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Oktoberfest weekend [Oct. 8th, 2012|10:22 pm]
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Insaaaane weekend.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro - A Survivor's Tale [Aug. 6th, 2012|05:08 pm]
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Overheard at Body and Soul [Jun. 24th, 2012|01:01 pm]
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Who's that guy... was in Waterworld and the Postman... Oh shit, I didn't want to have to remember Kevin Costner.
All you need is lube.
(During a laughing yoga workshop) Jodie Foster's fist!
The two of them were standing up boning.
Do you like anal?
There was lady's liquid all over the floor.
Do horses on horse tranquillizers feel really high?

- The star of David? You mean like Larry David?
- No, this is a star.
- Larry David is a star.
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Primavera Sound 2012 [Jun. 11th, 2012|11:25 pm]
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For the record, here are the bands I saw in Primavera 2012:

Thursday
The Afghan Whigs (walked past on the way to Grimes)
Grimes (bit like Bjork, bad sound, people dancing strangely on the stage who looked like they'd been pulled out of the crowd. Music was ok but the hipsters fucking loved it)
Death Cab For Cutie (quite good but I mainly talked my chums)
Beirut (everyone loves them but I'm still unmoved)
Refused (hard rock/nu metal, bit too heavy for me)
The xx (slept through nearly all of it, most of their songs sounded remixed)
Franz Ferdinand (commanding stage presence, I enjoyed what I remember)
John Talabot (great dance)
Erol Alkan (great dance)

Friday
The Cure (epic, 3-hour gig. Missed Sleigh Bells and Napalm Death. So long we eventually left to go see...)
The Drums (amazing, like Vampire Weekend, much better than their single Let's Go Surfing suggests)
The Rapture (amazing indie dance)

Saturday
Saint Etienne (missed most due to Tee losing her ticket, thankfully we got in eventually)
Yo La Tengo (surprisingly dull, I think it was lost in the big venue)
Justice (amazing dance)
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Choice lyrics from Watch The Throne [Aug. 30th, 2011|09:32 pm]
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"I mean I might even make [my son] be Republican, So everybody know he love white people"
"Usually you have this much taste you European"
"I paid for those titties, get yo' own"
"Ix-nay off my dix-nay, That's pig-latin, Ich-Bay"
"314 soldiers died in Iraq, 509 died in Chicago"
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Roomba Rhumba [Jul. 12th, 2011|08:13 pm]
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Thrilled with my new Roomba iRobot vacuum cleaner. It was very easy to set up and I had the little guy driving around the sitting room, eating dust and hair like a pro, within minutes of getting it out of the box. Fortuitously that day I'd been off sick (just back from Tallinn) so I had the full day to get him to try out most of the rooms in the house. As he drove around, I was struck by the resemblence to a trilobite, pottering around in circles and heading off in crazy directions with a little antenna poking its way this way and that.

The performance on wooden floors was flawless, though I had to move loads of cables and trestle tables out of the way, cause it kept snagging and dragging the cables and getting stuck under the trestles. But once you gave it an open playing field, it was unstoppable. Particularly crazy was our bedroom - you wouldn't believe how much dust two people can create just by sleeping there every night. I'd last swept the place only a month or two before but I still completely filled the robot's dust container twice over.

On the landing carpet, it had a "cliff sensor" to detect the top of the stairs (and prevent death), and after leaving it there nearly an hour, I came back up to find that it had scrubbed all the inground hair off the carpet, leaving an intact bolus in the centre like a little Roomba shit. I later found more hair entangled in its brushes - a morass so thickly matted that it looked like an arts and crafts project.

In general though, it's totally worth it - and a huge win technology wise: I felt like a Jetson. You put a robot in a room for half an hour, and look what it can do!
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Thoughts on China [May. 23rd, 2011|09:18 pm]
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The world is industrialising in an onrush of factories, roads, apartment blocks, vacant lots, car parks, toll booths, and railway lines, like a hyperactive SimCity goon who fills every tile in the game space with hastily tacked-together developments. Power lines thread their way across the landscape. Rivers turn brownish shades from effluent. The western world's onrush of technology and manufacturing output changed the world and left it in awe. That was then.
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Kindle [May. 6th, 2011|08:54 pm]
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Guys sorry for gushing but I really feel I must write about my favouritest gadget evar.

I fucking love the Kindle. I want to have Kindle babies with my Kindle.

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Snippets from North Korea [May. 3rd, 2011|07:59 pm]
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[Current Location |Pyongyang]

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Adventures in Belgium [Apr. 3rd, 2011|09:41 pm]
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Back in November, I had a great 3-part holiday in Belgium. The first part was hanging out in Brussels with Tee and our friends. The third part was attending a business conference on SQL and databases. The second part was the most interesting. I rented a car and tried to fulfil a lifelong ambition to go on a tour of Trappist beer-brewing monasteries nationwide. Needless to say, it didn't go according to plan.

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