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Sickness & Literature

It’s easy for my wife to tell if I’m ‘properly’ sick; if I don’t have any interest in touching a keyboard for a while, it’s official - I’m ill. More reliable than any doctor’s prognosis. I came down with proper ‘flu for the second time this winter, which sapped my energy to do pretty much anything for the last few days. Sucks. I didn’t even have the energy to play any games until late in the weekend!

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Chariot, upgraded

I’ve never been a car nut. I know that generally, as a bloke, I’m supposed to be genetically compelled to care about the physical prowess of the motorised metal can I haul my arse about in, but I can rarely muster up much enthusiasm. As far as I’m concerned, it’s primarily a tool for getting from A to B, and given that our island has a top speed of 35 miles per hour, people who buy fast / huge / flash cars are either compensating for something, or have more money than sense.

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I &heart; QuizComs

I don’t know if this is particularly British thing, but the ‘QuizCom’ has been a staple here for many years. If the term is alien to you, a QuizCom is notionally a ‘quiz show’, except that no-one actually gives a flying monkeys about the score and it’s really just a vehicle for comedy - sometimes topical, often satirical. One of our TV channels ‘Dave’ made January ‘QuizCom month’ and showed loads of them, and it’s always fun to catch.

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Facebook 'working' the masses now?

Let’s get this out of the way early - I hate Facebook. Not because of the implementation, but because I hate everything Facebook stands for, in exactly the same way I hated the last hype-cycle of the Internet age, and every predecessor to Facebook that has been flavour of the month this time around. Here’s my reasons: It’s fundamentally a total waste of time and resources - social networks generally are of course; they’re just a great big hole to piss your time into for absolutely no measurable return.

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Pop goes the vertebrae

Dammit. I had (perhaps foolishly) begun to think that I’d put most of my back problems behind me now - it has after all been over a year since I had any significant pain from it; just a few aches / cricks / stiffness occasionally but nothing major. However, while taking a shower Sunday morning I reached down and ‘whallop’ - something popped out (or in my case, rotated since my recurring problem is a twisted rather than slipped disc).

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Pandora, denied!

Music pandora

Nooooooooooooooo! Pandora have finally clamped down their ‘you can only listen from the US’ rule - previously they’d, ahem, ‘enforced’ it by asking you to enter a US Zip code, a field ‘creatively’ used by pretty much everybody outside the US who loved their service. I’m sure the population of the 90210 zip code is about 1000 times what it should be according to Pandora’s records 😀However, now they’ve finally started using the technology at their disposal to filter more aggressively, via geolocation software.

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Closing off a busy week

It’s been a seriously busy week - I had Monday to work on some Ogre features (tangents) but really since then I’ve been mostly limited to breezing through the forums at only slightly more than a superficial level. The reason is that the principal customer project I’ve been on the past 2-3 months hits a major milestone next week - a presentation to ‘the brass’ in Tokyo (it’s a Japanese company, although the project members are scattered around the globe - and no, I can’t tell you any more than that).

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Mass Effect Review

A couple of people expressed an interest in what my opinion of Mass Effect would end up being, as a previous KOTOR fan, so now that I’ve had it for a while, and am about 10 hours into the game (according to my last save), I felt I had enough information to deliver on this request. For the time-poor among you who are tired of my wordy postings, here’s the skinny version:

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That was the year that was

So, 2007 is going the way of Donny Osmond’s career at midnight, and I feel I should say something at its passing. It’s been an eventful year but still it feels like it’s flown past - it’s the first full year that I’ve been my own boss, and I’ve learned a lot from it, in both the positive and negative poles - but mostly positive, luckily. I’ve had customers in 6 countries, and they’ve ranged from small start-ups right up to multinational corporations.

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Merry Christmas Everyone

I’m one day late, but then I didn’t have time to touch a computer yesterday 😀We were hosting this Christmas, which meant Marie and I were in charge of all the cooking. We’ve done an xmas meal before, but only for ourselves so this was our first time inflicting our yuletide culinary creations on others. Luckily we were only cooking for 4 so it wasn’t a huge deal, but still there was quite a lot to do.

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