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« Reply #660 on: November 16, 2008, 09:33:24 AM »

I know consumerism is bad and all that, but I do love my new iPhone 3G. I decided to treat myself to a new mobile and a new network, because the Orange network doesn't seem to work anywhere I do, whereas O2 seems to do better. Anyhoo - I've fancied getting an iPhone ever since I went to the Borderlands Bootcamp and saw Rich Payne's in action.

I didn't realise just how good it was until I got one though. It's got all sorts of gadgets, like GPS, for instance. You can press the 'maps' button, press another button, and it'll not only tell you where you are but provide a satellite image/map, or hybrid of where you are. I tried it at home yesterday and it dropped a pin on the satellite photo that zoomed in until I could see the umbrella over our patio table out back and my car on the drive out front.  Shocked I was amazed. From wherever you are you can press in a destination and it'll plot a route for you as well. It's got games, photos, camera function, music, unlimited web browsing through 3G or Wi-Fi, a 3 gig download limit, which is better than I get with my home connection. There's an interactive calendar, too, where you can put in an event, set its frequency, like weekly, monthly or one off, and set varios timed reminders for yourself so you don't forget it.

I'm very impressed with it dance
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« Reply #661 on: November 17, 2008, 05:14:10 PM »

Hey guys. Just wanted to say hello again. I'm finally settled in my new place and am no longer sans computer, so ya'll should be seeing me around a bit more. Dun-dun-dun.  Cheesy
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« Reply #662 on: November 17, 2008, 05:49:21 PM »

 cheers Yay - good to have you back, Angela. I hope life's been treating you well in your new location smiley
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« Reply #663 on: November 18, 2008, 03:16:10 AM »

It's got all sorts of gadgets, like GPS, for instance.

Just got back from Hong Kong, where on the last day one of our friends there produced a phone he'd just bought (for around £60), which takes two SIM cards (neat idea if you're visiting the mainland a lot) and - wait for it - a TV. The reception wasn't at all bad, either. So watch out for that when it comes over here. Mind you, I'd never heard of the make, and there's probably a reasonable chance that it will give out after a couple of months. But I was still dead impressed.
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« Reply #664 on: November 18, 2008, 02:07:16 PM »

Yet another attack of the stupid’s today. I took up the floor boards in one of the rooms of my home so that I could check on the condition of the sleeper walls. As I suspected a few of them were in need of repair. It wasn’t a great surprise as the building is the best part of a hundred years old. Anyway, I sorted out the walls, relaying the bricks where I had to and re-pointing the less damaged parts, then I re-laid the boards and fitted the carpet back into place. As I was packing my tools away I suddenly became aware that my level was nowhere to be seen.
 
  Yeah, it was still under the floor. I wouldn’t have minded so much but I’d seen it just before I put everything back into place and still left it there. What a dummy.    bangh Fortunately I’d only nailed a few of the boards back down, the rest of them will come later when I’ve changed the less than straight joist in that room. Old buildings, what a joy they are.   
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« Reply #665 on: November 18, 2008, 05:35:37 PM »

Oh, tell me about it - I've literally rebuilt this house from the foundations up, but not in that order. Seems like the work never ends. I'm taking tomorrow off to finally install my solar panels, because I've currently got roofers here stripping and redoing the roof we put on only about five or six years ago, so I thought we might as well take advantage of having the scaffold here and labour to help lift them into place.

In other news, I was chomping on a bit of pork crackling the other night, heard a crack from the back of my mouth, assumed it was the crackling, but a few days later a big chunk of tooth fell off one of my wisdom teeth. It's really sharp, so it keeps slashing the inside of my cheek. Can't get a dentist's appointment for a couple of weeks. In the end I got fed up waiting and had a go at it myself with a set of needle files I bought and never found a use for until now. I say that, but the one that seemed to work best tasted terrible and looked to still have brass filings in its teeth. Seems to have done the trick, though.

No wonder British teeth have such a bad reputation if you can't even get to see your dentist in an emergency rolleyes
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« Reply #666 on: November 18, 2008, 08:50:52 PM »

Ouch Ed. That doesn't sound like it was fun! And, thanks. It's good to be back.
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« Reply #667 on: November 18, 2008, 09:31:54 PM »

I spent all last week in Portland, Oregon on business, where it was rainy most of the time. Came back with a rotten cold and a migraine that lasted 2 days, so I'm just getting back to normal.  Sad

Ed -- congrats on the new iPhone! Way cool!
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« Reply #668 on: November 19, 2008, 03:36:26 PM »

I'm drooling - why?
The printers accidentally sent me copies of a NATO document of the
French attitude to global strategies.

I'm smiling at the thought of 50 NATO people who are reading my scifi Exit, Pursued by a Bee. Just think how it might work into the future...

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« Reply #669 on: November 22, 2008, 02:45:10 PM »

 grin I wish I could've seen their faces.
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« Reply #670 on: November 27, 2008, 12:05:42 PM »

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!
May you all be visited by the four F's
Family
Friends
Food and..............
FOOTBALL!!

Have a great day, see you all again on Monday!!
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« Reply #671 on: November 27, 2008, 05:30:47 PM »

I feel kind of left out every year when the Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving. We get absolutely squat to look forward to in November here, except more shorter drearier days to come.

Given how churlish the British are as a nation, I'm surprised we didn't instigate a 'Glad to see the back of the puritanical religious zealots' holiday, back in the day. Especially after you won the war of independence. Let's face it, we generally hold a grudge over here scratch

Nevertheless - happy thanksgiving, everybody smiley
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« Reply #672 on: November 28, 2008, 11:10:14 AM »

 afro Hey, any excuse to drink, right? Nah, I didn't drink yesterday, on account of being pregnant and all, but I did overstuff myself and enjoy the company I had. . . and, the Cowboys won.  cheers
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« Reply #673 on: November 28, 2008, 06:04:12 PM »

Congrats, Angela - when are you due? smiley
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« Reply #674 on: November 28, 2008, 06:52:15 PM »

I give thanks every morning to have cheated the grim reaper.

I'm off for a week. Log cabin retreat in the wilds of Wales. I was looking forward to cycling there but the mrs decided she'd come along too and doesn't like sitting on the crossbar.

I've a few review books to get through - nothing to excite you horrible CD lot - and I'm smuggling in my laptop.

CYA

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