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By TheophileEscargot (Mon May 07, 2007 at 02:38:08 AM EST) Me, Watching, Consumerism (all tags)
Me. Consumerism: Morphy Richards Graphite Complements Filter Coffee Maker. Not Watching.

Went up to the country for a mini stag-do. Went clay-pigeon shooting which I hadn't done before. Not bad: pretty cool when you get one dead-centre and it just explodes into shreds. As beginners, they gave us some kind of girly ammunition: only taps you lightly on the shoulder when you shoot. Other people keep telling me about having their shoulder bruised black and blue, so I may fall over embarrassingly if I have to do that again.

Guy there seemed to know his stuff. Said he'd been shooting for sixty years and had never killed a living thing: seems unusual for the country, you'd have thought he'd have given it a go.

Stag guy's brother owns an gastro-ish pub, so after that it was a lot of eating and drinking there. Feels good to be going out with guys my own age: I can actually hold my own food and drink wise: even seemed less wrecked the next day than the others. At LHusi I'm usually the most lightweight drinker. For once I was the guy trying to persuade other people to do things other than collapse home.

The media really seem to be buying into the hype. Just because he's been demonised by his opponents as resembling that most odious of monsters, the Anglo-Saxon, doesn't mean it's true. He still seems to be heavily protectionist: he just happens to prefer slightly more flexible labour markets than his rivals, and favour slightly tougher immigration restrictions. Maybe they're just setting him up for sellout/betrayal/defeat stories a bit further down the line.

Promised a review of the Morphy Richards Graphite Complements Filter Coffee Maker. Certainly an improvement over the disastrous previous choice: the Cookworks Signature Aluminium Coffee Maker: fragile, leaky and producing lukewarm coffee. Still not as good as the one before that: a lovely Braun model with Space-1999 looks which I bought second hand. Ah, the memories: it lasted me 8 years or so, but gave up in the end.

So, the Morphy Richards Graphite Complements does succeed in producing decent coffee at an acceptable temperature. Features a Strength Selector which I don't mess about with much: I think that just controls the speed. Didn't produce plasticky-tasting coffee for the first week or two like the Cookworks.

Downsides: this still appears somewhat fragile, though haven't had any problems yet, and the chunky plastic look is aesthetically unappealing. Usability-wise it's not a disaster, but not actually good. The Braun had a huge opening to the reservoir, easy to put water in even under conditions of severe hangover. The Morphy Richards Graphite Complements has two relatively small openings built into the back, making it easy to spill water into the coffee cone as well as over the counter. There is also a pointless latch on the coffee cone, adding an unnecessary step to loading.

Overall, it's acceptable to live with, though not particularly well-designed or beautiful.

Oddly, despite their utter simplicity as machines, with filter coffee makers it does seem worth buying more expensive models. Cheaper ones seem to be unacceptably flimsy and poorly-designed.

I wish I had more time to watch TV. I struggle to get through even my reduced 4-disks-per-month Amazon rental. Thought things would get easier without Galactica; but there's still Heroes, Dr Who and Have I Got News for you to keep up with near live. What with chugging through the history of Civilisation and The Wire I'm struggling. Several episodes behind with The Shield, and have abandoned House if that's still going. Good thing I gave up on The Sopranos in about series. How the hell do people keep up with all this stuff? I'm living through the Golden Age of television, and somehow missing out on the defining cultural form of the era.

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WIPO: I have shot machineguns by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon May 07, 2007 at 03:53:10 AM EST
and or automatic weapons.

In other poll news, I only watch 2 TV shows regularly, Desperate Housewives and General Hospital, with Grey's Anatomy being semiregularly (yes, they are all soaps, I blame Mrs. Ha) and I just demoted our automatic drop coffee maker into the basement, it's been replaced by our 6 cup Freedom, I mean French Press.

wipo: Machin guns, SAMs, anti-tank missiles by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon May 07, 2007 at 04:46:47 AM EST
That's in addition to rifles , pistols, and shotguns. And grenade launchers.

The Army has Cool Toys...

BSG is the only show I watch regularly.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Write in Option: M60s by atreides (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon May 07, 2007 at 05:37:05 AM EST
To continue with the theme, I have fired the good old M60 and the M203 too...

He sails from world to world in a flying tomb, serving gods who eat hope.

There's only two shows I watch regularly by lm (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon May 07, 2007 at 08:10:30 AM EST
If by watching regularly, you mean that I intentionally sit down to watch them every week: My Name is Earl and The Office.

But there are a number of other shows I'll watch about 3 out of 5 episodes of. I'll catch them if I don't have anything better to do at the moment.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Sarkozy by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue May 08, 2007 at 12:59:16 AM EST
We'll have to wait and see. His comments during the riots last year were odious and divisive, and although his policies do look relatively mild so far, it's worth noting that these are just the ones he's going to push through over the next few months.

Telly: me and my flatmate get through a couple of episodes of the Wire or Deadwood most evenings. It's taken up a serious chunk of my reading time, but we've nearly finished both series now. You have to go at it like that really: just get your head down and plough through them.

I have strange, vague memories of going clay pigeon shooting when I was a child. Don't see how this could have been possible.

It's political correctness gone mad!

TV by DullTrev (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue May 08, 2007 at 05:35:38 AM EST

My aerial fell off a couple of months ago. I haven't really missed TV at all, apart from the good Doctor. I'm such a geek.

I have shot a SuperSoaker.

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