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David Cameron's Facebook Movie [Feb. 14th, 2014|01:45 pm]
Our glorious leader.
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DAY OF THE DOCTOR [Nov. 23rd, 2013|09:31 pm]
[mood |jubilantjubilant]

I *actually* flailed. Me, a grown man over 30 years old several times flailed my hands all over the place while watching this show.

To quote many people on twitter, Moffett you magnificent bastard!!!
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Feeling weird [Sep. 2nd, 2013|08:46 pm]
[mood |apatheticapathetic]

Do you every have one of those days where you want to do something, or think you'd enjoy doing something but you really can't build up the effort to do it? I was supposed to be going to a skeptics in the pub meeting tonight and I always enjoy them. I have good chats with people I know, I enjoy listening to the speaker and learning new things, but I just couldn't be bothered to go. Same thing this weekend, I planned on going to the cinema, but instead spent the weekend in tracksuit bottoms and a t shirt.

Hell, I nearly quit writing this blogpost halfway through. Hoping I don't feel like this tomorrow, I've got a D&D game to get to.
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Nine worlds Geekfest [Aug. 15th, 2013|09:39 pm]
Earlier this week I came back from the 1st annual 9 worlds convention that originated on Kickstarter and it was absolutely amazing! I will most definitely be going back again next year after everything I did and saw. I've come back with nearly a dozen books, many either signed or second hand, and compared to what I could have brought I consider this the height of restraint.

The convention was sorted into tracks for all the different subjects from gaming to cosplay, steampunk to feminism. The main tracks I spent most of my time at were scepticism, books, film and fanfic, the last of which I learnt what 'Omegafic' was. Do not google, you cannot unknow this information no matter how much retcon (water) and brain bleach (punch) they had available.

I also played my first board game in nearly twenty years which was a lord of the rings RPG where I played a Dwarf coming to help a band of heroes defending Frodo from a group of trolls and Orcs. I was very badass and killed two apparently fearsome creatures by sneaking up behind them both and smiting them with one blow. I really regret not spending any time in the gaming rooms.

I may have to find a gaming group nearby to play more. I can see how much fun events like DragonCon could be.
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Cat news, job news, and fic news [Feb. 2nd, 2013|12:36 am]
[mood |tiredtired]

Wishing everyone a belated happy new year and a surprised good luck to US readers over Obama's inauguration speech which was overtly liberal and touched on a lot of issues that his supporters find important. It was surprising because Obama's always presented himself and acted as a centrist pragmatic Democrat, and has disappointed his base constantly by his acts on civil liberties and drone warfare. Anyway, good luck to him in his second term.

My cat Sally, who's sixteen years old has been ill lately being very lethargic and not eating went to the vet's again this week and is happily far more active, and she greedily ate all the special food the vet gave us. Due to funding cuts by the Tories our department had to give up the tenancy on our building and move into the council buildings near Finsbury Park where they practice "smart working", this means funnily enough that although everyone else has an official desk and has to lock away their laptop and all their personal items as they don't technically have a personal desk, as I'm on the Front Office team and have to have a "secure working environment" as I deal with official documents, passports, bank statements etc, I'm the only one who gets their own office. Which is very cool.

In fanfic and sceptical news I've come across an amazing piece of writing called Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. The basic premise is what if Petunia instead of marrying Vernon Dursley, she instead married a scientist. Harry Potter is introduced to the wizarding world and tries to apply rationality and the scientific method to the problems he faces there. It's an Aesop written by AI researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky who also writes at lesswrong.org. Highly recommended.
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NASA Johnson Style [Dec. 16th, 2012|01:52 pm]
[mood |bouncybouncy]


That is all.
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Happy Carl Sagan Day [Nov. 9th, 2012|09:57 pm]
[mood |happyhappy]

So today or rather this evening, I bring you three videos. First off is his best known, The Pale Blue Dot.

THE SAGAN SERIES (part 1) - The Frontier Is Everywhere


And finally a musical piece, Melodysheep's A Glorious Dawn.


I'm still sick with the flu, but videos like this always make feel good.
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Uurrghhh [Nov. 7th, 2012|02:14 pm]
[Current Location |Work]
[mood |sicksick]

I am feeling like absolute crap right now and really looking forward to going home and having the rest of the week off.

I did go and see Marian Call over the weekend when she came to London on her Euro Tour, and congratulations to Obama and the liberals in the US, good luck with the next four years and I hope you don't have to put up with as much disruption from the other side as you did the last four years.

Bye
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I'M ALIVE!!! [Sep. 24th, 2012|01:08 pm]
[mood |boredbored]

I am still alive, and there have been a few changes in the life of me.

I had an amazing time at The Amazing Meeting and met up with some friends from the JREF forum in Real Life, not as many people as last year but still great fun and there are lots of videos on the JREF youtube page.

I have a very nice shiny new laptop as well as a big screen wall mounted TV that my Dad and stepmum bought for my 30th, and after nearly a week of cursing not being able to connect one to other, the Brat said "what do these cables do?" and so I used the HDMI cables to connect them.

The big screen HDTV was the most expensive present I think I've ever received, but the Kindle from my sister and step-sister has been getting the most use and thoroughly increased my book reading, and thanks to ArchiveOfOurOwn's downloading capability, the amount of fanfiction I've been reading has increased as well.

And while the political odd couple of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have been arguing about how severely to screw the economy up and beat the poor, over in the US the Republicans seem to be going out of their way in order to insult people they need to  vote for them. There's latino's, blacks, the elderly, the young, and the unemployed but seeing as Republican politicians are working overtime to use voter suppression against those groups maybe it won't matter anyway.
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Holidays and a request [Jun. 4th, 2012|07:33 pm]
[mood |gratefulgrateful]

I've just booked my flight to Las Vegas for TAM 2012, and am very happy to have done all of my bookings a month ahead of the actual event, because I do have issues with lack of initiative and prevarication, which I am very prone to.

I've spent the Jubilee weekend here in London not fawning over the Queen and the royal family, but actually reading books and staying off the computer, this afternoon will be the first I've been online in two days. I've fallen a bit behind with my non-fiction reading, but my SF progress has been very good.

This week I've read the Solaris Rising 2011 short story SF collection, Greg Egan's Oceanic short story collection, Ken Macleod's Night Sessions near future book, and I've started listening to The Nano Flower, the third in Peter F Hamilton's Greg Mandel series.

Now I have a slight request to make of you, I'm thinking about buying a ebook read for my upcoming birthday, and I was wondering if any of you fine folks had any recommendations? I really can't afford anything nearing a hundred pounds, but if anybody can think of a good cheap I'd be very grateful.

Cheers!!
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