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End of an era
This week has been one of endings – though not of life, pets, hobbies, computers or even phones; but of television. The end of Rome (forever) and BSG (series 3) leave a hole in my viewing schedule that is unlikely to be filled by Lost (getting a bit rubbish) but may be by Heroes (which has taken 6 weeks off while they celebrate having a whole series and desperately try and write some more story).

Rome seemed to go out with a little bit of a whimper – mainly due to my knowledge that it is not going to get another series. That’s a shame because although it’s a bit odd in places and Series 2 has not been as exciting as Series 1 (we’d seen it all before tbh, and even the abundance of orgies didn’t excite) – it was worth watching.. If for not other reason than it reminded me about Odyssey.

BSG was an odd beast. Old friends returned as expected and the missing Cylons appeared to (maybe but lets not get carried away) be uncovered. The court scenes were tremendous though – brilliantly done and worth watching for the “let’s catalogue the plot holes in the series to date and use them rather than do like every other TV show would and ignore them” speech. I wasn’t sure about the end of the last series and that turned into something very powerful, so I suppose I should have faith.

Perhaps one of the reasons I don’t is last weekend. A visit to Preston coincided with Matt crewing Vikings so I packed a shirt, some woollen trousers and a couple of stabbing implements and went with him. On paper it sounded reasonably fun – a chance for some relatively relaxed roleplaying (try saying that when you’re drunk). However despite some highlights it suffered for reasons both in and out of the organisers control and basically overall didn't impress me. I like to think it wasn’t just because my shoulders aren’t used to chain mail for extended periods. Mind you, elsewhere people are raving about it, so perhaps my “good” and other people’s “good” is a completely different thing and I should stop moaning.

Of course it’s likely I’ll never get invited back there now, after having committed the cardinal sin of criticism.

One surprising discovery, visible from the motorway, was the 52nd Mormon Temple near Chorley. It’s a very impressive building – a classical cathedral style, simplified, that looks like it’s made of concrete. I’d love to get a closer look but you need a letter from your bishop to do so and I’m not sure I know any who are the “right kind”.

Today I’m in London, enjoying the benefits of a little laptop with decent battery life. Except I can only see out of one eye due to a dodgy contact lens so focussing is especially tough. To add insult to injury I didn’t get any Brown Sauce with my veggie sausage sandwich earlier and this evening’s train is “old-style” so might not even have any catering. I was down for a sustainability conference. My organisation now has an active policy in this area which should allow me to claim carbon footprint reasons for working from home… in my dreams at least.

This evening I will post this journal entry and share some pictures, before doing a bit of freelance work. What a life eh!

Next financial year I hope to spend £5k on a new laptop and camera. It will both make me a better photographer and allow me to carry two phones and two laptops around with me. I will then write long epic livejournal entries on the train and maintain a pretty reasonable policy of not abusing work’s laptop too much. Now all I have to do is find the £5k before claiming some of it back from the taxman.

Which reminds me, I’ve just been playing with Adobe Lightroom and I like it. I possibly even like it enough to buy it. It runs, does what I want and while it isn’t as good a UI as Potatoshop it is pretty much there.

And I’ve booked some more skiing. Dark City be damned.

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mrssshhh From: mrssshhh Date: March 27th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
"One surprising discovery, visible from the motorway, was the 52nd Mormon Temple near Chorley."

I remember when that was being built, back when I lived in Preston. There were radio adverts inviting people to look around it before it was closed to the public, to see it's "wonder".

It's always made me feel vaguely uneasy.
kingandy From: kingandy Date: March 27th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Of course it’s likely I’ll never get invited back there now, after having committed the cardinal sin of criticism."

That's funny, I have no idea how you managed to get through the entire event without ever having met Rich, Sam or Mikey...
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 28th, 2007 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Criticism is usually good, personally I thought it went passably, there where several fairly obvious problems from my point of view. The players seem to have had fun in the end which is gratifying....
richc From: richc Date: March 28th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
That was me btw.....
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: March 29th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Catch me at M if you want more event-dissection; I won't force it on you :-)
lupercal From: lupercal Date: March 27th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the LDS Temple in Chorley. It really reminds me of the Hawksoor Churches. Non-LDS don't stand much chance of getting inside though if you missed open house; hell, a lot of LDS themselves won't get a Temple recommend if I remember rightly...
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: March 27th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
So what have they got to hide!?
lupercal From: lupercal Date: March 28th, 2007 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, the gestures and words taught at Temple give LDS members the only way to become worthy enough to enter the presence of God; that is to achieve Godhood themselves. So you can see why they wouldn't want just anybody learning it...
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: March 28th, 2007 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
So it's where they hide the lammies and the ritual scripts?
lupercal From: lupercal Date: March 28th, 2007 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Essentially, yes. ;)
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ikkleblacktruck From: ikkleblacktruck Date: March 28th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've seen a tiny bit of the first part of Heroes. Is it that gruesome all the way through?

I'm lost without Sky One. Still, BT line in this weekend, so then we can get a dish.
davefish From: davefish Date: March 30th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Next financial year I hope to spend £5k on a new laptop and camera. It will both make me a better photographer and allow me to carry two phones and two laptops around with me. I will then write long epic livejournal entries on the train and maintain a pretty reasonable policy of not abusing work’s laptop too much. Now all I have to do is find the £5k before claiming some of it back from the taxman.

Which reminds me, I’ve just been playing with Adobe Lightroom and I like it. I possibly even like it enough to buy it. It runs, does what I want and while it isn’t as good a UI as Potatoshop it is pretty much there.


Very shiny. I am guessing that might be a 1D3. We shall be able to find you by the sound of the mirror clacking away at inordinate speeds. I like the use of clacking there, it gives me a wonderful mental image of you wandering around the Spa at Whitby with a hen in your hands, trying to look innocent about it.
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