| Sunday 30th October 2005 16:16MST | → 0 Comments |
The latest entertainment trivia (isn’t that a tautology?) is that George Takei, who played Sulu on the original Star Trek, has admitted he’s gay. From what I can tell, the reaction seems to me ‘meh’ as most of those who cared knew anyway.
However, that doesn’t stop The Sun pretending it’s the 1970s with its article that exhibits all the tolerance and subtlety you’d expect from a right-wing, hate-filled tabloid:
QUEEN me up Scotty
| Saturday 29th October 2005 13:56MDT | → 1 Comments |
I need to clean up my flat. Terry will be here in a mere four days and I have to hide all his presents, some of which I unfortunately ordered late so will arrive when he’s here.
I’ve ordered a PC Home Touch-1 Skype handset. I got the cheapest one as I’m going to try it out on my Windows machine first and theoretically there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work on that except (a) it’s an old and therefore slow machine and (b) it only has USB 1.1.
| Monday 24th October 2005 21:41MDT | → 0 Comments |
It’s United Nations Day - the day when the charter was ratified. I just wish the media would concentrate on the UN’s successes, which are mostly in areas other than ’security’ and areas other than those that the permanent five have strategic interests meaning they are less likely to be reported.
As if I didn’t detest this government enough already, they have quite unashamedly filibustered Clare Short’s bill on requiring Parliamentary approval for going to war. Given that emergency situations were covered, there was no good reason not to support it unless you’re an authoritarian, dictatorial leader who treats elected representitives and those who elected them with equal contempt.
Yesterday I went shopping in London for presents for Terry. I was surprised that most shops on Regent/Oxford street didn’t open (or weren’t allowed to actually start selling) until midday. Somewhat anachronistic.
| Friday 21st October 2005 21:24MDT | → 0 Comments |
Sitting here, listen to ambient music, looking out at the rain, waiting for Terry to call…
It’s been a rotten week at work and I’m not sure how much of that is the result of my ‘psychology’. I feel I’ve been suffering from a mild depression for some time now - what maybe in the region of months, yet I’m not sure. I keep snapping at my project manager, who is also a good friend, and having to apologise. Fortunately he understands. I feel even more highly strung than ever - especially in an environment where everyone so f**king clever, especially the boss. It constantly makes me feel I’m inadequate, even though people tell me otherwise. I worry about not being able to produce quality work but seem to do so in the end. Every new task almost makes me panic about my abilities yet always comes right and everyone’s satisfied except me - just what is wrong with me?
Maybe it’s the stress of caring too much about my work and maintaining my high standard of professionalism. Maybe it’s the ever-present worry about Terry and/or the thought of losing him. Maybe I haven’t fully recovered from the nervous breakdown his drinking caused me.
Maybe I just set my sights too high and should accept my limitations. Maybe I’m just getting old.
Maybe I should just STFU and remember others have it worse than me
If this is a mid-life crisis, then now’s the time to ask that Microserf-esqe question: Stop thinking about what you want and start thinking about what you need.
| Monday 17th October 2005 19:56MDT | → 2 Comments |
I bought a book, Plautus ‘The Pot of Gold and other plays’, from Amazon - not a particularly startling achievement except that it was listed at precisely 1p. That’s right. It was one penny or
| Tuesday 11th October 2005 23:27MDT | → 0 Comments |
Terry sent me some cute Halloween stickers. In the same envelope was an article from the New York Times about pink luggage becoming popular. This was far from accidental as I’ve had my eye on a pink Hideo suitcase (on sale at case in Guildford) for quite some time for a number of reasons:
- It’s my favourite colour
- It would be easier to find on the airport carousel (though not if everyone takes the NYT article to heart)
- Terry seems to have ‘appropriated’ all my other suitcases (well, two of them - my mother has the other one)
However, at nearly
| Sunday 9th October 2005 22:26MDT | → 1 Comments |
Hmm. Matrix Internet, who host Terry’s website (I have been told off for referring to him merely as ‘bf’), are now offerring unlimited webspace for
| Saturday 8th October 2005 19:17MDT | → 0 Comments |
I’m tempted to buy a DVD recorder, though the only justification I have for doing so (at the moment) is [a] DVDs take up less space than video cassettes and [b] I can play what I record on my laptop. However, [b] is only true if it records onto DVD-R. Many do, such as the Panasonic DMRES10 which is my current favourite as it’s also multi-region. To truely future-proof myself I’d prefer it to record on both DVD-R and DVD+R. We shall see.
A small achievement today: I got bf to agree to give up smoking, by means of those little patches. This won’t start until he gets here in November but it had been bugging me for ages - it hurts to think my partner is wilfully shortening his life, even if I do acknowledge it’s an addiction.
However, he did warn me the process might make him grumpy. This makes a change as usually I’m the grumpy one.
| Wednesday 5th October 2005 20:00MDT | → 1 Comments |
Wednesday already; where has this week gone?
I say that because it was Sunday that I went walking around (and up and back down again) Box Hill with Graham. Most people just park at the bottom of the hill and climb up to the stunning view and refreshments at the top. Graham thought that was boring so we parked some distance away and walked around the area, which I admitted was a better excursion - especially the village of Mickleham we passed through.
There are pictures.
Article from Alternet on how the media has distorted the so-called Oil For Food scandal in order to push their agenda. It concentrates on US media but could equally be applied here, especially when it comes to letting the SC 661 committee off the hook.