Saturday, October 23, 2004


Reading the packet of drum sitting on my desk, I can't help but be pedantic.
"stopping smoking reduces the risk of fatal heart and lung disease"
I know what this means, but I feel that it is not totally clear.
Stopping (for how long? Stopping who?) smoking (what?) reduces (by how much?) the risk (great game) of fatal (what about non fatal?) heart and lung disease.
To be fair, if they were more accurate, the warning would not fit on the packet. They should just stick to my favourite of "smokers die younger" and keep showing that advert with the fatty deposits in some blokes artery. Much more straight forward. And much more likely to put me off the whole idea. Almost as off putting as smoking drum itself.
Current time - 6:50am.

Learn a new thing everyday

I have just realized that I can't spell exercise. Damn my poor command of thw written language. Oops. Now, that was an accidental typing error, but I thought I may as well leave it in just to prove my point.
Anyway, back to the title. I have been watching a large amount of BBC learning zone recently. All good stuff. My recent favorite was the rise and fall of communism in Russia. About three hours worth. I am currently watching philosophy in action. Apparently. Looks like boxing to me. For those of you who are thinking that I am being a bit more crazy than usual, I assure you that it all makes sense. Even outside of my own head.
Thing I am not recommending at the moment:
Smoking roll ups when feeling ill.
Smoking roll ups without a filter.
Smoking roll ups at all.
Sound advice.
I was practicing some kung fu earlier and have done myself a mischief. Whilst doing a wood turn (think one leg squats whilst punching some one in the face and stamping on their knee) when I heard a nasty crack coming from my knee. I should add that I felt it as well but can you feel a crack? I didn't mean it that way. Filthy minded people out there. Anyway, I am currently hobbling around my flat trying to get some sympathy from the cat. I don't think it is working.
I have finally swallowed (what little I have left of) my pride and emailed nmrboy to ask him about publishing pictures on here. So maybe there will be some up soon. I knew my webcam would come in handy for something.
Anyone watch the poker final on today? It was great. If you like poker.
I should probably leave it there for today. I fear I am not making too much sense. It is 4am and I have been awake for ten hours. Maybe I should try the old 'sort out my terrible sleep pattern by staying awake for an extra 18 hours' trick. It is a classic after all. You know that you have all thought about it at one time or another.
Right. Time to go.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

The Simon complex

Start with the good news, that is what I was always taught.
My job interview went well today. Easy questions and no real problems. The labs were full of middle aged (?) women who seemed to like me as women of that age tend to do. I am relatively hopeful. Though sadly not as hopeful as everyone else I know who seem convinced that the job is already mine. Still, it is nice that other people have convidence in me.
On to the slightly worse news. Well, I suppose that it isn't really news. It is more of a complex. Part of the Simon complex.
Whenever I drink, I always enjoy it. Though afterwards I am always paranoid. I have always been very quiet and so I am generally the quiet one in the corner. Often amusing myself (not in that way pervert) by taking the advice of the old saying (something along the lines of) "take time to look around before life passes you by". Good words. I am sure that a lot of people would be amazed at some of the things that they never notice because they are in too much of a rush.
Anyway, being paranoid. Having always lacked self confidence, I tend to feel that because I don't put myself forward and join discussions (as it would seem rude to me unless I was invited in some way or had a relevant point) that people seem to view me as being a bit odd. Fair play to them. But not in the way that they think.
I suppose this is one of the ways that I can tell who my real friends are. After going out and drinking with them, I never feel like this. I have the confidence that my opinions are valued and maybe even welcomed.
I really hate being quiet. Not the actual being quiet part (silence is golden), but the part where I find it hard to relate to people. It makes me hard to get to know. Distant. Not true, but it is how it seems. Also, I hate making small talk for the sake of avoiding uncomfortable silences. It seems false or forced to me. Conversation should flow easily or why bother? So instead I sit in the corner. Silent. Watching the world.
That is all I can be bothered to say for now. More of the Simon complex is bound to follow some day.
Time for a quote and some tuna sandwiches. I really must email nmr_monkey and ask him how to put pictures on here. In the words of the phrophecies, a job for another day.
Go go gadget quote:

Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
-Maya Angelou

It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment, which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos
-Manly Hall quotes

Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity
-Stephen Vincent Benet

Accept fate, and move on. Don't yield to the seductive pull of self-pity. Acting like a victim threatens your future

Notice the theme? It is always good therapy to laugh at one's own afflictions.
My apologies have to go to my dear friend who I have just told about this site today (yesterday by now). If you are reading this, I did not mean to go off on one. It just tends to happen, though normally it is more confined to the four(?) walls of my head. Don't worry. Be happy. That gives me an idea for a song....
Have fun and take time to look at the world.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Go to sleep Simon

Good news - I have a job interview at 10am.
Bad news - it is 3am and I am writing a blog, drinking coffee and practising kung fu instead of going to sleep.
Oh well. I am sure tiredness will add to the fun of finding some place in salford and having an interview for a job that I am both over and under qualified for. Genius.
List of things to do in the morning before the interview:
Eat 3 weetabix,
Drink at least two cups of coffee,
Iron my suit and a shirt,
Print a map,
Learn how to use a HPLC machine,
Read about the company and memorise their mission statement,
Purchase + smoke some ciggys,
Remember that I have given up smoking,
Chew some gum so that no one notices that I have been smoking.

Most importantly, I need to wake up. This will be the hardest step of course. Oh well.
In other new, I have worked out how to get pictures to show on blog. Just have to figure out how to get them on to blog in the first place.
And time for a quote:

If you want your dreams to come true, don't over sleep.
-Yiddish Proverb

Thanks to for ruining all of my dreams in one fell swoop.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004


I have been trying to upload photos to blog via hello. All very confusing. Bearing in mind I do use lots of various computer programs for work and at home, you would think that it would be easy to upload some pictures. Maybe it is just me. I suppose I am easily confused though that usually has something to do with my friends and their randomness.
Speaking of which, a friend of mine came up for the weekend. He has a funny habit of going to sleep at the strangest times of day. Then, when he is asleep, sometimes he will wake up for a minute, talk gibberish (not always even in english) then go back to sleep. Genius.

Things I currently recommend (in no particual order):

Fudge (mmmmm)
Guyver bio booster armour
Sitting down after having eaten far too much
Lovely ladies
Texas hold em poker
Kung fu
Lots and lots of coffee
People not smoking lovely, oops, I mean evil cigareetes near me

More to be added...
Time for a few proverbs:

No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor.
-Danish Proverb
Everyone thinks his own burden heavy.
-French Proverb
Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and all good things will be yours.
-Swedish proverb

Multi cultuaral wisdom (thanks to Genius.
Until I type again....