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May 23, 2008

Idle thinks for a Friday afternoon

  1. Hmm. In fact every single podcast I listen to on a regular basis was not suddenly and simultaneously being recorded at incredibly low sound levels. This revelatory comprehension burst forth yesterday afternoon, moments after I purchased a new set of earplug headphones for my mp3 player. Turns out the old ones had more wrong with them than having a slight crackle.
  2. It’s astonishing how surprised I was by the discovery of point #1.
  3. Linda and Chris have apparently secured new lodgings, which is jolly good news and a complete relief. Now all that’s left is the mucky business of packing up, moving and cleaning, but at least the main problem is done with, the rest being logistics.
  4. Fi has instituted a solution to the sleep deprivation issue over the past few days, which, while not entirely satisfactory because it involves me sleeping on the couch for half the night, does achieve the critical goal of allowing me to get at least five or six hours of rest a day. This comes at a small cost, you may perceive, but it should hopefully just be temporary while Joey’s current hobby – twisting and bellowing for half the night – runs its course.
  5. I’ve been neglecting a lot of things lately (no, not my child!), including but not limited to: my writing, my job, my gaming, my enthusiasm for activities more energetic than watching early morning variety shows, this blog. Lots of good reasons for this, not at all unrelated to point #4, but with renewed vigour comes a renewed sense that I could be using some of my time a litttle less unproductively. However, The Lord of the Rings Online presents a compelling case to the contrary.
  6. I am never so strategically-minded as when I am participating in a work planning day. Seriously, if my team want me to be more productive – and given the extent to which I have been otherwise over the past few weeks I would be surprised if they did not hold this view – they should just hold a planning day each Friday morning, throw together a random agenda, and just let me spout off with opinionated verve about what’s wrong with the world. I swear, I have solved all our problems today.
  7. Other Doctor Who stories which may be feeling slighted after I declared ‘Blink’ to be their First Among Equals include (in no particular order) ‘The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances’, ‘The Robots of Death’, ‘The Pyramids of Mars’, ‘The Caves of Androzani’, ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’, ‘Terror of the Autons’, ‘Army of Ghosts/Doomsday’, ‘The Aztecs’, ‘Terror of the Zygons’, ‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’, ‘The Curse of Fenric’, ‘The Seeds of Doom’, ‘Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways’, ‘Enlightenment’, ‘The Horror of Fang Rock’ and ‘The Carnival of Monsters’ (shut up, I liked it!). However, they must grudgingly bend a knee to their emperor, for life is short and ‘Blink’ is hot.
  8. I really, really like Doctor Who. Discuss.
  9. Our first attempt to get some financial advice around property investment – with an accountant on Wednesday afternoon – was a bit of a bust, although probably useful from a taxation point of view. We’re not completely clear about what we need to know, apart from establishing how much we can afford to risk early on, which to be honest we will likely end up figuring out for ourselves. It seems, however, that guidance on translating general advice to our specific financial circumstances is not quite so easy to come by. We have another session on Monday which is more promising, but which will probably involve someone trying to sell us their prepackaged option. Still, should be something useful in it for us, and if not then we’ll just take the bull by the horns and get one with it ourselves.
  10. The new edition of Dungeons and Dragons comes out in two weeks. I am infeasibly excited in a way that can only possibly end in disappoitment and bitter recriminations, or at least more Burning Wheel. This reminds me that I started that ’10 great things in gaming’ series of posts a while ago and never got back to it. I may attend to that if the current resurgence of enthusiasm for blogging continues for the next week or two.
  11. It is time for beer. Past time, in fact.

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