Can't sleep. Clowns threatening to eat us. This weird shared brain thing means we both get insomnia at the same time. So how about those annual round up memes that everyone's been doing for the last month?

Right, not going to do "first post" stuff, because I find that pointless. So instead, most commented on post per month:
Posts of the year round up )


From just about everyone already, the annual round up quiz:
Questions 1-25 )
26. What was the best book you read?
Fiction: The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gollancz S.F.) by [livejournal.com profile] scott_lunch
History: The Glorious Revolution: 1688 - Britain's Fight for Liberty by Edward Vallance
General interest: The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford ([livejournal.com profile] undercover_econ/[livejournal.com profile] tim_harford_fd)

Questions 27-40 )

Well, that took awhile to write. It's now silly o'clock in the morning, and we're meeting friends to go shopping in Leeds in less than three hours, think I've had about 4 hours sleep total. Ah well. In case I don't post again till tomorrow, happy new year y'all.
Sir Isaac Newton, [livejournal.com profile] draich_goch, Humphrey Bogart, [livejournal.com profile] blacktone, Quentin Crisp, Ismail Merchant, Rick Berman, Shane Macgowan, Sol Invictus and Helios.

Those being people picked from the list of birthdays I either like or that have had some impact on the world. Remember, if anyone tries to "remind" you that "the true meaning of Christmas" has something to do with the birth of some kid just over 2000 years ago, remind them that, well, it's got nothing to do with that and true Christians wouldn't celebrate a pagan festival anyway. So eat, drink and be merry, because that's what it's all supposed to be about.

I'm about to turn in, having wrapped all our gifts and decorated the tree, busy day tomorrow—the joys of a 4-year-old. Still, there's more chocolate than she can possibly eat, and we're off to the pub for lunch. G'night all, and Happy Christmas.
  • 16:16 in the only not fully reserved carriage on the Leeds train. Guess what? It's the one without electric sockets again... #
  • 16:38 finally on the way and hoping the journey is as good as last time. #
  • 19:03 in the North. You know how I know this? 5 layers on and still frozen. #
  • 22:56 happily falling asleep at the bar, it's a lot warmer inside a decent Elland pub. #

Look, it's better than me texting LJ directly when I'm bored, right? Plus, y'know, microblogging, it's all the rage donchaknow. LoudTwitter
  • 23:27 wondering how he was supposed to eat a meal at the desk with two forks. Oops. Bit colder food now it is. #

Look, it's better than me texting LJ directly when I'm bored, right? Plus, y'know, microblogging, it's all the rage donchaknow. LoudTwitter
12 real ale pumps, damn fine cider, quality food, great staff[1] and a top quality landlady:
Part of the play is a fight between St George and an Arabian, which got one of the men who was in drinking rather excited. He shouted some stuff like ENG-ER-LAND! ST GEORGE! ENGLISH KNIGHT! to which Liz said Actually he was from Palestine... Then he stood up and shouted BNP! BRITISH FUCKING NATIONAL PARTY! Liz was not happy about this. Liz said OI! Shut the fuck up! We'll not have your fascist shit in MY pub! in a very firm voice.
One of the many reasons why I'm quite happy to be moving up there.
[1] Yes, I'm biased, but what do you expect?
  • 23:00 watching Serenity (again) and hoping to get some energy back tomorrow. I'm getting old... #

Look, it's better than me texting LJ directly when I'm bored, right? Plus, y'know, microblogging, it's all the rage donchaknow. LoudTwitter
  • 13:38 travelling back to London and wishing he wasn't. #
  • 14:16 waiting for the train at Wakefield and wishing AMT still had the coffee licence, Costa's just not the same :-( #
  • 15:05 wandering what the point of free train wireless is if you've not got any power sockets. Bring back GNER! #
  • 16:43 changing at Vauxhall after a nice efficient journey. How did that happen? #
  • 17:39 sat in the office drinking Carlsberg, I'm the most sober here... #
  • 21:25 waiting for a table that was booked for 9pm. And a lot more calm than Cat. #
  • 21:52 starving. But at least the pizza is on the way. Hopefully. #
  • 22:27 listening to a musak cover of a Sisters song. Scary. #
  • 23:48 stood waiting at Waterloo for the train back to Wombledon. Knackered. #

Look, it's better than me texting LJ directly when I'm bored, right? Plus, y'know, microblogging, it's all the rage donchaknow. LoudTwitter
  • 20:12 freezing. It may not be that grim up north, but it's definitely not mild Torbay weather. #

Look, it's better than me texting LJ directly when I'm bored, right? Plus, y'know, microblogging, it's all the rage donchaknow. LoudTwitter
  • 18:52 updating for the sake of updating, and chuckling at the weird happenstance of my last update and my most recent twitter follower #
  • 23:05 happy. Belgian waffles, good ice cream, whiskey and a gorgeous fiancee. What more does a man need? #
  • 01:46 experiencing the joys of a fairly ill but very grisly 4-year-old :-( hope she's better tomorrow. #

Look, it's better than me texting LJ directly when I'm bored, right? Plus, y'know, microblogging, it's all the rage donchaknow. LoudTwitter
On this whole 'moving in with Jennie and moving to Yorkshire thing'[1]? It is, unfortunately, too late to change my mind. Look what I just found out:
Embrace are an English guitar rock band from Brighouse
Gotta love Mitch (2:13 in for the reference)
[1] By the way, I may've forgotten to mention this, I handed my notice in to my landlord last week, I'm moving in formally on Jan 3rd. Just, y'know, for the record.
Weird, I haven't posted for the best part of a week, and even then it's been link/discuss. Um, yeah, alive. Can't claim busy (although I can proclaim exhaustion I think).

Have loads of stuff I kinda-sorta want to post about, including a few damn fine books I've read or am reading (Vallance's The Glorious Revolution being top of the list, a book about events in 1688 still has many many modern echoes that nearly inspired a post or three). But, well, actual inclination to do so lacking. A bit of a meh mood really—when I'm in Yorkshire, I'm either working or wanting to spend time with SB, when I'm down here I'm recovering.

OTOH, very busy week this week—just got back in from the London leadership hustings for the Lib Dems, and, um, yeah—two damn fine candidates that I'd be happy to see as leaders, both very very good. Consensus in the pub from those who've been members longer than me is that both were better than any of the three from last year. Given that one of them was a candidate last year, well, competition + experience = bonus in this case.

Tomorrow I go, hopefully, to see/hear Iain M. Banks get interviewed at Imperial, although timing on that one is difficult, it starts at 6pm and I technically finish work at 6p. Ah well, finish early I guess.

Then Thursday I have tickets for the [livejournal.com profile] now_show. Friday, probably, going out somewhere, then Saturday back oop north. Memo to self: book tickets for journey. Am reading entries, just not commenting much, spending a lot of time haging out on various Lib Dem places trying to see if anyone can persuade me &c. Also, my attept to port my twitterings to Facebook has worked fine, but they're not showing up here, which is annoying.
Journey was a pain, bus was delayed getting to Leeds then they had multiple driver changes, so got home at about half eleven and not the more civilised tenish I was due.

Knackered, caught up with essentials and am now crashing badly, werk and an important meeting with clients tomorrow--anyone got plans for the weekend I can shoehorn myself into, or any events that I could go to?

via / YouTube link
I has manflu. I hope it's manflu. Barely slept last night, not concentrating properly. Jennie went to the chemists, bought me some medicinal supplies. This including four different types of sore thraot sweet, a cough syrup and a chocolate orange. Have I mentioned how great she is recently?
How great am I? You don't know? Things to cheer you up on the train home, a notification in your inbox from [livejournal.com profile] coffeechica entitled DRUM ROLL:
This suggestion has been planned for implementation. Please watch the [livejournal.com profile] lj_releases community for updates.
I knew what post it was before I opened it, but it was nice to be sure. So that's two fixes from one suggestion.

I'm still of the opinion that the concerns about trolls editing comments are missplaced, but those that run LJ abuse disagreed--we've come up with a way to get around the problem. I reserve the right to bitch about them messing up MY idea with poor implementation, but, y'know. I rock!

ETA: Changelog entry detailing how it works:
Bullet point summary of implementation--paid users only apparently )

Oh, had a great night out, met [livejournal.com profile] nhw in the Melton Mowbray and talked SF geekery and politics with a bunch of people, was rather nice. Time to sleep now methinks.
Life is good, money is tight, work's going OK, I'm probably moving to Yorkshire sooner rather than later and would like to make the best of London while I'm about )

What are your three favourite things to do in London?

What would you most recommend to people, what do you like to do most, etc. Including events, clubs, museums, attractions, cafes, etc.

When's the best time to go there, is it best to go with a group, and would you like to take/show me (and others?) around, etc?

Specifically, thie Friday I plan to go to Inferno again, haven't been for ages, anyone else want to come along? Other than that, I have no plans at all any evening or Saturday--suggestions very welcome. No guarantee I'll be able to do stuff, but odds are I'd like to rather than not like to.
Isn't actually that bad to complete, and I've enjoyed reading the ones others have done, so here goes.
What I was doing X years ago )
Tomorrow
To be decided, probably Exeter to see the sites, meet people and possibly look at the new Princesshay. We'll let you know if you've expressed an interest.
First up, the Lib Dem leadership thing. Ming's resigned, so be it, spilt milk, my opinion had been hardening against him the more crappy media coverage he got, yes, they were OTT, but a decent press team could've turned some of it around, I can only conclude he didn't know what image he wanted to present and thus came across as dithering. As to who to back? No clue at all, soft Huhne, remain to be persuaded. However, my former MP has stated his opinion on a possible candidacy rather clearly:
Someone asked if my question today had been my bid for the leadership of the Lib Dems. My answer to anyone who asks me if I'm going to stand is that I would rather roll around naked in a field of stinging nettles. In other words the answer is a big resounding no.
Not an image I particularly wanted there Adrian.

In other news, our post appears to be coming back to normal. Jennie? Mah T-shirt has arrived.

I likes it. Rather a lot. Fankoo.
So, uninstalling all my internet drivers, installing a completely new USB dongle, finding out that didn't work, unistalling it, rebooting the machine, reinstalling the dongle I was using before and rebooting the router, and Ive been online for three hours no problem So, I've backread the 'people' filter. You know,t eh quiet one, with people that don't post much and similar. ?skip=80. So, um, yeah, comments? Not happening.

Congrats to [livejournal.com profile] ms_ntropy, commiserations to those that need it, hugs to the people a bit depressed, and then a "go read this" to one of the funnier posts I've read recently.

Oh, yeah, there's been news. I have no clue, not had time to read. Have been watching lots of Blake's 7 though. Here's hoping that posting this doesn't jinx the whole thing.
matgb: Artwork of 19th century upper class anarchist, text: MatGB (Hungry)

Cupcakes!

Oct. 10th, 2007 11:44 pm
Jennie and I are having our first argument. I think it's a northern thing, but we will solve it with skience:
[Poll #1069303]
Because, seriously, although we're giggling, this is the first time we've seriously disagreed.
ETA: Despite quite blatantly losing this vote, she's now making excuses—the votes of Americans and Southerners don't, apparently, count. OK, currently still winnning anyway :-D
[livejournal.com profile] shrublette is attacking me with Mr Chompy. I blame [livejournal.com profile] innerbrat, damned silly dinosaurs.

Ah, it appears he prefers chocolate to humans, I'll buy him off with a chunk.
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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

Known to post items of interest on occasions. More likely to link to interesting stuff. Sometimes talks about stuff he's done. Occasionally posts recipes for good food. Planning to get married, at some point. Enjoying life in Yorkshire.

Likes comments. Especially likes links. Loves to know where people came from and what they were looking for. Mostly posts everything publicly. Sometimes doesn't. Hi.

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