November 24th, 2003

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LOTR midnight screening

Right, final check - the prices are up for the preview. It's expensive, but I'm sure some of you are desparate enough...

16th of December, 22:30 start, Dominion Cinema.

13.50 for gold seats
9 for standard seats
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It's cold outside

First frost on the ground this morning. Well, first morning frost, it's dropped below zero overnight before but this is the first time I've left the house in the morning to see people scraping frost from their windscreens. It's also the first time that I've had to watch out for the pavement being slippery and felt chilly - my shoes are obviously summer only, I'm going to need something a tad warmer to last me through the frozen months.

Scotland isn't actually that cold - considering that it's on a similar latitude to Southern Canada the weather is decidedly balmy, largely due to the Atlantic Conveyor pushing tropical warm water northwards just off the coast. This is the reason that our winter temperature is warmer than the rest of Europe (and that Cornwall has the occasional palm tree), but it might not be around all that much longer.

The ice caps are melting. Whether for natural reasons or man-made ones (and while I, personally, tend towards mankind as the reason, the jury is still out) the temperature is rising and the icecaps are turning back into water, flowing into the seas and creating currents that flow towards the equator. These won't destroy the Atlantic Conveyor (I'm not sure that's possible), but the conveyor has several stable patterns it can fall into. If it gets pushed hard it switches out to the mid-atlantic, which is great for any chilly fish out there, but not so great for Ireland and the UK, which will suddenly find themselves a good few degrees colder.

I like the weather of the South of England, I just don't like the fact that it's basically made up of London and it's environs. Scotland's almost perfect, except that the winters are a tad too cold for me. If the temperature drops, I may have to start looking into relocating to somewhere a bit more hospitable.
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Chatting to a spidermonsterNick who works in Finance. They're working on a system to
make the matching up of values in the system more automated (and thus make
him redundant), but he's not worried quite yet. As he put it:

version 1 will probably not work,
version 2 will wreck other systems,
version 3 will look like it works but turn out not to work right several
weeks down the line,

and version 4?

that'll be the one where it magically replaces us all, skynet style
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Breaking Symmetry

Every so often we see someone else just like us. We see them do something or say something that just clicks. This isn't that common, and it's a cause for much happiness to find someone that you feel like you can talk to freely - someone who's got the same point of view, who you don't feel you have to explain yourself to.

This is followed by a period of discovery - of finding the many similarities, the numerous backgrounds you have in common, the loves and hates. Even those things which aren't held in common are seen as evidence of things you would have in common, but for differences in experience.

And then this tranquil mirror is shattered - one day we look at our new friend and realise they aren't quite the same as us. We find a slight imperfection in them, where what we thought was perfect accordance isn't quite as perfect as we thought. There's a moment of shock, of realisation that there will have to be disagreement. There's a fall from grace, a return to the real world, where dealing with people isn't fluid play, it's work.

We recover quickly from the fall - after all, we're used to dealing with people who are different. But there's now a tarnish on the relationship - you can't go back to innocence, and where there was this feeling of total trust, of belief in the other, there's now a fateful knowledge that the other person is just that, other, that the faith we have in them can be many things, but it can no longer be complete.
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meme

THREE THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND
Why movie producers don't think that scriptwriters are important
Why people don't think that letting their emotions rule them is a bad idea at times
Why people aren't more interested in the world around them

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE ME
Authority figures
Spiders
Not having enough time

THREE THINGS I'D LIKE TO LEARN
Self control
The Theory of Everything
How Cerebus ends

THREE THINGS I AM WEARING RIGHT NOW
shirt (light green)
trousers (smart, crumpled)
underpants (orange)

THREE THINGS ON MY DESK
computer equipment (webcam,trackball,router/hub, cable modem, speakers, two monitors)
A tie
Empty bowl that used to have some mince left over from yesterday's tacos in it, but now has tangerine peel instead

THREE THINGS I WANT TO DO BEFORE I DIE
Travel
Play Half Life 2
Take Mushrooms again

THREE GOOD THINGS ABOUT MY PERSONALITY
Tolerant
Caring
Neophillic

THREE BAD THINGS ABOUT MY PERSONALITY
Defensive
Apathetic
Disorganised

THREE PARTS OF YOUR HERITAGE
Jewish
English
Geek

THREE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT MY BODY
Eyes
Hair
Hands

THREE THINGS I DON'T LIKE ABOUT MY BODY
Teeth
Nose
Hair

THREE THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU
I got a General degree (not an Honours)
I first wore a waistcoat when I went to my grandmother's funeral. I then wore one habitually for about 5 years.
I once dipped chips in custard to see what it would taste like. I liked it.


THREE THINGS I SAY THE MOST
I'm tired
Shutupshutupshutup!
I meant to, but I forgot!

THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO
Las Vegas (to see the Pyramid)
Egypt (to see the other Pyramids)
New Zealand (to see the Orcs)

THREE NAMES THAT YOU GO BY
Andrew
Andy
Shosuro Kahuna

THREE SCREEN NAMES YOU HAVE OR HAD
Samael
Notzen
AndrewDucker