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Saturday, September 30

Jesus, Mary and Joseph (and assorted other religious figures), has anyone seen New-Times? They're finally changing...

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danhon.com tidied and the webcam spruced up.

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See that? That's brain, that is...

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New sport: staring out of a friend's window that overlooks the market square in Cambridge, watching the phone boxes. I know, it sounds sad, but you have no idea what people will do post-Big Brother...

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I know I've been out of the loop for a while, and only catching up on a few select blogs over the summer (you all know who you are) but, to coin a phrase, Jesus Christ on a stick, there's about a million odd UK blogs now...

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Sometimes my parents surprise me: I'd been wanting to see Ring at the ICA in London while I was working down there after reading the rave reviews and desperately wishing that I was able to go to Edinburgh this year. So what happened when I got home? Turns out that they'd picked up, ahem, videoCD copies of Ring I and Ring II whilst they were in Hong Kong. How cool is that? Course, the problem is it's in Japanese with Chinese subtitles, and I don't understand either... Damn.

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Friday, September 29

Conversation with a friend in college today: "So anyway, I pushed the ceiling in my room and it went 'squish, squish'." "Christ, what did you do?" "Well, there were some builders next door doing some surveying, so I kinda asked them if they had a look. So I did the 'squish, squish' thing with the ceiling, and they did their shocked face and said 'don't do that'. Apparently the ceiling's unsafe and is going to cave in..." "So what did College say?" "They said they've got no free rooms, and that I should move my bed..." "Since when did moving a bed increase the structural integrity of a building?" "shrug"

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Amusingly, a BBC News story on passive smoking affecting pregnancies is entitled passive pregnancies on their front page, which no doubt would alarm friends visiting the gynaecology ward at their local hospital...

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The webcam is pointing out the window at the moment. Anyone who can email me pictures of proof that they've stayed up (as it were) to watch sunrise through it gets a prize...

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The first roundup of today's Times: the BBC is proposing to launch five new digital radio channels, one of which is aimed at "thirtysomethings who have grown out of Radio 1" - presumably those who have also don't want to admit to listening to Radio 2. Chris Smith is (in my opinion) threatening to spend (or waste) 5 million of public money on Culture Online, a website "where people can take virtual tours of museums, watch plays and even learn a musical instrument". Scarily, the Times hints that up to 100 million of private investment may be available (though this is The Times we're talking about, so let's not run away with the accuracy). And finally? Bugs ate table. Why does The Times insist on referring to Labour MPs who disagree with the party line as rebels? At twenty to three in the morning, it's quite confusing, especially with a headline such as Rebels force review of asylum vouchers. I keep double-taking and thinking it's a plotline from a Star Wars movie...

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... and I'd like to say a big thankyou to: Meg, who actually got me a slice of the pie; Luke; Darren and, um, Nutcote who said all those terribly nice things. Oh, and the entire UK blogging contingent: you're all wunnerful, ya really are... (and my family, my friends, my dog, my personal trainer and my ski instructor...) Wonderful to see that the BBC is providing car crash movies on the net for, ahem, research and furthering public knowledge and not, as it might seem to some, trying to cash in on the market for Best of the World's Nastiest Car Crashes Six! videos. Nugget of useful information for the day: the instrument FnkyGtr2 on Roland keyboards is exactly the same as is used on the song Toca's Miracle (and Toca Me), by Fragma. That's what I've spent this afternoon doing, apart from idling flicking through Philosophical Medical Ethics. I've got a problem with philosophical medical ethics. I suppose it comes down under the subjectivism versus objectivism debate (e.g. medical ethics is all subjective anyway, you can't really be objective about the damn thing, so why do we bother?). One of my initial gripes, after having read about three hours worth of book is that everyone seems to assume that human life is sacred. It's just stated all over the place: "the tacit assumption that human life is sacred" would be paraphrasing, but that's the just. No one ever seeks to explain why. The only reason why I can think that we assume human life is sacred is that we're selfish and just want to stay alive. (I could go into this a bit further). Well, if we're being selfish about the whole thing, what is the point? Am I just missing this entirely? Am I going to get laughed at in my first seminar session? Ostensibly an article about digital personal video recorders, BBC News Online's article about the Tivo, entitled "10 ways Tivo will change your life" smacks a little to me of complete and unadulterated advertising and seems to be begging out for a little impartiality. Which, apparently, is what we're supposed to be paying for. Yes, I know Tivo's going to change my life (or, rather, viewing habits), but does it really need such coverage by the BBC?

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Thursday, September 28

Ah, sod it. Darren [LinkMachineGo] went and found extenuating circumstances. He wasn't the only one, either: Jen had slightly leaked ec on GBlogs. I was just about to make the whole thing live today, but I'd already made up all those damn teaser graphics, so the proper launch is still on Monday. By the way Darren, your question "who was the first Brit blog out of 'Doozer, Barbelitha and Bifurcated Rivets" is a bit tricky to answer... Doozer's archives go back to January 1999, (though no one can check this but me since I rather judiciously deleted them from the server), Lindsay's first bifurcated rivets entry opened with three sentences: "Well, being always at the cutting edge (i.e I cant resist a trendy thing). I'm experimenting with keeping a weblog. And this is it.". Tom's Plasticbag (ex-Barbelith) archives date back to November 1999, but I'm sure that's when he switched over to Blogger, and had been hand-coding before then. Don't know where his archives went. Back when Daily Doozer started (nearly two years ago), it was more of a journal site than a blog site, and over the course of about three or fourt months gradually started adding more links. And then I discovered Camworld and Kottke. Doozer was definitely a blog by June 1999, because that's when I sent my grovelling little emails to Brig and Cameron telling them about Doozer. There were only about forty odd blogs in Brig's portal back then. As grandparents would say: my, haven't we grown... Quick answer: I haven't got the faintest. All of us. The upside of having worked all summer is that I now seem to have a bit of money floating around in my bank account, so naturally I've been doing my very own bit to spread capitalism and redistribute wealth by buying as many electronic goods as possible: yesterday, the wonderful college porters signed for my cd burner adapter and surround sound speakers, today they rather happily took delivery of my scanner. Oh, and I borrowed a friend's MIDI keyboard, and have been busy sampling things and bashing out choons... Of course, all this would be wonderful if everything was working, but it's not. Stuff I've noticed: On being final year... There seems to be a startling large number of third years milling around Cambridge, either sitting around doing nothing, or sitting in libraries staring at books. Or just sitting in each others rooms, drinking, eating and generally doing nothing. The only common element (apart from the doing nothing), is that most people haven't yet come to grips with being a third year. Personally, I hadn't given it much thought until I was at a rag meeting on Monday and the president said "So what year are you now?" and I more or less had to face the truth in the way that crash test dummies face brick walls. On restarting a blog... When you find out that your friends at university know more about your brother than you do (and more about your brother than they do about you, and they haven't even met him yet) just because he's got a blog, you start to get a bit worried. Oh, and I was subjected to a grilling at the last UK bloggers meet since I hadn't kept the world informed of my life.

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Wednesday, September 27

So this is how it is. The Daily Doozer is back, only it seems to have had a makeover and, more significantly, it doesn't even seem to be called The Daily Doozer anymore. Bluntly; What's going on? Daily Doozer took a break a while back. A combination of work commitments and personal life invading web-life (or web-life invading personal life) mean that the only realistic option was to put DD on the back burner for a while. Whilst DD was resting and I was more-or-less concentrating on my job, the design for extenuating circumstances progressed at a pace which, though not not rivalling a snail, wasn't exactly something a Formula One driver would be content with. But all that's moot: extenuating circumstances is finished, and along with it, is the new address. Please find son-of-doozer at http://www.danhon.com/ec/. So why did I start again? Well... I kind of have a little more time. The idea is to post a bit less prolifically. There's a few other reasons as well: how could I honestly stand back while the rest of the UK blogger community got their fame on Radio 4 and the Evening Standard? Or when my brother got interviewed by .net magazine? Exactly. Piece of the pie for me now, please. Oooh, and this whole weblogging lark is wonderful. I'm still working on bringing DailyDoozer's two year archives online and move them over to extenuating circumstances. Just a little more about what's been going on in my life, and then we'll move on to you, okay? I've been working in London. I loved it. Six weeks at the Lord Chancellor's Department (no, not Gordon Brown, a name like The Ministry of Justice would be more descriptive) doing a nice and dandy report for the Cabinet Office. I even got to sign the Official Secrets Act. Exciting. And now I'm at uni. Final year. Scared? Yes (The fact that I seem to perpetually be scared is nothing but an indicator of my baseline emotional state. I am in fact slightly more scared now than I normally am). That's me done. How are you?

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