dear heartinternet - die die die

so, my inbox stopped working this morning, and i use imap not pop3 so it can be constantly sync'd between mac and iphone.

this morning ... no inbox.

turns out i had an outstanding renewal payment, which heartinternet (my provider) had sent to an old account, but not to the account the inbox serves (this provider hooks one account to one domain name, and when i got through to customer services they could see all this, and it should be obvious where to send renewal emails to).

long story short (to get to the painful bit) i paid straight away and no email. contact customer services who tell me to click the various things to get to the bit where a new box is built and attached to the account. there's a throw away line at the bottom that says that the old mailbox doesn't exist anymore. what the fucking fuck? 2500 messages gone, just like that.

so, good bye heart internet and back to easily.co.uk where i have all the family's email accounts hosted.

and thankyou apple and time-machine. i clicked the buttons and got the messages back - and thankyou netgear and your raid5 NAS with all the disks in.

so no drama apart from all the huge aggro. and it's worth £11 to be free of that shitty ISP.

fuck me - hard rock bagpipes



so, after this post, i went on a search for bag pipes to rattle my new audiophile cage.

guess what i found (does gleeful dance)?

I FOUND "bagrock to the masses" by the red hot chillie peppers. this includes fantastic tracks such as "We Will Rock You/Eye of The Tiger/The Clumsy Lover (Medley)" and "celtic bolero"

not only did i find it, but linnrecords have the studio master for download. if you want a more proletariat option, check out amazon's download

i am downloading it now, and well tell you later just how fantastic i am at procuring bagpipe music.

fuck me, i'm excited.
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i have a new gadget

a few months ago, i bought myself a sony prs-505, also known as the e-reader.



to be quite frank, it's excellent. i bought it for going away to not have to carry around enough books to keep me entertained on holiday.

it came with a nice protective book jacket, but i found the first thing to do was take off the protective book-jackety thing, after marvelling at the magnetic clasp that holds it on.

the text is really easy to read, easy on the eye and it's as light as a paperback and lighter than most hardbacks. it honestly is as easy on the eye as paper, and the brighter the light, the clearer the ink. i find it sits nicely in the hands and unlike hardbacks when reading in bed, i have yet to let my fingers slip on the book so it comes down and smacks me in the face, which i do with most hardbacks.

the protocol for storing books is nice and condensed (LRF) and i've got over 200 on there now without denting the SD card.

the only slight frustration is sony have an ebook store in the states, and use waterstones in the UK. I find I can't buy ebooks from the states with a UK credit card, and waterstones don't seem to have quite the same range. not a problem - there's a happy industry out there putting books out on bit-torrent. so far, i've managed to get a lot of my books that i have on paper on to the reader now, and it's great to have the library in the pocket (it is pocket sized).

finally, DRM. it comes with some, and I just don't bother. I use calibre which is great at converting between book formats, convieniently losing the weak DRM on the way.

so, i love it. it's shiny and pocket-sized. pity it doesn't vibrate.

theatre, vomit and "the bath of shame"

so, a fairly decent weekend all in.

i have been off on holiday from thursday through to tomorrow, and yesterday i started to feel the stress wash off me. today i feel nauseous, which means i expect, stress backlash. i seriously need to find a better way of working.

friday night, popsimon came over for a general monging, and by our standards we took it fairly easy.

we went to see dylan moran, who was hilarious. nearly as funny as the woman in the for in front of us who was pissed before she came in and then ate her lunch backwards over about five seats during the interval. we arrived back from interval drinks to smell the vomit and see her trying to clear it up in a drunken way. her husband/partner then arrived and tried to clean some of it out of her hair before leading her away. the fact that he was being considerate and not angry (whilst he looked sober) meant he was probably going to try and shag her later, piquant odour, crusty hair and all.

then back to harrogate for curry and drinks.

sunday involved taking the bath of shame to the tip. i say bath of shame, more for it's contents than the fact that the bath had done anything shameful. the bath itself just needed tipping.

due to h and i missing the recycling pickup for a number of weeks, we had a lot of bottles that needed disposing of. so, popsimon and i filled the bath with all the bottles and took it to the tip.

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a new drink

due to some residue in a glass from a minute ago, I accidentally invented a new drink, which I shall name a gaki and tonic, or maybe rin and T

The best thing about the drink is how it satisfies all the food groups. "How?" I hear you ask...

Well, if you end up with a mixture of raki, gin and tonic in a glass, you get aniseed, alcohol, juniper berries, quinine and water.

Who could ask for more? The obligatory ice means one can chew it as well.

For baldowl, I'm not drunk.

This weekend we have friends over, when i expect to fully tie one off though.