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(Meme attack) [Sep. 16th, 2009|12:58 pm]
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This sounds fun:)

Give me the title of a story I’ve never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got submitted to magazines, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I’d been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.
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Carrying the Idiot Ball [Aug. 17th, 2009|04:46 pm]
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Cut for length



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(no subject) [Aug. 14th, 2009|07:28 pm]
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I notice the health care debate has become, well, a bit of a health care tornado, or healthnado.  For what it's worth, my two pennies:

-I don't get ill at the moment.  I have the immune system of some bizarre Ox/Bear hybrid and most illnesses bounce off me.  I go to regular checkups when called for, and act on the advice given.  I was slightly salt deficient when I went (Long walk, hot day, do the math).  I was told to act on it.  I did.

That's it. 

-About four years ago, my wife had a very serious asthma attack.  She hadn't been diagnosed up until that point, but when she went in, was diagnosed instantly, admitted for several days and given a regimen of treatment that continues to work to this day.  When she went in, she was ill.  When she came out, she was better.

That's it.

-The NHS is very, very far from perfect, especially after eighteen years of violation by two Tory governments.  It's broken in places, it's massively broken in others but the idea is still there:

Health care for everyone which, most of the time is free.

That's it.

And to be honest?  The only thing that offends me more than elements of the US media deciding that the NHS is EVIL is the outright statement that because it's something FOR EVERYONE we're all dirty stinking commies.

And the last time I checked?  I didn't have to stand in line for the same loaf of bread as everyone else.
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Twitter Fiction [Aug. 12th, 2009|08:58 pm]
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For such a thing exists!  Indeed it does!  And look, I've done some!  And I forgot a couple of them!  And like them!

Twitter fiction by me

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Phone Whingery [Aug. 12th, 2009|08:16 pm]
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Oh O2,

You know what I'd really like for my top up 'surprise'?  No, it's not something which I can use for more time than the 72 hours after I've topped up and you have to pretend you like my custom.  Good guess though.

Nope, it's actually being able to get text messages the same day they're sent.  Not the same hour.  Just the same day.

That would be awesome.
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The Three Meme [Jul. 25th, 2009|05:40 pm]
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It's the weekend, I've read 1.75 books today so...

Let's meme!Collapse )

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There are some things you can only do in the 21st Century [Jul. 20th, 2009|08:21 pm]
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I've just caught the back end of the Apollo 11 twitter feed, recreating the minute by minute events of the flight as it came up on the 1021 warning, on the warning that they were low on fuel, on the bad radar data and finally on three words:


Eagle lunar landing.

I have done this, whilst listening to 'Welcome to Lunar Industries' part of Clint Mansell's excellent soundtrack to Duncan Jones' equally excellent film, Moon.  Here it is:


Now, you can and justifiably so, piss and moan about the fact that we never followed up, that in the century after the Moon landings we've just barely got an expandable station into Earth orbit.  You could even point out that the much vaunted manned mission to Mars Bush put forward has not only only fallen off the radar now but was essentially the same mission his father advocated during his time in office.  You'd be well within your rights to, after all, we don't have personal spacecraft yet and that's a cause of serious irritation for my best friend.

But tonight, in 1969, two men are standing in a tent made out of tinfoil on top of a ridiculously spindly set of legs and an ascent engine.  Two men are preparing to walk on the surface of the moon.  Two men are changing history and the men that followed them continue to change it; Pete Conrad and his spinning propellor hat, Jim Lovell and his calm, compassionate determination, Alan Shepherd making it all the way from being America's first astronaut to playing golf on the moon on 14, Dave Scott and Al Worden proving Galileo right on 15, John Young and Charlie Duke on 16 launching the first subsatellite and finally Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, the only scientist to set foot on the moon on 17. 
   Then there are the Command Module pilots the astronauts that could look but not land; Michael Collins, Richard F. Gordon, Jack Swigert, Stuart Roosa, Al Worden, Ken Mattingley and Ron Evans.  Standing next to them are Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee, the cre who lost their lives in the Apollo 1 fire.  Next to them are men like Deke Slayton, Chris Kraft and Eugene Kranz who bulled the program into life and kept it moving.  Then there are the hundreds of thousands of engineers and technicians and scientists and workmen who hammered the future into existence, one idea, one rivet at a time. 
 
   These men and women are my heroes, and the future they built isn't dead, isn't gone.  It's still there, waiting for the moment we have the determination to reach it again and to go further, to move out into the solar system.  We've done it before, we can do it again.

So, tonight, for the first and only time on Livejournal, I offer a toast.  To the future that waits for us.  To Apollo.
  

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William Shatner! Henry Rollins! SINGING! [Jul. 18th, 2009|10:47 am]
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What more could you want or need?



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140 Characters of Total Free [Jul. 17th, 2009|02:51 pm]
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Here you go:


His trilby made a hole in the rain. His long coat made him a shadow.
His leadshot gloves made him a weapon. His city took care of the rest.
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Just whinging to myself, all behind a cut and everything, move along [Jul. 16th, 2009|10:46 pm]
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There are honestly very few things I hate more in the world right now than the 'Positive Thinking' advert for the Passat.


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