Monthly Archives: December 2008

If it's not spring yet then I'm staying put

Christmas has been and gone, and left me with a redux of the cold I started the season with just over a week ago. That cold in turn was some weeks old, lying dormant in my lungs as I ceased … Continue reading

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"The only thing I depend on is my Colt 45"

“It’s funny how the Independent has policies that the general public don’t know about, but press officers all do.” “Like?” “Like how they never report anything about Greenpeace, and they’ll only report something about the Royal Family if it’s a … Continue reading

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Twas the green flashing status light before Christmas

It turns out to be trivially easy to “hack into” the Skyfi at one’s parents-in-law’s house (the password is printed on the underside of the router), but I do have to return to the merry throng presently and be sociable … Continue reading

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When the fluman brings the flu

I began a two-week holiday with a typically boisterous and exciting work Christmas do on Friday afternoon; by yesterday midday, my hangover was giving way to a tickly cough; today I have a full-blown cold. But oddly it hasn’t particularly … Continue reading

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Dorset Cereals and palm oil: timestamp

I forgot to keep a record of this. Dated 30 October: Hi, I’m a big fan of Dorset Cereals muesli, and we even have them available at work. However, I was reading the ingredients list on the “Sweet & Juicy: … Continue reading

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How reporting works during a chilly December

It’s clear that Simon Alford of the Times didn’t actually brave the cold for the whole event, or he would have known that Michael Meacher cancelled at the last minute and wouldn’t have inaccurately reported that Mr Meacher gave a … Continue reading

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My carbon audit for 2008

I track my main sources of carbon emissions using The Carbon Account. You put in your mileage—it works out your car’s efficiency from its make and model—and your meter readings—it works out your electricity’s greenness from your provider—and it does … Continue reading

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Music for the worried generation

I was at the London climate march this weekend. It happened alongsize some hundred other marches across the world, including one in Poznan before the UN conference. Not that you would know from much of the mainstream media—BBC 6 Music … Continue reading

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Wanted: PDF printing in Oxford

Ah. I need to be able to print two small PDFs, fairly soonish. They’d need to be duplex, and one of them needs to be printed two pages to a side. Anyone any thoughts on where to do this in … Continue reading

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Age shall not weary them, sadly

(Embargoed until our new letting contract went through.) A few weeks ago, K. received a phone call from our very apologetic letting agents. Our regular contact had recently negotiated a good rent increase with the landlady, and had generally treated … Continue reading

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