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Update Time

I’ve not been very good at posting anything so far this year. There are many things that have been occupying my time and working in heathcare I have not been in Covid-19 lock-down like many others.

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Unexpected Changes

E-mail is one of those things that you take for granted. Once you have set-up an address and a client you can reliably receive mail for many years until something changes.

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Planning for Halloween

This is not a post about carving a face into a pumpkin or preparing some form of scary costume. It is about my planning to avoid Halloween entirely.

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Aims for 2017

It’s that time of year again when I look back over the goals I set myself over the previous year and decide on some new ones for the year ahead.

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The Case of the Ghost Whistler

Over the past couple of weeks I have noticed on occasion a faint sound. The best way to describe it would be a child playing a single note on a recorder, gradually increasing in intensity before decreasing. Knowing that a family with children of recorder playing age lived next door I thought little of it. Other than being frustrated by continually hearing it and wondering when something more tuneful would be produced.

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Tidying Up

Starting off a new year always seems a good time to get a few things in order for the months ahead. Today I have tacked my email inbox. I have been building upon my list of filters for years such that most of the mailing list items, special offers, online order confirmations etc. all get sorted automatically. The filters never remain perfect as a company might change the email address they are sending from or retitle a newsletter. The result has been a spam folder filled with things I want and an inbox full of clutter.

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AIMS FOR 2016

It’s that time of year again when I look back over the goals I set myself over the previous year and decide on some new ones for the year ahead.

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The Rodent Battle – It’s Not Over Yet

In my previous post at the end of July I had resorted to calling in the Rat Man to assist me in my struggle. When that failed to show results I detailed my nuclear option of removing all of my loft insulation and denying the rodents access.

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The Rodent Battle

This month I finally called in the Rat Man to rid me of the menace in the loft. He managed to attend 2 out of the 3 scheduled visits. Having time off work and his no show did not go down well. In any case the traps are being avoided but they do like the additional bait they are being provided with. So after 2 visits and not hearing any movement above me I was a little happier. This evening however, following yesterdays no show, I hear scurrying once again. So in summary I have had 3 afternoons off work for no improvement in the situation whatsoever.

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The Price Of Shoes

I have awkward shaped feet (long, thin, shallow) and when I find a pair of shoes that fit I will sometimes buy additional pairs. Eventually I settled on a brand which offer a consistent fit across their range. I have been buying from their on-line store for a few years now and all the shoes fit perfectly.

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Lucky Shot

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SSD Research

I had a spot of luck this week when I purchased an early Black Friday deal on Thursday evening. I wasn’t intending to buy anything but I knew when the deals were starting and decided to have a look. I am currently awaiting delivery of an Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD. I had seen this earlier in the year (around March) and it looked a nice drive but too expensive. A 50% price reduction can change my mind.

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New Theme Time

I have been using the same theme for this site for many years now. Over that time Wordpress, which powers the site, has undergone many changes and improvements. In that time the way the Wordpress code combines with the theme has changed. This has resulted in my aging theme containing legacy code whilst at the same time not supporting some newer features. I had in the past updated the theme adding in new changes where possible but I think now is the time for a radical change. I’m throwing away the old design and starting again with the twentyfourteen theme as a base. There are design elements which I had been working on with the old theme which I will port across. This approach will hopefully mean a more complete and stable theme for years to come. In the short term there will be things that need adjusting so it’s likely to be a little while before the site takes on its final form.

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Aims for 2014

Time for a look back at what I intended to do last year.

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The Legacy Email Problem

Over the years, like many other people, I have obtained numerous email accounts/addresses. Trying to manage all these used to be a problem so a few years back I began to condense them down into the few I actually use.

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Aims For 2013

Just as I did last year I am setting myself a list of things to do in 2013.

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2012 - The End

It is almost the end of the year so I thought I would have a look back at my Aims for 2012 to see how I did.

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Car Insurance Renewal

It is that time of year again when I find my car Insurance Premium has risen by £90 for no apparent reason. What with car maintenance and fuel this driving lark is getting expensive.

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Sock Wear

Having had some use out a a set of socks, marked up with the days of the week; I have begun to consider the uneven wear rate of the socks.

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Too Cold To Freeze

Last night I made the unwelcome discovery that my garage has been reaching the low low temperature at which my freezer stops cooling and starts warming. What made the discovery more unwelcome was my arrival back from the supermarket with a selection of goods to freeze. Rearranging a few items and consuming half a crispy duck; most of my provisions had been relocated. Tonight however was the big pizza bake. Three frozen pizzas (or thawed in this case) went in the oven. Stuffing my face I was still left with a remainder to go into the fridge. Tomorrow I have the option of 2 more pizzas or a pork dish for 4 people. It now appears that the freezer in the kitchen isn’t too happy either. I wasn’t planning on it but it’s a weekend of Man V. Food.

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Pockets

The past few weeks have been troublesome. A constant scratching on my thigh as my keys pushed though the pocket wall of my work trousers. The temporary fix of micro-pore tape had worked for the last time as the fibres parted ways never to join again.

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Rat Hole

The scenes of the aftermath of my exploitative kitchen destruction in pursuit of vermin. During my time lying on my side gazing into the cavernous hole in the wall I was taunted by my nemesis. Twitching whiskers a pointed snout of brown fur and an eye of darkness appeared before me. Out of reach it looked directly at me, with a cheeky grin it knew it was out of my reach. The battle has ended in a minor victory for me, advancing the front line past the first line of defences. The terrain ahead of me will pose a serious issue for I cannot follow the path my enemy treads. I shall ready the weapons of war and plan my attack. I have him under siege now, my victory in this war edges ever closer.

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“Oh No, Not Again”

It happened before , it is happening again. The rat is back!!

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Braaainzzzz!!!

“A week of being on call had taken its toll on the engineer.”

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Time To Relax

It has been a busy few weeks and plenty of overtime worked. This has lead to less time doing interesting development/research things and posting online. The good and bad news is that its end of overtime for a while. Those upon high who count beans have decided the stalk has been harvested too much and needs time to recover. So I will find myself with more time and my dream of sound insulation and carpets will move steadily into the distant future. I suppose I can’t complain about being able to lie in an extra morning.

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Lack Of Bins & Placement

In my previous post I outlined in a somewhat comic fashion the note I had found in my bin with regards to its placement on a pavement. The note had been placed there for good reason as a number of bins mine included had been strewn about. Now that was some weeks back and ever since the bin has been moved back and neatly positioned to allow for clear passage. Due to the bins location and the sloped bank and steps at the rear of my property it has not been practical to bring them inside the property boundary for health and safety reasons. I don’t want to fall down steps with a heavy bin on me. So they have been sitting there happily until today.

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Of Bins & Placement

In a trek to feed a black food parcel to the refuse goblin I was intrigued to find a note placed in its mouth. The local bureau of goblin oversight had deemed that the current location of said goblin was impeding the flow of peasants along the bridleway. Doing my duty as a citizen of the realm I re-sited the goblin (much to its displeasure) to a nicely shaded spot where it wouldn’t trouble folk.

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A Shrill Cry

In a follow up to yesterdays post Under Pressure I am in a position to report on the situation. Since my last post there was a period of worry which developed into a state of concern as the hours passed. The only hope of a morning shower was looking like standing outside under the nearest cloud.

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Under Pressure

It would seem that this evening Severn Trent have decided to remove the pressure in my water supply. I find myself being able to run a tap in the kitchen at somewhat less than the usual torrent; possibly due to the fact the tap is below the level of the water supply. On the upper floor however things have taken a turn for the worst; No water at all. This leaves me with a toilet I can’t flush and a sink, bath/shower I can’t use. I could use the hot water but that presents another issue. Using the hot tap would drain the hot water tank and with the header tank unable to fill it the potential of burning out the immersion heater element.

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Goals For July 2011

The June 2011 has resulted in a few tasks backing up due to lack of time, resources, money etc. July will be the month for reorganising and getting back on track.

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March 2011 Update

Not much has happened this month. All in all it has been quite uneventful.

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Refactoring Email

I have been using email for many years now. Over that time I have changed between mail clients, addresses, operating systems and spam filters. Whilst I have been able to keep on top of filtering mail into folders it finally reached the point today where the the mess of filtering and folders needed a clean up.

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Mileage Update

The first refill of the new Yaris has been completed. The 1.4 diesel consuming machine managed a respectable 68mpg this week. The former petrol 1.0 on the same route managed 52mpg. The improvement in the fuel consumption means I only need to fill up on a Friday rather than mid-week. This also means a saving in actual fuel costs, saving money is great.

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November Update

As usual it has taken me until the end of the month to get round to posting something. Normally this is just an update of the mail server saga or something about a site update. Not wanting to miss out such information that will follow. More interesting news is that I am changing my job, moving from a Field Engineer covering the entire country to something a little more localised. It should mean that I have a bit more of a life outside work; about time too.

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Mailserver Project - October Update

The mailserver project which I have been working on for many months now is getting to the point where it will soon be taking over the role of hosting all my email. No problems have been discovered over the past month and my upgrade script to regenerate the security certificates worked perfectly. A recent update to Dovecot, the IMAP system, means that a little more testing is in order due to modifications made to the config files.

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Time Sink

Over the past 3 and a bit months I have been playing Eve-Online, a massively multiplayer game set in outer space. This has been the first time I have played something like this for any great length of time and like any game it took me the best part of 3 months playing to get to the stage where I had a few options.

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September 2008 Hurt My Wallet

Well its the end of September and it has been an expensive month. Part of this is down to my wreckless IT spending the other down to an automotive parts supplier.

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Never Blindly Copy Code

I have been developing my own iptables firewall scripts for my Linux machines. On the whole the process has been going quite well. Part of my research into the firewall rules involved buying a few reference books, one of which contained what claimed to be a very secure script. I copied the base rules over to use as a base to add my own rules to and things have progressed very well.

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I’ve Won £650,000

I was pleased to receive and email from an Italian website telling me I have won £650,000. That is very good news as I don’t even remember entering anything. To collect my prize all I need to do is send my Name, Address, Age, Sex, Occupation and Telephone number. It sounds too good to be true.

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Goals for 2008

Happy New Year to all of you out there in internet land; I hope the festivities didn’t take their toll.

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Gentoo Linux - Toshiba Satellite X200/X205

I have recently acquired a Toshiba Satellite X200-20S laptop. Whilst it shipped with Windows Vista it was never my intention to run it as the primary OS. The primary OS for this machine will be Gentoo Linux.

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A Picture… About Time Too

Well here is a picture of me taken during July. I don’t appear to look my best.

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Lack Of Pictures

I know I said I would upload a few pictures of my computers and I still plan to. I tried taking some pics with my phone but they didn’t turn out great. I will aquire a better camera and try again.

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Project: Dark Sleep

The past couple of nights I have been taking steps to block the light escaping from my 24/7 pc. It is surprising what a few bits of black duck tape can do. LEDs on the network cards and other status lights on the rear of the case are the big offenders, as are the power and activity lights on the front.

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Can A Person Have Too Many Computers?

I built myself a Gentoo server some time ago now but I have never used it to its full potential. It has certainly been useful as far as learning experiences go but it spends most of its time powered down. My problem would seem to be my attachment to my windows machine. It still runs all the 24/7 services I need and all I do is turn the speakers and monitors off when I don’t need it.

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New Gentoo Guide

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Time For Another Update

It has been many weeks since my last post, as usual I have been busy with many things and often away from net access. So time for a little news. The site has been upgraded to the latest version of WordPress. Given that its taken me less than a week to apply an upgrade isn’t bad for me.

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2007

I was hoping to start of 2007 with a post around a week ago, obviously this didn’t happen, oops. Now for my usual excuses, I have been away from regular internet access and have been suffering from man-flu. I’m almost better now, so on with the new year.

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Thought Of The Month - December 2006

Is there a dramatic increase in the number of toilet flushes during the month of December?

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I’ve Been Quiet Again

Looks like another significant amount of time has passed since I last posted on the site. I have been my usual busy self, getting along with other things on my todo list.

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I Hate London

On Friday afternoon I needed to visit a surgery, walk in, pick up two items and walk out. Parking was not available so i stopped in a residents parking bay. I wasn’t going to be there long and it was a quiet street. After being in there 5 minutes and returning to my car I had picked up a parking fine. I was not a happy bunny.

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I’m Back

It’s been too long since the last post so here is a new one.

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Galactic Civilizations 2 Arrived

The game I had been waiting for arrived a few weeks ago. It was well worth the wait and caused me to have several long gaming sessions ( i.e. more than 5 hours at a time). The new job means I will have to settle for a few shorter sessions when I can fit them in but its a game I will keep comming back to. Incedentally the 1.1 release is currently in beta testing so in maybe a week or so I will have an even better game to play.

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Big News: I Have A Job!!!

After much searching I have accepted a position at a local company. Long hours though for what they will be paying me. I will have much to say about this soon. Currently I am holding back on details to see how things pan out.

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What Happend To Project Zombie?

Well it didn’t exactly rise from the dead as planned. I got to the stage where I was in need of a desktop machine, the laptop was becomming a bit restrictive. The release date of Galactic Civilisations 2 was closing in too which wasnt helping my struggle with less than optimum hardware.

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Time For An Update

After frequently posting in January I failed to maintain the pace in Febuary and March. With the end of March in sight I feel it is about time to pick up the pace again. Alot has happened and its about time I made a note of it all.

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Project Zombie: Update #1

Well the new motherboard arrived this week, so it got installed and improved the situation. It failed to solve it though. The new motherboard enabled the system to post info on each reboot, even though it proved not to be the solution it enabled testing of the other possible causes much much easier.

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More Job Applications Away

Well the hunt for a job is all the more desperate since the failure of my primary desktop machine. Its taken me all day but I have crafted two applications with all the trimmings (to please the HR department no doubt, they have to justify their existance some how). I bet I will never hear from them again, the usual scenario with this type of thing. Lets hope anyway.

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Aims for 2006

Following the sucess of the aims for 2005 I now present my aims for 2006.

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Aims for 2005 - How did I do?

Back in January I posted up the following aims for the year. I decided I might achive some aims rather than fail at new years resolutions.

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Freeview Reboot

I was discussing yesterday the merits of digital over analogue now that we have a switchover timeline. Perhaps I spoke too soon. Since I made my comments my freeview box has been very unstable. Watching BBC1 during the day the box randomly rebooted itself. The box, a Goodmans GDB5, performs ok normally. Several reboots later and I believe I managed to cast a digital curse upon myself. Ah well, I have other things to worry about than suspected curses. If it continues though it will only serve to irritate me.

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New Theme

Delta Nova appears a little different today. Thats because I have finally put sometime in on a new theme. Rather than attempt a new theme from scratch I am evolving from the previous one. This means that changes can happen more gradually as and when I put more time in.

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Driving Test Passed

5th time lucky, the driving practical test has been passed. About time too, the DSA have had a small fortune off me. The problem now is that driving is too expensive, ah well.

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Driving Test #4 - Failed

Thats another driving test failed. The even better news is my theory test expires on the 16th and I can’t get another test.

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Easter

You would think you would get fewer Easter eggs as you get older. For the most part that is true. The actual number of eggs decline. How then have I managed to accumulate 2252g of chocolate based products?

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The Week That Was

It’s been a different type of week. Not really a bad week but one where stuff occurred that usually doesn’t. It being half term for the school kids seemed to have upset the balance of Nottingham city centre. Monday I wandered away from the university building to mix with the rest of the public. I wish I hadn’t bothered. The place was full of people, trying to wander about was incurred the same level of difficulty as the Christmas shopping usually does.

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Driving Test #2 - FAILED

Well I gone and failed my driving test again. Hopefully the third time will be lucky one. I need to pass by mid April else I’ve got to go back and do the bloody theory all over again.

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Cancelled

The day had been corrupted before it even had a chance to begin. Checking the alarm on the mobile revealed an unread text message. The driving instructor had cancelled, no reason given. I texted back in recognition, hoping to disturb him with the high pitched alert tone of the incomming text. Slightly displeased I entered a period of horizontal rest. The morning wasnt a good one, a headache of unknown origin plauged my brain. Pharmacutical drugs had no effect, nor did the 2 pints of strongly brewed PG.

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Deliveries On Time

I was shocked yet quite pleased at the rapid delivery of 3 online orders. Each item was shipped independantly and the orders placed on sunday afternoon. I was expecting them to arrive today or tomorrow. As with alot of deliveries I expected them to arrive throughout the day as no urgent delivery had been specified. So finding that 2 packages had arrived by 8:30am and the third arriving at 9:05 with the postman (or postwoman [ got to be PC these days]) brightened up the day a little. ie I don’t have to sit listening for the door all day waiting to sign for something.

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Aims for 2005

I decided to set some targets for 2005. Might as well have something to aim for.

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Here Is A Pic Of Me In A Suit

Me in a suit

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Damn You 2.6.8-gentoo-r3!!!

One of the fun things about Gentoo is how easily it breaks and what fun one has fixing it. I’ve been tearing my hair out trying to mount the floppy drive so i could copy data across. After a several hours trawling through the Gentoo forums I stumbled across a similar topic. Within that topic was a post from a developer saying “upgrade your kernel. floppy support was broken in that one, sorry”. A simple solution, an upgrade to 2.6.9-gentoo-r9 solved the problem. Now however I’m left with a new one. Upgrading the kernel sources means I am now left without a graphical environment as X.org refuses to load. I have a sneaking suspision the nvidia drivers are to blame.

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My Life In Pointless Detail

I was informed today that I have not put across my opions of a few things for quite some time. So here goes.

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Space - I Need More

Space, not the final frontier this time, but rather the lack of. Books, CD’s and computers tend to take up rather alot of space. I had moved my study material into my sisters vacant room. Great I thought. A nice clear work area, away from the distraction of the internet. It was beginning to shape up nicely. Then comes the news that its going to be decorated. So I wind up with 20 folders, numerous books and a huge stack of papers in my room. Where do I put them?? “Have some more shelves” mother insists. This is not an option as a shelving system would make my room (already the smallest bedroom) more enclosed. Enclosed spaces affect my state of well being. I’m just going to ave to live in my clutter.

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Phones, Problems Continue

Just when I thought phones couldn’t make life any more difficult they do. They just keep pushing the boundries. This evening the phone rang. Nothing unusual about that. It’s what they do. If it did any more I’d be surprised. On the other end was my grandmother. Nothing unusual about that you might think. Wrong. “Why wrong?”, I hear you ask. Well this particular grandmother doesnt have a phone. Due to the fact she doesnt have a house anymore. She is resident in a nursing home and to my knowledge didn’t have use of a phone. From what I understand she wants out of the place. The problem is she can’t go. She needs the care.

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A Nice Evening

I have just returned from a pleasent evening in the company of two good friends. Matt G. and Will J. ,otherwise known as the comical duo, were a pleasure to be with. I do however blame ‘Reflex’ (a bar) for having an offer of two bottles for £3. This has tipped the scales and turned me from merry into a blundering fool. If all goes to plan I shall arise in about 7 hrs time and get on the bus to uni none the worse for wear. Fingers Crossed.

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Stay Off The Roads!!

I advise people stay off the roads (pavements too) this thursday. I’m getting back behind the wheel for a few more lessons.

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Comment Spamming Little Fucker

I have just had to go through and delete 69 comments on various posts as some little shit decided to spam my posts. So they get placed higher in the ranks of google, so what. 69 comments all from the same person. That pisses me off.

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NTL Now Faster :)

I noticed today that those kind folk at NTL have finally decided to speed up my connection. I’ve been waiting for this to happen for a while but with no confirmed date it came as a bit of a surprise. My 600k line is now a 750k line and its not costing me anymore :). Now I just need to find a way to use it all. I’m sure I’ll manage.

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Danger, Hot Soup

I’ve managed to burm my right hand by spilling hot minestrone soup on it. It was Heinz soup, a quality soup for a quality burn. The incident has caused me to spend the evening with myhand in a bowl of water. What fun that was. Looks like its going to be out of action for a few days whilst it gets back to normal.

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Lack Of Net Access

Its been a troubling Sunday. Problems with the Netgear DG814 ADSL Modem Router have resulted in a loss of conection to the net. I was suffering withdrawel symptoms. Not because I sit on the net allday, but because I coulnt use it for things when I wanted to.

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Mobile Phone

Should I get a new phone, Nokia 7250i or just get a new battery for my Nokia 3310? It will be pay-as-you-go on Orange in either case and I’m not a big phone or text user anyway. A new phone is likely to cost me £160 where as a battery is likely to cost £20. Suggestions anybody?

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I Blew Up The Iron :(

It was an unusual day as Tom (my housemate) had decided to use the iron. We never use the iron, its too complicated. After leaving the iron on for 30 mins it still wasnt getting warm. Tom told me this so I decided to check it out. It had water in, everything looked ok except the light wasn’t on. I thought it best to try and change the heat setting as some irons also use this as an on off switch. It was at this point as i held it in my hands, that there was an electric blue flash and a loud bang. I dropped the thing back down onto the tumble dryer where it had been sitting. Its now left a nice little brown mark where the spark earthed itself. Thankfully I’m still allive. It just leaves the explaining to the landlord on how we have blown up one of her electrical items.

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Company System Administrators Are Gimps

My PC was taken away from me at work Friday morning for an upgrade. I was told it would be back later that day. It finally arrived back this morning about 11am.

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What Next?

I have sucessfully achived my recent goal of watching the entire 7 series of Stargate SG-1 in order. Its taken a few months of watching but its finally done. The problem is now what do I watch?? Season 8 is still filming and its not going to be easy to get hold of until late in the year.

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Fucking Ebuyer

Ebuyer have managed to piss me off once again. After paying extra for my laptop to be delivered on Saturday (yesterday). They have failed. I have written an email to them demanding they compensate me, which I dont think is unreasonable.

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Mouldy Pasty

I have just eaten a large mouthful of a Ginsters Pasty. The problem is it had gone slightly mouldy. The taste kinda gave it away. I should pay more attention to my eating than the computer.

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A Spot Of Astronomy

This evening I spotted a bright object in the sky next to the moon. A little investigation revealed it was our good friend Venus and not a commet on a collision course signalling impending doom. After digging around with some astronomy software, I uncovered a little more detail about the night sky. Mars was also present to the left of the moon. Looking west at around 30 degrees from the horizon was Saturn. 3 Planets in one night, I’m pleased with myself 🙂️

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What I Did During March

Well March was a bit more interesting than other months. I went to CeBit 2004. That was an experience. I’ve got some pics of all that. One day I’ll get off my lazy ass and put them on the site.

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Cookies

I made 50 cookies today. The highlight of my weekend.

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Pies

This weekend is yet another filled with pies, MY PIES. Over the past few weeks I have been improving my pastry and this weekend its the best yet. Nice and crumbly and complementing the pie well.

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I Have A Cold

In my typical way I am going to make a fuss out of nothing. I have cold and I’m all bunged up. I would ask for you to donate your sympathy but paypal will not accept transactions using that yet. You could however email me a tissue. That would be useful.

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Do I Have A Sleeping Disorder?

I have for a while now been concerned with the ammount of sleep I require. It seems to be getting more and more. So I began to Google the problem and came across this article.

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I Have Gone Insane

I have begun to suffer weird dreams in the past few days. What I mean to say is that they have gone from being sick and twisted or pornographic in nature, to unexplainable weirdness. I’m not sure what to read into them yet but paddeling out of a first floor window when the world flooded due to the bath overflowing can’t be good. The second instance of my insanity was a 4 way conversation with myself about technical support for a Hitachi product that doesn’t exist and wondering why I know nothing about it. I am always amazed at what the mind can come up with when left to think for itself. My mind needs to be locked up in a lead lined room surrounded by a mile of concrete on the hopes that its thoughts don’t escape and corrupt the population.

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Last Post

Well folks, this is goodbye for a while. I will be moving early tomorrow morning. Its unlikely I shall be around online for the next week or so. But be assured that I will be back. I know you will all miss me (not).

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Is This All I Am?

I look around me. Beer bottles, scraps of paper and electrical goods. Plenty of entertainment value there. So why am I sat here with nothing to do? I could play a computer game or work on my website but I don’t. Any other time if I had uni work to do I would be glad to do it. But I always put it off until the work was done. Which it rarely was. Is my life really based on trying to take my mind off things I don’t want to do. I don’t know who I am anymore. I don’t know where I am going.

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What To Do Now Though?

I got a txt from Gill last night. She wants to chat online sometime. Panic time. Whats she gonna say???

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Seeing Gill Again

After sending txts back and forth I finally got Chatting to Gill on Messenger. She seems a really nice person. So we decided to get together again. The plan is to go to the Cinema to see Matrix: Reloaded on saturday night. To say I am excited is an understatement. 😁️😁️😁️😁️.

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Confusion

A monday night out with Owen and Peck started off well. We got into derby and i was happy to be with friends. Heather was looking particularly nice in her little green number.

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Shopping with Sis

Not being the most fashionable of sorts I needed a new shirt for going out tonight. But at the same time I have a sister who has a discount for shops in the Arcadia group, ie Burtons and Topman. So I dragged her out as my fashion advisor. I went for a blue theme today, trying to get away from my black and grey. £113 it would have cost me was it not for a sizable chunk being discounted😀️.

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Finished

I have finally finished my exams. The summer is here at last. For those of you still doing exams,ha ha haaaaa 😀️. I should have some time to make this site even better. “It couldn’t get any worse” I hear you cry. It’s true though, many things in the pipe line. Some things been in there too long already and are gonna hit the site with a helluva stench.

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I Hate Revision

Revision does my poor little head in. There are just somethings which don’t like being in there. I find its cruel to cram them in when they don’t want to get in. If they want to get in they will do so of their own free will.

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It Arrived

My PDA, a Palm Zire 71, arrived today. This made me very happy. However to use the MP3 capability I need my memory card to arrive. The nice monkeys at ebuyer.com have managed not to order enough in to dispatch. This pissed me off, especially since the last time i tried to order from them they canceled the item I wanted. I am never ordering from there again.

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Been Busy

Sorry for lack of a recent post, I have been working my ass off. The assignment I was doing took longer than expected. Mainly cos I am a dumbass and had to read up on most of it whilst doing it. Still its as done as its gonna get. I seem to have spent all week with it on my mind and not getting anywhere with it. Tomorrow night I’m chillin’. Nothing more till sunday. There is nothing more enjoyable when doing a horrible assignment than talking to Heather. I hope everybody has been worshiping her, in their SPECIAL way.

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A Meal Out

I was snatched from Somerfield by my parents tonight. “We are going out for a meal” I was told. Here was the first problem. I am still in my work gear. But they thought of that, they brought me a t-shirt. I looked a right prat walking into the Observatory in trousers, shoes and a t-shirt that didnt quite go. So we sit at a table next to one containing a bunch of girls. Then my parents start getting offended by the language they were using. What the fuck do they expect. It’s a local establishment not a highclass place. I don’t give a shit if people are using foul language, its the way people are. I have an open mind. There is nothing worse than trying to talk to the family. It was a stressful experience for all and nobody enjoyed it. The words “well we will never do this again” were uttered at some point and I had a go at my sis for being shallow. She was telling us all about how popular she is and how she can pick and choose who she wants to be friends with. That pissed me off.

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Somebody Needs Organising

There are good reasons why I am shy, quiet and live in my room away from human contact. One of these reasons arose tonight. My sister has an art exam tomorrow. She needs a canvas. You think knowing this she would have made full preparations for such and important think, but no. So she began to prepare one. However, it needs priming. The problem here is that she assumed that the emulsion needed to prime it was readily availiable in the house. Secondly she is also going out. Now if this was me I would delay my going out and get the preparation done. Not my sister. She managed to get my dad stressed, my mother stressed and me stressed. Now the house is not a pleasant place to be when this happens. It so happens that my house is rarely a pleasant place. My carefree sister goes about her business and doesn’t see what chaos she causes. This is why i stay in my room most of the time. Atleast I don’t have to worry about upsetting the computer. I also find that most of the other rooms in the house get taken over by art work. Not being allowed to move it, cos its art, i stay in my own space. I make do with what space I have. I wouldn’t mind but I have the smallest bedroom. My sis could quite easily fit all her work in her room was it not so full of crap. You can probably tell I am not happy with the situation this evening. But what can I do about it. I stand up for my rights over the family spaces in the house but I’m the one who gets told by parents to give in as I don’t have priority over them.

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Another Late One

Well I know I haven’t posted anything interesting in a couple of days but what do you expect. The past several days I have spent doing writeups that should have been done a while ago. This is my bad planning for you. Roll on Friday afternoon when i hand this bundle of crap in to be marked. Its doing my head in. Its taken longer than I thought and many problems have arisen. Such as the simulation software crashing and it wiping out all my saved circuit files. Not the best thing to happen and if I had needed them again I would have been seriously pissed off. As it stands I am just emotionless. Sitting here continuing to process this data.

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Saturday Night

It began as a well planned evening, everything was going to plan. Myself and Mr Wood found ourselves in Nottingham awaiting the arrival of a Mr Thornhill. In a style that is becoming a bit to regular he let us down again. Still even without him it was an enjoyable evening. Once again I failed to pull although Mr Wood acquired a reasonable female (Lucky Bastard :evil:). So I shook my maracas (they were handing them out in Ocean) and got on with getting drunk and enjoying the night. We ended up in a small kebab shop near the bus stop and ordered some pizzas. The prompt arrival of the bus meant these had to be left behind. Good job we didnt pay in advance. Sat at the back of the bus I had the legs of a female across my lap. There she was sprawled across the back giggling and trying not to slip off the seat. All in all it wasn’t a bad night. Might have to go out more often.

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Today The Knife Entered My Flesh

I was down, I don’t like my fat self. I didn’t want to eat butI needed to. Something healthy I decided. I took an onion and slowly undressed it until its pale skin was fully visible. The knife shone with silvery brilliance, its blade razor sharp. I knew it was wrong when the blade pierced the delicate skin, a shot of pain from my hand. Quickly the tools were removed from the operation. I had a puncture wound, the tip of the knife had slid into my finger. I watched as the blood rushed to fill the gap. Lucky I was that the cut was a clean one. It sealed up quickly thanks to my fast regenerative cycle. The knife came up again this time the onion had had it. Within minutes its pale body was in pieces. I could hear the call now,”MURDERER!!!” I needed to rid myself of the evidence, quickly. I plunged the fleshy pieces into hot oil, crackling and burning. Complimenting it with bacon, peas and cracked pepper, they would never know. I consumed the evidence, they were not going to find me guilty.

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Passed It

Guess who has just passed their theory test. “Erm, I dunno”. Me, silly. Third time lucky. I went in there with a head full of knowledge and a mind suggesting that I was about to fail again. But surprise surprise, I got a ickle certificate all of my own 😁️.

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Rejected Again

Well folks Park Air Systems have turned me down also. Ah well, there is still Astrazeneca and Williams F1. Hope is not lost, yet.

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Don’t Call Me At That Time

This morning I was awoken from my slumber by having a phone thrust towards my face. It was my driving instructor. This is the same person who claims to know about computers. “How do I install RAM?” he asked. This is probably one of the simplest things to do. Add to that fact that he didnt know if he had the right RAM. He offered me £10 to go round an sort it out. I declined, not because I didnt want the money. It was the fact he described the power supply was mounted over the motherboard covering it slightly. This would have meant a more complex operation than adding more ram. Add to that fact that I wasnt in the best mood having just been woken up, it was sunday and I was generally pissed off for other reasons I shall not go into here.

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Darn Time On Damn LCD

This morning my sleep was interrupted by my dear mother. She used words like “get out of bed you lazy bastard and do something with your life”. I promptly went back to sleep. A while later my eyes opened and I gazed across the room at the nice LCD displaying the time. 11:30 I read. Oh bugger, I better get up and get sorted then. It was only after putting my lunch in the oven i came upstairs and glanced at the radio controlled time piece on my desk. It read 8:40. It looks like during my blurred visionary stage that I mistook the 8 for 11. Ooops.

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“Oh no not again!!”

Far from being a bowl of petunias I might as well be a sperm whale. I have failed my Driving Theory Test for the second time now :(. 29 on the questions (need 30 to pass, bugger) and worse than last time on the Hazard perception. I suppose it serves me right for trying to beat the computer system with my modified click routine.

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A Good Day

This morning I went to a promising interview at Astrazeneca. If they take me on I would be doing things regarding building control systems and energy management. Sounds like fun :).

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FAILED

☹️ In my ususal style I have failed again. This time it was my drving theory test. They had to ask stupid questions didn’t they. I can spot my hazards though 🙂️.

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Panic Time

I have my driving theory test tomorrow I have done no revision and am totally unprepared. Lets hope tomorrow is a lucky day for me. I hope I pass then things can move forward a bit furthur.

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Things To Say

I have been a little quiet these last few days yet quite alot has happened. I found out the the other (third) person from my Uni to go to the Transmitton Interview also got an offer of a place. I got my rejection letter ☹️. On a high note I have 2 more interviews lined up for next week so its a wait and see on them.

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Mr Fixit

Today the plumber came round to fix the boiler (Yes I know it sounds like the beginning if some cheesy Swedish porn film). After he replaced the thermocouple it still wouldn’t light. He suspected the electrics but didn’t know how to test it. Along came me with Mr Multimeter. After a few seconds of prodding about in the plug I tripped the mains power, at least the plug was working. I tried to test the second plug but i couldn’t get the probes to touch the contacts inside. However after reconnecting the plugs the boiler fired up again. Looks like the contacts in the plugs had oxidised, moving them had remade the contacts. Who needs a plumber when its that simple.

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What To Say?

What to say upon this day as things many have happened. Chaos, focus changing state, trouble fitting in. Talking to Hollie over lunch, a warm feeling within. Time for sleep and then alone as food prepare i must. TV, now alone, watched it i have just. Gone people are, return they might one day. Tis just my life a normal day, I’m here but yet I’m lost.

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Nobody

You realise you must be unpopular when you go onto yahoo to play pool and nobody wants to play you. This has happened to me frequently. I am even unappealing to people who don’t even know or haven’t even seen me. I suppose that’s quite an achievement in someways but its not what I want :(.

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Dead

-=Dead=-

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Orbital Couriers

I have just been trying to track down my parcel again. It turns out that it has been dispatched by Orbital. The problem is they supposedly tried to deliver twice and put notes through the door accordingly. I aint received the notes. So I have some parts floating around somewhere and someday I might receive them. Useless couriers 😈️

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I’m Happy

It my only be a brief thing but I’m Happy!! 😀️. I have been talking to Heather and she made me feel so much better. She certainly is something special I owe her my sanity.

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Depressed2

In an attempt to deal with my depression I did a couple of online tests. Here are the results.

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Depressed

Tis true, I have been suffering from severe depression today. I think therefore I get depressed. I’m happier now 😀️. Reasons for my depression will not be disclosed so don’t bother asking.

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Valentines Day

Once again I wasn’t surprised that no cards were sent to me. Today has been over comercialised by the card and flower companies. Why must people pay over the odds for roses and coloured card. Does anybody consider the real meaning anymore? Its not how much you spend or who gets the biggest card. Its about Love and Feelings between people. Love is not based upon money and money shouldn’t be used to show Love. Its the thought that counts.

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29 Hours

In a bid to get an important assignment done by tomorrow I worked into the night. Things however took longer than expected and I was still working on it at 7am this morning. I’m now into my 29th hour of wakefulness. Although its short of my 40 hour record I think I need a brief snooze. I call it in as 29hrs the second longest time i have remained awake. Once you get over the initial tiredness its easy. Just keep lots of fluids, caffeine and sugar to hand and you can stay awake forever.

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Over The Limit

Whilst NTL are going on about restricting my Bandwidth usage I have decided to take advantage of the current situation and d/l as much as possible. So far in the past 36 hours I have overused what NTL say is my 14 day excess bandwidth allowance. I paid for an unlimited service and that’s what I’m going to use😀️.

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Spending my cash

In an unusual change from my routine I partook of a bit of shopping. “What kind of shopping?” I’m glad you asked that. Shopping for clothes. Not being the slightest bit interested in fashion it was quite an achievement for me to purchase 2 shirts from different shops. Whilst its not going to do anything to vastly change my stunning (feel free to change the last word as appropriate) looks, its something else to wear when I go and flaunt my body on the odd night out. The grand sum of £40 was spent, (the computer fund cries as it realizes its upgrade is now even further away) but why spend less? To celebrate mu purchases I indulged in a couple of pints of ale. Today has been a marvelous day, the week can only get worse.

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There They Are

A discussion brought up the topic of fashion. I remembered I had a pair of blue jeans that I had not worn in quite a while. Looking through my wardrobe and clearing out the clutter revealed nothing. Neither did the drawers. A rummage though the other clothing stores in the house still didn’t reveal the hiding place. So enlisting the help of mother we looked again. She found them hanging in my wardrobe 😛️. Apparently I’m turning into my dad. If at first you cant find it, its in the first place you looked.

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Vodkad

Twas a night of too many vodka shots. After getting seriously tanked up I lost all sense of well being and everybody else. I did fair better than Mr.A.Plumridge who emptied his stomach in the Zanzibar toilets (nice one 😀️). Due to Mr P being carted off home earlier than desired I made my own way back. Note to self, a taxi by ones self can cost one much (£15 in my case).

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This is where I sit

Not very exciting i know but I thought a few pics would add some much needed colour to the site.

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Seriously Pissed Off

Today marks the end of a bad week. The group project was going to be handed in today. I was up till 3:40am this morning putting the finishing touches to my part. I couldn’t get more done as the rest of the pathetic wood lice were hiding under some rotten wood trying to put together their contribution. I had asked all of them to give me their contribution by Wednesday. No such luck there. They even want to hand me hand written notes to be typed up. I was not a happy bunny. I don’t like to be let down by vermin like that when I have put alot of time and effort into it. That was the first thing bad about today.

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Efficient

I must complement the DSA on their efficient procedure. After 5 mins of touch tone menus I was put though to an operator after a 5 second delay. The service was prompt and the woman at the other end had a nice voice.

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What A Night

The night was warm compared to those of recent weeks. I had my wild circuital looking shirt on. The chaps in the bogs liked it anyway. Either that or they were trying to come on to me (I was having none of that). A good night with bangin’ choones. It was only disrupted slightly by a misunderstanding between Andy and Lisa. I keep telling them there relationship is rock solid. But do they listen, oh no. Michella (i think thats how to spell it) sorry if I offended you. I didn’t mean to say those things. I hope you and Lisa can patch things up again.

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Arghhh!! Back To Uni Monday

Looks like I need to get some work done today. Got up at 8am, its too early 4 me. Still a thick black coffee and a fryup soon fixed that. Well enough time wasting, I’m off to warp my mind with Laplace, Fourier and Z transforms.

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Danger!!! Danger!!!, Mains Voltage

Today I was foolish enough to put a metal object across the two metal rods which support the bulb of my desk lamp. Suddenly it stopped working, Oh bugger. After investigating the base of the lamp I found the warning lable. “Dont place metal objects across the two arms of this product else it will blow the internal fuse and render the product useless” or words to that effect. Anyway, not gining up that easily i opened up the lamps inner workings. I found the elusive fuse. It was wired in series on the low voltage side of the transformer. So i cut away the heatshrink around it to reaveal the blown component. Hmm, cant replace it. So i decided to remove it all together. It now works again but I might endup frying the transformer if i decide to do it again in future.

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Me So Sad

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An Increase In Hits

I have noticed in the past few days that the it count for the site has seen a rapid increase in its total. Now why might this be? Are you the general pubic after some juicy gossip or are you just amazed at my site? I don’t know how much sense this is going to make but I have just returned home after consumption of alcoholic beverages in the derby area. Andy P is so lucky to have Lisa. She is soooooo nice and the first female to refer to me as cute 😀️. However Carrie (she used to work at somerfield ilkeston) tried to split Andy from his new found love. I was having none of it. Andy and Lisa have something special and I was not going to let Carrie upset the equilibrium. So Carrie I’m sorry if I offended you but I was doing it for my friend. If that’s wrong then let me know. Its been a great night overall and i finished it with a chicken tika kebab, yummy 😀️ .

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Soooo Stunning

There she was before me, nothing could compare to her elegant stance. I wandered past, my eyes transfixed on her location. She looks good from all angles. Should I get closer? Yes, yes, i should. From my closer position, her defining lines and curves made my heart flutter. I got closer still my hand brushing against her. So soft, smooth, gentle. Her feet so small and dainty when compared to my own. Oh the times we could enjoy together if only I could get to know her better. I approached her from behind (now now, don’t go thinking like that) my hands trembling I gently stoked her sides. My heart racing I knew now was the time, my mission defined. I removed the nickle plated brass thumb screws and slid off her left side. It was so light, the perspex window expertly riveted into place. I wanted to go further and so did she. Her invitation to remove her right side was eagerly taken up. A solid sheet of brushed aluminium, delightful. There she was before me, unclothed, naked. Never before had a seen such a beautiful frame, crafted by the gods of lian-li. I knew I was one of only a few to see this amazing site. I wanted to keep it safe, clean and secret. I dressed her again. Her elegance returned. I made my excuses and left her. I knew I would return but when. How long could I resist the temptation? Only time will tell.

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Happy Bunny

Just a few hours ago a light shone into my life which I thought would be eclipsed forever. Yes folks that’s right, I finally got chatting to Hollie from work on msn messenger 😀️. The day could not have ended on a higher note. It seems that the reason she had not been able to chat sooner is that she had me blocked. I know its hard to believe, me being blocked. She quickly thrust an excuse my way, she didn’t know it was me. Well that’s good enough for me. I don’t even know who i am half the time. Then for some odd reason 😕️ she departed as quickly as she had arrived, no so long or good bye. 😮️ I connection time out i hoped 😀️ but no 😥️. She was gone.

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Quiet

I appear to have been a little quiet on the posting front as of late. Well I have been very busy and that’s the reason why. I suppose I just need to get into a posting routine again.

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Birthday

Yes it was my Birthday yesterday and what a day it was too. After a pleasant get up the day turned to shit with boring maths and the notification of unplanned lab time taking place today. Still after all that I went out for a meal with the family and stuffed myself silly. I finished of a pleasant evening by talking to Heather on MSN. She remembered to send me a bday card via email 😃️. How thoughtful.

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Grr

Decided to complain about this website did she 😠️. Mother will live to regret this. Content not appropriate indeed. Well I didn’t force you to read it did I.

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Dance Anthems

I just got back from Dance Anthems @ The Works in Nottingham. It was brilliant. 7-9pm live on Radio1 with Dave Pearce with a follow on set with Lisa Lashes. The atmosphere was great but turned electric when they played Jurgen Vires - The Theme. One of the best nights out I have had in along time.

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Cooking

It has been proven before so I should have know what to expect when dear sis was going to prepare dinner. All there wa to cook were some jacket potatos and some veg to go with a ready meal meat serving. So I here you ask what was wrong. Well the potatos were undercooked like the rest of the veg. Ok ok so veg and potatoes are difficult to cook if your not used to it but ready meals are easy. In this case not so. Sadly it had dried out and was in very short supply. Looks like I’m gonna go hungy. BUT WAIT!!! I purchased a supply of cut price cookies for just these circumstances. Looks like I’m gonna have to eat them all 😃️

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BANG!!!

I seem to have blown up the kitchen whisk. It had stopped working so i decided to replace the fuse(3A). But we only had 13A fuses availiable. So I thought, perhaps try it with a 13A to see if it is the fuse then i can go and buy one. Problem was when I turned on the power there was a loud bang fron the whisk and a little blue smoke but it kep on working. Needless to say dear mother was not impressed and was not keen on its furthur use. So I took it apart. Seems MR. B.I.G. CAPACITOR went bang. Sadly it has ended up in the bin ☹️

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Slush

I emptied some gaseous slush down the drain today:grin:. Problem was it was emtied out my ass 😥️. Looks like the after effect of all that drink the other night. I had so much sleep overnight I am wide awake right now. Problem is I need to get to sleep soon so i can be wide awake tomorrow.

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I Went Out

I went out into Derby last night. A heavy drinking session left me unusually clear headed. Not making a fool of myself as usual was quite a relief. Getting back at 3am though was a mistake. Getting up at 6:30 was quite a struggle. I really enjoyed the night and I might even consider going out again.

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My Inner Mind

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Back to Uni

Well I enrolled today and all was going well until i tried to collect my loan cheque. After waiting in line for a considerable time I had the misfortune to discover I had not bought the single sheet of paper that actually mattered. Looks like i may have to get it tomorrow. After a long look and panic looking for this piece of paper i discovered it to be in the most obvious place ie (in front of where i was looking not hidden by anything at all).

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I Went Out

Yes its true, I got my fat ass out from infront of this computer and got my self into Nottingham for a drinking session :)

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Sorted

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NTL Cable

NTL have been prating about with the cables again. Today I was left without net access for several hours. During this time I became quite distressed at my lack communication with the outside world and had to engage in face to face conversation with another person. This was distressing in itself and I spent the next few hours crouched in a corner hiding my face from the chaos around me.

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I Passed

I got my results back today and I’m pleased to say I passed. I can now go forward into my second year of Electronics and Communications Systems Engineering.

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Good News

I was watching Bargin Hunt (www.bbc.co.uk/barginhunt) and entered the competition to guess the items which made the greatest profit or loss. To my surprise I got them right. I just need to wait and see if I am picked out of those who gave the correct answers and win a prize :)

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What A Busy Couple Of Days

I went out on Tuesday an brought a strategy game called Stronghold (Deluxe Version). A medieval set resource management scenario. Two of my friends have now bought it for multi player combat action. My back has been playing up a little dunno what I could have done to it.

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Somerfield Refit

The refit of Somerfield Ilkeson has begun. I turned up today to find the produce department missing and a big hole in the roof. Still it will all be sorted in a week or two. But its Saturday i’m not looking forward to. Rumour has it that on our busiest day of the week they plan on removing two freezer and two chiller cabinets. Quite how they plan on doing this whilst maintaining customer satisfaction is beyond me, but hey, it aint my fault.

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Wide Awake

I have discovered the perfect recipie for a wake up drink. 4 spoons of coffee, 2 spoons of sugar and enough hot water to make it drinkable.

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Shattered

I think I should get some sleep now. I have been up for hours and my eyelids are falling shut. Off to see Men In Black 2 later today if all goes to plan. I will post a short review when I get the chance.

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