July 30th, 2003


malachan-style ten-parter

1. Can't put it any better than the very funny syndicated groovymother does:
Well, this is just immature and childish, and should be ignored by any right-minded individual: What happens when you replace the word ‘wand’ with ‘wang’ in the first Harry Potter book.
I'm sure none of you are nearly immature nor childish enough to enjoy the likes of (actually from PoA)
Then he whirled his wang at the dementors. Shot silver stuff at them.
It's the new version of lines from Star Wars which can be improved by substitution of the word "pants", about which I have a story I'll share some day.

Dr and Mrs Collier are delighted to announce the birth of their son Toby Michael Collier, 3.491kg (7lb 11oz) at 11:48pm on 29 July, 2003.
Or, to put it another way, congratulations to bopeepsheep and imc for producing smallclanger. *glows with contentment at what is both a happy ending and a joyous beginning*

3. I have been scratching myself far more than usual recently, mostly on the sides and back of my legs and knees. (Not a euphemism.) Does this have any particular significance, other than that I have nice (relatively) long fingernails at the moment?

4. Middlesbrough Gamers Club attendance seems to have stabilised at about 65 over the last four weeks, which is slightly down on earlier in the year, but this figure is possibly slightly depressed by summer holidays. Two weeks ago, while I was seeing 2ndavemusic in NYC, there was apparently a meeting where apparently there was such poor behaviour from several club members that the committee apparently imploded. Rather glad I missed it, in some ways.

5. The selectors have released the details of the UK team for the World Puzzle Championship; there were seven candidates for the team of four and I have been placed as first reserve. No qualms with the selection of the first three (including ericklendl), but the placements 4 to 7 seem to be in the reverse order to me - that is, I would have put our third reserve as fourth team member, with the second reserve as first reserve (and vice versa in both cases). I'm not upset to be missing from this year's team; as I saw it, there were five stronger candidates than me. Good luck to the guys and I look forward to following your progress. However, puzzle fans, I have been forwarded details of another Collapse )

6. More people than I expected picked up on mention of "Wanted" in the last post. Excluding the Usual Suspects (Messrs. Weaver, Bother, Strellis, Lendl and Holic7, not to forget my favourite off-LJ Liverpudlian) is there anyone for whom the mention of "Scavengers" rings unprompted bells?

7. A few interesting news stories from the BBC; tomorrow (modulo several provisos) a skydiver plans to leap from a plane over Dover, glide over the English Channel and land in France. He's missing a trick; I'd PayPal $5 to be able to follow his progress live, first-person perspective, from a camera he wore. This strikes me as being one of the most spectacular stunts yet - and probably a relatively safe one. Stunts good, snuff bad.

8. The BBC report that Grimsby Town pay a record transfer fee of -£2,150 for their latest signing. Mixed views about this; it's an imaginitive initiative of the type of which I generally approve, but things like this and the Doncaster Rovers owner playing himself offend me aesthetically in that they mess up the "youngest" and "oldest" statistics for no good reason. I suspect (hope) there may be FA age regulations stopping the kid from playing, anyhow.

9. The BBC also reported the Pentagon's terrorist attacks trading market plans, only to later edit the same page and replace the "has proposed plans" with "has abandoned plans". I am not impressed. I took it as fundamental that when BBC News put something online, it would be edited for journalistic errors only, rather than for matters of content. This smacks of a very mild form of retroactive history - "we have always been friends with Asia" and all that. Anyway, I found the trading market concept intriguing, though I wouldn't say I had thought about it fully enough to decide whether I thought it "good" or not. It certainly put me in mind of a step towards the ultra-libertarian Assassination Politics which did the rounds a few years back.

10. So many more Nimbus-related things to talk about, but not today; it really seems to have given me my zest for writing back, which is happy, albeit inconvenient. Instead I will close with news of the convention I didn't go to because I was at Nimbus instead. I had attended Manorcon every summer from 1995 to 2002; happily, the 2003 occasion is reputed to have been about as good as the others. (I am particularly pleased to note that after I ran a Quest-like hunt there in '01 and '02, the '02 winning team carried on the tradition for '03. Apparently it was "a bit obscure this year", which too carries on the tradition.) Poker fans might enjoy Collapse )
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