I'm in town for a week either side of Easter, to attend Swancon and for Blake to see grandparents and play with his cousins.
Hope to see a few of you while I'm here.

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

I hope to see each of you soon, either at home here in Wapping, London, or out and about.  Perhaps at a convention such as Redemption (UK), Swancon (Perth), or EternalCon / Tentacles (Germany).

Lynn and young Blake are doing well, we've all been healthy, and I'm enjoying my new job close to home. We enjoyed a long trip to China recently to see Lynn's family, and look forward to Perth around Easter.
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Dr Who

Reposted from officialgaiman :

*I've learned over the last few months that any comment one makes about
Doctor Who is analysed, pored over, interpreted, and for all I know held up to a mirror and then combined with something from the Book of Enoch, by Doctor Who folk on the internet, who then have much too much fun using it to Build Up Theories. So this is a Disclaimer, just for them: There are no mermaids or birds anywhere in my Doctor Who script. That was just me making something up as an example. Honest. Also, this footnote is not a clever double-bluff, and really there are birds and mermaids but I am trying to throw you off the scent by mentioning them and then saying that there aren't.
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is a
Brain-Eating Web Monkey

...with a Battle Rating of 6.3

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I'm a father!
We're naming him Blake G. Smith, aka "Zhuozhuo".
Born May 14th 10:52pm, at Royal London Hospital, weighing 3.9kg.  Mother and baby are all well.

Details and cute baby pics to follow.
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UK ID cards

The first UK ID cards have already been issued - but no UK police officers or border guards have any way of reading the data stored on them.

Currently no police stations, border entry points or job centres have readers for the card's biometric chip, the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) revealed in response to an FoI (Freedom of Information) request by about the £4.7bn identity cards scheme.,3800010403,39391135,00.htm

I guess we'll just have to wait for the government to lose all the data, and somebody to post it on the net ...

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I don't usually do these meme things, but I haven't posted for ages, and will do anything to dodge out of more DIY. (I've spent several hours putting up shelves). Thanks to spencerpine for the meme.  

1 Make a list of things you can see without getting up:

I'm in the junk room, doubling as my office. My desk, PC stuff, disks, mail to sort. Shelves piled with laundry and suitcases. Boxes of assorted bits & bobs  (mostly gadgets & electronics). Toolkit & large box of DIY stuff. Bunk bed, totally filled with boxes of clothes and baby stuff. Yamaha P80 digital piano.

2 How do you style your hair?

I just had a haircut this week, short back & sides. Day or two of beard.

3 What are you wearing now?

"Route 66" black tourist t-shirt from my world tour, tracksuit pants, ugg boots.

4 Do you have some sort of secret superpower?

Changing traffic lights. Occasionally power over weak minds.

5 What's the last thing you read/are currently reading?

Polity Agent, by Neal Asher. Wants so badly to be Iain M Banks. Trashy space opera, didn't really hold my interest.
Disgrace, by J.M.Coetzee. Well written, beautiful prose style, but not much of a plot.

6 Do you nap a lot?

No. Probably should. I veg out instead browsing the net, or reading a book.

7 Who was the last person you hugged?

My lovely wife, Lynn.

8 What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction?

LEGO Indiana Jones. Dr Who. Ptolus. Python / Django / Pyjamas. Aepic (again!).

10 What was the last thing you ate today?

A carrot. Some hours before, a nice Sunday brunch with pancakes.

11 What was the last thing you said aloud?

"That's enough DIY, just a short break before I do some more."
(finishing this post after putting up another shelf)

12 What websites do you always visit when you go online?

Slashdot, facebook, LJ.
Often Claphammassive,,,
Check blogs & podcasts, though not always.

13 Last thing you bought:

Lots of fruit & veg from Sainsburys, and a cooked chook.

14 What are you listening to right now?

The sound of silence.
And the rest of "Best of Simon & Garfunkle."

15 What's the last song that got stuck in your head?

"I kissed a girl", by Kate Perry.  "Angel in the night", by Basshunter.

16 If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Mastery of time & space!

17 What is your favorite weather, and why?

Hot, blue-skied summer weather, with not a cloud in the sky. But I also like the clear-skied, crisp, sunny winter we've had.
I'm happy with any weather as long as it's not humid.

18 How are you?

Very well, thanks. Enjoying married life, and looking forward to baby boy in May.
My knee is on the mend, so I hope to play volleyball again soon too.

19 What's something you'd like someone to say to you right now?

"Let me help you with that DIY"

20 Say something to the person who tagged you.

Hope to see you at gaming this week!
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