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Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Few Recent Anniversaries

I can't put into words how busy I am at the moment, right at a time when everyone else is slowing down for the summer. I love being this busy, but we're going to be all over the shop the next few weeks, so it'll be smash and grab working up until then. None of this has been helped by the fact I managed to crash my car a couple of weeks ago, writing it off in the process.

I skidded off the road and hit the verge on a wet S-bend near the Monkey Sanctuary in Begelly. Apparently it's an accident blackspot, the guy from the sanctuary came out and gave me a big helping hand, and said it happens all the time there. If I'd have been going fast fair enough, but I'd already slowed right down to go through the first section of the S-bend, and then on the second part the car started to skid, I tried to steer into it, closely missed oncoming traffic and ended up with a big bump, no injuries and one written off Vauxhall Corsa.

I'm gutted because we've had that car for nearly 5 years, and it's been superb. So tomorrow we'll go back to Haverfordwest after a look at the weekend, and pick up one of three potential cars. Fortunately my parents are staying with us this week, and they've been able to ferry us around. In fact, they have to go to Haverfordwest as my aunty and nan are there in a caravan at Broadhaven (images to follow), so we can get dropped off and Elis can go with them to play with his second cousin Ieuan.

Anyway, mental, so mental that there's been a few big anniversaries the last month or so that I've completely missed, and wanted to mark for my own satisfaction. First up, the 11th of July was my wedding anniversary, so me and missus Dio have been hitched for 10 years. I can't recall what that anniversary is (paper, tin, etcetera), but with everything that's gone on, we didn't really have the chance to mark it in any substantial way. Without wanting to say anything too sloppy, they've been a wonderful 10 years, and here's to the next 10 and the ones after that.

The second anniversary is a pretty big one for me personally, at the start of July it was two years since I voluntarily left the BBC to set up my own business. I got to within a week of having to go back to work for them, but luckily I was able to turn it around, and currently, touching wood and hoping the credit crunch passes me by, it's going stronger than ever. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think it was the best thing I've ever done.

On a smaller note, it's now roughly a year since I switched to Mac from being a lifelong Windows fan. The stuff I was hearing about Vista made me take the plunge and try Apple instead of it, despite being a big anti-Apple type. It's not been without its downsides and a few Apple specific niggles, but overall, the move was another positive one that I'm happy I made. Lets hope this stays the case as at some point over the next week, I will be finally upgrading to Leopard. I'm planning a clean install, so I hope I can do that without messing up all my partitions and stuff - if you don't hear from me for a while, you know why...

I think there were a couple of other little things I wanted to mark, one of which is come August, it's been six years since I gave up the fags, and remarkably, in all that time I've not once even considered trying it again. Thank you Allen Carr. There was something else, but it escapes me now. If it comes back, I'll let you know.

Posted by Dio Bach at 22:27 | 1 comments | links to this post
Tuesday, July 01, 2008

200 Nipples On My Chest...

I'm a sucker for a good idea - I just spotted 200 Nipples via the Metafilter projects page. Basically, they're a new homebrew T-shirt company. Their premise is simple, they produce one T-shirt a month, with a design by a local artist. The T-shirt is limited to an edition of 100, and after they're all sold, the screen is destroyed.

I like that, it sort of reminds me of the spirit behined Constellation Records' cover designs and the like, the use of local artists and handmade finish and all that. The design on the first one was appealing also. The T-shirt is priced from $1 for number 1 through to $100 for number 100, so not wanting to get caught out at a later date, I decided to buy one. I got myself #23, and will look forward to its delivery.

The sad thing is, I don't actually know if I want to wear it, just like I know I don't ever want to play the vinyl version of God Speed You Black Emperor's first LP I ordered from Canada. Maybe I should order 2 - one to wear, one to put in the cupboard for future reasons. I don't know if the 200 nipples idea will take off, but hats off to them for trying, and if the quality of the designs continue to be the same, there's a good chance they will.

Posted by Dio Bach at 20:13 | 4 comments | links to this post

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