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Joules, trusted by... dozens... to make a drama out of your crisis...

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I live to write. It's not wise to get in my way.

... I'd write my autobiography, but no-one would believe it....

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.

The Poppy Tales

(Transformers fanfiction!)

Transformers mini-comics here.

Adventures in Orchids

Apparently I am now collecting them...

There's room for one - or maybe two, at a pinch - more on that bedroom windowsill (the only one in the house that's ideal for them). Let's see what I find. Well, that didn't last long...

EO - Everlasting orchid. Phalaenopsis. I've had this orchid since 2007 and it just keeps flowering...

AO - Alien face orchid. Phalaenopsis . Bought 2018 - lovely little flowers, all different patterns!

RO - Rescued orchid photo to come when it flowers. Phalaenopsis. Rescued from a bin up the road in 2019. Classic!

TO - Tiny orchid. Phalaenopsis. Bought at Tesco 21.8.20. It just begged to come home with me. How could I say no?

CO - Crimson orchid. Cambria. Another Tesco find. This one may be going to live in Ken's room once we've redecorated and put up the new shelving; it prefers a cooler, less sunny windowsill. If so, I'll need to find another cambrian to keep it company.

GO - Golden orchid. Phalaenopsis. Saw this one when I bought CO and left it behind - then immediately regretted it as soon as I got home. Never seen one like it before. Ken, bless him, went back over to Tesco in the rain and bought it for me...

DO - Dendrobium Orchid. Smells of wisteria, so beautiful...

RO2 - Rescued orchid no 2. Phalaenopsis. This is the one I rescued from the wall along the road middle of 2021.

PO. Pink orchid. Phalaenopsis. This is the one I bought at Cabury Garden Centre on special, late 2021. It's much happier here!

TWO. Teeny weeny orchid, Phalaenopsis. Rescued from Tesco end 2021 (I think).

My IMDb ep summaries

Arthur of the Britons
Star Maidens
The Starlost
Space Rangers
The Sentinel (part: seasons 2 and 3)
Swamp Thing (part: season 3)
Gravedale High
Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Energon
Transformers: Cybertron (part)
Misfits of Science (four eps)
Zoo Gang
Jupiter Moon
Transformers: Beast Wars (part: seasons 2 and 3)
Transformers: Beast Machines (part)
Vampire Princess Miyu
Nathan Barley
No Heroics
Undermind (3 eps)
Will Shakespeare (Tim Curry version)
12 Kingdoms
Trigun (ep 8)
Hyperdrive (season 2 ep 3)
The Café

For later:

Missing Earthian ep
Missing Haibane Renme eps)
(And possibly Marine Boy...)

Silver birch at Eastwood 


"Autumnal - nothing to do with leaves. It is to do with a certain brownness at the edges of the day... Brown is creeping up on us, take my word for it... Russets and tangerine shades of old gold flushing the very outside edge of the senses... deep shining ochres, burnt umber and parchments of baked earth - reflecting on itself and through itself, filtering the light. At such times, perhaps, coincidentally, the leaves might fall, somewhere..."

(Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Act 2: Tom Stoppard)


I love this time of year. I love the colours, the sharp slant of sunlight on the trees, mosaics of acid-yellow and harts- blood, velvet and darkness and a haze of mist-grey over the hills. I love its immanence, its mellowness, the tang of frost just around the corner of the year...

Watching the little birds in the goat-willow in my garden, I realised something more.

I love this land with a fierce, possessive love, deep-rooted in two thousand years of history. From the frosted beaches and cloud-brushing peaks of the north to the wind-haunted meanderings of the rivers of the east, from the sensuous rolling patchworked hills of the south to the demanding dark moors of the west, this land seeps into bone and blood and synapse, mother of motley nobility, culture, individual freedoms. It can be known. It can be understood. It can be felt deep inside.

I love its effortless eccentricities, its vigour and vibrancy, its flawed perfections, its silent strength and tenacious resilience, its hard-won tolerances and intense and variable beauty, the profound energy in its sacred mythical landscape.

Home and more-than-home, the forces that shape and protect and bind, in me, as I am in the land. Love returning love in the stillness for those who'll only take the time to listen...

(Joules, Autumn 2004)

All photographs taken by Joules unless otherwise specified. All photographs © Joules A Taylor or other specified individual.

In Memoriam

17.03.09 - Argent

25.07.08 - Raptor

18.12.07 - Quyn

02.12.06 - Ryme

Currently enjoying:
Transformers - IDW, Prime, Animated, Rescue Bots.

Currently reading:
Various Transformers books and graphic novels.

Currently working on:

Currently chuffed with:
My garden

Currently miffed at:
Nestlé, Nonpres Tinyhands Fart, Toadface Farage

Currently maintaining:

Blog Pics
I've gathered some of my pages of photos together: the page of links is here. I'll be adding more as time goes by!

Evil Squid
A Little Glossary of Taylorspeke
(in no particular order)

plit popints - n. Typo for 'plot points' typed on a keyboard with more than half the characters worn off...

[PING] (alt [ping]) - n. A brainwave. The text equivalent of a lightbulb going on blindingly over someone's head. Usually mine. And usually at the most inconvenient of times. [sigh]

TPTB - The Powers That Be.

wulmet - n. A person of little or no talent who somehow inveigles himself into a position where he is in power over other, far more talented people and uses his position to downplay them in order to try to make himself feel superior.

biteable - referring to an anatomical part vb, tasty.

Flatterfed - vb. 27.02.08: my typo for flattered, but since it's so cutely apt I thought it would fit nicely here. Lutra defined it as "the lovely warm feeling of satisfaction resulting from enthusiastic reviews..." (which I've been getting for my MB fics).

Composted - vb, 'compos mentis', mentally capable of working. Contrast with uncomposted or non- composted, not 'compos mentis', not capable of working, hungover...

Cumbles - n, cucumbers.

Kewp - how Ken says 'thank you'. We rather like Lutra's 'nanx', too...

Musekick - noun, music, without which I cannot work.

'feinne - noun, caffeine, essential for correct mental functioning, especially first thing in the morning. I prefer mine in the form of SodaStream Diet Coke. And on that subject...

Skoosh - verb, noun. To skoosh - to add CO2 to a sodastream bottle filled with water to make it fizzy, prior to adding Diet Coke syrup (or just drinking as sparkling water). A skoosh - a bottle of water that has been skooshed. Skooshy - something that has been skooshed, water, or that whipped cream that comes in tins you have to shake then upend and press the nozzle...

Shoogle - verb. To shake gently, for example, of roast potatoes in a roasting tin to ensure they're covered with oil. I have vague memories of this being a real Scottish colloquialism...

Stegasaurus - n, spider of the genus tegenaria. Why? No idea. I just find it easier, that's all...
Edit 08.09.07: Lutra thinks that Brian is a good name for a mini-stegasaurus. From now on, any 'Brian's in the posts may be assumed to be a tegenaria. Except where otherwise specified.

Viterals - noun, vitamins + minerals. Also a pun on victuals.

Splish - verb. A combination of slosh and splash.

Parrots - noun, paracetemol (from the old joke "Why are there no aspirin tablets in the jungle? Because the parrots eat 'em all...")

Maggles - noun, magpies. As opposed to non-magical people.

Flamewings - noun. Swifts. So called because the first time we became aware of them was an early summer evening when they were flying high, the light from the setting sun seemingly turning their wings to flames. Lovely little birds. We always know summer's arrived when we hear their high-pitched squeeing.

Murfs - noun, moths.

Peasant cut - noun, roughly cut up into big chunks, e.g. vegetables chopped in a hurry for a hearty stew or soup. By extension, anything prepared in a hurry - haircut, material, even a first draft of a story...

Giraffe - noun, a carafe (of wine, coffee or water, for example).

Shrumps - noun, mushrooms.

Splings - noun, Kai's spelling homework: by extension, any spelling.

Tyops - noun, typos. var toyps, typso, psyto, psoyt, etc. Usual result of a dose of the fingerials (see next entry).

Fingerials - (pr. fin GEEE ree yalls) noun, fingers that will not type what you want them to.

Haddock - noun, time, of which I never have enough. (Origin of this term here.)

Sleep - noun? vb? a.k.a. sheeeeeeeeep.... I used to know what this word meant...

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The place to stay notified of WaveWrights' Fiction updates: Zone, Darkside, DarkRealm, Matrix, Vault, Safehouse 13...

my computer gremlin Butch. click the pic to see the larger image

Butch, my computer gremlin. Click the pic for larger version, and read his adventures here...

Butch by the talented 


A gift for me! Butch by the very talented Sylverthorne. Click pic for larger image.



This is MY haddock. It was caught exclusively for me by Talon. No, you can't have any. I need all the haddock I can get!!

A'lestrel by Valkyrie.

A'lestrel - a gift for me from Valkyrie...

Albino Alsatian Benten (c) MEBird 


Another gorgeous Valkyrie gift for me - Benten the Albino Alsatian! Click thumbnail for larger image.

Radittsu, an oekaki for my birthday 04 



Oekai by Bakayaro Onna - Radittsu at his sexiest...

The Zone Plant from
The Zone 



OrganicHTML (which alas no longer seems to exist...)
[::..My Regular Reads..::]
:: Astronomical Pic of the Day [>]
:: What is Space... [>]
:: Dark Roasted Blend [>]
:: BLDG [>]
:: Watchismo Times [>]
[::..Fun Places..::]
::PALEOMAP Project
Absolutely fascinating.
:: Skymap
Check out the night sky where you are!
[::..Useful Sites..::]
:: GreenNet
First stop for environmental matters
:: The Forest of Avon
Our local community forest and places to visit
:: The Guardian
Online Guardian Newspaper.
:: Symbols
Exactly what it says
:: World Timeserver
For checking the current time around this world
:: Universal Currency Converter
Actually it's just a terran-global currency converter, not universal, but it's still useful...

So what is it with the haddock? Am I some kind of fish freak?

I'll leave that to others to decide.

The tale (or tail if you prefer) harks back to October 2000, when my GoodTwin and I, ably assisted by Sue, ran the first UK Professionals convention...
It's common knowledge that I never have enough time, and I was determined not to bewail the fact that weekend: hence I promised not to use the 'T' word...
Of course, that didn't really work (if nothing else I had to let the trainees know what times things were supposed to be happening!) so we decided a substitute word would be employed instead. There were several suggestions. Banana came very close to being chosen. However, I eventually decided that 'haddock' fitted the bill nicely. Ever since, haddock=time. Hence the title of my forthcoming autobiography,
My Half-Life in the Haddock Space Continuum....

Normally I wouldn't, but these were just irresistible...

How could I resist?

Just too adorable...

and to complete the rainbow...

These Too-Kawaii Kitties
were adopted from
Ghost's Anime Page (which appears to have disappeared, alas...)

Useful sites:

Yamato -
Fabulous anime figures

Anime Lyrics
A huge selection... evil popups

Anime still needed to complete series' I'm collecting... Many thanks to everyone who has helped me acquire the collection!
Ai no Kusabi

   Dj: June Special
   CD: Ambivalence

Cyber City Oedo 808

   All 3 eps on Video, dubbed
   Dj: Cyberage 1-3
   Illustrated Book 2 (Benten's) in Japanese

From Eroica with Love

   Manga Vols 1, 9, 11

Mirage of Blaze

   DVD Vol 1 (eps 1-4)

R.G. Veda

   English Manga: Vol 1
   Japanese Manga: Vol 1-7 complete
   Tarot Pack
   R.G.Veda video

Twelve Kingdoms

   Anime Vol 1-12: complete

Under the Glass Moon

   Manga Vol 1, 2
Vol 3 needed

Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust


   Vampire Hunter D Book 1

New Vampire Miyu

   (Studio Ironcat) Manga Vols 1 -5 (complete)

Yami no Matsuei

   Viz Manga: English translation, Vols 1 - 11 (complete: I believe vol 12 is only available online)
   Japanese 3-DVD set
   Central Park Media: Descendants of Darkness Vol. 1, English/Japanese subbed.

[::..Joules SPfied..::]

... this is Terra? How the hell'd I end up here...?

(Thanks, Lutra, for the quote!)

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Uploading The Poppy Tales bit by bit to Archive Of Our Own (or AO3 as it's affectionately known). FFNet (a.k.a. the Pit of Voles) are having one of their occasional purges and removing works the kids find offensive, and while I don't think I have anything terribly terrible over there, the mods appear to be being very heavy handed. And having put so much work into Poppy I do want it archived somewhere as well as on our own site.

AO3 is actually a rather nice place with some crackin' writers on it!

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Sixth part  of   New World - Fragments - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


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Friday, June 29, 2012

Out with Kim, great day...

Almondsbury Garden Centre - fun, even in the rain. And I found two affordable heucheras: will try to get them planted tomorrow and take a photo (if it's not raining too hard).

Stopped at the Bedminster Sainsbury's on the way back. Found a Bumblebee and a Brawl Bot Shot and bought them both. May as well accept I'm going to collect the lot!

Poppy after the Sanctuary season 4 finale. Tired though, might not get it finished...

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Back from an hour's appointment with the (very nice) physiotherapist.




However, I now know what the problem is (almost certainly) and that it's treatable (relatively easily, we hope). I'm told it's De Quervain's of the snuffbox. Yes, I know it sounds like something Zaphod Beeblebrox would use, but the snuffbox is that bit of the wrist just below the thumb, where in the olden days people use to put their snuff just before snorting it.

So, treatment... Well, I have to wear a thumb spica all the time I'm awake (except to wash and shower although I'm not to use my thumb to do so, oh joy) to keep it completely immobilised until he says otherwise. I don't have it yet, they only had a right hand one. It'll arrive in the post.

I'm to take Ibuprofen to the maximum dose to help reduce the inflammation (apparently it's only harmful if you take it continually for years - a few months won't hurt) with added parrots if I need additional pain relief.

I'm to stop doing so much.

I said I'd go nuts. But apparently a change is as good as rest in these circumstances, so if I just take frequent long breaks from my desk - 40 mins typing (not using the immobilised thumb) followed by 30 mins light gardening or a walk, for example - that will do. Although I should still rest - he's a little concerned about the overworked and 'lumpy' muscle in my right forearm (presumably from overcompensating for not being able to use my left hand properly). Perhaps I'll watch more DVDs...

It's going to take a few months, but once the inflammation's gone I can start physio to get strength and movement back - although with the chronic teno neither hand is ever going to be as good as it was twenty years ago. Bugger.

On a more positive note, the next Poppy chapter is almost done and should be posted soon. Soon being a relative term, you understand...

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Blogger Lutra said...

Good that it's something fixable, if inconvenient. Yes, whatever will you do with yourself? :)

1:37 pm  

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

[sigh] Woke up at 4.56 am and couldn't get back to sleep, so got up at 5.45. Usual chores (feeding and watering Tyjer, Rosa and crickets) then did a Tesco shop. Heh, got back before Kai was even awake!

Watched three eps of Tf:P (for inspiration), did a little client stuff, cleaned the bird table (horrible job) and have started next Poppy. Only I'm tired already. This week is not being easy...

Oh, and we need a new TV. It's been getting slower and slower booting up over the last few weeks and now when it first switches on we have sound OK, but the screen resolves to (rather pretty) shifting bands of gradiated colour that eventually settle into the normal picture. Not sure how much longer it's going to last. Fortunately it's done it at a relatively convenient time, as with the global recession everyone has been reducing their prices. We won't be able to afford the wonderfully snazzy blue-ray/3D set I was lusting after, but we should at least be able to grab a 40 incher. As you may have gathered, our films are our main entertainment. It would be fantastic to watch them on a large screen!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Another busy day, nothing much of note...



Monday, June 25, 2012


[sigh] This is Mirage.

Mirage too

Mirage is able to make himself invisible (which may be why I now have him. He followed me home...)

Knackered. Four loads of washing (sun was out and hot and there's more rain forecast so took advantage), a couple of hours client stuff, greenhouse tending, general mundane bits and pieces, and I started off two demi-jons of cooking wine, standard medium red and medium white.

May try for an early night...

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

A pretty normal Sunday...

We watched my latest Lovefilm last night - Melancholia. It's... interesting. The intro is insanely tedious, the first half intriguing, the second half really frightening. An odd film. I don't think I liked it very much - but I can't stop thinking about it. So it's certainly successful in what it set out to do (if that's what it set out to do, which it is, I think).

Kai and I have also watched the first four eps of Transformers Armada (it arrived yesterday). As I said before, it's not great, but it is enjoyable, with enough character to keep it interesting. And a yummy Starscream...

Client stuff tomorrow morning...

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bot Shots

These are Bot Shots.

And it's not my fault!

Bot SHots Too

They ganged up on me. Demanded I BUY THEM. NOW!!


I had no choice. I mean, you can't say no to Starscream. (Well, maybe you can, but I can't!)



They are just adorable...

And the moral of the story is - Don't let me go shopping on three and a half hours sleep...

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Your defences were particularly low on that amount of (lack of?) sleep...

But hee, cute!

8:22 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Unfortunately they didn't have a Megatron: he's essential and EXTREMELY cute. Will keep an eye out for him...

10:12 pm  
Blogger Lutra said...

zomg, kewt!
Yes, it's completely their fault :)

12:55 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

I was completely unable to resist, honest... I mean, that *smirk*. [shudder] And Ratchet's grin. And OP's adorable golden eyes and teeny battle mask...

12:58 am  
Blogger Lutra said...

... and Starscream's codpiece?

1:00 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

... wasn't going to mention that...

1:01 am  

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The Poppy Tales 

Fifth part of New World - Plans - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


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Blogger Lutra said...

I did! :)

3:11 am  

Friday, June 22, 2012

So it was off to the park to plant the Blaise Nursery herbs and veg: Fiona and I got it all done but now back and legs and hands are killing me. Agreeing that things like Community Gardens is all very well, but it would be nice if a few more people helped out...

Next Poppy almost done, though - hopefully post it later tonight.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Aaaaand another day of client stuff. Poppy is now really nagging...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy Solstice. Summer (what summer?) is now half over.

Client stuff. All day. Apart from fineagling the newly washed winter downie over the rotary drier to dry, as it was very hot today, and doing a Sainsbug shop.

And now it's raining again. Oh joy.

A van went past me yesterday. There was a Darwin fish on the back - with Cthulhu written inside it!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Later edit: had the first five volumes of Tf:Armada at stupid prices (1p, 28p, 38p etc +p&p) so Ken said go ahead and get them. Now ordered...


The first of my poolside irises has opened! I think this one is the variety called 'Flight of Butterflies' - you can see why! So pretty...

The last two days have seen a little garden work: Ken's weeded out all the irritating plants with the hook-like seedheads that get everywhere (especially in Tyjer's fur) while I pruned the goji berry, removed the Vietnamese coriander which sprouted from what should have been a pak choi seed and planted it into a pot.

Today was a quick trip up to Broadwalk to pick up red and white wines to make at home for cooking.

Greenhouse bed

The bed behind the greenhouse - magnolia stellata, two different spireia, two new irises,
cerinthes, purple sage, pumpkin, and three different sorts of foxglove...

Watched six eps of Transformers Armada last night on Youtube (they're 20 minutes each). It's... interesting. Not as bad as Robots in Disguise, falls somewhere between that and G1, I guess. Nice animation, nice designs, interesting plot, but full of mistakes, mostly due to bad dubbing I think, and very formulaic. I like it though. Still want to get it, so will be keeping an eye out. (Be nice to have a Starscream figure from this continuity too - ye gods, the first and only Starscream without high heels!)

(Oh, hang on. Bayverse SS didn't have any either. His thrusters were on his back, not in his heels. Damn. Foiled again.)

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

I think those plants are the ones which inspired the inventor of velcro. We have loads in the garden as well; Bella comes in covered.

11:31 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

[rolls eyes] They are such a blasted pain! Mind you, used to be worse with Quyn...

11:35 pm  

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Sparrowhawk Returns!

It's a drama a minute here!
sparrowhawk on birdtable

Alerted by a kerfuffle at the bird table, we looked out to see a strange bird (haven't identified it yet - largeish, perhaps a bit smaller than a collared dove, with black around its eye continuing in a black streak towards the back of its head. Not a woodpecker or jay) had managed to get past the bars and was squabbling with the blackbird who had also managed to get in (the bars are there to keep out pigeons and doves and anything largeish. Doesn't always work, although I've yet to see a pigeon manage to get in there). The starlings didn't like him much either. Unfortunately all the commotion attracted the attentions of our sparrowhawk (I'm pretty certain it's a sparrowhawk) who swooped down and perched on the fruitcage for a moment, terrifying everything that was trying to feed, before heading off after a pigeon.

close up

<- Close up of first pic.

Or so we thought. Moments later it returned and perched on the top of the birdtable - sparrow in claw.


[sad] Poor sparrow.

Sparrowhawk flew away shortly after.

Photos taken by Ken from his study window, through the glass and in a hurry.

In other news, next Poppy chapter now started. And I'd like to collect Transformers: Armada (nicest and most noble Starscream of the lot) but the complete saga comes in two boxed sets at around £60 each. Heh. I don't want it that much! (It also comes in 1 DVD volumes but with only three eps in each and 52 eps in the whole series that's not really an option. Not to mention that the eps I want most start around the middle and go on to the end, and they don't seem to be available anyway. [rolls eyes] Never easy it is? Or am I just awkward? Yes, that'll be it...)

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Blogger Lutra said...

Yeah, just awkward... :)

12:53 pm  

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Spent most of the day going backwards and forwards between house and the Park taking photos of the Community Payback Team stripping the turf from the area which will become the Community Garden. It was bloody hard work - the area was the inside of a barn and the ground was full of bricks and rubble, which they dug out as they went along. They didn't quite have time to finish, but we should be able to clear the rest of it fairly speedily. Going to get organised to start planting come Tuesday!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Wet again...

Shopping, a little tidying up, a little client stuff. An altogether uninspiring day.



Thursday, June 14, 2012

WAIIIII!! I haz a ST-3V3!!

ST-3V3 the vehicon

[GLOMPS ONNA (and Crockett)]

The design - oh the design...

From this:

Alt modeAlt mode

Alt mode

- to this -

- in 16 moves.

See? No kibble. And to do that the whole of the roof/boot/bonnet unfolds, splits into two lengthways, then folds, and folds, and folds, to create the legs.

I was impressed. In fact, I was speechless with admiration. Ken found this very funny.

(He's actually much more purple than he looks here - for some reason my camera has problems photographing shades of purple.)

I now need to arrange the figures and get some ST-3V3 / Starscream (/ possibly Soundwave) photos...

In other news, when I rang to make the appointment for Tyjer's boosters, I was told that he should have had them back in February and for some reason the reminder hadn't been sent out. [sigh] So he had to be treated as a new client and have the basic inoculations (a bit more expensive but not too bad and we have cash put aside for his needs). Anyway, the appointment was today. Ken carried him to the vets for me as he now weighs over a stone and there's no way I can manage it. In fact, they said he needs to lose weight to avoid health problems (bladder and kidney, and diabetes). Not sure how we're going to do that, as we've already halved the amount we used to feed him. They recommended cutting it back by a quarter and not to bother giving him dried food, as it's more calorific than wet. [bemused] Which surprised me...

Will see how we go. He has to go back in three weeks for the second half of the jabs: they'll weigh him again then.

Later edit: Well this is fun. I can't edit posts in Firefox at the moment - had to open Chrome to get the page to load. I suppose it might be time to update from FF 11 to 12 (heh, I bypassed 10 altogether. By the time I found the time to download and install we'd moved onto 11...)

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Blogger GoodTwin said...

Looks good; the Tf are very neatly made.

Bella could stand to lose some weight; she's a porker who knows how to wrap Daddy around her little paw. I recommend chasing Tyjer around the garden :)

7:50 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

They are just amazing... Well, most of them. Knock Out is very disappointing and I won't be getting him.

Hm. Well, that would give us *both* some exercise!

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Blogger bakayaro onna said...

Yay! Glad the package arrived! And that is definitely a transform! Wow!

Any time you need to ship to us first, please let us know and we will be happy to help!

Poor tubby tabby needing a diet! I keep putting my foot down with rat feeding Dash-cat too much kibble and he's finally cutting back. She looks more svelt, even with the saggy, baggy flap underneath. Looks like she's had kittens but she was fixed as a youngster before going into heat. Eventually I will have photos on FB.

10:12 pm  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Thank you - I really appreciate it!

And yes... these modern versions (especially the TfP ones) are an artform in themselves, so sophisticated and elegant. I am in awe, I really am. (Except for Knock Out. I was so hoping he'd be of the same quality and he's just awful. Such a shame...)

Apparently, the vet tells me, that baggy flap is called the 'apron', which made me chuckle. Keeping fingers crossed a bit of a diet will work. He's out all day patrolling his territory and chasing round the garden, you'd really think he got enough exercise... Eh well. We'll work on it. I don't want him getting ill.

10:32 pm  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

With the back considerably less painful today I risked a light shop to Sains via the Hospice charity shops - where I found the season one part 1 boxed set of Transformers: Robots in Disguise for £4. This is a continuity I'm not familiar with, so I bought it just to see what it was like...

We watched the first ep after dinner. It's awful. Kid's anime quality (pokemon standard at best), much posing and shouting out the attack that will be used next (like [cringe] DBZ but without the giggle factor), and very very silly. I won't inflict it on anyone else. It'll do as background stuff at any rate. It might grow on me I suppose. G1 sort of did a bit, with the sheer insanity of some of the season 2 eps...

I also found an itty bitty diddy Cyberverse TfP Dreadwing figure at Sainsbug, beautifully made as ever, so treated myself. (Photo later, it's too dark now.) They had a TfP Ironhide too, but since he hasn't yet appeared in the show I delayed buying him. What's really annoying is that it doesn't look as though there's going to be a Cyberverse Soundwave, which is ridiculous! He's a major character. He has to be there.

I shall keep my fingers crossed.

The weather was good enough to get three washes put through and dried outside, including bedding and towels, so at least I have an empty washing basket now.

Back to Poppy after Eureka. Next chapter is a very important one so I need to get it right.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Third part of New World - "And now over to..." - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above). Enjoy!

[grump] The TfP ep was wrongly dated and did not air. I'm hoping that the rumoured 29th June is the correct date...

Kai, bless him, has planted my sweetcorn out for me, as I still can't bend. Hope this clears up quickly.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

*phew* There is a new TfP episode this week (though it hasn't been uploaded yet. Am waiting with bated breath, last one ended on yet another cliffhanger...)

So while I've been waiting all this week (*cough* suffering withdrawal symptoms *cough*) I've been keeping myself amused with things like this: -

You might need to adjust your volume before hitting play...

It absolutely cracks me up - partly because, worryingly, it works! And OP is having way too much fun with it...

You can find the originating page here, with links to the creator and other fun MMD stuff. There's a cracking one here (Skyfire, G1 Starscream, TC and Skywarp, Armada Starscream (x 2) and the Rainmakers at the back... It occurs to me I know faaar more about this phenomenon than is strictly healthy. Obsessed, not thorough... [g])

Back to Poppy. Hoping to have the next part up today: am pretty much chained to my desk as I've done my back in somehow and can barely move (my chair has excellent lumbar support so is the best place for me at the moment).

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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Swan at Wells

I woke up with a nasty pain in my legs, so Ken went out with Kai - to Street, then back to Wells to see the swans...

Beautiful, this one.



Blogger GoodTwin said...

Beautiful indeed - and a lovely photo to boot!

7:48 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Ken's obviously - he loved the way the reflection looked like feathers.

11:43 am  

Friday, June 08, 2012

Dental hospital appointment. All good: the tooth is moving back into line just fine, but as suspected it no longer fits in the space because of the other teeth that have pushed it out of place. So he filed a millimetre or so from the edge of the tooth and adjusted the brace so it's now pushing on the other side (the side furthest away from the front) to shove that back. It aches. But he's fairly sure the next appointment they'll just need to take another mould to make a night-time retainer for me, and all should be done. (Although the option of a small permanent metal brace to be affixed behind the three front teeth remains an option.)

Unfortunately the tooth was not only pushed forwards but also downwards, so I'm now biting a different part of the inside of my lip. I'm assured that it can be filed back if it causes a problem once the rest of the work is done. Looking forward to the end of this, I have to admit...

We were planning to go to Wells to see the painted swans but the weather today was absolutely atrocious. Forecast to be better tomorrow to shall try then instead.

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Second part of New World - Checking Up - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


Woke up in the middle of a Tf dream. Not unusual, I get a lot of them these days. Only this time I was a Tf - Starscream, in fact, just back from a long mission and about to sink into a hot oil bath... (Mildly alarming. I'm not usually another character in my dreams - too much of an ego to want to be anyone else, even while I'm asleep...)

Doesn't help that we had Pixar's Robots on in the background while I was coding. Never seen it before. The bad guy is called Phineas T Ratchet. Yay for cognitive dissonance...

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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Busy again. Client stuff, a page more Poppy, netting cage now over the fruit and Galia melons in the cleaned and weeded cold frame. Finale of Alcatraz and the next ep of Eureka back to back in five minutes.


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[sigh] I can't even go to the cinema without them stalki keeping an eye out for me... (Mind you, if this is one of Stronghold's crew I'm not complaining!)

We went to see Prometheus...

Hm. Disappointing. It's a prequel, so we know what it isn't going to do, and that removes some of the potential suspense, and I know that it's difficult to find anything new in s-f these days, but honestly... it's predictable and formulaic, reusing plot points from all the other Alien films, and despite its length (a little over two hours) it moved too fast. And it has plot holes you can drive a starship through. Oh, it's beautiful to look at, glorious landscapes, and the holographic depiction of the starscape is lovely (although it looked entirely too familiar to me, as it was almost exactly what I envisaged for the holographic representation of the Haadri galaxy in the library on Shaeda in Prime Contact donkey's years ago - though obviously that's not the film's fault...)

Enjoyable on a simple level, but it failed to satisfy. Such a pity.

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Blogger Lutra said...

Oh, shame about the movie...

At least it's a 'Bot symbol. :)

11:56 am  
Blogger Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

Yerrsss.... I'd be alarmed if it was a 'Con brand!

12:21 pm  

Monday, June 04, 2012

Beacons! I like beacons. The London one was beautiful.

Our own street party has just finished, which is a bit of a relief as it became extremely noisy there at the end. We didn't participate (not really party goers) though the atmosphere (and the smells of the barbecues) was fun. And it was sunny - managed to get two washes put through, which is just as well as the forecast is for rain the rest of the week...

Tired though. Haven't been sleeping at all well the last few nights: hoping that eases off soon as it makes it difficult to get anything done.

[sigh] No TfP this week, and I can't find out why. Getting withdrawal symptoms...

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Saturday, June 02, 2012

Finally, rain. Torrential rain. Water butts full, garden fully refreshed, and hopefully the pools will be filled too.

Spent much of the afternoon in the garden (rain only started at 7 pm), drastically pruning the buddleia, planting mange tout and the new berberis, and sorting out the small compost bin, which has failed dramatically this year (too much of the same stuff in it and allowed to completely dry out. It's now refilled in layers with a lot of my comfrey, and well watered. Means no compost for my sweetcorn, but we'll just have to manage. I didn't grow much in that bed last year.)

The alarm had now reduced itself to a dull, distant mosquito whine which I can ignore (although at the moment the rain is drowning it out).

This evening we watched my latest Lovefilm - Book of Eli... Interesting film. Probably the bleakest, grittiest and most realistic post-apocalyptic environment I've ever seen in a film, a fabulous soundtrack (which we have now ordered), good acting and a good twist, which I saw coming but was then proved not quite right. I like that. The only thing that was disappointing was the ending. Of all the books to choose from to reboot civilisation, this would definitely not be on my list. Although credit where it's due, it was suggested that the book caused the world's problems in the first place...

We also ordered the Transformers: Prime soundtrack (at £8.66 from the US, not the very expensive UK version) which I've been lusting after for a while. [g]

Managed a sort of nap this afternoon - by plugging in my mind CD to drown out the sound of people putting up bunting, drilling holes in walls, and the drummer practising with all the windows open across the road - and am a little more awake and a lot less grumpy now. So, back to Poppy! Part 2 of New World (in case you missed it, part 1 is up over at The Poppy Tales, link above).

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[not sure whether to headddesk or sob] Was looking forward to a decent lie in - 'til about 10 - today. Got woken up at 7.13 by a horrible high pitched squeal, not overly loud but pitched to go right through my head. An alarm over the road is malfunctioning - not actually going off, just squealing. In the last three and a half hours it's gone from squeal to high-pitched bagpipe wail.

The owners are away for the long weekend...

Hate to say it, but I really hope the battery dies, because there's no way I can sleep with that going, I can hear it even with the windows shut. (Although with the windows shut I can't sleep anyway, it's too hot.) Oh joy. What a fun weekend this is going to be...



Blogger GoodTwin said...

Judicious use of a ladder and a hammer is probably called for... Hope it's given up now.

10:33 pm  

Friday, June 01, 2012

First part of New World - Settling In - now posted over at The Poppy Tales (link above).


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