December! And as my first blog of the festive season, I would like to present a checklist of the...

December! And as my first blog of the festive season, I would like to present a checklist of the elements of my Christmas spirit: First, let me make it clear that I will not be humming Christmas tunes under my breath, because they are vapid and dull. I will be exchanging gifts with the people I love, because I like giving them things and Christmas is a good excuse. If you consider yourself a loved one and have not received a gift, please read point 9. I will not be pretending to like those members of my extended family who make my fists itch, because honesty does not take a break during the vacation. I will be decorating the tree in shades of green, red and gold with masses of tinsel and buttloads of lights, because I like bright, shiny things all the rest of the year, and Christmas is the one time when tackiness is practically mandatory, and it's not considered overly gay to cover your house in rainbow-coloured lights. However, if you stick said lights to the ceiling of your bedroom and leave them there...
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And so it's the final Monday of term... I sit at Moz's computer in New Gaggle House, waiting for...

And so it's the final Monday of term... I sit at Moz's computer in New Gaggle House, waiting for dinner to be cooked for me -- it's just like last year! Only fairly different, in that Kim and Matt are on their way here from campus, and Matt actually lives here now. Top B tonight promises to be fabulous, as evidenced by the fact that I'm actually blogging it in advance. Or maybe I'm just bored and hungry.
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In London today, a bus collided with a tree. One bus, with one tree. Interviewer: So, Mr. Britain,...

In London today, a bus collided with a tree. One bus, with one tree. Interviewer: So, Mr. Britain, what is the appropriate course of action? Britain: Well, we could tell bus drivers to avoid running into trees.... or we could cut all the trees down! Which one did Britain chose? Guess. What is wrong with this country? Quote of the day: "So I decided to explore randomness and some of the principles of quantum mechanics, through poetry, using the medium of sheep."
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See? Sometimes I blog before midnight... Last blog before Trinidad, woohoo! Bring on the tropics!...

See? Sometimes I blog before midnight... Last blog before Trinidad, woohoo! Bring on the tropics! It's cold, it's grey, and it's getting darker and it's only 3pm. Which means I should be catching a train around now of course, but burning fresh MP3 CDs is clearly more important.
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Woohoo! I'm in Trinidad. It's hot, it's sunny, and my tan is only just beginning. As I type this, I...

Woohoo! I'm in Trinidad. It's hot, it's sunny, and my tan is only just beginning. As I type this, I can look out over the ocean. I am so unbelievably smug right now even I want to slap me.
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I'm not really online at the moment, being in Trinidad and all, but a few things have been brought...

I'm not really online at the moment, being in Trinidad and all, but a few things have been brought to my attention that could use some blogging: A garbage collector for C and C++ may come in useful if I ever get around to writing some code... Get Your War On is still hilarious, and also heroic for publicly berating the appointment of Henry Kissinger and John Poindexter to, well, any position of responsibility at all. These people are war criminals; why the fuck is the Bush administration giving them jobs? What is wrong with this picture? Maybe I should run for president. It seems other people than me are baiting the 419 scammers Timothy is totally trying to depress me by appearing on a list of notable Trinidadians. And finally, for some holiday cheer, make sure you get your vicar to recount the story about reindeer bursting into flames to an audience of 5-year-olds. That'll be funny.
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I have written another play, tentatively titled Spree. This one is very firmly aimed at Freshblood...

I have written another play, tentatively titled Spree. This one is very firmly aimed at Freshblood theatre, who I am going to submit it to and then beg to stage it, after they liked (but didn't stage) my last effort, Silly Things for good reasons like it requiring a cast of twelve. This is a draft, and so there are a few typos and probably lots of other mistakes I haven't spotted yet: please let me know when you find them, or if you have any comments. You'll also notice there's only one guy in the cast of six: that's because Freshblood often has difficulty casting men (because they're all stage-shy at Warwick, it seems). However, the sex of two of the characters is essentially arbitrary, making for gender parity. Those two characters can also be played by the same person, reducing the necessary cast size by one if necessary. It's flexible, see? It's also a bit shorter than Silly Things; I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. (These scripts are in plain text; I recommend you copy-and-paste into a...
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Not that I want to distract anybody from checking out Spree, but this is interesting: Ever heard...

Not that I want to distract anybody from checking out Spree, but this is interesting: Ever heard of the Rawhide kid? Well, you probably will soon. The Kid has a long history, although he was never particularly popular. But now he is to be resurrected, and this time, he's gay. There's been a lot of media and blog interest, from the merely lazy reprinting of AP garbage, to some quite insightful stuff, and even an amusing point-counterpoint between Stan Lee and a rabid conservative. So, obviously, with CNN, CBS and NBC already weighed in, it's time for me to make my opinion known. Contrary to some reporting, it's pretty clear that the Rawhide Kid was never meant to be gay, although he is habitually well-dressed. There has been some amusingly suggestive cover art in the past, but any picture can be reinterpreted in hindsight. At the time, the Rawhide Kid was the result of a marketing decision (it looked like crime and horror comics were going to be banned, so they needed to expand into other genres quickly),...
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You know what I did today? Today, I woke up around mid-day. I had a liesurely breakfast of bacon,...

You know what I did today? Today, I woke up around mid-day. I had a liesurely breakfast of bacon, toast with butter and guava jelly, and a glass of grapefruit juice. I did a little work, then I grabbed an ice-cold coke and headed up to the roof. I tanned in the gloriously fierce sunshine for half an hour, then mooched over to the hot tub, where I relaxed in bubbling warm water for about an hour as the sunshine slanted into the tub. You know what this makes me think to myself? It makes me think HA HA HA HA HA! SUCKERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRS! I don't mean to rub it in or anything. But wow, this is the kind of vacation I like. I can't believe it's nearly half-finished already! *sob* But aside from brash gloating, I have had lots of thinking time, which is fun because I like just sitting and thinking sometimes -- introspection is good for the soul, which means Matt Elton and Dan Govan must have the two healthiest souls in the entire universe -- but also bad because it means I tend to get worked up and emotional...
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First, read this article in the Register to find out who Elliot Spitzer is. Then read his speech to...

First, read this article in the Register to find out who Elliot Spitzer is. Then read his speech to an awards ceremony for stock analysts to discover why he's actually really cool. He basically took an opportunity to speak to stock analysts, and used it to tell them exactly what every poor idiot who got burned in the dot-com crash has been wanting to scream at them for two years now. He couldn't have been more willingly offensive if he'd cracked eggs down their dinner jackets. It's an amazing speech, and those fuckers really needed to be told. The speech also includes some nitty-gritty details of just how evil stock analysts are, and is worth reading just for that.
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Back from four days in Tobago, the even-more-tropical, even-more-paradisical sister island. I...

Back from four days in Tobago, the even-more-tropical, even-more-paradisical sister island. I should be writing an essay right now; I am hopelessly behind on my work schedule. Christmas was quiet and I like it that way; I got luggage (I have such an exciting life) and a small empty space where an iBook would have been if my parents really loved me :-) No brothers present at this Christmas, for the first time, which was odd. Hope you guys had a good day too! P.S.: read Spree and let me know what you think. Yeah yeah, I'm trying to think of a better ending.
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As the US moves ever closer to the fundamentalist police state it supposedly dislikes, on top of...

As the US moves ever closer to the fundamentalist police state it supposedly dislikes, on top of spying on its own citizens and trampling over their rights, the US government is now censoring scientific information to suit a political agenda, in particular the anti-abortion and pro-abstinence conservative lobbies. I would complain more about this, except that it's just too horrifying to embellish. Land of the freaking free, indeed.
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Happy new year, you bastards! England will be getting this 3 hours early, Trinidad six, and the...

Happy new year, you bastards! England will be getting this 3 hours early, Trinidad six, and the rest of the world in an orderly fashion. Is it just me, or can you feel the tide of alcoholism sweeping across the globe? The air is electric with the upcoming urge to get very, very drunk. Or in my case, amused at the drunk people. See much earlier for my list of new year's resolutions. Hope the rest of you had a great night!
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