The sound of silence…

30 04 2007

Well I’m just getting ready to go off on holiday for a week to Centerparcs, which is shamefully middle class of me but there you go. Anyway, the main thing is that I shall be away from broadband internet for the whole time, which as well as reducing me to a quivering wreck, will also mean I won’t be posting on here any time soon.

Might prepare some nice posts for when I’m connected again though. Or I might just switch off the laptop and go out and do something less boring instead, “Why don’t you” style.

Anyway, there’s a great Charlie Brooker article in The Guardian this morning which sums up my views on fashion quite nicely, so I shall leave you with that.



New Super Earth found in Space

25 04 2007


Recipe for a Fascist America

24 04 2007

It’s been more than six years since Bush came to power, nearly six since the twin towers fell, and shouting to the heavens about the decline of democracy and the horror show that America is quickly becoming almost seems futile and cliched these days. But this article in The Guardian sums the whole thing up in quite terrifying terms; that there is a clear, defined path to fascism and America is way down that path.

It’s quite a chilling read.

43 things

22 04 2007

Just a quick note to shout about a new site I have come across called “43 things”. From what I can tell the basic idea is that you start shouting about all the things, big and small, that you actually want to do with your life and it will both keep reminding you of them by email and help you along the way with them.

Anyway, I signed up to it and started thinking of things I want to do, a quite cathartic exercise in itself.

So far, and far from finished by the way, here is my (edited) list.

  1. Learn XHTML.
  2. Learn to fly a plane.
  3. Be more confident.
  4. Get an HDTV.
  5. Get in better shape.
  6. Drink more water.
  7. Get out of debt.
  8. Relax and not be so uptight.
  9. Put a design portfolio together.
  10. Shave my head.
  11. Learn to play backgammon.
  12. Earn more money.
  13. Learn photography. Properly.
  14. Blog more.
  15. Go to Glastonbury.
  16. Figure out what to do with my life.
  17. Be cool.
  18. Write for a magazine.
  19. Buy an Apple TV.

This is of course, just what I’ve come up with after about 20 minutes of play. With more time I am sure the list will be even more hilarious.

Anyway, I recommend the site. And I recommend inviting ridicule upon yourself by publishing your list on your blog. It was pretty therapeutic for me.

My Toasted Sandwich Maker mind

21 04 2007

Chatting with Helen this morning, I came to the decision that so much of the things I do seem to last for a few days and then I get distracted and lose good habits. This is something that seems to apply to all areas of my life; good habits with work, home life, health, finance, this blog, everything. I think that so much of my modern existence seems to be managing decent routines and failing. On a good day, I seem to be leading an exemplary life; I create to-do lists at work and power through them, I get my 5-a-day of fruit and 2 litres of water, I get to the gym, keep within a budget, fitter happier more productive, you know the drill.

The wierd thing is that it isn’t necessarily that bad habits tend to get in the way per se, but it’s more that I just tend to lose track and these things just don’t happen mainly because my mind goes ‘elsewhere’. And so I don’t know what the answer to this bad behaviour is really. I just need to get a bit more organised and less distracted.

Anyway, the reason for this hideously navel-gazing self-fest is that that same problem could quite easily apply to this blog. My new year’s resolution of regularly writing up and keeping this blog alive seems to have good phases and bad phases and I need to break that cycle.

On the other hand, if you’re ever reading this blog and it hasn’t been updated for a while, you can, if nothing else, be reasonably assured that I’m probably not properly hydrated either. Oh well.

If the post title seems a little obscure, it’s a reference to “Spaced”. Which, if you haven’t seen it, you need to do.

Spotted while shopping this morning

21 04 2007

Blogging about how the Daily Express is scumbag racist toilet paper seems like an exercise in futility, but I thought this morning’s telling headline was worthy of some bandwidth.

The Daily Hate - Saturday 21 AprilĀ 2007


“This will be my plea”

18 04 2007

Thought it was worth a quick thank you to my Texan friend Leigh for telling me to get my shit together following my rather crappy Facebook Blues post from the other day.

The least I can do in return is give a shout to her new blog “This will be my plea” which I found thoroughly entertaining at six o’ clock this morning.

It’s worth it just for the “what makes your poop slide out” quote alone.