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Weekend: Mostly quiet, inadequate amount of work done. Shopping on Saturday resulted in the usual couple of comics TPBs, albums by the Cocteau Twins, Bjork, T’Pau and John Lee Hooker. I blame one of my exes for the T’Pau album – she kept playing it at me in a vicious manner, and I woke up one day and found I liked the album. Also picked up a couple of large photo-posters – a New York Skyline (cliche, I know, but it’s a fantastic skyline) and a rather nice shot across the Seine of Paris in the Fog, and some more strange smelling oils and incenses for the room – I’m getting into aromatherapy at the mo. Finally, the purchase of Syphon Filter 2 for the Playstation lead to a revealing insight about me (ha!) – all the games I own are either single player only, or two players in conflict. This, I’m sure, surprises no-one that knows me.

Went out on Saturday night with Mark, James, Ryan and Ross. Haven’t seen most of them in a while, so it was cool to catch up with them – the new flat/job combo have conspired to alter my habits a bit, so I’ve been kind of out of touch…

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Playground

I got this link from Lyssa, who is back from her holiday. Sadly, she appears to have had a rather unfortunate automotive accident inflicted on her, which is not a good thing, although it sounds as if she’s recovering OK. Anyway, the link is to a work of brilliant and horrible genius. Visit it.

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Batman

Once again, a week without enough updates. So, what’s new? Well, there’s that big honkin’ plane crash, I guess. Someone I know posed an interesting question: As a result of this, will people be more concerned about flying Air France, or flying on Concorde? I suspect the later – all the press has been focusing on the fact that it was Concorde that crashed, not “an Air France plane”.

Hearing reports that the Director of Pi is attached to Batman 5, and will apparently be working with Frank Miller. I’m a little skeptical – Miller’s name has been linked with this for so long, but nothing has ever come with it. Each time there’s been a new Batman film, there’s the inveitable round of “They’re going to make The Dark Knight Returns” rumours… (NB: the link is to AICN, but it’s apparently turning up in Dreamwatch this month)

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Dial-Up

Finally, a decent net connection in the new flat. No more having to drag the laptop through to the lounge, because now I have an extension kit. Now I can be on-line in the privacy of my own room, which pleases me greatly. I haven’t been able to do this for years. Now, the Cure are playing on the Stereo, and I’ve got the the candles burning. It’d all be achingly goth if the room wasn’t decorated in yellow and blue. That said, I do have thick red velvet curtains, because they came with the room. This really is making me sound like some 17 year old with their hand nailed to their forehead, so perhaps I ought to stop now, before I make myself look even worse.

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Nostalgia

Normally, I’d dismiss this aort of thing as sappy, or saccharine, or just basically nauseating romantic twaddle, but reading.boy. reminds me of the first year with her. If I were feeling melodramatic, I’d probably capitalize that H, Her. I mean, we were engaged and all, and when we split up, I was wrecked, but y’know, it’s been a couple of years.

Still, reading .boy. really took me back to the good parts of that relationship. Edinburgh in the snow and streetlights. First night in the new flat, chilled Baileys by candlelight. Curled up on the sofa as she watched Titanic and cried as it ended while I read a book. Those snapshot moments of relationship joy, the feelings that will hang forever. Visit the site, you’ll see what I mean.

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General Update

Another week with next to no updates, and this time, I’ve got an excuse – I’ve only been in thsi job two weeks when I’m left running the tech department, as the senior chap runs away to New Zealand for a Funeral. All a bit tricky for me, as I blunder around a complex set of SQL table relationships, and strangely fragmented and disorganised bits of PHP, trying to make sure it all keeps working, and even improves in places. Meanwhile, various members of staff manage to break critical bits and bobs, and generally make sure that everything that can go wrong, does. So, been a bit busy. Still haven’t got on line with the Toy yet, either.

Meantime, antony has just redesigned his site, which looks nice, although I’m not sure about some of his font choices for headers.

Related to that, I’m still working on the redesign for this place. Got some initial layout ideas done, (which I’ve just realised won’t work for everything I want, bugger) but every idea I had for logos was clearly rather derivative. I thought I’d found a nice one, them I realised it looked quite a lot like antony’s old headers, which just goes to show that he’s a bastard for having the good ideas first. Do not trust this man. If you see him, run the other way.

Note for those confused: no, I haven’t forgotten to capitlaise the first letter of his name.

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Toys

Shiny new toy! Unexpected windfall over the weekend, so I bought myself a Revo to celebrate. It’s a nice piece of kit, but doesn’t seem to have as much free software available for it as my Palm III. Sigh. If anyone knows of a site with any good freebies for the Revo, let me know, please.

Otherwise I’m stuck with the spectrum emulator.

Anyway, tonight’s project: Get on-line with the beastie, and see how roadofhate.com looks.

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Awards

The winners of the Yell Web Awards have just been announced. And once again, they’re pretty much meaningless shit. Still nice to see that the one really good site in there, k10k managed to get best runner up. Load of old toss, basically.

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