Ach! A meme! Run for yor lives! Following the lead of such luminaries as Mr Webb and Mr Coates, here is what appears when I type en.wikipedia.org/wiki into my browser (at work, it will be different at home). They’ve called it their ‘contrail‘ and so shall I. All links to descriptions of ‘Methods of Torture’ and ‘Races in the Star Wars Universe’ have been removed, in case they skew the results.
1-K_pot – cryogenics device to bring things down to 1 Kelvin. I was researching adiabatic cooling, and came across this.
Adiabatic_process – Cooling method using fine water mist, something I’m involved with on the Tube at the moment.
a box of choir scores, mainly from the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, which will be given to My Beloved Director, who is a professional singer and music teacher. Failing that, the bookshop at Merton Abbey Mills may be interested.
several photos of me at various stages of early life – you can see the change from blonde blue-eyed cherub to – well there’s no change really. I may post some up here.
a couple of Parkwood Middle School yearbook-type-things. These aren’t yearbooks in the American sense, full of photos of pupils, and “Person most likely to be playing a Brechtian Hitler-analogue in 25 years time” written under one of them. No, these are collections of short stories and poems, written and illustrated by the pupils. There may be some early Petty gems, as if there was ever such a thing.
some coffee cups and saucers, because my kitchen cupboard isn’t quite full yet.
My sister was there too, with my niece, who is suddenly wearing black nail varnish and eyeliner. Yikes. I’ll lend her my collection of Sisters of Mercy records, and that NIN remix ep. And some Rammstein. That’ll show her.
This is a test of the autoblock blosxom plugin. It automatically puts HTML block tags around paragraphs. So this paragraph is made into a P. It currently only works for P, BLOCKQUOTE and PRE.
This will be a BLOCKQUOTE (because of the space at the beginning)
This is PRE code, because of the two colons at the start (removed by the plugin)
I will still need to put links in manually, but it’s nice anyway.
I’ve edited the code so that it ignores the meta-creation_date tag at the top, but I can’t figure out how to do the same for the tags bit below. The plugin is written in Perl, and there’s a line of code that dictates which lines to ignore, which is basically any line which starts with an HTML tag. That way, existing tags don’t get overwritten. It is done using a regular expression, with the HTML tags included in an OR list of things to ignore. I added ‘meta’ with no trouble, but when I added ‘[tags:’ it didn’t like it – probably because of the square bracket. Some further learning is required.
…just not in the way you think. I had a really vivid dream the other night, and when I woke up it was still so clear in my head that I scribbled down the gist of it before I forgot. This post is the result of those notes.
As the story starts, I was working on the Record Section at Woolworths, where I worked on and off while at school and college. We had some banners up to advertise a competition where the winner would have the chance to record an album in a top studio with some top engineers. Somehow, I won.
The engineers arrived, with some recording gear. They gave me a microphone, and I proceeded to make a series of strange and silly noises into it, because I realised I can’t sing or do anything musical. I felt embarassed, but the engineers seemed happy, and just took the recordings away.
I forgot all about it until the following week, when suddenly, the Record section at Woolworths is selling this album with my face on it. It had a really cheesy cover, along the lines of, “Matthew Petty sings the Greats”. I immediately grabbed a shrink-wrapped copy off the stands and played it on the shop’s knackered player. To my astonishment, the engineers had transformed my gurgles, yips and bleats into surprisingly cool ambient lounge music, reminiscent of Air, or the mellower end of Meat Beat Manifesto.
I woke from the dream before I knew whether it was a success or not.