Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tasting Death

I had sushi and/or sashimi for breakfast, lunch and dinner today.

My stomach is currently making hilarious gurgling noises...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Inexplicable Joy

Something I feared would go terribly wrong today went 99% right, and that was before 10am! It has almost literally blown my mind! In my worst imaginings it's been like some kind of sci-fi "self-aware nanobots infecting your system" scenario (very Alastair Reynolds!)...but turns out, it worked!

Loads of other stuff is still fucked though...And I really need to fluff-out and prettify my "Duh-du-Duuuh 2010 Ideas!" thing tomorrow...I shall unplug everything except that document, my eyes, and my ipod. I will...I will...

Took Mosh for her checkup...all is well...came back to catch the "new little dude" cat eating her food...she later had a fight with "aggressive annoying cat" (aka 'Cheeky')...but it's nice to know there's a whole feline ecosystem going on...

On the way home (past Flo's "school") the teacher was putting up their contribution to the St Werburghs Art Trail...I stopped for a chat:

[blah, blah, pleasantries]
Teach: ...so we got them to do self-portraits...
Me: Hey, is Flo on there?
Teach: Oh. Yeah...she's next to her friend 'A'. Here...they got to...choose their...own..."look"...
Me: That's the best picture ever!
Teach: She wanted to have a big red nose apparently.

My "art" project got rejected a year ago....Flo wins by default!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tigermilk vs Science

If I let Flo listen to TMBG it is officially morning, but if (as she just requested) I put a bit of Belle & Sebastian on she almost immediately goes to sleep.

She's right!

The new TMBG album seriously fucking rocks! And B&S are boring as fuck....but whatever works....works!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Guri 2 : Fuckheads 0

So. I cheered twice today. I literally shouted "Hooray" involuntarily on 2 occasions...

Remember the really sweary post from Friday? Well, guess what happened today? Well...

The agency sent someone round to look at the freezer. Yep, it is broken! But, they accepted my argument that rather than go through the long-winded process of me asking them to ask the landlord to get a new one (and the commensurate weeks without a freezer) I could by my own (probably better quality) and they'd amend the inventory.


Also, the fucktard that wouldn't increase my timeout? Seems that if I threaten to use a different proxy service, they can suddenly increase the timeout!! Who'd a thunk it?

On the minus side whatever the fuck was stuck under my P key of my AAO is now stuck under the O key...but that's just another reason for me to buy an Eee Keyboard PC when they come out next month. Which I'd be getting anyway because it will become the HTPC for the front room (streaming media off the NAS to the TV using it's wireless HDMI (how fucking cool is that)) so the Mini can replace TehBehemoth server...and TehBehemoth can go into the PC Recycling project stream....the upshot of which is my electricity bills should go down (not that there mental or anything).

This means "the gurinet" will get a general overhaul and should then be:

  • Linksys WRT54G running DD-WRT (Firewall, VPN, Routing, etc)
  • with 2TB NAS
  • Mac Mini running Ubuntu 9.04 running Asterisk (I'm experimenting with this), Motion (Home Security), some 'bots, "internal" webserver and anoth 1TB of NAS
  • AAO running uBen2 (this is my custom built linux distro based on Ubuntu with tweaks from Kuki plus a few nifty things of my own**)
  • Eee Keyboard hopefully running Moblin, but if necessary Windows 7***


* Except they'll probably not update the inventory and then there will be a massive argument when (someday) I move out.
** More on this in another post I think
*** I'm no fan of Microsoft, it's true, but I do kinda like Win7 despite myself...

Monday, September 21, 2009


It was like summer this weekend!


Flo and I went for a lovely walk through her kingdom in the morning and spent the afternoon messing around in the garden. She wore a summer dress....and I wore shorts and a t-shirt!

Making "lunch" with her new apron on

I made her a "laser gun" (CR2032 + RGB Flash LED == Laser Gun) here she is returning it to me for "safety, so Mushka can't kill you"...in her kingdom.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The F Word

Fucking fucking fucketty fuck!!!

  • Freezer (just recently fully stocked) is on the fritz. I have to make either 1ton of minced beef based recipe food, loads of fishcakes, a pizza* and all the other frozen shit in the next 24 hours and then find a way to freeze that or suffer the consequences! Fuck.
  • Boiler is having it's annual "you want hot water? wait, what?" thing whereby one must stand next to the hot-tap and/or boiler and ride it like a bucking bronco. Agency still insist that it works...Haven't even tried the central heating yet. Ho-de-fucking-Ho!!
  • Some fuckhead in France is making me look like an idiot in front of a bunch of eastern europeans (and my colleagues). Fucker!
  • I just fucking realised I missed IGTWTCITN.
  • Fucking hell! AAAAAAAAAAggggggggggggghhhh!!

Well, fuck me rigid. While typing the penultimate bullet point the freezer decided to suddenly start working. Thank fuck!

However my P-key** now appears to only work if stabbed with full force.

Hullo Friday....you fuck.***


*Not so difficult, I realise
**This is not a euphemism. I think I have a small piece of detritus under the key...Perhaps it is a sign for me to buy the EEEEEEEeeeeeeeeEEeeEeeeeEEee Keyboard PC!
***Do you know how many hits are generated by me swearing on this blog? Referring to my cat as a pussy also helps...and so do the words "angry" and "ginger" for some reason.***
****My new goal is to get be the top hitter for "angry ginger pussy fucking" instead of "are gingers always angry?" and "how to do autofellatio", "help me, i am ginger" or "ginger lion pussy"*****
*****Which is what I get at the moment!******
******Must think of better way of adding footnotes....or indeed, reconsider writing style!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Nao tHaTz wut i caLL Noiz!!

I did not expect the volume...nor the dirty dirty noisez.

But I love them!

Perhaps the BadderFly(tm) will come to the bitpit!

Awesome Rosie is making a Unitard modification for me. I found my superpants of choice (and they rock!)...I have the superboots, which just need a little tweak and The Hands of Zarg/Roboto! I shall source a power bag this weekend...all that remains are "The Gems of 0x2F" (well some RGB LEDs)...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Painting By Numbers

Flo and I did some painting this morning...check it out

It started out quite simply...

But then leopard spots were added...

And then "claws covered in blood from where I killed a baby animal"...

And here we (well, I did) learn an abject lesson in paying attention...

Saturday, September 12, 2009


So. Ian and I finally got round to taking the girls to Cotswold Wildlife Park after saying we would do so for almost a year...couldn't have picked a better day for the weather, and despite my google based insistence that we basically "go to Winsworth (or something) and turn left" [turns out you can't really base a car journey on those kind of directions], we got there OK.

Apparently, Esmae was underwhelmed by it all but they certainly enjoyed it at the time. Flo insists that all Lemurs are called "King Julians", Es apparently knows "all the birds there are, so these just look a bit different"....Ian and I know that if you can stand the whining then Ice Cream promises are worth it in the end.

Here's some pictorial evidence...Pics or GTFO!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Wordle: Angry Ginger

Using Wordle!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Blapathy II : Revenge of The Things To Do! 2

Yeah, so. I have this blog, like, yeah? Where I write stuff like all the time, yeah? And I'm kinda religious about it, know what I mean? Not, Religious religious, like, regular religious?...Yeah, like ONCE A MONTH!! Like church, or... "The Visitor" or some shit, yeah?

Woah! Sorry about that, regression...terrible thing.

So. I haven't blogged for a while. Sorry about that.

Work's been busy. I've also been running round like a loon trying to solve some particularly tricky PC hardware issues for a freeconomist (and a new one tomorrow evening), reading a whole big bag of awesome new books and planning for the winter!*

Flo and I went down to Devon for her Birthday last weekend (favourite quote [day after her birthday]: "Dad? If it's not my birthday today, why are people still giving me presents?"). We had a brilliant weekend: "Hi Ma, Hi Pa...here is your grandaughter...I'll be reading my book in your comfiest chairs..."....Also, Rosemoor is almost as good as I remember the RSPB** when I were't'lad.

Also, MicroRave! I've been working on some lowly lo-fi hi-fi portable musical performance...I may well post up a mix for criticism next week (ha!)...Final plans for Level4 costume are crystalising also...I was going to list some spoilers but I may have to let the pictures speak for themselves! Let's just say it features spandex, a "cup", y-fronts and some moon boots. I got talked out of the adult nappy concept (quite easily, as it happens), but I do need a cape I think.

Stay tuned for the next exciting installment of...MEH!

Off to see either puppies or horses, I forget which...note this dress was the only thing she would wear for 3 days straight...same goes for Granny Jan's outfit. ;-)

*£100 worth of logs being delivered Friday morning...gotta shift (and find storage for) those suckers, cos they'll just get half-inched from the front...I'm pretty certain it's a case of:
Log dude: Here you go mate, one giant fucking back of logs, just drop 'em here in the road shall I? Right...see ya!
Me: FFFFUUUUUUUUU...........

** I truly, truly loved walking the trails...and the arguments over which colours indicated the short or long way...

Thursday, September 03, 2009



Just let that number sink in a moment....4...Four...Fffooooooorrrrr....It's a pretty small number, right? Nothing like, oooh say 35, or even 25, 10, 7...or Planck's Constant (which is a cool number....well mexico!)...Nope. 4.


So, yeah. Flo's 4 tomorrow. 4 years of shaky part-time parental skills on my part and she's still here*....and consistently more amazing than I'd ever dreamed she'd be! There seems to be some kind of logarithmic scale between the time she's been in my life and the joy and wonder (and LOVE) she brings.

I'm writing her a letter...It's too fucking good for you to read it!

That is all.

* My own abilities are obviously foreshadowed by her mum's...I'd be a fucking lunatic by now...wait....what?

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Small things...

...small minds...This is how I amuse myself....

This needs music on top...Anyone know a simple 3GP video editor for linux?*

*Yes, I know I should know one, but I don't...I want to be able to quickly stick mp3 over the top of a 3gp video**

**Yes, I know....somewhere in ffmpeg lie the needed switches....where?...I should know this...sue me***

***Do not. pls. kthnxbai!

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