Friday, November 28, 2008

Rise From Your Grave


This morning I had to bring my sisters car, which is also the car I've been using for the past two months, down to the garage because the water pump is on the way out in it and needs to be replaced.  The mechanic is going to do the timing belt on it at the same time, because it's due to be sorted out.  The whole job is quoted at €330, which is alright I supposed, but a bit of a kick in the teeth.

The earliest that the car'll be ready will be Monday, so I was looking forward to having no car again this weekend.  That's a total lie, by the way. There's no fucking way that I was looking forward to getting buses and trains and shit. If you live far enough away from your job that commuting there via public transport takes upwards of 2 hours in the morning, and the same again going home, then a car is pretty much a must.

I've been walking past my own car every morning and evening for the past 3 months, feeling bad that it's still not back on the road, and so I was going to be working on getting stuff finished this weekend. I took some time earlier this evening and worked with my dad to get some of the preliminary work done.  As it turned out, we were still working in the freezing cold, when the sun had long set, but everything is pretty much finished.

I took her out for a drive earlier, for the first time in over three months.  I forgot what it was like to drive a car that doesn't have to be in 5th gear when going 60km/h.

I'm going to organise a service for her tomorrow, and bring her to get the wheel alignment checked in the afternoon. After that, I'll be good to go. I can't wait.

Ceremony on Sunday.  Yeayeuh.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What's the point in ten years of scars?


Today was a troublesome day.

I've been up since very early, and now I can't sleep. I had a long and unproductive day in work, only slightly enhanced by this mornings comedic fashion accident. I try not to suffer the persistence of fools, but sometimes I find it extremely difficult. I held my breath and bit my tongue for most of the afternoon, both literally and metaphorically.

I was supposed to do some work on my car when I got in, but it was pretty late, and so I watched the Tony Robinson documentary about how the Earth was shaped by catastrophic collisions instead. It was pretty good, but even there I found something to bitch about. They had this astrophysicist on it who's job it was to shoot at the moon with a billion watt space laser. That's his fucking job. Trying to get the internet to do what I want seems to pale into insignificance beside the majesty of it.

I had some fun with Cindy playing Left 4 Dead after that, but when we finished up my evening went on kind of a downward spiral.  I said I was going to bed more than 2 1/2 hours ago, but here I am. Still wide awake and thinking. I don't talk much about my personal life in the public domain, because it IS personal, but right now, I'm very conflicted.

I want to be less bitter.

I want to poison the world.

I don't know which I want more. It's not so long ago that everything was so much simpler. 


Monday, November 24, 2008

Getting dressed in the dark.


This morning I got up early to bring my brother in law to the airport on my way to work to save my sister and parents having to get up.  I got him there just about in time, and headed off to work.

A couple of hours later I'm sitting in a meeting about network architecture, and I look down and think to myself "Where are the buttons on my shirt gone?"

A cursory inspection revealed them to be on the inside of my shirt.  I started laughing out loud, and everyone in the meeting looked at me, so I had to explain that somehow I'd managed to put my shirt on inside out 5 hours before and only just noticed.

It's going to be a long day.

Shower gels that I used this morning that you should also be the one that is using them:
  • Original Source Lemon & Tea Tree

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    Sunday, November 23, 2008

    Cleaning up my act.


    Tonight I went to Tesco and had a long walk through the aisles, rather than just getting hummous and tortillas and then leaving. I normally use Jason shower stuff or soaps that I get from Lush and so usually wouldn't even go near the toiletries aisle in Tesco or wherever. I was pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of Original Source shower gels that I haven't tried before.

    I like Original Source because every variety is certified as being vegan, but also because they're intensely refreshing. They even say as much on the bottles. So I went crazy...

    I'm going to use a different one every day. That dragon fruit and capsicum one is first on the list.

    My life is supremely exciting.


    Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    Rightwingers left exposed


    Found on The Register, but originally sourced from the Lancaster Unity Anti Fascist blog.

    Apparently, the entire British Nationial Pary member list was published online today, detailing, amongst other things, the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of all members up to September 2008.

    Data security and privacy are of great concern to me and so I've got mixed feelings about this, although I can't help but smile when I think about members of the UK's Police, armed forces and other supposedly apolitical professions, whos jobs may be in jeopardy because of their political views.

    There are some other interesting comments made on the LUAF blog.

    I don't really know what else to write about this other than fascist cocks can go and fuck themselves.

    Thank you for your time.


    Tuesday, November 11, 2008


    Deathwish Records have put out some of my favourite records of the last couple ears and I'm totally excited about some of the releases they have coming up soon.

    Yesterday I listened to the Fall 2008 sampler and the Trap Them WYNU live radio set, for pretty much the whole day. I've been looking forward to the new Trap Them record for a while, and judging by the new songs on the live set, it's going to be pretty immense.

    The highlights of bands I hadn't really listened to before are New Lows, Lewd Acts, The Carrier, Narrows and United Nations

    Cornered are playing the Moshspace 3 year anniversary show in Eamonn Dorans this coming Friday with Forging Friendships, Find A Way, Inflatable Gods and CiarĂ¡n Parnell.  Here's the poster.

    I'm really looking forward to playing at this, and you should all go.


    Friday, November 7, 2008

    Ctrl-a, delete


    As content free as it was, it took me half an hour to write my last entry.

    Today I skipped lunch.

    Tonight I'm going to a toga party.

    I've had a long week in work, but I got lots of stuff completed.

    I'm the only person sitting in my office right now.

    The Wire is great.

    Fuck all this.  The day to day events of my life are uninteresting.  Eventually I'll have something that's worth talking about that I'm also willing to share.