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Subject:Fanfic - BtVS / Marvel Cinematic Universe - London Calling 5/5
Time:10:36 pm
The collapse of SHIELD leads to the release of a dangerous wizard, and problems in London for Buffy, Thor, and their friends.

Part V - the aftermath...

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Time:05:36 pm
The keyboard, mouse, and speakers have arrived, and are in amazingly good condition.



The keyboard is clear plastic with white keys, not the clear and black I've been using, which is more in keeping with the computer, the plastic of the mouse and speakers seems virtually unscratched, etc. etc.

I forgot to say that it also turns out that there was nothing wrong with the other keyboard - I noticed it wasn't working just after plugging the USB blutooth pod into it, and somehow missed the obvious conclusion, some sort of clash. It worked fine with the bluetooth plugged into another USB port rather than the keyboard's sockets. I really don't need another Mac keyboard so I'll probably flog it once I'm sure everything is OK.

Now just the other 512mb to come and I will hopefully then have a state of the art computer... for 2005-ish. But certainly good enough for DVDs, web browsing, etc.
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Subject:Fanfic - BtVS / Marvel Cinematic Universe - London Calling 4/5
Time:06:58 pm
The collapse of SHIELD leads to the release of a dangerous wizard, and problems in London for Buffy, Thor, and their friends.

Part IV - things start happening...

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Note - I've made a couple of small changes in this chapter to tie in more closely with something that will be in the next.
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Subject:Fanfic - BtVS / Marvel Cinematic Universe - London Calling 3/5
Time:04:17 pm
The collapse of SHIELD leads to the release of a dangerous wizard, and problems in London for Buffy, Thor, and their friends.

Part III - the calm before the storm...

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Subject:Fanfic - BtVS / Marvel Cinematic Universe - London Calling 2/4(?)
Time:04:51 pm
The collapse of SHIELD leads to the release of a dangerous wizard, and problems in London for Buffy, Thor, and their friends.

Part II - the plot begins to emerge...

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Subject:I am so tempted to reply to this...
Time:08:53 pm
Someone's post on freecycle tonight:

Wanted pc mousse (chalk farm) by xxxxxx
Hi,I am looking for a mousse for my laptop. If anyone has one that they don't use,ley me know. Thanks


I have some low-fat lemon mousses in my fridge...
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Subject:For the fanfic panel I'm on at the worldcon:
Time:03:24 pm
What fanfic were you reading / writing in these decades (fandoms, favourite ships etc.) and links to stories if possible please?

1. 1960s
2. 70s
3. 80s
4. 80s
5. 90s
6. 90s
7. 2000s
8. Nowish

For example, I know Professionals and Blake's 7 were big in the UK in the 1970s-80s, but I wouldn't know where to look for examples of period writing.
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Subject:Fanfic - BtVS / Marvel Cinematic Universe - London Calling 1/4(?)
Time:01:21 pm
I've nearly finished my BtVS/Thor story, just the remainder of the big fight scene and the epilogue still to write. Since it's turning out quite long (9600 words with more to come) I've decided to start posting it in installments. The first is mostly setting the scene, so don't expect a huge amount of action. Mostly PG apart from a little bad language.

The collapse of SHIELD leads to the release of a dangerous wizard, and problems in London for Buffy, Thor, and their friends.

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Subject:Well, that was easy...
Time:03:26 pm
I was in Poundland today and noticed that they had teeny USB Bluetooth adapters for a quid. So I thought "what the hell" and bought one, and bunged it one of the USB ports on the iMac G4.

Result - it worked, no drivers needed, no hassle whatever. And since bluetooth isn't especially fast there won't be a problem with the computer having USB 1.1 ports.

Don't actually NEED Bluetooth for anything on this computer, but it's good to have the capability if needed.

I should add that I haven't tested bluetooth communications yet, since I don't currently have any compatible devices, but it's certainly being recognised by the computer.

later - and to add to the cheap bastard theme, I just picked up a mouse, keyboard, and speakers on ebay for 99p plus postage! REALLY good news, because my current keyboard turns out to have a small flaw - the main "Enter" key doesn't work! Fortunately the other Enter key does, so I can use it after a fashion, and if it dies more before the "new" one arrives I have another USB keyboard somewhere - it's windows, not Mac, but should still work.
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Subject:Interesting timing
Time:08:49 am
Last night I reached the start of the big fight scene in my Thor story, and decided to finish for the night just after Thor summoned Mjolnir.

About thirty seconds after I shut down the computer a huge thunderstorm started, and continued on well into the night, some of the brightest and most spectacular lightning I can remember in recent years.

And that was weird - as I typed the previous paragraph we had another sudden brief downpour. Obviously Thor is trying to tell me something. Here's hoping it's a good omen for the rest of the story!
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Subject:Libre Office for PPC
Time:05:18 pm
I wanted to install Libre Office on the iMac G4 (and possibly update the version on my iBook G4, it turns out they dropped PPC support some years ago. Anyone know what the last version was with PPC, and if it can still be downloaded anywhere?
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Subject:I Has 512mb
Time:11:47 am
The 512mb DRAM I mentioned in my previous post has arrived and worked. This is stonkingly cheap for anything that works in an iMac G4, and I am EXTREMELY pleased.

Later - found someone on ebay selling Samsung SODIMMs for a fiver, looks to be the correct spec. It's a Hong Kong vendor but I think I'm prepared to take a chance on this, there's no urgency.
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Subject:iMac G4 Memory problem - hopefully half solved - and a Wifi bridge?
Time:07:46 pm
Someone pointed me at this, which appears to be the correct memory for the less accessible slot on the iMac G4 motherboard:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Komputerbay-512MB-133Mhz-DESKTOP-MEMORY/dp/B003CH7MY0/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1405331250&sr=1-6&keywords=pc133+sdram+512

It's only £4, but it has to be part of an order of at least £10 or they won't deliver it. So I've gone for that plus The Long Mars which I was going to order anyway.

If that works I'll think about paying ebay / amazon prices for the SODIMM, e.g. about a tenner.

I'm very tempted to go all-out to restore this as it originally was, which means finding an early-ish Mac USB mouse and the weird clear plastic speakers. But these seem to be seriously expensive, so unless I get lucky on ebay etc. it probably isn't going to happen - any USB mouse works, and I think I can plug in ordinary speakers though I haven't tried it yet. Not as pretty, but possibly more practical...

later - also, does this seem to be the sort of bridging thing I need to give the computer fast Wifi - the engrish of the description isn't clear!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00E9VU1BY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A376DTAQGFXKGP
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Subject:Alcohol content of a boilermaker (the American version)
Time:09:59 pm
Can anyone give me a rough idea of the alcohol content of a Boilermaker as in this scene from the first Thor movie?



later - The answer appears to be that they are stronger than straight American beer, and a little stronger than most British beers, at around 8% alcohol.

So I've written the (minor) scene as follows:

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Subject:Mac-compatible WiFi and other options
Time:10:44 am
I'm thinking about networking the old iMac and putting it in my bedroom. There doesn't seem to be a lot of point getting an Airport card, it only gives you slow 11b connectivity in this model. So the main alternatives seem to be some sort of USB WiFi dongle (which would need to use PPC Mac compatible drivers), a long cable, a bridging adapter (which connects the network port of the computer to the WiFi network), or networking via the electrical mains. All have pros and cons:
  • USB Wifi - probably cheap, not sure which adapters work and have suitable drivers, and SLOW since I think this may be USB 1.1
  • Cable - free, since I already have one, but a bit inflexible and I really don't fancy doing the work to get it up there without cables dangling everywhere. I already have too many!
  • Bridging adapter - about £12 and up, some need a separate power supply, others can get power from USB. Again I'm not sure how compatible these are with PPC macs; presumably you have to program in the wifi password etc., at least.
  • Network via mains - simple but a bit pricy, around £25 for one pair of adapters.


Cable is probably the most practical choice, but I really don't fancy wiring it up, followed by network via mains. Can anyone give me any pointers?
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Subject:iMac G4 Memory upgrade attempt 1 - not a huge success
Time:06:50 pm
I managed to get a 512mb DDR stick allegedly suitable for the upper (don't touch this because it invalidates your warranty) slot on the motherboard, and put it in to replace the 256mb already there. Result - beeps once, light on monitor flashes some sort of SOS code, does not boot. I'm guessing it's a dud, since the computer was fine as soon as I put the old memory back. However, I cleared out a metric shitload of fluff and dust, so I'm counting it as progress.

later - since the Tiger box said 256mb was OK, I've installed it - took a while, but there were no problems whatever. The only panicky moment was when it asked me for the admin password on the old install - fortunately it turned out to be "admin," my second guess (the first was "password"). I'll leave installing anything else until I've sorted memory.
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Subject:Got any spare RAM, guv?
Time:09:46 pm
Anyone got a 512mb 144-pin PC-133 SODIMM card going spare? Or know a cheap source?

Really don't want to spend ten times as much for RAM as I did for the computer, and wait for delivery from Hong Kong, if there's an alternative...
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Subject:A blast from the past...
Time:06:13 pm
Today's eBay bargain was something a little special - an old iMac G4. Not sure what I want to do with it yet, and it may be a complete white elephant, but the price was right. VERY right, considering that there's an old price ticket marked at £900+ under the base!

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I think that best thing I can do is probably
(a) upgrade the memory - I think another 512mb SODIMM is the most that can easily be put in, but I would welcome correction and
(b) install Tiger (the most recent OS I have, and I think the last to support PPC processors).
But it'd still be only 2/3rds the clock speed of my iBook G4, with less RAM, and that's already struggling a little. Are there any good alternatives, e.g. a PPC linux that actually has some speed etc. advantages over OS-X?

I really love the aesthetics of these machines, the whole "giant anglepoise lamp of doom" look, so I hope I can come up with something to do with it. If not, there's always eBay...

later - just realised that "Combo" on the label underneath means it is a DVD reader, CD read/write.

update - took a look inside. There's no airport card, the slot is empty. It looks to be pretty easy to replace both lots of RAM (the bit that was not supposed to be user-replaced is behind 4 torx screws and easily accessed) and up it to 1gb. REALLY needs vacuuming in there... I think I'll sort the RAM first and worry about WiFi if I ever need it. Annoyingly, I think I gave away some RAM suitable for the hidden memory board a few weeks ago.
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Subject:Sneak Preview - Thor on Blue Peter
Time:10:09 pm
This is part of a longer story, London Calling, since people have been so helpful with the Blue Peter discussion I thought I'd post this bit as a sneak preview.

I hope I've got the Blue Peter flavour reasonably right, remembering that this is an outside broadcast bit, not in the studio, let me know what you think. Also, if anything seems odd about the way I describe the film crew working!

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I've got about 2/3rds of the story written now, hopefully posting in the next day or two.
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Subject:Another Blue Peter question...
Time:08:07 am
Would Tony Stark appear on the show? Would they even invite him, given his general reputation? I'm guessing Top Gear is more his sort of thing, but that one's already been written by several people. Maybe Blue Peter could have an Iron Man art competition, or a "build your own Iron Man mask" thing.

I'm taking Steve Rogers as a given, the first time he's in the UK long enough for them get him on the show. Probably Clint Barton, if they mention Robin Hood and give him a chance to show off his archery. And definitely NOT Natasha Romanoff, her skills set does not fit comfortably with children's TV. Not sure about Bruce Banner, but I think another no, due to shyness, though maybe Hulk would like a badge if some of the other Avengers have them.

Would any of them have badges before they became famous, e.g. as a kid Bruce visits England and happens to be involved in some activity that gets him on the show? Clint's circus days?

Discuss...
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Subject:My demigod appeared on Blue Peter and all they gave him was this lousy badge...
Time:11:49 pm
One of the things about Blue Peter is their system of badges, presented to anyone who appears on the show or contributes in various other ways.

So... in my current story Thor will appear on the show, in an item that relates slightly to nature, but of course also talking about Manhattan, Greenwich, his implausibly large hammer, etc. etc.

Poll #1974139 So which badge does Thor get on Blue Peter?
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11

Which badge should Thor be given if he appears on Blue Peter?

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Standard Blue badge, for everyone who appears on the show
3 (21.4%)
Green badges, for contributions with a conservation, nature or environmental theme
2 (14.3%)
Gold badges, the most rarely awarded, for exceptional achievement
5 (35.7%)
One of the other badges - please say why
0 (0.0%)
None of them - Badges promote an elitist mentality
0 (0.0%)
Cats!
4 (28.6%)
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Subject:Need a British daytime TV show
Time:06:12 pm
Silly idea for a scene in a story I'm writing: Post Thor - The Dark World Thor is living with Jane in London and naturally has attracted considerable media attention. And occasionally gets invited onto daytime TV shows...

So I'm looking for a British (preferably London-based) show that would be appropriate for someone who doesn't really know much about Earth politics or current affairs, society in general, quiz topics, etc. etc., hasn't yet learned to drive (which lets out Top Gear), and is so ridiculously powerful that it makes no sense having him on any sort of competitive athletic / sports thing.

I'm vaguely thinking one of the judges on some sort of food and drink show - his idea of portion size might be interesting - or something of the sort, possibly Blue Peter (though that isn't made in London any more) or another kid's show, or something else where his personal presence etc. would be enough to make entertaining TV.

The snag is that I don't watch daytime TV at all and have no idea what shows would fit.

Any suggestions?

later - just thought of a good way to use Blue Peter as the show, so that's what it will be.
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Subject:Wikipedia strikes again
Time:11:19 pm
A couple of years ago I spent way too much time reading all of the known works of an author and adding summaries of his books to the minimal entry on Wikipedia.

Please could someone who understands Wikipedia better than I do take a look at the entry and its revisions, and explain why an article about an author has been edited to remove all references to two out of four books, with the deletions marked as "Off topic"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_William_Cole
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Subject:Continuum 2014 Scenarios
Time:08:04 pm
These are the scenarios I'll be running at Continuum 2014 at the end of July - I've run both before at other cons, so please don't sign up if you've played in them before.

Saturday Morning
Adventure title: Pyramid Scheme
System: Forgotten Futures
4-6 Players, pregenerated characters
Summary: In the aftermath of the Sirian invasion there are some unusual opportunities for entrepreneurs. Some of them seem too good to be true... but why on Earth would the government pay anyone to dismantle and ship a pyramid to Mars? This is a test of a new setting and scenario and some delays and problems are possible.

This is another test of the setting for Forgotten Futures XII. I previously ran this at Dragonmeet 2013.

Sunday Afternoon
Adventure Title: Monster Mash
System: Diana: Warrior Princess
4-6 players
Adventure Description: America, the 1950s. You just want to meet with your friends, chug a few beers or some blood or brains, and maybe go out and terrorize the neighbourhood a little. But the locals seem to have weird objections. Well, that's what being a monster is all about, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but somehow it always hurts. But not as much as you're going to hurt the locals...
Note: this is a play-test of a system variant and adventure still in development, occasional rough patches are possible. I've run this once before at Dragonmeet 2012.
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Subject:Today's walk...
Time:05:38 pm
...was from my home along the canal to Alperton, which appears to be 5.71 miles all in, a reasonably good walk. What isn't so good is the time it took, a bit over 2.5 hours. I really need to improve my speed a bit, or I won't burn off much energy!
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Subject:The Caper Caper
Time:08:28 pm
Yesterday's Portobello Road bargain was a tub of capers. A 1kg tub of capers. For £1.50

Yes, I know it's a catering size. Yes, I know it's ridiculous for one person. The thing cost less than a 100g jar from Waitrose, and I like capers. I like them on their own, since they are low fat etc. and taste nice, and I like them on pizza and in salad. Up to a point where I will probably eat so many I go "oh god no, not capers again, let's have a pickled onion or something."

So... what else can you do with them?

I've found a recipe for Spaghetti alla puttanesca and will probably try the anchovy-free version a little later this evening.

Any other suggestions?
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Subject:Mysteron Intentions?
Time:01:51 am
The theme song for the original Captain Scarlet series includes the line

Though the Mysterons plan to conquer the Earth,
This indestructible man will show what he's worth...

Except that I don't recall the Mysterons ever expressing any intention of conquering the Earth - their goal always appeared to be revenge for human aggression after they were brutally attacked by the first Mars expedition without any provocation. So pain, death, etc. yes, but conquest no.

Am I right about this, or is there something I've forgotten?
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Subject:There's something very odd...
Time:06:49 pm
...about reading Avengers fanfic then picking up a newspaper and seeing a headline about Coulson.*

* for those who don't follow the Avengers, he's a SHIELD agent in several movies and Agents of SHIELD.
* for those who don't follow British politics, it's this guy
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Subject:Picspam - water water everywhere
Time:09:21 pm
Today I did a slightly odd walk along the canal to Praed Street (by Paddington Station), a quick visit to a charity shop there which got me several DVDs, then to Kensington gardens and via Queensway back home. Not particularly long, but I took a few pictures and (with some from yesterday) decided it was time to post more.

First, during yesterday's walk to Portobello Road market along the canal I spotted the same family of swans I saw a few days ago, two swans and six cygnets, and managed to get some slightly better pictures. There's still a little evidence of the purple edge effect I sometimes get with this camera at longer focal lengths, but they're a bit better than last time. I've cropped them to just the swans and resampled to 800 pixels width, hence the assortment of weird sizes:

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In the park I visited the Italian Gardens near Lancaster Gate and took some pictures to test a fish-eye converter - the pictures are first without and then with the converter at the camera's widest setting:

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My conclusion is that it isn't good enough for serious work but might be interesting for an occasional photo.

While I was there I also took a couple of pictures of the fountains at the end of the garden, which is the source for the Serpentine lake, and a pair of ducks I saw on the Serpentine. Not quite sure what they are, except the red eye makes me think they're Ducks from Hell!

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I also took a look at the round pond, which is now full again. The coot nest I'd previously noted is gone, I think they simply gave it up as a bad job. It may be they've relocated somewhere, not sure how coots handle that, but the water is at least 2ft deeper than it was the first time I saw the nest, really doubt they could have rebuilt in the time available. I never saw any chicks, so maybe they just abandoned it. No pictures because it's really pretty boring right now. Without toy boats and many birds it simply isn't the most interesting body of water.

More soon, I hope, but I shall try for more variety and not just endless ducks!
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Subject:Fanfic - NCIS / Dexter / Burn Notice - Give the Boys a Great Big Hand - XIX
Time:11:23 pm
This is a multiple crossover, beginning with NCIS and Dexter and eventually taking in several other fandoms. Some sections include passages with a first person viewpoint, reflecting the narrative style used in (for example) the Dexter TV show and books. I try to make the identity of the viewpoint characters clear. Crossovers this chapter NCIS, Dexter. Final Part!

Major spoilers for all seasons of Dexter to S4, then VERY AU. Warning, character death!

See earlier chapters for disclaimers etc.
On Twisting the Hellmouth
On Archive of our Own

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