Mar 1, 2006 · 1 minute read
There was a letter waiting for me when I got home this evening. Hand-written envelope, and posted in London. Rather intriguing. I open it, thinking that possible it’s from Rachel, my friend from Chapel Hill whom I’ve never actually met who is spending a semester in Britain at the moment.
This is what the letter said (in COMIC SANS, GRR):
Thank you very much for your letter - I apologise for any delay in responding to you. As I’m sure you can appreciate, Kate is extremely busy and it is often difficult to reply to each request individually.
However, Kate has read your letter and I hope that you will be pleased with the enclosed signed photograph sent with her best wishes
Assistant to Kate Winslet
Now, that would be fine…if I had ever written to Kate Winslet
Feb 28, 2006 · 1 minute read
The new Mac mini looks very enticing. It really does. Intel Core Duo processor that’s five times as fast as the previous model, a dual-layer DVD recorder, a remote, and Front Row Bonjour. What’s the catch? The video card. It’s a shared-memory horror show that will have a huge impact on graphics-intensive applications like Final Cut or Photoshop. So, sod that.
Still waiting for the new iBook, then. And perhaps, just maybe, an iMac…
Feb 27, 2006 · 1 minute read
The second rule of IT (the first is, obviously "have you tried turning it off and back on?"), is this: Never do anything major on a Friday afternoon or a Monday morning. It's common sense, really; when Friday comes around, you're focussed on the upcoming weekend, so your concentration is a bit off, and if anything goes wrong, you'll try to rush things in order to try and fix it (which will go horribly awry).
Monday morning is fairly similar, bit with an added complication: something has bound to have failed over the weekend, so it's pointless to try and do something big when you're going to get five phone calls in the first half-hour.
So, that's why you can't get IT to do anything at the start or end of the week!
Feb 25, 2006 · 1 minute read
Obviously, it’s a bit far for me, but if anybody is around London tonight, they could do much worse than going to see Johnny Boy DJ at the Pleasure Unit bar tonight!
(now, guys, if you could just sort out a UK release and some tour dates, that would be grand!)
Feb 24, 2006 · 1 minute read
It’s going around.
But, as it’s almost a year since I saw the wonderful Saturday Looks Good To Me in concert
, I thought I’d direct your attention to this:
Sound On Sound
contains 30 tracks culled from SLGTM’s seemingly endless series of 7” and one-off CD-R runs. A veritable bargain at $11.95!
(this promo not influenced by the delightful Betty Barnes posting here earlier. Oh no! I never talk about celebrity appearances on my blog. (PAUL MORLEY WUZ HERE))
Feb 22, 2006 · 1 minute read
So, uh, consider this: if you found yourself in the position of having to interview Stellastarr*, and you only had 24 hours to prepare, what questions would you think of asking?**
* This is not a footnote. Oops. I blame the band.
** This is, of course, highly hypothetical. Oh yes.
Feb 21, 2006 · 1 minute read
I was all excited today, for I was told I had a package from Wales* arrive this morning. At first, I couldn’t remember why, but then: Yes! I thought. It’s the Johnny Boy Theme / Dub single that I’ve been waiting for!
Except not. Apparently, Boobytrap
have sold out, and shouldn’t have had it listed on their website. While the label in question did send me an impressive load of stuff as a way of saying sorry, it quite a disappointment.
And no-one offered to sell me their underwear today, either. I feel neglected by my spam.
But! Five weeks from now, and I’ll be in Chapel Hill again, running scared of The Evil Squirrel Conspiracy, and walking until my feet explode into giant blisters. Hurrah!
* Sadly, no krill, either.
Feb 20, 2006 · 1 minute read
Hah! I may be mocked for having a MySpace profile, but, as well as the crazy people who offer me their bodies and their underwear if only I’ll send money to a box in a London branch of Mailboxes, Etc., sometimes you get a nice surprise. Last week, it was Mandy from North Carolina (currently resident in Missouri), and this morning, an unexpected message from Helen, once of St. Gabriel’s Hall (Helen with black hair, rather than Helen with blonde hair (if I heard from Helen with blonde hair, you would have heard about it sooner, believe me)). She’s off to study to be an opera singer! Which sounds quite spectacular.
Me? I fixed a printer today by sending an email: “Have you tried turning it off and on?” Tomorrow, I plan to tidy up some cables! I’m setting my aims high, like Matt.
Feb 19, 2006 · 1 minute read
To be honest, I feel a bit bad about my blog at the moment; the new working regime is playing havoc with me adding anything interesting here right now (yes, you at the back, I know it wasn’t all that great beforehand). I don’t have many amusing anecdotes; my journey into work consists of waiting for the bus, getting on the bus and trying not to embarrass myself in front of the rather cute girl who invariably sitting at the front, fall asleep until it’s time to get off, and then into work.
While I haven’t gone down to the level of The IT Crowd
, I normally fix at least one computer each week by turning off and on.
Then, on the way back, it’s pretty much the same process, although at the moment instead of sleeping, I’m reading a biography of Lyndon B. Johnson (part 2 of the series I started in 2003, Laura!). Exciting times.
So, er, sorry. You do have Google search now, so you can find happier times. And don’t forget I’m off to America at the end of March, which normally means things get a teensy bit more exciting. Until then, well, I hope you can bear with me…