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Selfish Idiots Drive Silver Cars

May 17, 2006
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It was weird to see them drive up one after the other.

I live near a primary school, and as a result a lot of parents come to drop off their kids.

On the occasions I can get myself out of the house to get on the bus on a morning, I notice the habits of the parents. They’re a bunch of selfish idiots- at least the ones who park on the main road are. One car after the other drove up. One even came over from the opposite lane and parked in the designated bus area– parking the wrong way to drive off.

The weird thing was though, that all these people drove silver cars.

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Helloooooooo there

April 22, 2006
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Just a quick hello to the people in the office.


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Diaries of the Possessed: the academy

April 20, 2006
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Human constitution is weak.

I heard about this city in the frozen north called “Neverwinter”- seems a lot of the populace has been dieing a lot quicker than their pathetic race is meant to. Seems one of their Paladins is calling all able-bodied “people” (and I use that term lightly considering some of the pathetic creatures that turned up) to help save the city from this disease called the “wailing death”.


those damn template experiments

September 18, 2005
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hCard microformat.

You know I swear that there’s either something wrong with the XSLT converter or the address book viewer. I’m going to be updating the hCard soon anyway. It’s just bloody annoying.

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I start Uni tomorrow

September 18, 2005
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SignpostMarv, soon to be BSc Multimedia Computing University Student.

I’m starting Uni tomorrow, as I’ve said. I’m still not panicking of course. Went to the meet-and-greet on Saturday with my girlfriend, we made a new friend- a Norwegian chick named Syn (well that’s her given name, I can just about pronounce her proper name, never mind spell it).

To anyone at the University of Sunderland, read the fresher’s issue of dnMagazine- the interview I did with Gavin Massingham is on page 33!! Yay for me. So now not only am I a published poet and musician, I’m also a published journalist.

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Follow Up: Job Centre Plus is annoying

September 18, 2005
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We found out what went wrong…. yeah right.

So apparently what happened was the system threw up a pre-payment check on my final JSA payments which is normally used to make sure everything goes through properly. Basically, if the system thinks there might be something wrong, the system tells the staff to check the details are correct.

So here’s my take on the situation. Obsolete computer system has a bug in it (I’ve never had a pre-payment check when signing off before, only when re-signing on). Staff don’t know what they’re doing – they obviously didn’t do anything about the pre-payment check for two days (they’ve also delayed payment because I was doing volunteer work, and made me fill in forms saying I was getting paid work with a wage of £0.00 an hour). Staff panics when they realise how their organisation’s screw up was (payments are sorted through at Stanley, I called Peterlee Job Centre). Helpfull intelligent staff fast track my second JSA payment as a giro to make up for the other office’s mistake (I don’t see the point in giro-cheques, they’re a waste of time- I normally get mine put straight in my bank account). Staff give me a Giro-cheque I can only cash at my local post office, causing me to withdraw the cash I was reserving for supplies for University which I now have to use for travelling expenses.

I hope I don’t have to sign on again in 4 years.

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September 18, 2005
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Weekly News Roundup 5: Another Experiment.

In an effort to aid proliferation of my blog throughout the blogosphere and general Net Metaverse at large, I’m experimenting with making each news point an individual post. This has the advantages of me not having to add extra code for people on suckier browsers cough cough to skip directly to the relevant post, and makes discussion on those topics easier (instead of having five or ten different conversations going on in one post).

It also means I can add things mid-week if I really need to. Or add sources after a week has gone over.

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Punks and Nerds Captain Planet parody.
Ebay to integrate Skype into auction service.
The Problems of Corporate Identity.
Reasons why you should start a blog.
Reasons why some web comic artists should get more attention.
The Revolution Is Here or At Least We Know What The Controller Looks Like Now.
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Weekly News Roundup 5: The Nintendo Revolution Controller

September 18, 2005
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The Revolution Is Here or At Least We Know What The Controller Looks Like Now.

Big news all over the place. Satoru Iwata revealed to the world at the TGS what this revolutionary piece of equipment looks like. And it’s nothing like what the rumour mill was spreading. At least in appearance anyway, plenty of the rumoured features are there.

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Weekly News Roundup 5: Applegeeks or Why Webcomic Artists Need To Get More Attention

September 18, 2005
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Reasons why some web comic artists should get more attention.

Applegeeks’ recent story arc has been pretty cool. This recent issue shows off the artistic talents of Hawk, and why I think that certain webcomics, including Applegeeks should be animated at some point. The issue I’m referring to in this post reminds me so much of the stuff on the Animatrix DVD.

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Weekly News Roundup 5: Questionable Content, or Why You Should Start A Blog

September 18, 2005
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Reasons why you should start a blog.

This is the third metaverse news postage I’ve made- it seems to be likely to turn into a regular feature. Recent issue of Questionable content by Jeph Jacques.

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Questionable Content (issue 448: Nslookup).
Questionable Content (issue 449: Curfew).
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Jeph Jacques.
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