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These pages are all my own work. Unfortunately that may be a terrible admission. In these pages are various writings of mine, from the first part of my life story, to poems, to mad ramblings without excuse. Below the links to the articles is my blog. Not to be confused with the Techie Blog, this is random ramblings from life.

Rambling Rumination

Diving or Drowning Part I. The first part of my Autohagiography... up to the point where I first take ecstacy. The tale of how a polite, well mannered middle-class child became such a ruffian.....

Diving or Drowning Part II. The second part of my life story - the further fall....

Life in Romania. An article about living in Romania. This follows two visits in 2004 and 2005 to visit my wifes parents. Life is very different in Romania than it is here in Britain.

A Random Assortment. A short collection of my poetry. There's one or two gems buried in here.

HumanOS v1.3. Subtitled baby crocodiles, computers and the human personality. This is an article that compares the human mind to a computer operating system. It touches on artifical intelligence and the ages old Nature versus Nurture debate.

Christian Meditation. A short piece on Christian meditation - exploring living Spirituality with God.

Imagine Paradise. No its not about a large network of computers, its actually about Christian Community..... and why we bother.

The first is an article on the spiritual power of symbols and sacraments. The second one, is on what sort of truth we can expect to find in the bible - with a brief section providing one possible reconciliation between modern science and Genesis. They should both be understandable by 'beginners' to the subjects.

Quick 'n' Dirty HTML. Need to get a webpage up quick and never done any HTML before ? This article will get you up to speed with the basics, using a TABLE for layout. Not for those who want nice, standards compliant, XHTML and CSS...

Voidspace Story. My cyberpunk short story. Lovely imagery but very short *sigh*. Come and play in the Void !

Beginners Guide to Atlantis. My beginners guide for new players of Atlantis - the computer 'Play-by-eMail' game. Very useful if you`ve just started to play.

SlippedStream Gets Better

emoticon:waffle SlippedStream now has close to 300 users and is planning to expand.

We've added lots more channels :

  • Manga
  • Cartoons
  • New live channels like NBC, FOX and lots more

For a full list of all the content currently showing in SlippedStream, browse over to :

The SlippedStream Channel List

What we would like to know is how you are finding the client software and if you have any suggestions, not just channels, but any improvements that would enhance your experience.

We are proud of our product as it gives what it promises compared to all the other websites out there that promise 'unlimited TV' but actually just point you to peer2peer software for illegal downloading.

Are you happy using the SlippedStream client or would you prefer to use a website for all the content?

Do you use the client whilst doing other tasks on the computer?

Would you like to have access to a SlippedStream website for greater content such as Podcast content, newsreader functionality (automatically updated text news stories)?

Please let us know how the service can be improved. Your feedback and suggestions are important to us as shortly, the SlippedStream website will be launched featuring YOUR suggestions.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-09-29 14:12:53 | |
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Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (Part II)

emoticon:noise On Monday I went to see Neil Gaiman, and on Thursday I went to see Terry Pratchett.

Two of my favourite authors in one week, wow. Surprised

I briefly met Terry Pratchett at a signing in Cambridge, about eleven years ago (more about that in a bit), but I've never met Neil Gaiman. These events were both run by Blackwells in London.

Neil Gaiman is promoting his new book of short stories, Fragile Things. Needless to say I bought a hardback copy, maybe this is why the authors do these tours. Razz

I also bought Good Omens and had it signed by both authors. Judging by the number of people clutching new copies of Good Omens in the signing queue, I wasn't alone in having this idea. Maybe this week was a conspiracy to sell the backlog of old copies before the New Edition comes out.

The evening was great. He read from Fragile things, a poem (The Day the Saucers Came - very funny), followed by a short story. Then he took questions. He is very funny when he talks and appeared very relaxed. I first stumbled upon Neil (well, his work anyway) through Sandman the dark, mythaeopic graphic novels. I've only read a couple of his books. It seemed that most people there were more familiar with his writing, so we got lots of news about film projects that Neil has been working on.

These included Coraline, the soon to be released Beowulf, and a mysterious project with Penn (of Penn and Teller fame) which may or may not ever happen.

Neil (and Terry) want Terry Gilliam to direct the Good Omens film. They don't particularly want anyone else to direct it, but thought that it wasn't right to just give him the rights. They settled on selling the rights to him for a Groat. They chose this unit of currency, because they could pay their agent 10% in the form of a Farthing.

Neil and Terry have already paid their agent the farthing, but get disconcerted when they hear Terry boasting that he has the rights to Good Omens, but hasn't yet paid them their groat. Looking on ebay, you can buy them for less than $20. Tight fisted goit...

I was amazed that after giving the talk, plus an hours signing books (I was about halfway down the queue), Neil was still friendly and chatty. I wouldn't be.

The evening with Terry was a different format, he was interviewed by 'some woman'. It was still very good fun, Terry is also very amusing. Needless to say, I bought a hardback copy of Wintersmith which he is promoting. He also talked about various film projects. I didn't realise that there is a Hogfather Film nearly complete. Cool.

Apparently though, Terry signs so many books that the unsigned ones are actually worth more. Wink

Around eleven years ago I was busy having a psychotic episode brought on by excessive narcotic consumption. It was fun whilst it lasted, but very painful afterwards. For some reason, Terry Pratchett had a minor walk on part in my delusions. When I saw he was at a book signing in Cambridge, I very seriously presented him with a fine polished steel spring that I had been treasuring.

Speaking to him at the signing, he claims to remember. Laughing

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-09-29 14:11:27 | |
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Accidental Tenderness

emoticon:torch I was outside standing by a doorway. A pretty girl walked past, and her arm brushed lightly against mine. It was a moment of accidental tenderness. Smile

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-09-29 14:10:23 | |
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Shaggy Gets Busted

emoticon:waffle I've just come back from seeing Terry Pratchett in London. It was great fun. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get a chance to write something up about it.

In the meantime, here is a very silly cartoon clip based on Scooby Doo. It is created by my friend Fuchsiashockz: Shaggy Gets Busted.

sigh, the day after google took over YouTube they pulled this video. Odd as this is lots more copyright material there; and this is original (albeit made of clippings from Scooby programs). Oh well, when it goes up somewhere else I'll link to it.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-09-28 23:24:21 | |
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