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General purpose rules of engagement and intro post

December 31st, 2020 (10:00 pm)


  • If you've found my journal, hello! Pull up a virtual chair, put your feet up, have a cup of tea (or drink of your choice). You are very very welcome!

  • I was Friends-only for a while. I'm not any more, but quite a lot of my posts before about mid-2007 are still Friends-only. Generally speaking, unless I'm making posts that are really only for me (lists of things to do) or for specific friends ('phone number or "this is what I look like for when we meet up" posts), my posts tend to be public.

  • That said, I compensate for being rather shy and introverted IRL by being very eager to make new friends on line. If I've Friended you, it's unlikely to be entirely random - either we share a few interests, or some mutual LJ friends, or we know each other IRL, or I've noticed you commenting in a community or on an LJ friends' post and I think you seem interesting or worth knowing. Obviously, you don't have to Friend me back, but I'd certainly appreciate it. Who wouldn't?

  • If you decide to Friend me, please say "hi" by adding a comment to this post.

  • I can be a bit tactless myself, but I tend to start out from a position of trying to be nice and polite to everyone. If I inadvertantly manage to offend or upset you, please bear that in mind. Likewise, if you accidentally offend or upset me, I'll be more than ready to forgive and forget ('cos life's too short, frankly). But if you're deliberately unpleasant or rude or jerk me around...well, I might take exception to that.

  • There are a few things about me that you may consider it worth knowing before you decide to Friend me:

  • I'm married to a wonderful lady by the name of Sarah. We've been together since October 2004 and married in September 2009. Sarah can also be found here on LJ (her user name is huntingospray. Pop over and say "hi" to her - she doesn't bite.

  • We've recently (well, September 2010) moved into Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire. Still kind of finding our feet there, but we're happy there. We have some lovely neighbours.

  • I'm bisexual. That doesn't mean that I'm sexually promiscuous or anything like that - there are a few men that I think are rather attractive, and indeed a few women that I find rather attractive, but I'm entirely monogamous and utterly faithful to Sarah. If you have a problem with me being bisexual, Friending me may not be a terribly good idea.

  • I write and read slash fiction, both fanfic and original - again, if you have a problem with that, you may want to think twice about Friending me. Generally speaking, any fic I write (which is pretty infrequent, I've got to admit) is hidden underneath an LJ cut, so you don't have to read it if you don't want to. I try to tag my entries, but more of them are untagged than are tagged. That said, if you actually want to read my fiction, there is a tag for it, and also I tend to add it to my Memories. Also, I have a goal of wanting to write a novel.

  • Generally, I'm pretty pro-gay rights and pro-gay marriage, and all told a bit of a liberal. Indeed, I'm fairly left-leaning politically.

  • I'm also a Christian. Sarah and I have yet to properly settle at a church in Hemel, but we'll probably settle at the local Methodist church.

  • Anything else you need to know about me, you can probably get from my LJ User Info.

  • I'm not sure where my default Userpic came from. When I find out, I'll post a link.

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The Projection Room

September 23rd, 2014 (08:47 am)

So, last month I was at Whooverville, which is a wonderful, small-scale Doctor Who convention held every year in Derby - I've been wanting to go for a while now, but this is the first year I've managed to make it.

I had a lovely time - I always enjoy small-scale conventions over the big ones. Don't get me wrong, Eastercon and Nineworlds are good, but things like the big Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration at the Excel centre last year felt a bit claustrophobic for me, and although I regretted missing out on Loncon because of being unavoidably in hospital (something I've not mentioned hereabouts lately, although anyone who follows me on Facebook will know the score...), in hindsight I'm not sure I'd have coped with the sheer numbers of people. But Whooverville - like Blue Box, the Big Finish days, and the two Doctor Who and the Daleks conventions I went to in Liverpool back in 2004 (where I met the wonderful blazingskies for the first time) - just feel so wonderfully small and intimate. Some good and interesting guests, loads of opportunities to meet and chat with other fans, and (unless you really really want to) very little time spent in queues...

Anyway, that's a bit of a digression. When I was there, I saw a range of fan-produced videos, made by The Projection Room. They'd actually originally been released on VHS back in the 1990s, but have subsequently been put on DVD, in almost certainly copyright-infringing (*ahem*) sleeves that look astonishingly like the sleeves used for the classic Doctor Who DVD range. And they weren't desperately expensive, either (£2:00 or £3:00, IIRC). Haven't watched most of them yet, but they seem to be really interesting and boast some pretty good production values (like, they've built their own TARDIS console).

Sadly, one of the DVDs - Gene Genius had sold out, although at least one of the episodes thereof is available at Chris Hoyle's Youtube channel (Hoyle being the guy who played the Doctor in most of their productions).

Also, whilst pootling around on the Doctor Who Expanded Wiki (a site dedicated to Doctor Who fanon in all its many guises), I came across this special which features a bevy of Doctors from fan productions:



It was made in support of BBC's Children in Need (always a good cause), hence the name - Pudsai. :-)

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This is rather sweet.

September 23rd, 2014 (08:23 am)

Leonardo diCaprio and Kate Winslet paid the care home fees for Milvina Dean (the last survivor of the Titanic.

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One Hit Wonderland - part 3

September 23rd, 2014 (07:54 am)

Or, actually, part 2 (which was what was shown this morning). So, obviously they just showed a couple of episodes out of order.

Tomorrow, then, will hopefully be episode 4, the episode I'm missing at the moment.

Also, I'd forgotten how silly Tony Hawks can be. His video for "I'm the only living pixie" is truly bonkers. Marvellous, but bonkers.

ETA: And here, indeed, is a clip of the video:

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Ulp

September 22nd, 2014 (08:47 pm)

May have difficulty getting out of my head the image of Victoria Coren Mitchell crawling in her pants towards her bottle of whisky whispering "precious"...

^_^

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In other news...

September 22nd, 2014 (07:54 pm)

Re: One Hit Wonderland, the episode that was broadcast this afternoon - advertised on the EPG and the channel's website as episode 2 of 7 - was in fact episode 3.

Hmm.

There are still five episodes left to be broadcast - one every day this week (at both 6:00am and 3:30pm) and one next Monday (same times).

Whether they've just managed to inadvertently swap two episodes in broadcast order or not, I don't know. Really, it looks like my main concerns are episode 1 (which presumably went out last Friday, or possibly Thursday - my copy is only about 11 minutes of a 23-ish minute programme), episode 4 (which, as far as I can tell, I'm missing entirely), and episodes 6 & 7, both of which are truncated by a few minutes, but nowhere near as badly as episode 1.

So, one way or another I should be able to plug most of the gaps in my collection - and hopefully the fact that it's getting this repeat run bodes well for possible future runs... It'll just be interesting to see which episode they show tomorrow...

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Oh dear. :-(

September 22nd, 2014 (07:44 pm)

I appear to have an ill bunny of a Sarah right now. She started to feel a bit unwell last night - feverish, upset tummy, a bit sort of cold-y/flu-y. Reckons she might have got some sort of virus. Probably doesn't help that she went into work today despite feeling bad this morning. I have put my foot down with both hands and given her stern instructions (yeah, like that'll help..!) not to go into work tomorrow unless she's feeling better. Meanwhile, I've just made her a makeshift meal (bread & marge with some lemon & lime marmalade - man, I'd forgotten how lovely that stuff smells! - and also a chunk of cheese. Hopefully not to be eaten with the bread, marge, and L&L marmalade, but you never know...) and she's headed up to bed.

Hopefully she'll have a sound night's sleep and wake up feeling much better in the morning, but could I please ask all the folks out there who are in any way pray-y types to say a few words to your deity(ies) of choice, and if you're not pray-y types, to send v-hugs and good vibes down the interwebz. Thanks.

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Yay!!!

September 22nd, 2014 (02:37 pm)

I'm actually a bit excited right now.

Earlier today, I was transferring the contents of a few DVD-Rs to my external hard drive, on the sensible basis that It Saves A Lot Of Space. One of the things I was transferring was the old Tony Hawks programme One Hit Wonderland, based on his book of the same name. Sadly, my copy of it, originally recorded by my mum back on its first and possibly, so far, only airing on The Discovery Channel back in summer 2002, is in a hopeless state - missing one of the seven episodes, and the ones that I've got are mostly incomplete in varying degrees. So, as I often do whenever I think about the programme, I did a search online to see if by any chance someone with a complete copy of it might have decided to upload it to Youtube or some other less than licit location; or even better, if it's being released on a legitimate commercial DVD.

No joy there.

But I did find that, joy of joys, it's being repeated by this digisatcable channel. Sadly, I've missed the first episode, and am just an hour in time for the second (3:30pm...can't come soon enough...), but suffice it to say I've set the Sky+ Box to record what's left of the whole series...and will then be digitising the whole lot asap.

Am very definitely a rabbit of positive euphoria!!!

(And if, by any chance, anyone out there can supply me with a complete copy of the first episode, I'll be an even happier bunny!!!)

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Bleurgh

September 22nd, 2014 (05:23 am)

In theory, I've just woken up.

In practice, I'm not sure I got any sleep last night.

This could be a rough day...

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