Things You Do Not Want When You've Had A Bad Day

Number 1: A helpful phone call from the Federation Against Software Theft.

currently playing: Neko Case – The Needle Has Landed

Internet: You Failed Me!

Not much response to my plea for a book on the miners’ strike, although I didn’t expect a flood. Anyway, I did manage to find this:

With a title like that, its biases are rather clear, but I’ve already learnt that Scargill wasn’t quite the corrupt person that I’ve always thought he was (the story back in the 1990s that he used union funds to pay for his house has since been described as ‘entirely untrue’ by the editor of the Mirror who commissioned it). So I’m expecting intrigue and shock! I’ll let you know.

currently playing: Lisa Loeb – It’s Over

Ring The Winter In And End The Competition

Oooh! Lovely emails from Johnny Boy about my review, and this:

Johnny Boy — The Opera!

Okay, so I can’t go, but some of you might. yeah! yeah!

currently playing: ABC – Tears Are Not Enough

Rampage In The Pit

Curious news from Chapel Hill - a graduate student tried to run down down nine people in the Pit on Friday. It took me a while to work out how he could do it - but then I remembered that up by Davis there’s a car park, and it turns out that’s how he got in.

It was on Fox News this morning because they had an interview with Ryan Tuck, editor of the UNC student paper, The Daily Tarheel. Fox interviews are amazing, making you wish for the halcyon days of RISE:tv. Yes, they really are that bad. What was quite interesting, though, was the footage they showed of FBI agents going into his apartment. It looked suspiciously like the complex that Kavi used to live in back in 2004. Eeek!

currently playing: A Camp – Hard as a Stone


And we all sneer at how Channel 4 commissioned Minipops, as if we’re above that now…ha.

(co-written by a Cuban Boy? hmm)

currently playing: Megan Reilly – Little Girl In Bloom

A Question To The Audience

While I’m busy smacking my head on the table at Mr. Blair’s latest attempt to turn the entire country against him, does anybody know of a good book on the 1984-85 miners’ strike? I’m reading David Peace’s GB84 at the moment, and although it’s interesting, it’s difficult for me to tell fact from fiction, given that I was five at the time. Amazon didn’t throw up any obvious works during a simple search; surely it was important enough to merit a few historical tomes?

(Unlike Scargill, I’m prepared to hold a ballot in the comments. Make a resolution below!)

currently playing: Saturday Looks Good To Me – Love Will Find You

Ooohh! Shiny!

Say hello to my new camera!

(I'm actually going to be picking it up in America, but still! Fancy)

currently playing: Stars – set yourself on fire

It's A Mystery

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
Kind regards

Janine Gray
Assistant to Kate Winslet

Now, that would be fine…if I had ever written to Kate Winslet.


currently playing: Johnny Boy – Johnny Boy Theme

Oh Apple, You Almost Had Me

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…

currently playing: Saturday Looks Good to Me – I Take a Chance Every Time

The IT Crowd, Lesson 2

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!

currently playing: The Dresden Dolls – Good Day