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Tue, Mar. 23rd, 2010 10:36 pm

Pants for near-future acquisition:

Those'll do for starters...

Tue, Mar. 9th, 2010 02:59 pm

Guess what I'm doing on the train home...

Wed, Feb. 17th, 2010 09:12 am

Thu, Feb. 4th, 2010 04:58 pm


I dropped this link in here for my own reference but you guys might like it.


Dude can't draw good. Decides he wants to. Starts practicing every day, logging his progress. 7 years later he's a professional painter, illustrator and teacher, and getting invited to do live painting demonstrations at conventions all over the country.

I'm about a 18 months in, and his progress is already inspiring. Well worth the reading.

Thu, Dec. 31st, 2009 05:19 pm

Tue, Dec. 15th, 2009 10:07 am

So here's what I want to be spending my money on, once I have some. Updates 04/02/10.

- Large Buugeng set (US$150) Saw two guys using them at Rainbow, they're cool and I'd like to try them out but I don't think they'd work with my twirling style/abilities.
- Calabi-Yau Manifold Cube (US$72) After a closer look I now want EVERYTHING on this site.
- Rainbow or green/blue K8 Intel LED Devilstick (£95) and wall-charger (£12.50) RGB set purchased as late Xmas present to myself. Awesome but needs modding.
- B&N Nook e-reader (US$260) although there'll probs be something better out by the time I can afford it.
- Assassin's Creed 2 ($60 and dropping) Purchased, thanks eBay!
- 13"x13"x13"-ish boxes/cartons with which to populate/tidy my Expedit bookcase. Might try making some, although Ikea do sell some promising candidates.
- Blik wall decals, although I'm not sure which ones yet.
- A bajillion different t-shirts from TopatoCo, as always.

That'll do for now.

Fri, Dec. 11th, 2009 09:55 am

The more you know...

In late 1993, The Barbie Liberation Organization swapped the voice boxes of about 300 Teen Talk Barbie and talking G.I. Joe dolls before sneaking them back into stores. Cue a whole bunch of little girls' pink coiffed Christmas presents roaring "Eat lead, C.O.B.R.A.!" and a similarly befuddled collection of young boys whose musclebound, camo-clad war heroes squeakily complained that "Math class is hard!"

Considering the statistical likelihood that at least some of those kids later turned out to be gay, I wonder how many of their parents thought that this had something to do with it...


Fri, Dec. 4th, 2009 10:34 am
"If I live to be 100, I will never understand why they keep so many damn weapons under the ring. It's like they want the wrestlers to use them on each other..."
— Jim Ross, WWE RAW Commentator

Wed, Nov. 25th, 2009 10:02 am

Got one of those 'daily quote' corporate desk calendars? Flick through it, I guarantee you'll find a fistful of quotes by one P.K. Shaw. We get the Corporate Express ones at work, and I took issue with last Thursday's offering:

"When a machine is working, why pull it apart?"

I'd flicked past this person's quotes uncounted times before. Seeing the surname without looking too closely, I must have assumed it was George Bernard Shaw or someone related. This quote, however, offended me enough to take note, and to wonder who the hell would say something like that.

Some google-fu later, I discovered that I'm not the only curious party, and while the quotes are everywhere, information about their author was, until recently, nonexistent. Several truthseekers gave up and assumed the name to be fictional, a construct of some calendarsmith with a few too many 'folk sayings' and anonymice in their collections.

And then, one day in 2006, Pamela K. Shaw decided to google her name and see what people were saying about her. Turns out she's Australian, and has been writing and selling 'sayings' since the late Sixties, when she got bored of the quotes she was seeing on calendars at the time. She's now out of the quotation game and has moved onto chidren's books and poetry. Last anyone heard, she was living in Perth and working on a book about Australian bush schools, but I've yet to find anything online about it, so who knows.

I can't say I'm a fan, but I do like a mystery. Further reading below:

- Quoteification: P.K. Shaw doesn’t know everything
- The Adventures of P.K. Shaw
- Who is PK Shaw?
- Some P.K. Shaw quotes

Fri, Nov. 6th, 2009 11:09 am