February 24th, 2003


Same as usual, really - lots of little points then a great big one about strange games

Blimey, it's been a while!

1) Haven't been up to very much recently. I chased up Adecco and Manpower on Friday, but got no great joy from them. Thursday was rather a harder day than I was expecting it would be due to the LJ DDoS attack; I managed to get some minor tidying jobs done but little more. Seems I'm more reliant on LJ than I thought, which is worrying. Had a conversation with family regarding my lack of progress towards the traditional career lifepath, which wasn't fun. The recruitment agencies are at least a small step in the right direction, I suppose.

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5) Word of the day: sapiosexuality, per dmwcarol's interests list. An extremely intriguing concept, likely to be relatively highly resonant among the LiveJournal community. (Or, as I originally wrote before I decided to gussy it up, "I could go for a bit of that".)

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7) Funniest joke all week. Maybe it's funnier if you read the others first.

8) The name-dropping department would like to mention some e-mail received from Simon Singh the other day. Mr. Singh donated his first-edition Philosopher's Stone to a charity auction, where it raised thousands, so I dropped him a respectful thank-you. He modestly replied that the only reason he had it was that his agent used to work with one Christopher Little at the time. "What a smashing bloke", as they say on Banzai.

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News and adverts

News oddity: the BBC's one o' clock newsreader, Anna Ford, had her voice become croaky and intermittent while she was broadcasting today's news to the extent that they had to substitute her off and bring on super-sub Sophie Raworth in her place. Not as dramatic as it sounds, but certainly the first time I can recall seeing it happen. The funny thing is that if you're a completist and want to see it, you can still see the BBC's one o'clock news broadcast on their site until at least 6pm GMT, so for nearly three more hours as I type. Here's a direct link to the RealMedia stream.

Meant to link to this archive of British TV adverts with an amusing URL while I was talkng about shoes in point three yesterday. There is one particularly fantastic little TV advert (.wmv, 677 KB) which sets up and plays out a heroic "fantasy princess tries to return sunlight to the kingdom" scenario in fifty seconds. It is particularly notable for the way in which our protagonist massacres the vowel sounds in the line "Magic shoes?". One of the finest, most memorable adverts that Britain has ever had. (Oh, and "Diiiiiime baaaaaar? That bloke's a nutter!".)

News about Britain unveiling radical pro-renewable energy plans. Surely a good thing, but I can't help remembering one particular advert for British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. which traced the energy supply from the sun. It had a particularly strident orchestral line finishing in a brilliant ascending major arpeggio. (Or, if you prefer, I try to could whistle it.) Then there was that advert for the new Virgin Voyager trains late last year which also had really good music. So many of the best tunes are in adverts these days; ah, sweet advertainment!
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