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I’ve often pondered if there were any way I could make money from this silly little hobby. That pondering has been doubly deepened recently given that my wife’s hobby (“occasions” card making) is now bringing in a little cash each month and that kerfuffle about Mr.Kottke quitting his job to blog has got me a-pondering like a pondering person who ponders a lot. How could I make money here? Adverts? I don’t think my traffic is high enough for that, for example, whilst I do post Amazon Associate links on my site when I can, I’ve made precisely an amount less than £5 in the three years since I signed up. Hardly what I would call anything approaching a steady …

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Wade In

Awful news over at Fuddland although I’m sure that statistically he was one of many that got mugged on Saturday night (on re-reading this sentence, it may sound like I’m belittling what David went through, I’m not). Stick that in your election fever “we’ll have more police on the streets” pipe and smoke it. I’ve never been mugged (touches wood several times) but I have been, to use the local parlance, “jumped”. When I was 16, on a lovely summer’s evening on the banks of the River Leven.

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Fight Club

In the midst of this movie the core message is delivered by the central character (or central character once removed if you like): God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, …

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Light Drizzzzle

Ick. What a horrible day. Solid grey sky, walls of drizzle, faded light. Mind you, it might just be that the office windows need cleaned. ~ Is it acknowledgement or acknowledgment? ~ My nephew has gotten himself a tattoo. A large tattoo which reaches down his upper arm to below short sleeve level (just). It would be awfully hypocritical for us to suggest he doesn’t get any more but I am slightly concerned about how future employers will view them. ~ Crapola. Bloglines is down. Now I don’t even have a diversion, I’ve got to work!! Nooooooo….. ~ Popped in to see my parents last night, they’d been down to York and stopped in at Alnwick on the way back. …

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Employment

Kaiser Chiefs – Employment @ Amazon.co.uk I’m at a loss. If this is one of the ‘bands of the year’ then 2005 is going to be pretty lean and full of bands that sound like they’ve been around for ages. Super Furry Animals is the easy comparison, and whilst the leap to the Kinks isn’t too far in terms of style, it’s an unreachable level in terms of substance. This isn’t a bad album at all, far from it, but it does sound like I’ve heard a lot of it before. Thoughts of Interpol, Radio 4, British Sea Power, and back to bands like Space and the “Furries”, all flood my head As I said it’s not a bad album, …

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Sparky

I swear I can hear it laughing. Honestly, if you keep really still and hold your breath you’ll be able to hear it as well. Just a slight tinkling, not so loud as to draw attention but enough that I know it’s doing it. “Ha ha ha” it says. “All those Saturday mornings, cycling with that leather case dangling dangerously from the handlebars, in rain, occasionally in hail, rarely in sun. Slow on the way there, fast on the way home as the weekend was now yours. Dreading the practise, the exams and the weekly showdowns. What was it all for?” “Ha ha ha” it says. “All that time and effort and for what? I sit here, day after day, …

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Internal Thumping

Most nights, just as I’m dropping off to sleep, I “hear” a loud thump. It happens fairly regularly and usually manages to scare the bejesus out of me. The first few times ended up with me wandering the house trying to find out what had fallen over. It’s most odd. The closest thing I can find is the myoclonic twitch but that’s normally associated with the legs/arms/body. Is it possible I’m experiencing these in some small internal muscle near or in my ear/head??? Just wondering.

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Random Alley

Rainlendar – Having to check your calendar to confirm the day of the week isn’t a good thing. SuperNanny – could be addictive, and yes I AM slightly aroused by her “suit and glasses” look in a “I’ve been a bad boy miss” kinda way. Barbelith – Subcultural engagement for the 21st Century and chock full of “interesting stuff”. Google Video BETA launch – Helping media meltdown? Blog abuse is spreading people – let’s be careful out there!

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Hoisin

Hello? Is this on? Small blip there, apologies. I presume I missed a memo somewhere as it was definitely a server issue that affected a few other sites or was this one of those things I was emailed about months ago and have since forgotten? Most probably the latter so apologies again for the lack of warning. ANYWAY… As a Technical Author, I write software manuals for a living. The process of creating the manuals involves a fair amount of planning, information sourcing and research. Frequently I am writing the manuals at the same time the code is being developed, and it’s only towards the end of a project that I get to see the finished applications and compare them …

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