Ambient Poison

For the last couple of weeks, my daily life has become a gamble of health or sickness, comfort or agony. A subtle killer has been at work, slowly poisoning me, varying the dosage and the method of delivery. My poisoner is crafty, no doubt, and has thus far eluded me. My current suspect is exhibit A: My symptoms are mild but annoying: I'm itching. The itching gets worse and turns into spots, then the spots spread until I am an ongoing scratch-fest of irritated discomfort. At first I thought my new shower gel was responsible, but I discarded that and symptoms persisted. My new candidate has been promising: after buying Persil non-bio and re-washing my bedsheets, things got a lot better. But I also washed a lot of clothes with those things, so despite a lot of precautionary re-washing, an unknown percentage of my wardrobe is still infected with the poison. So every morning I play itchy-day Russian Roulette, selecting clothes at random and hoping they're safe. But when it's an itchy day,...
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Bird Q (and A)

So, in response to Bob's question of a few weeks back, now that H5N1 has been found in a British swan, the BBC has the answer: What should I do if I see a dead bird? Do not touch it. Government advice is that if you find one or more dead swans, ducks or geese, more than three dead birds of the same species or more than five dead birds of different species, in the same place, you should contact the Defra helpline on 08459 33 55 77. So there you have it: clear and unambiguous advice. Not just who to call, but under what circumstances -- and it seems Bob, with just one dead bird, did exactly the right thing by not calling! Go him! ...of course, the nitpicker in me (and you lot. See, I know you) wants to point out that there is some ambiguity. "The same place" is slightly ambiguous, for a start. How big an area is a "place"? Within sight of each other seems reasonable, but what if they're scattered around a lake? The same county? Does "England" count as a place? It's also failed to specify the...
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Foursome

Pretty good weekend. TLP was over and we did Mary's cocktail party in style. And now, a mindless quiz, belatedly stolen from Ed: Four jobs I’ve had: Developer (9 different companies) Network tech support Audio typist (like dictation, but you can rewind) Data entry monkey (at a mental institution) I was a web developer at 7 out of 9 of those companies, and a Java developer at the other 2. Four places I have lived: Trinidad (St. Augustine, then Goodwood Park) London, UK Coventry, UK Winchester, UK Winchester is dead dull but Coventry is the arsehole of the universe. Four television shows I like to watch: Futurama The West Wing Smallville Top Gear (no, really, it's hilarious) Four places I have been on vacation: Paris, France New York, NY St. Vincent and the Grenadines Barbados Going to more interesting places is a big goal of mine. Four of my favourite dishes: Um, not a big foodie, really... Sushi. In quantity. Medium-rare beef steak Cheese...
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No school for gays

Christian college University of the Cumberlands, which this year will receive more than $10 million in state funding, has caused controversy by expelling a student for being gay after he revealed his sexuality on his MySpace page. Although it has subsequently revised its statement, the school's original press release readThere are places students with predispositions can go such as San Francisco and the Left Coast or to many of the state schools. The message that "fags should get their education elsewhere" could not be clearer. This is not a conduct issue -- Jason was on the Dean's List -- it is a pure, simple discrimination issue, and people need to pick up this story and spread it around to make it clear why the separation of church and state (as recently advocated by Bob) is still as critical as ever, and why we should not allow the UK to follow this terrible example.
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Oh dear

It's been ages since I blogged. Sorry, life's been a bit busy and routine, so not much has happened and there's not been much to talk about. The new series of Doctor Who is great, the final series of West Wing is crap, and CakePHP rocks my world. Hopefully I'll have something to show for all the time I've been spending fiddling with it soon.
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The final sign of spring

The tube has just passed out of that two week period between winter and spring when it's actually a comfortable temperature. The long, hot, horrible tube summer has begun, folks.
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