Monday, October 16th, 2006

Galactica

Monday, October 16th, 2006 12:40 am
caddyman: (Battlestar)
After last week's fun with the torrents, they behaved impeccably this week and I managed to down load episode 3 over night.

Whilst Miss Furtle sleeps contentedly in the other room, I have just sat in front of my lappie (the desktop PC is deader than dead - no longer even trying to boot)and watched it. Things are moving a pace nicely and I rather envy those of you who have yet to watch it,because it's a corker. I can barely wait until next week's episode is out, though I remain baffled as to how they can keep up this level of drama week in, week out.

I would really love to froth about the bloody show, but I can't drop spoilers here. Suffice it to say that Battlestar Galactica remains the best TV SF I think I have ever seen. Damn it, it's amongst the best drama I've ever seen on TV.

Just go watch it, people.

Galactica

Monday, October 16th, 2006 12:40 am
caddyman: (Battlestar)
After last week's fun with the torrents, they behaved impeccably this week and I managed to down load episode 3 over night.

Whilst Miss Furtle sleeps contentedly in the other room, I have just sat in front of my lappie (the desktop PC is deader than dead - no longer even trying to boot)and watched it. Things are moving a pace nicely and I rather envy those of you who have yet to watch it,because it's a corker. I can barely wait until next week's episode is out, though I remain baffled as to how they can keep up this level of drama week in, week out.

I would really love to froth about the bloody show, but I can't drop spoilers here. Suffice it to say that Battlestar Galactica remains the best TV SF I think I have ever seen. Damn it, it's amongst the best drama I've ever seen on TV.

Just go watch it, people.

(no subject)

Monday, October 16th, 2006 10:04 am
caddyman: (Morning!)
This morning’s trip into work was accompanied by another 70s flashback as I trailed down the platform at Euston in the wake of "rock chick" Sandy from Grease. That was interesting enough, but my God she was thin. No, really thin.

I don’t know if there is anything smaller than this much trumpeted size zero (which does not exist outside of North America, I’m told), but she may have been it. It has always been something of a joke that some people are so thin that if they stand sideways they become effectively invisible. This girl was so thin that she reflected light back, I think. She buckled space-time with her thinness. Reality can’t cope with people who truly exist in two dimensions, so it folds back in on itself at that point.

I have the Athenaeum Club to myself this week. [livejournal.com profile] ellefurtle drove home this morning and won’t be back until later in the week, whilst [livejournal.com profile] colonel_maxim is on a course in the Victoria area, ironically not that far from where I work, and booked into a hotel. It will be nice to have the run of the place for a couple of days, but after that I find that I start prowling around looking for someone to talk to, even if it’s only to grumble about the boiler.

Now, the boiler. There’s something to grumble about. It’s still not working properly. Or the timer isn’t, or something isn’t anyway. It will work for a few minutes when the over-ride is used, but then just sits and sulks thereafter. [livejournal.com profile] colonel_maxim has tried to get the boiler bloke out to look at it again, but they insist that it’s fine despite it not working. They no longer seem to be taking his calls. Tonight I shall give them a call and try to get them around again. I have two mobiles so I may be able to spin out the frustration for a little longer before they get to recognise and ignore the incoming number. If that doesn’t work, I guess a call to our splendidly isolated landlord is in order.

I wonder if space-time ruptures radiate heat. Or suck in the cold; that would do too. We could wire in one of those stick insect size-zero models to power it and if we stood her sideways on, nobody would notice. Best of all, you don’t have to feed them. Save on gas and food and have hot water unobtrusively provided.

Marvellous.

Of course, this always assumes that you can catch a zero-point model to power the system. I don’t know if it is possible to lasso a singularity, no matter how fashionable.

(no subject)

Monday, October 16th, 2006 10:04 am
caddyman: (Morning!)
This morning’s trip into work was accompanied by another 70s flashback as I trailed down the platform at Euston in the wake of "rock chick" Sandy from Grease. That was interesting enough, but my God she was thin. No, really thin.

I don’t know if there is anything smaller than this much trumpeted size zero (which does not exist outside of North America, I’m told), but she may have been it. It has always been something of a joke that some people are so thin that if they stand sideways they become effectively invisible. This girl was so thin that she reflected light back, I think. She buckled space-time with her thinness. Reality can’t cope with people who truly exist in two dimensions, so it folds back in on itself at that point.

I have the Athenaeum Club to myself this week. [livejournal.com profile] ellefurtle drove home this morning and won’t be back until later in the week, whilst [livejournal.com profile] colonel_maxim is on a course in the Victoria area, ironically not that far from where I work, and booked into a hotel. It will be nice to have the run of the place for a couple of days, but after that I find that I start prowling around looking for someone to talk to, even if it’s only to grumble about the boiler.

Now, the boiler. There’s something to grumble about. It’s still not working properly. Or the timer isn’t, or something isn’t anyway. It will work for a few minutes when the over-ride is used, but then just sits and sulks thereafter. [livejournal.com profile] colonel_maxim has tried to get the boiler bloke out to look at it again, but they insist that it’s fine despite it not working. They no longer seem to be taking his calls. Tonight I shall give them a call and try to get them around again. I have two mobiles so I may be able to spin out the frustration for a little longer before they get to recognise and ignore the incoming number. If that doesn’t work, I guess a call to our splendidly isolated landlord is in order.

I wonder if space-time ruptures radiate heat. Or suck in the cold; that would do too. We could wire in one of those stick insect size-zero models to power it and if we stood her sideways on, nobody would notice. Best of all, you don’t have to feed them. Save on gas and food and have hot water unobtrusively provided.

Marvellous.

Of course, this always assumes that you can catch a zero-point model to power the system. I don’t know if it is possible to lasso a singularity, no matter how fashionable.
caddyman: (Default)
Fantastic.

Twenty quid has just bought me a wireless mouse and keyboard, which together make the lappie so much more accessible for everyday use. I think that once I get the PC up and running again, I shall transfer these to that - the old keyboard is rather smeggy after all the years' use it's given me and the tracker ball needs cleaning every ten minutes or so.

A full keyboard is far, far more comfortable for typing than the keyboard on the lappie itself, which of course, is designed for travel.

This keyboard has a whole wad of extra buttons too, both for media applications and for web browsing. I wonder if these are available on most new keyboards and I have just been missing out, using the ancient gunge-covered thing on my desk?

One thing hasn't changed, though. My typing is still rubbish.
caddyman: (Default)
Fantastic.

Twenty quid has just bought me a wireless mouse and keyboard, which together make the lappie so much more accessible for everyday use. I think that once I get the PC up and running again, I shall transfer these to that - the old keyboard is rather smeggy after all the years' use it's given me and the tracker ball needs cleaning every ten minutes or so.

A full keyboard is far, far more comfortable for typing than the keyboard on the lappie itself, which of course, is designed for travel.

This keyboard has a whole wad of extra buttons too, both for media applications and for web browsing. I wonder if these are available on most new keyboards and I have just been missing out, using the ancient gunge-covered thing on my desk?

One thing hasn't changed, though. My typing is still rubbish.
caddyman: (coat of many colours)
I find myself in that awkward position of feeling tired, but not wanting to go to bed just yet because I am fairly certain that I will just end up lying there staring at the ceiling rather than dozing off. I reckon another 30-45 minutes should do the job and then I'll turn in. I get the whole of the bed tonight, so I can spread out a bit. Whether or not that will make any difference or not I don't know, but at least I can be restless safe in the knowledge that I am not ruining anyone else's sleep.

There was a time when I could doze off at any time: sitting, slouching sprawling or lying on my back, stomach or either side. These days I can only go to sleep properly if I lie on my right side and even if I roll around in my sleep (which I must, even if only rarely, judging by the occasional knotted duvet), I wake up on my right, too. Dunno why. Oh well.

Things are building up at work again as they always do this time of year. The Monster is being unco-operative again, so our generously timetabled activities are beginning to telescope. I have already had my first burst of indigestion, though it's too early to say whether or not I will get it as a fixture for a fortnight or so like I did last year. I hope not, I don't enjoy three courses of Remegel as a meal.

I miss my girl already and she only left this morning.

I tell you what, though. I LIKE this new keyboard!
caddyman: (coat of many colours)
I find myself in that awkward position of feeling tired, but not wanting to go to bed just yet because I am fairly certain that I will just end up lying there staring at the ceiling rather than dozing off. I reckon another 30-45 minutes should do the job and then I'll turn in. I get the whole of the bed tonight, so I can spread out a bit. Whether or not that will make any difference or not I don't know, but at least I can be restless safe in the knowledge that I am not ruining anyone else's sleep.

There was a time when I could doze off at any time: sitting, slouching sprawling or lying on my back, stomach or either side. These days I can only go to sleep properly if I lie on my right side and even if I roll around in my sleep (which I must, even if only rarely, judging by the occasional knotted duvet), I wake up on my right, too. Dunno why. Oh well.

Things are building up at work again as they always do this time of year. The Monster is being unco-operative again, so our generously timetabled activities are beginning to telescope. I have already had my first burst of indigestion, though it's too early to say whether or not I will get it as a fixture for a fortnight or so like I did last year. I hope not, I don't enjoy three courses of Remegel as a meal.

I miss my girl already and she only left this morning.

I tell you what, though. I LIKE this new keyboard!

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