April 21st, 2003

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Follow-through

1) I've heard from just about all the usual suspects with regard to that rather good quiz. (I'd be particularly curious to know how stratospherically j4, daweaver and verlaine scored, though.) Y'all are a bunch of burly brainiacs, y'hear? Looks like I might well struggle to make either the first team, the reserves or even the beer team taken from my Friends list alone. Nevertheless, I am minded to collar some of you should I ever be in the same town at the same time as both you and a BuzzerQuiz - and at least my theory that my 41 would not pass muster among the community survives.

2) After the slugfest the day before, Nigel Short did manage to struggle to a draw on the last day in Budapest to win the title on his own. His opponent (underperforming cellar-dweller Zoltan Almasi) offered a handshake after a whopping nine moves. Nice. Niiiiice. Short wins the tournament on +4, Polgar +2, Leko +1, rest nowhere.

3) Happy birthday to kleio_caissa, who is the single most reliably effective source on all my Friends list of overloaded, gruesome, one-size-squicks-all schlock-horror fan fiction, despite fierce competition. Yet she looks so sweet and innocent! Compliments seldom come higher, or more back-handed...

4) I have perceived that I am rather more comfortable with being good-naturedly silly in my comments in other people's journals than I am in my own journal entries. Time to make amends, for silliness has its place (and the best icon) and is probably underrepresented here if anything.

I shall start by pointing out that j4 links to this year's Eurovision entries online and thence the BBC link to a singularly stupid game toy which is both all-singing and all-dancing, complete with pop-up Ken'n'Tel dispensing random scores. So just like the real thing, really. (Now beat my 8/10 on the easy quiz and 5/10 on the hard quiz. ericklendl, who'll be there live in Latvia, gets a -75 handicap.)
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Cold Turkey

Major Charles Ingram on WWTBAM? - oh, that was funny. :-)

Although I'm glad I've added a load more folk to my Friends list, a couple of interesting conversations recently have really made me think that I've got the balance of things really fairly far wrong in my life. Accordingly, I'm going to try to keep off LJ and other personal weblogs throughout Tuesday and Wednesday (measured BST) to see if I can actually get more useful things done this way. If it turns out that I end up substituting LJ procrastination time with other unproductive procrastination time then I'll declare this experiment a failure and think again, but I've had too many days where I've effectively got nothing or very little done other than LJ and something has to give.

I still think about you all, I still care about you all, I'm still going to be available by e-mail. I'm in a reasonable sort of mood, but just annoyed with myself for getting the balance so wrong to the point where I've missed a job ad deadline just through a couple of weeks of procrastination. That's bad - evidently, bad enough to make me take action. This is experiment #1 in time balance.

Back on Thursday. Nobody do anything interesting 'til then, please. :-)
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