davegodfrey: South Park Me. (Default)
1. I am allergic to penicillin. Wonder drug of the 20th Century, and I broke out in a rash at age 5, and haven't been given it since just in case. Which is a shame, as the banananana medicine I got given when I was a kid for persistent ear infections was really nice, but the version that didn't have penicillin in it was worse than calpol.

2. I have terrible vertigo. I can get all dizzy standing on the ground at the bottom of a staircase. I don't like footbridges much either. And yet I can go up the CN Tower in Toronto and stand on their glass floor quite happily. Its a stability thing I think. At no point did I feel I could topple over the edge to my certain death, but if all I've got is a railing and an edge? No thanks.

3. My favourite film of all time is 2001. I first saw it when I was about 6 and fell in love with it.

4. When I was a teenager I was prescribed Human Growth Hormone. I'm over 5', so it seems to have worked. I did suggest that I should be banned from participating in Standards Day (sports day that everyone had to attend), but this wasn't approved.

5. I paint my toenails. Yeah. I'm something of a goth, so this isn't unexpected I know. Unfortunately I work in a visitor facing role so I can't paint my fingernails. So I wear nailpolish on my toes. Even though I live in DMs (and thick socks at this time of year), so no-one will know.

But I will. Which is, I think, the point.
davegodfrey: South Park Me. (Default)
I keep fish. Until today I had three weather loaches, Sixteen White Cloud Mountain Minnows, and a male and two female American-Flag Fish. So called because the males look like the American Flag. They're mostly vegetarian, and the males especially, are renowned for being belligerent arseholes. Compatible tankmates should be "robust enough to survive or fast enough to escape" They get to two-and-a-half inches long (the females are a little smaller). And they look like this:




I say, until today, because today I found "Mr Grumpy" tangled up in some thread I'd used to attach moss to a piece of wood. The thread had been wrapped around the wood, and a piece of rootlet, and he'd got in between it, probably to munch on a bit of algae (Like most fish they're perpetually hungry, but apparently are a little calmer if they've got something to snack on throughout the day. The stereotypes just keep building up don't they? Its most unfair) he'd got trapped, and suffocated.

:-(

Mr Grumpy. c2010- 7th November 2011. Leaves behind two female companions, but no children.
davegodfrey: Marvin: ...and me with a terrible pain in all the diodes down my left hand side... (Marvin)
Firstly the decade according to [livejournal.com profile] davegodfrey 

It starts of hopeful and goes downhill )

And now a letter to my 16 year old self.

You don't want to do it like that. )

Well that was thoroughly depressing. Happy Christmas. I hope those of you celebrating the solstice had a good time. All the best for the New Year.
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davegodfrey: Marvin: ...and me with a terrible pain in all the diodes down my left hand side... (Marvin)
Am I supposed to be anywhere today? I don't remember organising anything...

I've received a voicemail from someone who hasn't given their name "It's me, we're wondering where you are..."

Its not a voice I recognise immediately, and my phone hasn't told me who called. If you don't tell me who you are I can't call you back!

ETA: I now know what its about (thanks Kitty, and curse my total inability to remember anything!). Sorry guys I totally forgot what was going on. (I still don't know who sent the message though...)
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Some pillock has created the "Open Source Boob Project". And then thought it would be a good idea to tell the internet. I heard about this from [profile] snapesbabe, and under highly specific circumstances could be a healthy thing to do (along with getting to know your genitals on a farm in California). That's about the only context where I think you could involve strangers, and even then there's rather more social interaction than "Here's your badge, now can I touch you?"

There isn't really a male equivalent set of organs that you could use, so the one-sidedness of this interaction bothers me. As does the idea that women might feel pressured into taking part, guilty for not taking part, put off doing something they'd otherwise like, or that someone will take it too far. But I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and conclude that the idea that it was degrading to women didn't cross his mind. Probably because he's an idiot, but possibly because he's a man and men don't necessarily think like that which they fucking should.

I still don't think it did. And then I saw this link to [personal profile] kate_nepveu's journal. And some of the comments quoting what he'd written in his comments. Now I think he's a creepy idiot, and I'm not in the least surprised he came up with this idea. If the guy was 18 I might be able to overlook this as the folly of youth, but he's clearly old enough to know better.

The more I read about this the angrier I get.

It would be nice to live in a world where people didn't have hang-ups about sex and nudity and the body being "dirty". Being comfortable with yourself means many things. I'm not sure where allowing some bloke you've exchanged three sentences with to cop a feel comes into this. If you want to do it then hooray for you. But why are you doing it? There are better ways to improve you self-esteem, and wouldn't it be more fun to be fondled by someone who at least pretended to be interested in you as a person, even if all they really wanted was a shag?
davegodfrey: Marvin: ...and me with a terrible pain in all the diodes down my left hand side... (Marvin)
Despite the fact that certain of my mates aren't enjoying the ballroom these days I've tried to stick it out, mainly in the hope that if I'm in a good mood I'll have a really nice time there. Trouble is being in a good mood seems to be dependant on the people I'm with. And on the the security not being a bunch of wankers.

Anyway on Friday night I went to the ballroom with Chloe (and no-one else), and had a thoroughly miserable time entirely due to my own emo, despite her best efforts to cheer me up. As well as the "job being crap" thing - which usually doesn't upset me that much, we get there and I'm searched as per usual. The bouncer doesn't like the chains I've got on my trousers. Both of them are too heavy (OK  so one of them is quite big, and I don't usually wear it, but the other has been sitting on there for I can't remember how long and wasn't a problem 2 weeks ago.) These have to be taken off. The guy doesn't make me take my belt off, but he clearly doesn't want me to wear it again, as it hurts the poor dear's hands when he's searching me.

WTF?!!??! This is a rock club. What criteria you might use on the other nights don't apply tonight. And when I get in there there's a huuge bunch of chavs running round. They seem to have come in with a stag do. Ugh. And too many people on pills too. (Pills are something I'd expect at Inferno, but Sin City? Who on earth takes pills to skate punk?)

So this puts me in a bad mood, and then the emo-job-related-stuff kicks off. Despite her best efforts I'm not cheered up, and then my blood-sugar levels crash horribly (and don't recover till 2:30 the next day) so I go home.

Today was Mother's Day, so I call my parents. I really shouldn't, they keep talking me out of quitting my current job. Still the NHM want someone to plant and staff their temporary butterfly house. As they're effectively asking for school-leavers again, I'll probably lose out to a PhD student. Again.

So how was your weekend?

Oh and next week. I'm voting for the Dev. No question. (Especially as Inferno isn't really my cup of tea.)

ETA: Didn't get near the PhD- they're having informal chats to narrow down their interview list.
davegodfrey: Cyberman: The Future is Shiny (Shiny)
I am not too manly to say that I love you all.


In other words, 2007 sucked, but I'm still alive, and 2008 will be better.
davegodfrey: Coelacanth (Science)
Being the first in a series of "what I did on my holidays". I went up to Glasgow for the 55th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, which was great. Possibly the best conference ever (but having only been to two so far I can't really judge). Lots of people I'd known by reputation were there (Dougal Dixon, Darren Naish, Mike Benton), and several people I hadn't seen in ages (Bill Clemens, Emma-Lousie Nicholls) I'l stop name-dropping now. Its not an attractive trait. ;)

The topics were great, redescriptions of Neovenator, tooth replacement in Morganucodon, the difficulties of working out mode of life/habitat from turtle shells, a new filter-feeding pachycormid, and soft tissue preservation in Gogo Placoderms.

Anyway if you're really interested there's the SVPCA website with abstracts, photos (yes I'm in there), and information about previous years. Next stop Dublin '08.

But anyway it was awesome, apart from the breakfasts which was a muffin a day and a small carton of juice. Um. Not quite what we were expecting, but nevermind.

I didn't take nearly as many photos as I expected to, failing to achieve the [personal profile] innerbrat's target of taking more photos than Richard Forrest. But here's most of them-


 



Photos of the actual people can be found at my Facebook site.
 

Oh crap...

Nov. 23rd, 2006 01:05 am
davegodfrey: South Park Me. (Default)
Ok so flatmate S moved out about two weeks ago. He was the one with his name on every bill bar the interweb / tv (which I pay). Flatmate A came home today to find two men from the electricity people wanting to cut off our power. Which was "nice". So he gave them £200 of a £500 bill (including the non-payment fine). Turns out flatmate S hasn't been paying the bills. I'm not entirely surprised. He never actually asked me for any money for them ever. I think the first thing I said to him was "what about bills?". Did I hear anything else ever again? No.

God knows what state the other bills are in. I really don't think I want to look.

Words will be had with this chap...  Baseball bats would be involved if I didn't need money out of him...

In other news the NHM don't even seem to want me as a gallery assistant.  I might as well curl up and die...

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