Monday, December 30, 2002

This will be my final post of 2002, done from my sister's computer back home in Strabane since I tried to be strong and leave my laptop in Glasgow. (I couldn't do without web access for a whole two weeks though Smiley face). This hasn't been a great year, all round, but I'll write more about that in the next few days when I write my review of the year on my main website, so here's hoping for a better new year.

In the mean time, I wish all my readers (given the extreme vanity that I actually have any) a very happy 2003.

Monday, December 23, 2002

Eva are fantastic. That is all.

Saturday, December 21, 2002

Now we're just getting silly. The first time that I read that, I just assumed that it was some sort of joke, but after some further reading (including a series of letters in the Guardian) I realised that they were serious. So I can't sing "Happy Birthday" to my mate in the pub (or my living room), can't I? Well, I'd just like to see some jobsworth have the nerve to look me in the eye and say that they were fining me for that!

Friday, December 20, 2002

Stories like this really make me angry. If there wasn't enough reason to boycott Nestle before, then there certainly is now.

Sunday, December 15, 2002

I went to see The Reindeer Section this evening at the QM Union. This was an absolutely fantastic gig. I can't wait for them to come back!

Saturday, December 14, 2002

Tim O'Reilly, founder of the O'Reilly publishing empire has written a great article entitled Piracy is Progressive Taxation regarding the continuing controversy over online file sharing and also discusses copyright infringement in a posting on his blog. With so many heavyweights joining the copyright argument on the side of fair use (including Courtney Love), how long can the big record companies and the movie companies hold out?

Friday, December 13, 2002

Okay, so some of them are a bit silly, but here's a list of 101 things you can do in Mozilla but can't with IE that's been doing the rounds for a bit.

Sunday, December 08, 2002

I watched The Blues Brothers again this evening with a pile of friends. That is such a fantastic film. It's at least the third or fourth time that I've seen it this year. I just can't help singing along to the songs in this film (much to the chagrain of the people that I watch it with) and swaying away (I don't dance, I sway!). Altogether now, "eeevery-body, needs some-body...". We also watched Monty Python's The Life of Brian as well. I'd forgotten just how funny that this film actually is, so this was an apt time for a reminder.

Saturday, December 07, 2002

My flatmate Joy finally graduated and got her PhD today, after passing her viva several months ago, but missing the cutoff date for graduation. We three flatmates went out for a meal along with several other of Joy's friends and after trying various pubs afterwards, settled on Curlers (the cheesy music swung it), although we all gave up fairly early, with Stevie giving up and leaving first. Joy and I weren't all that far behind him, though. It was, however, a very pleasant evening which I enjoyed thoroughly.

Thursday, December 05, 2002

Well, it seems that Tony Blair is retreating on the concept of top-up fees, after facing revolt from not only students and parents, but from within his own party. To be honest, how could he have not seen how unpopular that it was going to be from the start? I mean, I could have told him that, and I don't exactly claim to have my finger on the pulse of British society!

The Guardian also has an article by Anthony Giddens referring to a 'third way' for funding universities in future, which I found very interesting. It may not appeal to my idealistic sense, but it is, IMO, better than the alternatives.

I've finally got TBD out the door! The printing went without (much of) a hitch. That feels really good. I've also got a fair amount of feedback from people as well, which will go into making the next issue – the big 4-0 – the best to date (he says optimistically)!

Wednesday, December 04, 2002

I spent most of the weekend working on getting TBD ready to go, and it's (finally!) done. As long as everything goes according to plan with the printing tomorrow, I'll be okay, but let's not celebrate until the darned thing is actually in the readers' hands, shall we?

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