Monday, December 20, 2010

let it snow ... let it snow ... let it snow ...

but not at Heathrow
(that rhymes in a weird kinda way)

Crikey, i'm getting increasingly nervous watching the UK weather reports ... minus 27 deg C is an estimate of what temps are going to sink to this week ... wtf?!
i'm going to need the army to get me to Wales, never mind my police escort.
Oh i didn't tell you - my uncle and cousin are collecting me from Heathrow - both retired with some degree of seniority from the British Bobby service. I keep making jokes that they should just put a blue light on the car, thereby making sure they get to the airport in double quick time (in case of congestion and what not) ... they don't take me up on the joke.

every year, round about now, i get asked to 'burn' a Christmas cd - so as to create the right 'ambience' whilst we wait for the Christmas Eve din dins to cook proper like. We usually start cooking in the morning and by the time the damn turkey etc. is ready to eat, table set, candles lit, blah blah, we are all so knackered that we can't face a full plate of food. I don't do Christmas cd's very good - usually end up putting some weird stuff on just to freak people out (at least i've done that in the past when there weren't little uns running about) but this year, i've got to act grown up and do a good job. I have about three gigs of toons (Carols and the like), all the traditional and not so traditional things but somehow when they are all assembled for the family to sing along badly to (nobody ever knows all the words) they lose any kind of magic they had to start off with.

when i was a little geek back in Yorkshire (oh here we go with anecdotes, cue to all to fall asleep), we would be frog-marched from our local church into various modes of transport and shipped out to snowbound farmsteads and outlying manors. once assembled in a frozen tableau in front of the doorways, we would shiver and quake out all manner of hymns by the tonload. Ah, them were the days.

Oh well, i must stop reminiscing and get on with it. I think this year i WILL still include a Tom Waits Christmas toon (something cheery like "Just the Right Bullets")

Saturday, December 18, 2010

i got a cowd

i was struck down this week with the dreaded lurgy, aka a sore throat, chesty cough and general unwellingness ... i usually try and let my own internal system fight off bugs and viruses but this time, seeing as how i'm making the long flight to the UK on the 26th December, thought i should rather play it safe and go to the quack.
many rands later and i now have a stockpile of drugs, throat sprays and what not, guaranteed to keep me in bed for a couple more days at least.

Imogen Heap
still keeps fascinating my ears - can't stop listening (and watching) her "Hide and Seek" tune, i'm a bit of a moron that way - if i find a toon a really dig, then i have it on constant repeat. Like i said, moronic. Same with some of the thingies off Massive Attacks' "Heligoland" ... oh and i don't post videos on here, or links to tracks, i'm not that clever. i might link to the artist (like i've done in this post).

There are much better sites out there that post music for your downloading and listening pleasure. One i found recently.

my laptop is such a geeky old thing, it is not at all 'Gizmodo' level ... but i need to take my electronic shit with me on the plane in December, so i can fiddle about on the 'net and do stuff. what to do? the thought of hauling out my battered Acer and plonking it on my drinks tray, while the dude next to me is working on his state of the art Mac or better makes me cringe with embarrassment ... it could be argued by some that my laptop's almost steam driven.
and then again, i'm nervous to put it in my main luggage ... so many cases are stolen by unscrupulous baggage handlers at airports after your shit has been through the Rapiscan - they think they are getting your 1million dollar Luvaglio (the world's most expensive laptop), only to cry when they see the beaten up Acer TravelMate staring at them from inbetween the unmentionables.

My heap of nuts and bolts is not technically an Acer TravelMate though - I mean i've completely obliterated it's original brain and replaced it with a far superior and faster one. Decompartmentalised the compartments, fixed all the glitches, taken out the 'empowering technology" ... so, now my old thing is quite quick off the mark ... Cunning? might be but it still looks crap. There's no elitism in owning an old laptop .. it will never become a cool to own antique. Sigh.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010