miss_s_b: (Music: EPIC TIGHT PANTS!!!)
I love Spotify. I use it lots. I have it on my phone. One thing I wish it had?

I wish I could search songs by BPM. Because that would make it LOTS easier to make up an exercise playlist of music I LIKE instead of crappy bloody bleepy dance music, which is all the exercise playlists I can find online....
miss_s_b: (Mood: Mad as a flibble)
I'm going to participate in the SOPA strike tomorrow, even though I don't live in the US and can't affect its legislators, because, like Milena says, if it affects the internet, it affects us all. I really recommend you read her post, actually. It's a very intelligent and well-reasoned one. Also, I like this one on The Hathor Legacy.

This means that from lunchtime-ish tomorrow until the early hours of the morning on Thursday I shall be officially On Strike.

And tomorrow being Wednesday, and therefore my day off, this will actually be more of a hardship than might at first be apparent. So when you don't see me on here or G+ or Twitter, remember to feel terribly sorry for me, won't you?
miss_s_b: (Mood: Tough)
First they banned the rioters
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a rioter.

Then they banned the members of Greenpeace
and I didn't speak out because I had let my Greenpeace membership lapse a long time ago

Then they banned the members of non-government political parties
and I didn't speak out because I'm a Lib Dem...

...

Yeah, that last line? Totally never going to happen. In fact, none of it is. Sod your banhammer, Cameron. Not while I've got broadband.

Also, here are profiles of some actual rioters: http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1455374_instant-justice-faces-of-first-men-jailed-for-their-part-in-manchester-and-salford-riots Mostly white, many with jobs, nearly all over 18. Can we stop this bullshit about it all being black kids on benefits now please?

Name That Spider.

Monday, August 1st, 2011 10:49 pm
miss_s_b: (Music: EPIC TIGHT PANTS!!!)
Today at work, Rob discovered a spider. She's a very cool spider. She's made her web in a hole in the beer garden, and she's put little trip wires all around it so that if any prey comes near she can come out and get it. I saw her take down a couple of fruit flies, but Rob saw her going for a wasp. She's very fast, and very brave (the wasp was bigger than her). We think she deserves a name.

The thing is, she's definitely a she. So Boris and Aragog are not really suitable. And Shelob is the name of a HUGE spider, not a little tough one.

My dad suggests Boudicca. Anybody got any other ideas?



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  • V busy at work for the next couple of weeks, so blogging may be light.

  • Almost as soon as I posted the other day that I was ready to start writing for Lib Dem Voice again, McGruder died. And I think this time she may be beyond dragging out of her grave. So, you know, for a while I shall have to fight Mat for computer time, and, uh, blogging may be light.

  • Watched Crotchw00t the other day. It felt like GenericUSTVDrama #792, and not like Crotchw00t at all, and I wasn't that sold on Crotchw00t in the first place. That said, I shall probably still watch it, mainly for the fun of shouting "but that's bollocks!" at it when they make technical legal and political errors, of which there were many.

  • I am still undecided about what comics to get when the DCnU kicks in in September (except Batwoman, obvs). However, part of the reason I'll still be getting at least some is so that I can keep reading the stellar DC Women Kicking Ass on tumblr: two reasons why are here and here.

  • On Orange Wednesday this week, it was Holly's turn to choose, and she picked Kung Fu Panda 2. And you know what? I really enjoyed it. Angelina Jolie, Michelle Yeo and Lucy Liu are all ace, but the praying Mantis was my favourite (You guys, I never thought I would I would die like this. I thought I'd meet a nice girl, settle down, she'd bite my head off...). Sure, there is Generic British Bad Guy and Jack Black is... well, Jack Black in Panda form, but it has many redeeming features, and a female director.
miss_s_b: (Mood: Cynical)
Correlation is not causation.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Your job does not define your intellect.

Life continues to be a bowl of cherries (all stones and prussic acid). I may be able to post about the horrendous perfect storm of stress I have been going through the last couple of months at some point in the future, but for right now, my fuse is very very short indeed, and if life throws me another curveball I might have to go postal. This explains my total loack of activity online of late, for those who have been wondering - for a given definition of "explains", anyway.

Still, the other shoe should be dropping within the next week or so; normal service may, therefore, resume soon.

I hope.

My apologies to those of you who are awaiting something from me; I'll get there at some point.



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Drama Queening

Monday, December 20th, 2010 02:45 pm
miss_s_b: (Mood: Miserable Brian :()
Today is a low day. Spent the morning on the phone to various benefit agencies and now feel like a dirty rotten scrounger and detest myself for not being able to stand on my own two feet.

What's happening in Belarus is disgusting, but our media are more bothered by the snow. This makes me sad.

Holly has pierced my heart - we were having a snuggle and a chat and she said I cry sometimes when I want you and you're not here - and I just felt so guilty and inadequte.

And the pain is bad today too.

My friend is going to go and pick up my sick pay for me later, and then I shall go in to the post office to pay it in and post some things. But until then, I think hiding under the duvet with a doggy hot water bottle is the best option.



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  • My scan is on Wednesday afternoon next week. Good vibes appreciated. Trying not to think about it.

  • I spent the beginning of the week in Luton. If you are ever in Luton I highly recommend a pub called The Castle.

  • I bought i (the 20 pence baby indy) today, partly because its cover proclaimed it to be a millionth of a Rooney and partly because it had a TARDIS on the cover. I am shallow.

  • Also today I visited our new local swimming pool (literally 20 yards from my house!) with [personal profile] matgb and [personal profile] amazing_holly. It was ace. Holly swam and swam and swam and is still not tired; Mat got knackered after a length and a half. We are considering membership.

  • My brain is not up to blogging or podcasting at the moment, so this is all you're getting.


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miss_s_b: (Mood: Mad as a flibble)
Have had a very busy couple of days, including a poorly Hol (she's OK now), and that always leads to an overdose of Doctor Who...

Have I missed anything?



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My work colleague has broken her toe, and so I am doing more hours at work up untill Friday, when the Fantastic Films Weekend begins, and blogging will be light because I will be at a film festival. Just so you know why I have gone all quiet.



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I may be slightly tipsy, so I shal try to keep this brief. Tonight was our local party's thank you party for all the people who helped with the election. I met people off t'intarwebs, and I saw lots of people who I have come to regard as family (♥ Hilary and Nader and John BM and Ruth and Pauline and Hywel and Jim and the Most Awesome Lord Shutt) and there was beer and food and it was great.

The weekend is going to be busy. Tomorrow is a community action group thing in Bailiff Bridge, then the take back parliament protest in Leeds, then an eight hour shift at work, then meeting [personal profile] po8crg so he can have a sleepover at ours before travelling on Sunday. Sunday is the Special Conference in Birmingham, and there will be lunch with people and things, and then more work. Monday I sleep.

If you want to meet up in Birmingham, there will need to be arrangements. Probably the best way is to text me. Also, similarly, if you're coming to the protest in Leeds.

State of the SB

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 12:54 pm
miss_s_b: DreamSheep dreams of the Angel of the North (DreamSheep: Angel of the North)
Things are a bit hectic at the moment. There has been a fair amount of stress at work, given that Nicki and Claire have handed their notice in and not been replaced yet. The election campaign is... well, those of you who are old hands at this can probably say better than me, but the feeling I get is that it's even madder than usual, what with the red wing of the Labservatives claiming that if you don't vote for them you'll all get cancer, and the Blue wing claiming that a hung parliament would lead inevitably to a Nazi government and economic collapse. Electioneering is running full tilt, and I will be glad, whatever the result, to wake up on May the 7th and find it all over and done with.

Unfortunately life doesn't stop for these things. My ex father in law has died this week, so I am trying to be there for Ian as he deals with the huge amount of admin this generates. He might be my ex, but we're still fairly close, and he is under a lot of pressure.

My house is still a mess. My shoes are falling to bits and I can't afford new ones. The dogs still need walking, and Holly still needs everything a six year old needs. I've had time with the doctor, and I need new glasses.

All this means that I am being even crapper than usual at answering emails and keeping up with other internetty things. This does not mean I don't care about any of these things, but I am pretty snowed under at the moment, so please accept my apologies if you're feeling ignored or slighted. It's not intentional.

State of the SB

Sunday, April 11th, 2010 11:44 pm
miss_s_b: DreamSheep dreams of the Angel of the North (DreamSheep: Angel of the North)
Am veryt tired, so this might not make much sense, and grammar is out the window. Sorry.

Work has been v busy but fun, this weekend. Am glad to have Holly back from her week at her dad's. Feels like the house is whole again. Even gladder to have watched Doctor Who with her and both of us enjoying it. When I put her to bed we snuggled up and chatted about time and space and Tardises and it was ace. It's amazing to share this with her. And she insisted on the Galaxy Song for her lullaby again.

Lots of peopel asking me about campaigning and things. Am enjoying the sense of urgency and excitement about Lib Demmery at the moment, but wishing I had more time to devote to it.

Most fun thing of recent times, though, has been watching Evan Harris take to twitter like the proverbial canard รก l'eau. His most recent tweet was a jibe at the hashtag police LOL. You can say what you like about the Lib Dems, but we totally have the best MPs (c.f. Jo Swinson, Lynne Featherstone, John Thurso, Susab Kramer, Chuckie K and the mighty Paddy, who apparently tore a right strip of Andrew Marr this morning, according to a gleeful customer in the pub).
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I have lots of phonecalls to make, I have to plan my London trip, and I have to go to work at 4. I haven't even had breakfast yet.



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Bleargh

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 02:56 am
miss_s_b: (Mood: Drama queen)
Posting from phone because laptop battery is dead having spent all night on it looking for ways to stop Holly's eczema flaring up after swimming, because she loves swimming so much and it's tearing me up that she has to suffer for it.

Have been in a horrible mood all day. Nothing has gone right, from being stinking furious for no apparent reason when I woke up, through horrendous day at work involving me bursting into tears all over poor Nicki when she arrived to let me go home, to utter lack of ability to do anything constructive in the house.

I'm just so over-committed on everything at the moment. I have so much to do in every arena, and I'm not keeping up with any of it, not at work, or at home, or for the party, or in blogging... I am having to fight the urge to either run and run till my feet won't run any more, or hide under the duvet and not come out until the world has gone away. Neither of these are viable options, but knowing that doesn't make the urges go away. Nor is that mindset conducive to either doing anything useful, or sleep. So I sit here tapping away at my phone because I can't think what else to do. Maybe I should just put my trainers on and go for a run, even if it IS 3 a.m....

Holly & Mat & the doggies are being as wonderful as ever, but the end of my tether is definitely in sight. Something is going to have to give soon, and I don't know what, but whatever it is, it's not going to be pretty.

It'd help if I could get some sodding sleep...
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What a Week...

Sunday, January 31st, 2010 10:53 pm
miss_s_b: (Who: Dalek porn)
Hello internets! Did you miss me? My week has been full of ups and downs and drama. I have had a promise to buy my car reneged on (so it looks like it will be eBayed pretty soon). I have had my hair done at Toni and Guy (been saving up for that one for ages). I have done lots of cellar work at work, and lots of karate and climbing. I have redone the menu leaflet for work. I have made a fair dent in all the web design stuff I'm supposed to be doing, but am nowhere near finished. And I haven't stopped all week. I've barely had time to switch the computer on, let alone blog.

I have managed to have an f-list cull across all platforms though. If you've been removed, don't take it to heart, I was just drowning under the weight of stuff. I feel a lot better for reducing facebook and twitter by about a third. LJ was harder, and Dreamwidth harder still, but I think it will do my sanity good.

State of my health: I have a bunged up nose, loads of bruises of unknown origin, a knackered knee, a pulled pelvic floor muscle, and have been having the odd depressive attack. And I am very very very tired.
State of my finances: buggered.
State of my house: a tip.
State of my love life: pretty good.
State of my inbox: overflowing.
State of my To Do List: overwhelming.

Urge to do anything about any of the above? Non-existent.

I spent last night sitting in bed, nursing my poor sore knee, sipping brandy and watching Genesis of the Daleks. I have Imbolc to look forward to next weekend, not to mention lovely friends coming to visit for fun times (Andrew Hickey even says I can plait his beard!), and then a few days away in sunny Luton. Last week was very busy and stressful, but next week looks to be being better. :D

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Eurgh

Monday, December 28th, 2009 02:33 pm
miss_s_b: (Pratchett: not dead)
Birthday was fun. Drink was had. Somewhat hungover. Going to have bath now.



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like the glee of watching [personal profile] amazing_holly and fireworks and Hywel the Health and Safety Officer and lots of other stuuf.

But I'm knackered, so I'm going to sleep. Night night.



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But I ended up doing lots of stuff for the pub instead. So, in lieu of actual content, have a big pile of bare links. I promise you they are interesting, but I would like to sleep before dawn, so I'm not going to type up a lot about each one. Enjoy!

- Cut NHS spending,not tuition fees, Nick!
- Sexism Inquiry committee only has one female member irony
- Bye-bye Law Lords. *sniffle* :(
- Mark reckons FPTP is a crock of shit. With graphs!
- Jock is wondering how Gordon manages to live with himself.
- Cath Eliot has had a BNP leaflet. Cath did not like the BNP leaflet. See Cath Fisk. Fisk, Cath, Fisk.
- John Q Publican is on form, too.

And that's all folks. Night night! :D



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Tired.

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 11:19 pm
miss_s_b: (Mood: Surviving)
Work interesting. Much cleaning. Holly snuggly. Crotchw00t fun. Peter Capaldi awesome. Lack of Jack buttocks disappointing. Watching Atlantis with Mat now. Night night.



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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 05:27 pm
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WAH! Forgot to set up Facebook and Flock Together in all the excitement over new phone! Rest assured, Liberal Drinks is still happening at 7.30 tonight in the Old Ship and all are welcome!
miss_s_b: (Mood: You're all Crazy)
I have spent the bits of the last couple of days reading Asterix books. This has stopped me from ranting at length on the internet about some people's priorities. Yes, a man is dead and it's very sad for his family. But he was ONE MAN. He wasn't a great leader, he was once a good pop singer, but that was a long time ago. I understand why his fans are sad; I am sad when a celebrity I admire passes away. What I do not understand is why his death is considered so important that it has knocked every fucking thing else off the news agenda for two days now. Why are they posting about it TWICE on Lib Dem Voice? Why did they do a medley of his hits on Classic FM? And Radio 4? I don't object to a line in the news summary, and then "we'll have a full tribute later on radio 2 where pop music belongs", but blanket coverage on all stations is just stupid.

I'd probably be less grumpy about it if some twat on our street hadn't had his greatest hits on a constant loop... Still, I have got through a big pile of Asterix books I have been meaning to re-read for ages, so that's all right.



Work was interesting yesterday. We had a funeral party booked in. They told us the service was at 1.30, so we expected them about 2ish. Five to two, lots of people in black suits come in, and tell us they have booked a funeral party. We sent them into the area we had reserved for them, and started bringing the buffet out. Ten past two, the actual people who had booked came in...

Yeah, that was fun.

I'm still a bit boggled, to be honest. I mean, you just wouldn't, would you? Poor Liz, who was stressed for various other reasons anyway, practically had a nervous breakdown. Luckily, the second party who had actually booked were regulars, and saw the funny side of it. And gave us huge tips. But even so... I'll never cease to be amazed by humanity.



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Thursday, June 25th, 2009 11:00 pm
miss_s_b: (Mood: Brain Hurts)
I'm not watching Question Time or This Week this week. The one has Kelvin McKenzie on, and the other Quentin Twat, and I don't have the mental energy to put up with their arsehole-ish-ness. So radio 4 is on and I am checking my email and trying not to get to impatient about some things and miserable about others and...

Is Michael Jackson dead, or not? They said on the news unconfirmed reports...

Oh yes, and here are two blogs you should be reading:
  1. [personal profile] nanila is consistently entertaining, a female scientist, and an American Anglophile living in London. What more reason do you need? I particularly liked this entry from earlier today, in which she talks about taking her Britishness test.

  2. Dracula in real time ([syndicated profile] dracula_feed) is doing the same thing as they did with Pepys and Orwell, except that because the novel is structured not-quite chronologically, you get to see some things in a different order than you would if you were reading the book. I think it works better to have Jonathan's diary interspersed with bits of Doctor Seward's, for example. You've missed the hot sex scene if you're not yet reading, but there's still plenty more action to come.
I ought to take my happy pill.



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Thanks!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009 11:46 am
miss_s_b: (Default)
  • To Cynthia Samuels on BlogHer, for the linkage and the lovely comment.

  • To the Gravelly-Voiced Sex Pot for making a post which said everything I wanted to say in my rant last night, but was too angry and sweary to do as eloquently as he. And to Caron for starting the chorus of feminist rage, and [personal profile] po8crg (here) and Mr Quist for joining it.

  • To [personal profile] matgb for walking the dogs this morning, which means that I can have a lazy morning before my 8 hour shift tonight.

  • To Daddy Richard, for being sweet and lovely and a better friend than I could wish for

  • To everyone else I consider among my family and friends. You guys are awesome. You make things that would be soul destroying bearable, and you make things that would be passable amazing. I am a very lucky SB

  • To radio 4, for repeating the News Quiz on a Saturday lunchtime, so that the fact that I spent the time it was on yesterday on a phone call to someone who needed me doesn't really matter.
I think it's good to remind myself, sometimes, that I have a lot to be thankful for. I am turning my phone off for the next couple of hours, and going and listening to the radio, then I am going to have a bath, then I am going to work.

I hope you all have a good day ♥



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Headless Chicken Time

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 05:52 pm
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  • LJ folks! There seems to be a bit of confusion, so I'll just restate: I have now enabled anonymous comments, so you can comment anonymously if you don't want to use your LJ url to log in with open ID. You do not need a DW account to comment. I had anon commenting disabled before, but it caused some people probs logging in with open ID, so I have enabled it now. Only four spam comments so far...

  • It is Liberal Drinks tonight. I have lots of stuff to do, but instead, I am going out on the razz. I have pre-booked a pie. Hurrah!

  • I have a couple of new Dreamwidth-specific icons. One is the DW [community profile] dreamsheep all plugged in to the Matrix, which is my current default. And one is Dreamwidth/LJ make Love not war, which was made by [personal profile] scrollgirl, and I can totally get behind the sentiments of.

  • We are going to the circus next week! The man came to put posters up at work and gave us some free tickets and Liz said I could have them and I can even finish work early to go!

  • Mister Mat has done some cool codeyness so that now if I link to him on DW he's a little Sixie - [personal profile] matgb - but if I link to him on LJ he's a little LJ pencil - [livejournal.com profile] matgb. This makes me have a little geekgasm.

    ETA: having looked at the LJ crosspost, you get the standard DW little grey dude and community icon for the DW usernames, but my dalek for the LJ username! LOL this is amusing! Sorry, easily amused.

  • I had very little sleep at all last night (entirely my own fault for being unable to control my urges), and am now getting that rush of energy thing you get when you have been awake too long even though you are tired. I may fall asleep and/or start a fight in the pub tonight. This could be entertaining.

  • I am unable to think in anything other than bullet points right now. Sorry 'bout tha'

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