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I write like
Cory Doctorow

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!




Reckon I can live with that too...
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In lieu of a post that actually says anything, have a meme:



You were born during a New moon

The moon is dark in this phase, because the half that's illuminated by the sun is facing away from Earth.





- what it says about you -


You want to leave an impression on people and make your mark on the world. When you love an idea, you'll work hard for it, sometimes even dropping whatever it is you're doing to go on to the next new great thing that's captured your imagination. The more freedom you have to chose what you're doing, the busier you'll be.


What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at Spacefem.com




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One Month Before Heartbreak: A Broken of Britain Blogswarm 14th – 16th January 2011

Now for the practical bit. This is copied and pasted from [livejournal.com profile] tamaranth's excellent post, which you can see here:

- Read this: An overview of some of the cuts

- Sign this: Petition to recall the Public Consultation on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) reform, and to cease work on reform of this benefit

- Write some letters: Broken of Britain's One-Stop DLA Reform Campaign Resource

- Respond to this: DLA Public Consultation

- Oh, and don't forget: don't get physically or mentally sick, don't have an accident, don't spend your savings (you'll need them to top up your rent), don't get old, don't have 'good' days where anyone can see ...
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I'm having a bit of a friends cull. It's nothing personal; the people I've taken off probably won't even notice. I just want my journal to be a space where the people who read it are those I actually interact with.
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How to add a new mp3 sound file to your Nokia 6630 in five simple nineteen infuriatingly complicated steps:

1) Attempt to find an example of said file.

2) Realise this is going to be more difficult than first thought.

3) Look through dozens of sites which either don't have it; have it but in .wav file when last time you converted .wav to mp3 it distorted it; have the sound played repeatedly when you only want it once and don't know how to edit mp3 files; tantalise you with it but then don't have it when you click on the link. Repeat for at least an hour.

4) Eventually find it and download it.

5) Try to remember where the phone/PC cable is. Get annoyed at self for not yet purchasing a Bluetooth dongle for PC.

6) Find cable.

7) Remember you have a new laptop now, which won't have the compatible driver software for the phone.

8) Connect phone anyway, just in case.

9) Fail to connect. Stomp off to look for driver disc.

10) Find 5-year-old disc of Nokia PC Suite. Feel pleased at not having thrown it away.

11) Install PC Suite. Try several times to get it to work. Fail.

12) Rage and swear.

13) Uninstall PC Suite.

14) Google for updated version in case 5yo version is too old for Windows 7.

15) Install updated version.

16) Tranfer file; get 'your phone may not be able to read this file. Install anyway?'

17) Sigh. Click 'yes'.

18) Pick up phone. Go to Gallery; find file; click and pray.

19) SUCCESS.


(Then go round demanding people text you so you can show them your new sound.)
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...I did it after seeing it on [livejournal.com profile] baloobas's LJ, then promptly forgot about it. Anyway, guess who I am:

Your results:
You are Deanna Troi
Deanna Troi
80%
Jean-Luc Picard
70%
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
65%
Chekov
60%
Uhura
60%
Spock
52%
Will Riker
50%
Mr. Scott
45%
Data
45%
Beverly Crusher
40%
Worf
40%
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
35%
Geordi LaForge
35%
James T. Kirk (Captain)
30%
Mr. Sulu
25%
You are a caring and loving individual.
You understand people's emotions and
you are able to comfort and counsel them.


Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Test

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My SingStar Abba PS3 disc has a bug, in that when you quit the game the normal way (PS button ==> Quit Game), it just restarts the console and thus the game, as any disc inside it boots up automatically when the console itself starts.

Sony know about this bug, and have uploaded a patch. In order for me to download this patch however, the system requires me to quit the game. Which restarts the console...

Very ironic. How I'm supposed to install this bug-fixer which sets off the very bug it's supposed to fix, I have no idea.
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Hmmm. Almost two months since I've posted.

There. That'll do.
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Anyone want an XBox 360?

You'd have to pay for it,of course, lol.

Mark's selling his on eBay RIGHT NOW, and as he's in Birmingham, if any of you Brum lot win the bid you can collect and save on postage.

Just go to eBay and search for this item number: 150202011057

Hurry though! Only 20-odd more hours to go!
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Apparently the delightful Olympic Delivery Authority is refusing to allow a charity onto its site to safely move all the feral cats that are living there, despite having originally given permission. These cats, if not moved, face death by starvation or during the demolition process, but apparently the ODA don't care.

As the charity says, "The ODA has banned the Trust from the major part of the Olympic site on Health and Safety grounds. This is despite the fact that all our rescue staff have CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) Health and Safety qualifications and we have two qualified First Aiders in the team. We are therefore as qualified to work on a construction site as unskilled labourers."

You can check here for more info. There's a petition to sign too - please sign it.
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Your Score: The Frog


You scored 46% domestic, 33% gregarious, 28% trickster, and 50% intellect!




Wild, Solitary, Serious and Emotional: you are the Frog!
Sensitivity, regeneration, renewal. In many cultures, frogs are a
strong symbol of luck and wealth. Frog medicine teaches the power of
transforming oneself, a natural path of change that occurs over a
lifetime. Frog is also a symbol of femininity and fertility, and
natural healing. Frog people tend to be pleasant, positive, and well
in-tune with the energies around them.


This test categorized you based on four different axes of personality,
which were then associated with a different animal. The four axes, as
well as all possible results are explained below.


Wild/Domestic: This first axis categorizes you based on how much you
are drawn to the outdoors, versus how much you are drawn to civilized
situations. Domesticity has many shapes and forms, and varies from the
joy of dolphins leaping next to a ship to the steadfast loyalty of a
family dog.


Gregarious/Solitary: This axis measures how solitary you are. If you
scored high, it means that you enjoy the company of other people, while
a low score indicates that you prefer a more solitary lifestyle.


Trickster/Serious: This axis measures how well you line up
with conventional trickster archetypes. People who fall into this
archetype have a sense of humor and an excitable, highly chaotic
streak. Scoring low doesn't mean that you don't have a sense of humor;
it just means that you probably don't think dynamite is very funny.


Intellectual/Emotional: This last axis determines whether you
are more emotional -- acting based on feelings and instinct, or
rational and intelectual -- acting more on thought than on your gut
feelings.















WildGregariousTricksterIntellectualThe Hyena
WildGregariousTricksterEmotionalThe Otter
WildGregariousSeriousIntellectualThe Antelope
WildGregariousSeriousEmotionalThe Wolf
WildSolitaryTricksterIntellectualThe Weasel
WildSolitaryTricksterEmotionalThe Coyote
WildSolitarySeriousIntellectualThe Raven
WildSolitarySeriousEmotionalThe Frog
DomesticGregariousTricksterIntellectualThe Fox
DomesticGregariousTricksterEmotionalThe Dolphin
DomesticGregariousSeriousIntellectualThe Horse
DomesticGregariousSeriousEmotionalThe Dog
DomesticSolitaryTricksterIntellectualThe Rat
DomesticSolitaryTricksterEmotionalThe Ferret
DomesticSolitarySeriousIntellectualThe Cat
DomesticSolitarySeriousEmotionalThe Squirrel




Link: The Animal Archetype Test written by crumpetsfortea on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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Penblwydd Hapus [livejournal.com profile] 303factory!

Come see us soon, and pick up your Magic fatpack, dammit ;-D
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When watching TV with [livejournal.com profile] dengel3000 on Monday and the phonetic alphabet being mentioned, I was reminded of a conversation I had with someone ages ago where we were trying to think of the worst words to use when spelling things out over the telephone - think silent letters, words that sound like other letters, paired letters that create a new sound and other eccentricities of the English language.

So [livejournal.com profile] dengel3000 and I had another go, and here's what we've come up with so far. You have to say them out loud to get the best effect. I'll add more when we think of them - can you guys think of any others?

A for Are (Or Aesop; EDIT: or Aitch - thanks [livejournal.com profile] mollydot's husband)
B
C for Cue
D for Double you (EDIT: or Djinn, or Djibouti - thanks [livejournal.com profile] bopeepsheep)
E for Eye
F
G for Gnat
H for Heir
I
J (EDIT: for Junta - thanks [livejournal.com profile] mollydot's husband; or Jalapeno - thanks [livejournal.com profile] baloobas)
K for Knee
L
M for Mnemonic
N
O for Oedipus
P for Psychology
Q for Qat (EDIT: or Qi, as I've just realises 'qat' contravenes the 'word must be relatively well-known in English' rule.
R (EDIT: Rong. Clutching at straws now, but trusty Scrabble dictionary tells me it's an archaic past participle of 'ring')
S
T for Thaddeus (EDIT: or Tsunami - thanks [livejournal.com profile] bopeepsheep)
U
V
W for Whore (EDIT: or Wring - thanks [livejournal.com profile] mollydot)
X for Xylophone
Y for You
Z


I suppose it's pretty indicative of a geeky Mensa household that the first 'th' word I thought of was 'Thaddeus'. I got laughed at for that, lol.
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Best Onion headline I've seen for ages:


Ninja Parade Slips Through Town Unnoticed Once Again



(http://www.theonion.com/content/video/ninja_parade_slips_through_town)
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Oh, and guess which film BBC1 is showing on the 31st October?

I'll give you a hint: it's not the most original idea ever.
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Ahhh... Armstrong and Miller.

I havn't looked forward so much to a comedy show returning for ages, and they didn't disappoint :-D.

I hope they repeat the old ones now.
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Lol - IKEA's hold music is Abba :-D.
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The Nightingale club in Hurst Street is having a review of its licence (see here).

For 'noise nuisance'.

Brought about by Crosby Homes, according to the Evening Mail. That's right, the property developers responsible for some of the nearby 'luxury apartments' (why can't anyone just live in a flat anymore?).

WHY THE FUCK do they think they have the right to build NEAR AN ESTABLISHED MUSIC VENUE then complain about the noise? Imagine if the lot near Eddie's had campaigned for it to be closed down due to 'noise nuisance'? (assuming they didn't burn it down in the first place ;-)). And as for the homeowners, well if you're stupid enough to buy a property near established nightlife then be surprised by the noise, you don't get any sympathy from me.

The Council should've told Crosby to fuck off. Other whingeing twats already got the Fiddle and Bone closed down, and apparently people who've just bought flats in Digbeth are complaining about the noise there (This site puts it well: http://www.thestirrer.co.uk/1306072.html).

WHAT DO THEY EXPECT IF THEY BUY CITY CENTRE PROPERTIES?!? GENTLE BREEZES AND THE SOFT CHIRPS OF GRASSHOPPERS???

I'd hate to live near somewhere as noisy as a nightclub, which is why I don't live near any nightclub.

As you can see, I'm not impressed about this (/massive understatement). Such complainers should be told they should have done their research before buying and then ignored. And developers should be encouraged to build away from the nightlife if they see it as such a problem. Fucking idiots.
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I was idly pondering before getting up this morning, and one of my thoughts was:

If I made and marketed waterproof towels, along the lines of "Fed up of dropping your towel on the wet changing room floor leaving it too wet to use? Not any more! These new waterproof towels repel water and stay completely dry at all times!!!1!!1!"...

...would anyone buy one?
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