Thursday, November 14th, 2013

9:33 am  : Selling a Polyamory themed pendant.

I design jewellery and model cars and such on Shapeways and occasionally I get pieces 3D printed for myself as test pieces.

I recently rendered the infinite heart polyamory symbol as a 3d model and printed it off in solid silver. It's a lovely piece, but I've got no-one to give it to at the moment, so as I'm decluttering I'm selling it off on ebay. It cost me about £50 to create.
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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

11:19 pm  : So what's up then?...

Not exactly, not-using LJ ATM. Instead I tend to post more often on twitter where I am, of course, @aegidian.

I do still post here, but it's mostly the place I come to for posting whinges about the less-good parts of my life. There's some fun stuff in the memories if you care to look, and I won't rule out writing more later.

current mood: blah
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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

9:04 am  : Modelling

These days I am mostly expressing my creativity by creating stuff to sell here:
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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

12:30 am  : 

Since I don't use this much, and I don't welcome abusive anonymous comments. I'm switching this to friends only and no longer posting here.

Follow me on twitter or facebook if you will.


-- Giles.
Thursday, February 4th, 2010

11:08 pm  : FB Idiocy

Well I tried.

If someone reposts or cut and pastes a stupid meme warning you about Facebook hackers and you follow the given instructions WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU ARE DOING AT ALL then you're an idiot.

I tried to point out what was wrong with what you were doing, but no, please, go on spreading the idiocy, like a good spicy salsa, it burns.

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

11:42 pm  : Moon, Crow, Trowbridge

Moon, Crow, Trowbridge
Originally uploaded by aegidian
Rather pleased with this shot. So I said thank you.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

6:57 am  : Small things make me smile.

This morning I woke up to find Tabitha in her usual place on my computer chair, waiting for me to wake up. In my bleary early state I almost didn't see that she had her collar neatly laid out alongside her, undone.

Evidently it had come off her sometime during the night and she'd picked it up and brought it with her to my room.

I put it back on her, got up, and went into the living room. When I sat down to watch C play PS2 she leapt into my lap and settled down for some protracted purring. Smart cat.
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Friday, March 20th, 2009

1:03 pm  : 


I just watched this on iplayer, then 'sploded when I saw the final credit. What BBC captions/titles editor wrote that?!

I am a grumpy curmudgeon today.
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Thursday, March 12th, 2009

10:21 am  : Type A, Type B

It seems there are two types of person.

Type A (I'll call them type A for the moment until some better scheme occurs), when they wake up late, reorganise their morning schedule, pull on clothes faster, skip breakfast and rush out of the door to get to school/work/appointments on time.

Type B (if I may call them that, perhaps a better name will arise in time), when they wake up late, insist on keeping to their morning routine of lavation, breakfast and unhurried robing preferring to arrive late but well prepared.

I am type A I'm afraid. My eldest son is type B. Just saying.
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Friday, March 6th, 2009

8:09 am  : BrawnGP

Tyrrell, you've come a long, long way.
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Sunday, March 1st, 2009

9:02 pm  : Practice pays off

R and I graded to 5th. kyu (Kaizen Ryu Karate Do - blue belt).

I'm very proud of her, and also rather proud of myself. This was a tough grading, in front of our Sensei's Sensei, visiting from Australia, and the first time we've graded alongside higher grades (kyus 1-3 and black belts). I never expected when I started karate to be enjoying it this much. I am, it's great.

current mood: accomplished
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Thursday, February 26th, 2009

10:55 am  : Painful lessons learned today...

it is easier to clean a cat in a bidet than in a shower.
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

9:53 pm  : Things Giles Williams's body can't do...

Wake up before 6.00am. for C's birthday, have a pub lunch however amazingly pleasant and geeky, and then perform an hour and a half of karate in the evening.

Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, OUCH!

current mood: uncomfortable
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Monday, February 23rd, 2009

1:51 pm  : Spokeshaver

Yay me!

I have replaced a spoke in my rear wheel. Not as easy as it sounds.

The wheel had to be removed, stripped of tyre, tube and rim strip, then the broken spoke had to be wiggled out. I stuck all the bits of it in some paper to take to the bike shop.

There I bought a tool to remove the gear sprockets from the shimano cassette, and a chain whip to hold it while I did so, a new spoke spanner, rim-tape, and two shiny new spokes and nipples. The shop in question is the Bicycle Shack on Ruckholt Road, for any east Londoners wanting a recommendation.

Disengaging the cassette locking ring took more effort than I have strength, so I used a c-clamp to move the tools necessary until they loosened. Then off with the sprockets, thread the new spoke through and weave it into place. Screw on a new nipple, then tighten it up. Then I had to true the rim, I haven't done this for twenty years. But after a quarter of an hour, spinning and fiddling it was running true. Rim-tape, tube and tyre were replaced. Wheel back on bike, bike back on street, Giles back on bike. Huzzah!

Then I bought lunch, made lunch, ate lunch.

And then I expanded my computer's consciousness by slotting in an extra Gig of memory.

So I'd say today has been a productive day.

I'll cook a curry tonight.

current mood: accomplished
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Thursday, February 19th, 2009

7:44 am  : My mind is bad, bad, bad, bad bad!

I listen to the news or watch it on TV - and every time there is mention of Abu Qatada I just can't help repeating it out loud with the cockney motif - "'ave a banana!"
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

9:41 pm  : Ros Skiing

A holiday video, to draw asrana's attention particularly.
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Saturday, February 7th, 2009

7:45 pm  : Passing on the flame...

Originally uploaded by aegidian
... was a game we played during the night-time skiing-down-the-mountain-with-flaming-torches, last Wednesday night.

This photo is one of a set,
that are of my trip, with R, my daughter, to Torgon, Switzerland. She was learning to ski for the first time, and I was learning to ski for the fourth time.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2009

11:33 am  : Wah!

Can't find my PSP discs anywhere!

Nevertheless, have loaded its memory with films and music for the journey. Mostly packed. Highly anticipatory!
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Monday, January 26th, 2009

2:23 am  : Dickens' Day

Wonderful, wonderful Burns' Night Supper with Liz, Simon, Marcus, Robert and Sebastian. Much whisky, wine and stout was consumed, alongside Cranachan, Potted Prawns and one of the best steaks I've ever tasted.

But the question arose, why is therr no English heroic poet (or similar) to celebrate in drink, ritual and song? And who to choose?
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Saturday, January 17th, 2009


"Wobble board, wobble board, I'm so Wobble Bored!"
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Thursday, January 8th, 2009

12:52 pm  : We have a Mouser!

Tabitha presented us her first dead mouse this afternoon. It was a juvenile house mouse, but she had at least done the decent thing and killed it.

I've binned the corpse and will reward her endeavour!
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Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

11:56 pm  : Ouchy ouchy ouch!

First karate session of the year and Sensei is on a fitness push!

I've grated my feet on the punchbag, stretched my inner thighs extraordinarily, done squats and pushups until I was dizzy. I know I planned to get fitter this month, but do I have to do it all in one evening?!
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Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

2:24 pm  : 2008/2009

It was a bumpy 2008, but I got a few things done.

C left Primary Schol for the *cough* grown-up world of Secondary School. He's managed to work his way into at least one Football team, and is doing well and Math and Science and - unexpectedly - French. B continues to excel, he's looking at Sixt Forms now, planning to study Films and Philosophy. R starred in a few more school productions, where here confidence, acting skills and singing shine out. She's also been praised for her compassion towards her peers, often mentioned as a very supportive friend.

B and I went skiing in Southern Switzerland in April, where our skillz went from mediocre to okay. We even took in a few intermediate level runs from the top of the Weisshorn right down to our lodge. Of course, I fell over a few times, but fewer and fewer as the week progressed.

B and C both dropped out of our karate classes leaving R and I to continue our journey towards first Dan. We're both green belts in the Kaizen Ryu school at the moment, with more gradings to come next year. I also took on fighting the website into shape, where I think I managed a technical knock-out - at least over the Flash ridden remains of the old site.

Sadly, after a great boat holiday together with both our families, Liz (S) and I let our relationship fizzle out. She had too much else on her hands and we couldn't keep it going. I feel a bit upset and lonely, but I'm hopeful for the future. We still see each other at Tuesday's karate sessions.

On the home front, I installed a new bath and shower, yet more proof that with the right tools and a little know-how nothing is impossible. We continue to declutter, reorganise and reclutter. I even built myself a new bed, specifically because I could then put storage under it! (well, and because the old futon was completely cream-crackered).

And I have a new games project - a special one where I'm working on hopefully-soon-to-be-released Open Source, yet fully authorised version of an already popular game. I campaigned to get this and I feel pretty privileged to be working on it - when I have enough spoons that is.

In the new year I'll be working on that. Plus I have skiing in Western Switzerland (Torgon, La Jorette) to look forward to - this time with R, who'll be learning to ski for the first time at the tender age of ten! Plus Burn's night, more boating in Scotland, possible visits from my old school mate Chris, and with luck, new loves and passions to enjoy.

Happy New Year everyone.

current mood: nostalgic
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Thursday, December 11th, 2008

10:16 am  : Curtains

Originally uploaded by aegidian
Sometimes it's just about waiting for the right idea to come together.

You may or may not recognise the curtains, depends. But R likes them!

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Saturday, November 29th, 2008

5:48 pm  : Have a cracking cricklemass!

Farewell, Woolies!
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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

5:41 am  : To my American friends,

Well done. You are entering a period of toil, austerity and hardship with the best light of hope to guide you. Step forward with courage, and many may dare follow where you now tread.
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Monday, November 3rd, 2008

9:02 am  : つっ込むねこ。

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Friday, October 31st, 2008

10:11 am  : Vampire Ghosts Monsters From Outer Space!

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Thursday, October 16th, 2008

3:07 pm  : Pipe Wrench Fight!


Thanks to Wil Wheaton for pointing to this one.
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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

11:21 am  : 123456 Pokemon


In other news, I am away from my computer at the moment. The poor iMac's HD died a slow and painful death, so it had to be hauled to the Apple Store to have its brain refurbished. They say it should be ready this week.

Of course, with no computer to distract me I have been cursed with productivity. I built a new bed for myself, and have tidied my room to the point where I not only no longer feel uncomfortable having visitors, but feel instead like showing off about it. "Look, I have a carpet!"

Normal service will be resumed soon of course. In the meantime, this has been posted from our Wii - so please excuse ayn typos.
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Thursday, October 9th, 2008

12:00 pm  : Riddle me this...

First in 1980, fifth in 1997, sixth in 1999. Also, four, nine, ten, twelve and sixteen. Soon to be three?
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Friday, October 3rd, 2008

10:46 pm  : 

Just to let y'all know. My iMac threw a serious wobbly yesterday and I've only just managed to restore it - after N attempts to fix the problem, it finally decided to behave as I was picking out a suitcase in which to dump it in the river take it to the Apple Store under its last few weeks of warranty.

So as a measure of celebration I give you the PM's PM, a serious man for serious times. **schnorgkkkkhaha**
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Saturday, September 27th, 2008

7:14 am  : A Day In The Life

He really makes me incredibly proud!
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Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

8:05 am  : ABC?

Why is the alphabet ordered the way it is?
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Saturday, August 16th, 2008

2:01 pm  : DSCF1122.JPG

Originally uploaded by aegidian
Sometimes I just manage to squeeze off a picture-postcard shot!

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Sunday, July 20th, 2008

5:40 pm  : Tyred now

I cycled out through the marshes and along the Lea Valley today, the first time for a couple of years. I startled a Green woodpecker, which in turn startled me by being red and yellow, so the identification of what colour bird had flown up in front of me had to be left until I could ask djm4 about it later.

Now I'm actually physically tired, which feels surprisingly good. I shall sleep well tonight!
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Friday, July 4th, 2008

11:30 am  : Something different everyday...

Cheery positive start to the day, chirping hello to strangers on the street. Stuff I want from the shops is on sale, computers spring back into life at my touch, good news peeps at me round the morning's corners.

So today, for the first time in my life, I got a wet shave with a straight razor at my local barbershop. Mmm... smooth.
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Monday, June 30th, 2008

5:07 pm  : Insanitay - ay - ay ay

R & B are duetting next-door on Singstar, singing Rihanna's Umbrella.
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Sunday, June 29th, 2008

8:21 am  : Impressive

Y'know if I could have more then 150 interests I might be tempted:

Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in
1. nikola tesla score: 9
2. buckaroo banzai score: 7
3. gp2 score: 7
4. john adams score: 6
5. motorsport score: 6
6. girl genius score: 6
7. airships score: 6
8. #afp score: 6
9. steam engines score: 5
10. h.g. wells score: 5
11. steven brust score: 5
12. penn & teller score: 5
13. space opera score: 5
14. afp score: 5
15. score: 5
16. nico rosberg score: 5
17. cheapass games score: 5
18. infocom score: 5
19. f1 racing score: 5
20. f1 slash score: 5

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Monday, June 16th, 2008

9:33 am  : I had a father's day weekend!

This weekend was memorable, I spent most of Saturday with B, and most of Sunday with R doing father-child things.

Things with B involved the Ian Fleming exhibition at the IWM, an Italian lunch - with milkshakes - shopping for tee shirts and sunglasses, and ogling and boggling at the Naked Bike ride.

Things with R included a long walk in Green Park and Hyde Park before lunch at the Cafe by the Serpentine followed by messing around in a row-boat. Then we went book-shopping and more shopping on Oxford Street.

Very relaxed, very 'cosy', very much what I needed.

(C, by the way, is away on an adventure holiday).
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Sunday, June 1st, 2008

5:41 pm  : Dunnit Myself.

Shower done. Finally did the terminal wiring today - from the switch on the landing to the RCD by the consumer unit - to installing an MCB in the consumer unit.

Then I flushed the system and had a shower. That worked.


Sleep now.
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Thursday, May 29th, 2008

2:53 pm  : 

Mains water flow rate at shower inlet connection: 9l in 40s, that's 13.5 litres/minute.

Minimum flow rate required by our new shower 9 litres/minute.

Result: DIY Win!

Tomorrow - electrickery plumbing (MCB's and RCD's and DPDT Neon Switches - oh my!)
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Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

3:59 pm  : DIY Haiku

Cement going off
in my half-finished bathroom
feels warm underfoot.
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Saturday, May 24th, 2008

8:56 am  : Parental only.

I had to go to his room to install some software for him, and while I was there I glanced around, at his book collection and at his DVD collection.

His interest in literature, classical and modern, and his knowledge of classic film exceed mine. And I thought I was well read and menksome.

He's in Amsterdam, visiting with his friends.

My son makes me very proud indeed.
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Sunday, May 18th, 2008

9:23 pm  : Ahhhhhh!

I'd forgotten what a soak in a full length bath feels like!

And it's doubly satisfying after one has spent all day tearing out the old, leaky corner bath, replumbing the taps and waste, and installing a shiny, new, BIG bath.

** falls over **
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Monday, May 5th, 2008

10:16 pm  : LJAB elections - vote like a stoat!

Personally I endorse jmaynard for this post. And you can too, by replying to his nomination with a comment saying "I support this nomination."

But you should definitely check out the other candidates before you decide to add your endorsement.
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Sunday, May 4th, 2008

10:53 pm  : Another day at the Hatch

Rather a good day in fact.
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Monday, April 28th, 2008

8:02 am  : C grading to 7th. Kyu

Originally uploaded by aegidian
I took C to his karate grading on Sunday and was so proud and impressed with his ability and self-discipline.

He came within a sconce of double-grading(!) to 6th. Kyu (junior), just needed a somewhat better Taigyoku Nidan routine.

This photo gives a good guide to how much each of us were glowing with pride.

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Sunday, April 27th, 2008


from c/o snej

Macavity iz Mystery Cat; can has Invisible Paw.
Iz master crimnl, breakin all ur law
Scotland Yard no can has him, Flyin Squad no wai,
4 when they in ur scene of crime, Macavity AFK.


current mood: amused
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Friday, April 25th, 2008

1:20 pm  : So, Christopher Brookmyre...

For some strange reason my genre fiction of preference has mutated from general and hard SF into science or humour based crime. Don't know why, but some of it is just finding a new bunch of writers and writings to enjoy.

For my last trip to Switzerland I picked up (entirely ona whim and because I liked the title) Christopher Brookmyre's The Sacred Art of Stealing.

It turned out to be a classic romp: a light hearted heist story set in Glasgow, and featuring a female, asian, Rangers-supporting detective as the protagonist. And it was glorious. I mean I have a predisposition towards Glaswegian crime stories since enjoying Louis Welsh's books, and this really worked in terms of making the city a true character within the tale being spun.

So I grabbed another of his books when I got back, and discovered he really doesn't do the repeating characters thing much. He has three books in which a Jack Parlabane features, but I didn't want to choose those. Instead, I selected All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye where he mad the brilliant decision to have his protagonist be a frumpy, middle-aged grandmother from East Kilbride. And then have an unlikely series of events turn her into a James Bond style spy. Like I said for TSAOS, a romp, and a bloody good one too. In fact I'd say it's better than most (if not all) of the Ian Fleming stories it chooses to pastiche. The author acknowledges the homage by naming his heroine Jane Fleming. A-fag!

Lastly I read A Tale Etched In Blood And Hard Black Pencil. This is a significantly more complex novel, ricocheting between plotlines in modern day Glasgow and the Glasgow schooldays of the characters in their youth, following them from Primary School through to sixth form. There's a genuine whodunnit (and why) here, but the gems are the sequences in school, as petty triumphs and disasters set the background to some tragic lives. I laughed out loud, here and there, but I also struggled sometimes to stay focussed as the many characters' stories interwove. I was still engaged enough for the ending to not surprise me but instead to gently confirm that I had been picking up the right plot threads through the tale.

I'd recommend these books to anyone wanting to read a very good stand-alone crime novel (or spy romp). Those who love Glaswegian fiction will be doubly delighted.
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