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poked and prodded…

Fun day today – had my medical examination for my immigration (to Canada) application, which was just a barrel of laughs. Poked, prodded, grabbed, radiated, stuck with needles and urinalyzed, and charged a nice round $300 or so for the pleasure. Who knew a day off work could be THIS much fun? I’ve never had […]

Ash, Brazil?

Well, the concert last night was fantastic. Ash were co-headlining with The Bravery, who played first. They played to a Vancouver crowd, which nods its head and claps politely. Ash played their first three songs or so to a Vancouver crowd, then they played Girl From Mars and it turned into an Ash crowd, which […]

Beck, and music

One of my favourite TV shows is ending next week. I watch quite a few Japanese animated (anime) shows, which are recorded, translated, subtitled and distributed by enthusiasts over networks like BitTorrent, often within hours or days of being shown on Japanese TV. The distribution is a fascinating process in itself, actually – the most […]

competition runs in my veins…

I went go-karting last night, for only the second time ever. It was great fun, except for the second race when I was running at the front with the best lap times, then got stuck behind some Sunday drivers at the back and had to pootle around ten seconds off my previous pace for the […]

gadget porn

So I realised what this blog was missing…gadget porn! Yes, this is my desktop. Look upon it, ye mighty, and despair. One Shuttle ST62K (Zen), connected to an LG 17″ CRT and a vintage genuine IBM clicky keyboard. Logitech MX510 mouse on Allsop mat to the right of keyboard. To the left of the keyboard, […]

maintenance

So I changed to a really nice theme called TicTac Wuhan, which is an implementation of a Blogger theme called TicTac. It’s simple, pretty, doesn’t force style elements and isn’t full of useless images. Nice! Also added a bunch of links, mainly to university friends; if you feel you ought to be linked over there, […]

frantically running round, putting out fires

So, I spent quite a lot of today running round various forums (OSNews, Linux Today, MandrakeClub, mandrakeusers) trying to make sure some of the more apocalyptic interpretations of yesterday’s PR didn’t take hold. Quite where people got the idea that it meant we were abandoning the free download edition and so forth I don’t know, […]