Autumnal Musings

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Working from home today to allow me the option to go and stand over a bank manager to MAKE him process our new mortgage application in time. This should save me having to make a payment to both the old mortgage AND the new one this month (if that happens I’ll be offline for the month as we’ll have no money to feed the meter, and we’ll be living off beans on toast. That’s one can of savers beans and one slice of toast borrowed from the neighbours… to last the month). Presuming that everything goes well today, I can look forward to a weekend of peace and quiet. Louise is away from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon on a …

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Life out of Balance

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Koyaanisqatsi – borrowed from a friend, watched last week. “If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster. Near the Day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky. A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans.” The Hopi Prophecies are sung throughout this film, and I guess sums it up quite well. The movie itself has no dialogue and, and this is to belittle the impact it has, is little more than a series of moving images set over music (provided by Philip Glass). As the first part of a trilogy, released in 1983, “the film is an …

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Mister Sandman

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tee hee, heh… teee hheeee…. hehee…. Ohhh how she laughed. Well it was more of a giggle to be honest, a muted little murmuring. I wasn’t even sure what she was laughing at… I have a routine, some would say ritual, when I’m in bed trying to get to sleep. Lying on my right side, in an adapted recovery position (my right arm is tucked behind me rather than in front), I ponder what tomorrow holds, making a mental note of things I need to get done. As I relax I start semi-dreaming – a sort of cross between dreaming and projection I think – and next thing I know the alarm is going off. Or, as was the case …

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Growing Pains

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Is it just me? God, I hope it isn’t, I THINK it isn’t. But what if it is? I’m gonna sound daft…. How old do you feel? I know that no-one really feels the age they are, most people being ‘stuck’ somewhere in their mid-twenties; personally I’m still 23. I have no earthly idea why that age in particular, but it was a good time in my life so it could be worse. I’m not sure that’s the best reason mind you but hey, I didn’t choose it… did I? OK, now let’s reverse things, does anyone ever feel ‘mature’? I don’t mean a long standing feeling, or knowledge, that you are level-headed or just not ‘silly’ anymore or anything …

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Three days

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Back to work tomorrow after a fairly productive day today. Fireplace is 3/4 done. Should get it finished either tomorrow or Wednesday evening. Mind you I’ve got a long weekend coming up so might leave it for then. Anyway, not even sure why I’m sitting here as the two bottles of Ruby Cabernet are telling me I should be going to bed. I think I’ll listen to them.

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Whoosh

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How on EARTH did it get to 8.30pm on a Sunday night so quickly? Lemme see… Saturday morning, in Glasgow by 9.30, breakfast, then haberdashery, Debenhams, Toys R Us, Asda, Dumbarton. Lunch in the Abbotsford. Check holiday details with sister-in-law, get mortgage papers signed and witnessed. Meet up with my parents. Out for dinner to new Bar Buddha. Asda again on way home. Bed at 11.45pm. Sunday morning, get up, leisurely breakfast. Drop Louise at friends for baby shower/nightout. Start fireplace, measure, measure, cut, think, measure, cut, think again, measure, cut, compare, measure, cut, glue, nail, cut. Check clock. 8pm. Stop for dinner. What happened to lunch? No wonder I’m so knackered on Monday mornings. The thought of having to …

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Igniting the Web

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UPDATE: All of the extensions have been checked and are compatible with Firefox 1.0. Thanks to Adrian and Thom for some additional suggestions. I’ve recently introduced a couple of people to the Firefox browser. I have to admit to getting quite a buzz watching their faces light up as you show them the basic features (efficient popup blocker, tabbed browsing, excellent FIND function) and how fast it is compared to IE. The next thing I do is show them the extensions I have installed, and I figured some of you guys might appreciate these too – you HAVE switched to Firefox, haven’t you? On with the extensions then, and I should note that there are many many more extensions available, …

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Don't go to hell

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Was it fate or coincidence that happened to choose Cake’s ‘Fashion Nugget’ album to play after I listened to Pete’s album? Either way it seemed apt. Vocally Pete’s voice is a mix of Edwyn Collins, David Bowie and.. well someone else I’m sure. Sounds wise I think Cake and the Coral are the first names that popped into my head, with a touch of early Cure kicking around in there as well, but I have to admit that “sort of offbeat 80s indie pop” is pretty accurate. In saying that, it’s difficult to pigeonhole this as it’s obviously the fruit of a lot of experimentation in different sounds. With that, not all of the tracks work in their entirety, the …

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WATCH this space

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Long term readers may recall that I love my watch. It’s Danish design excellence AND it tells the time. What more could a man want? Well.. this Suunto watch might go on the list. I HAVE mentioned when my birthday is… haven’t I?

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