Saturday, October 31, 2009

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Friday, October 30, 2009

  • 22:33 Getting to try out Word 2007 for the first time. Wordcount is great. But quite a lot of it is rather odd. I'm glad I have 97 on cd! #
  • 22:34 Last night I baked 21 mince pies for dinner. There are now three left. Pie, strange as it may seem, is a rare delicacy in Germany! #
  • 00:21 @jst5150 Yeah, I like how Word07 counts words as you go. Very useful for a writer. File handling is nice. Some options are tough to find. #
  • 00:22 @nzlemming I've repeatedly tried to use OO and it's scared me off every time! Guess I'm too set in my ways for even a little learning curve. #
  • 00:23 Booking trains. Making appointments. Reading forums. Working a translation. Eating lunch. Yes, all at the same time. Sort of. #
  • 05:49 Finished a long and painful technical translation, wow, feel the freedom! Thinking about dinner, messing with a guitar, uploading some pics. #
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

  • 08:21 Had a busy day about town today. Saw a lot of old friends. Bought some stuff. Took pictures. The usual tourist stuff. #
  • 08:22 I happened to tell my employer where I was going for a haircut. The secretaries were sent after me later to ask about an urgent translation! #
  • 08:25 So now I have a lot of work to do and only two days to do it in. Plus a breakfast date and two dinners, and I haven't visited my cats! Sob. #
  • 08:27 I know the cats are doing well, and maybe it'd just be sad to visit and have to leave them again. Especially if they don't know me any more. #
  • 08:28 @S uzInIL Use Firefox with the add-on called Ad Blocker Plus. Simple as that to get internet without ads! #
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

  • 10:48 Went to my fave shoe shop and got 2 pairs. Left my old ones in the bin at the mall, they were done for. All that stamping about in France! #
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

  • 11:02 Laughing myself silly watching Shaun the Sheep with friends. Why have I never seen this before now? It's so healthy to laugh till I cry... #
  • 03:20 What's the big deal with complaints about Facebook changes? I can't see any difference at all. #
  • 03:54 Going to go out window-shopping in some of my old haunts with old friends. It's a funny thing to come back to a place I lived so long. #
  • 03:55 @SuzInIL No, from a computer, same as always. Weird. Only thing is that my browser blocks all the ads. I prefer it that way :) #
  • 05:41 I uploaded a YouTube video -- France 2009 #
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Monday, October 26, 2009

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

  • 09:19 Babysitting in Regensburg. That's what happens when all your friends get married. #
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Friday, October 23, 2009

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

  • 03:47 Been wrestling with my computer all day to finish @frederation's book cover. All's well as ends well - the thing's done. At my end at least. #
  • 03:48 - Final book cover for The Muse, now only awaiting graphics processing. Look ok to you @frederation? #
  • 03:49 - forgot to say, the margins won't be that big on the book. That's just so it prints neatly. #
  • 04:58 - As good a summary of NZ's (next?) referendum as you'll ever see. I agree, except for the part about leaving! #
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Monday, October 19, 2009

  • 08:58 Just finished up a batch of edits for The Muse. That's gotta be the last of them - please, God! Now moving on to finish cover touch-ups :) #
  • 23:00 Interview with Lost Genre Guild member Rick Copple, writer of fantasy and sci-fi, #
  • 23:38 I'm in a quandary whether to make this book's back cover text white or pale blue. Cover has graphic elements of both colours on a black BG. #
  • 23:39 ...or something else entirely? What do you think? #
  • 03:41 Been out around town visiting employers, past and present. Can't believe it's been eight years sinc e my stint in the Turkish deli. #
  • 05:53 @ChristnBookVids Have you got and (Nov release) ? #
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

  • 23:28 @samnzed Waihi? I wish! #
  • 23:29 @vye Yeah I plan on taking lots of pics. It's very, very cold, but at least it's not below zero. Yet. #
  • 23:32 Phew, finally finished that big job I I get to go out a bit! Visiting old flatmate Michi and Dieter this arvo. Fun, fun people! #
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Friday, October 16, 2009

  • 22:14 Back in Regensburg, the town where I spent most of my adult life. A weird sensation. I have to remember I don't live here any more! #
  • 22:15 I'm working on translations today and will try and catch up with a few friends later on. It's very cold - the plane landed in a snowstorm! #
  • 22:16 At least I brought my Barry's Tea from Ireland, a good strong brew. Germans don't really do tea - at least, not as potent as I like it! #
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Thursday, October 15, 2009

  • 23:47 A whole week in Dublin, and barely a speck of rain. I feel very lucky! #
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

  • 02:04 out on the town in Dublin today. I love looking at the fashions - apparently, sparkles are the in thing right now. Sequins everywhere! #
  • 02:13 Dublin is a very intuitive city once you get a few bearings. I'm finding everything without needing a map! and free wifi in the street! #
  • 02:31 - St. Stephen's Green shopping centre, Dublin. Rather evocative of a tropical steamboat, don't you think? #
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

  • 06:01 - Here's Anne and Andrea and me at my fave spot on the Balbriggan coast, north of Dublin. #
  • 06:10 - Another shot of the Balbriggan beach promontory. I love this kind of landscape! #
  • 06:12 Lovely as in drop-dead gorgeous day in Balbriggan walking the beach and catching up with friends. A wonderful corner of the earth. #
  • 23:52 In Andrea's house in Dublin, overlooking the canal and watching trains go by, and doing some work. #
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Monday, October 12, 2009

  • 09:28 Spent the day in Balbriggan with Andrea and Anne, now staying overnight in my old room that I had for 4 months last year - funny to be back! #
  • 09:29 Walked on the beach and climbed some rocks in a howling sunshine-and-wind combination I've only ever encountered right here north of Dublin. #
  • 09:31 We picked wild blackberries in the lane near the houses, ate well (a real salad! yay!) and are talking lots of French :) Balbriggan rocks! #
  • 09:37 @vavroom 4 more weeks and I'll be back. A firm believer in doing things properly! Hate flying, so if I'm already over here, well, you know! #
  • 23:00 Interview with Lost Genre Guild member Scott M. Sandridge, writer of fantasy, sci-fi and horror, #
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

  • 11:20 Having fun with Andrea and Jane in Dublin. Still sniffling a bit. Boy am I tired. Edited half the night but well worth it. Good to be here! #
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

  • 06:06 @SallysChateau thx for following! I loved Carcassonne! Will have to get back there someday. #
  • 06:23 Popping out for a bit of window-shopping in Dublin. Wonder what Irish fashion is like these days? #
  • 12:30 New blog: I hate books with no endings #
  • 22:04 I always sleep so wonderfully well in Ireland for some reason. Is it the beds...the quiet...the air? Last night's 7 hrs felt like 9! #
  • 22:22 Weird Google interfaces: I w onder how many more there are? #
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Friday, October 9, 2009

  • 03:03 @macaronique yeah I wondered what happened to you. but never fear, we'll come up with something another time. Love our crazy adventures! #
  • 03:18 Hello from Dublin! I'm enjoying a rainy day indoors, watching the trams go by and catching up on a LOT of email and blogs. #
  • 03:19 @anemulligan I can't remember what it was we were talking about re your site - do you? I've been travelling the last few weeks... #
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

  • 09:00 Bye to Mum and the gang who are off home for NZ today. Me, I'm off to Dublin to rendezvous with the relatives! Oh I do love Ireland. #
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

  • 22:18 hello from paris there is not much internet anywhere here, will talk to you on saturday from dublin! #
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Monday, October 5, 2009

  • 23:00 Interview with Lost Genre Guild member Sherry Thompson, fantasy writer, #
  • 23:49 Paris weather is getting its revenge: I'm sodden despite coat & brolly. Water squishing in my shoes, ick. And hungry for lunch! #
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Sunday, October 4, 2009

  • 11:13 I'm in Paris! Lovely boat ride on the Seine this evening. Lots planned tomorrow - this place is so tiring. Got to make the most of it! #
  • 21:36 This is the same Paris hostel I stayed in on my first trip nearly eleven years ago. Funny to be back again. Many memories in this town! #
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Friday, October 2, 2009

  • 23:39 Wandered the Dijon markets this morning, bought fruit, cassis and mustard of course! And some interesting French clothes too, yay :) #
  • 03:00 From Dijon to Paris by train. #
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

  • 07:23 At a teachers' dinner nibbling hors d'oeuvre of garlic and tomato flavoured cheeses and nuts and radishes with dip, with champagne, mmm! #
  • 00:53 - The popes' palace in Avignon, like something out of a fairytale! #
  • 00:54 - Cycle racing day in Avignon - pipsqueak class! #
  • 00:55 - Roman theatre in Orange. That thing is BIG! #
  • 00:56 - Pont du Gard: Roman aqueduct. This thing is huge, too. These Romans sure left an impression on the landscape! #
  • 00:58 - The Hotel Dieu (God's Hotel), a convent hospital for the poor in Beaune, Burgundy district #
  • 00:59 - Convent hospital interior with inbuilt chapel. Check out those painted rafters! #
  • 00:59 - Traditional glazed ceramic rooftile pattern, Dijon area #
  • 01:00 - Nougat cakes, shop window, Dijon #
  • 01:03 @vye Thanks, that's a great tip! People look at you funny if you go barefoot round here though :P #
  • 01:05 @NikeChillemi Yep, thanks! Hope you're doing well too! #
  • 01:07 This is the French keyboard layout: Pretty crazy for me to try and type on! #
  • 02:22 Okay, I have updated my blogs and backdated them to match my travels. Includes twitpics with commentary. #
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