Monthly archives: January 2009

Tweets today

07:18 I love the taste of beer in the morning. It tastes like….. another step on a slow downward spiral. #

08:34 @SkippyUK Only one bottle. I vowed Damian and Alex would find me drinking beer in the morning when my last night shift finished #

11:26 Blog: Tweets today #

13:32 Bumped into someone I worked with 15 years ago and she remembered me. Feel bad being so memorable yet so forgetful. #

16:56 Six espressos at lunchtime have kept me awake so far, but I think they’re wearing off. #

21:12 Google’s number 1 site for cactus masturbation. Or prickle porn as it’s also known. #

23:15 @Gribbit and The people who know what they’re talking about know your talking rubbish. #

23:25 @Gribbit Because you know you’re wrong.You don’t like people pointing out how weak your arguments are. #tcot #

23:29 @Gribbit Follow the first link. Many of the "signatories" never said AGW isn’t happening, most don’t know what they’re talking about. #tcot #

23:30 @Gribbit Nothing wrong with the EU. Stop trying to make the world a worse place. #

23:34 Hopefully I’ve now reset my body clock and tomorrow I’ll no longer be on Australian time. #

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23:24 The petrol station attendants are being special tonight. #

02:15 "The pressure to be in a couple is societal. The urge to breed is entirely genital…. I mean genetic." #

07:18 I love the taste of beer in the morning. It tastes like….. another step on a slow downward spiral. #

08:34 @SkippyUK Only one bottle. I vowed Damian and Alex would find me drinking beer in the morning when my last night shift finished #

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Be careful when asking for the non-dairy creamer

Natural Harvest: A collection of semen based recipes.


I will not be making anything from this recipe book. The rest of casa Spinneyhead can rest easy.

Semen is not only nutritious, but it also has a wonderful texture and amazing cooking properties. Like fine wine and cheeses, the taste of semen is complex and dynamic. Semen is inexpensive to produce and is commonly available in many, if not most, homes and restaurants. Despite all of these positive qualities, semen remains neglected as a food. This book hopes to change that. Once you overcome any initial hesitation, you will be surprised to learn how wonderful semen is in the kitchen. Semen is an exciting ingredient that can give every dish you make an interesting twist. If you are a passionate cook and are not afraid to experiment with new ingredients – you will love this cook book!

via Greg Laden’s blog

I think it’s safe to say the Lass O’Gowrie’s landlord is a geek

Pac-Man in bottle tops in the pub’s window.

Tweets today

23:24 Blog: Out of the rabbit hole #

23:24 Blog: Tweets today #

09:46 Showered, not shaved, twisted my knee somehow, time for bed. #

17:51 The Law of the 111- if I wait for it it will be late, if I walk away it will turn up immediately. #

21:51 Think the sleep pattern is finally getting to me. Feeling all emotional for no obvious reason. I need a hug. #

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23:24 Blog: Tweets today #

08:23 Blog: You Want To Take Your Shirt Off #

09:23 Blog: Bye bye T-shirt Hell #

09:23 Blog: David Attenborough is not God- he’s far cooler than that #

09:31 This week’s film is either The Wrestler @ 6.50 or Valkyrie @ 6.40 both @ amc. Vote for your choice. #

11:51 Save the World: Barrages or lagoons for the River Severn? #

12:04 @MagicDan85 Did you sign anything binding? That’s why they send the hot ones. #

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Out of the rabbit hole

Today- maybe yesterday, possibly tomorrow, depending upon when I send this message- is Rabbit Hole day. To celebrate Lewis Carrol’s birthday writers across the universe have been invited to step away from their comfort zone, to go somewhere else for a day.

I’ve been down the rabbit hole for a week and a half now, sleeping through the day and spending the night shuttling students home from the 24 hour library. I’m only in this twilight zone- where dinner is breakfast, elevenses is dinner and lunch is a 3am trip to Asda to dodge the shelf stackers then have a conversation with the automated checkout- until Friday morning. I guess I could adjust to it if I had to, but I’m glad I don’t.

There are other inhabitants of wonderland, the security staff at John Rylands and my regulars- the lovely redhead who’s been a 10.30 fixture; the guy whose street I can now find (third time lucky); the two girls who live just before the bridge under the railway; the lovely Irish girls whose accents make me feel warm even as they’re getting lost and taking me round and round the block. Out of context I probably wouldn’t recognise them and they mostly know me as “the bus man”, but I’m going to miss them next week.

I don’t think the normal night bus, which operates a less time shifted timetable taking people home from the students’; union, is as busy as the library one. Which is annoying for me because I’d hoped to get some writing done when I had no passengers. The quietest time is after 4, when I get a little bit done between siestas and my concentration is more suited to reading short snippets than writing them.

I think I shall stay awake as long as possible on Friday then try to get up at a sensible time on Saturday. But I do have a party to go to that night and I don’t want to fall asleep in a corner. In which case I might be better off doing what I did last weekend- sleeping through Friday and using a late night and alcohol to reboot my body clock and climb out of the rabbit hole.

Anyone out on Friday?

Update Edited for formatting and a link.

Barrages or lagoons for the River Severn?

I’m not a fan of the proposed Severn Barrage. It’s typical government grandiose thinking which will take longer to come online, cost more and be less useful than the alternatives. The main alternative is a series of artificial lagoons on the river, which won’t interfere with shipping, have little or no effect on wildlife and provide power for a wider span of the day.

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David Attenborough is not God- he’s far cooler than that

David Attenborough gets hate mail for not crediting God in any of his programmes.

Telling [the Radio Times] that he was asked why he did not give “credit” to God, Attenborough added: “They always mean beautiful things like hummingbirds. I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in east Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator.”

Tweets today

23:25 Blog: Tweets today #

00:51 On Two Wheels- To Do- Bogle Roll #

02:23 Blog: cc all your emails to Jacqui Smith day #

08:24 A short "day", then I’ll try to sleep through the afternoon. #

10:40 I have a whole load of Dogs D’Amour on iTunes. Where’dthat come from? And thank you whoever put it there. #

13:15 On Two Wheels- The Cyclists’ Touring Club #

13:40 Beddy byes #

18:40 God botherers got me out of bed. I wasn’t sleeping well anyway, but that’s uncalled for. #

20:41 After all these years I’m still getting hits for Alyson Hannigan’s feet, with a bonus "Alyson Hannigan erotic" today as well. #

22:25 Left out on the table I sit at "The Invention of Pornography". It’s like they knew I was due. #

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23:28 Blog: Tweets today #

00:10 Don’t try to understand them. Just rope and throw and brand them. #

00:22 Blog: Tiger Lounge #

00:54 Careful, those breasts are primed and ready to go off! #

01:15 Tiger Lounge FTW! We should come here more often. #

02:38 Why the fuck am I babysitting twentysomethings! If they can’t work it out by now they need the mother of all slappings. #

13:12 Slightly more mellow, if a tad hungover. #

14:49 Is the apocalypse due? Why’s asda so busy? #

15:06 May make February a dry month. Expect my resolve to last the first week. #

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23:22 Blog: Tweets today #

23:34 My body says it’s lunchtime. Which means I’ve been drinking since breakfast. #

01:02 You can’t hurry love. (or carry vodka red bull across a dance floor without spilling) #

03:25 Will give honest answers to almost any question. Ask away. #

18:25 Concerned by the ads atop spinneyhead- dating, weddings, genital warts and parrots. That’s one hell of a party. #

22:20 Laser guided missiles for dogs. #

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23:23 Blog: Tweets today #

03:26 The end of Dark Knight Returns had me welling up. Shame Frank Miller’s forgotten how to write that well. #

05:27 Must not fall asleep in the library. Must not zzzzzzzzzz Huh! Whahappen? #

07:38 @grimnorth Tweets tagged #smc_mcr at #

07:39 @Kalyr I think the one I offended has shut up now, he knows he’s lost the argument. It’s almost a shame. #

08:26 Blog: Coming soon- Darwin: A Graphic Biography #

21:35 Future Dan is here to warn us about something. #

22:30 Sue says "he’s not impotent, he’s rapidly sad." #

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Tweets today

23:18 The Irish accent still does things to me. Shame the pretty Irish girls won’t. #

23:23 Blog: Tweets today #

00:33 Sleep deprivation is taking its toll in the library. #

03:14 Valentine’s is a Saturday this year. I shall be playing violent video games. Unless I get a better offer. #

08:34 @Gribbit You try to dish it out, but you can’t take it can you. If you don’t want people to make fun of you stop making it so easy for us. #

10:14 @kemibe He’ll have some claim about that being when the midterms give republicans back congress and senate (even if that’s wrong too) #

10:33 Laziness is using Facebook messaging to talk to your housemate in the room upstairs. #

11:23 Blog: Somebody should slap Frank Miller #

12:12 @grimnorth check out the #smc_mcr thread. There was discussion of this at the last Social Media Cafe. #

12:29 In my temporarily timeshifted world lunch is supper and dinner will be breakfast. Time for bed. #

20:17 @Gribbit But if you call me names I have every right to respond. You have no argument, so you’re reduced to whining and demanding privileges #

20:25 @Gribbit What’s #tcot then? More of this sort of whining? #

20:54 @Gribbit You’re a top conservative? No wonder your guy lost. #

20:58 Must stop taunting the idiot American rightwingers. As Alex points out, they may have guns. But they probably couldn’t find the UK on a map. #

22:39 Rereading Dark Knight Returns to get over All Star Big Marv and Robin. #

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Somebody should slap Frank Miller

Over the weekend I received two comic collections that make me want to slap Frank Miller, then go and read some of his stuff from back when he was good.

The Best of The Spirit collects 22 episodes of the newspaper strip that made Will Eisner’s name and influenced so many other comics, including Miller’s. The 7 page tales are almost always self contained and often experimental. Most of all, they’re light. Even the darkest of subjects is addressed with, but never undermined by, humour. Miller’s recent film based upon The Spirit replaced the humour with overblown attempts at wackiness and buried the rest under Sin City style grim and uberviolence. After watching the film I merely thought Miller had made a disappointing movie. Now I’ve read the originals I agree with the other Spirit fans who think he’s massacred something special.

The other book I received was All Star Batman and Robin: The Boy Wonder, which collects the first eight issues of Miller and Jim Lee’s series about the boy sidekick’s origin. Will Eisner could have achieved more in 7 pages than Miller and Lee manage in any two issues of this comic. Miller’s writing, and- judging by the cover gallery- his art, has become a bad pastiche of the great work he did on Dark Knight Returns and tears apart the well balanced characters established in his Batman: Year One. The only thing I can say in favour of All Star is that Miller’s only tarnishing his own reputation with it, rather than dragging down one of comics’ greats.