If only…

26 07 2008

One can dream I suppose…


Mac Users are ‘Open, Liberal, Superior’

18 01 2008

I can’t work out whether this makes me sound a nice guy or a complete dick.

“Mac users are open-minded, liberal, and a little smug, according to brand advertising network, Mindset Media. The study revealed that people who are highly open-minded are 60 per cent more likely than people in the general population to have purchased a Mac.These purchasers are also more liberal, less modest, and more assured of their own superiority than the population at large, it is claimed. Mindset Media defines this openness as people who seek rich, varied and novel experiences, believing that imagination and intellectual curiosity contribute to a life well lived. They are receptive to their own inner feelings and may feel both happiness and unhappiness more intensely than others.” 

 I guess that’s a question to put to the floor. Answers on a postcard…

Cookie starts with C

22 11 2007

Why? For no other reason except we’re all a bit bummed out over housing delays here and this made me smile…

Thanks to Popbitch for the link.

New houses and technolust

11 08 2007

While I’m pretty bad anyway at keeping this blog alive anyway, one of the things I seem to be particularly bad at is keeping it with actual details of what’s happening in my life. And so as I’ve nipped into Ice Mango for a few minutes, I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about life, the universe and everything.

I seem to be getting quite a nice Saturday afternoon tradition going at the moment. Helen’s working today so I decided to wonder into town and buy some food for dinner tonight (baked sea bass with lemon and fennel). Well it’s either that or sitting in front of the PS2 replaying San Andreas for the hundredth time until I get pressure sores.

Life seems to be going pretty well at the moment. The good news is that Helen and I have had an offer accepted for a new house. We’ve been accepted for a mortgage (how did that happen?) and we’ve managed to sell the old house so the list of potential cock-ups is reducing. Still trying to resist getting too excited about it though.

The house itself is in Thorpe Astley which we’ve been reliably informed is a step up classwise from Thurcaston Park where we were originally looking. Plus it has three bedrooms so I can have an office as well as an en-suite bathroom, conservatory and laminate flooring downstairs so we’re both pretty chuffed. Still waiting to find out when we’re moving mind. Expect more moving nightmare blogs in the months to come.

All the financial manouvering we’ve been doing of course has given me the opportunity to upgrade my Mac. I’ve not actually had this iBook all that long, but as I need to finish this web design course I’m doing, plus planning to do an HNC in Photography this year, an upgrade was in order. I’ve been planning to do such an upgrade for a few months but was waiting for Apple to release new iMacs. Now I’ve got the funds available but the only thing stopping me from going and buying it is the usual trepidation at spending such a huge amount of cash.

Anyway, this afternoon I wondered into KRCS in the Haymarket and even though it’s only been about four days since they were announced, they are already in stock there so I got have a drool at them. They really are quite amazingly thin and the glass screen didn’t bother me as much as I thought it might.

Lovely iMacs in KRCS

Should I resist? Can I resist? Probably not.

Anyway, my coffee has gone cold so I shall sign off.

What’s wrong with this blog

16 07 2007

One of the side effects of all this humid weather is that I seem on occasion to be completely unable to sleep. The plus side is that having this time awake but staring at the ceiling means that in the gaps between stressing that I really should be getting to sleep because I need to get up early for work and not piss away half my day barely awake, my mind seems to have occasional creative bursts. And so I find myself blogging on here…

Something of an achievement that it seems. I started this blog about seven or eight months ago with really good intentions. Back in my university days and for brief times afterwards I kept a diary and, while most of what went into it was navel-gazing nonsense, if nothing else I was prolific. I think it was with that spirit of expression that I had the idea to start writing this, plus the romantic notion that regularly updating it with what I am up to would cover for my shocking inability to keep in touch with friends and family in the last few years.

And then of course, there’s the fact that what goes on here is, by design, for the world to see. In the last few years, since I’ve been with Helen probably, I’ve become conscious more and more about how much we all (and me probably more than many) keep private; not deep dark secrets, past emotional gremlins and bank details kind of stuff, but more mundane day to day things. One of the interesting lessons I think I’ve picked up from being in a long-term relationship is how much I had grown over the years to keep things to myself under the false flag of self-reliance. Getting to a point where it’s natural and instinctive to be open about things was quite an effort. Helen of course might well argue that I have some way to go.

Anyway, it sort of led me to the thought of what would our lives be like if we did the opposite. What would our lives be like if we made a conscious effort to articulate who we are, what we are thinking and let our whole lives, our plans, our friendships, our hopes and fears, all of it, out into the world? What would happen? It’s a romantic notion I think and fraught with some serious obstacles; there are things that we legitimately keep secret for good reason. But still, that idea has fascinated me and was certainly in the back of my mind when I started this.

In the last few days I’ve been reading Authentic: How to Make a Living by being Yourself by Neil Crofts, a book that I semi-discovered a couple of years ago and have returned to, which has some interesting things to say about some of these thoughts and how the pressures of conformity that are instilled into us from an early age make us naturally disguise who we are, what we want and what we believe and offers a process for moving away from that and learning to express ourselves. At the same time, I’ve recently attended a conference in London for work where I had a number of discussions that talked about the whole social networking phenomenon and led me to ponder the psychology behind and the effects of things like Facebook. Since I started using Facebook I have grown accustomed to daily, even hourly updates about friends that I haven’t seen for several years, I’ve got used to the idea that when people move away and leave your day to day life, that while they log in every day they never really leave, and I’ve slowly got into the idea of putting more and more of myself online for the world to see. I am fascinated by the question of what social interaction will be like for a generation younger than ourselves, young people who are just starting to enter the world just as Facebook and MySpace become ubiquitous, even if I don’t feel qualified to give an answer.

Anyway, to return to the question that the title of this blog posed, basically, for all my lofty ideals, I simply don’t have the stones for it. I could post more about what’s going on in my life but even as I type the feeling of self-consciousness is bearing down. If this blog were anonymous it would probably make for a much more interesting read, but instead it’s amusing snippets from the web mixed with political rants and rarely, insomnia-fuelled whimsies such as this one. And let’s face it, even this post is asking many more questions than it’s attempting to answer. Sorry about that.

Thanks for reading though.

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.


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.