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General purpose rules of engagement and intro post

  • If you've found my journal, hello! Pull up a virtual chair, put your feet up, have a cup of tea (or drink of your choice). You are very very welcome!

  • I was Friends-only for a while. I'm not any more, but quite a lot of my posts before about mid-2007 are still Friends-only. Generally speaking, unless I'm making posts that are really only for me (lists of things to do) or for specific friends ('phone number or "this is what I look like for when we meet up" posts), my posts tend to be public.

  • That said, I compensate for being rather shy and introverted IRL by being very eager to make new friends on line. If I've Friended you, it's unlikely to be entirely random - either we share a few interests, or some mutual LJ friends, or we know each other IRL, or I've noticed you commenting in a community or on an LJ friends' post and I think you seem interesting or worth knowing. Obviously, you don't have to Friend me back, but I'd certainly appreciate it. Who wouldn't?

  • If you decide to Friend me, please say "hi" by adding a comment to this post.

  • I can be a bit tactless myself, but I tend to start out from a position of trying to be nice and polite to everyone. If I inadvertantly manage to offend or upset you, please bear that in mind. Likewise, if you accidentally offend or upset me, I'll be more than ready to forgive and forget ('cos life's too short, frankly). But if you're deliberately unpleasant or rude or jerk me around...well, I might take exception to that.

  • There are a few things about me that you may consider it worth knowing before you decide to Friend me:

  • I'm bisexual. That doesn't mean that I'm sexually promiscuous or anything like that - there are a few men that I think are rather attractive, but I'm entirely monogamous and engaged to a lady called Sarah - the wedding is planned for September 19th, 2009. If I get to know you well enough, you may well be invited. If you have a problem with me being bisexual, Friending me may not be a terribly good idea.

  • I write and read slash fiction, both fanfic and original - again, if you have a problem with that, you may want to think twice about Friending me. Generally speaking, any fic I write (which is pretty infrequent, I've got to admit) is hidden underneath an LJ cut, so you don't have to read it if you don't want to. I try to tag my entries, but more of them are untagged than are tagged. That said, if you actually want to read my fiction, there is a tag for it, and also I tend to add it to my Memories. Also, I have a goal of wanting to write a novel.

  • Generally, I'm pretty pro-gay rights and pro-gay marriage, and all told a bit of a liberal. Indeed, I'm fairly left-leaning politically.

  • I'm also a Christian, part of a church which is reformed (though I'm not) charismatic. At the moment, I'm...not exactly having a crisis of faith, but having an ongoing discussion with myself and (when I remember to include Him) God about what I'm looking for in life and where I need to be. Paths I'm looking at pursuing include Christian mysticism and/or some kind of Pagan/Christian hybrid.

  • Anything else you need to know about me, you can probably get from my LJ User Info.

  • I'm not sure where my default Userpic came from. When I find out, I'll post a link.

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2015-01-20 11:25 am

Doing that thing where...

...I've got way too many tabs open in Firefox, so I'll just post links to a few of them here...

Cute Otters. Does what it says on the tin.

Mixed by Marc Mozart - mixing tutorials. Just something that could be useful.

On which note, 101 Mixing Tricks

Brickfrenzy's rather awesome minifig-scale Lego model of Serenity. Probably linked to it before, but it's always useful to have a reminder of something this wonderful.

When Doctor Who hit US news stands in the 1960s. There's a community I belong to on Facebook - Off Target - that posts fan art of Doctor Who stuff that never was, sometimes silly, sometimes less so. Mockups of Target novelisations from the new Who era are popular, as are mockups of old school style VHS releases of new Who stories (and, indeed, old Who stories that never made it; the special "feature-length" release of the sole surviving episode of The Space Pirates is rather wonderful!). These are "might have been" US reprints of the TV Comic strips celebrating Doctor Who's US TV debut that didn't in the end happen...

The Millennium Effect's guide to Doctor Who opening and closing credit fonts. Useful for mocking up title sequences when making fanvids.

21 Struggles Every Musical Theatre Geek In London Will Understand. And number 6, at least, isn't just restricted to musical theatre...

29 Pre-Internet Woes Under-30s Don’t Get. I'm not saying this makes me feel old. But it does.

9 secrets I've uncovered about depression. Number 4, especially. I've sometimes had that thing of driving along and thinking, "wouldn't it be soooo easy to just 'accidentally' crash into the central reservation..?" Thank God I've never done anything about it...but the thought has been there...

Whiny Baby Gamer Bro Is So Mad About Nintendo’s Female Characters He’s Hate-Buying All of Their Amiibo. I've sometimes, jokingly, suggested that it would be cool to buy up all copies of [insert boyband du jour's name here - used to be Westlife of Boyzone, no idea what kickin' choonz the kidz are getting down to today]'s newest single on the day of release to ensure that no other fans could buy it. But, y'know - jokingly. This guy is, apparently, doing this seriously, in an attempt to prove that Nintendo is wrong. Oh well. btw, I've never played Super Smash Bros, but Robin looks darned cool!

Rather wonderful parody of Scandi-drama from Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse. With Pingu as the villain. It's...brilliant. Warped, but brilliant...

The Art of Making a Fool of Yourself. Embarrassing language mistakes. :-)

The soul of man under socialism. An essay I didn't even know Oscar Wilde had written until fairly recently.

2014 shows from the Who team you should watch. That's, shows made in 2014, not 2014 shows (which would be rather a lot), by and/or starring people who've been involved in Doctor Who.

7 Predictions by Isaac Asimov about 2014 that Came True (and Three that Didn’t).

The 14 best movies of 2014. Some of these I have actually seen. Others of them, I'd quite like to see...

How Ernie Wise (Almost) Made The UK’s First Mobile Phone Call. That famous trivia question about "who made the first mobile 'phone call in the UK?" where the answer is (bizarrely) Ernie Wise? Turns out, probably not strictly true.

Also, this clip from Tomorrow's World (linked half way down the comments section) is priceless as a piece of history:

You know the old joke about a Star Wars Stormtrooper and a Star Trek redshirt get into a fight? The Stormtrooper misses, but the redshirt dies anyway? Well...

...looks like maybe the Federation would have the firepower on its side anyway. Mind you...The Millennium Falcon is a far cooler ship than any USS NCC 1701...
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2013-01-04 06:05 pm

Test of a cross posting nature.

Move along, almost nothing to see here.
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2013-01-03 02:58 pm

Who Dares?

So, according to Ye Olde Wikipedia, The Human League used the following synths and other bits of kit in recording their classic album Dare (now available as a reissued double album with bonus tracks and Fascination. A must for all self-respecting '80s music lovers):

Casio M10
Casio VL-1
Korg 770
Korg Delta
Linn LM-1
Roland Jupiter-4
Roland MC-8
Roland System 700
Yamaha CS-15

Suffice it to say, I should very much like to own these. Sarah would, in all likelihoood, say, "but you've got enough keyboards!!!" (She's wrong. I've only got four. And anyway, the Roland MC-8 isn't a keyboard, so that doesn't count.) In fairness to her, most of them I suspect are available in softsynth form, or at least as near as dammit is to dommit soundalikes, but, y'know, that's not the point... :-)
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2013-01-03 12:01 pm
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2013-01-03 11:31 am

That thing...

...where you hear a song you haven't heard in ages and it brings a great big smile to your face?

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2013-01-03 08:33 am

This looks interesting...

...and Winchester's not too far away. A visit may be possible...

Geeky Lego link.
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2013-01-01 12:50 pm
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2012-12-31 11:18 pm

Terrible joke (on the basis of, end the year as I mean to go on with the next one...)

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart.

And the very next day, you said, "you utter, utter cheapskate! Is that the best you could do - giving me a bit of your anatomy? The least you could have done was to save up for a proper present!"

And you never spoke to me again, but that was okay because I didn't have a heart, so that caused me to die.

The end.
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2012-12-31 02:45 pm

End of year meme.

1. What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
Nothing that's so outstanding that it springs to mind, I'm afraid. Well, that's got off to a great start...

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any. I tend to be of the opinion that not making any is a fairly safe way of ensuring that you don't break any. On the other hand, maybe I need a bit of an incentive.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not immediately close to me, although at least a couple of my friends on Facebook have given birth over the past twelve months.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Again, not immediately close to me.

5. What countries did you visit?
Spain, twice.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Organisation. I think that's my usual desire. If Tesco decided to sell it in packets, they'd have an instant customer in me.

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Well, ironically I don't remember the actual date, but the day I had seven teeth out will rather stand out, for obvious reasons. And despite being under general anaesthetic for the really important bit.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Staying reasonably sane. And although it still upsets me from time to time, gradually putting the past behind me.

9. What was your biggest failure?
None that really stand out.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Ongoing depression (and technically diabetes, although I tend to ignore that).

11. What was the best thing you bought?
No single thing, I don't think, but replacing my audio tape collection with dead cheap CDs from ye old Amazonne Markette Place is one of the best things I've done.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Sarah, my family, and my friends.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Homophobes, racists, bigots of various stripes. The sorts of fans who launch death threats against Steven Moffat, or open fake Twitter accounts pretending to be Caitlin Blackwood. US gun nuts.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, food, CDs and DVDs.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Sarah getting me a MacBook.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
According to iTunes, the song I've played most (a grand total of 5 times, which leads me to doubt its reliability) is Swan Lake by The Church from their Priest=Aura album.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? I think reasonably happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? I suspect, no real change. I'd like to think I might be a bit thinner. You never know.
iii. richer or poorer? Probably poorer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Reading (I don't think this year was a record low in terms of number of books read, but it's not far off). Studying for my Faith & Worship course. Writing sermons and preparing services.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Wasting time.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Been and gone. I was down in Chelmsford with Sarah, my parents, my sister Antonia, her husband and their two kids.

21. What LJ users did you meet?
Several, but none for the first time.

22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
I'm already in love with Sarah.

23. How many one-night stands?
365. All with Sarah. :-)

24. What was your favourite TV programme?
Doctor Who, as usual.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't hate anyone.

26. What was the best book you read?
Grief. Probably Kate Griffin's The Neon Court. But I didn't finish many.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
For myself...I'm quite fond of Caro Emerald. But late to the party, as usual.

28. What did you want and get?
Materially, the MacBook and the iPad Mini from Sarah. Also, started going along to a therapy group, which I think is gradually doing me some good.

29. What did you want and not get?
More money, more organisation.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Probably The Avengers, with The Hobbit running it a close second.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
On the day itself, went to work, then out for a meal at the local Toby Carvery with Sarah. The day before, though, Sarah and I, with Misha and Zoe, went to see The Hobbit followed by a Nando's, which was good fun.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Being better organised and having more money.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
In previous years, I've said "Scruffy chic". However, a.) the discovery of a load of sheds without the buttons missings in the wardrobe at Sarah's mum's, b.) getting a pair of braces, and c.) having the buttons sewn on the shirts that were missing them, has kind of put paid to that. Possibly not-so-scruffy chic?

34. What kept you sane?
Sarah. Citalopram.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jenna-Louise Coleman.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
LGBT rights and marriage equality.

37. Who did you miss?
Charlotte Coleman. I tend to miss her most years.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I haven't met many new people. The folks I met at [ profile] mrs_tribble and [ profile] rpdom's wedding were cool, and were the folks I met at The Eleventh Hour convention.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
You can't keep putting things off.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Oh, I don't know. Although on 21st December I was thinking, "that's great, it starts with an earthquake" would be kind of cool...
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2012-12-31 12:00 pm
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2012-12-30 02:02 pm

Late to the party...

Heard this on the radio a few days before Christmas, meant to post link, didn't get round to it. Also didn't realise how old it is (the video was posted to Youtube 5 years ago, not sure when the original TOTP performance dates from), but anyway, I thought it was rather spiffing so decided to share it.

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2012-12-30 11:36 am

He aten't dead yet.

As I know I have a fair few fellow Terry Pratchett fans on my Flists both on Livejournal and Facebook, I thought I'd share this little gem which I found on one of my video tapes. It's Terry Pratchett being interviewed by Alan Titchmarsh on BBC's Pebble Mill programme back in April 1995 - primarily to promote ITV's adaptation of Johnny and the Dead, but also there's general chat about Discworld and the Discworld CD-ROM game.

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2012-12-28 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 20:27: RT @ChinoWanker_: There's 363 days until Christmas and people already have their lights up. Unbelievable.
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2012-12-27 12:00 pm


I think that, between:

  • The book I recently bought1 2
  • The audiobook I was recently given as a Christmas present1 2 3
  • The DVD I'm going to be getting soon1 4
  • The forthcoming Dirk Maggs' radio adaptation

...the next few weeks are probably going to revolve to some extent around London Below.

(I regard this as a Good Thing.)

(Caveat: I'm not entirely sure when the Dirk Maggs adap begins; I thought January, but Wiki says "spring". I might've been thinking of the new series of Cabin Pressure.)

1Author's preferred text, naturally

2As per usual, dirt cheap from Amazon Marketplace Used & New

3Read by the author, no less.

4Coincidentally my offair recording was in the box of VHS tapes I recently retrieved from the attic for digitising. Although I'll save myself the bother of actually digitising it. For obvious reasons.
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2012-12-27 05:19 am

Anthony Dry

This guy's artwork is rather excellent, IMO. He's no amateur - he's done some work for the nuWho DVD range and DWM, amongst other things. There's a very Chris Achilleos vibe to much of his work (old skool Who fans will know what I mean) - deliberate, I assume. Given the time of year, this mock-up of a Target books cover for Doctor Who and the Christmas Invasion (over at his deviantart page) is rather appropriate, and also one of my favourites. :-)
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2012-12-26 09:20 pm

In other OCD news...

...have just used a combination of Tim's offair copy of episode 2 of Wyrd Sisters and Sarah's compilation DVD to produce a near-perfect rendition of how it would have originally looked. (Tim's copy being a bit fluttery, thanks to being an LP recording and the tracking going awry in places, it was mainly used to source opening and closing credits and ad break bumpers). Episodes 3 & 4 to go...

Happy bunny here. Slightly saddened by the whole "having to be up at the crack of dawn to go to work" thing... ^_^ Still, at least I've got a job.
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2012-12-26 09:10 pm

Rather obscurely (and a wee bit OCD-ly...)... of the Christmas presents I received yesterday was this (I say that, it may have been a birthday present, I wasn't entirely keeping track).

Anyhew, thanks to a wee bit of ripping of the right tracks (with the exception of two which weren't on there, but one of those two was on another CD*) I've been able to create a near perfect digital recreation of this. I did rip copy from vinyl of side 2 earlier in the year, but the results were less than stellar thanks to my copy being, to use a technical phrase, "scratched to buggery and back."

So, I call that "result".

*The missing tracks? Well, one was Dudley Simpson's music from The Mind of Evil, which turns up in renamed form on this album. Easy. The other? Well, the version of the Doctor Who theme on BBCRW21 isn't the same as that on BBCWR-AR. And the BBCRW21 version isn't widely available (if at all) except on BBCRW21. This is thanks to it being (according to Mark Ayres) a "bad edit" version. So presumably he's "doing a Lucas" and making sure only the correct one is used. Which is a tad annoying, and will (as I'm a bit of a purist) entail a vinyl rip of that track to get the full BBCRW21 listening experience.

Still, could be worse.