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Crazy Dave
Date: 2014-04-30 09:20
Subject: Obligatory XKCD post
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Tags:comics, lj
Oh, because Facebook has worked out SO WELL for everyone.
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Crazy Dave
Date: 2010-05-07 18:13
Subject: PSA: Cheap glasses sites rip off?
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Tags:online shopping, rant
The last company I bought glasses off online was a highstreet opticians who were branching out. But they seem to have closed shop now. So I went looking elsewhere, and may have been stung. Thought I was a bit savier that this. Ah well.

I've ordered a pair of cheap glasses, and they've not even processed the order yet according to the online tracking. The site seemed to be a UK company, with a UK number, but no-one was answering. I looked a bit further and it's registered to an office with about a hundred other companies. Looking further still I found 4 online opticians all registered by the same overseas agency.

perfectglasses.co.uk
glassesexperts.co.uk
exclusiveeyes.co.uk
eyeexperts.co.uk

They don't answer their main lines either, but I seem to have found a chink in MAK Media & Creations Ltd.'s airwall. The person on the end of line said he'd get someone to look into it, and seemed very surprised that his number was on their site. So here it is in case it disapears +44 20 70 60 70 55.

These two site don't seem to be registered to the same company, but have bits of the same text on their site, so I could be wrong, and plagerism is wrong anyway.

cheapnewglasses.co.uk
facefurniture.co.uk
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Crazy Dave
Date: 2010-04-29 10:53
Subject: Costume idea
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Any steampunk fans? You've got until the end off office hours to a bid on these funky glasses.
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Crazy Dave
Date: 2010-04-27 15:48
Subject: It _is_ a small world after all!
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Mood:surprisedsurprised
Tags:fandom, games, small world, social networks
Case a:
I turned up early at the V&A for a Sandpit (Pervasive Gaming) evening. I wanted to have a look at the Echo Bazzar \ Fallen London game in particular. So did a lot of other people. And the main organiser was running 15 minutes late. The queue filled the balcony beside the Silver gallery, and all the way down the stairs to the sculpture corridor.

In order to beat the queue, they insisted the first few groups come in in groups of 10. I was with hawkida, viclet, Floo, and Archdeacon (nee StarShirt on this blog), so was halfway there. We grabbed the nearest 4 people to us and set off to solve a series of puzzles round the museum.

On the way we lost the Dutch Couple, who figured out that you could just play the game individually, and kept running another pair of Joinees, but that sort of thing isn't that unusual when you live in the same city.

The Small Word part was when went to the pub afterwards, and convinced the other pair to join us down the pub. It turns out that h4nchan hadn't been to a Sandpit before, but had been to Hitchcon, and recognized a few fannish names. So we swapped Social Network contact details. The first thing I spotted is that she was a fellow DFC subscriber! A rare breed :) The first thing she spotted was we just missed each other at Uni. She would probably have used some of the Jingle packages I put together for student radio station!

Case b:
I'm not under any illusion that all of the couple of thousand regular UK litcon goers know each other, but I really was shocked to find that Paul Cornell does not know the Fishlifters!

Case c:

Today, I joking tweeted that there was no Snow in St Albans (Since a lot of people tweeted about snowfall locations at the start of the year), and it turns out an old colleague had also had his London office shut, and had been moved to St Albans!
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Crazy Dave
Date: 2010-04-23 10:02
Subject: Andriod Apps
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Mood:geekygeeky
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Harrumph. Looks like official UK update of HTC Heros from Android 1.5 to 2.1 has been pushed back by two months. Think I'll be rooting my phone soon, and installing a custom ROM.

In the mean time here's dump of all the apps I have on there at the moment. I'll add descriptions reviews a q-codes soon.

My Andriod AppsCollapse )

All of those are free, but I intend to pay for a few of full versions soon.

Apps I'm still think about / trying to find the right one of include:
To Do list. (GTD tie in? Tie in to Gmail tasks / Don't forget the milk, etc).
Replacement for the Call log, as it doesn't show the time of recent calls on the main view.
[ETA]
Locale. Clever App that switches on and off setting and Apps based on locaction, battery level, etc. But costs $10.
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Crazy Dave
Date: 2010-04-21 11:41
Subject: Lunch time poll: Voting Dilema
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Mood:contemplativecontemplative
Tags:london, political, poll
In my local seat the two parties who most stand a chance of winning there have:
  • A rebellious incumbent MP who votes against his party (usually in the direction I'd want), but whose party I don't want in power.
  • A local councillor for the party I'd like to see in, who doesn't really impress me with his literature, and website (and hasn't replied to an email from 5 days ago asking why I should vote for him).


Poll #1553873 Demos
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21

Would you vote for local candidate or national party?

View Answers
Candidate
11 (52.4%)
Party
8 (38.1%)
Spoil Ballot
2 (9.5%)
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Crazy Dave
Date: 2010-04-09 11:52
Subject: Eastercon Mini-report
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Mood:busybusy
Tags:con, eastercon, fandom
... or If I Don't Write Something Now I Never Will.

This was a very different convention for me personally. I was definitely far more a participant than a consumer. Oh, and I actually got about 7 hours sleep, and only drank 3 pints, each night. Unheard of!

To begin with I was on 4 programme items. No wait. 5. Oh and that. 6 then. The 2 on comics went reasonable well I felt. The panellists largely had some overlapping experience, but some things that were new to each of us. And sufficient audience participation to show that they were involved with our discussions. For the two on the future of Eastercons, I largely sat back and listened to what the other people in the discussion were saying. Think I learned a lot, and hope I did manage to get my perspective across when I did speak.

The "Star Wars: A Small Hope" cabaret was great fun to do, and seemed to be well received. It did take a large chunk out of Saturday, as we only managed to start rehearsals a few hours before the show, and needed much repetition to get it tight. Hats off to adelhied for pulling together a top notch script and props collection in the weeks pre-con. fuzz57, frankiemouses you were magnificent. Thanks to j_lj for lending us the lightsabers, one of which was found under the stage after he'd left the con. And to C for pinning me into a Leia dress without complaining :D
{ETA: And big thanks to the mighty tech crew for the Madonna headsets, and to the Cabaret organisers, and to our two sheet holding gophers, and the c ConCom, and everyone else who helped make Odyssey happen!}

The last other programmed item I was on was the Eastercon Bid Session. It was interesting. In short I'm now Head of Programme at Illustiorous, Eastercon 2011. Eep. The other news from that session is that Olympus 2012 will be the subsequent Eastercon.

The rest of the con was largely taken up with: Illustrious work (committee meetings, ticket sales, and programme idea discussions), Programme Ops / unofficial Ops Rover work, occasional gophering, dances, and seeing one or two programme items a day. Distressingly little left over for socialising, so I apologise if we didn't get to chat, or if I left after too little time.
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Crazy Dave
Date: 2010-03-30 10:42
Subject: Reading List update.
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Mood:geekygeeky
Tags:reading list
10) The Audacity of Hype by Armando Iannucci.

A collection of short columns from 2009 from this reality TV hating satirist. Best read in short bursts. For someone who dislikes soundbites, he is good at them (see the title of the book).

11) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.

Recommended to me by C, who is a fan. Part spy thriller, part regency romance, part civil service bureaucracy, part time travel paradox. Really fun book.

12) The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (Volume 1) written by Neil Gaiman, Artists: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III.

Been meaning to read this for years, but decided I couldn't afford the complete run at once, and suspected I was always going to get hooked.

Loved it. An excellent use of the 20 to 30 page monthly form. Starting with a delicious tale of horror, and moving onto a quest for the King of Dreams to regain his power, pausing only for a 24 hour descent into madness with some hostages held by a very strange captor. Finishing up with a strangely charming introduction to Death. I can see why she became a fan favourite. Cameos from several DC characters tie it into their Universe, but this is not a superhero book.

13) The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross.

I realised when reading the latest short in The Laundry series, that I wasn't sure I remember what happened in The Jennifer Morgue. I very pleased to realise that that was because I hadn't got around to getting a copy yet. Lapped it up. A bit more spy thriller, and a bit less bureacracy and maths, but just as geeky, ireverant, and compeling as The Atrocity Archives.

14) The Doll's House written by Neil Gaiman, Artists: Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse.

This book starts with a myth told by a tribal people introducing us to more of Dream's character. It then steps into the main arc of this book involving the a young girl whose fate is tied deeply to the dreaming realm, and Dream's attempts to round up some of the Dreams that have escaped his realm. A disturbing familiar Cereal Convention turns out to be very odd. Again, it contains a single issue that almost steps aside from the main flow in the middle. A wonderful character piece about a man who has been made immortal almost on a whim.
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Crazy Dave
Date: 2010-03-22 14:08
Subject: Looking forward to looking backward and sideways
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Mood:pleasedpleased
Tags:books, bsfa, sci-fi
Ooh, apparently the British Science Fiction Association's survey of authors is winging it's way to me. Covering the results of two surveys, twenty years apart, and covering over 120 writers.

Didn't even have to ask for it, it's just a bonus to members :)

Sample survey response here.
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Crazy Dave
Date: 2010-03-08 16:58
Subject: PSA: Discworld con nearly sold out!
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Mood:busybusy
Tags:conventions, planning
Only 5 memberships left!

Guess who is number 895?
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