July 12th, 2006

Old Friend

London's Burning?

Does anyone in North London know if something has caught fire or exploded?

I've just had a friend from teh city ring me up and ask me to look out of my windows to see what direction a very large plume of smoke/cloud is coming from and I can now see what he means.

Also as he was ringing we've had a number of fire engines and other flashy-light/siren-wailing vehicles rushing up the road in it's general direction.

I haven't heard any explosions so I'm guessing it's just a frie but it looks like a fairly big one. From my house it's in the Finchely central/Hendon/Brent Cross direction (West South West from me).

EDIT: Here's the BBC News Report of the fire. Glad to know it wasn't anything really major...
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Lord Angus

Lost music...

One good thing about rearranging the room for my telly/dvd last week was that I can now access both sides of one of my CD twirly tower things (oh and the piles on my corner table). This has caused the discovery of many fine bands that I've not listened to in - er - a very long time.

I also will take this opportunity to curse internet shopping once again. It's way too easy to find yourself on Amazon and Play and then find thank you receipts in your intray...
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Filler Bunny

The I-Pod Shuffle Meme for Luddites...

I looked on with envy - and a mild dose of fear - a few weeks ago when people posted their I-Pod Shuffle Meme.

I wanted to shuffle my I-Pod and come up with loads of songs that made me cool, sad, or just plain weird. But alas I do not own an I-Pod and probably won't do so until it is out of date and replaced with a new bit of technology which will scare me further.

It is with this in mind - and the fact that I never like being left our of something that will make me sound cool, sad, or just plain weird, that I give you a new quizzy thing.

Look round your room and list the CD's on top of each pile of CDs cluttering the damn place up!

(Please note I'm going to cheat on my own meme and just list the ones to the right of me because I seem to have too much clutter on my left at present to get to the CDs over there...Oh, I'm also just doing the ones in piles, not on my racks - yes I should tidy my room and buy more storage space! :p)


The Warlocks  Surgery
Decoded Feedback - Biomechanic
Ladytron - Light & Magic
Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV Vol I
Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire
UNKLE - Never, Never, Land
Conjure One - Conjure One
Enigma - MCMXC a.D.
Courtney Love - American Sweetheart
NFD - Dead Pool Rising
Hocico - Wrack And Ruin
Japan - Tin Drum
Sons And Daughters - The Repulsion Box
Something Happens - The Best of
Curve - Come Clean
Cabaret Voltaire - Radiation/The BBC Recordings 84-86
Siigur Ros - Takk
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To Do....

Day Off... yeah right...

You know a few days ago when I said I had Wednesday off and didn't have any plans for  it which was great so I could just blitz a load of work that has been piling up at home?

Yeah? Remember me saying that?

Well, I have pretty much had most of the day at home apart from:

a) Going in and opening the shop because Mike was stuck in traffic coming down from Cambridge (he actually ended up walking in at 9.30 on the dot so I didn't really need to go in). As I was at the shop I then ended up staying their for an hour or so sorting a few things out.

b) I then had a business lunch with corone at The Dignity (where all good meetings are held :p) which was actually very good. Some of the ideas he's got for Game X are very good and I'm especially liking his ideas for Game XY (an offshot series from Game X) which allow me to resurrect an old game idea that I was beginning to worry would never now see the light of day. We're also going to announce acquisition of Game X at GenCon Indy as I'm hoping to have had real movement on the SLA front by then and avoid being lynched by the SLA fans who have been ever-so-patient so far.

So apart from working for most of the morning and then having a business lunch - I did kinda have a day off to catch up. Of course looking at my 'To Do' list it seems I've done pretty much bugger all but I'll just have to try and catch up with the rest on Friday night and Saturday afternoon post-Superman and pre-party.

Keyvan has also extended his holiday in Iran by a further week (well he did ask and as he was there already I said ok) which delays my plans to take a week off by an additional week...grrr... I really need a full week off asap so I can sort out a load of things and try and pull myself up to date.

Still, it looks like I might actually be doing some writing again :)

I'm also in the throws of possibly sorting out an assistant to help with some of the business side of affairs and general co-ordination.

Gee... I feel my little games company is actually becoming slightly bigger. Part time/commissioned-based staff and everything :)

Well, maybe in the next couple ofmonths anyway :p
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Old Friend

Interview Questions courtesy of aikendrum

Interview Questions courtesy of aikendrum 

 1: You seem a well connected person in the world. Have you met anyone ultra famous, if so who? If not, have you met anyone of cult fame/notoreity?

First off – living in London you are not going to help NOT meeting/seeing someone famous on a semi-regular basis.

It also depends on who you consider famous or ultra-famous I guess. As a teenager I used to chat to Robert Plant all the time as he brought 2000AD from the newsagent I worked in. He used to say hello of my mum all the time too (she was a bit hippyish although she’d probably deny it :p).

He’s probably the most globally famous person I can think of off the top of my head.  I’ve met quite a few musicians and actors/actresses but I generally don’t get starstruck or fan-boyish so half-the-time seem to ignore them. Several of them (plus a comedian or two) live locally and shop in the local Tesco’s!

Two ‘famous’ people have also tried to pull me in the past too. But they were both blokes and decidedly on the C-list or lower in Brit-Celeb status. I’ve not had a gorgeous young lady try to pull me yet which is a shame as I did meet Anna Friel once but then again she was going out with Darren Day at the time (spit). 

My family used to get Christmas Cards off Prince Philip and both my parents have also attended Buckingham Palace and met the Queen and assorted royals. But that’s another story and doesn’t involve me :p

2: Where were you born and what's the most profound life experience growing up that has affected you as a person or your personality?

I started life in Lowestoft in Suffolk but my parents moved to Barnet (London) just before I turned two so I’ve pretty much grown up as a Londoner.

As for my most profound life experience? I really don’t know. Probably moving to the States when I was 12 to live with my aunt and cousins and attend school over there. Whilst in the States I discovered my two main loves that have stayed with me ever since. Music and RPGs.

3: Have you ever done any extreme sports? Which one if any was the best?

No. I’m not really into extreme sports. I’ve never even ski’d!

I’d love to try my hand at motor racing, rallying or speedboat racing at somepoint though (although I should maybe get a valid drivers license before attempting them…)

 4: Recommend a band that a) you love and b) one of their songs  denotes/relates a major event in your life (you dont have to describe event)

 Radiohead – Creep (It’s a signature song for a certain period in time and even now if one of my best friends hears me playing it she’ll ask if I’m ok :p).

Right now I'd have to say Conjure One is a band that I love and several of their songs have strong meanings for me. If I had to pick a song from them it'd probably have to be Centre Of The Sun.

 5: Fav Game?

 Now that’s hard.

RPG = Call of Cthulhu or Amber (or Deadlands or…)
Boardgame = Civilization I reckon.
Computer Game = Championship Manager/Football Manager

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