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There are times, such as at new year's day, anniversaries and birthdays (or after momentous events) when people might look back over the previous year, and think about what has happened during that time. If they have medium or long term plans, they may consider whether they are on schedule, and if things are going according to said plans. I'm of the no-plan type, not knowing where I want to be in say 5 years time, only the vague notion of 'some where better'.

Well, when I look back, I see that I'm still where I am last year, and probably the year before that. Practically nothing new has changed much here, with most weeks and months about the same as the ones before.

Contemplation probably makes it sound more thoughtful than I really am at the moment. I wonder if I should look for another job. Been at the same place for a few years now, and the little things that are annoyances could eventually lead to resentment (and the dark side) and wanting to go someplace else and do something better.

Of course, thinking about something and actually doing something about it are two separate things. Lazy as I am, that's how I got here in the first place, by taking whatever temporary work came along at the time (within reason).

Let's see where I am next year.

Yum Cha

May. 20th, 2006 05:25 pm
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So we went out to yum cha (and have dim sum I guess), which we have not done for quite a while with family (a number of years I think). Went down to Chinatown, picked a restaurant (we don't know which ones are good) though sibling had thought a buffet style might be a good idea as well.
I think it would have been nice if you could have a friend to help with ordering food, to describe what things are so you have some sort of idea if you might like them or not. But as we didn't, we sort of went with things that we have had before and thought we liked, or things we knew the names of.
Afterwards, we just went and looked at the shops before going home with some cakes and stuff.
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One of the things about being the sort of person that doesn't go out much (I'm the stay at homey type) is that I can sometimes miss out on happenings that I might have been interested in. Take for example the other week, when there was a visit by The Sultan's Elephant. I only found out about after the weekend, when it was all over, as people started mentioning it. That is to be expected (missing things) as I don't catch them mentioned on tv, or read the entertainment guides as what's happening out in London (although someone did think that Sultan's Elephant wasn't very well publicized).

This weekend, I decided to visit some place I had not been before in London (and there are plenty of those places), went to Covent Garden to have a look see. What is unusual I guess is that it's only a short walk or one tube stop (London Underground station) away from Leicester Square, which is one place I go to often-ish (has cinemas there and London's Chinatown). Need to go and visit there again when I get the chance, has nice things. Street performers, lots of stores and stalls of interesting stuff.

As I had said to a friend, that although I'm living in a city like London with lots of stuff to see and visit, it's a shame that I don't actually go visit and see some of these things and places. It's not quite like a 'familiarity breeds contempt' type thing, just that sometimes don't have time or energy to go explore places (go off the beaten track etc.) and see what's out there (and do touristy type things).
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So now we have digital cable television. We had cable tv, but lately it has been on the fritz, so had to call the provider about it. They said that they would send someone round to fix it, so it was decided that they could come and upgrade to the digital service while they were at it. We were offered digital before, but didn't want the bother of someone visiting to set it up (we were okay as with what we had, and tend not to want visitors seeing our messy place).

Any how, having lots of extra channels (going from tens to over one hundred, possibly two hundred) can consume a lot of time. There is the usual trying to check the channels that are usually watched, as well as changing channels to find something interesting to watch (as though having a short attention span, hopping from one channel to the next).

Have to try to resist spending too much time in front of the telly (and stay in front of the computer instead).
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1. Leave me a comment expressing interest in being interviewed
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. (Subject to time and the possible running out of inspiration)
3. Then update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others ask to be interviewed, ask them five questions.

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Pub Chat

Apr. 16th, 2006 11:35 pm
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"Someone told me about the art of conversation, but I wasn't listening."

Nothing like a good conversation with friends.
Met up with userinfoVladimir again, [livejournal.com profile] cellardoor28 and [livejournal.com profile] snowking. Those two are a nice couple, and the first LJists that I have met (at least London ones, Vladimir is mostly on greatestjournal now, so not sure he counts :).

The weather was okay, so we went to a pub to chat. I can see why people like to go to pubs, and have a nice conversation in amiable company. Though public houses would not be my first choices, as I prefer a less smoky noisy atmosphere, but we sat outside so was fine.

Been a while since had a sit down and nice informal chat, was fun. They talked about lots of things, while I was my usual quiet self and let the others talk, because they are more interesting. So far, when people first meet me, I'm not very chatty, but can get talkative when I feel more comfortable. We spent a few hours watching the people go by and discussing this and that. As was remarked, the things people talk about help form a different image to the impression one gets from just reading their journal online.

Hope to see them again sometime.
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Short version : Met Vladimir. saw Wolves in the Walls, was good, liked it.

Long version :
userinfovladimirsever was in the UK for a short break, and was in London for a few days this Easter weekend.

Met up and went to a pub to chat, nice bloke. He managed to get some tickets to Wolves in the Walls play and there was a seat available. He asked if I wanted to go see it and I said okay.

Got there a little late (how late is fashionably late?), didn't miss too much of it.
Was my first time to a theatre. The show was good, fun, funny. The audience liked it, the children and adults grown ups alike laughing at the different parts. There was 3 bows at the end, because the audience kept on applauding.


Oh, and Dr. Who's back.
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It is strange hearing someone's voice for the first time, especially if you have never met them before and only communicated through text on the internet previously. Seeing their face in a userpic is one thing, but you can only hazard a guess to how they sound before you to hear them on the phone, and then decide if they sound like how you imagine their voice would be.
Kind of related to how I try to guess an actor from their voice in an animation, or when you cannot see who they are (V for Vendetta would be a recent example, though I already knew who it was). Trying to match the voice to a face can be tricky sometimes.

Unmissable

Apr. 4th, 2006 07:25 pm
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I don't want to sound like I'm unfeeling or unsentimental, but I don't seem to miss people much when they are not around. Perhaps it is because I don't mind being by myself, or that I have gotten used to not seeing family all the time every day. Starting with going to school and not seeing family until home again, up to working and being away from home for most of the day / week.

Another factor could be knowing that sometimes the people you used to know and see at school or work tend to leave (or you leave them) and not likely to see them much again after that. I have seen a few old schoolmates and occasionally spot someone from my past, but the majority of people I knew I have lost contact with.

With family, if someone goes on a trip or is away for a time, I don't seem to feel unduly worried (but still hope they remain safe). Similarly with internet friends, as long as I think they are okay, I don't have to worry that they haven't made much contact or updated their blog for a while (I just have to assume that they are busy, and 'no news is good news').

I don't want to think that 'familiarity breeds contempt' but maybe I just haven't found someone that I miss when they are not around.
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Hee, [livejournal.com profile] banned_wagon. :)
Just created it because someone said it was a good name. Apart from that, I don't have much of an idea why I should have a community if no one is going to feed and take care of it.
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It's been a fairly quiet couple of weeks here, mostly because my mum has gone on a well deserved holiday with friends. So that means there has been less nag telling us what to do, and means some tidying up before she gets back.
Yes, I actually did some hoovering yesterday. I know that doesn't sound much, but if you knew how lazy I am and that I hadn't done any in about a month, then it's quite an announcement. :)
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Hello, I'm here again. :) Not that there's any visible difference, but I am back in my familiar surroundings with the bookmarks in my usual browser (which I really should tidy up more). While it was nice using another computer, I didn't want to do stuff like save bookmarks or download stuff until I was back.

Turned out to be the power supply unit (some capacitor had burnt out or something), not too bad. But found out after buying and fitting a new motherboard first, so that was another necessary expense.

As long as I get my the internet, I'm happy. :)

Big spender

Mar. 9th, 2006 08:55 pm
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It seems that whenever I get the notion to try and save up a bit, things happen and I end up spending money. If it isn't something like utility bills, it's something else. I don't have a budget set, and forget when the quarterly bills come, so when they arrive they seem to have been waiting for me to get paid :) and I'm surprised as they came from nowhere.

Or as in this case, computer broke down and required some purchasing of bits to get it up and running again.
Other times it may be something of a tempting nature, such as the supermarket reducing the prices of some things that I might buy. One part of me will say "No, I won't buy any of them, even if they are reduced in price and I sometimes bought some before", while another part of brain says "but they're reduced, so if you buy them now you don't have to get them when the prices go back up again. it says while stocks last, and who knows how long they will?
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Hi, I missed you. I almost didn't post today. But then, not posting because I didn't have anything to write about and not posting due to no online access looks the same to whomever is looking. (I find it tricky trying to write off the top of my head.) It's strange that I want to post about not being able to post something.

What I'm trying to say is that the computer I normally use is not working. So I'm using someone else's computer, and it is like staying at some place new, with the furniture in different positions to what you are used to (hence trying to think up a subject title).

You really can miss things when they are gone or not available. No computer this morning meant no internet and no morning LJ fix, and couldn't get online 'til evening. Not sure what's wrong with computer, may be motherboard or memory, both will require ordering a replacement part.

Anyway, this is just to say that I might be more quiet than before, if that is possible, though due to intermittent internet access rather than me not saying anything.
It's getting late, otherwise I'd re write this a few times.

Ambigrams

Feb. 26th, 2006 09:40 am
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Hi, how are you all? I am ok; cold, tired, achey (or just "fine" as I usually say). I haven't had much happen to write about, but I thought I'd better say something before anyone starts wondering. Haven't been able to write anything, so have been playing around with whatever comes along that I can get ideas from.

Since Cleolinda mentioned ambigrams a while back, I have been trying to make some up. I'd ask if you would want to see my sketches (does that line work?) but they are just scribbles while I work out the letter shapes. So I made a few of them to show off you.

Ambigram n., - a word or words that can be read in more than one way or from more than a single vantage point, such as both right side up and upside down. (from Latin: ambi=both gram=letter) )
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The early mornings here, have now started to get lighter, which makes me happy. Going to work in the morning while it is dark out makes it feel like having a night shift, things look colder and lonely when it's not bright enough.
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Happy Valentine's Day to you all.

These are my Valentined icons, I left them 'til the last minute to make. :)

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Sightings

Feb. 11th, 2006 05:35 pm
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Things I saw today :
My empty wallet - had to pay some utility bills, so it's a regular sight. :)

An Elvis impersonator at the shopping mall. I think it was because it's the weekend before St. Valentine's Day.

Some flowers from [livejournal.com profile] yayheaven, a virtual gift from the LJ Gift shop. :) (You can see the [livejournal.com profile] news post about it here.)

28 days

Feb. 1st, 2006 09:05 pm
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So it's February, the runt of the litter. :) Now I went looking online to see why it has only 28 days when the others have more.
I did think that it may have been something by a committee, and that no one liked the month or something, and making it the shortest month would mean it would be over the quickest.
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On World of Warcraft, they do little versions of festivals and holidays like Halloween and Christmas. At the moment they are doing a Lunar festival, which I assume is based on the Chinese New Year.
China is a very big market for the internets, as Google can tell you.

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