From the bottom

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It’s the anticipation he fears. Loves. Fears. Needs. The endless tumble in the pit of his stomach. Not knowing. Giving up everything with no return promised. But it arrives. Always. Regardless of interaction, whether gentle caress, stinging slap, or simply ignored. It always returns. He yearns. Pines. Flinches. Wants. Adores. Hides. Desire, desire, desire. There is a certainty of nothing. He wants everything and silently pushes for more. For enough. The junkie fixed on the immediate. More, more, more. Now, now, now. Stop. More. Stop. More. Stop. More. More. Stop. Stop. STOP. He melts and dissolves, static flows downstream, he gives it all away. Willingly. Wantonly. Wantingly. The nervous calm arrives. At her word he is nothing of himself and …

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Confusion on the way home

Reading time: 3 mins
“Ohhh that reminds me,” she said “I’ve got a mince pie for you”. Considering we had been talking about the screeching fan belt of the car in front of us, this was a bit of a leap. I’m not sure what reminded her but I let that slide, you don’t learning nothing after 10 years of marriage. Quickly my mind caught up with hers and I too started to ponder dinner. “Great,” I said. “Hmmm, do we have any potatoes in or shall I stop at the shops?” A simple enough request, one would have thought, yet the silence remained broken only by her bemused glance. “ummmm, yes there are some in the fridge…” she assured me, with a definite …

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Too simple

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So here’s the thing. We all use computers to do things. Whether it’s hardcore hacking, or browsing the internet for aubergine recipes, it’s just a tool that does ‘stuff’. Right? As such, once you’ve mastered the basics and understand the main conceptual ideas, it’s a pretty easy tool to use. The mouse is relatively intuitive after a quick demonstration, the keyboard remains familiar to those who remember those clicky-clacky things that occasionally went shzipp-BING! You know, the ones you see in old movies. Typist writers I think they were called. On the whole, the mechanics of using a computer are pretty straightforward. Conceptually you can explain a lot of the workings of a computer using simple, common, metaphors. You have …

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STOP THE BUS!

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It simply cannot be almost 2007. I refuse! Turn back the clocks, rewind the days, reset the weeks and recall the months. I DEMAND A RECOUNT! What a year it’s been. Good and bad. Mainly good. I WAS gonna do a list of lists type post but, frankly m’dears I cannae be arsed. I’ve been fighting a cold since Christmas Eve eve and have little enough energy as it is. And it’s much better to look forward at times like these. Forward to the new job, forward to the continuation of learned habits and regimes, forward to some resolutions I’ve already made but not as “New Year” resolutions (we don’t do those). Forward is where we are headed and where …

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What's in a name?

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Anyone who has been visiting this site for a while will know that I have a bit of an ‘issue’ with the identity. It’s been through “snowgoon” to “something” to “gordonmclean.something” to “gordonmclean.co.uk” to “informationally overloaded” (and I’ve probably missed a couple).. and I’m sure you will agree when I say that THE MADNESS MUST STOP!!! Thing is… well… I dunno about you but I’m just not that keen on “informationally overloaded” as a title. I’ve considered shortening it to “info-overload”, and considered switching it back to being a tagline. I just don’t know. It’s a quandary indeed but I’m leaning on having just “Gordon McLean” as the title, with “is informationally overloaded” as the tagline. And I know I …

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Annoyances

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The online status of blogrolling.com is currently changing faster than superman in a phone booth. One minute it’s up, next minute it’s down. I wouldn’t mind but I can’t get the built in “blogrolling-esque” WordPress stuff to work properly (it won’t show when I site has been updated), and considering Bloglines was down for a while yesterday I can’t even tag into that system. So, for the next few hours, there ain’t no blogroll. Sorry. Decided something is better than nothing – Other Blogs section now back (on the left) but doesn’t show when a site has updated. ~ Whilst I’m bitching, does anyone know how to STOP WordPress adding paragraph tags where it doesn’t need to? Keeps catching me …

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Currie vs MajorI really don’t want to comment on this (especially as I agree wholeheartedly with what Stuart said) but I’m gonna, don’t worry it’s short. Will all members of the press please STOP giving these has-been politicians column inches! I think I can safely speak for a large portion of the general public when I say that, while the revelation was mildly amusing, and vaguely unsettling, it really doesn’t warrant 3 days worth of coverage. The things people will do to promote a book.

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Discipline

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Erk, I’m at odds with some recent readings in the papers. Before I start let me say that I fully support the NSPCC FULL STOP campaign. Child abuse of ANY form is evil and, personally, I think the people who perpetrate it should be subjected to the same emotional and physical abuse they dole out to children (the punishment fits the crime). However when you read that the NSPCC are stating that ALL forms of ‘violence’ should be outlawed, I begin to worry. They state that by spanking your child, you are sending the message that love and violence are acceptable, intertwined. That children are better served to be punished in other ways. I kind of agree with this, but …

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Silly

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Silly adj : lacking seriousness; given to frivolity; “a dizzy blonde”; “light-headed teenagers”; “silly giggles” [syn: airheaded, dizzy, empty-headed, featherbrained, giddy, light-headed] Love can be defined as silliness. I don’t mean silliness as in daftness (although the border between the two is very blurred), I mean silliness as in the daft (see!) little things we do to amuse the other. Silly voices, silly faces, silly words, just plain silly. Personally I think silliness is massively under-rated. People frown on silly behaviour, and it is generally thought to have a certain time or place. This is true to an extent, but not, in my opinion, the places most people think. I know my attempts at silliness is a ‘defense mechanism’ – …

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