May 19th, 2003

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Star Wars Kid

In case you were wondering who the kid with the lightsaber was in the painfully funny video that's been making the round recently, you can find the answer here.
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The more things change...

One of my favorite arguments, of course, is that the net has tended only to address the traffic *volume* issues, while as a whole not wanting to worry about the "quality" issues. It's the increase in volume, with if anything a continuing decay of the signal/noise ratio, which has driven many of the "old-timers" (including myself) into much more restricted reading of and participation in the net than some years ago.


Dated October 1990. About a year before I got online.
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Weekend

Erin's birthday on Sunday, so as to make sure she saw people, she decided to have it at Opium followed by Vain (rock bar followed by bleepy nightclub). I got the times wrong and posted 9pm on my journal, so people were there a while before Erin turned up...

I'd corresponded with two friends that Erin met at Whitby (Alex and Sarah - Diffrentcolours and Mistress Malaise) to offer them a place to stay when they secretly surprised her by driving up from Oxford to surprise her.

Sadly, their car broke down somewhere around the border and they had to drive back down. Boo! Hiss! Erin was simultanesouly amazed they were coming all that way to see her, saddened that they wouldn't make it and happy they wouldn't come up and discover that all of her friends were, in fact, goths.

Vain was sadly awful. It was their third birthday bash, so rather than play a collection of their most popular floor-fillers from the last 3 years they got a guest DJ to play a succession of music that nobody I know recognised, with the occasional dancable tune thrown in (well, danceable is an exaggeration - The Perfect Drug is not designed to be danced to). I got bored and left at 1:30, walking all the way back to London Road before finding a night bus. Erin got out of the club at 2:45 and nearly beat me home by miraculously finding an empty taxi right there.

Erin's hangover meant my Sunday morning was quiet, so I finally got Visual Studio.NET installed (hurrah for Mike), played around on the computer and sorted out a few things that I've been meaning to for a while. we then went to cards, where I did appallingly (I did fantastically on 6 of the hands, getting no points, and then spoiled it by taking vast quantities on two others). We followed this by joining Guy at the Blind Beggar pub quiz, where we tied for the lead. The tiebreaker was "What is the second book in the Dune Trilogy?" and both teams wrongly went for Children of Dune (rather than the correct answer Dune Messiah). I was completely wrong on the second tie-breaker, losing us the prize, but as nobody else knew who the blonde man was in Brideshead Revisited I don't blame myself too much (I guessed Julian Sands, obviously thinking of Room with a View).

Headed home, collapsed into unconsciousness, woken by Erin having midlife crisis (she's really not a fan of birthdays), got back to sleep at 1:30. May have been tactless and told Erin "I feel your pain and yes it's terrible, but now I must sleezzzzzzzzzz." but I don't really remember.
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My Journal

I'm not promising anything, but I'm curious as to what you guys think.

If I was to moderate the amounts of the different things I write about, how should I change the proportions?

Links to cool stuff

Less
2(10.5%)
Same
14(73.7%)
More
3(15.8%)

Thoughts on life, the universe and everything

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0(0.0%)
Same
8(42.1%)
More
11(57.9%)

Updates on my life

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0(0.0%)
Same
12(66.7%)
More
6(33.3%)

Reviews

Less
5(26.3%)
Same
8(42.1%)
More
6(31.6%)

I would also like to see

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Magic

Mixed feelings here.

It starts off as a great article about magic and rationality and then sadly turns into a right-wing article about sleight of hand and belief systems halfway through.

Admittedly, the right-wing article could have been made immeasurably better by simply pointing out that the right are just as guilty as the left when it comes to these things - and the basic points are all good. It's just as shame I don't bump into articles as well written as this from a left wing point of view.

Anyone care to point me at some?