December 2nd, 2012

Illuminati

Today has consisted of violence and shopping

We had breakfast at the local cafe, and then got the bus into town to get Julie some new shoes. As usual, our plans didn't go quite as they should, largely because she wants some walking boot type things, and the various sports/outdoor shops we went into had lots of walking boots for men, and a tiny selection of fluffy-line boots for women. For fuck's sake. I got some replacements for my worn-out trainers though.

So we went to the Christmas Market so I could get some bratkartoffeln, to M&S for some luxury dinner, and a few other places to discover that a decent balanced-arm desk lamp will set you back around £60. Then we wandered to the bus stop to get home, and were entertained by a bit of spontaneous performance theatre by the police and two groups of football fans. The football fans were constantly trying to get closer to each other, the police clearly didn't want them to, and I assume it was a metaphor for modern life*.

And then we got a bus home and collapsed. My left foot, which had mostly recovered from last week, is now somewhat sore again. *sigh*.

*As well as being a bit scary to be around. The police were hitting the fans with batons to make them retreat from battling in the middle of the street. There were about 50 fans in total, with about 20 of them attempting to engage in combat at different times.



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A day of accomplishment!

A couple of weeks ago we cleaned out under the bed, found mounds of dust, several boxes of stuff that we threw out, and a short cable for our Virgin cable internet/TV/phone.

This afternoon, I got around to unplugging all of the router stuff that was living under the bed and moving it into the living room, thus removing the various flashing lights from the bedroom. Admittedly, said flashing lights had largely been under the bed, but it still makes me happy to get them out of there. Now the only electronic device permanently based in the bedroom is the phone base station (which can't be easily moved without getting Virgin to come round and run a new wire).

A quick test afterwards shows that we still have Wifi to the whole flat, and that the network-over-power-lines stuff is still working fine, giving me 18Mbps down and 2 Mbps up. Somewhere between May and August that will apparently become 60Mbps down, 6Mbps up. Not sure what I'm going to do with that, I'm sure something will crop up...



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So, I started playing Minecraft

So, I started Minecraft.

Grabbed an introduction guide, and started working my way through it.

"Punch a tree. Turn wood into a wooden axe. Dig a hole. Get some stone. Build yourself a home before it gets dark, otherwise Things In The Dark will kill you."

Sadly, during the "Get some stone" part of that, it got very dark indeed, and I came out of my newly dug hole, said "Oh shit!" and then retreated into my hole again, and sat there staring at the sky in a terrified fashion until it got light again.

I hear this is not uncommon.



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Scenes from the Ducker Household

Julie: "Apparently some girl was feeding a dolphin and got bit."
Julie: "Oooh, there's a video! *click*"
Julie: "There's an advert! They're showing me an advert against my will!"
Andy: "That's how they make money!"
Julie: "I didn't consent to this! They're showing me an advert against my consent! Surely this is against my human rights!"

(Yes, we were both giggling while she said that.)



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