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2014-12-20 (Sat) 13:22 - December days: Holidays
shamrock
ghoti asked me: "if you had total free choice, money/time no object for a holiday, where would you go and what would you do?"

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2014-12-19 (Fri) 19:50 - December days: Languages
shamrock
[personal profile] angelofthenorth asked me to write about languages. I've already written about programming languages this month, so while I do believe that natural languages and programming languages have important common properties and that it's worthwhile for PL designers to think about concepts from natural linguistics, I'll stick to natural languages here.

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2014-12-18 (Thu) 13:55 - December days: Trouts
shamrock
I've had several days of prompts that involved really quite complex and thoughtful answers, so it's helpful that today I have a completely frivolous one: [personal profile] emperor said "I think you should write about trouts". Given the unusual plural, and the fact that I don't really know much about the fish beyond that they're tasty with butter and samphire, I'm going to assume that he in fact meant the silly IRC kind.

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2014-12-17 (Wed) 17:52 - December days: Music
shamrock
pentamer asked me to write about music. I briefly covered this in my post on art earlier in the month, but let's expand on that a bit.

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2014-12-16 (Tue) 14:45 - December days: Filioque
shamrock
ghoti prompted me with "Filioque. Go!", because clearly my darling wife wants to give me nice easy prompts that don't require much research or thought, or for that matter that don't cause me to play the priest-on-Trinity-Sunday game of "let's see how long I can talk for before accidentally committing heresy".

so, there was this Cerularius, right, and he spilled our Humbert's pintCollapse )

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[personal profile] liv asked me for "something that you've learned or discovered about yourself that surprised you", which is quite a tricky one and it looks as though I'm going to answer it at a bit of a tangent.

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2014-12-14 (Sun) 20:20 - December days: Good films/books
shamrock
sphyg asked me to write about good films/books.

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2014-12-13 (Sat) 15:04 - December days: Programming languages
shamrock
ewx prompted me to write about programming languages, and said "be as specific or general as feels appropriate".

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2014-12-12 (Fri) 14:54 - December days: Parenting tips
shamrock
sphyg asked me for parenting tips. Um, in general I'm not very confident in my abilities as a parent so take all this with a very large pinch of salt to the effect that I don't always do this stuff very well!

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2014-12-11 (Thu) 18:03 - PSA: Mobile phone repairs
shamrock
A while back I asked around for recommendations for mobile phone repair shops in Cambridge who could fix a cracked screen on ghoti's Nexus 4. At the time we didn't really get many good recommendations; we'd already tried Cambridge Laptop Repair on Arbury Road and been dissatisfied for various reasons; so I went into town on my day off on Monday and had a look around. Carphone Warehouse would have had to send it off somewhere else and quoted 14 days, but when I asked them for recommendations they said that Timpson on Petty Cury have started doing mobile phone repairs. I went there, they seemed helpful and competent, managed to get in touch with their supplies department to ensure they had the part despite it being just before 5pm, and we got it back today apparently now working fine. Not perhaps the cheapest possible (£140), but I'll take that for getting it done reasonably quickly and well. This entry was originally posted at http://cjwatson.dreamwidth.org/11237.html. Please comment there using OpenID.
2014-12-11 (Thu) 16:57 - December days: Food
shamrock
[personal profile] jack asked me to write about food.

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shamrock
Children's literature and television is distressingly full of kings and queens and princesses and princes, and Judith (6) has picked up rather too much of that for my liking. So, when she asked me something about that on the way home from astronomy tonight, I decided to seize the teachable moment and explain to her how most countries don't have kings and queens any more, and that this is because when you have just one person in charge then what happens if that person isn't very nice?

J: But the Queen is nice. She fixes cars.
Me: Right, but not all kings and queens of this country have been nice.
J (incredulous voice): Reeeeeally?
Me: Really.
J: Some of them didn't fix cars?
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2014-12-10 (Wed) 14:56 - December days: Working from home
shamrock
[personal profile] emperor asked me to say something about working from home.

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2014-12-09 (Tue) 16:09 - December days: Bridge
shamrock
[personal profile] jack asked me to talk about bridge. I'll assume people largely know what it is and talk more about my experiences of it, but I'm happy to write up a basic primer as well if people would like.

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2014-12-08 (Mon) 23:27 - December days: Hope
shamrock
miriammoules asked me about "hope", which is, wow, quite a broad prompt.

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2014-12-07 (Sun) 21:36 - December days: Ubuntu
shamrock
[personal profile] jack asked me about Ubuntu.

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2014-12-06 (Sat) 20:25 - December days: Faith
shamrock
miriammoules asked me about faith. I don't talk about this often, so ...

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2014-12-05 (Fri) 13:05 - December days: Tell a joke
shamrock
ghoti asked me to tell a joke.

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2014-12-04 (Thu) 15:09 - December days: Favourite museum
shamrock
[personal profile] ceb asked me about my favourite museum.

Like Matthew, I don't really have a favourite as such and I don't spend huge amounts of time in museums; but one that particularly stands out in my memory is one that ghoti and I went to after antinomy and p_a_r_a's wedding back in 2005, The World of Mechanical Music near Cheltenham. They have a fantastic array of weird and wonderful self-playing instruments and do lots of their own restoration work. I bought ghoti a paper organ there as a first wedding anniversary present, and one of these days we may even manage to unearth and assemble it ...

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2014-12-03 (Wed) 14:33 - December days: Art
shamrock
miriammoules asked me about art.

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