apel: (twitching)
I just called the TV License people on 0870 241 6468. They have 6 choices in their first level menu. None of them is for cancelling your license. So I took the last one, which is "all other inquiries". On that choice, there are two more choices. One of them is the same as on the previous level. The other is too, because it's "all other inquiries."

Still, that's not the worst. If all their representatives are busy, they direct you to the website or ask you to call again at a less busy time, *click* and they hang up on you. Beautiful, isn't it?

The reason I called in the first place is that their website says to call them for a cancellation form.
apel: (riley)
The origin of the Bechdel-Wallace rule for movies. Can also be applied to books, of course.

Alison Bechdel's blog about her life on the frozen tundra of Vermont and drawing Dykes to Watch Out For.

Finally, a Feminism 101 Blog, the FAQ and jargon file

Anti-Comics-Feminist Bingo Card and its explanations.

Many of the arguments explained in links from the card can of course just as well be applied to other pop culture genres. Although I'd really like to see something similar done for popular music. Gangsta rap is probably too easy but how about RNB lyrics? Anyone, anyone? Bueller? (Telling me why Bueller couldn't have been a female character is too easy and scores no points. Not understanding why, means you need to read and understand the FAQ for Finally, a Feminism 101 blog before I will consider taking you seriously.)

This post was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] vito_excalibur's post Laundrygate.
apel: (Firefly)
Alan Tudyk is playing a convicted paedophile in tonight's episode of CSI on Five. It's on at 9.
apel: (pillarbox)
Apparently the Jack Russel terrier owned by the Cornish chef Rick Stein has died. This is currently one of the most read news items on the BBC News site.

According to the article the dog featured in Mr Stein's cookery TV series. Most of the article consists of Stein paying homage to the family dog.
apel: (twitching)
Bold all of the following TV shows you've seen three or more episodes of in your lifetime. Bold and italicize a show if you've seen every episode. Add up to 3 additional shows (please keep the list in alpha order). I've added TJ Hooker, Law and Order and L&W: Special Victims Unit. Cop shows all, of course

long, long list )

Appropriated from [livejournal.com profile] sweet_pickles.
apel: (triskele_Animated)
It wasn't my disappointment, it was that of my neighbours who were watching the match while I was outside watering the garden. It was deathly quiet for a long while, then there were intermittent of sounds of disappointment, then there were a few hard-to-interpret sounds within a short time. I thought that the last wave of anxious cries was brought about by a penalty shoot-out and reading the match description at the BBC site, confirms that. The disappointment earlier probably came from missed goal chances in the second half and Rooney's send-off.

So England are out of the world cup but my garden is watered. I can't say that I'm very disappointed.

Apart from watering, the only things I did were to finally plant the pink cosmos in the Pink Border and to rip out the sweet williams in the border by the front door. I'm going to replace the sweet williams with pinks.
apel: (german)
We've just watched Germany win against Argentina in a penalty shoot-out. Argentina missed the second and fourth shots and Germany nailed all. Woohoo! Very exciting to watch.

But I wonder what the punch-up at the end was about. Some of the Argentinians seemed very upset.

Daktari

May. 26th, 2006 02:53 pm
apel: (California)
In a comment on [livejournal.com profile] kittenbreak somebody provided a link to Daktari, an American TV series that I remember watching dubbed to German. I wonder just how much of my love for the Californian oak-savannah landscape comes from having watched Daktari (filmed in a Los Angeles safari park) and Western movies (like The Big Country) as a kid.

Itinerary

May. 20th, 2006 11:14 pm
apel: (trail)
Sunday: Tatton Park, Kendal
Monday: Grasmere, Ambleside, Coniston, possibly boat to Brantwood
Tuesday: Borrowdale, Buttermere walk, Cockermouth
Wednesday: Blencathra Walk, Aira Force, Penrith

The weather does not look too bleak although with the gale force winds on Monday I think I'd rather walk above Buttermere on Tuesday. I can do the Wordsworth part of the holiday on Monday instead. Judging from the forecast for tomorrow at the Lake District National Park Authority site, I think I need to bring a thick fleece to wear under the summer jacket when I get higher up into the hills.

~~~

Looks like I forgot to send in this entry. By now I've watched NCIS (just how did those easter eggs work?) and CSI:NY. It's time to go to bed. The drive tomorrow is about 250 miles and the weather is going to be foul. It's going to be an exhausting day.
apel: (West Wing_Simon)
Yes! I've been waiting for this. The super cute Mark Harmon is finally coming to my TV on Saturdays. It's a date!
apel: (sweden)
Or so Vincent D'Onofrio's character said at the end of today's episode of L&O:CI. I miss Jerry Orbach. D'Onofrio's character is not very likeable.

Anyway, this has been a day of mostly rest. I've even taken several naps. That's something I really needed. I was inspired by a blog entry by Bob Walsh about Friday Fatigue.

How stressful my job is, isn't always something I can control but I do need more sleep, that's for sure. Lately I've had a hard time going to bed in the evenings. It's a problem with GTD -- I always know exactly what I have left undone so it's tempting to do just one more thing so that I get to tick one more box. But really life's too short to drag through it half awake all the time. That's no fun. So I'd better try to get better about going to bed. Maybe I should put it on my daily to do list.

Between naps I've worked a bit on my France pictures. I've been starting to think about where I want to go this year and I'd rather have the photos from last year finished before I take off again. There's still a lot left, though. The decision to only publicise the pages when all of them are done, was not a good one. If I can announce them one by one, I'm more motivated.

The week of 15 May looks good. I'm thinking of going to Sweden. Maybe. There's always France too. I've never been to mainland Greece either. I wonder if the walking is good there.

Bed time!
apel: (i knew it)
Today has been a busy day. I've worked from home and got everything done that I had planned. That's always a nice feeling. The poll about web forms that I put up was part of that. Interesting spread of responses.

After I was done with work, I did stuff for myself. The list of ticked checkboxes in my GTD software is impressive. That's the beauty of working from home. When I get off from work, I still have the time and energy to "work" for myself a bit.

So I sat in that phone queue. When I finally got to talk to a person, he couldn't find my account. He was going to initiate an investigation but he wasn't hopeful. It's not a lot of money, so if it hadn't been for the tax issue, I would never have put this much time and energy into it. Afterwards I wrote my accountant and told him that unless he thinks its essential that I hunt down the tax papers for the paltry sum of USD 200, I'm not going to waste more time on it. I'd also like to stop feeding BT... In the email I also sent him the only other outstanding info, so I hope I'm done now. I'll just have to wait for the verdict. That's a pretty uncomfortable situation. There's a lot at stake.

I finished my day with watching the final Firefly episode. It was a bit anticlimactic, I thought. It was rather stop-and-go. Like that scene between Kaylee and Simon. That's how the whole episode felt. Still, it's a disappointment that there won't be any more episodes. It could have been another Babylon 5.

Tomorrow's the big four-oh, so I'd better get my beauty sleep. :-)

Monday

Jan. 9th, 2006 09:48 pm
apel: (i knew it)
Today has been a mostly calm day. I've worked from home. First I reviewed a design and then I wrote some more on my web site credibility presentation.

Joss Whedon* is a tease. Just sayin'.

*=Semagic's spell checker didn't recognise Whedon. It suggested "hedonist" instead. :-)
apel: (yule_tomte)
I started reading the instruction booklet for tax returns for non-resident aliens but when I had made a note of the third extra form I will have to fill out in addition to the actual tax return, I decided that enough was enough. So I've spent the rest of the evening composing a long, detailed email to a tax accountant recommended to me by my American boss. Here's to hoping that he'll take on my case. It's a bit complicated and since he's in the wrong state there's no chance that he'll get my business on a permanent basis, so I can understand if he's not too keen. But I'm hopeful.

The drier is going with the last load of laundry for the weekend. In fifteen minutes I'll load the dishwasher and then I'm done with almost everything I needed to accomplish today. I've even shopped for groceries. Sainsbury's was hopping when they announced that it was ten minutes till closing. That's unusual. It's usually just a few johnny come latelies and me at that time.

I've been watching the coverage of the blast in Hemel Hempstead today. When I heard that it was an oil depot, I thought they'd simply let it burn out. Oil fires are notoriously difficult to put out, unless you're Red Adair (and then you'd be dead). But during the day the anticipated beginning of the extinguishing action has crept closer and closer. Now they're saying that they'll start tonight. They've got loads of water and foam concentrate so maybe they'll beat it. Let's hope so. While the smoke doesn't contain anything obviously toxic, it's still no good for the environment or the people in its path.
apel: (my face_smiling)
And I'm worried. I've got another 20 minutes to go before I rinse out the bleach. Hopefully the result won't be pink. I'm using a brand I haven't used before. Or at least not for as long as I can remember. That could be because it's an unusual brand or because I decided it was no good. Hm.

I left the office at six tonight and headed to a health food shop near Great Portland Street. There I picked up some things recommended to me by my nutritionist. After a long train journey accompanied by Holy Cow! I drove to M&S and bought a big, whopping poinsettia. Hopefully it holds on to its leaves. The one at work has almost only red leaves left.

Not sure what to do with the plants I've already got. The cyclamen is definitely going. But the pelargonium and the Yule cactus are harder to toss. The pelargonium has gorgeous blood red flowers. If I keep it around, it will flower again next year. Same for the schlumbergia. I wonder if Louise has room for them on her landing.

At home I've watched Taggart. It wasn't such a great episode, I thought. Probably because Blythe Duff didn't feature as much as I like. Instead the focus was on the Robbie character and his poor judgement. The ending was kind of neat.
apel: (West Wing_Simon)
[livejournal.com profile] silence01 told me how to make screen grabs, so now I have a new, shiny icon of Mark Harmon as Special Agent Simon Donovan from the West Wing as an icon. Shiny, isn't it?
apel: (red signal)
I'm looking at free screen capture applications and wondering which is best for capturing the screen when I'm watching a DVD. Anybody here have any experience with that?
apel: (red signal)
Warner Bros. own lemonlyman.com but have no web site on it.
apel: (Default)
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