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(no subject) [Feb. 17th, 2015|10:31 pm]
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So, when I briefly got all livejournally in your faces at the end of last year, many of you were very kind about my mis. 2014 which involved, among other things, not having a job. I repaid this kindness by taking up regular Facebook use, which isn't very good really, is it?

Anyway, just to keep people here updated, I've now got a job! I'm working in the city for one of the clients of my previous employer, and I started yesterday. That was just an induction day in their swanky Mayfair office, so didn't involve any actual work, just a succession of people telling me (and Nick and Gemma and Sophie whose first day it also was) about the company. Today was my first real day, and I did some actual work, and spent some time trying to get my PC _just so_ and went out and bought some lunch in a sandwich shop on Aldgate High Street. (Have you tried walking round Aldgate recently? It's horrific, almost as if they don't want you to get from one end of it to the other. I'm going to go and hunt for lunch in the other direction tomorrow.) The people were all very nice, which is what you expect on your first day really I suppose, but I think they might carry on being nice. Some of them will for sure, because they also worked for my previous employer, and they were nice then. AND it's something of a change for me, because I get to be a C# programmer in my new job, which is going to require a certain amount of bluffinggetting used to, as I've not done a whole lot of that before. I was introduced to something called LINQ today, which is apparently supposed to make code more readable, but in the programs I was looking at it seemed to require the use of triple nested ternary operators. If you don't know what that means, then just be thankful.

Anyway, it's tiring all this work business isn't it? I'm off to bed.
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2014 meme [Jan. 4th, 2015|03:18 pm]
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I don't think I've ever even done this meme before. But there's a first time for everything.

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Ah, go on then [Jan. 2nd, 2015|01:05 am]
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In 2015, ruudboy resolves to...
Go to chicago every Sunday.
Learn to play the vimto.
Give up chewing pens.
Apply for a new hornsey.
Spend less time on minutiae.
Take evening classes in izzles.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:
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Blogcember 30 (albeit after midnight) [Dec. 31st, 2014|12:23 am]
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Hmm, that died a bit of a death, didn't it? Anyway, I had a lovely Christmas thanks for asking! I spent it at my parents', and in contrast to everybody else I managed to travel from London to the north of England and back without a single travel issue.

I mostly spent the time doing not very much, and eating too much food, but on Saturday I met up with lots of old school friends and went for a lovely walk here:

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which was a lot of fun. Fresher air than you generally get in London too.
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Blogcember 10 [Dec. 10th, 2014|04:42 pm]
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So I'm just watching yesterday's Pointless1, and the question is "Football teams who have played in the Scottish Premier League". Someone has just said "Glasgow". Now, I follow football so it's obvious to me that this is wrong, but am I being harsh in expecting that just existing and vaguely paying attention to what's going on around you should allow you to absorb the name of at least one Scottish football team?

So, another poll. I'm not trying to look for clever answers here, I'd rather you gave an obvious correct answer than a wrong one.

Name a football team who have played in the Scottish Premier league




Ooh, it's the next round now, and the category is "Radio 4 programmes". I suspect my readers here would probably do okay on that one.

1In case you don't know, Pointless is a bit like Family Fortunes in reverse - they ask 100 people to give as many answers as possible to the question, and the contestants have to predict the correct answer that the fewest people gave, ideally a correct answer that none of the 100 people gave.
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Blogcember 9 [Dec. 9th, 2014|11:06 pm]
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This isn't going as well as I'd hoped. Here, as a placeholder, have a poll like it's the olden days.

What is the best flavour of crisps?

Ready Salted
5(20.8%)
Cheese and Onion
6(25.0%)
Salt and Vinegar
8(33.3%)
Other, because I'm some kind of pervert
5(20.8%)
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Blogcember 5 [Dec. 5th, 2014|10:46 pm]
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Left it too late to do a proper substantive post again, so I'll do a brief report of the Darwin's Dream exhibition at the Crypt Gallery in St Pancras church, which I visited this week. It was all chicken related stuff - part of the artist, Koen Vanmechelen's ongoing project, The Cosmopolitan Chicken, which involves crossbreeding chickens for the purpose of art. It was interesting, and it's free and on until next Sunday so it's worth checking out if you're in the area with some time to kill.

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Blogcember 4 [Dec. 4th, 2014|11:13 pm]
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Okay, so I may have failed on day 2, but that's no reason to abandon the whole thing is it? But what to write about today? Well, yiskah asks "Surely you have more genitalia-themed posts lined up for December?"

I don't actually, although I suppose I could always - no, probably better not. There is this though - I went to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition today, and one of the sections was a very good portfolio of photos of birds of paradise. From the description of one of the photos:

Having persuaded a female to approach, the male 12-wired bird-of-paradise twisted the lower part of its body left to right, brushing the female’s face repeatedly with its tail wires.


This is fine, but, it does seem a little unfair that when I brushed a female's face repeatedly with my tail wires I had to appear in Crown Court, and I was subsequently forced to sign the sex offender's register. Honestly, it's one rule for the 12-wired bird-of-paradise and another for me.


[Proper post, with actual non-frivolous content to follow soon. Possibly tomorrow, depending on whether or not I sleep properly tonight.]
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Blogcember 3 [Dec. 3rd, 2014|08:01 pm]
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Well, that went well didn't it?
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Blogcember 1 [Dec. 1st, 2014|10:12 pm]
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I want to get back to writing on here more, so I've come up with an exciting new concept, called "Blogcember". It's all my idea, and it isn't based on anything else at all. It's obviously not immediately apparent what it means, but it's simple enough - I'm going to try and post on Livejournal every day during December. It's a portmanteau word made by combining the words "Blog" and "December". Clever, hey?

Anyway, I've left it a bit late today to write anything of any particular substance, so I thought a cheap gag would probably be best. It concerns the over a year old Brazilian mascot being used to promote awareness of testicular cancer, "Mr Balls". It's not a new idea - it's previously been done in this country, as shown in the userpic I've used for this post. Anyway, I'm sure you all want to see a picture of Mr Balls, so without any further ado, here he is.




What? Oh, sorry, it seems there's been a network error which caused us to bring you the wrong picture. Here's the right one.

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(no subject) [Nov. 29th, 2014|04:46 pm]
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He'll be popular.
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(no subject) [Oct. 29th, 2014|07:43 pm]
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Tumblr's okay, but it's impossible.
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(no subject) [Oct. 29th, 2014|07:42 pm]
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Facebook is well rub though. Bah.
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(no subject) [Oct. 24th, 2014|11:51 am]
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I wonder what happened to all the people off livejournal who didn't make it over to Twitter?
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(no subject) [Apr. 7th, 2014|09:57 pm]
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Hello! I went away for the weekend - I stayed in Cromer and it was v nice.

I went to the zoo, which only has South American animals, including capybaras. Giant guinea pigs!



The main reason I went to stay in the area was so that I could see seals. I got up early on Saturday and caught a bus to Morston, from where I went on a boat trip to Blakeney Point. We went out to the end of the point, and it was great - there are loads and loads of seals just basking on the beach, and plenty of them in the water, coming up to the boat to say hello.



After seeing the seals, the boat landed on the point to let us have a wander around it for an hour - it's lovely, a big area of dunes with lots of birds there, including oystercatchers:



I also saw sand martins, terns and also - and they're really called this - greenish warblers. Come on bird namers, you can do better than this.

While I was messing with my camera, I realised that it has a tilt-shift mode, and so I had to have a bit of a play with it:



On Saturday night, I had fish and chips which I ate on the sea front.



Fun weekend!
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hashtag firstworldproblems [Apr. 2nd, 2014|01:16 pm]
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My mobile phone contract's up for renewal in October so obviously, I've been getting eggcited about it absurdly early, and trying to decide what I'll have next. I'd pretty much nailed it down to being between the Google LG Nexus 5 - because who doesn't like a tax avoider, if they make cool stuff, and the Samsung Galaxy 4. The final decision would come down to which one I could get the best contract on with 3 in October. This morning in London Bridge station, I saw an advert for the forthcoming Galxay 5, which just throws me into a whole new world of turmoil. New shiny thing!

Last night I made sandwiches to bring into work today, which I like to do from time to time as it makes me imagine that I'm going to start being sensible and be more careful with my money - after all, you may have heard that there's a cost of living crisis. Although I'm lucky enough that I'm able to cope with this, things have got noticeably more expensive haven't they? Particularly tinned tomatoes. Anyway, obviously, like I always do when I do sensible things, I followed it up with a non-sensible thing this morning, namely that I forgot to bring the sandwiches out with me.

Anyway, in nice news, I'm going to East Anglia tomorrow for a long weekend. I'm going to see seals. Also, we're having an Easter Egg decorating competition at work and I've already got an idea. Which I'm not revealing here because at least two people from my work might be reading this, but I can eggsclusively reveal that it's based on a pun around the word egg.
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Free stuff! [Mar. 13th, 2014|10:57 pm]
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Hello. Long time no post. I don't know how many people still even read this, but I'm trying to declutter, and I'm giving stuff away, starting off with old computers. I have two Commodore Amigas - a 500 and a 1200, and also a Commodore monitor which would go best with the 500. Oh, and several games, both legitimate and otherwise. They're free to one or more good homes but you have to come and collect them in North London.

I've also found a Mario Kart cartridge for the Nintendo DS. This is also free to anyone what wants it, but I'll happily post that to you so it's a little less London-centric. Gone!
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(no subject) [Jan. 12th, 2014|12:51 am]
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mrs_leroy_brown requested cat photos.

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Quincegate [Nov. 21st, 2013|02:28 pm]
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So, Dean is my neighbour, and Deborah is another one of my neighbours. Last week, a tray of quinces appeared in the hall of my block with a note from Deborah inviting Dean to help himself. A few days later this note appeared on the wall:

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This morning, this was there:

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That's quince jam. At least I hope it is.
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(no subject) [Jun. 13th, 2013|05:34 pm]
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A couple of weeks ago at work, it was declared "Fish and chips Friday" and one of the partners went round the office just before lunchtime taking orders. Yesterday, we got afternoon tea - scones (plain, cheese, currant), clotted cream, jam, strawberries. I'm convinced that they're fattening us up, and in a couple of weeks the partners are going to shed their human skins, and eat us all with their sharp, lizardy teeth. Still, while it lasts it's the next best thing to working for Google, and without the tax controversy.
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