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    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2011
    We're having a skip week. Buncha reasons, as far as I know; it was about time for one, anyway.

    It's not my fault, though! Even though I've lost much of this week to blur of work, work that's not paid work just shit that must be done under life deadline, and the goddamn deathplague consumption. Seriously, I'm running on cold medication right now. I'm not even completely sure I'm really typing this. Guess we'll see, hm?

    How's everyone else?
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2011
    Doing all right, thanks. Still banging away at a few projects (one of which looks like it died on the vine, AGAIN, which sucks). Having the family over Sunday.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2011
    Hoppity hop, skippity skip, crack, stumble, thud.

    You have my best wishes for your speedy recovery Ms Osbourne. I am also a little under the weather at the moment and unfortunately not on anything nearly as interesting as cold medication. With luck we will both survive till next week and perhaps see just exactly what little surprise Mark left for his ex-chums.
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2011
    It took me all January to recover from the Mongolian Nose Flu so my sympathies are with you. I am full of the joys of Spring this week. My little container garden has 1 crocus (eaten by slugs already) and a primrose a-flower.

    I have been working on a personal project since 2006 and I am finally beginning the final scene. Just a few pages to go. I am never doing another fully painted coloured story again - the story is only 45 pages long so far! I am so very slow.

    I had a feeling in my water that it would be a skip week this week so I wasn't disappointed. I stared longingly at the olive fieldbag and then remembered, yet again, I couldn't afford it.

    real-life work is boring as per usual. I could care less about records management.
  1.  (9532.5)
    Still eyeing that throw.

    Saw Nixon in China at the Met this week. Didn't like the staging.

    I'm trying to come to grips with the fact that I can actually make reasonable conclusions about science now, and that when the paper from 2000 seems to be wrong about its mouse sequence, it's because it actually IS wrong and I've spotted something to be figured out.

    I seem to be getting the first feelings of consumption as well, so I hope it's not too bad when you get full in. Here's to a speedy recovery.

    Oh, and the virus I study is back with another outbreak. 15 dead so far. Sigh. I guess it pays the bills? Not good news, that.
  2.  (9532.6)
    Stricken with Urban Ebola, AGAIN.

    Spent the morning in a church basement in the real Whitechapel, sorting clothes donations for a charity 'teambuilding' event. Now believe I have a whole soup of new bacteria, mould spores and dust ready to wreak havoc in my battered lungs. Am off for two weeks from this afternoon though, and tomorrow shall be the Day of Nothing, where I remain still, quiet and do not move.
    • CommentAuthordraxxx
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2011
    Ah, it's still a good morning.
  3.  (9532.8)
    Having one of THOSE weeks. You know, not much goes right but you're still trying to batten down the hatches for next week's battering and just now discovering that there are gaping holes in the side of your boat and the crew is on the verge of mutiny. Yeah.

    I canz go lay on a beach somewhere tropical now, plz?
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2011
    Completely flat fucking broke, as is increasingly usual, and have sneaking suspicions about awful relationship things in the pipeline, BUT.

    Feeling happy none the less. Sure, I have nothing in the fridge and my phone is disconnected, but fuck it. I'm going to be in London in three weeks, getting a set in order for a gig on Saturday night at an anarchist haunt.

    The days are getting longer, the weather's (going to be) getting warmer, another winter survived. We can do this.

    Hope this finds you well.
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2011
    I'm doing ok, I suppose. I'm having a random bout of insomnia lately because my body so desperately wants it to be spring. I just got over some killer cold/flu thing that had me down almost all of last week. I think that's contributing to the insomnia, since I was relying heavily on NyQuil for sleep (which was still a fruitless effort most nights). Now that I'm unmedicated, my body thinks it's party time.

    I also just got my tax refund and immediately ordered a new laptop. I've been tethered to a desk for way too long. Now I'm just debating on what to do with the rest. I could finish paying off my car, or I could do something seriously foolish like take a mini vacation somewhere. Or get my entire back tattooed. I'm sure I'll think of something.
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2011
    Webcomics with commercial breaks. Dammit, where's my 'fast forward' button? Frigging browser never has the buttons I want. Is 'FreakAngels' available on Tivo?

    More seriously, it was four freaking degrees below zero this morning. That's -4 degrees Foreignheat, BTW. For you folks on the right hand side of the pond it would be -20 Celsius. Where the hell is global warming when you need it?

    Oh, and yesterday I got a note about how they're re-jiggering the retirement rules at work. End result is that on Dec 31 2013 I'm three months from vesting in the retirement plan. But on Jan 1 2014 I'm three years and nine months from vesting. Goddamn it, if I'd known that two years ago I'd have taken that out-of-state job offer.

    FYI, "vesting" doesn't mean you can retire. It means that you meet all the requirements to receive retirement benefits once you're old enough to retire. And once you're vested, you don't have to stay in the job to get the benefits - you can go get a job elsewhere, and when you retire, you get the bennies.

    Did you know that -40 degrees is the same temperature in Celsius and Farenheit? It's sad to live near a place where that's actually useful information.
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2011
    So far I have dodged the death-cold. My boss had it, gave it to my co-worker on a business trip. Then we were playing DnD on Sunday with said co-worker and sharing snack-bowls, and my girlfriend caught it. She's mostly recovered but co-worker is down again. I assume I'll be half-dead by Monday.

    Mad music week. Haven't really written any new songs in months... finally polished off one that's been sitting forever a couple weeks ago, and that apparently started the boulder rolling. Two new ones started and finished since Friday, a few pre-existing blurbs turned into in-progress new songs. Also, first practice since October for a cover band I play with. Also writing a second silly YouTube jingle for a friend. Also, apparently, the first jingle-thing I did for him (which was my first ever commissioned composition) has started generating interest from other people wanting music for things. Which is cool, but also somewhat baffling.

    Tonight we cook a chicken. And possibly see Jason Statham playing Charles Bronson.
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2011
    I'm doing OK I guess. After having our vacation cancelled 2 weeks ago I was able to withdraw my days off at work so I went back there again this week. So instead of looking at pyramids and a sfinx I was looking at my usual scene: a heap of garbage... Well, Mubarack has left his office so the Egyptians are happy for now and I hope for them that they have taken a new turn to a better future for their country, so my vacation-loss will not be a total loss.

    And work... that was work as usual. No special things happened, so in fact a very ordinary week in my ordinary life. Major bonus was the more or less agreeable weather most of the time so I could really enjoy riding my motorbike again on a daily basis. :-)
  4.  (9532.14)
    I highly recommend Theraflu (or related off-brand) Cold & Flu syrup if you're dealing with any sleep disruption... it's made of awesome. Maybe not codeine-based awesome, but still... Having survived 2 rounds of the heavily-respiratory flupocalypse last year, I don't wish that on anyone, so hopefully that's not what you're contending with.

    Me? Getting ready to move in a day. Not much to move, most of my shit is in storage in KC. Just clothes, toiletries, computer, and a handful of art supplies. Better option for everyone involved-- half the rent (versus the weekly extortion that I've been getting from the former roommate of my soon-to-be former roommate), social outlet for new roommate, less stress on old roommate, etc. Amusingly, it will probably take me longer to get from here to the new place-- which is 15 minutes away-- than it will to get everything ready to go aside from my computer. Then perhaps a quick shot to KC for a few days before going to Visioncon next weekend.
  5.  (9532.15)
    Sort-of-not-really busy week, (I'm like a walking talking human sign at the uni I go to, if people need to know where enrollment is, I point them towards the more helpful people) but the weather's been freaking mad, hot, cold, humid, it's all over the place, though not as bad as last Saturday, 30 bloody degrees or something silly. Your talk of cold and sow amuses me, I haven't seen snow in almost four years, then again I lived in Paris and snow was a rarity then as well. so @scs global warming is alive and well, just not anywhere near you clearly, move to Australia! We have warm weather! (And killer animals and floods and cyclones and and...)

    Though I do like the look of that field bag, does anyone know if 'large laptop compartment' is large enough to hold a 15" Macbook Pro? Thanks!

    Also, Signal arrived on Thursday! Oh god it's beautiful, thank you Paul!
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    Mentioned it in other places, but last night, I think I discovered that my neighbors are growing a large amount of marijuana in the downstairs apartment. Everything seems to make sense now. Unless there's another reason to black out most of your windows and use black light all night long in a few rooms. And to live and sleep in the dining room. And use drills and saws at odd hours. And have asshole ex-friends break in your house and try to steal shit while beating people with tire irons. Fuck these guys.
  7.  (9532.17)
    Sorry for the skip week this week, that's me catching a breather and dealing with a few other personal projects and freelance stuff! I guess these seem to be pretty inevitable every 5 weeks or so for one reason or another, but I'm gonna do my best to keep up a good flow until the finale (which should be sometime in July). It's going to be very strange after it's over.

    Ah, that's great to hear, I'm relieved it arrived safely this time! Hope it was still in good condition too :)
  8.  (9532.18)
    Actually, Paul, I find the volume of your output, at the quality level you maintain, quite remarkable. I don't think many illustrators these days can match it. So, while I find skip weeks disappointing they come up, I don't feel you have anything to apologize for. Truly.
  9.  (9532.19)
    @Paul: Yeah it arrived in fine condition, thanks.
    Also the finale is in July? What a truly depressing birthday present.
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2011 edited
    Had a mercifully brief bout with the Samoan Octopoid Scrotum Death this week. Fortunately, I had already scheduled an appointment with my doctor to take some blood on Monday, a day or two after the symptoms first manifested, and she was able to give me a prescription for some antibiotics to curb the SOSD before it managed to take complete hold of my system.

    Other than that, not much more to report than Googling a childhood friend whom I haven't seen or spoken with in about three decades during a slow period at the office and finding out that somewhere in the interim he went from playing with Han Solo and Greedo action figures to becoming a Yale graduate and serving as director of investor relations at Pixar. A bit more accomplished than I was expecting. Thankfully, my local chip shop has a lovely 12-proof cider to keep my mind off such things.