Monday, 30 June 2008

Books I Read in June

Total: 6 books.

The Dark River (John Twelve Hawks)
The Traveller (John Twelve Hawks)
Sourcery (Terry Pratchett)
The End of Mr. Y (Scarlett Thomas)
Sex God (Rob Bell)
Derik's Bane (MaryJanice Davidson)

Altough I was slightly gutted to find when I bought this that Waterstones had removed it from their 3 for 2 collection the day before, I'm glad I got round to buying and reading The Dark River (30/06). I enjoyed this book at least as much as I remember enjoing the previous one and will now have to wait another couple of years for the final book!

I reread The Traveller (29/06) before reading The Dark River as I last read it in 2005 just after it was released in paperback. I do like this book but I think it was slighly more fun to read the first time around.

Sourcery (24/06) was my Discworld for the month and is apparently among many peoples 'best' Discworld novels. I'm not so sure on that front, I enjoyed it and I do like Rincewind but it's possibly a bit early to judge favourites.

I've looked at the covers of a few of Scarlett Thomas's books before but never bought or read one - The End of Mr. Y (23/06) was a Waterstones offer of the week and is now the first :) This book is really clever, enjoyable and suprisingly easy to read. I almost didn't buy it because my quick skimming of the text made me think kids book but the content is actually quite adult. The End of Mr. Y is a book about a book - a book that no-one alive has ever read and is one of those clever original fantasies that makes you want to read more... Bookmooch search time I think! Despite everything I put this book onto Bookmooch as I have waay too many books to be keeping them really.

I borrowed Sex God from the library to read it despite the fact I do actually own a copy... somewhere.

Derik's Bane was an impulse library read- it looked short :) It's an easy to read book but I wasn't too sure about it. It was very unsubtly for a werewolf novel - I think I prefer my books of this nature to be more like Annette Curtis Klause's Blood & Chocolate.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

I do so like Lego

Well, I don't play with it really any more but one day I/my children might :)

Anyway, someone on LuBBs posted this link today and I thought I'd put it on here too: The Lego Secret Vault. I'm quite clearly too young to appreciate most of it but I'm sure I've seen some old stuff somewhere... maybe my Grandparents loft?

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Film in Four Words (Lars and the Real Girl)

Awkward, clumsy, moving, genius.

(Image from Wikimedia, more film info at IMDB)

I did enjoy this film.

Pretty pretty

Today's stumbling brings you... a pretty toy. Very clever.

EDIT - I have now fixed the link :)

Friday, 13 June 2008


Been looking into John 13 as something for my XF workshopness - a bit of Googling sent me to this collection of foot-related games. I think I might use the first one as it sort of tied into what I was planning anyway.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

More Scrapbooking Stuff on Ebay

I've added some more scrapbooking stuff to ebay - there's an album, a few sets of papers, scissors and some other random scrapbooking accessories.

Take a look at them here, maybe even throw in a bid?

On 'The Cuteness of Babies'

Are all babies cute? Are any of them cuter than others?

People have babies and everyone instantly declares them cute but I'm not entirely convinced. Very small babies look mostly the same, they look like very small babies. As soon as they start to get a bit bigger then they also seem to get slightly better looking and a scale of baby cuteness seems to come into play.

Big round smiley babies might well be cute, small not doing anything babies are just babies.

(Until I have one at least)

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Passed and Stuff

Passed both bits of my theory test today and then went to Toni & Guy and got the haircut I've been thinking about for a while :)

Bought some makeup to play with too but haven't done much with it yet.

Monday, 9 June 2008

Buy My Stuff on Ebay!

You know you want to :)

I'm currently selling a lovely 12"x12" scrapbooking album and two sets of papers. I'll possibly put other stuff up on Thursday as it's a 5p listing day.

View my items here.


I've somehow just gone over on my already sore toe. Now it hurts as much as it did when I did it the first time :(


Hazard Perception

My driving theory test is tomorrow and whilst I'm relatively happy with the questions the hazard perception is a bit more wobbly. No matter how hard I try though I can't seem to find many practice videos of use on the internet. This downloadable demo (exe file) has one good clip on it and I've done the one full set of 14 clips that BSM sell. It's just a bit irritating that there are so few clips when once you've done them once there's a lot less value in doing the same clips again. Ah well - hopefully it'll be enough :)

Sunday, 8 June 2008

An Excellent T-Shirt

If I sold geek clothing I'd sell t-shirt (and pyjamas) with the text:

while (1) {


while (1) sleep();

Or whatever your preferred language/syntax might be.

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Film in Four Words (Jumper)

Brief. Plotless. Nice effects.
(Image from Yahoo!, more film info at IMBD)

Friday, 6 June 2008

Film in Four Words (My Blueberry Nights)

Short. Colourful. About Stories.

(Image from IGN, more film info at IMDB)

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Mm... beautiful

I've put some nice shiny AJAXness into the new cinema site - here's the XML my PHP script returns:

<xmlresponse><playdate>There Will Be Blood(Cert. 12A)&lt;br /&gt;01 Jun 2008 7:30pm - Runtime 158 minutes<br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;House Manager:&lt;/b&gt; &amp;lt;&lt;i&gt;available&lt;/i&gt;&amp;;gt;.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Projectionist:&lt;/b&gt; Lancaster University Cinema.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Steward:&lt;/b&gt; &amp;lt;&lt;i&gt;available&lt;/i&gt;&amp;gt;, &amp;lt;&lt;i&gt;available&lt;/i&gt;&amp;gt;.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;b&gt;Trainee Projectionist:&lt;/b&gt; &amp;lt;&lt;i&gt;available&lt;/i&gt;&amp;gt;</playdate></xmlresponse>



And it all had to be escaped again to get it to show up here correctly :)


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