Why yes, I did have nothing else to post today

I took Colin's book quiz and I was David Copperfield, but I thought this was not at all accurate. So instead I took the country quiz, and came out with this surprisingly accurate answer: You're Chile! You're really skinny, and kind of bumpy in frame, but you're not as rough a person as you used to be. You like long, long, long walks on the beach and avoiding having your rights violated, just like anybody else does. You're even willing to stand up to those with more power and influence than you, trying to bring them to justice. Fight the man!Take the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid
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Meta 9 cometh...

Do you know me? Are you planning to go to Meta 9 this Friday? Can I sleep on your floor? Get in touch if so. Update: Found floor. Thanks.
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Sashay, sashay...

Went to Meta 9. T'was very good, but the decor was not quite as good as last year's -- more inventive, but less practical. In particular, enclosing the marketplace in a big cloth tent was a very poor idea, having the effect of enclosing several hundred glowstick-waving punters into one big hothouse. But otherwise fab, and the VIP bit was both relaxing and a good way to avoid the evil queues for things. Thanks to Steve and Giles for the invitations and general persuasion. In other news, my gym has apparently just started a class on Thursdays called Body Jam which is a combined aerobic workout / dance lesson. This being ideally suited to a gym-going disco-geek such as myself, I tried it out. It was -- unsurprisingly -- a room full of women and three gay men (including me), but it was great fun, and massively tiring, and I ended up using all sorts of muscles I don't usually use -- so that, combined with Meta yesterday, has left all the muscles in my torso completely locked up, and I am unable to...
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Your Disco needs Stu

Welcome Disco Stu to the ever-growing number of Warwick bloggers! And to flesh out this post a bit, a random link-dump from my scratchpad (I haven't done this in ages!) Make with the blogbitch catfight! Oh yes! This has potential to run and run, and become even better than the ongoing bitchfight between Andrew Orlowski and the ever-sexy Tom Coates. Get a grip, Brad. Your exfoliation is Not Important. This is almost as bad as me blogging my lunch, although I should point out that Kottke has also blogged his lunch, and he's A-list, so who am I to argue? Has Sullivan ever blogged his lunch? Somebody needs to do a roundup. Bush's re-election ads have caused a huge backlash from families of September 11th victims and others who rightly think it's wrong to use a disaster over which you had no control and which you did not handle at all well as a key element of your campaign to be re-elected as leader of the country you are currently nose-diving into the tarmac of history. The Economist argues The case...
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Link dump

You know you like it really, you dirty, dirty bitches... A car with a cheat code. Oh dear lord, soon someone will build Tetris into the fuel gauge and all will be lost. The Exorcist in 30 seconds (re-enacted by bunnies). Dear God, the 'tache! The horrible 'tache! It's true what they say: it's grim up north. Assuming Humber is up north, which I sincerely hope it is. The auto-flatterer loves you. The Mars rovers have livejournal blogs: So Spirit went and found water, too. Sorry sis, beat ya to it! Hehehehehehe!!! Ya know it really wasn't THAT hard!! Well at least she's trying for once, and not just rolling around crunching rocks under her wheels and muttering "poetry" about how totally dead it is here. It really isn't taht bad, though I kinda miss just going to the mall and stuff. The Passion of the Christ: the sequel. Get the gays off the plane! (Oldie but goodie) Gay romance movies are soooooooo cute. Even the ones about Mormons. Still pretty. The Hello Kitty USB hub: it talks! It...
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You can't hide from the Google

Read Rainbow Villa? Ever wondered what he looks like? Well then, here's John of Rainbow Villa's Gaydar profile. It has to be him -- age, location, educational status all match up, not to mention a strong interest in musical theatre. And he provides more salacious details than he does on his official about page on Rainbow Villa. To whit: Fetishes: Armpits, Body Hair, Cut, Denim, Jocks, Muscle, Nipples, Piercing, Socks, Speedos, Sportswear, Tattoos, Trainers/Sneakers, Uncut, Underwear Types I Like: Bears, Builders, Firemen, Footballers, Geeks, Labourers, Muscle Men, Policemen, Preppies, Punks, Rugby Players, Short Guys It's just too, too funny. I feel a bit of a dick doing this, but really, just google for jczelyph (the domain name of Rainbow Villa) and up he comes on the last page of results. I don't really have anything against him (well, okay, he's a little annoying sometimes, but hey, I could just stop reading his site, right?). This is being done more in the spirit of sharing otherwise hidden...
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20 Random Songs

It's a silly meme, but I'm sort of embarrassed about semi-outing John, so I thought I'd post these: 20 random songs, selected from my entire MP3 collection. Officially the list should be 10 songs, but I really wanted to drown out some of the more embarrassing ones. I also cut duplicate artists (WinAmp's random function apparently sucks) and songs I'd not actually heard before, since they give no account of my taste :-) Kelis - Milkshake (yay!) Linkin Park - A place for my head (okay) Queen - We will rock you (going well so far!) Phil Collins - Burn down the mission (d'oh!) Britney Spears - Toxic (not ashamed at all) Dance Dance Revolution 5th Mix - Moonlight Shadow (what, nobody else found the songs were catchy?) The Beatles - Baby you're a rich man (I have their back catalog) Bill Clinton - If you wanna be my intern (do parodies count?) N-Trance feat. Rod Stewart - Do ya think I'm sexy (damn you, Now 47!) Marilyn Manson - Lamb of god (from the crappy Holy Wood album) Magnetic Fields -...
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10 Things That Make Me Smile™

Thanks to Karinski for another quality meme... it's guaranteed to make you smile, by definition! Here's 10 little things that make me happy. When somebody comes up to me and says "you're a good dancer!" (After spending my adolescence being laughed at for my dancing, this never, ever gets old) Being able to choose what I wear to work every morning Finding a really interesting new blogger Music videos Central London at 4 in the morning Chatting to random strangers on the tube (so rare!) Surprising somebody with my taste in music (aka "you also like good music!") My camera phone when I spot something random Being able to check out a cute guy without needing to wonder if anyone will disapprove of me doing so (love the big city) When my MP3 player brings up a song from my past I'd forgotten I liked
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Design sites

I've been browsing design sites -- too many to list -- and playing with a nifty RSS reader, FeedReader, which helps a lot when you compulsively reload websites like I do. But this made me laugh: The sum of all human knowledge at your fingertips, and you're searching for "Britney Spears". (From the excellent REbranding) I've also been watching a lot of Daria recently (found all five seasons on SuprNova, bless 'em). Some great quotes: Daria: You were trying to buy my influence with a date? Quinn: That's how we do it in America, comrade.
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Thoughts on design principles

Originally a comment on the post "effects of a design" on Paul Scriven's thoroughly excellent white__space (incidentally, Paul is pretty cute). [The problem with web design] is that you're thinking of design as having only one purpose. Design is many things: Graphical design is the bit that gives customers their first impression. It's all-important for first-time visitors, but once they're customers they want it out of the way. You have to balance these. Usability design is massively important for first-time visitors; they need to be able to use the site instantly. But once they're long-time customers they will have learnt your interface, no matter how bad it is. Thus the poor designs of Amazon and Ebay matter not one bit -- they've hit critical mass, so it doesn't matter that they're crap. (Also why Windows is still being used) Functionality design, i.e. what functionality you include, matters a lot to repeat customers: being able to do a lot of things, things that you might not want to do so...
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Real life is so confusing

AllahPundit hits the nail on the head so many times a day, he could have a profitable business assembling flat-pack furniture. So: killing deeply spiritual terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden before he masterminded an atrocity would have been great. (If Bush hadn't been so busy ignoring those memos) But: killing deeply spiritual terrorist leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin after he's already masterminded lots of atrocities is bad. (Is Yassin the martyr more or less dangerous than Yassin the planner?) I'm having some trouble following the logic. I can't advocate not blowing up bin Laden, so therefore I must support blowing up Yassin. But he was an old guy in a wheelchair! (And Osama has liver disease!) I feel bad that the Israelis blew his head off (warning: those are really graphic)! I feel like a dick supporting the death of disabled people! But wait: the Palestinians are also killing disabled people! Specifically, their own mentally impaired children, lured into becoming a suicide bomber by the...
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Get it while it's hot

Rik's done an excellent mix of Kelis vs. 2Unlimited. Get it while it's hot, before KissFM plays it to death!
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"Are there any other females in this room?"

After seeing Mikey off with his incredibly expensive espresso machine, went with Mary to see 200 American, part of the ongoing London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival at the National Film Theatre. The review linked above is pretty accurate: it's an excellent script, surprisingly well-acted, let down in only a few scenes by the stilted dialogue that tends to affect American indie films. The music and sound editing are both dreadful, but this is balanced by the incredibly hot smile of Tyler, the main character. Our tickets were stand-bys: you have to stand in line for 45 minutes to get them, but then, since the seats you eventually get are ones not taken by industry bigwigs and others who are offerred free tickets, they're the best seats in the house: middle of the row, middle of the main block. Genius! The whole week has been a great example of why I love London: Thursday, on a whim, we headed into Central and had dinner -- the best steak I have ever had in my life, ever, a snip at £12.95 -- then caught...
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Blog-birthday

March 27th, 2001 was the day of my first blog entry. So today, my blog is three years old. Hurrah! I would post a retrospective, "best-of" list or something, but really, would you care? Oh, wait, since when did I start caring whether you liked what I blogged or not? So here's a timeline of the posts I consider most interesting or noteworthy for other reasons. This collection is also interesting in the way the frequency of "interesting" posts seem to be increasing -- is it because they're more recent, so I lack perspective on them, or because I'm getting better at writing? You tell me. 2001: March: First post! April: Officially resolve to stop posting everything from Slashdot I revel in being included in the Dilbert newsletter and getting a story posted to Slashdot. I'm so sad. "Also, I may be in love" -- my first relationship-obession post My Columbine rant July: I begin to have an opinion about politics for the first time ...
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Jamie's got a gun

Oh... wait, no, not a gun. A blog, that's what I mean. Welcome! Doubtless he shall soon get around to posting, turning it bright orange and posting embarrassingly candid webcam photos of himself. The ever-growing Warwick blogging community waited with bated breath. For current denizens of seldo.com: the disk-space problems earlier this month have been temporarily resolved, so you have another 100MB to blow before I start complaining again. Feel free to upload photos again :-) Update: And speaking of uploading, here's that leaked Catwoman trailer via Waxy. He's right, she looks laughably bad. Haven't they heard that covering up can be more erotic than revealing? Michelle Pfeiffer* was sooo much sexier. Much more info on this upcoming travesty can be found on the unofficial catwoman site. Update 1.04am: Dreamed that I was blogging in my sleep. If I am not dreaming, then this will still be here in the morning... * God dammit, that name is impossible to spell.
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