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August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [02/09/16 - Now reached 09/10/2004][20/03/2019 - giving up. I don't have enough time to update the blog atm, let alone edit old entries!]
If you come across any words you don't recognise in this blog, take a look at the Taylorspeke Glossary in the left-hand infopane, you'll usually find a definition there.
First, a recommendation. Dive over to The Jonathan Day Fiction Site and try some of the stories. I love this author's writing - it's funny, bitingly witty, dryly incisive, chilling, and deliciously subversive by turns. Absolutely well worth a look!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This is the third unicorn tomato we've had this year...->
<- And these are my sweet peppers, still green but doing very well. The little plant in front of them is one of the chilli pepper plants, also fine. I've been collecting bubble wrap to make protective covers for the peppers over the winter (aiming to see if I can keep them going: they are perennials after all, and it would save time next year).
Ken and I sat down to watch the LHC official switch on at 8.30 this morning - and the BBC announcer covering the event managed to miss it, wittering on as the first beam made its circuit and everyone applauded... [sigh] And then when they showed the entirely anti-climactic event, the BBC headline banner was covering the computer screen where the blip that indicated success appeared. Fortunately that clip was re-shown later, so we were able to catch both events, the offcentre first one and the fully centred second one. [grins at Sue - see, I said it would be OK! Mind you, they don't start the real experiments for a month, so there's still time...]
It's of particular interest to me at the moment because after struggling through Hawkings (A Brief history of Time) I'm now devouring Michio Kaku's Hyperspace (yes, I know it's ancient and I'll need to follow it with something more recent, but it's a good grounding in the basics of the subject) and loving it: he has a wonderful gift for making the esoteric more accessible and a real passion for his chosen field. I've always enjoyed his TV programmes: I must read more of his books.
Ended up shopping, yet again. Well, we thought we'd get the parcels in the post, and since I was heading to Sandy Park Road, it made sense to pick up the last bits I need this week from Sainsbug's. And the plastics recycling bag was very full, so a meander over to Tesco was also called for. But in between the supermarket shops...
Crumbs! I found a six-ep DangerMouse DVD in a charity shop for £2!
Well of course I had to buy it. I mean, it's DangerMouse, the greatest secret agent in the world. And when Kai arrived back I told him and he immediately begged to watch it (apparently he's seen snippets at school (??) and heard about it, but has never seen a whole episode). So after dinner, while Ken went to an APAG meeting, I threw the disc in the machine.
And Kai actually moved away from the laptop and sat on the sofa cackling with laughter (admittedly I was too, certainly over the first ep on the DVD, Custard - on YouTube here, slow to load when I tried it). I'd forgotten how gloriously, absurdly surreal the programme is, but was reminded when DM and Penfold vanished off the edge of the universe in the spacehopper (and had to wait for the inker to catch up with them before they could get back) and then made their way back to earth from the potty zone by stepping into a time traveller's potting shed... [shakes head] They don't make 'em like that any more.
Kai now wants me to buy the rest of the series. Series', I should say, there are [wince] ten of them, totalling [wincewince] eighty-nine episodes. That'll take some collecting! Worth it though - we love DM.
And the sprog now wants a big white fluffy caterpillar. I'm tempted to make him one for Yule (assuming I can find the time).
The rest of the day has been mostly taken up with client stuff - it's unusually busy at the moment.
These <- are the ordinary peppers I've been growing. These late season ones are, unfortunately, a little stunted - not enough growing space, I'm sure - but it's been fun watching them change colour. They went from green to a rich chocolate brown before turning red!
And these -> are my kiwi fruit plants. Little beauties, with red veins and a silver fuzz on the leaves. I'm keeping them in the greenhouse over winter (they should be OK, I know it can get colder in New Zealand than it does here) and see how they do, then next year I'll probably plant a couple out against the fence and see what happens.