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Makar Sankranti!

Makar Sankranti!

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Our #Christmas Tree!

Mum standing proudly next to our ecologically-sound living Christmas tree adopted from the Mauritian Forestry Ministry for about £6.  It might be small, but it’s ours. And then there’s my permanently displayed, ecologically unsound plastic tree. The first photo was … Continue reading

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.tek & Other Torments: #Programming: Lazarus, #Mauritius: Birthdays, #TV: Homeland, Walking Dead

Hey,  I LIKE TurboPascal, never got into Delphi, FreePascal’s bearable, but Lazarus IDE?  There’s always some damn error trying to compile anything other than the simplest programs.  This is obviously because I don’t really know what I’m doing, which is … Continue reading

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#BBC #Journalism #Trainee #Recruitment: What Happens – Part 2 of 2 #jobs

Remember me telling you how I (like half the population of the UK) recently applied for the BBC’s Trainee Scheme? I just received this e-mail from them a few days ago- Dear Roy Thank you for applying for the position … Continue reading

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#Ahhh #Nothing In Particular Happening, What's Everyone Else Up To Out There?

You know that photo of my knuckles with “N-E-R-D” biro’d across them?  My mum took one look at it and then asked me why I had the word “N-E-R-O” scrawled on my fingers.  The emperor “Nero”?  Whyaaah? I really should … Continue reading

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#BBC #Journalism #Trainee #Recruitment: What Happens – Part 1 & 2 of ? #jobs

For the second year running, I have applied to the BBC’s Journalism Trainee Scheme.  I mentioned this a couple of posts ago, but I thought I’d give you an update in case you are interested in applying in future. Application … Continue reading

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#Google #Search of the Day: Shoes Stolen at Temple #desi #uk #mauritius #india

Shoes Stolen at Temple Years ago when I was a kid we used to visit a mandhir (Hindu temple) in London’s East End for the more important religious holidays.  Mum and dad always warned me never to wear my best … Continue reading

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#Rants of the Week: Killing iGoogle, EQL, #UK (Debt Collection Agency), Border Security: #Australia's Front Line

iGoogle – iGoogle is closing down, we’ve known this for months, but what precipitated such an unbelievably short-sighted move?  Actually I don’t have a clue, but this is the same company that wouldn’t give users the options to opt out … Continue reading

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Service Announcment: Less Sick

Back on my feet and recovering from a hideous bout of whooping cough acid reflux from hell. Other big news is that I’ve had a rather drastic hair/beard cut.  In fact it’s all gawwwn.  Compare this pic to my avatar. … Continue reading

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Service Announcement: #Sick

Some intermission muzak:

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Urghhhhhhhhhhh…It's Morning

Went out for a drink last night…  Eventually got home…

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Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? No, it's… HYPERMAN!

Do you have those days when you wished you hadn’t drunk so much coffee? Goodnight.

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Boat Work: My Personal Iron John Odyssey

Unfortunately, it stopped raining so I had no excuse for not working on the boat today.  Power-washing, bailing and pumping.  I can’t describe how disgusting the work was.  Imagine a particularly vile episode of CSI: Las Vegas and being one … Continue reading

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Nerd Advice: How to Make Friends (And Not By Building A Robot Either)

I should be cleaning my boat right now, but St. Murphy has decided to bless us with rain, so here are my top three Dos and Don’ts regarding gaining friends- Don’t 1/ Ask for help moving. 2/ Mention you’ve been … Continue reading

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I'm Two Years Younger!

I’ve been a bit fed up lately, brooding about aging, loss, lost opportunities and the general horribleness of the universe.  Today, sitting in front of the netbook, I was pondering death creeping ever closer like that swinging scythe in The … Continue reading

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#Blogging #Madness: Captain Roy Thanks Visitors! 327 Posts 4002 Visitors!

Just had a look at the stats for this blog- 4002 visitors 327 posts Me and my hat just want’s to thank everyone! Other visitor milestones- 1000 2000 3000 More comments and more lunacy please. More, more, more! Let’s rage … Continue reading

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#Nerd #Dating: I Broke E-Harmony

Before I was married (briefly, but not briefly enough), I signed on to a number of dating sites. The best and worst was Shaadi.com, the Desi (Indian Diaspora) dating service. Sure, they found me lots of dates, but the women … Continue reading

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Crap Landlords

The dump we’re renting at the moment is falling apart around us and the landlord is bloody useless. We are living in an urban dystopia of broken windows, broken furniture, broken fittings, mould, leaks, damp, stinky drains etc… etc… etc… … Continue reading

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Hindu Mythology Shamefully Commercialised #scifi #comics

I grew up as an only child in a Hindu family with largely no knowledge of the gods or goddesses. This was exacerbated by not being able to speak Hindi or living in an area with others of our kind.  … Continue reading

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Happy Friday the 13th

The usual state of things in our family is utter chaos, so it stands to reason that traditionally bad days are, in fact, good days for us and today has been a good day.  Sunny, Spiderman and my jeans are … Continue reading

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My Personal 10 Best Things of Everything Ever

These things are always in a state of flux, but right now- Movie – 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick Book – Kane: Dark Crusade by Karl Edward Wagner Comic – Watchmen by Alan Moore Place – Giza Necropolis, … Continue reading

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Asia Argento Is In My Kitchen!

I’ve decided to call my instachinos Asia Argento.  That way I can say that I’m just going to the kitchen to have an Asia Argento. Roy’s Instachino (AKA Asia Argento) 1 tablespoon of Nescafe Gold Blend 1 heaped tablespoon of … Continue reading

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Rice Pudding: Lover of the Russian Queen

I don’t care how ridiculous and fake this is, I loved it at the time and still do. Here it is in all its lip-syncing goodness. I loved it so much mum later took to calling me “Rice Pudding”. Rah, … Continue reading

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666

“666, the one for you and me…” Ahhh, good times.

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Roy's Incredible Taste In Music

When I was still in short trousers, I wrested the very last copy of Iron Maiden‘s The Number of the Beast from a large, hairy biker in WHSmiths (also in Catford).  Them’s cojones. BUT around this time I was also … Continue reading

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What's the First Ever Single/Album/CD You Bought? This is Mine

I bought The Best of Bill Haley and the Comets on cassette tape from Woolworths in Catford.

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The Male Curse: Spelling

Actually, that’s just me.

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The Male Curse: Man-Flu

It IS a thing!

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Renaissance Nerd

As my ridiculous and unsustainable pace to become a fully-rounded Renaissance nerd continues, later tonight I’m going to be watching that episode of TNG where Picard plays the tin-whistle.  Hopefully, this will inspire my own musical ambitions.

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Triffle!

Not much more to say right now, I’m off to stuff my face.

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Stressed By The Universe

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I, Nerd

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Drinking Terribly Strong Coffee, Off To Tai Chi In A Minute, Cobra Kai!!!

Its Monday and its Cobra Kai time! Hai yah!

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Ice Cream Rocks and So Does Reggie the Ice Cream Man!

This post’s in honour of both ice cream (I had one a few hours ago… mmm…) and those battle-hardened ice cream van operatives who brave the terrors of the semi-post-apocalyptic suburbs to bring us this sweet ambrosia! Reggie the ice … Continue reading

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.tek: I'm Now on Tumblr Too (How To Export WordPress to Tumblr)

According to this Wired article- So you Wanna Be an Internet Sensation? , the best way to get noticed (and get more work) is to have a Tumblr blog.  So I did that.  Took me 20 minutes and this is … Continue reading

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Yo, Ho, Ho and a Bottle of Venusian Rum: Summer Boat Restoration Project Part 2

Remember the boat that I bought at scrap value from eBay recently? Here it is again: Today I had a go at cleaning it. One of my neighbours generously helped create a little space around the boat, which is parked … Continue reading

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Living La Vida Mocha

Ooooh caffeine how I love thy buzziness. Wired, amped and pumped, I ready to do a million push-ups, a clubbing date in Hollywood with Halle Berry and to crush Apple under my conquering sandals.

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0720: Instachino and Hula Shirt

Good morning! Yet another day begins with instachino and it’s going to be a hula shirt weather again (at least inside the house anyway).

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Yo, Ho, Ho and a Bottle of Venusian Rum: Summer Boat Restoration Project Part 1

Another bucket list wish is to get into boating. This is a common nerdy theme, based on a wish to own a starship, but  living in a non-space-dwelling era. Yes, while I can’t be captain of the starship Enterprise or … Continue reading

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.tek: Snake Oil (Dodgy Tech) Watch: Boots Anti-Snoring Ring

I love products like this- they give me the chance to vent my innate misanthropy in a constructive manner. Just a little context- Boots is probably the most reputable and popular high street pharmacists in the UK. Recently they’ve started … Continue reading

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Marlon Brando Is Dead

The Schott Perfecto 618 leather biker jacket worn by rebellious Marlon in The Wild One only remained a few days in my possession before I returned it to the shop. I told you about the jacket in my last post … Continue reading

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The Smell of Fat, Teeshirts, Leather, SciFi Conventions… and Agriculture

About 12 months ago I had bloated up to massively obese 40 inch waist-line thanks to illness, twelves hours a day at the computer and junk-food.  Since then gym, vegetables and some sport has got me down to 36 inches.  … Continue reading

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I have Not Ascended to Singularity-hood… Yet… Just Very Busy

Just wanted to let the followers of this thingy know that I’m still around, still in town, like Mongo, just busy for the next week.  So expect very few updates. Other news: my personal nerd-fit-club seems to be going well, … Continue reading

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Geek Pride

Dad looked over my newspaper tech column yesterday and said in a slightly shaky voice- “You know, they’re going to think you’re a geek!” He had JUST realised his son was a geek.  You’d have thought the books, comics, games, … Continue reading

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Bucket List Update

Obtain non-psychopathic girlfriend. Write well enough to get paid a living wage. Play an instrument well enough to busk. Everything else… gravy.

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Happy Holi!

Today is the Hindu festival of colours!

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My Bucket List: Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock…

Feed the demon of typomania and write more, and get published. DONE. Self-published on Kindle, other books in the works too. Learn on ANY DAMN INSTRUMENT how to play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Improve my child-like drawing … Continue reading

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Mauritius and World: Kung Shee Fat Choy! Happy New Year!

On the way to the shops today I noticed all the spent red remains of about a zillion fire crackers strewn across the streets to remind me that it’s now the year of the dragon! Kung Shee Fat Choy! Have … Continue reading

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Escape Velocity: How to Exit Social Engagements Without Being Murdered

Never go to a party that you can’t leave without relying on someone else to take you home. Parties are more fun when you know that you really don’t have to be there if you don’t want to be. Besides, … Continue reading

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