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classic warren ellis

"For those of you who've never heard Glasvegas, imagine a Glaswegian band who can turn "You Are My Sunshine" into a thing that makes you want to cry bitter, painful tears of abandonment and endless bleak lovelessness.

In my pants."

I'm not sure the "In my pants" was strictly necessary, but it wouldn't be Ellis without it.
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for those of you keeping score

I caught a cold-like thing two weeks back, and it kept me off the running and gym in order that I not drown in mucus and/or freeze to death. I've been back at the gym this week, but still on reduced weights; no running as it's FRICKIN' FREEZING outside. By which I mean the temperature is in single digit celsius values; you people who consider this balmy can shut right up already.
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gift shopping, are you?

Oh look! A print of my all-time favourite A Softer World strip. Isn't that neat? (They also have pretty keen t-shirts, too.)

I swear I'm gonna have to try that "kiss" line on someone, if only to see what the reaction is. The only problem I forsee (aside from, possibly, it being the last conversation I have with that person) is that they discover I'm not being wittily original - for extra points, via this exact livejournal entry. Ah well, as jwz once said, "The universe tends towards maximum irony. Don't push it.". A very sound piece of advice which I have no intention of paying attention to.
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should I leave this box blank?

In my continuing existence as a crash-test dummy for customer service, I attempted to make use of my credit card provider's shiny new online activation system. It asks you for the CVV from the back of the card, plus two random letters from your mother's maiden name - or, I presume, some other thing related to your security question. Predictably - for me, anyway - it didn't work the first time I tried it. I tried again just now and it asked for the 12th and 13th letters of said name. The name in question isn't nearly that long. So, I resorted to phoning the callcentre to activate the card, in passing confirming that they do in fact have the correct name on record, and I've just now offered this as a bug through their online contact system. Really, how hard can it be to test something like this before you roll it out?

update: it turns out that they'd somehow entered the name into the system TWICE, and lost a letter along the way. Excellent.
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I am The Finn, episode X in a series of N

In the past 24 hours I have had no less than three DC power supplies die on me. One killed off my 5-CD changer, which hasn't been used much since I ripped everything to MP3 a few years ago, so that's no great loss. The other two were the original PSU for the only decent non-laptop screen in the house - a 15" LCD, uncased -which died at some point since I last fired up said screen (or perhaps as I fired up said screen) and the other I had cannibalised from a 3com hub, but it couldn't handle the load and melted something vital internally after about an hour. So now I've solved the problem by resorting to my Finn-like heap of as-yet undiscarded junk, and rigging up the following gem:
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