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Switzerland


So, I’m going to Switzerland for a few days. It’s a physics trip, and we’re going to Geneva to visit CERN. Leaving Sunday morning, back Tuesday evening. First time on a plane, so I’m a little nervous, although the 10 franc note does have a funny staring guy on it, and that’s cheered me up (see above). I may be missing some snow, and I’ll definitely be missing the last few days of the Steam sales. Never mind, I’m going to Switzerland! Have a nice few days, everyone.

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three things part three billion


Three things:
One, Spotify has removed the Doctor Who Series 5 soundtrack. To spite me, I’m imagining. This doesn’t make me best pleased. Still, at least I know it’s worth purchasing now.
Two, I promised NRB reader ‘whoever’ a post justifying my views of various serieses of Doctor Who. This is in the works right now. There are, however, a few things keeping me busy – homework, Fable 3 (nearly completed, and will also be some sort of fulsome post in the future-time) and listening to MBMBaM (also to be postified, but you should really be listening to it NOW)…
Three, … and editing a PODCAST! We’re getting the band back together (if by the band you’re referring to my good friend Scott C. Wilson, former NRB contributor) and I are once again doing a podcast. This is the hecklr.co.uk podcast, and for fans, or even listeners, to the old NRBcast, it’s going to be similar, if not exactly the same. We’ll try and make it last a bit longer than the abortive five-episode series previously. It’s good to be going with this – we’ve made several efforts over the last few months, but now we’ve finally got going again. Nice to be back. We’re also trying some more audience participation, so questions, suggestions, etc, to podcast at hecklr dot co dot you kay, or our Formspring, or even our Twitter, if you felt so inclined.
That’s all I’ve got for you this evening, folks. I really need a better sign off, but in lieu of thinking of one, I’ll resort to the old Charlie Brooker standby. Go away.

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spotify is fantastic


Glancing at my stats, it seems that my most read posts are a random assortment of things I wrote ages ago. Which is a little peculiar, and some would be disheartened by that. At least some people are reading it. My average monthly uniques are over one thousand, which is quite nice. Obviously that’s not much in the scheme of things, but it makes me glad that someone’s reading this balderdash. Several good things have happened today. Other than the three maths lessons, which I enjoyed thoroughly, I discovered that while I wasn’t looking, someone’s gone and put the Doctor Who soundtracks on Spotify (the ones I don’t have, more importantly, The Specials (which were all terrible, but had some fantastic tunes) and Series 5 (which had possibly my favourite soundtrack so far, in addition to being my favourite series) (not series 1, 2 or 4, peculiarly, but I’ve got series 1 and 2, and who really cares about series 4?). I’ve also bought the rather good The Saboteur for five (five!) pounds, thanks to the really rather good SavyGamer (seeking out the best deals on videogames with ruthlessness unmatched). I’m also quite cheerful because I’ve been thinking up plenty of new ideas for my book. Woohoo! Have a nice evening, everyone!

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benefits, tories, and complete nonsense.


I was thinking about Ian ‘Slam’ Duncan-Smith’s phenomenally stupid ‘workfare’ idea here, when I remembered a piece I’d read earlier in the year by Stuart Campbell, called ‘Why the unemployed are the new paedophiles’. It was written in April, as we were approaching the election, but in light of Slam’s quite frankly moronic plan, it seems more relevant than ever.
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worst superpower


A few things, quickly.
Firstly, I have the worst superpower. I have the power to break earphones. I have no idea how or why, but somehow, every pair of earphones I buy stops working in one or both ears in no short order after purchase. I’ve had the current pair for about a week, and they’re already starting to break. The only sort that are in any way resistant are Apple’s, which seem to last a little longer than the rest of them. I can’t think of anything I do which might cause the peculiar incidence of breakage. It’s quite infuriating.
Secondly, my NaNoWriMo has been non-existant for the last few days. I’m trying not to be disheartened, but I might have to give up and try in the summer after all my exams, when I have some semblance of free time, rather than now, when I’ve got university applications to do (though I’ve finished all that, actually) and lots (and lots) of revision to do for my January exams.
Thirdly, and finally, Starbucks gingerbread lattes are back. Those with any sense will, of course, know that Starbucks Gingerbread Lattes are the best things in the world. Magically delicious doesn’t cover it.
Oh, and one more thing – I haven’t had the chance to talk to them yet, but congrats on my aunt and uncle on their new baby, Anya. She was having trouble putting on weight and had to go back into hospital, but should be out tomorrow, hoping all goes well.
That’s all for now, folks. Hopefully some iPod touch game reviews soon, since that’s my current most played platform (for things other than Minecraft). Galaxy on Fire 2, Game Dev Story, Helsing’s Fire, Trainyard, Rat on a Scooter XL… all fantastic. Goodnight!

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