m31andy: (Default)
Without further comment because it's almost 2am and I've been trying to find this version on Youtube for several weeks, here's the Monte Vista Christian School Choir with:

A Merry Christmas indeed. With love to you all, because you are all fabulous.
m31andy: (Default)
A cold is apparently a brilliant excuse for getting stuff done that you haven't had time to do already. In other words, I've finished delicious-tagging the Professionals [livejournal.com profile] crack_van entries. They are here.

What you can do, oh wonderful friendslist, is drop me a line if any of them are missing tags, are mis-tagged or if you've got any fantastic ideas for other tags, if and when you use the list. When I'm happy they're pretty well set up, I'll mention them on the [livejournal.com profile] teaandswissroll comm. (Let me know if there's a n other comm I should mention the resource in.)

I'll continue adding new entries to the list when new stories are recced (I tend to keep a close eye on the [livejournal.com profile] crack_van comm) and if/when I get bored/move out of the fandom/die/finally get sectioned under section five of the mental health act 1983, I'll make sure I pass it on so it's a continuing resource for all you good folk who rec.

Professionals Crack Van Delicious Tags

With many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mikes_grrl for giving me the idea in the first place.

*and collapse*
m31andy: (Big Bang 2010)
Because I have a stinking cold and am tired and crabby. Be nice to me...

the that's my favourite! meme

In other news, my fabulous beta has turned around my big bang fic in less than twenty-four hours. Some stuff to do, but I'm feeling a lot more confident about it now! Still need to write the epilogue though...

I'm still delicious tagging the [livejournal.com profile] crack_van Pros Recs (No, I've not forgotten about them!) 156 down, 50 to go. *sigh* I should get them done before it's my turn to drive the LoM Cortina next month. I hope.

C is being a complete stalwart and bringing me tea, even though she's not feeling too good either. I love you, honey.
m31andy: (Pub!)
Great British Beer Festival Tasting Notes - 2009

Previous Years are here: 2000/2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.

Okay, I've been shockingly bad this year with getting the notes out – it's taken 51 weeks. So, belated thanks to last year's co-conspirators: [livejournal.com profile] clanwilliam, [livejournal.com profile] gmh, [livejournal.com profile] hano, Rob, Ed and David. Oh and the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] cuvalwen, without which any beer festival would not be complete.

But without further ado to the stars of the show, the beers.

The Beers )

Well, it's one week to go until the 2010 festival! Place your bets now on how quickly I'll get that write-up done!!!


Jun. 24th, 2010 05:36 pm
m31andy: (Doyle - Leaning)
Research question - can anyone help?

It's London, 1982, and you want to leave, say, a small amount of cash, an A4 envelope/file full of 'state secrets' and a passport in a location which is accessable at all times, is not too difficult to get into, but is safe enough. Ideally security would be of the "if you have the key you can open it" as I require a third party to be able to access it (with the key, of course) It also needs to be fairly long term.

What would you use?

I suspect lockers at stations (esp. Waterloo and Victoria) would've been in the process of being removed at this time, and even if they were still available, you couldn't get away with having a key to one for three years, could you? They were strictly short term only.

PO Boxes aren't, apparently, actual boxes, unlike in the States and elsewhere. (Which is annoying because they are rather cool, actually!) Has that always been the case?

Bank safety deposit boxes, at least now, are too difficult to get into, require too much ID.

Gym/swimming lockers, I suppose aren't accessable 24 hours? Tempted to use a bathhouse (*g*) but also suspect that you'd definitely not get away with long-term use of the locker and/or the proprietor turning a blind eye to you using it, wouldn't be so impressed when other 'gents' start using it as well.


Oh, and ta muchly!

Oh, oh - and if you can't guess what this is for, I'd be very, very surprised!
m31andy: (Doyle - Neikirk)
Oh help me, oh wonderful friendslist, I'm in a bit of a bind.

If a person were to be badly injured in the commission of a crime (say, for instance, joyriding in a stolen car...), would there be a police presence when the next of kin presents him/herself at the hospital? Obviously the injured party would be arrested if/when (s)he is in a fit state to be so. But in the meantime? How much of the nature of the crime would be related to the next of kin, if the joyrider was over the age of majority? Would this differ if the next of kin is not a blood relation?

Have things changed in the last twenty years? The incident I wish to write about is set in London in the early 1980s.

Thoughts? Facts? Ideas? Flames?


And yes, to those of you who think you know what I'm talking about. It's that fic.
m31andy: (Precipitate)
A few terrible (maths) jokes. Just for [livejournal.com profile] gritsinmisery. Yes, you can beat her up for encouraging me.

Unfortunately, no pun in ten did )

Just don't ask me to start writing down the old shaggy dog stories. I think someone might shoot me.

ETA: to fix the minor inaccuracies in the jokes. My friendslist is a haven for pedants, obviously. *grin*
m31andy: (Cartoon Andy)
So the snowdrops have been around for over three weeks and the purple croci are just starting to bloom. Another week and I must get down to Kew to see the crocus carpet. It's a beautiful sight and only really eclipsed by their bluebell carpet a couple of months later. If I remember, I'll take a camera with me to get some piccies down.

As for you lot, you're all sacked. Well, the ones that know of my slight obsession with plants, that is. I've been bemoaning the lack of books on the purely folkloric magickal uses of plants for several years now. Sure, Roy Vickery and Margaret Baker have had a bish, but neither book is comprehensive in the slightest. So I've been using Grieves, plus a couple of magickal plant books (Garden of Hades and Herbcraft) to plug any gap and have been threatening to write my own. Seems that I've been preceeded by over a hundred years... Why didn't anyone *tell* me about The Folk-Lore of Plants by TH Thistelton-Dyer???

Ah well, Amazon, as ever, doth provide. Let's see what's left to write about, once I've looked.

In related news, I'm still stuck as ever on the vexing question of the Saturn obsession of Culpeper and the curious incident of Jupiter and Henbane. And it's all Grieve's fault.

In which the blogger rambles incessantly about Henbane, Culpeper and the pesky business of astrology - I can tell it's not everyone's cup of tissane )
m31andy: (Knit-Kill)
Oh help me, wonderful knitting friends, I'm trying to find a pattern.

I bought, back in September, a skein of laceweight cashmere, made by The Knitting Goddess from the wonderful Darlington yarn stall A Fine Yarn. Talking to the lovely proprietoress of the stall, she recommended a small Ishbel shawl, but also mentioned that there's a similiar lace shawl pattern out there, that's free. It takes the same amount of yarn, approx 350 metres. Does anyone know what that similiar shawl pattern might be?



Jan. 1st, 2010 12:36 am
m31andy: (Default)
We're sitting round a roaring bonfire in the snow. Or it could be nuclear fall-out... either way, Happy New Year to you all!!!

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m31andy: (Meery Christmas)
To say Merry Christmas to everyone on my friendslist, Guv, Gladys, Sunshine and Angelfish wanted to do something really special.

(Well, actually, [livejournal.com profile] cuvalwen decided to dress the poor dears up. Angelfish is still upset he had to play the girl!)

Click for the Christmas Card )

So there is it is - Merry non-Denominational Holiday of Your Choice. May it and the coming year be filled with fun, laughter, hope and happiness.
m31andy: (sparkly!Doyle)
Oh, help me, my friendslist. I've got a fic due on Boxing Day for the [livejournal.com profile] discoveredinalj annual Christmas Challenge and I'm vacillating on what to write. Which means, of course, the deadline is looming closer with nary a letter written. So, please. Help me decide what to put out there.

[Poll #1501762]

You're all wonderful!
m31andy: (New Scientist)
Busy, busy, busy, so here's some New Scientist content to keep you happy. (Must get back to finding their dodgier headlines. These are almost sensible!)

Terry Pratchett: Fighting to keep the fantasy alive
The prolific author discusses tinkering with science, his battle with Alzheimer's, and the odds of escaping from a crab bucket

Ten inventions that changed the world
To mark its centenary, in June the Science Museum in London had its curators select the 10 objects in its collection that had made the biggest mark on history. These then went to a public vote to find the most important invention of past centuries. Results in pictures, just follow the link.
In (very slightly) related news (in other words if you get why they're related, you're doing well!), I've been listening to Flanders and Swann a lot at the moment. They are very good. I know a lot of my friendslist hold a soft spot for them as well, so I ask you all - can anyone recommend me artists in the same vein as F&S (and Tom Lehrer, of course). Weird Al, unfortunately, doesn't qualify.

(Fic is only about 100 words from being finished. Need to get this month's finance report mocked up and the cash management numbers finished before I can finally look at it. *phew*)
m31andy: (Cartoon Andy)
Having read through the Pros fic of doom yet again, I'm struck that I need more than one beta reader. [livejournal.com profile] cuvalwen has already done a sterling job on ideas for me, and she can easily do the "in-character" and grammar bits of the beta's job. BUT, she knows the entire story and, I think, I need a fresh view of whether everything is neatly explained and fits.

So, my begging question to you all is: is anyone willing to read through the pros fic of doom (all 31,000 angsty words of it) and tell me what is confusing or whether there are unanswered questions. Is it unbelievable, reliant on too many coincidences? Are there not enough hooks to suspend one's belief off, in other words???

Pretty please?

Alternatively, is there anywhere on teh intarwebs, where I can ask this question of Pros fen who are happy to respond to beta requests?

Thank you all so much!
m31andy: (Cartoon Andy)
I'm a bad fiancée. After spending a few months talking about doing something to [livejournal.com profile] cuvalwen's incredibly old computer (and not doing anything about it), I finally got round to transferring a lot of files off it (no room on the 20Gb hard drive) and defragging it. This should've made the thing a little faster at least, except there was no virus software on the computer beforehand and so I loaded up Avast.

Suffice to say the computer is now running *slower* and I'm definitely not flavour of the month.

[Yes, I did know this was an issue with Avast beforehand - and AVG, for that matter, but it was that or let the two trojans we found carry on, unabated...]

So, my wonderful *techie* friendslist, please to be helping. I'm in dire need of decent (preferably free, but not necessarily) virus software which doesn't make the machine run like molasses on a cold day. Is there such a thing?

Also - any tips or encouragement to get the damn thing running a little faster / better would be incredibly wonderful as well.

(To let you know what I'm dealing with, the vital statistics are: AMD processor, 600MHz, 386Mb RAM, 20Gb hard drive, Windows XP Home, Service Pack 3. Slower than a turtle on dope.)

You are all utterly wonderful!
m31andy: (crop!master)
So the landlady is in hospital with blood clots in her lungs. Serious? Yes. Deadly? Potentially. She's still hoping to make it back home within the next couple of days, though. Eternal optimism, eh?

I'm awfully hungover today as [livejournal.com profile] not_here is in town. There was a huge get-together last night which was fun. And there's more tonight. Not so much beer, I hope!

So instead, to cheer me up, I've that meme that's going round.

Give me a fandom you think I may be familiar with, and I'll give you:

• Runner-up pairing
• Honorable mention(s) pairing
• Crack pairing(s)
• Ship everyone else seems to like, but I don't

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