Be There Soon

Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated. I am merely offline; I realise it looks like much the same thing from the perspective of you all, dear readers. But my welcome pack has been dispatched, according to the wonderful people at Be Broadband, so inside of the next 5 days I should have wonderful high-speed Internet going on. Woo! In the meantime, there will be a significant shortage of content, as this particular post is costing me 50p per MB...
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I'm BACK, baby

Oh, blessed INTERNET ACCESS is back! How I've missed it. The last 3 weeks worth of photos are back, including the Ultimate 80s flat. Oh, it's so grey and black and shiny! I love it. Here's a sample: Up 10Mbit broadband (we're too far from the exchange for 24 :-( ) Being 5 minutes from the tube, and 20 from my office The view from my bedroom Dishwashers 1985 Down 50p a minute tech support (I broke the wireless bit of the router, really fundamentally. But 50p a minute! You bastards!) Showers that are only hot at waist height Being all of 25 minutes away from Popstarz (instead of 10)
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Surfacing

Oh. Hello there. Sorry for the absence of posts, but since last week Wednesday I have had the most god-awful flu, and have been totally unable to think clearly or walk reliably across the room. It seems I'm finally getting over it today, predictably just in time to be well enough to go to work tomorrow :-/ Update, 2006.03.13: Or maybe not. This morning the fever is back. Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaame.
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I went to work today

This was my second achievement for the day, the first one being sitting up in bed without immediately falling over again -- first time in a week I've been able to do it. Yay for not being completely ill! I still have a cough like a dying goose, but at least I'm mobile. Go me!
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Announcing Eat Like A Grown Up month

Okay, people. Being delirious with fever for a week tends to give you a fresh perspective on things and re-examine some of your assumptions. My primary conclusion coming out of last week's frankly awful fever is that eating shit like I do is going to kill me. Instapasta and a stir-in, sans vegetables of any kind, upwards of 3 nights a week, accompanied by large volumes of sweets and frequently skipped meals explains why I have been so ill and so often over the last 6-9 months. Prior to that period I was getting a weekly dose of vegetarianism from M, and it is only now that I've worked out that the transition in my health seems to go back to around then. So! New flat, new attitude, I'm going to be cooking lots of nice and healthy things to eat, starting with a one-month blitz to get me into the habit of cooking every day. The problem is that I don't have any time to go grocery shopping every time I want dinner -- in fact, if I manage to get down to the grocery once a fortnight, that's pretty good....
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House warmed... 80s style!

Saturday night was in fact the second of several house-warming type events, as the flat is really not big enough to hold all our friends at the same time. This one was dominated by the Warwick posse and also by a fabulous 80s theme. I managed not to take a single picture -- or even bother to get out my camera -- for the whole evening, but luckily other people did a very fine job of that. If you've still not been to our new flat (hello, family!) you will probably get an invitation to a smaller event in the near future :-)
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Syriana + Elections

I'm sufficiently recovered to actually have enough energy left in the evening to blog about something -- that's a good sign, right? Even if it is a quite pathetically banal entry about the fact that I had quite a good weekend, and that I saw Syriana this evening. It was a good commentary on our very destructive involvement in the middle east, but with nowhere near the depth or emotive force of Munich, say, or even Crash. No Oscar for j00, and deservedly so. Also, we are now only 959 days out from the 2008 American election, folks. You think I'm jumping the gun? Just you wait; the first 2008 election special is mere weeks away, I promise. You can already start reading up on prospective candidates (the websites are already getting into the swing), the current frontrunners in the polls indicating that it's shaping up to be a Condoleeza-Hilary race, which is fun in that it'll at least be a female President, even if she will be either stupid and corrupt or smart and evil, depending who wins. I can't...
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V for Vindicated

Spoiler content ahead: general themes and intentions examined, no specific plot elements or character actions discussed. Probably no single word and all its meanings sums up the movie V for Vendetta. From the definition of vindicated: To clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof To provide justification or support for: vindicate one's claim. To justify or prove the worth of, especially in light of later developments. To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one's rights, for example). To exact revenge for; avenge. The hero of V is a terrorist, and not the freedom-fighter, only-kills-bad-people kind. Despite his appearance as a literal caricature of a terrorist, he is much more believeable than the kind one usually encounters in an action movie: he is motivated, like real terrorists usually are, by very personal grievances that only partially justify all of his actions. The movie is not just his revenge, it is about his attempts to...
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Big Weekend

This is the first weekend that has not been dampened by some external factor like moving or illness or homelessness for a couple of months. Quite a lot of fun was had. Friday started with Yahoo!'s first UK Hack Day. A brilliant concept: get paid to learn new stuff and build a pet project! The hack we decided on was an internal-only map application to find desks and meeting rooms in the byzantine recesses of the London office. As it was the first UK hack day ever, there were some teething troubles -- like not having sorted out development boxes ahead of time -- but in general I met some cool people, and while we didn't finish our hack, we got all the important bits working, and going from nothing through design to implementation in 8 hours despite quite a lot of infrastructure issues is a pretty impressive feat. I capped out Friday with a return to Popstarz, at 5 weeks the longest gap between visits in ages. The horror that was their Funfair-themed evening had faded, and I had a great time, though I...
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Blog Birthday

On this day five years ago, I made my first and extremely modest post to this humble blog. Five years and 945 posts later, it's still going. Not too shabby. 946 now. Only about 15% of them were as short as this one though.
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They're coming!

As mentioned previously in my linklog (what, you mean you don't follow it every day?) and recently picked up by Dom, Samuel L Jackson's latest for-the-money picture is going to be Snakes on a Plane. So self-evidently ridiculous in concept and premise is this film that 5 months before its release it is already a cult hit -- it even has its own wikipedia entry. I have been eagerly anticipating this movie, and at last, the trailer has landed. Mr. Jackson does not disappoint, launching straight into lines like "Enough is enough -- *loads gun* -- I've had it with these snakes." As always, the gun-loading is an integral part of the dialogue there. Oh, it's going to be great. Just think! Snakes! On a plane! Update: SoaP has been covered by Real Life. Expect every other webcomic to follow suit.
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