johncoxon: ([Me] Renovation)

Hello LiveJournal! Writing this on Monday morning at work, because I was too tired last night.

Monday and Tuesday were roleplay, as per usual: Pathfinder and Star Wars, respectively. It felt like we got through more roleplay on the Monday than we have been doing recently, although I don’t know whether that’s just my perception or not. I helped the GM solve a technical problem after we’d played, regarding the upcoming redesign of Physics for Idiots, a website that he and a couple of friends of ours constructed back in the day. It’s an exciting project, and I’m looking forward to seeing Physics for Idiots reborn in all its glory! Star Wars was fun, I’m still enjoying GMing and I’m having a blast coming up with ways to have the players’ explorations land them on the main plot by hook or by crook. I like the feeling that they can go and poke around and still wind up uncovering stuff that’s relevant, but it requires a lot of reworking and improvisation as a game progresses. It’s a rather terrifying experience, actually.

Wednesday was a bit weird for two reasons: firstly, it was the graduation ceremony for the College of Science and Engineering, so I was tasked with selling the Journal of Physics Special Topics to the graduates. It’s a compilation of some of the miniature papers that they write over the course of a year, and so they tend to get bought so that people can sign them, etc. I produce the book for the department each year, and each year I have to work out all the problems from scratch because I take terrible notes. Next year, I’ll be at my new post in Southampton and so I won’t be able to do it; as such, this year I took pretty good notes. I must blog them, really. In the evening of Wednesday, [livejournal.com profile] cmdrsuzdal and I went to Café Research, a monthly meeting of postgraduates to discuss postgraduate research throughout the University of Leicester. This month saw the launch of Frontier, a new magazine that also focuses on postgraduate research – I was the director of design for the inaugural issue, so I attended to see that happen. I have a couple of copies for my parents, etc., and it’s quite cool to see my designs in a semi-professional magazine!

I know we watched The 40-Year-Old Virgin at some stage this week and I think it was Wednesday night. I enjoyed it, it was silly and fun. We also started watching Orphan Black at some stage, which I am enjoying. And we really need to finish the series of Rick and Morty, which should really be getting a Hugo Award this time next year.

Thursday and Friday were much the same at work, but both involved barbecues afterwards. The Thursday saw a couple of my colleagues throw a barbecue leading into watching The Secret Life of Students, because the latest episode had my supervisor in it. España and I left before the communal watching so that we could watch it in bed, but it was fun to see the department and academics I know featured on the show. I’ve actually been rather enjoying the show generally, so it’s nice to keep up with it on the day it airs (especially given that it tends to get discussed at work). Friday, [livejournal.com profile] himedark decided to throw a barbecue, which was great fun. It was nice to hang out with Lianne, Liz, Hamish and Ian, and have España spend a bit more time with them. We ate way too much meat, which was also very fun!

Saturday, I went to the gym really early before España was properly awake, and we headed to Mrs Bridges Tearooms when she had gotten up so that we could get a spot of breakfast. I got some pork shoulder diced on the market for an experiment, and then we headed home to clean the flat. That evening was Chris’ birthday dinner at Buddies USA, so we got a lift with Liz and Hamish and met up with Alex, Lianne, Shannon, Andrew, Chris, Ash and Nicola at the restaurant. It was fun: España had a burger that came in two waffles instead of in a bun, with maple syrup. I had the Chewbacka, which is just bacon, cheese and mushrooms – also yummy. After the meal I headed back to Chris and Andrew’s to drink some prosecco, and then headed home to collapse into bed because knackered.

Sunday was a day on which my parents visited at 09:30 to drop some stuff off, so we got up stupid early. I made a banoffee pie and hung out with Chris, Andrew, Alex, and Lianne to play Eldritch Horror, which is jolly good fun. It’s similar to Arkham Horror in terms of the need to close gates and defeat monsters, but the actual lower-level mechanics are different enough that I think it’s worth playing both. I had a great time.

Finally on Sunday, I went to see Monty Python with my friend Josh. It was really great fun, but the introduction of a few new jokes in places didn’t work very well. Honestly the best bits were when they were corpsing or forgetting their lines on stage. John Cleese, particularly, seemed to be having difficulty with lines and whatnot. I was pleased to see Graham Chapman appear on the monitor quite prominently. All in all, a good evening (and about 3.5 hours long at the cinema, which was worth the money!).

Until next time, LiveJournalers!

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It's been around three weeks since my last update to LiveJournal. I was going to try to update weekly, but hey, real life always interrupts, doesn't it? The issue is that I can't really remember anything that's happened since then. But I'll try to piece together some tidbits for your reading pleasure.

So one thing that definitely happened is that I wrote the vast majority of my TAFF trip report, which is all very exciting. My trip took me through Toronto, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Renovation (Worldcon) and San Francisco, and it will be comprised of six main chapters (Renovation gets two to itself), plus additional writing about Renovation from a variety of fans, most of whom I need to chase for contributions (although [livejournal.com profile] jamesb, [livejournal.com profile] fringefaan and Warren Buff have already written stuff for it).

(Incidentally, if any of the fans that I don't give LJ tags to in this post have LiveJournal, can someone please let me know? I met a lot of fans during my TAFF trip that I haven't associated with LJ handles yet, and it's distressing me. Thanks!)

This is all due to be published in a veritable smorgasbord of fanzines over the next few months, which I'm really rather excited about. In order:

I just need to go through and edit the Toronto chapter for Banana Wings (deadline 10th October) and then write the second chapter on Renovation for SF/SF (deadline 20th October), and that's all handled and it's time to put it all together and start asking fan artists for contributions on pages that look a bit lonely.

On the subject of TAFF, we have announced the candidates for the 2012 Eastbound TAFF trip to Odyssey 2012! They are Warren Buff, [livejournal.com profile] kgkofmel and Jacq Monahan, and each candidate looks to be a strong one, so it ought to be a really good race. If you fancy voting (or just generally giving some money to TAFF) then head on over to the unofficial TAFF website and download a ballot form for more details and information. We also now have a TAFF Facebook page and a TAFF Twitter feed for people to engage with, and, as ever, we remain at [livejournal.com profile] taffnews.

Approximating fanac, we also have the trip I took to the Out of This World exhibition at the British Library with [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman recently. It was very awesome; there was a giant tripod and a talking robot and headphones with music on them and a decent variety of books in boxes just waiting for you to read about them. We also met [livejournal.com profile] jamesb and [livejournal.com profile] despotliz, which was awesome. At some stage I must write a short article about it, possibly for Mostly Harmless – we shall see! I've also recently written two articles for The Drink Tank and I have an idea for a Banana Wings article, so we'll see how that goes.

Outside of fandom, I went to Leicester last weekend to record a special feature for a comedian's DVD. No, really. There's a comedian from Leicester called Jim Smallman, and he once played a gig at the university comedy club. He was pretty funny and had an awesome tattoo of a Pacman ghost, so I figured I'd go ask if he had a YouTube channel or a DVD or anything similar. He was extremely flattered that I'd asked, and so he added me on Facebook. Next time he played the comedy club, it was the day prior to my birthday and he had the entire audience sing to me, because I was his friend. He also once played a gig in my kitchen and got us tickets to see him compere a comedy club he helped to run, as well as giving us freebies for a show he played as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

So when he tweeted saying that he was doing a DVD recording, I knew I had to go; when he found out me and my housemate Josh were going, he immediately said he wanted us as a special feature on the DVD. The show that was recorded was hella funny, and I met Josh's colleague Megan (who got the job I applied for, grrr) which was pretty cool. It was nice to spend some time in Leicester, too, since I was able to visit a couple of people and say hi!

Other than trips to Leicester and London, not a lot has happened in the recent past. I've applied for some jobs (with Ford, and a PR agency in London called Hotspot) and I'm applying for some more (one is a fundraising position with CASE which would be pretty interesting and has potential for travelling around Europe). I'm also looking at the European Space Agency's Young Graduate Trainees scheme, which is aimed at people at my level of qualification, so that'd be awesome. And I'm going to London this weekend for a job fair, staying with [livejournal.com profile] mokatiki and [livejournal.com profile] snowking, which should be really cool, too.

I'm currently contemplating writing a blog article on Chrome for my Proper Blog on my Website. I really want to move over to using it as my primary browser, but the ecosystem of add-ons and plugins and extensions just seems to be so much less developed than the Firefox ecosystem, and I would really miss a couple of extensions. However, it's so much more Mac-like and lightweight, to the point where I have switched to it properly on my laptop. It's currently playing on my mind.
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It's been around three weeks since my last update to LiveJournal. I was going to try to update weekly, but hey, real life always interrupts, doesn't it? The issue is that I can't really remember anything that's happened since then. But I'll try to piece together some tidbits for your reading pleasure.

So one thing that definitely happened is that I wrote the vast majority of my TAFF trip report, which is all very exciting. My trip took me through Toronto, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Renovation (Worldcon) and San Francisco, and it will be comprised of six main chapters (Renovation gets two to itself), plus additional writing about Renovation from a variety of fans, most of whom I need to chase for contributions (although [livejournal.com profile] jamesb, [livejournal.com profile] fringefaan and Warren Buff have already written stuff for it).

(Incidentally, if any of the fans that I don't give LJ tags to in this post have LiveJournal, can someone please let me know? I met a lot of fans during my TAFF trip that I haven't associated with LJ handles yet, and it's distressing me. Thanks!)

This is all due to be published in a veritable smorgasbord of fanzines over the next few months, which I'm really rather excited about. In order:

I just need to go through and edit the Toronto chapter for Banana Wings (deadline 10th October) and then write the second chapter on Renovation for SF/SF (deadline 20th October), and that's all handled and it's time to put it all together and start asking fan artists for contributions on pages that look a bit lonely.

On the subject of TAFF, we have announced the candidates for the 2012 Eastbound TAFF trip to Odyssey 2012! They are Warren Buff, [livejournal.com profile] kgkofmel and Jacq Monahan, and each candidate looks to be a strong one, so it ought to be a really good race. If you fancy voting (or just generally giving some money to TAFF) then head on over to the unofficial TAFF website and download a ballot form for more details and information. We also now have a TAFF Facebook page and a TAFF Twitter feed for people to engage with, and, as ever, we remain at [livejournal.com profile] taffnews.

Approximating fanac, we also have the trip I took to the Out of This World exhibition at the British Library with [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman recently. It was very awesome; there was a giant tripod and a talking robot and headphones with music on them and a decent variety of books in boxes just waiting for you to read about them. We also met [livejournal.com profile] jamesb and [livejournal.com profile] despotliz, which was awesome. At some stage I must write a short article about it, possibly for Mostly Harmless – we shall see! I've also recently written two articles for The Drink Tank and I have an idea for a Banana Wings article, so we'll see how that goes.

Outside of fandom, I went to Leicester last weekend to record a special feature for a comedian's DVD. No, really. There's a comedian from Leicester called Jim Smallman, and he once played a gig at the university comedy club. He was pretty funny and had an awesome tattoo of a Pacman ghost, so I figured I'd go ask if he had a YouTube channel or a DVD or anything similar. He was extremely flattered that I'd asked, and so he added me on Facebook. Next time he played the comedy club, it was the day prior to my birthday and he had the entire audience sing to me, because I was his friend. He also once played a gig in my kitchen and got us tickets to see him compere a comedy club he helped to run, as well as giving us freebies for a show he played as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

So when he tweeted saying that he was doing a DVD recording, I knew I had to go; when he found out me and my housemate Josh were going, he immediately said he wanted us as a special feature on the DVD. The show that was recorded was hella funny, and I met Josh's colleague Megan (who got the job I applied for, grrr) which was pretty cool. It was nice to spend some time in Leicester, too, since I was able to visit a couple of people and say hi!

Other than trips to Leicester and London, not a lot has happened in the recent past. I've applied for some jobs (with Ford, and a PR agency in London called Hotspot) and I'm applying for some more (one is a fundraising position with CASE which would be pretty interesting and has potential for travelling around Europe). I'm also looking at the European Space Agency's Young Graduate Trainees scheme, which is aimed at people at my level of qualification, so that'd be awesome. And I'm going to London this weekend for a job fair, staying with [livejournal.com profile] mokatiki and [livejournal.com profile] snowking, which should be really cool, too.

I'm currently contemplating writing a blog article on Chrome for my Proper Blog on my Website. I really want to move over to using it as my primary browser, but the ecosystem of add-ons and plugins and extensions just seems to be so much less developed than the Firefox ecosystem, and I would really miss a couple of extensions. However, it's so much more Mac-like and lightweight, to the point where I have switched to it properly on my laptop. It's currently playing on my mind.
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It's been around three weeks since my last update to LiveJournal. I was going to try to update weekly, but hey, real life always interrupts, doesn't it? The issue is that I can't really remember anything that's happened since then. But I'll try to piece together some tidbits for your reading pleasure.

So one thing that definitely happened is that I wrote the vast majority of my TAFF trip report, which is all very exciting. My trip took me through Toronto, Seattle, Lake Tahoe, Renovation (Worldcon) and San Francisco, and it will be comprised of six main chapters (Renovation gets two to itself), plus additional writing about Renovation from a variety of fans, most of whom I need to chase for contributions (although [livejournal.com profile] jamesb, [livejournal.com profile] fringefaan and Warren Buff have already written stuff for it).

(Incidentally, if any of the fans that I don't give LJ tags to in this post have LiveJournal, can someone please let me know? I met a lot of fans during my TAFF trip that I haven't associated with LJ handles yet, and it's distressing me. Thanks!)

This is all due to be published in a veritable smorgasbord of fanzines over the next few months, which I'm really rather excited about. In order:

I just need to go through and edit the Toronto chapter for Banana Wings (deadline 10th October) and then write the second chapter on Renovation for SF/SF (deadline 20th October), and that's all handled and it's time to put it all together and start asking fan artists for contributions on pages that look a bit lonely.

On the subject of TAFF, we have announced the candidates for the 2012 Eastbound TAFF trip to Odyssey 2012! They are Warren Buff, [livejournal.com profile] kgkofmel and Jacq Monahan, and each candidate looks to be a strong one, so it ought to be a really good race. If you fancy voting (or just generally giving some money to TAFF) then head on over to the unofficial TAFF website and download a ballot form for more details and information. We also now have a TAFF Facebook page and a TAFF Twitter feed for people to engage with, and, as ever, we remain at [livejournal.com profile] taffnews.

Approximating fanac, we also have the trip I took to the Out of This World exhibition at the British Library with [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman recently. It was very awesome; there was a giant tripod and a talking robot and headphones with music on them and a decent variety of books in boxes just waiting for you to read about them. We also met [livejournal.com profile] jamesb and [livejournal.com profile] despotliz, which was awesome. At some stage I must write a short article about it, possibly for Mostly Harmless – we shall see! I've also recently written two articles for The Drink Tank and I have an idea for a Banana Wings article, so we'll see how that goes.

Outside of fandom, I went to Leicester last weekend to record a special feature for a comedian's DVD. No, really. There's a comedian from Leicester called Jim Smallman, and he once played a gig at the university comedy club. He was pretty funny and had an awesome tattoo of a Pacman ghost, so I figured I'd go ask if he had a YouTube channel or a DVD or anything similar. He was extremely flattered that I'd asked, and so he added me on Facebook. Next time he played the comedy club, it was the day prior to my birthday and he had the entire audience sing to me, because I was his friend. He also once played a gig in my kitchen and got us tickets to see him compere a comedy club he helped to run, as well as giving us freebies for a show he played as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

So when he tweeted saying that he was doing a DVD recording, I knew I had to go; when he found out me and my housemate Josh were going, he immediately said he wanted us as a special feature on the DVD. The show that was recorded was hella funny, and I met Josh's colleague Megan (who got the job I applied for, grrr) which was pretty cool. It was nice to spend some time in Leicester, too, since I was able to visit a couple of people and say hi!

Other than trips to Leicester and London, not a lot has happened in the recent past. I've applied for some jobs (with Ford, and a PR agency in London called Hotspot) and I'm applying for some more (one is a fundraising position with CASE which would be pretty interesting and has potential for travelling around Europe). I'm also looking at the European Space Agency's Young Graduate Trainees scheme, which is aimed at people at my level of qualification, so that'd be awesome. And I'm going to London this weekend for a job fair, staying with [livejournal.com profile] mokatiki and [livejournal.com profile] snowking, which should be really cool, too.

I'm currently contemplating writing a blog article on Chrome for my Proper Blog on my Website. I really want to move over to using it as my primary browser, but the ecosystem of add-ons and plugins and extensions just seems to be so much less developed than the Firefox ecosystem, and I would really miss a couple of extensions. However, it's so much more Mac-like and lightweight, to the point where I have switched to it properly on my laptop. It's currently playing on my mind.
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Long time no blog!

Let's see, what have I been up to? Well, firstly, I visited Bristol with my parents to see the Banksy exhibition currently installed there. We arrived in the city on the Saturday afternoon and had a quick look around the shops and suchlike before going into town earlyish on the Sunday morning to queue for the exhibition. As it turned out, the queue in question was around three hours long so I nipped off to go shopping and bought a shiny new iPhone, getting back just as the queue reached the entrance to the museum and then taking an extreme amount of photos of the exhibition itself (around 150 which I culled to 80, which will eventually make their way to Facebook).

Then, after that weekend, I hopped onto a train from Bristol to Nottingham to go and see Bill Bailey. I was a bit apprehensive after having seen his latest DVD (which has several flaws, not least of which is the fact it just isn't very amusing), but I really enjoyed it, and I was laughing for most of the two and a half hours he was on stage. All in all a damn fine night out!

Then, later that week I saw Ice Age 3. It's a very good sequel, managing to be (in my opinion) better than its two predecessors, and has Simon Pegg in it, which was ace. It also has dinosaurs. On the subject of films, last week I went to see Moon starring Sam Rockwell, which is a brilliant film! You should all go and watch it if you haven't already. Ditto The Hangover but for different reasons altogether.

As I typed this, I was staying in Cambridge with [livejournal.com profile] aeglefinus and his wife, but didn't manage to get to Wi-Fi until today. A Constitution con report is on its way!
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The last time I updated this thing properly was Christmas. That's possibly a bit of a long time, since then it's just been 15 or so entries on not a lot, so I'm going to give you guys an update here.

I went to several comedy shows during the Leicester Comedy Festival - Jim Smallman, Tim Minchin, Ed Aczel, Ed Byrne. Minchin did his new show, which I believe is touring Australia at the moment before coming back to the UK later this year - see it if you can, it's got some really good songs in it (as anyone who saw my Twitter during the concert will already know!). Ed Byrne's set was also really, really good - it's coming back to Leicester later this year, so I assume it's still touring elsewhere in the UK. I recommend seeing it if you can, I really enjoyed it. Ed Aczel was weird (as I was expecting), and two or three people walked out of his show, but I was laughing so that was fine. And Jim Smallman is a comedian I've seen a few times, but his set was as funny as always.

Tonight was the Geek Quiz. I've just received a text telling me that my team didn't actually win (it went to tiebreak, but apparently an answer has been discovered to be inaccurate since the end of the evening so my team lost by two points), but it was a good evening. And we won the competition to get most kicker questions (really hard questions at the end of every round designed to sort the men from the boys).

What else has happened? Not a whole lot. Had a friend from home visit recently, and shortly afterwards I also went home - saw all my brothers which was awesome, and celebrated my grandparents' wedding anniversary. I've been doing uni as usual, and it's been going averagely. I'm now social secretary of the Game Society, and I was elected president on Monday, so I'll be president next year. We're having a twenty-four hour board gaming social in a fortnight's time which ought to be epic.

On the subject of Gamesoc, I've been playing more Warhammer 40,000 - I'm getting better, slowly but surely. I beat my friend Ash the other day, and I've won one lost two in the doubles tournament that's running (I confidently anticipate placing in the middle somewhere). We also played a 6000pts/side game of Imperial Guard vs Necrons, which was good fun. We Necrons won, but by the skin of our teeth!

I'm also now on the committee for LL3, which is absolutely definitely probably happening in summer 2010. Unfortunately, someone decided that during exams was the best time to hold a convention, so I can't go to Plokta, which is annoying. I also couldn't have gone to Redemption, even if I'd remembered it was happening, due to family commitments. I should be at Constitution this summer though, so I'll see some of you there. I'm also (obviously) still going to be at LX and Odyssey 2010.

Can't think of much else happening in my life. Didn't win the lottery tonight, that was a shame! I am now going to shower, buy peanut butter from the twenty-four hour Spar down the road, and hit the hay, as I'm up at something ridiculous like 07:00 tomorrow morning for Picocon. I plan to read Watchmen for the first time on the train, in anticipation of the film on Friday. See some of you there!

Mitch Benn

Aug. 16th, 2008 02:10 pm
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The below video was taken by my brother at the Norwich Comedy Festival I blogged about a week ago, and is a live rendition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Alternatively, you can follow it through to YouTube for the opportunity to click on a higher-quality version.

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So, this week I went to Plymouth with friends from GameSoc. It was good fun - Ash, Nic, Ben and I roadtripped from Leicester to Plymouth, and met up with Sam and Suzy whilst we were there. The first day was fairly uneventful, because we were all knackered and just went to sleep fairly soon after arriving, but the second day was far more interesting, as it involved Dungeons and Dragons )

Other than D&D, we went to see some nifty fireworks, ate donuts and Chinese food, and eventually roadtripped back via Bideford, which sells some nice sandwiches, let me tell you. We arrived in Leicester a touch too late for the last trains to Chester and Peterborough, so went to get kebabs from Bluepoint before crashing for the night. I caught a train yesterday morning and arrived in Peterborough, wrapped my mum's birthday present and wrote her the card I got her just in time!

Last night, we went to something called Rock with Laughter at Elton Hall. It was a really good mix of comedy and music - the comedians were Lenny Henry, Jo Brand and Jasper Carrott (brilliant!) and the bands playing were the Bootleg Beatles, Elkie Brooks and the Manfreds, as well as the Blockheads with guest vocallist Phill Jupitus! All in all, a fantastic night.

And now, I'm awake, after some drama last night, and wishing that I could go back and play more D&D.

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