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1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Had a panel interview.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any last year. This year I will learn to read Russian.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, three of my cousins all dropped sprogs. As did an ex-flatmate's gf.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
I didn't leave the country. Nor did I go on holiday.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
As with

[livejournal.com profile] tyrell, a different job would be nice.

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I can't remember the exact dates, but there was receiving the degree certificate.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting the MSc.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Procrastinating. Not starting to learn Russian.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No.

11. What was the best thing someone bought you?
My sister gave me a Pop-Up Dinosaur Book. The University of Leicester gave me a degree.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Fluff has a job with prospects. Debi's ploughing through a PhD. Duncan's still in London.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Creationists (par for the course there), GWB, Tony Blair, the usual...

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting an interview.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
I honesly don't know. Last year's was Transatlantic's We all need some light. This year I don't have a song.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
Much the same, but the job situation is steadily getting worse.

b) fatter or skinnier?
Honestly? I don't know.

c) richer or poorer?
Poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Nagging flatmates about bills earlier in the year.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinating.

20. How do you plan to spend Christmas?
With parents, sister and visits to a couple of other relatives.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
No. It was a near thing though.

22. How many one night stands?
None.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Planet Earth.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No. Although I can now put faces to some names.

25. What was the best book you read?
Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle Ok so its actually 3. China Mieville is damn good too.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Soilwork. I finally got to hear some Akercocke. I'll have to count Demagogue as I finally got to see them live.

27. What did you want and get?
Camera equipment. Better flatbed, bigger monitor.

28. What did you want and not get?
A new job.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
King Kong, for big loud matinee fluff. Corpse Bride.

30. What did you do on your birthday?
Novembre supporting Katatonia at the Mean Fiddler.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Acting on impulse. Achieving personal goals.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
More jewellery. Just as much black.

33. What kept you sane?
You guys.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Zooey Deschanel & Charlotte Church.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Plight of the Australian Lungfish, Creationism in UK schools.

36. Who do you miss?
John Peel. Dom & Julia

37. Who was the best new person you met?
There's a couple of nice people at the shop and museum.

38. What was the best thing you ate?
Wagamama's. Not a great year for culinary experience...
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So anyway some stuff has happenned and I s'pose I ought to comment.

Waterstone's have made it very hard for me to keep money. They've got 3 for 2 on all SF and fantasy books. I now have a big pile of books to read.

Auntie has a spiffing little radio programme called Imagining Albion, about the work of British Sci-Fi writers from H.G. Wells to the modern era. This week's was on Space Opera, previous ones have dealt with invasions, utopias, dystopias and other fun things. Iain M. Banks discusses "Space Hippies with really big guns", Alastair Reynolds gets namechecked, and E.E. "Doc" Smith is gently poked fun at. (The Brits don't go about inventing metals called X that mean you can ignore Einstein!). Sadly I've missed most of the series, but the Beeb does the marvellous Listen Again service, which is nice.

I've set myself the goal of leaving Jessops by November. I'll have been there for 5 years by then, and I really think I've served enough time in retail. Even if I leave to join the NHM as a tour guide, I really need to get out. (If you want camera-type accessories and stuff let me know sooner rather than later).

Odontogriphus omalus is one of my favourite little critters from the Burgess Shale. It's the one that prompted Simon Conway Morris' "Oh fuck not another phylum" quote on first seeing it. Well it isn't another phylum, it has a radula. Its therefore a primitive mollusc. For those of you who don't know what it looks like, it's flat, roughly oval and grew up to 125mm long. Rather unprepossessing, but its been suggested as a relative of everything from brachiopods to chordates. Pharyngula and Muton both discuss it. Its interesting because it gives an insight into early molluscs- and they may go back into the late Precambrian- Its looking more likely that many of the Ediacaran fossils are primitive members of modern groups. It also means that the method of feeding (grazing on mats of bacteria and algae) is very old.

And to cheer us all up in a week of thoroughly bad news (cf Lebanon, etc). Kent Hovind has been put on trial for tax evasion! And pleads not guilty on the grounds that he is "employed by God and therefore does actually owe anyone any taxes"!
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Haven't updated in a couple of weeks, so here we go...

Wednesday 22nd: In Flames! Sepultura! Pyro! Kentish Town Forum! I was going to write a review about all the great stuff they played- plenty of things from Whoracle and a couple from Lunar Strain, etc. But I didn't get round to it.

Thursday & Friday: At work. Then beer festival. Met up with Owain for the first time in a while, and got to see Jenny & Bish and Dan & Leila again.

Saturday 25th: My boss left. And as we still hadn't had a Xmas party we had it then. So we went to the pub, got a free bar, and drank shedloads. I think the shop got through about £2K of beer! I've no idea how I managed to get in to work the next day, but I did.

So we have new bosses at the shop. Both have come in from my old branch at Bluewater, but joined the company after I'd left the shop. Will they be any good? Time will tell, but they seem to be nice people. But young.
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Redirected from Pharyngula, it seems that Fred Phelps (of www.godhatesfags.com infamy) has been picketing the funerals of dead gays. WTF? What is up with the world when people like this exist? I do love the way these people pick and choose their Leviticine laws. Either bring 'em all back or none at all surely? Like the folks here at www.godhatesshrimp.com.

The News Quiz won't be as good any more. Linda Smith died of ovarian cancer on Monday. She was 48. (I always thought she was younger). I hadn't realised she was a president of the British Humanist Association, nor that she'd been fighting the cancer for over three years. She didn't talk about it because according to Jeremy Hardy "she thought that by talking about the cancer she was giving it a platform that she didn't think it deserved".

But I did find the "Dead Intelligent Design Sketch" which has cheered me up a little.

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