Archive for November, 2006

Technology gets it right again

November 28, 2006

So simple, but it’s about time someone did this:

Multi Point touch interfaces.

This is almost exactly as I see the laptop style units working in Interference.


Christmas Meme nonsense

November 28, 2006

Ganked from C, because… well because I have some time to kill between work and running HAI.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
I’ve never had Eggnog. It scares me a little. So, hot chocolate. Especially the amazing kind I’ve had in belgium which is pretty much dark belgian chocolate melted into cream. However, more than one glass of this would actually KILL YOU I think.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
He gets channeled by us putting them in the stockings. Since I got older and found out the secrets, we have kinda a tradition of all contributing to the stockings, wrapping things together and doing nuts and banannas and so on, and just writing ‘From Santa’ on them. The things under the tree are always specifically from us to each other.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?

None on the house, and the tree depends. Quite often it’s just a few colours. We have some with red heart shaped holders that are cool. I saw some gorgeous cute star ones that scroll between blue and purple that I think I might buy this year though…

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Late. Very late. Especially with me being at Uni… the holiday season is very very stressful and busy for my parents, and as (on top of their day job) they’re out spreading cheer in carol concerts each night, they don’t really have time to do the house… So it’s usually when I get back, after my birthday (the week before).

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?

Oh god, I don’t know. Roast dinners in genral are something I miss like nothing else when I’m away. Especially mum’s godly roast poatoes (seriously, they are heavenly) and dad is the man at gravy. Also mum’s soups and… look, just ALL of it, yeah?

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
Tricky tricky tricky… The clearest on is one of the times we spent it in Belgium, when I was still young enough to get up at stupid o clock and have to be given some presents to shut me up… so being given Nightmare Before Christmas and Dad getting too interested and staying up to watch it with me. :)

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
Honestly, not a clue. A long time ago, though it was only a couple of years ago I was allowed to join in with sorting out the ‘santa presents’.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Only ones that were supposed to be for my birthday from people at the Christmas Eve get together.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
Normally me and Dad do it together. (One year he was gonna just do it himself and was suitable chastised by me and mum for not waiting for me.) Tinsel and lights and always an angel on top of the tree, and our bizzare santa doll thing that lives under the tree.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love. I’m british. We overreact to snow. Ask C, she knows this.

12. Can you ice skate?
Hahahahahahaha NO.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
Am I bad if I say no?

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
The one time of the year work and all that just buggers off and can’t get in the way and we can be together as a family. Also because it’s when all the stress of the lead up for my parents is over and we can relax.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Mum makes a killer Lemon Posset. Desserts are generally great though.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
The Christmas Eve get-togethers. Every Christmas Eve we go to Val and Lesters house, with loads of friends, to catch up with each other, trade gifts, sing carrols, eat nice food (Val is the best at laying out buffets ever, they are a work of art) drink nice drinks and so on. Their place is always very festive, dark and lit by big fireplaces with a huge amazing tree and lots of art and decoration and just generally lovely. (And because the majority of people there are musicians, the songs that get sung are in a gazzillion part harmony and awesome.) Makes me appriciate my roots a lot more.

17. What tops your tree?
It varies. A lot of time it was a corndolly angel. There is a lovely stylised white mesh and silver edged angel, and sometimes there is my gold and burgandy golden winged angel.

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving?
Getting stuff is lovely, but I do like seeing people get made happy by something I’ve given them. Especially if it’s something I’ve made.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
God, difficult again. You’re talking to someone who knows like at least five different tunes for While Shepherds here. Traditional ones… as morbid as it is I’ve always through the Coventry Carol is lovely (I think that’s what it’s called, the ‘Luu-lee luu-lie thou little tiny child, bye bye luulee luulaiiiii’ one) and the really crazy elaborate While Shepherds or Sweet Chiming Bells. Or… well there’s just too many. Non-Traditional, I do love Fairy Tale of Newyork, and Dad, Lester and Jim do a great version of ‘It’ll be loney this christmas.’ Comedy Answer: ‘Thanks For Christmas’ and ‘Countdown To Christmas Party Time’ by XTC, because they’re so delightfully terrible.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?
What kind of monster doesn’t like candy canes? :(

RIGHT that’s enough festive nonsense for now.

From the ruins of my sleeping pattern…

November 2, 2006

Because, honestly, I need to stop waking up at noon just because I don’t have any classes.

As, in a shocking twist of fate, I am actually a couple of books ahead in my reading for my MA, no work today. Okay, maybe a little, because the books I’ve got afterwards are interesting too: ‘Transmission’ by Hari Kunzru (Some kind of social drama centring about the internet. Nice prologue but could go either brilliant or horrible), ‘The Long Firm’, by Jake Arnott (Hardboiled british crime, of course I’m going to like it) and a couple more crime fiction novels by American women writers.

However, if I can suppress my reading mode (and I’ll give some reviews of things I’ve read lately soon, I think. I want more content on here) I’m going to try and spend today on writing, critting and excavating my room from the untidy mess that is has become. As it is covered in amazon boxes, class handouts and empty glasses and so on again, and to a silly extent…

What, ‘I have to tidy my desk’ is the most tried and tested procrastination method. Shh.

Of course there is that tricky ‘lack of food in the house that is mine’ issue aside from all those instant noodles, so I better go and deal with that as well.

I’m thinking of doing some storyboard-like sketch collages to help get the story organised, get in touch with the mood again after having such a long hiatus, and also kill my artists block that is preventing me from finishing any of my drawings lately.

Anyway, that’s enough wasting time on blog nonsense. Time to quest for some socks and get on with the day.