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|Sunday, September 6th, 2009|
Just downloaded The Mary Whitehouse Experience and it's as good as I remember it being. :) Shocking quality but considering it's come off 18-year old videotape I can't complain.
|Sunday, August 30th, 2009|
|When it's quiet...
...I walk around work. I work alone on Sundays, so I can walk up and down the office or do press-ups without people thinking I'm a freak. I mostly walk when I'm on the phone to Alicia, I figure I must cover two or three miles when we speak.
Life in Sheffield continues apace. I have a wonderful flat all to myself and I'm slowly tearing myself away from my PC (easier since it's slowly dying) and other interests to actually get out and try to change my life. Or not change it, since it's pretty good at the moment, but improve it.
I'm reminded of a book lent to me by Doctor Bob, Neil Strauss' "The Game". I know I'm late to this particular party but I've also learnt I'm something of a "natural", so no real need for me to know of it. One of the pick-up artists in the book had a dream of starting a community where everyone would try to improve themselves and each other together. Never happened of course, the place imploded under a great weight of neuroses and imperfections.
Not something I see happening in my own life. Alicia does try very hard to improve me, at my own request I hasten to add, and I'm glad of it. And I attempt, weakly, to improve my own situation. It's funny that for someone so into cars it took me this long to stop spinning my wheels and gain some traction on life. Still, I'm on the move now. :)
Speaking of which I will be heading to the US at the end of the year. Pretty much everything I own will be up for auction, which is a very scary thing. Still, if any of you have ever looked at some of my stuff and thought "I'd like that", this is your chance. Of particular interest is my car, which is looking for the right owner.
|Sunday, July 26th, 2009|
|It's been a while.
My dear Alicia (who I'm marrying in less than two months) will already have read this...( Read more...Collapse )
By the way, if you weren't invited to my wedding/reception and think I made a mistake, tell me in the comments!
|Wednesday, April 15th, 2009|
|Wednesday, March 25th, 2009|
|19th September it is.
The wedding date is set for 19th September in Minneapolis. If you would like to attend (I'm afraid you'll be paying your own airfare) then feel free to add a comment saying so.
For all those who cannot make it to the US but would still like to see us, we'll be having a pretty informal reception in Manchester on the 26th of the same month. Again, drop me a comment if you'd like to be there.
|Sunday, March 22nd, 2009|
|Hey peeps? I'm engaged.
Yeah, I asked and Alicia said yes, so it looks like I'll be off Stateside sometime soon. We're planning the wedding for September most likely, should be confirmed soon.
|Thursday, March 12th, 2009|
|Stuff from the States.
OK, quick update, I'm still working at FSC, I'm currently on holiday in the US visiting my wonderful girlfriend and I'll be moving into a nice apartment by myself in July. I know I have been neglecting this blog but I'll be trying to put up some more interesting thoughts and updates in the near future. My new work hours should make this a little easier. :)
Anyway, as is my habit I was reading right-wing blogs (it's always useful to read opinions from both sides of a debate), specifically Cato, a libertarian website, and I found this charming piece on prohibition.Alcohol Prohibition Was a Failure
You see, the cannabis question has opinions on either side. Cannabis isn't dangerous vs. Cannabis has become more potent. Cannabis causes schizophrenia vs. Cannabis only highlights existing conditions. More people will take it vs. Legal action can prevent children from gaining access to it. And the only semi-concrete facts we have as to what might happen if cannabis were to be legalised is the aftermath of America's Volstead Act. So, reading up on what worked and what failed about Prohibition in the US might help us form more accurate predictions on what would happen should cannabis be legalised. Anyway, go away and do your own research, form your own conclusions. As for my belief, I will leave you with a quote from perhaps the greatest economist of the 20th Century, Milton Friedman.
"But, you may say, must we accept defeat? Why not simply end the drug traffic? That is where experience under Prohibition is most relevant. We cannot end the drug traffic. We may be able to cut off opium from Turkey but there are innumerable other places where the opium poppy grows. With French cooperation, we may be able to make Marseilles an unhealthy place to manufacture heroin but there are innumerable other places where the simple manufacturing operations involved can be carried out. So long as large sums of money are involved-and they are bound to be if drugs are illegal-it is literally hopeless to expect to end the traffic or even to reduce seriously its scope. In drugs, as in other areas, persuasion and example are likely to be far more effective than the use of force to shape others in our image."
|Saturday, September 20th, 2008|
|Well I promised.
Yesterday was mine and Alicia's two year anniversary, or something. She has come over for a long time and it is all going well. We're going to the States for Thanksgiving, it should be fun.
|Sunday, June 29th, 2008|
|One week to go.
In one week my wonderful girlfriend will be arriving for a long stay. It will be awesome.
That is all.
|Sunday, June 15th, 2008|
Well, I didn't make it the whole 54 miles, just 42, but I'm still pretty impressed with that. I'd like to thank our awesome support team (Adrian, Marielle and Darren) who made it all possible, and the volunteers who gave so much so people could carry on. I recommend the Caledonian Challenge to anyone who likes hot physiotherapists.( Read more...Collapse )
I think I'll be back next year, I felt pretty good despite all the aches and pains, I still had a load of energy and it was only the worry of permanent damage and the nagging doubts of finishing the stage that stopped me. Next year people I'm going to do it all.
|Friday, June 13th, 2008|
|Walk to end my life.
Hello peeps. As some of you may know I'm off on a quick jaunt this weekend, specifically walking 54 miles across the West Highland Way in 24 hours as part of the Caledonian Challenge.
I'm still trying to raise sponsorship so if you'd like to sling the Scottish Communities Foundation some money please visit:http://www.caledonianchallenge.com/sponsorship/online.php
Our team is the boringly-named Fujitsu-Siemens Computers and you can donate up to the first of August.
|Sunday, June 8th, 2008|
|Saturday, June 7th, 2008|
|Saturday, May 31st, 2008|
|Sunday, May 25th, 2008|
|To Adrian Sutil
Damn, I don't know if I'd of handled it as well as you did. Heartbreaking. Good drive though dude.
|Saturday, May 24th, 2008|
|Friday, May 23rd, 2008|
|Have _you_ had an unexpected stimulant injection lately?
"User called to advise that he has spilled coffee on the base unit of his PC, and the monitor has stopped working.
It seems that the monitor cable in the back of the base unit bore the brunt of the caffienated deluge, as the user had to dry the connector before he was able to unscrew it and reseat the cable.
He has done this, but despite the fact that both monitor and base unit have power, the screen is displaying a "no signal" message.
Passing to FSC to check monitor, and make sure that there is no further damage from the unexpected stimulant injection."
|Thursday, May 22nd, 2008|
|Wednesday, May 21st, 2008|
And now the bonnet badge has gone off my car. Since the bonnet needs repainting anyway I'll probably leave it, but still. Motherfuckers.
Karma is a bitch.
|Wednesday, May 14th, 2008|
|This one couldn't wait.
"user advised that a tofee sweet fell into the printer, the paper fed through the printer taking the tofee sweet with it
the printer smells of burning as the toffe sweet has gone through the printer
user advied they are unable to use the printer as the printer has tofee inside it"