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Shamelessly lifted from loganberrybunny, the UK version of the "where have I visited?" map. ^_^
County map
I've visited the counties in yellow.
Which counties have you visited?

made by marnanel
map reproduced from Ordnance Survey map data
by permission of the Ordnance Survey.
© Crown copyright 2001.



And in other *cough* news - no, this hardly counts as news.. that'd be when I unleash my troupe of genetically engineered latex-clad skunks upon an unsuspecting world. That'll show them!

As I was saying.. despite seeing just how easy it is to replace an original iBook's hard drive (and that's just the first of two pages), I went ahead anyway. Aside from it now thinking it's Queen Mary II, it's doing remarkably well. It's the old 10GB drive Ocelot originally came with, before it was replaced by a rather shinier 60GB version (which, in full accordance with the laws of the universe, is also perennially full) - not just more space than the old drive, but a lot quieter. I'd formerly taken to wrapping a towel all around Mouse when idle (crunching away on SETI@Home data). If anyone offers you a 3.2GB Fujitsu 2.5" drive, scream loudly. They may be able to hear you above the drive. Of course, it's now also back to OS X 10.2.4, so I get to enjoy installing Panther on it again, followed by the 10.3.2 and QuickTime 6.5 updates. After the..

No, I'm not thinking of vicarious, although I do like definition four: "Occurring in or performed by a part of the body not normally associated with a certain function." Hmm.. ^_^

.. excitement of the upgrade, though, that'll be quite a relaxing process. (Boot off CD, (de)select any additional or unwanted portions, like Asian fonts and printer drivers, and have a cup of tea. Lapsang souchong works particularly well)

And as wonderful as the peacefulness of the TV being off has been (the roomie being away in Birmingham, visiting a friend), I did avail myself of its services to a minor degree - a couple Chris Cunningham videos (Autechre "Second Bad Vilbel" and Madonna "Frozen"), and episode 17 of Fullmetal Alchemist, one of the few current series I'm following, and the second episode of Jungle wa itsumo Hale nochi Guu Final, one of the more endearingly less sane productions around.

Breakfast? (Well, first meal of the day, anyway, which can be at any time, I say) Half a pepperoni ciabatta pizza with chicken added (marinated briefly in pepper sauce, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper), some garlic, and a few thickly sliced mushrooms. Really Quite Good. (Plus a quickie side salad of romaine, avocado, and rapidly pseudo-pickled cucumber slats)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hey, what do you have against the Midlands, then? =;P (Says he who lives in Worcs.)
Well, you know how it is.. a lack of anyone to visit thereabouts. ^_^ (And sadly, now, rather a lack of money to visit anyone anyway.. *sigh* Not ideal by any means, as I almost have to travel and meet people.. the roomie, on the other paw, is really quite content being at home almost all the time, the TV and DSL being the conduits for the outside world)

It'd be nice if these maps could have emphasis added, to show some degree of association.. mine would have much heavier weight towards the southwest - Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, and Mid and South Glamorgan especially.
is really quite content being at home almost all the time, the TV and DSL being the conduits for the outside world

Sounds like my idea of a fine life. =:)
*giggle* Oh, he seems quite content as well.. and the unemployment insurance is paying for it all, too. ^_^ I'm trying to interest him in going around some of the local woods with the camera and camcorder now and then, though, as I'm a red panda.. I've got to wander. And there is some wildlife in them, too - rabbits, foxes, and even some small deer. (Of course, the last time we actually encountered all three in one walk was when I had my contacts out..)

DSL is, of course, a blessing from the gods. And it'll only get better.. in fifty years, the whippersnappers won't believe the speeds we put up with. ^_^

I'm not thinking of vicarious, although I do like definition four: "Occurring in or performed by a part of the body not normally associated with a certain function.

Another wonderful couple of odd words or definitions to use include:

fremitus -- the feeling of the vibration one gets by putting one's hand on the body of a speaking person.

zeugma -- a word used for multiple meanings (including shifting between literal and metaphorical meanings) in the same sentence, for example, ``opened'' in the sentence He opened the door and his heart to the strange cat.

kippy -- obsolete 1920s/30s slang for being attractive in intelligent and chic ways.

avatar -- an unintentionally hilarious computer representation of a human being. (Definition provided by Mike Nelson.)

Some of these have become wi #flags for Spindizzy.


... when I unleash my troupe of genetically engineered latex-clad skunks ...

I won't really question the skunks, even though they're so un-coati-like, but I am curious about the latex cladding of them. Am I just thinking too mundanely, because it seems like latex or any elastic and compressive material over fur would be really, really, really uncomfortable? And prone to heat rash?

Or is that sort of petty thinking why I can't carry out evil overlord duties?

"Zeugma" has to be my favorite of all those.. perhaps its only downside is the ambiguity in its pronunciation. I'm left wondering (prior to checking on it) whether the "eu" is as in euphemism, schadenfreude, or even a French diphthong (itself quite a lovely word).

I must use the word "fremitus" in an intimate setting someday, should the opportunity arise again. "Oh, my sweet.. I have such a sensation of fremitus when I'm near you"

Actually, you might be surprised how cosy tight-fitting fabrics can be. We find the enhanced self-esteem our skunks receive as a result of the oh so snappy latex apparel more than offsets the minor inconvenience of getting ready. (Our next experiment will involve turning subjects into rubber or PVC, thereby obviating the issue, and permitting our members to maintain a lustrous sheen at all times without the use of messy shampoos and conditioners)

We find the enhanced self-esteem our skunks receive as a result of the oh so snappy latex apparel more than offsets the minor inconvenience of getting ready.

Well, now, there's my problem; I've never had enough self-esteem to be willing to give up convenience for it. I even feel self-conscious wearing those yellow gloves for washing dishes.

(Our next experiment will involve turning subjects into rubber or PVC, thereby obviating the issue, and permitting our members to maintain a lustrous sheen at all times without the use of messy shampoos and conditioners)

That's different, and a much more practical way of solving the whole problem, as long as you have the right compounds for cleaning and repairing damage from the sun and dust and dirt abrasion. (And I love Kaijima's artwork, there; if I were to get a drawing done of the elastic-but-not-necessarily-rubber version of Austin on Spindizzy I'd likely turn to him.)

"Occurring in or performed by a part of the body not normally associated with a certain function." Hmm.. ^_^

Woo! Bumsex! Woo!
...

Sorry, I'll just be over here...
*giggles* ".. for all!"

Oh, the things one finds while googling.. the phrase "cave burrito", for instance. Eeg.. seems like a perfectly useful piece of equipment, but that phrase..
Woo! Nosesex! Woo! ^.^
I shall hereforth be waving my PU-clad digits in the air, glimmering gently, unnoticed. (It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it)
Hooray! More fun!
Vicarious.
The possibility of examples are limitless. :)
Man in pub leans head over toilet, opens mouth wide. Other man says, "You've had too many, mate!" The guy over the toilet says, "Yeah, but I'm not puking." ^__^