July 2009 Archives

Tweets for 31 Jul 2009

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(07:16:56) is half-asleep, trying to recall the Quite Good Idea I had for a Friday morning activity. I should've written it down. Good morning!

(08:41:11) will have a shower and a muse. It's all gone a bit quiet, to be honest... not even a @poots update, now she's able to do it herself :D

(08:59:44) Lenni is opening a mysterious small box for me that arrived in the post. I, on the other hand, wondering if that was such a good idea.

(10:11:54) isn't doing very well, really. Cup of tea and a regroup, I think.

(11:38:37) RT @TUID "Former football manager David Pleat, widely regarded as one of the best pundits in the business, [is] axed by ITV Sport" [best?!]

(11:54:49) is eating raw carrot: nature's toothbrush (available in orange and 'original' purple). Yummy.

(12:36:34) is taking Eleanor out the front for a run around on the green. She's taking a foam sword and has given me her light sabre. The mind boggles.

(13:33:56) AudioBoo: Day 17: lull (and out on the green) boo http://boo.fm/b50022

(15:26:21) has returned to (something approaching) normal operation, and will now go and retrieve progeny 1.0 ... sunshiney Friday.

(17:08:31) has a full brace of children assembled at Geri Halliwell Towers. Boy is mucky, tired but appears to have had a very good camp. Pizza time!

(17:36:55) has a hurty thumb owing to oven glove slippage. Those corrugated freezer block things are very good.. ergonomically designed for digits.

(18:10:40) still needs to find out what 'zeitgeist' and 'gestalt' actually mean. They've made it into common English usage, and I'm ignorant of them.

(18:55:15) has one child in bed, the other in the bath. Washing machine full of some rather dank smelling clothes, & fresh bedding for the boy. JAMYEH!

(19:04:58) thinks @Z80GameCoder and @EpiduralGirl are among the most amazing people in the world, and loves them both dearly.

(22:15:35) has a semi-tidy studio (just the remainder of the Freecycling & some outstanding electronic work remains) .. shame it's too late to vacuum!

(22:17:57) is off to bed now, with a cautious eye on Saturday... it looks hungry. Good night, my fellow tweeter. You've been lovely this week.

Tweets for 30 Jul 2009

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(07:08:35) is awake & buzzing a bit after hearing @garethm & @billt on #digitalplanet discuss the clockwork parking meter sound I recorded for @bbc_sos

(07:17:11) needs to get up/at 'em. First: put the twittering phone down; second: make some coffee.

(07:34:35) is going to catch up with #oneandother's #plinth with @r4today in my ear as I wait for coffee to brew and bread to toast. Breakfast. Mornin!

(08:11:06) is making a list & checking it includes milk. On the agenda today: hair cut, supermarket shopping, Dishwasher Pete & time with Lenni.JAMYEH!

(08:14:49) entirely agrees with #oneandother #plinth man's campaign. Care International petition: http://is.gd/1U3mM ; UN res 1820: http://is.gd/1U3gq

(09:07:43) is definitely going to have to put Twitter away, otherwise this morning's Plan Of Action is going to become this afternoon's! À bientôt..!

(12:00:16) is home. Milk replenished & hairs cut; now fish fingers are cookin'. This afternoon: Dishwasher Pete (hopefully!) & play outside with Lenni.

(12:04:16) is - for the record - very happy indeed with July's weather so far. Certainly in Luton. A bit windy, I'll grant you, but ~not too hot~ *YAY*

(13:11:52) can proudly announce that Dishwasher Pete is here & he's quietly tinkering. Also, he seems unable to find the right tool. (Dave's not about)

(14:29:41) has ~another~ dishwasher update. Dishwasher Pete has been & gone (needs to talk to Bosch).. in a tribute to @emalyse.. he's only Dave's DAD!

(14:30:02) will now attempt to give blood without getting wet. (Not sure how that works).

(16:28:24) is home, happy and half a litre (or so?) lighter. Time to make ham sandwiches for Lenni & feel sorry for the in-laws; they've a power cut :S

(18:50:52) is about to tidy and be light-headed. I have eaten well, today.

(21:58:25) will now do some soldering shortly before 11pm. If ever there was an appropriate time to carry out electronic repairs, this might not be it.

Tweets for 29 Jul 2009

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(07:53:09) is doing the breakfast thing and despairing of Asda's poor fruit quality. All else is calm and quiet here, though, which helps.

(08:47:50) really has had enough of Windows Media Player. And Apple's Quicktime player is no better. Why can't VLC always be installed as standard?

(09:48:48) is just about to offer birthday greetings to FiL, then dispatch @nxmee to Cub Camp, then visit @poots. At the top of the rollercoaster..!

(13:14:56) is having a good run into London - although I just saw someone fall off their moped behind me. Quite unsetting. It wasn't me. 4 miles to go.

(14:15:38) is going to have to spend 20 minutes watching Sainsbury's car park to see if a man with a clipboard is keeping track of comings & goings...

(15:01:12) AudioBoo: Day 15: settling down(?), reflecting and gluing boo http://boo.fm/b49201

(17:32:39) Recommends some BBC #radio4 right now: The National Theatre of Brent - Iconic Icons.. Awkwardly amusing.

(19:09:17) is home; the small child is in bed, and the mouldy fruit & paper shreds are in the compost. Or vice versa. Time to eat, I think. Definitely.

(19:16:55) can't put it any better than @hadenmaiden (to @fluffymuppet @petecooper): We're both thrilled to bits. Thank you thankyou thankyou! [*hugs*]

(19:23:30) has enjoyed a definitive history of #BobDylan, courtesy of the National Theatre Of Brent (BBC iPlayer: http://is.gd/1T6mH) - FYI @TUID!

(20:01:29) has started saying "RIGHT!" again, but - at this time of the evening - with far less forthrightness.

Tweets for 28 Jul 2009

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(08:14:46) is just about to make coffee after setting the TomTom to update. All the important things on the list, then..! Good morning.

(09:10:08) ought really to knuckle down and get organised. Where's my post-it note?

(09:56:13) RT @RadioKate (via @kidcapricious @louisedoherty @robmanuel) Jeremy Clarkson beat-box. http://bit.ly/1td7TQ - [syz: b3ta at its best!]

(10:02:46) wonders.. what was Marcus Brigstocke doing on the One Show last night? (And no: I'm not going to watch it on iPlayer to find out).

(10:04:42) will watch Bang Goes The Theory on iPlayer with the kids later.. Tomorrows World reborn. With a Gadget Show bloke on it. Shouty, probably...

(10:09:48) is now going to stop typing and do something else. Like all the things on the post-it note, none of which say "have great fun on Twitter".

(10:17:52) has a dishwasher update: Dishwasher Pete is popping by on Thurs afternoon, but will call first (that'll make a change) in case I'm not in!

(17:08:41) is relaxing with the children after a busy day of Important Things. Put them to bed after Top Gear, then: paying the credit card bill. Woo!

(18:32:22) has come over all tired out now the children are in bed, tomorrow is pretty much organised and @nxmee is all packed for Cub camp (again!)

(19:05:28) has a @poots update: The doctors have fixed her up (again again!) and she is on a much quieter, cleaner ward.. SUCH a relief, I can tell ya.

(20:27:36) is struggling to find the latest credit card bill. I feel this is in some way representative of the UK, but I'm not entirely sure how.

(20:55:50) has found the credit card statement. Now: internet banksying. It's all gone chip'n'pin now, y'know.

(22:03:03) is off to bed after an evening of mixed fortunes, and lots of paper. Night!

Tweets for 27 Jul 2009

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(07:28:45) has a busy, interesting day ahead. Time for coffee, writing a shopping list on a post-it note, shower, then off to get the children (yay!)

(08:50:19) is trying to get some housework done but the children have got The Dick & Dom Dairies on.. it's hard not to be distracted by the anarchy..

(09:08:10) is going to focus for an hour. That's not the DIY store, that's the anathema of ADHD sufferers everywhere. Housework AHOY! (etc)

(09:23:23) has a @poots update: Doctors have agreed it's a fluid leak & will patch her up right there (and then? In NHS style.. then-ish!) More later.

(09:54:56) is off to Asda in a bit. Anybody want anything? The fruit & veg ain't up to much, but the bakery is pretty good.

(11:05:13) bought slightly more conservative (I know the children like 'em!) croissants (breakfast treat tomorrow) thanks for the brioche facts,though!

(11:46:15) has been tearing out the plastic (grr!) before shredding window envelopes on advice of @fluffymuppet's fine AKG podcast (http://is.gd/1OLbH)

(12:51:34) doesn't want to get "auger" and "augur" mixed up. Not very practical at all.

(12:52:44) is about to brush teeth, grab the satnav and some nearby children and take a trip down south. To Sainsburys (a bit).

(22:06:32) is finally back in front of the Twitter, after a fairly busy day, I'd say. Also: our sofa (or settee?) is long overdue for 'sofa savers'.

(22:41:17) has a @poots update: The children & I visited her today YAY! She's less sleepy, doesn't have a headache any more and is eating again...

(22:42:41) has part 2 of @poots update: She's ordered to have 24 hour horizontality (fortunately with comfort breaks!) No news about release, though.

(22:50:28) will definitely go to bed after sharing "When Students Make Gameshows": http://is.gd/1PsQa (click on "Accumulate" on right of the video box)

Tweets for 26 Jul 2009

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(07:21:54) is nearly awake.. catching up on #radio4's Feedback podcast & overnight tweets. I had a proper cup of tea yesterday. It was a bit minty.

(12:11:41) is driving to London after a morning with the children - biggest hug ever from my boy @nxmee. @Poots update: resting & not in too much pain.

(15:19:18) is poking away at a Patientline terminal while @poots rests. 36 hrs of a 110bpm pulse (not to mention the pain) has worn her out. Bless 'er.

(16:15:19) is surrounded by cockneys & people who don't enunciate properly (but loudly) and machines that don't go ping (more: 'BEEP'). Open Plan Ward.

(19:54:07) is home & working out what to do now... perhaps an episode of "How Not To Live Your Life" (Mondays, 10pm, #BBC2) while I potter and tidy...

(21:15:32) ought really to have a refreshing-style early night, but will probably watch Top Gear anyway. Where, though..? That is the question.

(21:50:07) is in bed watching Top Gear. Funny AND horizontal. Night!

Tweets for 25 Jul 2009

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(00:23:26) has been sent to the chav entrance to book @poots in. They've got her name, at least. Next job: to badger the doctors for painkillers...

(00:29:45) is waiting in a bay for someone to come 'in a minute'.. with 1 NHS min=9 min I think I'm being quite optimistic. Always the waiting...

(00:41:12) is now awaiting the arrival of the neurosurgery doctor.. some painkillers prescribed, but they don't have the drugs sheet.. I might call...

(00:53:48) has a major middle-of-the-night crush on Katrina, who's Best And Loveliest nurse of the day. Meds info transferred BY PHONE! Via me. ~sigh~

(01:02:43) had, for one brief moment, a neurosurgery doctor in the bay. Then her bleep went off.. all we got was her name - which is Rebecca. C'mon..

(01:18:04) unfollow 1radio

(01:58:15) has had clerking & bloods taken; waiting for (lovely - seriously so) Doctor Rebecca part 3. Where 3 = 3am eternal. Up next: hunt the MRI. CD

(02:12:19) might, inspired by @sparkyannc's high praise for World Service's output, put wireless on. #radio4 does such a thing well this time of night.

(03:00:03) is still waiting to go to ward. Attempting management of Beth's pain. Plates: spinning slowly. She's in for the weekend, strong antibiotics.

(03:52:29) can do no more today. Beth is in an all-female ward & I've been sent home. Time for an audioboo and a look at when the tubes start running..

(03:56:34) http://twitpic.com/bj8vl - The city, glowing, shortly before dawn (shame it was with such a rubbish camera..!)

(06:46:16) AudioBoo: Day 11: a long long (and rather frustrating)day boo http://boo.fm/b47458

(10:56:10) is awake and has a @poots update: I got a brief text this morning to say they're taking her for surgery today.. not sure when, though. Yeh.

(13:42:17) has had some time with the children - brief, but with lots of smiles. Now heading for London...

(15:13:26) has arrived in Whitechapel & parked up.. now to see the lay of the land (or lass).

(15:25:37) has a @poots update: she has been taken into theatre for more spinal area tinkering (technical term).. I'm awaiting a call when she returns.

(15:44:00) AudioBoo: Spooky hospital stair sounds boo [intermission] http://boo.fm/b47669

(16:32:18) has another @poots update: Beth's out of surgery - it was a fairly quick procedure, it seems. Now wrestling with Patientline #fail

(17:22:05) is suffering human generated noise pollution. Unfortunately, when they chuck the other visitors out, I'll have to go too.~Peace For @Poots!~

(20:43:29) AudioBoo: Day 11: More surgery boo http://boo.fm/b47832

(21:32:22) is the sleep. Night!

Tweets for 24 Jul 2009

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(06:24:52) isn't sure how to go about today. I daresay nothing will be happening at the hospital for hours.. plenty to do at home, too. Mornin', then.

(08:26:46) The smiles and the sheer fun of this made me smile: http://is.gd/1K4cP (YT - sfw)

(08:29:09) is listening to @RealDMitchell on #radio4's Desert Island Discs. I've enjoyed all the music. And yes, @ms_howard, Kirsty's laugh is filthy.

(08:49:37) has a @poots update: a rough night, but her pain's under control this morning. Emergency MRI this morning in the standard NHS 'urgent' way..

(09:22:14) has a dishwasher update: Dishwasher Dave has been & pointed at another bit he thinks is broken. He will get another one. That might fix it..

(10:06:19) has been to the Associated Dairies & bought a bargain birthday card for the party Lenni's attending tomorrow. "Happy Hip Replacement, Gran!"

(10:13:05) is now going to clean out the guinea pigs' cage while drinking coffee & recording some audio for @vobes. That'll learn him.

(11:57:11) is having a bite to lunch after freshening up the cavies' cage. The order of today: damp floors (Dishwasher Dave was partially responsible).

(12:32:58) will now perform the Going To The Hospital routine, fully clothed & with no safety equipment. Stand well clear, this vehicle is reserving.

(16:53:35) has a @poots update: another bad day, but things are taking shape. Diagnosis complete, she's being taken back to the Royal London Hospital.

(22:34:58) is still waiting for transport to take @poots to the Cockney Hospital. Friday night, apparently, isn't good. Another tough day..nearly over.

Tweets for 23 Jul 2009

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(07:29:20) enjoyed a slow start to the day, reading a book about time zones with Lenni. The calm may be about to end, though, given @poots's tweets..

(08:02:12) RT @calvinharris: Youtube have removed the ORIGINAL mix & video of Ready For The Weekend, due to a 'copyright claim'. [syz: Go BPI! Idiots.]

(08:26:14) is priming the main thrusters and setting the controls for the heart of the bass. All that caper. S'pose I ought to put some trousers on.

(09:30:31) is having serious adrenalin.. kids are at their grandparents (again!) and I'm heading to hospital with @poots.. she's in a lot of pain :(

(09:49:37) has some paramedics round to visit. No time to offer them tea, unfortunately. Putting Beth on a stretcher now.. :S

(11:25:37) is having a particularly crap day, all in. The ride in the ambulance was fun(?), but being in A&E is rubbish. @poots is stable, but hurty :(

(14:25:19) has coffee (thanks @poots's Dad), internets & a sleeping @poots to my right. The waiting's easier this way. THANK YOU! for the good wishes.

(14:31:51) would do a 'boo, but it's a bit busy in here. @poots update: x-ray, ECG, back specialist all done. Waiting for info from the Royal London...

(14:57:12) can never remember the word 'Orthopedics'. It's that variety of specialist whom - I believe - we are currently awaiting. Or anyone, really.

(16:13:25) kinda has an idea of hell. It's interminable waiting, watching someone I love suffer & constant shouting of senile old women. In hospital.

(16:48:55) has a non-update: @poots is still horizontal, but painkillers are taking the edge off the pain. Awaiting the Spine Expert finishing theatre.

(17:13:53) has a @poots update: Doctor Saied and Doctor Irene have had a good poke around & there'll be another MRI tomorrow. No outward signs. Odd.

(19:25:20) is dropping off requisite "Staying Overnight" stuff for @poots at hospital. Noise canceling headphones a must for anti-mental-old-woman use.

(21:24:50) is heading homeward, leaving @poots in the hands of the UK's creaking health system. But I'll return as soon as practicalities allow.JAMYEH.

(22:18:45) is finally home & heading to bed once I've had a bit of a potter and some Comfort Humous Eating. Both of which are cathartic/therapeutic.

(22:29:19) has come to a grinding halt & will now topple into bed. It's been a hell of a day & I'd rather not have one like that again soon, ta. Night.

(22:30:55) realises that having a phone on which I can use Twitter means I'm always surrounded by compassionate friends; I feel SO blessed. Thank you.

Tweets for 22 Jul 2009

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(09:11:57) is finding work slow going this morning. Also, Dishwasher Dave is returning on Friday morning. I really need to tidy up; entropy's bad juju.

(09:23:46) hasn't got time for this. (But it's never stopped me before).

(09:41:13) is laughing at the "Technochoppersdirect.com" consumer caller on the @NineOclockShow ... genius.

(10:11:00) is buying technical things for my Dad. This time: FM transmitter for his MP3 player. Estimated support burden: low.

(12:40:32) is having a cup of tea and then heading back down to attempt an afternoon's work before term ends & chaos ensues. Just how I like it :)

(15:08:38) is waiting for the boring man to stop talking on the telly. The dubbing of videos of all my Dad's TV appearances is almost complete.

(15:08:57) Please note: the boring man talking on the telly is not my Dad.

(16:06:29) Hmm.. @Keys_To_Success? Keys to SUCK more like. And something about a cess pit that I can't be bothered to think through. Yeah. #mocknblock

(17:55:34) is all a bit 'doink'.

(18:38:28) is going to prepare a ploughmans salad, and I think I might even regain my sense of humous once the children are in bed.

(21:19:19) AudioBoo: Nearly finished Freecycling boo http://boo.fm/b46454

Tweets for 21 Jul 2009

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(07:10:45) has coffee + muffins & honey. Need to boot up my work laptop quickstyle, though... time to scrape up the emails.

(07:49:45) wonders how the @r4Today programme manages to get their sports reporters all to sound identical. Garry Richardson cloning is illegal, right?

(09:33:04) is not sure I like the fact that everything I type into the Twitcam chat box gets tweeted... (@Ale_2point0 live on http://twitcam.com/38d)

(09:52:20) is waiting for a Dishwasher Man to turn up, because I want to do a da-dah-da-dah-dee-daaaahh dishwasher update. I might even Audioboo him :D

(10:05:56) is having a Tuesday of fairly standard form and content. This displeases me, and I am quite close to saying 'sod it' and going back to bed.

(10:44:56) AudioBoo: [Thinking aloud boo] school charity 'fancy dress' rant http://boo.fm/b45870

(12:10:25) AudioBoo: [Dishwasher Update!] 'Did he fix it?' boo http://boo.fm/b45888

(12:31:23) Hmm. Allen Lake (http://is.gd/1GlzJ) has been sacked from more stations than @jonholmes1 & Chris Morris combined. Genius or plank, though..?

(15:01:57) has the Allen Lake concensus: scruffy illiterate berk. Who sounds too much like Moyles for me to tolerate him (thanks @vobes & @Richard_C)

(15:25:42) has a pair of children for company before they are taken back to their grandparents for one more sleepover and one last day of term...

(16:17:20) was once asked to close a train window by Neil Tennant and has said hello to Moby on two separate occasions #lameclaimstofame

(16:19:03) is no longer in custody of the children. PARTAYY! Actually, I'm feeling a bit ming because of some really rather strong coffee. And I'm old.

(16:25:15) actually got a 'thank you' email from someone who collected some freecycling from me. It is a pleasant, yet bitter-sweet surprise.

(17:05:23) is doing something unmentionable with a chicken. Or possibly even four.

(17:24:58) isn't convinced the dishwasher is fixed. Which means a £100 part's been fitted for no reason. Definite dishwasher fixer #FAIL. Double fail!

(18:27:51) now has but four bunches of things left in the Big Freecycle Giveaway *audience applauds* (five if you include the hoffing great speakers).

(18:39:39) I once walked past Billie Piper, not realising it was her. Then I came back to have a gawp. I needed star-struck closure. #lameclaimstofame.

(18:49:41) needs to focus. Time to write a list, then ignore it and play Mario Kart Wii all evening. (Or not).

(22:17:29) would like to insist that yes, tinkering with a broken stereo system was on the list of Things To Do This Evening. Look! *hastily scribbles*

(22:19:53) has managed (subject to collection) to freecycle the Hoffing Big Speakers. Yay! I will be up ~way early~ tomorrow to finish tidying. Night!

(22:39:22) http://twitpic.com/b5ibx - This pretty-much sums up my life at the moment. It could do with a tidy, for a start...

(22:46:40) is definitely off to bed now, & will be up really early. No,:really, really. Well, OK, just one 'really', then. See you then :) Good night!

Tweets for 20 Jul 2009

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(07:54:29) has coffee to make, a nurse to call and, I think, some videos to dub to DVD for my Dad. With inbox-watching, that's Monday accounted for!

(08:00:43) gets a bit nervous replying to Freecycle responses where the email address, email name & the name they use to sign off are all different!

(08:49:17) has an objective for today: get the hard disk recorder box thing down to one page of stuff. This might take some time. And lots of DVDs.

(09:14:15) has found a free mobile web server for i600: http://is.gd/1F45b - limited, but good (& about the easiest way to get pics to my iPod Touch!)

(09:21:34) reckons I could get a tune out of our shredder.

(10:14:17) RT @kathyclugston Is anyone/does any know of a cartoonist [in London] that might be able to help me with a small project this week?

(11:29:06) AudioBoo: [DVD burning boo] http://boo.fm/b45520

(11:57:37) believes lunch preparation & #radio4 go hand in hand like no other domestic activity. Except maybe hoovering & bangin' junglist choons.

(12:27:19) wished the outro for the item that's just finished on World At One had been: "...ending that report with some VERY poor grammar." #radio4

(12:29:09) RT @the_anke RT @bongbot: Bong! <- already? Wow... [syzygy: hahaha.. that is genius. And yet entirely pointless!]

(13:51:12) is back from The Shopping; there's time for a quick cuppa & another DVD dub before some Last Week Of Term things to watch & do. Tea, anyone?

(14:04:58) has just sent details of a great @funkids 10 years & under story writing competition to @nxmee... http://is.gd/1FigM - summer holiday fun :)

(14:13:12) http://twitpic.com/b02df - The lady currently on the [#oneandother] #plinth has the most ~amazing~ purple shoes. AND a megaphone.

(14:16:04) is off to push a wheelchair. Uphill. Anyone got a pair of fire extinguishers?

(16:24:38) is home & sorting out tea for the childrens before they're once again dispatched to Beth's folks. Anybody have a use for me this evening?

(17:15:18) keeps forgetting to press 'send' on tweets & I find them, half-finished, hours later. I'm really sorry if I have not replied to your tweet.

(17:47:16) http://twitpic.com/b0orw - is going for the Levi Roots Reggae Reggae variation of Welsh Rabbit. [I wonder if it'll be nice..]

(17:57:54) Heavens.. both #plinth & Artichoke got mentioned on I'm Sorry I Haven't A #clue in the unrelated word-for-word round. What are the chances?

(18:00:32) likes the vertigo-suffering Buddhist chanting lady with big hair who's about to descend the #oneandother #plinth. Especially her big hair.

(18:10:30) is going to go & get the Freecycling collections sorted. I'm surprised nobody's claimed my Huge Speakers (http://is.gd/1EyFY) - want 'em?

(19:41:53) AudioBoo: [thinking aloud boo] Pepsi Raw http://boo.fm/b45664

(21:10:57) is sighing at the presumptuousness of a Freecycle response.. I'm not sure some people understand the principle of generosity & sharing. Meh.

(21:16:33) is now sighing at http://bit.ly/dtEgD. If my Chris Hart grows up ~not~ to write for the Daily Mail, I will be a proud Dad. (hat tip @matt)

(21:29:16) is cheering myself up with some Slade (http://is.gd/1FCQZ - YouTube sfw) "Seeeee chameleon.. lying there in the sun..."

(22:27:38) thinks freecycling is worse than giving blood, picking up litter in public places & being patient with people in shopping centres. Combined.

(22:30:24) will go to bed now, pointing myself at Tuesday with a determined expression and the promise of toast & coffee at 7.30am-ish. Yeah! Night!

Tweets for 19 Jul 2009

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(07:09:09) is listening to the #radio4 news before pitching myself at Sunday like an inept rounders bowler. (underarm). I need to take up yoga/yoghurt.

(09:02:38) thought it might be a little ambitious to use a Nokia N95 as a remote TV streamer; it works fine for 30 secs then goes fruitloop. To Plan B!

(10:32:23) can just about remember(!): In 1998 I became the husband of a remarkable woman, and my life changed entirely & permanently for the better.

(12:07:13) has had dishwasher and oven #fail so far today. I am not a domestic deity. Yet :D

(12:50:34) believes Total Wipeout is entirely appropriate viewing for Sunday Lunch. It's actually quite light-hearted mockery of non-athletes. We like.

(13:57:32) is having a brief 'Mario Kart Wii' break before doing something more useful (probably posting the Freecycling 'offered' ads...)

(17:06:15) has made cheese-based tea products for the children and dispatched them to their grandparents.. time to make Beth a ploughman's tea.

(18:47:28) is having a relax before Top Gear followed by Freecycling. Right now they seem like opposites in so many ways.

(20:46:11) is popping out, just in case. Fortunately, I have several hours of podcasts with me.

(21:18:30) is now not going directly out. We're waiting until the morning. I wish I wasn't such a medical ignoramus. Bleh.

(22:04:38) wonders whether so few British people applied for the #oneandother #plinth that they've had to import some from America.. two in a row?

(22:43:21) has finished offering a studio-full of items to the great world of Freecycle. 28 sets of ~things~ that will hopefully find new homes. Night!

Tweets for 18 Jul 2009

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(06:56:02) is on standby, much like an old laptop. It might take me a while to rattle into action this morning, and some bits might not work properly..

(08:50:48) RT @kathyclugston: @zsk have a HAPPY HAPPY day! [syzygy: and the same goes from me - hope it's a wonderful day all round!]

(08:58:25) is thoroughly enjoying the 'other' @nineoclockshow on BBC Three Counties Radio - excellent listening for Saturday morning. Lots of laughs.

(09:56:16) is on Amber alert for the escape attempt - breaking Beth out of hospital just as soon as the paperwork's done.. bureaucracy, eh?

(12:04:28) has rescued Beth from the clutches of the NHS (with the help of her folks) and is slowly making a getaway... impossible to do any other ...

(13:44:49) AudioBoo: Day 5: The Great Escape boo http://boo.fm/b44505

(13:48:06) AudioBoo: My Mother http://boo.fm/b44509

(14:25:55) has re-installed Beth in Luton. Currently at the in-laws, catching up with the goings-on, while the children (OK, and I) play in the garden.

(15:51:01) managed to graze myself on my elbow, where I already grazed myself inexplicably. It's quite hurty, but at least it's still only one graze...

(18:20:49) is about to sort out a tasty home-coming meal for @poots. There will be celebrations (but no dancing).

(20:37:24) is going to reboot the mac.. it's doing that thing again.

(21:27:21) My @AudioBoo pick of the day: http://is.gd/1DxR0 - Facebook bans someone called Robert Downey Jr because... well... it's his name.

(21:29:16) wishes I wasn't such a 'pack rat.' I was about to make a list of gadgets I rarely use, to Freecycle them, but then thought "But what if..?"

(21:39:13) is going to bed because I've been sitting at this mac for over an hour and still haven't remembered what I was intending to do. Bah. Night!

Tweets for 17 Jul 2009

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(07:01:55) is in work after a fairly typical night's sleep on an airbed.. I'm sure I slept - it just doesn't feel like it. Caffeine injection now. Top.

(09:10:45) hasn't audioboo'd in a while. I shall have to remedy that later. I need somewhere quiet where people won't look at me funny. Not here, then.

(11:47:28) has tried - and failed - to retrieve a deleted piece of audio that we think might have been the one they wanted. Why are people so VAGUE..?

(14:25:24) is having to carry out a wholesale review of the escape plan. Hmm.

(15:18:24) needs some uplifting music to get me through the next hour and forty minutes. Maybe not http://uksfinest.org.uk although it's Techno Friday.

(16:17:40) has approximately one(1) more task to carry out before I escape out East after work for quite possibly the last time... woo.

(16:45:08) is off. Stinky stinky tube action JAM YEH!

(20:44:23) is home, with sleeping childrens, in-laws waiting for an eviction & cavies nibbling hay. The weekend starts here.. I'll sleep well tonight.

(21:34:25) would like to wish you - and only you - good night. Tomorrow sees a new start... and these cereal boxes don't open themselves. Sleeeppyyy...

Tweets for 16 Jul 2009

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(05:02:48) had better get up. I'm not really in the mood for Thursday... I shall consider my options.

(07:26:17) has made it to the office, so that may be regarded as a success. Next: coffee. In other news, I think I'm still a bit garlicky.(Not Jessica)

(07:32:06) Finds that Benny Anderson Band song "Story Of A Heart" catchier than I'm comfortable with (in classic Abba style) http://is.gd/1AH33 (sfw)

(07:37:57) believes YouTube is a dangerous thing. One click on a FailBlog video (e.g. http://is.gd/1AHCj) & I am sucked in. Step away from the fail..

(08:18:33) has just been on the phone to @fridgemagnet2, to whom I've been neglecting to give @poots' hospital ward address for fear of shrew delivery.

(08:30:29) has a training course at 10. Not ideal, since I was planning a cuppa with @vobes later, but should still make it to see @poots after work.

(11:34:01) is learning a lots from this training course, but mainly through fiddling about. And asking tricky questions (with thanks to @sparkyannc :D)

(12:06:40) is going to go & get a bit of fresh air over lunch. Anybody else want some? I'll be in the W1 area trying to catch some with a carrier bag.

(12:43:25) has had the air & brief walk, AND had the added bonus of Inconveniencing An Audi Driver with style and panache. (You've got to have a hobby)

(12:55:35) is heading back to the course ON TIME, having very satisfyingly bewildered Digital Brian. Great.

(12:57:16) RT @onthedlo: Our survey says: if your(sic) into Twitter your(sic) into sex! http://bit.ly/2XteED [syzygy: Sex & coffee. Yup.. about right!]

(13:35:55) is dying of course tedium. Tiny faraway screens full of useless information is NOT useful. Time to get busy with my own training format :D

(14:13:59) might start learning something now. Audio On Demand. It's the way ahead.

(15:16:58) has succeeded in identifying a bug in the system. Fortunately, it has not deprived 1Xtra listeners of their banging tunes. Probably...

(16:38:30) has just had some great news from Beth - her recovery is going well, and she doesn't have to be horizontal any more. She's hungry, though...

(16:39:24) is off to see my beautiful wife. She has refused my kind offer of some McDonalds. I'll have to have it.

(21:27:36) is in the pub with two Guide Leaders during a thunderstorm.I was going to ask 'does life get any better than this?' but I really don't know.

Tweets for 15 Jul 2009

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(08:14:18) AudioBoo: Day 2 part 1: post-surgery boo http://boo.fm/b42874

(08:28:28) is borrowing McD's wifi again.. it seems they've got Iona's "Matthew The Man" (normally heard in Wilkinsons) stuck in a loop. How odd.

(08:33:51) wonders if it's just me that refuses to watch anything with Christian Bale in it, and gets annoyed whenever I see posters with his face on..

(10:29:45) is now at work, wondering what exactly is the point of London buses? Once again, I could have walked quicker, and just over half-way, I did.

(11:26:42) is a bit yawny, but I've done some Technology Strategy stuff and will shortly have a meeting to prove it. Coffee first, I think.

(11:35:03) has installed @mixero at work.. so easy to keep up with tweets this way compared with the website. Not so good to avoid addiction, though :D

(14:21:13) is back in the office after a fiddle around with some projecty spreadsheets. Hopefully I was useful..I did tell them an awful lot of things.

(14:51:13) is feeling sleepy. Has someone installed an illegal copy of Derren Brown somewhere around here?

(16:22:58) is going to duck out of the office now in the hope of seeing my beloved children before bedtime... laters potato.

(19:16:08) is at the in-laws having just put the children to bed. Cuddles duly passed on to them from @poots - and more to take back to her with me...

(20:06:27) is back home again, and the children are peaceful and asleep. Lovely. Now: lots of phone calls & texts and pasta. Also: comedy. Yeah.

(20:50:09) is going to manage three tweets in a row mentioning @poots's guinea pigs: Pogo and Frisbee. Or "Fat and Stupid" as I call them :D Squeak.

(20:58:19) is off to bed, although still available on the 24 hour helpline. Unless I'm in the shower... it's all a bit electrical. Good night!

Tweets for 14 Jul 2009

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(07:27:51) AudioBoo: Day 1 part 1: Hospital admissions boo http://boo.fm/b42393

(07:58:58) has been through the rigmarole of the pre-flights.. health check, registrar, anaesthetist. Now we wait.

(11:08:23) is still keeping vigil... we are now the only occupants of the anteroom, although we have had a bed confirmed.. 'but it's not ready yet'...

(12:21:42) would like to report exciting & good news, but as yet there isn't any. We're still in the same meeting room(?) we've been in since 8am. Meh.

(12:43:32) is still with @poots, who's been placed in a wheelchair by a nice man called Jonathan. He's looking for a nurse. This may take a while...

(12:51:20) is on the move. Very slowly. Only one of the lifts is working.

(12:54:14) has just left Beth outside some doors that say "Main Operating Theatre". Off to work, now... back as soon after 6 as I can...

(12:55:40) (that's to say I've left, and Beth's gone through the doors. It wouldn't be good just to dump her there) Expect a General Anaesthetic Boo...

(14:18:06) AudioBoo: Day 1 part 2: spinal surgery boo http://boo.fm/b42492

(15:56:45) is going to have coffee, regardless of the consequences. I'm starting to fade now.. it's what 7 hours in a hospital waiting room does to me.

(17:12:36) is heading out east for some bedside vigil action. Hoping the number 25 bus goes all the way to Whitechapel this time.Always read the label.

(17:44:23) could probably walk quicklier, although I would get both wet, overheated and all puffed out. I'm not big on traffic jams. Bah.

(18:22:18) is ~still~ not at the hospital. This is irksome and vexing. Next Hammersmith & City train in 2 mins (I had to bail the bus.. it was awful)..

(19:01:59) is pleased to say Beth's out of surgery & in the ward (5 mins before I arrived) and is woozy & bruised but OK. Surgeon says it 'went well."

(19:22:20) Thank you SO much for the messages of support..I've passed them on. With any luck Beth'll be back on Twitter now! I'm pandering to her. Yeh.

(19:47:39) is watching Beth doze as an annoying old woman rabbits away on her mobile in the next bed. Earlier a man in another room went fruitloop.Eek!

(20:04:48) Actually, Beth's not able to doze, because the morphine makes her pulse go below 50 & the alarm goes off. Bah & gah. Not for long, hopefully

(20:35:26) http://twitpic.com/acyqq - dusk over The City and Whitechapel. Imagine the near-constant sirens and you're practically here.

(20:59:19) http://twitpic.com/ad22m - Beth, in her hospital bed, all wired up to machines & things (some of which go ping, but most go 'bleep bleep ...

(22:47:31) has left Beth in the capable hands of the nursing nightshift..back before work tomorrow. Thank you dear tweeps for helping me through today.

Tweets for 13 Jul 2009

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(08:18:09) is packing chargers like there's no time tomorrow. Is this Day 0? The need for luck & prayers starts now, I think. Bring it on.

(09:50:25) will update Twitter with @poots's surgery as things go... she's staying overnight in London; she needs to be at hospital by 7am tomorrow.

(10:17:36) is off into town with a couple of days worth of clothes & things on my back... Luton's in good hands, but I might not be back for a while!

(10:41:09) just saw a lime green Ford Focus RS just like the one on #TopGear last night. A ferocious looking, yet delightfully colourful car. Zooom!

(13:35:24) has come to rest in Whitechapel. We're meeting lovely @sparkyannc after work later..till then, it's time to rest (definitely so for @poots!)

(14:41:22) AudioBoo: Day 0 part 1: Luton Railway Station http://boo.fm/b42041

(14:53:11) is having a spot of bother uploading my most recent audioboo... I think this McDonalds might be defective. Bah.

(15:06:40) AudioBoo: Day 0 part 2: Whitechapel http://boo.fm/b42055

(15:59:04) has had enough of the stupid, disorganised, stress-invoking, traumatic NHS. We need to call back at 7.30am tomorrow.. still in limbo, then..

(18:11:25) AudioBoo: Day 0 part 3: phone frustration http://boo.fm/b42141

(18:19:14) AudioBoo: Day 0 part 4: Frustration and Wetherspoons http://boo.fm/b42146

(21:00:22) http://twitpic.com/a9cle - The juxtaposition of new versus old in Whitechapel - near the Royal London Hospital.

(21:15:12) is ready to bring a mixed Monday to an early end. Highlights include top @sparkyannc company & random iPhone apps conversation on the Tube.

Tweets for 12 Jul 2009

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(08:27:58) has been fiddling around migrating podcasts from Juice to iTunes.. hopefully it'll save time fiddling around in the morning. (Not this one!)

(12:55:54) is doing domestic dishwasher things, then up into the loft to seek out some fibre-board. Definitely DIY Dad things this afternoon. JAM YEH!

(13:21:56) is pottering & catching up with @audiboo offerings.. ones at music gigs are a bit annoying, since there's no gain control.. always too loud!

(14:59:00) has been in the back garden, sawing board with no shirt on. Not so much a Diet Coke break as an Asda Smartprice Cola one. Poor neighbours :D

(17:42:59) has had a fun afternoon with the children, building a 'Playstation 2 shelving unit' for the guest area. I think I may be hungry. And tired.

(18:22:22) is using Senuti to back up the iPod Touch in the hope that, if I completely re-install it, I can ~finally~ get Recorder working again...

(19:02:35) This... is BBC Trailers (of the TV preview variety, not the slow-moving dragged-behind-a-car type).

(19:50:12) thinks the washing machine's bearings are wearing out. Sounds like it's washing housebricks. I shall record it for painful posterity.

(20:29:01) thinks our noisy washing machine might just have something loose inside it.. (http://is.gd/1wgQ2). I wonder if I dare take a look tonight...

(20:31:37) is a teensy bit grumpy that some of my iTouch apps won't install because they need version 3.0.. no point in me having it, really. Bleh.

(20:54:15) has thought better of dismantling the washing machine at this time of night. 14 bolts and a lump of concrete is a bit much after Top Gear.

(21:23:43) is about to do an obligatory #oneandother #plinth tweet: A man completing his expenses. With a megaphone. In a boiler suit.Inspired.JAM YEH!

(22:03:05) has a stupid question - where's that music coming from in Trafalgar Square? If I were up there, I'd find it irksome. #plinth #oneandother

(22:18:04) is going to hide & sleep.. unbelievably busy & complicated day tomorrow, so I need to have my wits about me. Where did I leave them..?Night!

Tweets for 11 Jul 2009

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(07:15:17) doesn't stop by Facebook much any more. But I still get to know new and fascinating people - in fact, perhaps even moreso on Twitter. Cool.

(11:18:03) has failed to get a hair cut. This afternoon I'll mostly fail at tidying & not getting distracted by shiny technology. Ooh look..an SD card!

(11:54:46) http://twitpic.com/9zn9b - had no idea... the head of the internet is a man called Mr Head! What are the chances..?

(12:30:01) has made an unusual but successful internet radio selection for lunchtime listening: HKG FM - Awesome 80s (from Hong Kong.. cool!)

(14:57:34) http://twitpic.com/9zygo - A little #plinth-based entertainment during the One Big Lounge Tidy (heh.. if only I could get Moyles to do i ...

(17:31:53) ~writes a banner: "More pretty teachers being inspirational on a #plinth!"~ Jo's lovely. (@fridgemagnet: has Lisa applied? ;) #oneandother

(20:01:05) is all done with vacuum cleaner action now. In case you consider buying a Dirt Devil 1100W hand-held.. it's not industrial enough for me!

(20:02:39) is off down to the studio after scanning some long-lost children's toy instructions (otherwise we're scuppered!) to do overdue #freecycling.

(22:24:17) has pretty-much wrung everything I can out of this evening & still never made it to the Freecycling. Better luck tomorrow, maybe..? Night!

Tweets for 10 Jul 2009

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(06:51:56) is a bit achey this morning.. I sometimes wonder if I'm seizing up. Still, it was somewhat autumnal out at 6.30am.. lovely & cool. Mornin'!

(08:08:30) is a bit frustrated that there isn't a Tesla coil on our purchase order system. They never seem to have anything I want..

(08:54:42) has a dishwasher update: They've got the part and will be sending a man to fit it during my forthcoming Working From Home period. Splendid.

(09:12:37) is tuning into the #plinth for the first time today... it's another Standing Person at the mo. Wonder what she's thinking. #oneandother.

(09:36:40) It's my trainee attachee's last day here today..who am I going to get to do all my work when she's gone? In other news: time to break Linux.

(12:36:01) RT @poots & @deusmetallum http://twitpic.com/9vryn (BBC Weather report for this afternoon... batten down the hatches!)

(12:37:46) has had a morning of switching things back on and plugging keyboards back in. I shall reward myself with the PIZZA. Nom.

(13:18:52) no fair.. the lady on the plinth stole my idea of taking a bottle of wine up the #plinth& consuming it during the hour :D #oneandother

(14:41:52) may go and look at the big fire on Dean Street (http://twitpic.com/9w1o6 - photo by @jamescridland). But will probably not. All a bit burny.

(15:15:11) Ooh pretty pixie lady on the #plinth... I think I like plinthers that smile. In other news: now I can smell the Dean St fire. #oneandother

(16:16:20) has had enough of work. Feeling listless & tired, and the apple I've just eaten has given me sticky fingers. Otherwise, though, life's good.

(16:22:52) Mimiloo's probably my second favourite so far, just behind Julie Duffy (drenched on Day 2!) Simplicity in charm #plinth #oneandother

(16:58:48) will go for a pint with trainee attachee then go home for a weekend of general apprehension and audiobook downloadage. Sounds like a plan.

(21:55:22) is in the studio, struggling with audiobooks before bed. Some highlights of today: leaving drinks with trainee and, er, coach driver Dave.

(22:21:06) is enjoying the spectacle of the man on the #plinth & crowd interaction.. once again: simple, but entertaining and very British.#oneandother

(22:34:55) will catch up with today's audioboos then go to bed, I think. Just as soon as this CD's finished burning. I love this multimedia world.Yeah!

Tweets for 09 Jul 2009

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(05:29:30) is Listen Awaying Now (http://is.gd/1rSuL- BBC iPlayer) before the daily yomp. Thursday, eh? Who'd have thought it?(Someone with a calendar)

(08:02:31) is watching the #oneandother #plinth & listening to a #1Xtra UK garage mix (it's Bassline Thursday in the office). Heady juxtaposition yeah!

(09:38:40) isn't making much progress with Altiris system analysis. I think I might have to take it upon myself to write some more VBScript. Dangerous.

(13:10:04) has just remembered I've not really eaten today (apparently, coffee doesn't count). Time for a cheese & chutney bap, I think.

(13:38:01) wants chocolate and the propensity for coherent thought.

(13:52:34) is a bit concerned that the lady on the #plinth only had 24 hrs to prepare for her participation in the #oneandother thing. Too little time!

(14:30:20) The lady on the #plinth has nice baps. I'm sure my naan could dough better, although I'll still toast her wholemeal success.. #oneandother

(16:28:17) has just seen the latest #plinth man's t-shirt. I bet it'd not say that if he'd been to Reading. It's hardly Slough, I s'pose. #oneandother.

(16:29:24) is always a bit uncomfortable when suppliers (whom I've never met nor had free food from) call me 'mate' in emails. Also: Oh.I've forgotten.

(17:11:19) has realised if I click the ordering system on my work PC & SAP opens, it makes the sound of a finger being snipped off with scissors. Ick.

(17:25:42) is going to perform going home ritual 133: download podcasts, wait for my laptop to shut down then run like stink to the bus stop.

(18:44:31) will be home soon. Tired & hungry. I'm trying to reflect on the day, but it's been a bit of a blur since about 11.30am. Un-audioboo-worthy!

(19:12:12) AudioBoo: Luton Airport Apron boo http://boo.fm/b39741

(20:36:15) is going to bed. Before Olivia turns up on the telly.. otherwise I'll be mesmerised & will have to watch Mitchell & Webb to the end. Night!

Tweets for 08 Jul 2009

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(05:26:08) is having a top audio comedy moment: Arthur Smith's Balham Bash (http://is.gd/1qLvn - iPlayer) Glenn Tilbrook's Welsh Rabbit & Milton Jones!

(07:41:00) is in the office. Coffee, #oneandother stream, Twitter & cool air: yup. Hmm, music. in the mood for jungle, but baroque helps concentration.

(08:00:16) may have to do a @petecooper and give up Twitter. This is FAR too distracting.

(08:18:22) has just applied to go on the plinth. I can't decide whether I'll spend the hour failing to play the bagpipes or making a flan.#oneandother.

(09:08:30) very much liked the previous #plinth occupant; her craft, smile & the fact she swept up afterwards.2nd place behind Julie Duffy.#oneandother

(10:50:56) http://twitpic.com/9occo - @juliaball I've gone for #plinth over cricket (no HD telly here.. ought to put @BBCTMS on!) Top anoraks :)

(11:55:02) is going to have to get round to making a doctor's appointment. I have some WFH days planned when Beth's had her operation. Then, I think.

(12:38:12) is listening to @BBC_SOS's Discovery:Save Our Sounds programme on iPlayer (http://is.gd/1r2FA) ... I could get addicted to acoustics...

(14:12:24) is interested to see whether the entertainer on the #oneandother #plinth can manage to sustain an audience for an hour..hope he's rehearsed!

(14:15:14) RT @rosebiggin I feel like I'm watching an exercise video on Pricedrop TV. #oneandother [syzygy: sums it up beautifully :D]

(16:19:21) If I were to go on the #plinth, I don't think I'd shout. I would also be aware that the internet stream keeps breaking. Hmm. #oneandother.

(16:42:11) is hoping the rain doesn't happen for 37 minutes. One more diplomatic email to write, and then I shall go home. Feeling a bit tired now.

(17:29:49) is heading home, listening to the @vobes & his coverage of the #oneandother plinth. I daresay he and I will disagree. And he'll be wrong :D

(18:03:33) RT @jamescridland: http://twitpic.com/9p9ub - @billt on his phone, not watching The Plinthy Thing #oneandother [syz: I thought it was him:D]

(18:22:47) is walking home from the airport.. early enough actually to ~do~ something this evening... I hope!

(19:03:43) is, like @ndixon, listening to @emmaandpete live: http://bit.ly/381jl6 ... just made it home & I have itchy legs. I wonder what that means.

(19:36:33) Other things to talk about: please share your experiences of the highest place you've been, and the place you've been highest. IYSWIM.

(19:46:28) RT @leica0000 [highest/'highest']: 11k feet on Long's Peak in Colorado, and in Boulder, Colorado, respectively :-) (re: @emmaandpete show :)

(21:02:14) is utterly bemused by everything (including where the last hour went) so will now go to bed, contemplate my eyelids & catch up on @audioboo.

(22:33:47) should be asleep by now, but struggled with iPod. Fine now, though - since I've got Olivia Colman in my ear (http://is.gd/1rvuP BBC iPlayer)

Tweets for 07 Jul 2009

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(05:29:43) has done the early morning work email check, with associated blue screen of death. This laptop is not well. Best yomp up the hill, then.

(07:01:24) is about to embark on the Marylebone zig-zag, taking in Harley St and many other places of note.

(07:58:57) is playing #plinth in a bit of space on my lefthand monitor. Tempted to apply & make a scrolling LED twitter text display thing.#oneandother

(08:03:23) can't help thinking of some bizarre & entertaining (for myself, naturally :D) ideas for what I'd do if I were up on the #plinth.#oneandother

(08:11:36) RT @charltonbrooker This is basically 'Britain's Got People', isn't it? #oneandother

(08:32:30) hasn't forgotten (unlike, it seems, some) that #oneandother #plinth is ART not entertainment. The twitterfall feed, however, is the latter.

(09:01:14) RT @LizzieCoulter Are people missing point? They can do what they want- it's not Britain's Got Talent: not there to entertain #oneandother

(11:03:52) is looking at the #plinth's T&Cs - seems there's no limitation on the amount of stuff one can take up.. just the pointiness.

(11:46:47) it's lovely to see someone on the #plinth who - at least so far - hasn't resorted to using her mobile phone. Best one today. #oneandanother.

(11:53:57) Rose petal #plinth lady: definitely my favourite so far. Quintessentially British, with a garden ethic of which @fluffymuppet would approve.

(12:37:53) is heading down to Trafalgar Square over lunch for a brief gawp at the 2pm #plinth person.This has really caught my imagination #oneandother

(14:00:02) is back in the office, a bit warm after a lunchtime yomp. Saw the #plinth & took a brief video, which will turn up once I've made the tea...

(14:21:03) Oh dear.. Errol says 40mm of rain ahead in 3 hours & Mr #plinth has just lost some of his plastic coverage. Do I hear thunder?#oneandanother

(15:57:15) has had a bit of a quiet twitter afternoon, really. Definitely due an early night tonight, I think. That'll help my twittering, then.

(16:04:32) http://twitpic.com/9lley - A photographer called Adam on the #plinth 2pm-3pm today. His pics will be on the #oneandanother site soon.

(16:13:44) I feel sorry for the #plinth lady. it is absolutely tipping it down in W1. As in buckets. #oneandanother.

(16:32:43) Wow. Proper thunder storm! I've developed rather a fondness for the #plinth lady, as she smiles stoically during the downpour.#oneandanother

(16:50:23) will try to avoid tweeting about #plinth for a bit (gets a bit annoying to those who aren't interested).. but someone from Luton on at 7pm!

(17:23:45) is going to make the most of the break in the rainingness and escape the office. I may end up looking like a drowned rat (or Julie Duffy :D

(20:31:29) AudioBoo: End Of Tuesday Wrong Button Pressing boo http://boo.fm/b38622

Tweets for 06 Jul 2009

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(00:59:08) has been all about the scripting since Top Gear finished. It's taken a while, but I think my 'multimedia blogging tool' works. Maybe. Night!

(01:12:16) AudioBoo: Late Night Visitor Boo http://boo.fm/b37617

(01:22:02) Woo.. it worked! Automatic blogging.. I'm so lazy :D Right.. I'm going to be rubbish in the morning, so best get to bed. Goodnight, again!

(06:52:29) is about to scrape my weary carcass off the altar of sleep and pour coffee into it until some kind of pseudo-resurrection takes place. Bleh.

(08:20:13) is always delighted when Neil Hannon comes up with something genius. This - http://www.dlmethod.com - qualifies. Cricket-based ditties ftw.

(08:23:39) can feel some Freecycling coming on.

(09:43:56) is heading back down to the guestroom to finish the tidying process & commence the putting up of cupboards.Tape measure & spirit level ahoy!

(14:59:05) is midway through Monday Yomp, prepended by a zoom around town to drop off @nxmee's bike, pick up a ladder & pop to the tidy tip. Exhausted.

(19:24:35) RT @petecooper: my wifey, @fluffymuppet, has a book coming out in about 3 wks. PLEASE BUY IT AND MAKE US RICH.thank you x http://is.gd/1oZyj

(19:38:08) has reached the end of a brief era of helping at Cubs on Monday evenings. What to do now? Given the amount of freecyling piling up: that.

(19:41:41) wonders if we still named musical styles after the reaction they provoke (eg. Rock'n'roll), Acid Jazz would be called "shudder'n'cringe"...

(19:44:52) has so far missed the fun of #oneandother (http://www.oneandother.co.uk) .. might have to wander down there at lunchtime tomorrow. Coolio.

(20:06:37) is having a cup of rooibos and a ponder. Do I start on the grand studio tidying project? Sorting & photographing Freecycling first, I think.

(20:21:32) A new Vox video: 06/07/2009:

(21:32:37) is drawing a line under Monday, but not very neatly, so it goes over some of the letters & it looks like it's been crossed out. Oops. Night!

Tweets for 05 Jul 2009

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(11:18:35) A new Vox video: Eleanor demonstrating her unconventional counting technique...:

(11:20:55) is going to do something unspeakable with household chemicals. And before lunch, too.

(12:25:44) Mmmm... Portal cake for dessert!

(17:13:34) AudioBoo: DIY boo http://boo.fm/b37418

(17:38:26) AudioBoo: Me Chris http://boo.fm/b37428

Tweets for 04 Jul 2009

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(07:12:16) might get out of bed in a mo. I want to revamp my blog.. or is that a bit 'form over content'? Such geeky thoughts on a Saturday morning..

(08:02:52) is singing along with The Wonderpets (UK version) - I'd recommend it for lifting any mood.

(08:35:35) Bah & gah.. so near & yet so far! I can dial a (free!) SIP call to phoneboo (by @audioboo) but can't send DTMF in Fring to finish recording!

(12:07:19) has had a splendid time at the "Dads/male carers & children" morning - lots of drums... video (hopefully) on the way. Now I want a djembe...

(12:19:07) A new Vox video: Saturday morning drumming workshop:

(12:34:56) AudioBoo: I just recorded a phoneboo.... http://boo.fm/b36708

(14:21:14) http://twitpic.com/99ko2 - An example of TwitPic marvellousness for my blog then. Lenni & nasturtia.

(15:30:06) has been inspired by the percussion workshop this morning, but I'm not sure finances will stretch to a Hang Drum! (http://is.gd/1nfFU -sfw)

(15:47:11) I've posted something in my blog: The chronicles of life - Web2.0 style. http://tinyurl.com/nzj4s2

(16:36:26) has just been doing that very Dad thing of punching a baboon. #eddieizzard (http://is.gd/1niyh 04min07sec in ... nsfw - rude words!)

(17:57:18) will now go & freshen up after an hour of frenetic macro-coding to make a script that posts multimedia stuff to my blog automatically..(!)

(18:17:56) is off for a bit. Proper @poots time now. À bientôt.

(20:47:04) http://twitpic.com/9b32f - Date night with my entirely gorgeous @poots ... top food at The Wyvern and now: Bill & Ted's Excellent Advent ...

(22:42:12) A quiet, yet exquisite bedtime, with no children to put to bed; now: recollections of a wonderful evening with my best friend.So: goodnight.

Tweets for 03 Jul 2009

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(06:24:37) is clammy & heading south through the heavy mist..there's very little air movement. When the sun burns through, it's going to be crazy hot.

(06:49:16) just saw a billboard for http://www.woolworths.co.uk- looks like the name's been bought by Shop Direct. I wonder if the pic'n'mix is better?

(08:04:32) is chewing the fat about programming with Digital Brian & how it's changed. It's all about knowing a library of objects, now.. tough for me.

(08:23:28) has an aircon update: 3 of 4 fan coils need replacing, which requires a financial case. Great. Today's objective: unbolt the window locks!

(08:29:54) is looking forward to watching "Meet The British" on iPlayer (repeated last night, #BBC4) - http://is.gd/1mc1w - delightfully idiosyncratic.

(09:49:15) would like to thank @ewanspence for his assistance in working out how this blessed N95 works. There are far too many settings on this thing!

(10:00:38) has had a morning of circuitous success. I've made an air conditioning system(!), played with RSS feeds & researched Linux authentication.

(10:50:02) is standing up in a meeting and trying not to cause trouble.

(11:07:10) A new Vox video: 03/07/2009:

(11:31:26) is a bit grumpy because Digital Brian has invaded my one-to-one SCOM training session. Boo, Digital Brian! Boo!

(11:53:15) will now have pizza, while trying to figure out why there's nothing on my left-hand-most screen. Also, I need to take a break from Twitter.

(12:33:16) has been explaining Uncanny Valley (http://is.gd/1mkEr - sfw; wikipedia) to a colleague. This is something I find immensely fascinating.

(14:01:07) is considering a search-and-rescue mission.

(14:26:42) is relieved to have heard from @poots. Five hours at the mercy of the NHS isn't good.. hopefully that's not a portent for the future. Eek.

(14:46:46) AudioBoo: Slightly Distorted Debut Boo (DeBoo?) http://boo.fm/b36113

(15:22:14) is going to have to resort to tidying and coffee. RIGHT. Bring it/them on.

(16:35:18) is wrestling with the ordering system. At this time on a Friday afternoon. I will never drink again (I've not been drinking; it's THAT bad).

(19:11:07) AudioBoo: Airport Directions Boo http://boo.fm/b36304

(19:55:41) is home & addicted to @Audioboo already. Just as soon as I've redownloaded all of my apps (long story) I may record another (thanks,@poots!)

(20:27:06) Woo.. I've just made a button on Safari's "Bookmarks" bar that shortens the current browser URL using http://is.gd (mmm javascript goodness)

(21:20:04) AudioBoo: Dusk And Water Butts boo http://boo.fm/b36376

Tweets for 02 Jul 2009

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(05:20:31) is a bit snuffly this morning & not quite sure I've slept enough. Listening to #Radio4's "Look Away Now" on iPlayer.. sport amusement yay :)

(06:20:52) is on the coach, listening to @TheILPpodcast's coverage of #cheesefast, while browsing classic games (Steam-style) at http://www.gog.com

(06:57:53) is at Baker Street. Who needs Brightkite when there are road signs? (and I've done this for nearly nine years!) Time to stomp to the office.

(07:56:16) has discovered that @audioboo.fm provides an RSS feed of Boos of people I'm following, so I can plop them on my iPod. Yay! Who 'boos here?

(08:13:53) RT @hypnotistchris: Airline uses naked crew in safety video http://bit.ly/IjrKY [syzygy: what a splendid idea. Social psychology in action]

(08:28:19) must get round to finishing this tweet.

(08:55:33) #moonfruit and #squarespace sitting in a tree.. W I N N I N G.

(09:04:31) has had a visit from the air conditioning man (who is surprisingly not old & grumpy). He is going to look at the Air Conditioning Computer.

(10:29:20) Dit dit diddly dit.. air conditioning update: the man has discovered that three of the four fans are switched off. He's off to find out why.

(11:28:15) Aircon update: 3 men are poking through the suspended ceiling, mumbling to each other in the way engineers do. 3 fans are borked. One each.

(13:19:56) would like publically to celebrate the fact that my papercut no longer hurts. This sort of thing often goes unappreciated.I'm easily pleased

(15:04:46) wonders if the heat is made worse by the fact that I know what temperature it is? My brain is grinding to a halt. Time to hide away & think.

(15:20:31) has spent the best part of two hours trying to parse a day-of-the-week parsing configuration file. Starting to get rather frustrated.

(18:16:38) might well be on the way home, but will be unable to avoid wrestling a little more with this tiresome shell script. The hard bit's done...

(20:30:51) is not doing very well at stopping eating the liquorice allsorts.

(21:00:22) Ooh. La Roux ad on the telly. Y'know, that may well be the first full albumen I buy this year. Electro joy.

(21:27:29) is off for a shower, a bed & then a Friday. Free binder with Part One, apparently. Goodnight, dear Twitter. Hang in there while I'm asleep.

Tweets for 01 Jul 2009

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(05:09:06) is awake and ready for a fresh start - Wednesday: new month, new division - and, in two hours time, COFFEE! Today shall be a good day.

(07:31:20) http://twitpic.com/8xg93 - is celebrating July, FM&T and - of course - @ms_howard's birthday with my first cup of coffee in a month :)

(08:05:44) thinks I may have made this coffee a little strong.

(08:07:33) has a hankering again.. I really want a microphone for my iPod Touch (gen1) but can't find one that I can guarantee will work with Audioboo.

(08:17:08) Would like to propose two things: [1] everyone on the interwebs replaces the domain prefix "www" with "ffs" .. i.e. http://ffs.mus-ic.co.uk

(08:18:02) [2] that FTW becomes FTW(nfc) since there's an old lady called Win at our church: we are NOT referring to her. For The Win (not from church)

(09:52:26) is astonished by the Kandoo attitude of some people.

(09:59:37) was intrigued by & enjoyed today's Guardian Tech Weekly podcast (http://is.gd/1jQ0e) from @guardiantw [worth a listen, @naivelondongirl..?]

(10:42:59) reminds you: home taping is killing music.

(11:45:08) is indulging in some casual DJism.

(11:48:26) would emphasize that I meant casual DJ-ism. Not anything else.

(13:33:43) isn't really making a whole lot of progress this afternoon. Much of it has been spent doing research. Hopefully my trainee is faring better.

(14:55:33) is shell-scripting like a man possessed. Or caffeinated. The windows are shut, and it's 28.4 degrees in here. Starting to get horrible.

(16:43:27) has had enough and is now off to do something with bananas and parks, too.

(18:25:35) is heading homewards, either still mildly caffeinated or crashed. I'm not sure which. Not so strong in the morning.Back to the shell script.

(19:57:35) found a purple biro just before I started to fill in my Solo card account thing. Cool! I don't have ADHD; I'm just easily pleased.

(20:18:56) has a new career aspiration: to compose dramatic/emotional music for reality TV shows, and include secret subversive messages within.

(21:25:31) is off to bed after fooling around with MP3 recording apps & uploading tools on the Nokia N95 for 'DIY Audioboo' action. Nearly there.Night!

(22:17:26) is in bed, fan blowing & windows open. The shower radio can't pick up #radio4. It has a picture of Homer Simpson on the front.Coincidence?

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