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Manly man - The Paranoid Android
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Time has got away from me and I find I haven't updated for too long... yet again. Here are the highlights from the last few weeks.

On Saturday 25th July I went to see Gary Numan at the Shepherds Bush Empire. He was fantastic! I have to admit to not keeping up with his releases - so there were a few songs I'd never heard before - but they were all good and well performed. This meant hitting iTunes when I got in and downloaded the last two albums. Highlight of the gig was the crowd singing the synth melody from the chorus of "Are Friends Electric?"

Strange(st) moment in the gig: Everyone (and I mean everyone) was dressed head to toe in black, and most had quite pale complexions. The lights went down and there was a sea of floating heads. The blackness beneath them was total - and it stared back into me. This amused me greatly.


Dora and I met up for a game of pool... but were thwarted by the Elbow Room being closed for renovations. We settled for a couple drinks and a chat where she told me about going to Bestival this year. Highlights of which include a headline for Elbow and Kraftwerk. I said I would look into getting tickets. Several nights later I find seatwave.com - a fan to fan ticket website. I spot a ticket for the weekend for £200 which is just £60 over face value. I do some "android maths" in my head. I'd pay at least £40 to see Kraftwerk and Elbow. I'd pay to see Lilly Allen, La Roux, MGMT, Fleet Foxes, Doves and Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip (say £20 each). Which comes out at £200 already. I'd also like to see Florence and the Machine and Little Boots although I'm not sure I'd actually pay for the privilege...

Full line up can be found here.

Unfortunately £200 doesn't quite cover it. I don't have a tent, and my sleeping bag isn't really designed for outdoor use. I pay a visit to Blacks where I get myself a tent, a sleeping bag, and a sleeping mat. I paid a visit to a bricks and mortar store because I wanted to see how heavy this stuff was going to be before I bought it. I'm glad I did as a couple of the items I had picked out on the web site were either bulky or heavy or indeed both!

The following weekend I practiced putting my new tent up and taking it down in my parents garden (mine is covered in concrete!) I just wanted to make sure I didn't make a complete arse of myself in front of a field full of strangers. I can put it up in under 30 minutes... and take it down in about 15. I will practice some more (not because I want to get faster, just so I don't make the same mistakes I made the first time I tried to put it up!) There may well be photos. I bet you can't wait.

Edit 2: Dora and I did manage to get to Elbow Rooms last Tuesday. It was quite insanely busy for a Tuesday night and very hot and sticky. We made good use of the waiting time and ordered some food. Our table became available and we had almost finished our food. We managed to keep the table for a couple hours where there was some spectacular pool moments. (I'll leave it up to you, dear reader, to wonder if they were spectacularly good or not!) Even the rude horde of people on the next table blocking the fan and generally getting in the way could not dent the awesomeness of a good night at the pool hall.


The Great British Bear Festival was last week. A few of us went from work on Thursday. We introduced Thane to real British beer - he introduced us to biltong. I think that's a fair cultural exchange!

When I got home I gave Misty a call. We chatted until I started drifting off to sleep.

Friday I managed to get out of bed before mid-day! Dad arrived about 10:30 ish and we did some gardening while we waited for a van load of wood to arrive.

I am... that is Dad and I am making some cabinets, shelves, cupboards and a computer desk. Dad is also making a new back gate as the current one has rotted itself to pieces. The wood was due to arrive "after lunch" ... but ended up arriving "into the evening." I understand that any time after 12:00 could be considered "after lunch"... but it is a little misleading to say that when you mean any time in the second half of the day.

We stashed the wood in my garage. Somehow having £400 worth of wood in my garage made me feel more manly than when it wasn't there. This was nothing to the feeling on Sunday when I got to use my router for the first time. I was covered in sawdust but it felt great. I have started looking around the house for other things that "need" a nice bevelled edge. I am sure I will get bored of it... eventually!

Over my long weekend Dad and I managed to cut all the pieces for the TV cabinet, and we cut and installed my new computer desk. It still needs to be stained, but I am quite pleased with how it turned out. There are pictures which will be appearing in webspace near here soon™
edit: First pics are here.

Late Sunday afternoon after another fabulous dinner Mum, Dad and I watched another couple DVD's of The West Wing. If it is only half accurate I still wonder how the hell anyone gets anything done in politics.

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seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: August 10th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a wonderful post. Actually, it is probably 6-7 wonderful posts.

I'm also jealous that you have the ability to sleep in. I've completely lost it.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 10th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really should update more regularly - so I don't end up spamming the friends pages with essays!

I have a rather complicated relationship with sleep. I can go days (two or three that is) when I can't sleep at all... then at other times I have no trouble sleeping for 12 hours straight... waking up for a pee then going back to bed for another couple hours. I don't understand it - but I take the rough with the smooth. :)
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: August 10th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is starting to sound like a short ad for a rent-boy.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 10th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I'm looking for a rent boy" kinda thing, or "I'm a rent boy looking for work" kinda thing?

I can kinda see it from both angles! :)
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: August 11th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
This rent boy ad swings both ways.
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: August 11th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty sure a random stranger introduced us to biltong at a previous beer festival. I remember eating it at least, and I can't imagine trying it sober.

And I love the desk pictures. It looks great, and it made me laugh because you can clearly see where I got bored of moving furniture & just started painting around it. ;D

Edited at 2009-08-11 05:52 am (UTC)
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 11th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I must have been just that bit drunker than you so I don't remember - or just that bit soberer than you so I didn't try it!

I very diplomatically said to Dad that "we" had given up painting behind the furniture... but if you want the credit you are more than welcome to it! ;)

I did find the pots of paint in the garage... but I haven't had the heart to open them yet so I don't know if they are solid or not.
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: August 11th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you weren't home & I couldn't shift it on my own, so I just said "screw it, no one will ever see back there." ;)

You ate the biltong and you LIKED it!
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 11th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Then it was definately the former... I was just that bit drunker than you!

I must admit it does have a good taste. It's just a little disconcerting that it takes so much time to chew!
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: August 12th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, it's been bugging me all day about that cupboard. I couldn't believe I was such a lazy cow that I wouldn't move one little cupboard. But it had the big aquarium on it back then. I feel much better now.

Well, I guess that's one good thing about biltong then. The good taste lasts, and lasts, and lasts...It's like a meat-flavoured Everlasting Gobstopper.

(Gross.)
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 12th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even the cupboard on its own was a bastard to move... Dad and I emptied it before we moved it this time... so you shouldn't have been so hard on yourself! ;)
wan1 From: wan1 Date: August 11th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Biltong......


.....translates from the Dutch as rump (bil) and tongue (tong.)

Did you eat this stuff? Having Wikied it, I do hope not. It looks like....I'm not sure what. I have a strong stomach, but wouldn't go within a country mile of that...... stuff!!!
LYL's x
PS Love the pics. Who's a clever boyyo then? x
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 11th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Biltong......

I did eat this stuff. It's like beef flavoured chewing gum.

You can't judge a book by the cover... have you not seen some of the stuff Ray Mears eats? You've got to experiment a little! ;)
wan1 From: wan1 Date: August 12th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Biltong......

I have seen the "stuff" Mr ears eats. And yes,I still stand by "I wouldn't go within a country mile of it".
Brave about food? Yes! Foolhardy? No!!

Loadsa love xx

Ps How drunk were you when you were so brave then? Riiight!
nuala From: nuala Date: August 11th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Biltong......

*giggle* Arse tongue. Such a delectable ring to it! :D

(Ok ok, it's a strip of rump meat, but still! Arse tongue!)
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 11th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Biltong......

Trust you to think of that!
nuala From: nuala Date: August 11th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Biltong......

*snigger* I had a Beavis and Butthead moment. :D
nuala From: nuala Date: August 11th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's cute you've been practicing with your tent. Mine's still at the flat, and I've not set it up in years and years.

You failed to mention that 2(?) weeks later, we actually did manage to find the Elbow Room open for business. They've got great pool tables, but shite taste in music. :P

PS Nice desk!
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 11th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't want to look like a complete n00b putting in up in front of a field full of festival goers! Practice makes perfect. :)

I did completely failed to mention we did manage to go. I shall write right that wrong now!
nuala From: nuala Date: August 11th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you don't have to, I was only teasing! But yeah, that's like well over a month's worth of activities!

Mine would read something like: Went out for drinks with x. Went to play pool with x but failed, had drinks anyway. Saw double feature with x. Went for drinks with x. Went for drinks with x. Saw Hampton Ct palace with filthy foreigners. Had drinks. Had drinks. Had drinks at poetry. Had drinks. Had drinks. Had drinks. My schedule lately consists of drinking! And somehow I completely failed to make it to the beer festival for a second year running! :(
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: August 12th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Drinks is good! :)

There's always next year for the festival. I'm sure I can be convinced to join you if you need someone to come along... :)

Edited at 2009-08-12 01:27 pm (UTC)
nuala From: nuala Date: August 12th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That wasn't the problem! I just ran out of time! I was doing film stuff on the Thursday, which is when you (? I think?) and Andrew and a bunch of our mutual friends were all in attendance! I was gutted to have missed it. But to be fair, I would have been miserable. I was covered in mozzy bites and itchy and swollen and horrible. I had to go to the pharmacy to get some antihistamines it was so bad. :(
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