Yeah baby!

Just HAD to repeat this quote here, taken from saltation’s stint over at Bacon, Cheese and Oatcakes. “Life is NOT a journey to the grave with the goal of arriving safely in a prettily preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways in a shower of gravel and party shards, thoroughly used, utterly exhausted, and loudly proclaiming: “Fuck ME, that was BRILLIANT!” I start tonight NOW!

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Ick

Back from a pub lunch, one pint of Guinness was all I had but I can already tell this afternoon will be a struggle. It’s times like these that I long for my first job, where a Friday lunch quickly turned into a Friday afternoon in the pub. Ahh the joys of working in a 15 people company. It’s not helped by the fact that the office temperature has been turned up, and I’m sitting here melting. Anyhoo, whilst I remember, a happy birthday to Alan, 30 at last! Stuart said you guys were out at Del’s tonight so I might pop along. Right. I’m off for a coffee… no a diet coke. I need the caffeine but not the …

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Answering the question

Firstly, thank you to Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. I’ve always had a fascination with encyclopedias, and can quite happily spend hours skimming through one, picking up all sorts of useless information. Alas that information didn’t include (although when I think about it, it probably did I’ve just forgotten it) a definition of what makes a road a road? what makes a street a street etc etc. So, to answer a question that kept the wife and I amused for about twenty minutes the other night* (when I say amused I mean we argued, and when I say argued I mean at one point I was hiding behind the back of the sofa as she hurled things at me…): ROAD: A …

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Personalise this

Sometimes, when considering what to post here, I’ll start with a passing thought and try and analyse it a little to see what depth it has, and who it relates to me. For example, the Donnie Darko article in the miniblog (on the left there), made me pause and think about thoughts I used to have as a teenage boy – family gathered round my bed in a hospital after I’d heroically saved the rest of the family from some tragedy or another. Recently I’ve not been able to get a handle on anything that’s really hit home, well not emotionally anyway. Other areas have seen me leave some lengthy comments (some reposted here) about ‘techie’ stuff. Odd that. Anyway …

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Blog rules!

GO BLOG!! Ohh sorry… too much American Presidental Election coverage has addled my brain… That should really be “Blog Rules” as in “these are the rules by which I blog”. This is my site. It contains MY thoughts and MY opinions. I proffer them forth not to have you agree with them but simply to put them “out there”. As a visitor to my site you can chose not to read my opinions. You will, obviously, have your own opinions. I am entitled to have my own opinions. You are entitled to have your opinions. They may never match, but that is no reason to insult me for my opinion. I am always willing to re-consider my opinion. This post …

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Pursuit of pleasure

Partially nicked from yesterday’s Independent. According to Michael Flocker’s The Hedonism Handbook there are 10 signs you’re in too deep: You no longer remember anyone’s phone number because they’re all in your mobile You e-mail people who are seated within 20ft of you You make itineraries for your holidays The idea of a full week without internet access fills you with terror You are bored if the television isn’t on You have to watch the news every day, just to be sure the world isn’t ending You regularly watch sitcoms that you have seen countless times before You are unable to sit still and think in silence Your conversation regularly revolves around the lives of others instead of your own …

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Stuck

Don’t you just love days like this? Spending hours in long meetings, trying to find a way to get more work done in few hours. How about shorter meetings! I’m also a bit stuck by the death of John Peel. I feel bad, and I know he influenced a lot of people but I have been a tad surprised at the outpourings. Similarly I find myself stuck until November the 5th. The date is moving closer, and the final plans for the wedding are taking place – tonight Louise gets her bridesmaid dress altered – and until it’s passed we are having a hard time planning for Christmas, our holiday in January (FECK I’VE STILL NOT GOT MY PASSPORT PHOTO …

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Buzz off

Looks like the American spelling bee is heading to the UK in the form (somewhat) of the BBC’s new show Hard Spell: “Britain’s best young speller step forward because SPELLING JUST GOT COMPELLING.” (emphasis mine). Good grief. To be hosted by Eamonn Holmes, the executive producer said “This will be like Pop Idol, but with spelling. We want it to be fashionable to spell well.” Fashionable? Is that what we are reducing basic education to? FASHION?! I WAS going to rant about this. With teachers for parents I guess it strikes a nerve, and I could easily rattle off an essay length post about declining standards foisted by pencil pushing government officials, and how I think a return to stricter …

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Predictive

It’s a wonder we can communicate at all these days. The propensity to just send an email, or a txt msg (sic) is killing the art of conversation. You could take my wife’s approach though. She likes to send txt msgs that are every so slightly misleading, forcing the other person to phone her up and ask “What ARE you on about?” Take this evening’s txt msg for example. For part of a friends wedding present we were going to get them one of those nice engraved slate nameplates. However, Louise sent the following txt msg: “We were thinking on getting you slave slave* for house as want you to have keepsake…” Needless to say the bride was slightly perplexed …

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