azekeil: (Default)
Fairly pricey all in all but there we go.
azekeil: (oooooooo!)
It's all a bit confusing really, isn't it?
azekeil: (Ulysses_31)
It's due to fire up tomorrow, but to be honest I'm not really worried about it. Why? Well, first off, they're not doing collision tests until October 21st, according to Wikipedia. Second, rays with far more energy have been bombarding the Earth since it was formed, and it's still here. Third, even if something DID happen - it's not like we're really going to know or have to deal with the aftermath, is it?
azekeil: (oooooooo!)
I appear to have bought - in all but deed - a car that I haven't seen or driven any version of, from someone I only know through reputation and chatting to twice. It's a Lexus LS400 with LPG conversion. I haven't even worked out exactly how or when I'm going to pick it up.

I think I'll just go and have a little lie-down now.

Self doubt

Mar. 5th, 2008 11:16 am
azekeil: (vague2)
So in actuality things are actually going really well for me. It is of course at this point that self-doubt creeps in and niggles away. Last night I was fairly unsettled by a number of small things (or not so small I suppose, depending on your perspective) to the point that I just wanted reassurance.

Today I have if not resolution then a plan of action for tackling some of the more immediate ones, but the others still remain )

Poker tonight; let's have some fun :)


Feb. 22nd, 2008 02:56 pm
azekeil: (hands!)
Taken a drink of something recently? I just realised I hold my elbow up level with my face now by default. Argh. ;)
azekeil: (Default)
So the answer (mostly verbatim) I gave my minion off the top of my head was that art is something that in my view is one big thing that separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Humans are the only species (as far as I am aware) that create art. It's to do with the sheer luxury of creating for creation's sake - something that explores the extravagance we can afford with our lifestyles that are above that of the other animals - it's not all or even mainly about survival for us.

It ties into ancient Greek philosophy. The ancient Greeks mused on the purpose of life, and their answer was that they wanted to leave their mark on the world, through stories of glory, through building monuments, through leaving a legacy in terms of buildings, technology, aesthetics, science, etcetera. Art is human kind's expression that we are unique. Art is one important (in my view possibly the most important) special difference and that through expressing it, we are closer to the core of what it is to be human.
azekeil: (Default)
I've been having an on-and-off discussion with one of my minions about art. Earlier this morning he asked me what art was for. I gave him an answer that makes sense to me, but I'd be very interested to hear what you lot would have told him..

EDIT: It might help if I gave some context. We were talking about these telephone sheep and this concrete-filled wardrobe.
azekeil: (at least my cat loves me)
I come home to find the cat has left me a present propped up against the wall and the litter tray.

The other day it was hiding in drawers he couldn't get out of.

Now he's playing in the plastic bags.

B*st*rd cat.


ION, werk do was a success. Bed now, no more sleepless nights, at least for a while :)

Kids today

Jan. 4th, 2008 12:37 pm
azekeil: (oooooooo!)
I just read that a teenager has released a dictionary for parents of other teenagers. Nothing amazing by itself, but I discovered that the teenage word for cool, is apparently 'book'. I was rather tickled to discover that the reason for this is that 'book' is the first suggestion by predictive text when typing 'cool' into a mobile phone.

God I hate mobile phones.
azekeil: (eyes down)
...don't try to catch a falling cheesegrater.
azekeil: (vague)
Um, yeah. Well just to remind you all that we're having a New Year's Eve party (Facebook Event).. come when you like, drink and be merry :)

I'm at work and hardly anyone else is. I've already run out of most of the stuff I do to entertain myself, and I'm not awake enough to do anything productive.. *sigh*
azekeil: (Default)
Starting with the most weird:
  • Getting mistaken for a fruit and veg seller while waiting for [ profile] hauntedunix outside Goodge Street station and handing a punter a blue plastic bag and being asked about mangos before I recovered enough to respond that I didn't work there (just as the stall owner appeared and said the same thing at the same time)
  • Setting off a smoke alarm briefly in my hotel room with post-dinner gassiness
  • Realising that the music being played at breakfast was the theme from the Lord of the Rings movies. Then they started playing the theme from Harry Potter...
  • Being in central London but finding myself in a really quiet part of it..
  • ..quiet enough to realise that the regular periodic rumbling I could hear in my hotel room was probably the underground, which struck me as bizarre
azekeil: (Default)
In an earlier post I mentioned the frustration of too much choice. It occurred to me that radio could be considered proof of this - sometimes (often?) people like not having to make decisions. It also means that you are exposed to things you might not normally experience. TV is the same - it may be old fashioned of me but I actually think that TV was better when there were just four channels. Having so much choice has in my opinion diluted the impact of an individual channel, and hence the quality has gone down. Additionally, attention spans have decreased as people 'channel surf' for their preferred viewing.

[ profile] kissycat1000 points out that having specific channels devoted to interest areas is a good way of exploring new material in an area that interests you - so that is one benefit of the greater choice now available.

What do you guys think? Do you welcome choice, or find it can paralyse you?
azekeil: (oooooooo!)
I feel like I'm struggling against the ocean - a futile task. More often I find myself wishing that I could just let go and wash up on the shore and finally get some release. But because I can see what's happening I keep fighting, rather than let go. I hope the tide turns soon...
azekeil: (oooooooo!)
I want to live in a world where I don't feel awkward about showing people affection for fear of it upsetting them
I want to live in a world where it's easy to do a good job and be appreciated for it
I want to live in a world where there are less choices
I want to live in a world where people fend for themselves rather than rely on specialists to solve problems
I want to live in a world where I feel less frustrated!
azekeil: (vague2)
After what I feel was quite a successful first LAN at our house (no network, computer, power or seating problems; we stopped playing near midnight on Sunday!) I find myself in a thoughtful mood. Possibly it's to do with lack of sleep ;)

At any rate, I find I have a few things that I've learned over the years which occasionally I find is relevant to mention to someone else. These things may not apply to anyone but me, but perhaps they may give others a different perspective:
  • Never say never. It is my belief that if you believe you know how you will feel in the future then you may as well end it now. To me, life is all about learning and new experiences - if you think you know how you'll feel in 5, 10, 20 or 40 years time then you have my deepest sympathy. Perhaps an example of this is 'turning out like your parents' - when you were teenage you really didn't believe you'd turn out like your parents or want to turn out like them, but more and more as you grow up you recognise things in yourself that you saw/see in your parents.
  • Having a good perspective is all important. This allows you to centre yourself with your ethics and beliefs and help ensure that you treat others well and recognise when others are not treating you well, amongst other things.
  • Moderation in all things, especially moderation itself. Sometimes it's nice (necessary even?) to indulge - after all, we're only human!
So, and the real point to this post, what things have you guys learnt that you wouldn't mind sharing? They may not be relevant to anyone other than yourself, so don't feel silly or shy about posting. I'd like to know, and I'm sure others would enjoy it too!
azekeil: (sleepy)
Good: Hellgate London is good enough that I may even *shock* buy it!
Bad: Can't play it now.
Good: I fixed the problem with not being able to VPN into work! Seems the latest kernel upgrade on frontier for FC5 comes with the right modules to load to get it working :)
Bad: I woke up at 5:49am today, unable to go back to sleep. Don't feel much like working now.
Good: The sofas arrived!
Bad: Getting the old ones out and the new ones in was a pig of a job. One of the recliners doesn't, and there's a blemish on a part of a sofa (barely noticable).
Good: The shop are sending someone to fix the problems.
Bad: Disposing of the packaging and old sofas.
Good: Get to see a good friend tonight :)
Bad: fix his computer.

Karma appears to be in balance :)

My answer..

Nov. 5th, 2007 03:59 pm
azekeil: (Default)
My answer to the question on my last post is under this cut )
azekeil: (nice fish)
I'm very aware 99% of my journal recently has been very... introspective, to say the least.

In an attempt to break that pattern, I'd like to ask you a question. What do you think the 'killer app' is for computers? I have an answer but I'd like to see what you think and why before I tell you what I think it is.

This post brought to you by the letters procrastination and the number work avoidance.

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