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Bizarre Day

Today has been a bizarre day to say the least, it started off with me throwing the toys out of my pram over something that happened in my SETI team, and I left the team, but later rejoined under an assumed name. Then tonight I went out with some friends for a drink just across the River Tamar in Saltash, but on the way back, the gear box decided to die in my mates Mini, so no forward drive, or backwards drive for that matter, although 5 people in a 1.0 litre Mini was probably a little too much considering the hill we had to climb. Anyway we had to call my mate, Trev’s mother out to pick us up as it was a 15 mile walk back home. The problem was that there was now six people, in a car that holds 5 people, Martyn, another mate, had to travel back in the boot, and I am not talking estate cars here, it was a BMW saloon car.

I am now off to bed as it comes up to nearly 24 hours of me being awake, and I am almost dead on my feet, so I shall bid you goodnight. Tune in tomorrow for more exciting adventures.


Forums

As some of you may know I am a member of the PC Format Forum, which seems to have gone completely mad over the last 24 hours. It started off as a bit of fun, about Forum Pirates, but soon spread into other threads, effectively hijacking the thread (as pirates would do), and later spread to other forums and sites, even Slashdot got invaded, much to the bemusement of the Slashdot regulars. Anyway, it all ended up with the member that started the whole thing being banned, although not for the pirates thread, but for flaming, and a certain amount of members have left in protest. It has split the forum down the centre, although it will probably blow over as many of these things do, and the people that left will more than likely be back.

Yes, it has been a slow day, nothing of interest has really happened, this lack of cash is killing me, and I have just found out that I will not have any cash to go out on my birthday either, I get paid the day after, which is depressing to say the least.

Currently watching Red Dwarf – Series 3 again in DIVX format until I can buy the series on DVD next month.


Its Been…

…another slow day, so today I am going to talk about crisps, or more specifically the packet colours. Why on earth did they decide to change the colour of the packets, I picked up what I thought was cheese and onion flavour, but to my shock when I tasted the contents, it was salt and vinegar flavour. I’m sure that people will disagree, but cheese & onion should be in a green packet, and salt & vinegar should be in a blue packet, its the way it was meant to be, just like the old days, shows how long ago I had bought a packet of crisps, when did they change colours? Anyone know? if so, click on the comments link to let me know.

I was supposed to be going out to the Phoenix tonight to take some more pictures for the website, but I really cant face it tonight, being out 5 of the last 7 days has taken its toll, and my body refuses to do anything that involves any real effort, so its a quiet night in for me, the fact that I only have £2 to my name has something to do with it as well.

I have just watched a programme on BBC1 called ‘The Secret Policeman‘ about racism in the British police force, which I am shocked and appalled at. How can people be racist in such a multicultural society, especially in an institution like the police force.

Currently listening to: The Corrs, ‘In Blue’ album.


To Quote…

..Kerrang, life is loud. I just got back from the Phoenix for yet another live gig, and cant hear anything for the ringing in my ears, standing next to a 10,000 watt P/A system taking pictures isnt advised, but got some really good pictures of the bands. Playing tonight were A Dying Issue, Midasuno and Tribute To Nothing, highly recommended if they come to play near you, they certainly give it their all, falling over the monitor speakers and microphones alike, pictures here. Other than that, my day has been pretty dull, my sleeping pattern is still completely screwed up, so I spent the whole day in bed, eventually surfaced about 4pm, cooked some food, and went out to the Phoenix, so not much else to say other than…

I am listening to: Prayer by Disturbed.


Slow Day…

To say that today has been a slow day is an understatement, I went along to the Phoenix for the acoustic day, which is normally fairly busy, and only saw 10 people all day, including the owners and staff. Even with the lack of people, we had some strange characters come in, one guy sounds like him was drunk, but it turns out he had some sort of speach inpediment, at least I hope he wasnt drunk as he was driving, the other guy came in mumbling about killing someone, and some guy called Paul from the Ace of Spades club, he was definately drunk, never a dull day in the Phoenix.

Last night I was in the Phoenix yet again (suprised?) had two bands on, but no-one came for some reason, because they were good bands, go figure! anyway, took some more pictures, they can be found here


Sleepless Nights

Staying up until 5am on Thursday night fixing my web server, has caused my sleeping pattern to become completely out of sync, so now I cant sleep until 7am in the morning. But the upside of that is that I have been watching some movies, watched Crimson Tide which was on ITV last night, excellent film, (must add to DVDs to get list). Then I decided to watch the Rock In Rio DVD from Iron Maiden to get me into the mood for my trip to Cardiff in December, now I am even more impatient, I wish I could sleep until December, the anticipation is killing me now. I also watched a movie called Collateral Damage, that my dad recorded off Sky TV for me, another good film, surprised that I managed to miss the release of this film completely. In sport I was happy to see the England rugby team playing well, beating South Africa 25 – 6, and even better Plymouth Argyle beat Port Vale 5 – 1, Argyle really seem to be a roll at the moment, keep up the good work lads, we will get promoted yet!

Currently listening to, Slit Wrist Theory by 36 Crazy Fists.


ARGH!!!…

Feckin’ computers, no wonder my hair is starting to go grey. Tried to add the mod_throttle module to Apache last night, instead of restricting bandwidth usage like it was supposed to, it crashed and corrupted my webserver files, which required a reinstall of the webserver and all the installed modules. Later I found out that its a port from UNIX, and wasnt complete, which the website where I downloaded it from neglected to mention. I was up until 5am this morning fixing the problem, so slept through to 3pm, and have only just gone back to the computer now, needed to de-stress.

In other news, I have decided to grow a goatee, never attempted it before, always had a full beard, or been clean shaven, friends keep on saying that it would suit me, so I am gonna give it a try. Give it a week or two, and I will post another dodgy picture of me with the afformentioned facial hair.

Currently listening to Fear Factory’s ‘Obsolete’ album, great anger music!


Another Day…

..Another hangover. I went out to yet another live gig at the Phoenix featuring Brat, No Comply, and Howards Alias, pics here. I had planned to just go home after the gig at 11pm, but was talked into going onto a club, what a really bad idea that was, drank way too much, and I still have the hangover to prove it, but on the upside, I managed to spend only £4, most of my drinks were bought for me, which is just as well really, I am really skint, managed to get hit by 3 utility bills in the same week, nothing for weeks, then suddenly got smacked in the face by 3 of the bloody things.

Something else that has been bugging me is crap cover versions, specifically Zwan’s easy listening version of Iron Maiden’s, Number of the Beast, and Cradle of Filth’s death metal version of Fear of the Dark, how can these bands perform such criminal acts against these classic songs? I think they should be lined up and shot for crimes against good taste.

Currently listening to the sound of my PC’s 7 cooling fans whirring…


Movies

Movies are great, went out and bought Matrix Reloaded on DVD, its the first time that I have seen the movie, didnt find time when it was in the cinema, I must say that the ending certainly sets up a stunning conclusion. I also bought xXx for £7.99 and The Net for £5.99, on DVD, which pleased me to say the least. My next DVD purchase will be Red Dwarf – Series 3, already got series 1 & 2, cant get enough of Red Dwarf.

If you want a decent freeware utility to *backup* your DVD collection, you could do much worse than DVD Decrypter, works with all the DVDs that I have tried so far, but of course I wouldnt use it for any *cough*illegal*cough* purposes.


Sickness…

For most of today, I have been laid out on the sofa, quietly dying, but inbetween dying, I have been putting the finishing touches to the imaginatively titled, A Large Mango site for my friend, Ben. I managed to get my act together and print out my CV and covering letter to send to Saltash school, wish me luck! I have also collated a load of data to work out how many countries are represented in my SETI@home team, for those of you that care, its 36. I am planning on having a nice quiet night in tonight, 3 nights of drinking has caught up with me, need to recharge the old batteries.

I’ll leave you will this interesting idea;

German women fed up with their partners grumbling about long shopping trips have been given the perfect answer for all concerned. The women can leave their fellas at a special ‘kindergarten’ especially for men, offering beer and entertainment. Men are given a name badge on arrival and for around ?10 they get two beers, a hot meal, televised football and games to play. Manager of the new Nox Bar in Hamburg, Alexander Stein, said: “The women are issued a receipt for their partners when they hand them in and can pick them up again when they return it to us later.” Mr Stein said the idea for the Saturday afternoon men’s creche, called Maennergarten, came from a female customer who thought it would be a good way of getting shot of her husband so she could shop in peace. “She found it all too stressful and thought this might be the solution,” he said. “Both were very happy with the way it turned out. “Last week the men had a remote control car to play with. Next week there’s going to be a mini racetrack.” The “creche” will also be offering a drilling workshop. One man left at the club said: “It beats sitting around in shoe shops, that’s for sure.”