My memory sucksAll day I’ve been thinking “Ohhh must jot that down” or “I wonder if anyone else thinks that..” and so I thought I’d type up some of those thoughts and share them with you. But I can’t. They’ve disappeared. Only one I can vaguely remember was a rant about the elderly, specifically the ‘wee old women’ that ramble on about how the youth of today have no respect or manners, more specifically the old bat that nicked our table at lunchtime today. I was standing making sure Louise could find me (we were in a shopping centre and she was across the concourse) and I had my bags perched on a chair. I turn round to sit down …

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Something new #286Stutter: To speak or utter with a spasmodic repetition or prolongation of sounds.Stammer: To speak with involuntary pauses or repetitions. Now ya know. (If you are wondering this is the result of one of those afternoon conversations in the office, which moves through 23 different topics and leaves you wondering what the difference is between a stutter and a stammer…)

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Scottish Blogs.And then there were 40! Not sure how many ‘members’ of the Webring read this site, but I am pretty chuffed at this, especially as people are now joining without me having to ‘invite’ them. I am working on a couple of minor additions for the main site too, the ability to list all the sites in a sidebar or floating window being one. That (working on the Scottish Blogs site) reminds me. I’m toying with a re-design for this site. There. I’ve said it publicly. Guess I’ll have to do something about it…

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Galactic Toss MonkeysYa know I was toying with trying to explain what I was going on about, but having typed and re-typed explanations, and then reading them, I don’t think I’ll bother. And anyway, that’s the point of an in-joke, you don’t have to explain it, it just exists… Many films, games and TV shows have in-jokes, they help tie the audience closer to the programme, and you will find that many groups have a similar history. It’s kinda fun trying to guess how some of them came about…

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Are you pondering what I’m pondering?You don’t mind, do you? I mean it’s my site and all that, so I’m gonna indulge myself, ok? What am I doing here? No I don’t mean here as in the world, the universe and all that. I know the answer to that one (it’s 42 in case you are wondering). No I mean here, this website. It started as somewhere for me to store my thoughts and try and empty head whilst I was going through a ‘difficult’ time. Most of the personal stuff was written in that period, with most of the thoughts being scribbled in the aftermath. I started a blog (on DATE) because it was a good way to jot …

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Pretentious, moi?That reminds me, Alex makes some very good points about us here ‘Bloggers’ in one of those “oh you I know exactly what he’s talking about” kinda posts that you read and then wonder why you hadn’t thought of it.. Now, does using the word flummoxed in a comment make me pretentious?

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Warning – In-joke alert!It has been pointed out that a Google search for the phrase “galactic toss monkey” returns no results. Galactic toss monkey. Galactic toss monkey. Galactic toss monkey. Galactic toss monkey. Galactic toss monkey. Galactic toss monkey. Galactic toss monkey. Galactic toss monkey. Galactic toss monkey. Galactic toss monkey. Galactic toss monkey. Galactic toss monkey. (The really sad bit about this is that only Alex and Izb will know what the dickens I’m going on about…)

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Everyone’s CountrysideScotblog covers a news article that I spotted too, the Scottish Land Reform debate. I didn’t get the same stats though and I must admit it is pretty amazing. For all you none Scots you have to remember that the large majority of Scotland is rural and uninhabited, I guess (and I’m no expert) that only around 20% of our country is inhabited in meaningful numbers, and I wouldn’t be suprised if that figure was less. This year I am hoping to get out more on my mountain bike (I’ll cover that misnomer another time), so I will be following this bill with an interested eye.

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Paying for stuffI’ve been on a bit of a spending spree recently. I’ve long been a subscriber to various ‘ezines’ and of course there are a few tools that make publishing this very website possible. I also use, and have used, some pieces of shareware for quite a while now, and all in all the guilt has become too much. So Tag & Rename, BlogRoll, LangaList, and soon Blogger Pro. I would pay for the Lockergnome newsletter, but it’s free, as is Winamp. I own PaintShop Pro and Homesite (used to create this site) and WindowBlinds. And of course the behemoth that is Microsoft Office. All the other ‘essential’ programs I use are free. Yes I have used pirate software, …

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RecommendationI’m a big fan of ‘word of mouth’ about a film. This will prove crucial this year as we have monthly passes to UGC, and, whilst I won’t mind going to see some of the Hollywood dross (like the Bond film), I am hoping that I WILL save money based on the films I would’ve paid to go and see… if you know what I mean (I hope you do, cos my head is frazzled).So, after Chicago (or maybe the same day?) I’ll drag my significant other to see Spider (once I’ve convinced her that it’s not about our eight-legged friends). This is purely based on what Alex had to say, so he’d better be right! (Have heard good things …

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