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By TheophileEscargot (Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 01:16:25 AM EST) Reading, Watching, MLP, Me, Ireland, Consumerism, ODGF (all tags)
Reading: A Darkling Plain.

What I'm Reading
Finished A Darkling Plain, last book of the Philip Reeve moving-cities kidult series. Superb end to the series: apocalyptic battles between the Anti-Tractionists and the city alliance, lots of action, brings together all the remaining characters and ties up the loose ends. Doesn't get too mawkishly happy either: there's a certain amount of tragedy there too. The final ending is excellent: telling you what happens to Municipal Darwinism, and neatly bringing the whole series full circle.

Only week point: a couple of bits of idiot plotting used to get characters to the right place at the right time. Recommend it, but it has a strongly continuing plot so you're best starting off with the first in the series: Mortal Engines.

Bought the Stowaway Portable Bluetooth Keyboard for my phone. Meant to get the official Nokia keyboard, but delivery was delayed.

Haven't used it much: mostly want it for travelling, as an alternative to a keyboard for emails and blogging notes. Setup was fairly easy if you follow the instructions: there's a unmarked key combination you have to use to put the keyboard in discovery mode. When you use it subsequently the phone seems to detect the keyboard as soon as you unfold it and you can start typing pretty much straightaway.

Keyboard feels OK with a decent action: not as good as my ergonomic keyboard but about as good as the cheapo company standard issue. No number keys (there's another alt for those), and you don't seem to be able to duplicate the phone controls so you have to hit the phone buttons to do stuff. Phone fits OK in the PDA-shaped holder but wobbles a bit.

Overall seems OK though a bit pricey. Suspect the Nokia keyboard would have been smoother to use, but in theory this one means I can change phones or gadgets more easily. Fairly happy with it. Takes 2 AAA batteries: can't judge the battery life yet.

What I'm Watching
Kind Hearts and Coronets. Pretty good early Ealing comedy with Alec Guinness playing eight roles as various members of the same family. Very impressive performance. Wasn't really as funny as I hoped, since the dialogue seems very mannered now: has some good lines and a lot of dry wit. The romantic bits seem pretty corny too. Worth watching, but don't expect to fall out of your seat laughing. #AEB0BD

Have also been through the first two series' of The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin. I didn't get where I am today without knowing a barely-dated comedy classic when I see one. Great! Super!


Flying to Dublin on Sunday. Plan to be in Belfast on Thursday. Still not finalized my plans in-between: planned to go to the countryside and seaside, since haven't been to either in ages.

Was thinking of going to Galway, but the travelling would use a big chunk of the limited time. Might just head up or down the coast from Dublin, but apparently it's pretty heavily suburbanized or industrialized.

Might be some news on the work front soon.

Operation Don't Get Fatter
Not fatter. Well, weight up a pound since last week, but that was down a pound from the week before.

Video: Invisible Octopus.

Alleged quotes from air traffic control.

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That should have read by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 02:02:21 AM EST
"...alternative to a laptop". A keyboard is not actually an alternative to a keyboard.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
Re by coillte (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 09:37:09 AM EST

If you are heading northwards from Dublin, in Louth there is the Boyne Valley (a large area, conrtaining several truly horrible large towns, and some very beautiful countryside), Newgrange and Carlingford town(by the sea) to see. All somewhat difficult without your own transport though. 

If you have your own transport, they're all at most 20 minutes drive from the main Dublin to Belfast rd, and within a days drive.

The people are horrible though.

Arms my only ornament...

Thanks! by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 10:19:57 AM EST
Are you in Dublin still? I'm meeting Merekat on Monday in Temple Bar if you want to turn up.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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I'm in Dublin by coillte (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 12:13:59 PM EST

Actually, I would, but I have at least one appointment in Rathmines directly after work.

Still, what time, and where?

Or, if you prefer, mail me at

Arms my only ornament...

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DHusi drinks? by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #6 Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 01:05:52 PM EST
I'm meeting Merekat at The Porterhouse, Temple Bar, 6PM on Monday, for drinks and food. Not sure how long she's staying, but I've got the evening free if you want to turn up later (providing she hasn't drunk me under the table by then).

Porterhouse address: 16-18 Parliament Street.

Will send an email with contact details.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

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I know by coillte (4.00 / 1) #7 Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 10:03:21 PM EST
the Porter House well. Not a bad spot. I'd suggest Mulligans on Poolbeg St - largely unchanged since Joyce set some scenes there, as another interesting venue, worthy of a visit.

At 6 in the evening though, I'll be paying someone exorbitant rates to poke around in my gob for an hour.

Arms my only ornament...

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Mulligans is good by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #10 Sun Jul 23, 2006 at 08:57:17 AM EST
But this is not stout weather and I'd feel a bit of a tourist trying to get weisbier there:)

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Too by coillte (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Jul 25, 2006 at 11:48:53 AM EST
bloody right.

Porterhouse is a fine choice.

Unfortunately my week went profoundly pear shaped, and actually remains so.

Still, hope ypou got him drunk. Then mugged. Then arrested. And then split up from his family, and deported back to Afghanistan.

The authentic Irish exp[erience.


Arms my only ornament...

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"The people are horrible" by Cloaked User (4.00 / 2) #5 Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 12:30:04 PM EST
Compared to London? (I seem to remember that Monsieur Escargot hails from our fair city, although I could be wrong...)

This is not a psychotic episode. It is a cleansing moment of clarity.
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Well hell. by coillte (4.00 / 2) #8 Sat Jul 22, 2006 at 10:21:08 PM EST
Louth is about the bitterest place on the planet.

South London is a pleasantly melodious idyll of mutually concerned civic heroes by comparison. Tower Hamlets is a model of seamless racial integration.

It breeds a culture where ones concern is not that one is doing well in ones life, but where one openly hopes everyone else is doing badly.

Its also about the only county - in its Northern part - where you will find any support for the "Real" or "Continuity" IRA.


I got really involved in that whole thing.

Arms my only ornament...

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addendum by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #9 Sun Jul 23, 2006 at 08:55:48 AM EST
I'm from rouond there - they really do raise bregrudgery to an art form. However, I've experienced more people openly in favour of the IRA in Kerry than in the southern part of Louth.

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Country folk by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #11 Mon Jul 24, 2006 at 12:23:29 AM EST
Always worse than city folk

It's political correctness gone mad!

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