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the new LJ TOS is the final straw.

i will be deleting my livejournal just as soon as I am certain that I have a copy of everything.

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From <lj user=pseudomonas>: "Take this list, remove a thing, sort it by how much you like the things, add a thing at the top, a thing in the middle, and a thing at the bottom (preserving the sortedness, pedants):"

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Wifi
Twitter

Steam locomotives
Running away from zombies
Porridge
Maths
Gin
Tidying

Eating paper
Thermal underwear
Undercooked Aubergine
Getting up early
Migraines
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I am going on holiday! To Americaland! In March. Travel plans are


  • London Super Comic Con the weekend of March 14/15
  • flying from Heathrow to San Francisco on March 18
  • staying in San Francisco for a week
  • catching the Coast Starlight to Seattle on March 25/26
  • then settling down and attending the Emerald City Comicon
  • and then a loose couple of days during which time I will probably visit friends in Portland? I've not booked the transport for this bit yet.
  • anyway, back to Seattle for a flight back to Heathrow on the 1st
  • and then straight into EasterCon!


My death from exhaustion is scheduled for April 7th, which means I sadly won't be able to attend the Taylor Swift festival day I have booked for the day after my birthday. Oh well.

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Way back in January, I signed up for Duolingo, a free language-teaching app, to do some French revision. I have a French GSCE, 'C' grade, but calling it rusty would be to imply that any iron content was present in the first place. Even at the time, I have no idea how I passed.

So, revision. I ran into the same problems I faced before: spelling in French is about as complicated as English, without the benefit of learning it as a child; and the fucking gender. I have problems with gender in language, too.

I decided to give Spanish a go over the summer. I made pretty good progress, even if I do say so myself. The spelling is pretty regular (although stuff like the b/v distinction still sometimes gets me), and the even genders are a bit more sensible, because of -a -o endings at least provide a default rule you can learn exceptions to. (It helps that "el" and "la" are far more distinct than "le" and "la").

I have got pretty far! Level 11, with just a few more modules to go. The problem is, it's not really teaching me Spanish. It's teaching me how to pass Duolingo Spanish tests. I'm picking up a fair bit of Spanish along the way, but there are various unfortunate tricks that I've spotted (when you get presented with words to form a sentence, the first one is going to be the one with a capital letter, right). So I kind of stalled.

HOWEVER, it turns out there is a thing called "adult education" still, despite the government's best intentions. I signed up with a "Beginners B" Spanish course. It seems to be about the right level for me - I would have sailed through the absolute basics course - but I'm just not fluent enough to do much more. There have been a couple of gotchas. I need to learn my Spanish alphabet. And the numbers. Duolingo wasn't teaching the alphabet at all; and not teaching the numbers systemically.

Still, good fun, going to keep plugging away at it. Very weird to be in a classroom environment after so long. I swear I am not doing this just because I got into Community. Honest.

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Oxford update

 Oxford is treating me well.  I'm settling into a routine, I'm figuring out where things are.

I'm going on a trip to London this evening so I can go to the pub and also test travel back late prior to a gig I'm going to next Thursday. (For an Oxford band!)

Six and a half years ago, I started a telly night with some people, originally to show Bat and Zair Babylon 5.
It originally rotated but 
I've hosted it consistently for the last few years.
We have since watched Buffy, Firefly, Dollhouse, Sherlock, various films, and have tried Misfits, BSG and a few other shows.  

We started Game of Thrones in June or something.  We finished season 1 on my last Thursday.

They are, of course, continuing without me.  I knew they would.  Life goes on.  It's still a bit upsetting.


They are 
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 I am leaving London, as you may have gathered.

I am going to have some Leaving London drinks at the Winchester Pembury Tavern, in Hackney, on Sunday the 24th of August, starting at around 6pm, although let's face it I'll probably be there from lunchtime and already be quite sozzled by the time you guys turn up, so come whenever.  (It is the Bank Holiday Monday the next day, so we can be boozing until late)  All are welcome, and I hope you can make it.

<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/351734314977889/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming">There is a Facebook event here</a>.

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tellylog

 Mostly for my own reference, I present a list of telly I have watched during my period of unemployment

*Community, except season 2
*season 4 of Game of Thrones
*Orange is the New Black (all)
*Breaking Bad (all)
*Red Dwarf 1980s/1990s complete rewatch (apart from "Polymorph", and Red Dwarf VI for whatever reason)
*Orphan Black
*started Mad Men

This is not a bad list.  I've got another month to go.  I'm going to give Mad Men until the end of series 1 but I'm not really feeling it.  Any recommendations?

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