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Claire Brialey won Best Fan Writer which I was lucky enough to present to her, whereas the Drink Tank took it home for Chris Garcia and James Bacon. Great results all around! :D

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Claire Brialey won Best Fan Writer which I was lucky enough to present to her, whereas the Drink Tank took it home for Chris Garcia and James Bacon. Great results all around! :D

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Claire Brialey won Best Fan Writer which I was lucky enough to present to her, whereas the Drink Tank took it home for Chris Garcia and James Bacon. Great results all around! :D

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So I've been totally crap at updating this, which is entirely my own fault. Sorry to all of you who were looking forward to regular updates! I've been diligently writing aspects of my TAFF report in the interim, though, which I suspect is why I haven't been blogging as much as I'd hoped (well, that and not having cellular Internet...not being able to update without Wi-Fi really takes its toll!).

So what have I been doing, I hear you cry? Well, having a fantastic time! I arrived in Toronto on Tuesday evening and spent some time chilling with my excellent hosts, [livejournal.com profile] asfi and [livejournal.com profile] c_crockett. They have been cooking me awesome, awesome food and generally looking after me really well!

I have so far been to St Lawrence Market, the Ontario Science Centre, the Merril Collection, the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the pub (for a fan meeting!). I have written about 3500 words of my trip report so far, and I'm trying to avoid posting it up here so that when it does arrive it isn't just rehashed material, but I will try to keep you all updated anyway!


The photograph above is of some luminescent rocks that are housed at the ROM. Rather oddly they're almost right next to a really bright lightbulb which makes getting decent photographs quite difficult, but they're still very impressive (as is the rest of the minerals collection!). I really enjoyed today, it was ace!

I was woken at 5am today by a call from Rock Kitchen Harris, a PR firm based in Leicester, inviting me to an interview for the post of PR co-ordinator. Unfortunately they appear not to have seen the bit in my application where I say I'm not free until 29th August, since they've invited me to interview on 11th/12th... Need to load some credit into Skype and call them to see what my options are. Still pretty happy I got an interview though, that's always a nice ego boost.

One last thing. There's a party tomorrow night in order to let me meet lots more Toronto people, and we are setting up a webcam so that non-Torontonians can join in the fun! Just visit my Justin.tv page tomorrow from 7pm EDT (that's 12am BST for Britons).

Til next time!

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So I've been totally crap at updating this, which is entirely my own fault. Sorry to all of you who were looking forward to regular updates! I've been diligently writing aspects of my TAFF report in the interim, though, which I suspect is why I haven't been blogging as much as I'd hoped (well, that and not having cellular Internet...not being able to update without Wi-Fi really takes its toll!).

So what have I been doing, I hear you cry? Well, having a fantastic time! I arrived in Toronto on Tuesday evening and spent some time chilling with my excellent hosts, [livejournal.com profile] asfi and [livejournal.com profile] c_crockett. They have been cooking me awesome, awesome food and generally looking after me really well!

I have so far been to St Lawrence Market, the Ontario Science Centre, the Merril Collection, the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the pub (for a fan meeting!). I have written about 3500 words of my trip report so far, and I'm trying to avoid posting it up here so that when it does arrive it isn't just rehashed material, but I will try to keep you all updated anyway!


The photograph above is of some luminescent rocks that are housed at the ROM. Rather oddly they're almost right next to a really bright lightbulb which makes getting decent photographs quite difficult, but they're still very impressive (as is the rest of the minerals collection!). I really enjoyed today, it was ace!

I was woken at 5am today by a call from Rock Kitchen Harris, a PR firm based in Leicester, inviting me to an interview for the post of PR co-ordinator. Unfortunately they appear not to have seen the bit in my application where I say I'm not free until 29th August, since they've invited me to interview on 11th/12th... Need to load some credit into Skype and call them to see what my options are. Still pretty happy I got an interview though, that's always a nice ego boost.

One last thing. There's a party tomorrow night in order to let me meet lots more Toronto people, and we are setting up a webcam so that non-Torontonians can join in the fun! Just visit my Justin.tv page tomorrow from 7pm EDT (that's 12am BST for Britons).

Til next time!

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So I've been totally crap at updating this, which is entirely my own fault. Sorry to all of you who were looking forward to regular updates! I've been diligently writing aspects of my TAFF report in the interim, though, which I suspect is why I haven't been blogging as much as I'd hoped (well, that and not having cellular Internet...not being able to update without Wi-Fi really takes its toll!).

So what have I been doing, I hear you cry? Well, having a fantastic time! I arrived in Toronto on Tuesday evening and spent some time chilling with my excellent hosts, [livejournal.com profile] asfi and [livejournal.com profile] c_crockett. They have been cooking me awesome, awesome food and generally looking after me really well!

I have so far been to St Lawrence Market, the Ontario Science Centre, the Merril Collection, the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the pub (for a fan meeting!). I have written about 3500 words of my trip report so far, and I'm trying to avoid posting it up here so that when it does arrive it isn't just rehashed material, but I will try to keep you all updated anyway!


The photograph above is of some luminescent rocks that are housed at the ROM. Rather oddly they're almost right next to a really bright lightbulb which makes getting decent photographs quite difficult, but they're still very impressive (as is the rest of the minerals collection!). I really enjoyed today, it was ace!

I was woken at 5am today by a call from Rock Kitchen Harris, a PR firm based in Leicester, inviting me to an interview for the post of PR co-ordinator. Unfortunately they appear not to have seen the bit in my application where I say I'm not free until 29th August, since they've invited me to interview on 11th/12th... Need to load some credit into Skype and call them to see what my options are. Still pretty happy I got an interview though, that's always a nice ego boost.

One last thing. There's a party tomorrow night in order to let me meet lots more Toronto people, and we are setting up a webcam so that non-Torontonians can join in the fun! Just visit my Justin.tv page tomorrow from 7pm EDT (that's 12am BST for Britons).

Til next time!

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"My name is John Coxon, and I got into fandom through being secretary of ZZ9 before starting to edit a fanzine, Procrastinations. I also wrote the readme for Teledu before helping on newsletter for my second Eastercon and running the newsletter at my third, in 2009. I would really like the opportunity to attend my first American cons and my first Worldcon in Reno! I would love to be able to get involved with fandom overseas and meet many new fans.

"(As a bonus, I also promise to staple (hard copies of) my trip report, if someone will lend me a stapler.)"

Better?

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"My name is John Coxon, and I got into fandom through being secretary of ZZ9 before starting to edit a fanzine, Procrastinations. I also wrote the readme for Teledu before helping on newsletter for my second Eastercon and running the newsletter at my third, in 2009. I would really like the opportunity to attend my first American cons and my first Worldcon in Reno! I would love to be able to get involved with fandom overseas and meet many new fans.

"(As a bonus, I also promise to staple (hard copies of) my trip report, if someone will lend me a stapler.)"

Better?

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johncoxon: (Alltami)

"My name is John Coxon, and I got into fandom through being secretary of ZZ9 before starting to edit a fanzine, Procrastinations. I also wrote the readme for Teledu before helping on newsletter for my second Eastercon and running the newsletter at my third, in 2009. I would really like the opportunity to attend my first American cons and my first Worldcon in Reno! I would love to be able to get involved with fandom overseas and meet many new fans.

"(As a bonus, I also promise to staple (hard copies of) my trip report, if someone will lend me a stapler.)"

Better?

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johncoxon: (London Underground)

Today I had to catch a train from Leicester to Peterborough. I am sitting on this train as I type this entry. Several things have majorly pissed me off about this fact and I am going to rant now.

Rant ahoy! )

Given that on top of all this three trains on the board were cancelled or delayed, and that it takes thirty minutes longer by train than by car, and it is tempting to stop thinking in the terms of the environmentally aware soul and start thinking, "seats are more comfortable in the car". Also, you can sing along loudly to your CDs. God bless the A47!

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Fireworks!

Aug. 11th, 2010 10:28 am
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So this is being a good week so far! I went to a mate's stag do at the weekend which was a lot of fun and about which I will not blog any further.

Then on Sunday I (Iron Hands Space Marines) played a doubles game of Warhammer 40K with Tony (White Scars Space Marines) against Becky (Dark Eldar) and Tom (Necrons). Unfortunately the evil xenos won the day this time, but I'm looking forward to playing Tom and Becky individually and thrashing them both!

On Monday Sam, Tom, Becky, Tony and I drove down to Plymouth to meet up with Ash and Nic, so last night we went to see some fireworks because it is the National Fireworks Championships. They were extremely pretty last night (we preferred the third set) and I also saw a meteor! Several people lit Chinese Candles, too.

I also accidentally purchased one of the Star Wars RPG sourcebooks (Galaxy of Intrigue) so I'm going to have a good read of that on the drive back to Leicester! :D

Today Corporation is the roleplay of choice although yesterday some of the others played Dark Heresy and we were playing Solairis and Penny Arcade: The Card Game whilst waiting for the fireworks to kick off.

I think a powerboat ride is on the cards this afternoon before the second lot of fireworks tonight, and then tomorrow we head back to Leicester. I think I may spend the evening watching Suoernatural with [livejournal.com profile] sarkywoman.

Also, I think I need a few new icons. Robot Wars, fireworks and an iPhone all spring to mind!

Until next time folks!

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Somewhat oddly, the new official LiveJournal iPhone client is just the old LiveJournal.app but with a different entry in the App Store and a refusal to auto-correct anything I'm typing. Even more odd is the fact that the old app is still listed....

Although to be fair it does finally have in-app flist viewing and the ability to create polls. Just hope the next gap between updates isn't six months (the gap between 0.5.6 and this one, 0.6.0)!

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Somewhat oddly, the new official LiveJournal iPhone client is just the old LiveJournal.app but with a different entry in the App Store and a refusal to auto-correct anything I'm typing. Even more odd is the fact that the old app is still listed....

Although to be fair it does finally have in-app flist viewing and the ability to create polls. Just hope the next gap between updates isn't six months (the gap between 0.5.6 and this one, 0.6.0)!

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Somewhat oddly, the new official LiveJournal iPhone client is just the old LiveJournal.app but with a different entry in the App Store and a refusal to auto-correct anything I'm typing. Even more odd is the fact that the old app is still listed....

Although to be fair it does finally have in-app flist viewing and the ability to create polls. Just hope the next gap between updates isn't six months (the gap between 0.5.6 and this one, 0.6.0)!

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Sat in the sun reading today because it was nice out. I'm about to head to a film night at a couple of coursemates' house, so I may commit Twitter later (or even more LiveJournal if you're really lucky!).

#5 The Boys #31-38 (collected in The Self-Preservation Society), 2009/10

These are the last comics I'm buying in this series as comics -- future reads will be trade paperbacks, since the series is being completely collected. The series is continuing and is still an enjoyable read, but unlike Preacher, there is very little variation from arc to arc. Ennis has found a niche and is sticking with it, I guess. Although judging from the cover art for the next comic, that may all be about to change!

#6 Jhonen Vasquez, JTHM: Director's Cut, 1997

This was completely strange and bizarre but made me giggle inanely quite a lot so I'm willing to forgive it for that! The book is a compendium of stories about Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (you can call him "nny"), who is an interesting character to say the least! There was virtually no plot for the first half of the book, but the second half starts to establish a continous storyline which is fun to follow. Overall I thought the structure worked quite well, and the incredibly bleak and surreal humour was brilliant. I am thankful Andrew lent it to me!

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Sat in the sun reading today because it was nice out. I'm about to head to a film night at a couple of coursemates' house, so I may commit Twitter later (or even more LiveJournal if you're really lucky!).

#5 The Boys #31-38 (collected in The Self-Preservation Society), 2009/10

These are the last comics I'm buying in this series as comics -- future reads will be trade paperbacks, since the series is being completely collected. The series is continuing and is still an enjoyable read, but unlike Preacher, there is very little variation from arc to arc. Ennis has found a niche and is sticking with it, I guess. Although judging from the cover art for the next comic, that may all be about to change!

#6 Jhonen Vasquez, JTHM: Director's Cut, 1997

This was completely strange and bizarre but made me giggle inanely quite a lot so I'm willing to forgive it for that! The book is a compendium of stories about Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (you can call him "nny"), who is an interesting character to say the least! There was virtually no plot for the first half of the book, but the second half starts to establish a continous storyline which is fun to follow. Overall I thought the structure worked quite well, and the incredibly bleak and surreal humour was brilliant. I am thankful Andrew lent it to me!

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Sat in the sun reading today because it was nice out. I'm about to head to a film night at a couple of coursemates' house, so I may commit Twitter later (or even more LiveJournal if you're really lucky!).

#5 The Boys #31-38 (collected in The Self-Preservation Society), 2009/10

These are the last comics I'm buying in this series as comics -- future reads will be trade paperbacks, since the series is being completely collected. The series is continuing and is still an enjoyable read, but unlike Preacher, there is very little variation from arc to arc. Ennis has found a niche and is sticking with it, I guess. Although judging from the cover art for the next comic, that may all be about to change!

#6 Jhonen Vasquez, JTHM: Director's Cut, 1997

This was completely strange and bizarre but made me giggle inanely quite a lot so I'm willing to forgive it for that! The book is a compendium of stories about Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (you can call him "nny"), who is an interesting character to say the least! There was virtually no plot for the first half of the book, but the second half starts to establish a continous storyline which is fun to follow. Overall I thought the structure worked quite well, and the incredibly bleak and surreal humour was brilliant. I am thankful Andrew lent it to me!

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CHALLENGE

Dec. 12th, 2009 02:20 am
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I have challenged someone to a food-based duel: if he can cook an entire meal in a dishwasher, I will buy him dinner. This may prove to have been a bad idea...

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TheAppvent Calendar is giving a different game away free every day throughout December. Some have been really good, so I recommend giving it a try!

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So my uni friend Michael and I went to see Jonathan Coulton tonight at the Union Chapel in London. First impressions of the venue were of surprise -- I had assumed it was an ex-chapel converted into a venue, but it appeared to be a genuine, honest-to-God church, and that impression only got stronger as we walked in and took our seats on the pews.

After we'd bagged our spot, I purchased a copy of JoCo's first album, Smoking Monkey, and one of the 2009 Tour T-shirts (which has the honour of being one of extremely few white T-shirts in my collection!) before settling down to wait for the evening's entertainment to kick off. Eventually, to much applause, Paul and Storm came on-stage.

They kicked off by greeting us all and telling us they were "the thing you have to sit through to see the thing you came to see tonight!" They launched into a rendition of Opening Band which was really fun, and they had two matching pairs of boxer shorts, a thong and a packet of Jaffa Cakes. Then they did their Mothers' Day song, and asked us whether any of us had mothers (apparently Manchester shouted back that they were clones).

During a song that apparently needed us to wave lighters in the air, someone was caught with an open laptop and a competition was started to see who could design the best lighter app before the end of the show (AFAIK nobody completed the challenge). They played Frogger: The Musical, a song about boxing nuns and a pirate's wife's lament.

At some point during the set, Paul used the phrase "Wispa Melée!" and Storm said that that was their Clash tribute band. This triggered a number of jokes around names for tribute/covers bands throughout the evening:

  • Manufactured Sorrow: The Smiths
  • Zombie Leprechauns: The Pogues
  • Oblong Circles: They Might Be Giants
  • Jaffa Cake Thieves: The Madness
  • Star Wars Can of Worms: Weezer
  • Ritalin Cannon: TMBG again
  • Space Bones: David Bowie (this one was actually during JoCo's set)
JoCo came on after a short break, and started with the three songs I listened to on the way to the railway station this afternoon before moving onto some more. Paul and Storm came on after a few songs -- Paul had changed into a Captain Hammer shirt and responded to calls of 'Captain Hammer' with "The hammer is my penis", which is as it should be. No real shocks or surprises came until they covered TMBG's Birdhouse in Your Soul (I knew he'd covered it for Chicago but didn't expect to hear it tonight). Another notable song was Mr. Fancy Pants -- its first performance in the UK -- in which we got well and truly rickrolled!

The set continued with some really great songs, including most of the old favourites. He didn't do Chiron Beta Prime, You Ruined Everything or I'm Your Moon, but he did a version of Always the Moon without mics or amps, relying on the natural acoustics of the room, that was absolutely stunning. Both he and Paul and Storm performed a couple of songs from Masters of Song Fu each, which was cool (although sadly there was no Boolean Love Song).

At the end, he plugged some merch (including cake-scented stickers) before coming out to take photos with and sign autographs for the people who had stuck around. All in all, a good night! xD

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