I was explaining to Jules in the Bank Bar last night the attributes of my theoretical perfect partner. This is a topic of conversion that has been much repeated in my last twelve months of singledom.

The short explanation of my perfect partner is "geek girl" although I did have some additional ideas about length of hair (short), height (ditto), and size of chest (large). Physical appearance wasn't really the point though. A

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is really my ideal as what I'm really looking for is someone I can a have great physical relationship with but who I can also talk to about all those important things like the great JavaScript function I wrote today or what SB is up to this week. And more importantly I want to hear all about her take on the same sort of thing. Surely not too much to ask? Or at least hope for.

In the end I concluded that such a girl did not exist for me, but Jules (bless her) told me that she was almostly certainly sat in some other bar in London saying much the same thing about me. I'm not sure how realistic thinking that sort of thing is - and I think it was based on the 4 cocktails we'd consumed at that point rather than any part of reality - but it did make me feel better. Maybe one day I will find my perfect partner.

Anyway all these ramblings are contected to the article I found on the BBC site this afternoon about Georgy Russell - candidate for California state governor. More importantly though she's a self confessed geek, SB fan, and pretty damn foxy as far as I can tell from the picture. There's hope for me yet (although California might be a little too far to go).

Entry 515, Sunday, September 21st 2003, Filed In Diary
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I was torn on whether to post this link or not. Pragard is a music file portal and despite it's warnings to delete all files within 24 hours of downloading it all seems a bit illegal to me. I can only assume that the fact that it's based in Thailand creates some legal quirk that explains why it hasn't been shut down yet (it also makes for some weird banner ads - Thai fonts look cool).

Anyway I always like to buy my music although I find listening on-line a great way of finding new music and bands I wouldn't normally get to hear of - recently though I've had a few problems with copy protected CDs. They don't seem to play on any of the hardware I have. Major offender is the new Kosheen album which refuses to play on anything and essentially has been a waste of £9.99. More annoying is that the new Dido album I have been looking forward to also seems to be copy protected but at least fore-warned this time I won't waste my money.

So that explains why although I'd normally pay for my music I was trolling around trying to find downloads and stumbled across Pragard. For the record though they didn't actually have any of Kosheen or Dido songs I was looking for meaning that I'm still stuck with a CD whose contents are a mystery to me and a much awaited release that I won't be able to listen to.

Does anyone know where/if I can pay to download these albums or if they are available somewhere without the copy protection? Also isn't there some sort of legal issue when I'm being sold CDs which just won't play in any of my music equipment?

Entry 514, Sunday, September 21st 2003, Filed In Diary
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Warm BottleBaby Christina wants a warm bottle: if you don't want me to scream \ and you don't want me to fight \ better make me a warm bottle.... An incredibly stupid yet compulsive use of flash animation [ at michels site].

Entry 513, Sunday, September 21st 2003, Filed In Stuff
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I've just been working on a project which used a MS Access database to control web content (which I do on this site as well). Not my system architecture of choice - I really don't like Access - but it got the job done and at minimal cost.

Anyway seemingly one of the hardest things in Access is finding a list of all the system functions that are available - for reasons that escape me it's nigh on impossible to find them in MS Access' help even if it does have a cute little puppy trying to help me (I killed clippy). So although it's very simple this list of MS Access functions I found on-line was a real life saver. Sometimes simple is best.

Entry 512, Sunday, September 21st 2003, Filed In Stuff
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Streatham Cemetery
Spooky interactive flash powered photo gallery of a South West London cemetery.

Entry 511, Sunday, September 21st 2003, Filed In Stuff
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Techie item of the moment for me is the G5. It might have been a long time since I used a Mac but this sort of kit really makes me want to get back into it. Special respect though to this cluster of 1100 G5s. Hmmmm....heaven.

Entry 510, Sunday, September 21st 2003, Filed In Stuff
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A 20Gb external hard drive that's a smaller floppy disk and weighs just 2.7 ounces [via gizmodo].

Entry 509, Friday, September 19th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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Maths is fun with the Simpsons. This didn't sound like fun at all until I discovered I'd been reading through the site for half an hour quietly chortling to myself. Doh! [via op-pop].

Entry 508, Thursday, September 18th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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Angle Grinder Man is dedicated to removing wheelclamps; there is no charge for his service [via Hazel].

Entry 507, Wednesday, September 17th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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Badgers Badgers Badgers
Mushroom Mushroom!

Entry 506, Wednesday, September 17th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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I was very impressed to see that all the commuting woes I had the other week were for the sake of a 1 amp fuse. It's a little worrying that such a small mistake should be able to cause the whole of London to grind to a halt.

On a completely different note the various projects I have been working on outside of work are drawing to a close soon so normal lazylaces service should soon be restored.

Entry 505, Thursday, September 11th 2003, Filed In Diary
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Star Wars Helmets are guaranteed to liven up your commute to work...

Entry 504, Thursday, September 4th 2003, Filed In Stuff
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