Thunk

I love Guinness, not mad keen on the after effects of 10 pints of the stuff mind you. Twas a good night last night, a couple of drinks after work ended up being several with Louise joining me in Glasgow and our mate Stuart coming out to play as well. A few beers, some Nasi Goreng from Cafe Mao (we really MUST try somewhere else someday) and then back to Stuart’s to watch the BB eviction that he had recorded on his fancy schmancy Sky+ box (jealous? me?). Alan arrived shortly after us which was an added bonus as the poor dear is normally working, such are the perils of being a bar manager. Tonight it’s Alex and Rebecca’s housewarming …

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FREE SPV C500

In the market for a new mobile? I strongly suggest you check out this offer. Pre-order the brand new SPV C500 Smartphone (due out a week on Monday) and get 100 mins cross network and 100 texts a month for £25, free connection, £75 cashback and the handset is FREE! Normally it would retail over the £100 mark. I’ve loved every minute (almost) of my SPV so I can’t wait to get my hands on this little beauty. This is the best offer, for any type of mobile, I’ve seen for ages. What’s the snag? You gotta pre-order it today. You also have to take a new contract which, if you are on Orange already, means a new phone number …

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New blog on the block

I don’t do this often but I’m smitten already… Lazy Edinburgh Novelist is.. well exactly what is says on the tin, the blog of Edinburgh novelist Abigail Bosanko. In the Scottish Fiction section, there I was next to Christopher Brookmyre. Two copies of ‘Lazy Ways to Make a Living’ next to three copies of ‘Be My Enemy’. We have the same publisher but Chris has written a lot more books than me – at least a shelf more – and his latest is always prominently displayed, with the cover face-out. A face-out display gives an author a sales advantage. I had to squeeze all his stuff together and ram him up against John Buchan to give my book some space. …

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More money stuff

Well it’s payday. At last. Been a wee bit bad this month in some aspects (spent too much on… ohhh I dunno.. illuminated keyboards!) but overall it was a good month as we restructured things and are paying out less than we were before. Mortgage wise we’ll be, paper-work pending, switching to a three year fixed rate again come end of August (5.74%). Whilst this doesn’t dramatically change the amount we pay out each month for our mortgage in comparison to what we pay now, only a difference of £25 or so, the difference over what we would be paying if we DIDN’T switch is substantial and somewhere around the £100 mark. Yikes! And rounding off the financial theme, if …

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Easy Rider

He throws his leg over the saddle, composes himself, then pedals off, pulling out straight in front of me in the process. He weaves a little, I hold back to give him room. He veers into the middle of the road, wobbling. Coming the other way a pizza delivery scooter slows to make a right hand turn, stopping to wait for a gap in the traffic. The cyclist continues his path, straight into the scooter. Low speed, he can hardly pedal, and the two riders exchange words. He wobbles onward, weaving across both lanes, causing cars to swerve. Louise calls the police. Part of me hopes he was in an accident, but that he is only damaged, teaching him a …

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Stationary ache

Working at home, as I am today, has a lot of advantages. The main one for me is concentration. I’m in almost complete control of my environment here and end up losing all track of time. Louise knows to phone me around 12.30 to make sure I stop for lunch (which I frequently miss when at home, but never ever when in the office). I’ve just realised that I’ve been sitting in the same position for about three hours, so if you don’t mind I’ll go for a walk round the garden. *creak*

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Money matters

Awaiting two more quotes for the new boiler installation. Both from local companies, one of which Scottish Gas would’ve subcontracted anyway. Both of them have suggested the boiler can be placed in the loft with a remote control unit (wireless) sited anywhere we want. It felt much better dealing with the people who will actually be doing the work rather than a salesman. Here’s hoping the prices are a bit cheaper. However I’m not holding out. Grade A Condensing boilers will be mandatory in about 9 months time so there’s little point in us taking an old style combi-boiler. This is why the quotes have been so high. I think. And I’m off to the IFA today to see about …

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My new keyboard

My new keyboard  UPDATE: OK and explanation. I had one of those big MS Office keyboards for a while but the damn thing was just too noisy. I work late into the night and the computer is in the spare room next to our bedroom. This keyboard has laptop style buttons, is much quieter and about half the size of the old one to boot. The fact that it lights up was not a factor in the purchase. Well maybe it was… if only they’d had the purple one… UPDATE to the UPDATE: Illuminated keyboards on eBay – I’d suggest going for one of the UK ones. Might even try and sneak one myself as the US layout is annoying …

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N.M.F.

I’m useless at coming up with new ‘buzz’ terms as I prefer my English to be plain and simple and easy to read. That aside, his series of posts (articles?) on New Musical Functionality, finds me once again agreeing, to a point, with Mr. Tom Coates. If you have ANY digitised music, and any interest in the future of consumer use in that area, I strongly suggest you get over there and start reading: 1. The New Music Functionality.2. The New Musical Functionality: Portability and access.

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Today

Will someone remind me to: Finish the redesigned redesign here, switching content order. Pay the overdue gas bill. Send off details to activate internet savings account (why I have to POST these is beyond me as I already have two verified accounts with the bank in question). Pay the council tax. Take a picture of my funky new keyboard. Get draft outline designs to Keith. Clean up my desktop(s) – real and virtual. Create some new CDs for the car – suggestions welcomed. Sort out the spacing in these bulleted lists! (yes?) Honestly, I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to do any work.

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