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Serpentine Christmas Party [Dec. 22nd, 2006|08:36 am]

I got some great pictures of the running club Christmas party.

Some notes:

  • The girl in the green dress is the mysterious Mariana that you've probably all heard about but never seen.
  • This is the first time I've seen some of those people wearing anything other than running kit (or, in one case, Speedos).
  • This year's Candy Necklace Handout Program will be greatly expanded next year in order to enourage more girl-on-girl-necklace-eating.
  • Post-party hotel rooms are definitely the way forward.
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5 things... [Dec. 22nd, 2006|07:49 am]

Tagged from the recently-engaged birthday boy, Ryan.

  1. I didn't drink alcohol until I was 23.
  2. I missed my senior prom to compete in a national science competition.
  3. I met the president of Bulgaria at the Bulgarian embassy in London.
  4. I'm a virgo, but right on the cusp so about 1/3 of horoscopes identify me as a leo. When I explain this to astrologically-minded friends, they say "that explains a lot" or "you are definitely a virgo", which I generally think is a load of crap.
  5. I go by my middle name. My first name is shared by my father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
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Shaggy [Nov. 19th, 2006|02:59 pm]
4 months and counting since my last haircut. The current plan is to go until Christmas, when I may get it cut so I don't look like a vagabond at my cousin's wedding.

Yes, this is the kind of banal drivel that blogs are famous for...
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Random Updates [Oct. 21st, 2006|01:47 pm]
I'm finally getting back into running thanks to a couple of races last week. My first cross country race was last Saturday and I managed a respectable time despite the hills (thanks to loads of confidence from a year of hill training in 2004/5). I then ran the Cabbage Patch 10 on Sunday and missed a PB by 20 seconds. Of course, running two races back-to-back is never going to produce your fastest times, but I only managed 7:15 minute miles. That's nowhere near where I want to be: my PB in the 10k is 6:35 minute miles. Hopefully, weekly track sessions and a winter of cross country will get me back there (and beyond... a 40:00 10k is one of my new goals).

After a couple months of sleeping in almost every day (getting into work between 9:30-10:00, as a result), I decided to become an early riser. So far, I've got a week of 6am starts behind me. I've gone to the grocery store, made lunches, done laundry, paid bills, etc, etc... all before going to work. Like he says in the article, I'm getting about 5-6 extra hours each week because I'm not sleeping in.

I'm probably the last person to join the allofmp3 party (especially if the record companies get their way). I got into it so I could load Mariana's iPod up with the music she likes without spending a fortune and without spending hours on one of the free download networks. But I'm now using it to try out new music. I'll probably still buy physical CDs for any albums I really like, but being able to give everything a pre-listen for a few pennies is fantastic.

Lastly, the Whitney Music Box is one of the neatest Flash/music experiments I've seen in a while. I think my favorite part is the tiny bit of silence and anticipation before 1/3, 1/2 and all the notes are played at once. Check out the variations on the right-hand side of the page, too.
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Epic Parties and Broken Windows [Sep. 24th, 2006|04:51 pm]
Last night I celebrated my 30th birthday one month late with a party in the flat. I cleared out as much space as possible (bikes & keyboards in the bedroom) and set up the flat for a two-room, dancing extravaganza. Mariana and I filled the guest bathroom tub with ice and beer. On the music front, no guilty pleasure was denied: Bon Jovi, Kylie, Madonna, Brittney. And all was good...

...until about 11pm, when some punks on the street lobbed 3 rocks at the windows. One came sailing in through an open window and was lucky not to hit anyone. The second shattered a pane of glass. And the third broke a hole in another pane. The punks ran, the police were called, a report was made, etc., etc. The police are unlikely to be able to do anything about it so the report is really just for insurance purposes. Oh well.

After that, we closed the windows, lowered the blinds and the party went on until 3:30am. I'm currently staring at a huge mess of bottles and a very dirty floor. But it was well worth the trouble. Maybe I should do this "Birthday Party" thing more often.
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"Oh my God, it's Michael" [Sep. 13th, 2006|11:38 pm]
It's hard to describe my brother but here's an article to give you a small idea... He knows the reporter, but the reporter didn't know he was the "Michael" everyone was talking about. So he's only mentioned as one of the guys who passed the torch: http://www.wweek.com/editorial/3245/7977
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Classic moments in spam literature [Sep. 1st, 2006|01:50 pm]

Subject: coup papal
From: Clementine Maloney
Date: Fri, September 1, 2006 13:38

Then there was sudden silence and a voice yelled "Curses on your religion, Jimgrim!
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Lovers Electric [Aug. 29th, 2006|03:25 pm]
While at Greenbelt, I found a fantastic new band: Lovers Electric. They play sugary indie pop rock and feature a cute, Kylie-sized lead singer (perhaps a small reason for my affection).

They're up from Adelaide for the next few months trying to promote a new single/album. Unfortunately, their first date conflicts with running night so I'm torn...

The entire album is available online for free, so give them a listen. My favorites are "Honey", "Won't Give In" and "In Love".
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(no subject) [Aug. 21st, 2006|05:32 pm]
How do you repay thousands of strangers for supporting you along a 13+ hour race? By going out and supporting thousands of strangers at another 13+ hour race!

For the second year in a row, I went out to Sherborne to watch Ironman UK. This year, I had a much better understanding of what these people were going through. So I clapped until I had bruises on my hands, shook a cowbell (!) until I had blisters, and yelled until my voice stopped working. Cheering for that long was hard work, but I got enough smiles and "thank you's" that it was well worth it.

This year, we had 7 Serpies to support and all of them finished (some in amazing time).

This was my 2nd camping trip in 3 weeks and I'm going out again next weekend. It's not quite "real" camping (we usually buy dinner in a nearby pub) but it's great to get out of London and into the country for a few days.
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This is why I live in London [Aug. 15th, 2006|10:12 pm]
After a hard day's work, I went out to a pub for a long-overdue meetup with Ryan and Jim. We drank a few at the pub before going for dinner. Drank a few more over dinner. And drank one more after dinner. Now, I'm guzzling water in order to avoid tomorrow's hangover.

It's a Tuesday night and I realize that I wouldn't be doing anything like this in America. And I love that fact.
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