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Virgin on the ridiculous [Nov. 30th, 2009|01:13 pm]

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[Mood | irritated]
[Music |Iris - Nobody Wins]

So, I'm on Sky Broadband, because it's cheap, and has been adequate so far. Unfortunately they've now set the monthly cap for the cheap package at 10GB, which is not adequate, and they're going to enforce it (by bumping people up to the Unlimited package). Paying for "up to 20Mbit" ADSL, when BT says our line can only do 6Mbit, would be silly. So. The only non-ADSL option: Virgin Media, formerly NTL. How bad is it in north Cambridge? I used to hear a lot of complaints; now, not so much. Did it improve or did you all just get used to it?
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Case of the missing parcel, reprise [Oct. 13th, 2009|04:26 pm]

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[Mood | confused]
[Music |Mind.in.a.Box - Fear]

I had a similar call in June 2008 and never worked out why, or what sort of scam this could be the basis of:

A man from "Parcel Point Deliveries" or similar called me at work yesterday, saying they had tried to deliver a parcel last Thursday, and would try again today between 9 and 5. He asked me to nominate anyone who could sign for it instead; I gave one name (see below). He said the parcel was from Manchester, but that he had no further information about its origin. This parcel has not turned up, and somewhat foolishly I didn't take the caller's number (nor was it logged my company's phone system, apparently).

Does anyone want to own up to trying to send me a parcel? The only benefit I can see the caller getting from this call if they made it up is the name of someone else inside the company, but several such names can be trivially found on our website. Also my mobile number, which they were supposed to call, but that's also easy to find.
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Kitties! [Jul. 11th, 2009|01:54 pm]

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[Mood | kitties!]
[Music |The Feeling - Never Be Lonely]

We can has Normality
...anything you can't cope with in the presence of kitties must be srs bsns.

(With apologies to the late Douglas Adams. Normality is our house name if you've not been paying attention at the back.)

As Susan just said, if all goes according to plan we'll have these two living with us from next weekend. :-) Currently the one on the left is called Biscuit and on the right is Thomaslina. We'll be changing at least the latter. Any ideas? So far I like Susan's suggestion of Brownie.

Update: They are now (from left) Heisenberg, because she tends to run around such that we can't tell how fast she's going, and Schrödinger, because she tends to hide such that we can't tell whether she's there.

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Stinging wildlife of Normality, part 2 in a series of, please, no more than 2? [Apr. 29th, 2009|09:34 am]

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[Mood | still intimidated]
[Music |Sting - Don't Stand So Close To Me]

or, Fright of the Bumblebee (see Wasp of Doom for the thrilling first part)

This lost creature has been lurking in my bathroom since some time yesterday evening. It made its presence known shortly after Susan had got into the bath, which was fun. For the rest of the evening it bumbled around, perching near any lights that were warm, before going to sleep on the bathroom curtain. I left the door closed and window open overnight, hoping it would go away at sunrise, but instead it went into hiding, only to reappear suddenly in the sink while I was shaving. When I took this photo it was scrabbling around in the bath. I'm really hoping it decides to leave soon; options otherwise are limited (pint glass + card + release at far end of garden; failing that, vacuum cleaner). Edit: fortunately for all concerned, catch-and-release worked. :-)
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Sponsored singing this weekend [Apr. 17th, 2009|11:15 am]

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[Mood | musical]
[Music |Gilbert & Sullivan - When a Felon's Not Engaged in His Employment]

This weekend, I'll be taking part in Cambridge University Gilbert & Sullivan Society's sponsored 24-hour sing-through of all 13 G&S operettas. The event is part of Cambridge RAG; here's the list of charities.

If you'd like to sponsor me, just email me with an amount and stating whether it's a total or an amount per operetta completed (I've no idea how many I'll manage; it could be anywhere between 3 and 13). I'll email the sponsors with the results on Monday.
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BBQ, today & tonight [Jul. 27th, 2008|08:50 am]

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[Mood | awake]
[Music |Assemblage 23 - Opened]

For anyone reading this whom I haven't invited by some means or other (or who has forgotten), there's a BBQ at my place all day and all evening today (we may be slightly interrupted by the weather). Everyone and anyone welcome. Turn up whenever. Bring friends, food, drink and anything else you fancy :p Contact us for exact address.
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Next week (shortcipher in shocking case of organisational fail) [Jul. 17th, 2008|04:47 pm]

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[Mood | geeky]
[Music |Code 64 - Run to you]

I'm taking all of next week (21/07-25/07) as holiday. This is mostly to work on a side project, but if anyone feels like meeting up to e.g. see a film, or coming to visit, company would be appreciated at any time of day (except Friday evening), as Susan will be away and I don't intend to code 24 hours/day. Here are my contact details (or comment here). Films I currently want to see include The Dark Knight, Wall•E (seen) and Hancock.
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Picnic meme, last call [Jun. 21st, 2008|01:09 pm]

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[Mood | hopeful]
[Music |Shriekback - Nemesis]

This is a picnic meme. There will be a picnic on Jesus Green, Cambridge, UK, tomorrow (Sunday the 22nd of June), from around 2pm. We'll meet toward the town end of Jesus Green, by Lower Park Street. Nobody is organising this; it'll just happen. Please turn up, be sensible, bring food and drink, meet new people, have fun.
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Picnic meme reminder: Sun 22nd June [Jun. 13th, 2008|09:23 am]

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[Mood | cheerful]
[Music |Colony 5 - Avalanches]

This is a picnic meme. There will be a picnic on Jesus Green, Cambridge, UK on Sunday the 22nd of June, from around 2pm. We'll meet toward the town end of Jesus Green, by Lower Park Street. Nobody is organising this; it'll just happen. Please turn up, be sensible, bring food and drink, meet new people, have fun.
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The case of the missing UPS delivery [Jun. 9th, 2008|05:13 pm]

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[Mood | confused]
[Music |Mind.in.a.Box - Certainty]

Did one of you lot send something via UPS to my workplace? Someone claiming to be from UPS called them on Monday 2nd (my birthday), asking if I would be in between 9 and 5 the next day to sign for something. My workplace told them I wouldn't (I was on holiday all last week); the caller asked for (and was given) three names who could sign for it instead. Apparently, no such delivery ever arrived. I've just called UPS and they say they probably have no record of any of this, but they can't be sure without a tracking number, which the caller didn't provide. Anyone care to own up? :-) Alternatively, does anyone know of any type of fraud or similar this caller might have been attempting? UPS said this type of call isn't generally something they do; they tend to only call if they have trouble finding the place or have failed to deliver something (and I quite often see UPS vans delivering successfully to this building), but they did say that a new driver started in this area last week.
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Birthday meal (or, once more with organisation and tickyboxes) [Jun. 3rd, 2008|10:42 am]

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[Mood | optimistic]
[Music |Syrian - Supernova]

Having failed to actually organise any birthday celebrations until the last minute, I shall retry. :-) On Wednesday 11th June at about 8pm, you are all invited to join me for dinner at The Fleur (menu PDF), accessible from Elizabeth Way (opposite Texaco) or Humberstone Road (where they have a car park). Also available on Facebook.
Poll #1870
Open to: All, results viewable to: All

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Yes
2 (40.0%)

Maybe (please bug me closer to the time)
2 (40.0%)

No
1 (20.0%)

Edit: Booked! Feel free to turn up even if you haven't replied; they'll probably be able to accommodate you.
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Birthday celebrations [May. 30th, 2008|07:58 pm]

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[Mood | celebratory]
[Music |Ayria - Red Shift]

In which shortcipher realises his birthday is on Monday and posts a very vague invitation )
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Iron Man tomorrow evening [May. 9th, 2008|07:42 pm]

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[Mood | hopeful]
[Music |Apoptygma Berzerk - Friendly Fire]

Anyone want to come with me? Vue 20:00 or 21:00 / Cineworld 19:45 or 20:50
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Picnic meme! [May. 9th, 2008|08:06 am]

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[Mood | happy]
[Music |Echo Image - Come Back]

This is a picnic meme. There will be a picnic on Jesus Green, Cambridge, UK on Sunday the 22nd of June, from around 2pm. We'll meet toward the town end of Jesus Green, by Lower Park Street. Nobody is organising this; it'll just happen. Please turn up, be sensible, bring food and drink, meet new people, have fun.
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Miscellany [May. 2nd, 2008|10:36 am]

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[Mood | relaxed]
[Music |De/Vision - Flavour of the Week]

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Housewarming this weekend (18th-20th) [Apr. 14th, 2008|11:40 am]

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[Mood | hopeful]
[Music |Mind.In.A.Box - The place]

Over seven months in the making, it's… *drumroll*… the official Normality Housewarming! One Three Nights Only! Contact me (or [info]numberland) if you don't know the location. (Annoyingly, my mobile phone operator has just gone out of business and is moving me to Vodafone, so I expect I might be temporarily unreachable at some point for some unknown length of time.)
  • Friday 18th evening & Saturday 19th: party!
  • Saturday 19th evening: Emilie Autumn concert in London; you will need to book tickets (you can listen to some of her music at last.fm).
  • Sunday 20th: party, of a slightly more relaxed variety, board games etc.
I hope to see lots of you there! (Edit: there is also a Facebook event)
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