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17th October 2009

4:53pm: I've been listening to Muse and Brand New on shuffle all day while I'm working. If I wasn't in such a great mood I'm sure I'd be in danger from exposure to near fatal levels of angst. *cackle*

As it is, I've been working on a TMNT RP game for the Recovery Sunday posse, which started out as light whimsical fun and has become progressively more dark and sinister. *chuckle* Not exactly what I intended to write, but good anyway. I'll leave the superficial levels of whimsy there, so they can just play a bubblegum game if they like, safe in the knowledge that there's many layers of depth beneath if they decide to scratch through the surface.

Have you seen Lickorishlatex in Bizarre magazine this month? And in a competition on their website. *beam*
12:06pm: I wonder if Jonathan Ross cultivated his Oscar Wilde look?
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1st October 2009

12:27pm: Awwww, Jo has just tried on her finished skullkadot dress, and says its the best piece of rubber she has ever worn! :)

Not bad for my first dress, made from scratch. And I mean scratch! (I've even gone back and made my own blocks from principles because cloth blocks make shit latex.)

Thats three separate people in the last few weeks who have told me my latex is the best they've ever worn! One Email from a customer, one person in a club, and now Jo. Who frankly is the most likely person in the world to tell me in great detail if there is anything not exactly right. *cackle*

Touch me! :D Allegedly I'm great!
11:26am: SWG: TOR
Star Wars Galaxies: The Old Republic MMORPG have started accepting beta test applications. :)

Get signed up!

30th September 2009

10:24pm: mental twist
I've just had a very strange 2 seconds, where I thought I had six fingers on each hand!

It was strange.
3:16pm: I hope Rupert Murdoch carries on "La la la!"ing and demanding we uninvent the internet long enough to go bankrupt!

That would be sweet!

28th September 2009

4:19pm: Brand New's new album "Daisy" is out on Spotify today.

Its great, but really not what I was expecting...

They're about to come on a world tour, and I was hoping it would be a crunching/wrenching maelstrom of an album to drive them round the world, but these first few tracks are more of a navel gazing introspective piece, better enjoyed in a darkened room.

Ahhh, thats better. Its getting much heavier as its going on.

Ya know, this is why the major labels don't like illegally downloaded music.

Its not that they think every track downloaded is a lost sale, thats just spin. Its the lack of influence they can have on the success of their bands. Since music started getting shared around (which is far more a try before you buy ethic than the big labels will ever admit to), their marketting $$ have much less influence on the success of an album or band, than the quality of the music.

Its like the directors this summer complaining that people are sending texts to friends panning bad films while they're watching them, which is causing a loss in cinema seat sales. Speechless! How about not whining that your millions spent on marketting is being undermined by peer reviews, and making some fucking original films you twats!

From here on in, talent counts. And I fucking love it!

27th September 2009

2:12pm: hehehe I love the advertising slogan for Fallen Earth. The post-apocalyptic mmorpg/fps.

"Lose the tights, bury your crystals, and quit playing with your wand...
Welcome to the Apocalypse


Although I'm really enjoying Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic at the mo, which is about £7 on steam nowadays. Its so much cheaper getting games a while after they've been out, but I do worry that they based this xkcd strip on my life. >.<  

26th September 2009

11:43am: Bradford Gasworks
Hello Livejournal! :D

Well, last night was fun, in a break from the norm kind of way, if not actually fun in itself. *cackle* Me, Mark and Scot went to Gasworks in Bradford.

The company was ace and we had a laugh, but the venue wasn't as good as I expected. How has a venue thats only been open for a matter of months become so run-down and seedy already? I'm sure Bradford just has some kind of pervasive decaying aura, and anything (or one) there for very long just degrades.

There was a Kiss tribute band on at the start of the night. Usually this is an impedement to the evening, that you just drink through and wait for the club to begin, but this was actually the highlight of the club. Yeah ok, the band were reasonably good, but the bar wasn't set very high.

Thinking about it, we met up in the Parish for a drink before heading over, and as usual it was a thriving hum of vibrant alternative activity. How can a pub in Huddersfield be so so much better than a Friday night in the only alternative club in Bradford? Which just had an air of embarressingly drunk older work colleague.

I didn't drink overly much, or spend all evening in the smoking area, but this morning I feel like I'm half way through a bout of flue, or smoked 80 fags last night. Its not something I'd describe as a hangover, but its probably the decaying effect on the soul, of spending a night in Bradford.

I love Huddersfield. The alternative club scene is stunted, but its not fucking Bradford!

21st August 2009

5:54pm: waspy musings

The other day a small wasp misadventured its way into my living room. Not an issue these days with my phobia worn down to practical non-existence.

The peculiar thing was that instead of dive-bombing into the glass that covers about a quarter of a fairly considerable wall, as most flying stuff tends to do, it was persistantly banging against an area of ceiling.

I thought it was quite strange at the time, but couldn't think of a sensible reason for it doing this apart from the fact that it was a tiny, so assumably young wasp. But then this suggests all sorts of things like that wasps have intelligence and some kind of mental development. I've been musing over this on and off for the last week or so, and have just noticed that there is a wasps nest in the wall two floors up from my flat, directly above the area the wasp was determinedly bashing into!

Wasps must have some mad 3D gps spacial awareness skillz!

(Much preferable than fitting mental development, or that some wasps are just silly, into my mental definition of Wasp.)

1st July 2009

11:43am: What has fucking insensed me this morning, is an aside comment in a Guardian article about a bill to penalise American companies profiting from aiding repressive governments in censoring the internet.

Mentioning that this bill was blocked a few years ago by the Bush administration "with the former president's advisers arguing that laws governing corporate ethics were not beneficial to American prosperity."


I cant fucking believe a governing body would even suggest this! It makes me so angry my brain just sees red noise and I'm reduced to spitting incoherence!

No wonder most of the world hates The West. When we're capable of acting on rationales like that, I fucking hate us. :(

29th June 2009

11:34am: Ebay are twats

Ebay piss me off so much!

You may have noticed that there are a lot of "Free p&p" listings on Ebay recently. This is because Ebay have enforced compulsory free p&p on a number of categories, including books, games, dvds, clothing, accessories, etc.. (Funnily enough, a large number of very busy categories with a low item values relative to the cost of postage.)

The first frustrating thing is that they announced it to the sellers as an 'offer', saying they'd reduce your final value fees by a tiny fraction if you listed an item in these categories with free p&p.

"Fuck that!" thought I, not being the sort of dullard that would sign up to get sodomised by a pole just because it had a red star with Special offer! gaffa-taped to the end.

Since I last popped out to the post office, which we do alot in our line of work, Royal Mail aren't currently offering any services for the 12p Ebay aparrently think is about what it costs to magic an item from point A to point B. (This is how much their offer would give us.)

So when this "offer" started, we spent hours trying to work out why the listings were throwing up postage errors. "Surely its not compulsory" - we thought. "Look, there's even a ticky box to tick to say we want to offer free p&p. What kind of imbecile would add one of those if it was suddenly compulsory?"

Aparrently the kind of imbecile that was trying very hard to make the sodomy-pole more attractive by insinuating that you'd consented to this rude and unencouraged buggery.

The following day, when we still couldn't list items because of what we thought was a free p&p bug, I phoned Ebay to report the error, to be nervously informed that it wasn't an error! Hadn't I read last months announcements, which told me about the offer? "I did." said I. "However, this isn't a fucking offer is it - an offer is a proposal, this is a subjection!"

After railing at the poor person for some time, while wearing out an angry strip of my carpet, he told me to add the postage costs on to the value of the item.

Why is that fucking free postage? Its just a stealth-tax by Ebay, allowing them to finally get to charge us a fee on postage costs. While at the same time, forcing us to insultingly patronise our customers, claiming to pay for the postage out of the kindness of our hearts.


19th June 2009

3:38pm: I NEED one! D:
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  • 9:10am: For Spotifiers
    As its Friday, here's a short mixtape of the sounds of my college years.


    Ahhh, classics. Although I'm disappointed they didn't have the Wedding Present Ukranian album. *snicker*

    11th June 2009

    9:15pm: I've just made the best tasting meal I've had in months and months!

    Steak with mushrooms in a garlic, butter and peppered boursin sauce and mustard mash (with carrots :P ). *dribble*

    And I was just saying this afternoon that I didn't know why I was craving steak, because I was always disappointed

    "Pfft, yeah ok, its a big bit of meat."

    Overrated, unimaginative, and unversatile. I'm sure I only occasionally crave it because that was what my dad used to have as a treat.

    And yeah, the steak was ok, (tossed in well seasoned cornflour and pan-fried,) but it would have just been a hunk of meat without the fantastically peppery, creamy, garlicy, orgasmicy mushrooms, and mustard-tanged mash. *melt*

    And I cooked two portions of veg so I can have the same again tomorrow! *cackle*

    1st June 2009

    3:13pm: If you're bored and visciously frittering away your employers time on the internet this afternoon, in retaliation for him forcing you to come to work on such a wonderfully sunny day, this Charlie Brooker comment article from a few weeks ago on Gordon Brown is hilarious.

    "Assailed from all directions, stumbling, bumbling, droning, punch-drunk, hapless, hopeless, and aching with palpable misery, he increasingly resembles a depressed elephant, slowly being felled by a thousand pin-sized arrows fired into his hide by a million tiny natives, still somehow moving forward, trudging wearily toward its allotted graveyard-slot with morose resignation."

    *cackle* Genius.

    25th May 2009

    10:40am: Does anyone have any insight into the North Korean mentality?

    I'm inclined to think there must be more than the impression of them we get consistently from all angles of the press. That of a delinquent, occasionally rabid child.

    But their actions/reactions do always seem to fit this description. Or is this just a convenient stereotype for the media to stick to? (People do usually like their news to reinforce their views rather than challenge them. They want olds not news as Terry Pratchet observed. ;P )

    Anyone know of any internet based material I could read offering an alternative perspective?

    20th May 2009

    9:34am: Reading this article in the Guardian about the ridiculous caricature of an Italian Prime Minister, who has for all intents and purposes been declared guilty of some serious financial corruption, but has in this term introduced a new law preventing himself from being prosecuted. Something they briefly mention is that the British Lawyer David Mills who has just been found guilty of accepting a more than a third of a million quid bribe from him, is married to the British Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell.

    This David Mills bloke, aside from being found guilty of accepting the £387,000 bribe, for in his words keeping "Mr B out of a great deal of trouble he would have been in had I said all I knew". His role for Berlusconi was to set up a web of offshore companies, one of whose purposes was to launder and funnel illegal party contributions to Berlusconi.

    So, the Olympics is coming to London. There will be a massive pot of money, millions and millions of pounds of contracts to distribute among many private companies. The flow of which will be influenced, if not directed by Tessa Jowell, the wife of this Lawyer who has just been found guilty of facilitating money laundering in politics.

    As the phrase goes - you just couldn't make it up!

    18th May 2009

    10:44am: Reading an article in todays Independent about the recent Indian election, it included a quote from a political scientist from Jawaharlal Nehru University. :/

    You'd think being a University there'd be someone there capable of googling the meaning of science.

    17th May 2009

    2:35pm: Virtual 3D by head tracking
    Take a look at this latest video from a clever chap called Johnny Chung Lee, who amongst many other innovative projects, does amazing things with the Wii Remote.

    In this video, he shows how you can use the wii remote and wii sensor bar (or a couple of infra red LED's) to turn your screen into a proper 3D virtual display!

    We need gameses! D:

    13th May 2009

    9:30am: I'm glad to see the Lib Dem expenses abuse seems to be considerably less than the other two parties. Although I'm sure it'll get worse over the next few days.

    I never thought I'd be saying this, but I decided a few months ago that I'll be voting Lib Dem this time. For quite a while, it has just seemed that whenever I'm pissed off with a political decision, or a response is requested from the parties, its always only the Lib Dem representative thats speaking any sense.

    I'm not sure why I'm so reluctant to let myself like the Lib Dems though. *chuckle* I think its because I'm a child of the Spitting Image era, so I've had it ingrained into me that they'll be ineffective. But they do seem to be the only polititians with any integrity. (Perhaps it comes from resignedly going into politics with the knowledge that you'll probably never win.)

    What has reinforced this for me this morning, is that one of the expenses claims that have been raised, was Lembit Opic, who was charged £40 for a court summons for non-payment of council tax. *cackle* I've had that fine! Although mine was the original Poll Tax. I'm just loving the mental image of his response to the bill of "Oh yeah? Ya fuckers, pay it yourself!" I know this is not very well thought through, and in fact it was us who paid that summons for him, but frankly, I'm more than happy to have done so. There are plenty of ridiculous ways our tax dollah are disposed of, a few of them being employed to rebel against unfair taxes is a more noble way to waste them.


    11th May 2009

    12:45am: Pictures like this recent photograph of the mane of the Hosehead nebula just make the back of my neck tingle with how absolutely incredible stuff is.

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    The mane is a cloud of Hydrogen that's fluorescing red.

    9th May 2009

    1:25am: Hahaha I love writing, and then deleting late night inadvisable LJ posts.


    Reading them back to myself reminds me what an Emo nerd I can be when my brain is left to its own devices.

    Ahhhh, thats the wonder of the written word. I'm glad the Intenet has strangely been the catalyst for a billion otherwise unwritten diarys.

    Thoughts seem to have to stand up against far more stringent checks and measures when caligraphated all over something.

    The number of times I've thought and felt something with every vibration of my essence, typed it out, only to notice that actually, its not really that important and that I should stop being such a whiney girl and focus on things that matter in life.
    (And yes, I'm talking about posts I've deleted, not the ones that are still there. Think how bad some of them must have been considering the ones I let through!! Although I do let the odd introspective whimper through the net for some reason. *chuckle* Finger hovvering over the delete button, then visciously not deleting. I'm sure its a form of digital self-harm.)

    Assuming I'm not an alien, and other people encounter this phenomenon when they've typed an anguish out and they read them back and realise "Oh my god, I'm such a twat!"

    Think of the number of posts made a day.
    And so the number of those where the writer must have realised the things that were weighing most heavily on their mind were so inconsequential. So lacking in the very real substance of so many of lifes legitimate concerns. Like sustenance, security, stability...

    Its amazing that LJ is doing this. This ridiculous podium, most frequently used to broadcast to the world which Thundercats character you are most like, or whether you're feeling melancholy or cheeky!, is probably the saviour of much Karma, worldwide!

    Who'd have thought the internet, such a potential eroder of braincells, could so casually do so much good, by making idiots like me more aware of themselves?!

    3rd May 2009

    2:37pm: Hair is destroying our planet!!
    Stood in my shower today, still being entertained by the small but thought provoking changes my recent hair cut has made to my life.

    (Like the phenomenon that the flow of water now instantly goes over my face, where previously there would be a few seconds delay while my hair became waterlogged, and even following that most water would still be channelled away from my face. So amongst other things, hair is the faces eyelashes.)

    And being disappointed at the brevity of my shower, as its the location of so many of my favourite peculiar insights, I've suddenly realised that the impact of my haircut is a global one!

    As I now spend less than half the time in the shower I need to heat half the ammount of water I did previously! Thats a massive ammount of energy saved for a relatively minor change in the scheme of things. I then realised that not only did I previously heat up twice as much water for a shower as I now do, getting out of the shower I would then use the hairdryer. Following that I would then use straighteners! Three massively energy gussling actions.

    How much of our carbon footprints are a direct result of hair?!

    Our hair is destroying the planet!!

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