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Top Gear
Saturday 17th February 2007 10:37 pm

I can't breathe for laughing so hard. I've just seen last weeks Top Gear, where they drove $1000 cars across America. Very funny. And interesting (in a scary sort of way) to see the locals reactions to them in Alabama (after they had decorated each others cars with slogans likely to get them shot or arrested). And also, because they ended up in New Orleans, to see what a mess it is still in.

Today I discovered that making bread just before lunch is great, because then the bread tastes nice. And the nearest bus stop is only actually 30 seconds walk away. Only one of the buses stops at it, though, all the useful ones are still 10 minutes walk away.

I've also copied CDs, made CDs, crashed CD writing programs a lot, restarted a lot, bought some new CDs-R when I ran out, and thrown a whole load in the bin because either my computer or my CD writing program is not happy. Although I wasn't entirely happy with my CD writing program to start with, but I've managed to work out how to get it to work. It just turns out it doesn't like writing CDs. DVDs it seems to be fine with though. So I might have to try uninstalling and reinstalling it. I do so love computers.


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Getting things done
Monday 12th February 2007 11:06 pm

I feel like I've actually got some things done tonight. I cleaned the house and did the washing while cooking dinner. Since it seems like most of the plotting for Relative Space goes on in chat while it's the middle of the night here, I discovered the power of email. I've cleared my inbox a bit and reduced the number of RSS feeds I have marked as unread.

And I watched the first episode of the new series of Top Gear (I'm a bit behind on my viewing). I did like them doing roadworks, that was funny. The film that Richard Hammond did when he had his crash was kind of heart wrenching. He is so lucky though to come out of it unharmed in the end.

I've still got loads of things to do, mostly Rotaract stuff, and trying to write some stuff for the RS prompts, and maybe even getting a first draft of the soap sequel chapter done. And some reading and sorting out of my bookmarks. And lots of viewing still, like the whole series of Midsomer Murders and most of Colin and Justin. But tomorrow is Rotaract and Life on Mars. After that I'm in a lot, so hopefully lots of catching up.


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The weekend
Sunday 30th July 2006 9:22 pm

Yesterday it cooled down to the point where I actually felt cold yesterday (because I was sat between two windows and it was windy). I'd forgotten what that was like!

I don't quite know where this weekend has gone. There were a whole load of things I was going to do but never quite got round to. Then I thought I might watch a whole load of Third Doctor stuff that I had hanging around but only managed six episodes. I did briefly try to learn MySQL but since you can do everything in PHPMyAdmin, learning the PHP code to do it seemed a bit pointless since I don't feel the need to use it on my website.

I did actually watch Top Gear on the telly, rather than on the internet. Although I laughed so hard at their white van man challenges I couldn't breathe. Although now it's finished the only thing I'll be watching will be The Avengers and I have that on DVD. I still haven't got round to watching last Tuesday and Thursdays eps, but I have seen next Thursdays.

But, I only have a week of work left, then I have a week off to go to a windmill in Somerset, have a driving lesson, then go to a quarry in Dorset. And Monday's payday, yay!


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And there’s still another day of weekend left
Sunday 28th May 2006 8:23 pm

I was going to write about one thing but then a whole load of other things crept in too...

Yesterday I went to Dangercon. Well, technically I did, since I gave them money and wore a sticker with my name on it. What I actually did was sit around in the bar, drink, talk, tried not to fall asleep (due to waking up at 3am the night before and not being able to get back to sleep for ages coupled with waking up again at 7am and really not being able to get back to sleep), and tried not to watch Doctor Who (as there was no sound for the first 15mins and it competed with the music for the last 30). But it was good fun.

Also, all the tubes I wanted to get were actually running, I bought up the sausages and soup cubes in Sainsburys in Whitechapel, and I made a new record in finding the pub that was 5 mins walk away in only 15. And I spent half of that trying to get out of London Bridge tube station.

This morning I rather annoyingly woke up at 6.15 and didn't think I got back to sleep again, but since I haven't fallen asleep yet I must have done. I also pegged my washing out and didn't make it rain!

I listened to the second half of not-the-latest-anymore Seventh Doctor Big Finish audio, Night Thoughts. There was some interesting stuff between the Doctor & Ace & Hex. I'm still really confused about why she's now back to being called Ace again. But there was a bit near the end where the Doctor had to kill a girl to save time, or something like that (which is simplifying the situation a lot, otherwise I'd have to explain the whole plot). And I was absolutely convinced he was going to do it.

Last night's Doctor Who was quite fun. Except that I sat down to watch it and five minutes in, just after the beginning credits, my dad messages me to ask me if I've watched Confidential because he thought it looked like they were writing scripts on typewriters. Which I didn't notice when I did watch it but either way I'm not convinced he's on this planet, half the time.

I've also watched a load of second series Drop the Dead Donkey this week. Even though it was broadcast in 1991, if you just change the names the politics really hasn't changed that much and is just as funny. And one episode had the guy who played the DCI in Life on Mars. And one of the writers discussed that he demonstrated it's possible to do a joke where Alex staples a piece of paper to Dave's chest, by stapling a piece of paper to his thigh. Neil Pearson got to wear padding for the real thing, which hurt less, apparently.

Ewan McGregor was on Top Gear. He was quite funny. And I noticed when he swore, while driving this car round their track, they not only edited the sound but the picture as well! I laughed so hard I was crying when the two guys drove the car Jeremy Clarkson had interior designed it was so funny. It's repeated at 7pm Tuesday if anyone missed it.


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