Monday, November 25, 2002

Phew! What a weekend. Having belted down an Italian meal in time to get to the cinema in time for Die Another Day, it still didn't start for another 20 minutes. The theatre was full of young people, which for such a creakingly established franchise was unusual. A diverting 2 hours, but the script, especially the dialogue was very flabby, and Bond needs to be more distinct from other action movies.

Saturday - succeeded in creating a Linux Radio VCR in 10 lines of shell script. Neat. Very smug with myself. Accidentally automounted a remote home directory over by / directory. Less neat. Rendered machine unbootable. Had to "Get on T'Internet" as Peter Kay would say to figure out what I'd done. Went for walk round Arthur's Seat with Helen. Dinner, Casualty and too much telly.

The Meaning of Liff defines "duntish" as "Mentally incapacitated, owing to a severe hangover". I was very duntish indeed on Sunday, and succeeded in only some of my work. Then a health-giving walk around a reservoir at the base of the Pentlands with Helen, dinner, and too much telly. Again.

Now reading - Doctor Who - The Crooked World by Steve Lyons, which so far seems to be his best fluffy book to date. It's got a big fat juxtaposition (real people land in cartoon world) with the two paradigms frotting against each other most pleasurably.

Now watching - a sandwich of The Time Meddler and Resurrection of the Daleks. This follows the preceding concoction of The Sensorites and The Pirate Planet. I'm looking forward to resuming the quest for the Key To Time.

Tonight I shall be removing photographic red eye from, captioning, and artistically cropping about 30 pictures of one of Helen's friends. It's godsent tasks like this that justify expenditure on toys like scanners and photo-printers.

Looking forward to the weekend. Marillion are playing Manchester on Friday night and then there's a Doctor Who Fan Olympiad in the same city. What could go wrong?

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