about the idea of WHSmiths in Reading having a coffee shop. It's not as if there's a shortage in Reading.

I have fallen in love with Blackwells though. Partly because it's massive. I went to the Computing section thinking it was tiny, then found some of it behind me. And more round the corner. And then it just kept going. And also because it's the Oxford University student bookshop, which was perfect for what I was looking for. I mean it has Pascal books! Only a student bookshop would stock that because only students would use them. Although the year below me they switched to Java anyway.

I've seen this meme going round:

I can't be arsed to look up all the others but this is certainly accurate when it comes to:

She Might Be an Academic Girl if:
4. She'd never: read Cosmo.

Well, of course I'd never read Cosmo. Or any of the other 100 magazines like it. There's nothing in it worth reading! Anyway, I think I only came up with that answer because I think holidays are for doing things - I don't know how people who go on holiday to lie on a beach don't get bored (or why they bother spending all that money to go abroad, there are beaches in this country, and for all of the country they get to see abroad, they might as well be here).

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Quick post
Saturday 5th April 2003 3:19 pm

What type of slash writer are you?

Well, d'uh. But then that goes for everything, not just for slash.

Finished the latest Jedi Quest book - poor Obi. He just doesn't know what to do.

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