Well, today was interesting. I appear to have unintentionally ended up buying a car.

The descent into middle-classness continues apace, it appears.

She's a silver Nissan Note (360 view). And she needs a name. Any ideas?
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( Jan. 2nd, 2010 02:12 pm)
It's that time of year again, where I look back over my journal and try to figure out what I've been up to for the last 12 months.

Year in review )
My resolution for this year is to see friends more often.
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( Oct. 4th, 2009 07:22 pm)
I'm Brian, and so's my wife.
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Just about recovered from stag night. Finally.

Lots of silly fun was had, and everybody seemed to get on well despite the somewhat disparate groups of people involved. A success.



Am now collapsed at home. People are watching Legend around me. Not sure why. Thought at first I hadn't seen it, but on further viewing I think I'd just wiped it from my brain. Deary me.

On a vaguely related note, have suddenly recalled the works of Terry Jones (as an author), which I'd forgotten about. Anybody else remember Nicobobinus? Okay, how about The Saga of Erik the Viking? Great stuff. Must reacquire. For the benefit of hypothetical sproglets, of course...
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( Sep. 19th, 2009 10:29 pm)
Driving test: passed!

Went to Cafe Andaluz to celebrate. Was goooood.
My professional web page is now live on flocci.org. As usual, I find it very difficult to figure out what to say about myself. I've gone with a bit of blurb about Stuff Wot I Like... or at least the programming languages and web technologies that fall into that category.

Stylistically, I considered the 'grid' concept that [livejournal.com profile] figg pointed to on my previous post, but eventually just went with a slightly 3D-ed version of the original design. Not 100% sure about the buttons on my projects page, or the external link markers (which look a bit hand-drawn [which they are]).

Any suggestions/criticisms with regards to either content or style would be welcomed.

Edit: floccinaucinihilipilification.org given a makeover as well. Let me know if it doesn't render properly on your browser.
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( May. 2nd, 2009 05:56 pm)
Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] spacelem and Jules on their marriage yesterday! They looked fantastic together, and I wish them the absolute best for the future.
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( Dec. 31st, 2008 04:43 pm)
In January I had my offer on a flat accepted… just before discovering La Favorita, a fantastic restaurant in the neighbourhood we would shortly be leaving. D'oh!

In February I took a short break to Switzerland, learned how to knit, and for some reason ranted about religion a bit. Must have been a slow month…

In March I finally moved into the new flat!

In April things got really busy, with a flatwarming party, the arrival of a certain kitty cat, and the flat being invaded by an internet cookery show. It ended with possibly the most hectic Beltane I've ever been in, but one in which I got handfasted to [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00. W00t!

In May I finally finished my dissertation, and then proceeded to collapse into a quivering mass of relief.

In June I successfully defended that dissertation, and suffered a journey of doom to Sussex and back.

In July I attended my first music festival, T in the Park, and… apparently didn't blog very much.

In August I managed to age another year. Another acheivement for 2008! I visited Linlithgow Palace, which I seem not to have blogged about, but was fantastic.

In September I seemed to be obsessed with browsers, for some reason. Oh so geeky. In other news, I somehow found myself made an organiser for the Samhuinn Stewards — I'm still not quite sure how that happened.

In October I visited Paris, the first international journey me and [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 have made simply for our own sake. And there were many skellingtons. The month ended, of course, with Samhuinn (wot no post?) — the culmination of weeks of running around that almost, but not quite, sent me insane.

In November, after months of expectation and angst, the US election finally rolled around. I stayed up most of the night to watch the most significant political event of the year (at least!), and celebrated joyously at the election of Barack Obama by people I had previously pretty much given up on.

December brought a note of sadness with the death of my grandfather. Yet another christmas somewhat lacking in merriment, I'm afraid. Nonetheless, there were happy points, such as our turkey-cooking exploits and a very pleasurable mulled wine and mince pie party earlier that month.
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( Jun. 10th, 2008 12:42 pm)
Just survived an MSc viva (defense of my dissertation). It went well. Managed to give sufficiently knowledgeable-sounding answers to each of the questions, and at the end I was informed that while the exact mark still had to be ironed out, it would definitely be a distinction. As I did fairly well on the coursework/exams, this means that I will have a distinction overall for my MSc.

*Happy happy happy happy dance*

This also means that I am officially no longer a filthy layabout student.

[livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 has bought me an appropriate T-shirt, which I can now feel justified in wearing.

*Happy happy happy happy dance*
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( May. 30th, 2008 08:32 pm)

So I handed my dissertation in today. "An Investigation Into the Parallel Programming of a Lego NXT Mindstorms Robot". 43 pages of writeup (close to 13,000 words), plus uncountable pages of code (including tests), plus a seven-page paper co-written with my supervisor, plus a few pictures (E.g.).

Two copies to hand in, plus a copy to keep for myself (for which I decided I didn't need to print out every single piece of code; hence the slightly slimmer copy).

It turns out that paper is quite heavy.

P.S. I'm FREEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

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( May. 1st, 2008 03:35 am)
If you survived that Beltane, you'll survive any Beltane.

Congratulations to our organisers; C, [livejournal.com profile] fenland, O and [livejournal.com profile] leila_child for pulling that off despite loads of hassles and emergencies. Congratulations also to my very own [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00, who had to deal with a grand total of three first aid emergencies, and still managed to get back in time to get handfasted to me!

Hurrah! I have been hippywedded and now have a hippywife.   8^)

Edit: Edinburgh Evening News article on it. Complete with mis-labeled photo, natch.

Edit 2: C = [livejournal.com profile] decomposingsoul, O = [livejournal.com profile] tehblahhh
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( Apr. 7th, 2008 11:39 am)
We has a kitty cat.

She's white with tabby patches, and seems very friendly, if a little timid. Do not know what to call her yet. "Ophelia" is a possibility. (Although she'll have to avoid ponds and flowers.)

She is exploring the flat at the moment. We are leaving her to it.

Edit: We're calling her "Cassiopeia", or "Cassie" for short. She's named after this Cassiopeia, not this one. Or this one.

Pictures here
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( Mar. 17th, 2008 04:19 pm)
Woo yay! Have been moving furniture all weekend, and am bloody knackered. But it's very much worth it.
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( Jan. 18th, 2008 11:06 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 and I have just had our offer accepted for a flat! We may be relocating in a month or two to a nice little place in Gorgie.

Woo, yay, hupla, etc.
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( Dec. 13th, 2007 08:29 am)
I is now teh permanently employed! Hurrahs!
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( Sep. 9th, 2007 02:21 am)
For those who haven't already heard: [livejournal.com profile] galaxy_girl00 and I are now engaged!

And there was much celebration, and it was good.

8^)

Edit: Thanks, everybody, for the congratu[ma]latorifications!
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( May. 2nd, 2007 04:02 pm)
Following on from this:

You may now refer to me as [livejournal.com profile] spudtater, I.T. Professional™!

Yatta!
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( Apr. 26th, 2007 03:22 pm)
Went to an interview yesterday with VisitScotland.com in Livingston; they're looking for a graduate to work for them for 12 months, with a possibility of a permanent job at the end of it. It's Web/Java development, so right up my street.

Amazingly, I did well at the interview! I think it helped that there were only two people interviewing, and that they were friendly and informal. Amusingly, one of them had just come back from the dentist (gaining a numb mouth in the process), and so was in perhaps a more embarassing situation than I was.

I was in fact rather chatty, setting off on various asides, which helped stop me getting nervous, as well as breaking the ice a little. I also managed to show off my Conway's Game of Life simulation which I'd programmed on my mobile phone — I think that impressed them! I think I have a fairly good chance of being invited back for second interview.   8^)
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( Apr. 22nd, 2007 10:57 pm)
Just a quick reminder to everybody to go to Beltane!

(Well, those of you in Edinburgh, anyway!)

Tickets are £5 in advance, and can be purchased from the Forest Cafe (on Forrest Road), or from Ripping Records. Otherwise, it's £7 on the door, and they might sell out.

Come see fire, dancing, nekkidness, and all manner of hippy silliness. I've got a small role this year, too!
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