Today's meme is brought to you by the letter C

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

mwezzi has just insisted that I use the letter 'C'. Hm, let me have a think.

1. Cherry Lips - Garbage
2. Creep - Radiohead
3. Confide in Me - Kylie
4. Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk - Rufus Wainwright
5. Coin Operated Boy - Dresden Dolls

That was not quite as difficult as I had feared. They pretty much jumped out at me as soon as I looked through my music library. Christ, I'm a bit of a miserable sod when I think about it.
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Fringe Adventure 2010


The last couple of years, I have used my LJ to document my Fringe adventure. I was swithering as to whether or not to do so this year.

Micro-blogging is clearly the way of the future. My Facebook caters to my exceedingly short attention span and allows me to post short (usually), concise (sometimes) and relevant (um, occasionally) status updates. Therefore I've decided to do all of my Fringe reporting there. Photos, videos and general comments can be posted as and when I think of them, rather than waiting until the next day.

Most of all my LJ friends are already on Facebook, but for anyone I haven't added yet, find me here.

I'll post a review of the whole adventure here at the end of the week.

10 Things That Make Me A Geek...

I've been so busy lately that I feel that I'm neglecting my video game collection. I currently have a whole bunch of games that I haven't finished. There's also a couple that I haven't started yet, but that's mainly because my current PC is insufficient to play them. Damn you, multi-core gaming!

Anyway, in fitting with today being a day of doing sod-all useful, here is a meme I've pinched from madamexdeficit. Running a little late for Geek Pride Day, here are 10 things that make me a geek:

1. The subject of the opening statement to this post, my video game collection. One next-gen console (PS3), two previous gen ones (PS2 & Cube), four older consoles(NES, SNES, N64 and Master System), a mid-range PC and a DS lite. And a metric fuckton of games. Yes, they all count as one thing.

2. My middle initial is T. I tend to tell people who ask that it stands for Tiberius.

3. My flat has a whole bunch of geek paraphernalia including a blue Force-FX lightsabre, a 1/60 Wing Zero Custom and a wee TARDIS fridge.

4. I have over 350 DVDs (with box sets counting as one). Plus around 400Gb of downloaded crap.

5. I'm a keyboard obsessive. I have about five on the go at any one time, switching them about depending on which one I feel like typing with.

6. The other day I wrote "Borag Thungg, Earthlet" on someone's birthday card.

7. If I'm running late, I find myself often singing the White Rabbit's song.

8. I read TFWiki way too much (Damnmit, Shortpacked).

9. I got most of the Crichtonisms first time round (I used this for the rest).

10. I want to re-learn how to play the cello, mainly because of this.

There you are, ten reasons amongst many, many more.
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On health and such

Ok, so I'm still eating a fair amount of junk food. Not a vast amount. A burger there, a pizza here. I'm hardly going to start judging myself on what I eat (as I'd not judge others on the same). But it's been said that one is always one's harshest critic. I am having a good amount of veggie-type food, which I always feel is preferable to mountains of meat.

And there's the smoking. I have quite a lot of guilt about that. However, I don't feel that I'm quite ready to quit just yet. Ok, I'm not ready at all. I should maybe set myself a deadline about that. Perhaps after the Fringe.

On the plus side, I seem to be doing not too bad for exercise at the moment. Well, they say that sex is good exercise and I'm not going to argue with that. I'm also doing my usual level of walking everywhere, no change there. I'm not sure if I can be bothered with the gym for now, but I'd like to start swimming again. Maybe this lovely summer weather will inspire me to go, if only to cool down.

I'm not seeking advice or anything, merely thinking out loud.

And the Terminator is all like "I need a vacation" and it's funny

I need a holiday. Like seriously. Lately I've been feeling like the only things keeping me moving about are caffeine, nicotine and forward momentum.

I've had a couple of days off since New Year, plus one long weekend. But I need a proper week off, with some proper relaxing. Spend an entire week without going into town. Sleep in lots. Catch up on some video games playing. To achieve this, I've booked a week off in June. I'd rather not take two weeks off at once, as I want to keep enough holiday time so I can get a week off in August too, for the Fringe.

I'm so looking forward to the Fringe. I had such a blast last year and saw so much good stuff. I'll be looking to see my usual range of shows, Mikelangelo, Patti Plinko and Lucy Porter. But I also really want to see Ali McGregor again. And Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, if he's got a solo show this year.

Roll on June, so I can get the Fringe Guide and have a holiday. Until then: Stiny! Get me a coffee!

Also, here's a bit of Mr B to educate you all
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Bob cast Revive! It's super effective!

Wow. Remember how my last post was a narrowly avoided emo-festival, ending with me hoping the coming year would be better? Boy howdy, did that ever work.

Let's see. Work? Work is better now that the World's Worst Manager(tm) has got the boot. New Manager is lovely, so my working environment is much improved.

I've found myself further tangled in the polyamorous web of fun and doom. Just about everyone that reads this will probably be up on the story anyway, so I'm not going to go into detail right now. Maybe later, as it's something that I should talk(write) about more.

I've decided to stay in my wee flat for another year. It is expensive, but it'd be more expensive to uproot everything and move. My vague plans to get out of my overdraft and start saving have been only partially successful. To be truthful, I'm still kinda hoping for a bit of a lottery win to bail me out. For shame, Bob.

Other than that, I'm surrounded by half-played videogames, unread books and unwatched films. There are several cats trying to knock down my door to steal my chicken and get hed-scratchins while they're doing it.

Oh, and I'm still smoking like a big filthy smoker. Wheeze, hack, cough, etc.
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    Radio 6 Music

To sum up

I had prepared, drafted and was all set to post an extremely self-pitying and emo LJ post. Then someone reminded me about the concept of wangst and I decided to junk it.

Instead, let me simply say this - Let's hope next year is a bit better, eh?

Two new shiny black boxes.

One small, one not so small.

This is for anyone not in the loop. Meaning the loop that is me, that is.

A while ago (months) my big bastard PS3 started acting up. This was just after I'd got a couple of funky new games for my birthday to boot. It started cutting out after half an hour's play, and then not coming back on again. It initially appeared to be an overheating problem but then darkened into most likely being a power supply problem. Repair would be needed. Fucksocks, said I.

I left it for a couple of weeks and then tested it before taking it to the shop. It worked fine, for three days in a row. So I pounced! Took the whole bastard thing, box, cables and all, down to HMV and traded it for a PS3 Slim. For £90. The RRP is £250. And they gave me Batman: Arkham Asylum for a fiver with it. Fucking Score, said I.

Skip ahead a couple of months and I was looking for a replacement smartphone. As comforting as another iphone would be, I was fed up of all it's incompatibility nonsense. I'm not a goddamn Apple user. Anyway, I lost faith in T-mobile when they knocked me back for a G2. Vodaphone's Blackberry Storm 2 isn't going to be out for another couple of months. So I went into the O2 shop, stood tall and triumphant and bellowed at them "GIVE ME A PALM PRE FOR FREE RIGHT NOW!" in my most I-know-what-I-want voice. And they did.

The Palm Pre is wee and shiny. It does most things the iphone does, most of them better. It's only 8Gb, but that should do me fine for now. I'm still working out a how to use a few of the features and it needs a couple of improvements that will probably come with software updates. But otherwise it's funky, it's neat and above all it's not Apple.

Here endeth this gadget-love session.
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