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So I wrap up the holiday. Flight was at 4pm, so that gave me a morning to explore the rest of Helsinki.

Took  more snaps of the station. the ticket hall was open, and they have a lovely model of a Pacific locomotive in a glass case.

Went to the Moomin shop. I was hoping to buy socks for Flickums, but apparently Finns do not have Euro size 38 feet.

Ambled around some more. They have vintage tram rides on Saturdays and Sundays, but it was Wednesday.

Decided to go into the city museum. It's free. They had a nice history of the city since the 1930's. This included various recreations of rooms and things in the city, and a VR "time machine" that allowed you to switch between VR views of today and the past.

Had a look at the Penrose Tile paving on Keskuskatu. Uses a fixed set of tiles but has no translational symmetry.

So that was Helsinki. Train back to the airport was uneventful. There was a strike for the previous 2 days but that had ended by this point. Flight flew without incident. Landed about 3 hours later.

I certainly liked Helsinki. The day trip to Tallinn was also very much worth it.

I consider this holiday a success!
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There's more than a day's worth of stuff to do in Helsinki in the summer. I just did the highlights. Essential stop was Suomenlinna. Another UNESCO world heritage site, and like all the others, well worth the visit. 

The regular Helsinki travel pass is accepted on the ferry. Since I have a 2 day pass, that made it free. There's also no charge for entry to the island, so it's possible to see most of the actual fortress for free. They charge for the museums, and there are several to choose from, so I felt I should look at the military museum. Quite small, but interesting. Also had some army clothes people were encouraged to try on. I grabbed a passing tourist to take my picture. The ticket also allowed entry to the submarine. So cramped. Must have been horrible servings in one.

Got to the end of the recommended route, and, since this was by the sea, took my shoes off and dipped my toes in. It's pretty cold, but I imagine it's swimmable-in.

Returning, I looked at online guides and was told to look at the cathedral (the Lutheran one), the other cathedral (the Orthodox one), but only really wanted to take a couple of snaps. Cathedrals don't interest me hugely. The "Rock Church" was a lot more interesting. Built in 1968, and carved right out of the bedrock. Inside, the walls are rough rock. Water trickling through is directed to special ducts. Light comes in through a skylight (part of the structure, including part of the roof is concrete). Rather than bells, a recording is played. The place is really quite tranquil.

Met the chap who joined us on the trip to Tallinn as I left. I shall refer to him henceforth as Uncle Jim. I told him I was going to an overpriced bar with a good view of the city. He felt it sounded interesting, so I invited him along. 

The Ateljee bar is on the top floor of the Torni hotel. The hotel itself is lovely, with an art deco style to the lobby. The lift took us up to the 12th floor, and then a narrow winding staircase took us to the bar. Was a little worried that Uncle Jim might struggle (he's no spring chicken, and had mentioned minor leg complaints), but he didn't seem to have a problem.  

The view is indeed wonderful. Helsinki is not a high rise city. Most of the taller buildings are 6 stories or so, so a 13th floor observation deck allows views right across the city. The beer was expensive, but since I've paid a lot more just to visit an observation tower before, I'm not complaining. And the view was worth it.

Ended the day with an island tour and dinner. There is a selection of tour boats with restaurants. So there's a tour around the island and decent food. I found sitting in the back section of the boat meant I couldn't hear the commentary over the engine noise, so after a while I shifted to the front. Honestly, the commentary seemed a little abstract. The tour was Imperial Russia themed, so focussed on the period where Finland was ruled by Russia, but it didn't seem all that connected to what we were seeing for the most part. 

We did pull aside another boat from the same line at one point It seemed they'd run out of beer. After a failed attempt, the other boat went round again, and the resupply mission completed, we carried on.

The boat arrived back at dock, and I left. Wandered around a little more. Wanted to see the station and admire it's late Jugend architecture.

Flight back tomorrow. Not sure if I have time to see more. 
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One of the many nice things about Helsinki is how well connected it is to it neighbours. A day trip to Tallinn, Estonia is easily achievable. I found two friends to join me, and they found another.

We set sail on a somewhat packed ferry, but one with enough space to sit, and to mill around, get food if so desired.

Tallinn old city is a walled city with a whole mishmash of history going back 1000 years, with independence movements, invasions, wars and a whole shebang of other upsets. The walls, however, remain standing, and the city itself is very pretty. Like a lot of these places, the old city within the walls is really quite small. A 10 minute walk from one side to the other. 

Since we only had a day, we spent most of our time just looking at places and admiring how pretty it was. I went my own way at one point and find that there was a good view of the city and a pleasant walk past what was the moat - now a lake - through a park, before climbing all the way back up to the top of the hill the city was built on. The effort is rewarded by the most amazing view across the harbour. And there's a nice bar not far away that does local craft beer.

A lovely city, and the gorgeous sunny weather really brought out the best of the place.

Wandered back and had a look at a large concrete construction. Huge, ugly, and inaccessible, although possible to walk over since it has steps over the top. Turns out this was Linnahall. Soviet Era (obviously, given the brutalist architecture) sport and concert venue. Looks ugly as sin, but photos of it make it look less unpleasant when it was open. One thing I do like is it seems to be hangout area for teenagers where they can go and not disturb anyone. One guy was meditating. A few people were playing music. Plenty were just hanging out. 

We could only spend so much time there though, as we had to catch a ferry back. A faster service, but it's a catermeran, with crummy airline style seeing, next to no outside deck space, except an "observation deck", which was a small square area from which the outside was visible, just, but not a pleasant place to sit and relax as the sea flies by. More like a prison exercise yard.

Still, not to worry. It got us back to Helsinki. 

Last full day tomorrow. Time to see the city itself.

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Last day started with a game of "Goth Court". A lightweight roleplay game where players take the party of plaintiffs, defendants and court for  small claim actions in court. One character was horrified that her hairdresser had dyed her hair black as a midnight forest, when she wanted black as a raven's wings. Another was a vampire (played by me) who took a Vampire The Masquerade LARP a little too seriously. I really had good fun. And people liked my vampire, which was nice. Especially when I was complimented by a lady who was really good at character stuff.

After this was the masquerade show and tell, and that was followed by the being unable to get into the panel, then the unexpectedly moved to an earlier slot panel. A little disappointing. 

Did listen to a bit of the European Comics panel, but it was a little tricky to get much out of it given it was mostly a floor discussion and I don't know a lot about the subject.

The convention ended with the closing ceremony, as is traditional, and I headed to the Dead Dog Party (the traditional post con chill out and chat session)

More queues. 

Once again, they underestimated how popular thus would be.

Decided instead to head to the pub crawl. A much more easy going affair. Venue#1 was a pub with a fantastic selection of international beers. Venue #2 was a microbrewery. Venue #3 was a decent Finnish bar. I decided to retire after that. I was suitably merry and wanted to poke my head into the Dead Dog Party. Had calmed down by this point.

And as ever, I get to the end of the con, and want more time there.

I think I'll go to the con in Dublin. They can be frustrating arty tines, but I do seem to enjoy Worldcons.

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This was a day of fan meetings. The first was the Star Trek meet, where we sat in a big circle and introduced ourselves because we're Star Trek fans and believe in strength through unity.

Later on was a B5 fan meet where we split into smaller groups because B5 is all about factions.

More talks. The Star Wars one was ludicrously over-attended. But I did hear about Kjell Lindgren's experience on the International Space Station, and attended a talk on meaningful choices in interactive fiction. 

Masquerade was in the evening. Am impressive number of entries, some were very good. There was a brilliant Cylon Centurion, Skeletor, Bicycle Repair Man, Doctor Strange, Kirk and Spock, and a whole lot more. And an opportunity to take photos after. The fan photo session is very well run, but I really wish they were clearer about where and when this happens. They did have a director to direct people with suggested poses.  

Decided not to stick around for judging. That takes forever. After all, really I don't care who wins. I know what I liked, and really, all of them were pretty good.


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Worldcon finds some spare space! It was hidden under the convention centre all along.

The new rooms were suitably vast. Two new rooms, with easily enough space for 500 people (although fairly close to full at that). Didn't have any problem getting in to anything I wanted.

Went to see some demo scene stuff, and learned that people are still developing Amiga and even C64 demos. Some pretty funky stuff, including a very nice Ray traced demo (which I think was in the 4k category), and an Amiga demo - although that one was on an '060. No doubt there are some demos that run on a stock A500.

Someone was denigrating a VR fly through of their novel setting. Basically a rollercoaster ride in VR which can be a bit disconcerting with the desire to  lean into curves.

Day ended with the Hugo Awards. I think this is one if the least comfortable auditoriums I've seen. It was a pretty good show. Some nice acceptance speeches. Ursula Vernon told us about whale fall in one of the most bizarre but fascinating acceptance speeches for any award ever. I do have mixed opinions about the Hugos. While it's fun to watch, I have a slight sense of the serious fans and writers seeing the Hugo Awards as their thing, and being a bit cliquey about it. I think they all went to their own party after the awards.

Chin had picked up what with having all the extra space. Look forward to day 4

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The illustrated hardback edition of A Game Of Thrones is pretty heavy. I know this because I was lugging it around all morning just so I could get it autographed for [personal profile] flickums . 

Since nothing was happening the session before, I decided to join the queue early. It had already starting to get quite long. I'd actually stopped by at about 10:30 (signing starts at 2pm) and there were already a dozen or so people waiting, but no matter how much I adore Flickums, I'm not waiting that long.

So eventually the signing started, I got to the front if the line, and George R R Martin said nice thinks about Flickums' book (it is very nice). He signed the book. Sent a photo to Flickums. Flickums seemed happy.

Actually got into some panels this time. One on cosplay history, one on geocaching, and one on rpgs. Although I did need to queue for a couple of them. 

More parties. More queuing. This time for drinks. The Chinese science fiction group had a nice party though. Rather professionally done. Milled around and chatted a bit but my heart wasn't in it. Did chat to a nice local fan on the way home though.

My feet are tired from standing in queues all day. I think I'll need to spend more time sitting around.

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 I'm here for the Finnish Worldcon. Duo far I've been to about 4 panels and
presentations, and failed to get into about 10. 69 people is to few for the potential audience of almost any talk. I did get into the Lies of Locke Lamora panel (seating for 45) though, through dint of turning up half an hour early. I had no idea about the books, but have learned that I should consider them to be romance tragedy rather than medieval comedy. 

Also went to a presentation on theatrical makeup.

And that was about it for scheduled items.

Meet up with many friends, which is always nice, but was tired, so decided to head back to hotel to chill. 

Time zone was messing me up a bit. At about 9, I was feeling suitably chilled out, and since my brain was on UK time, and insisting it was only about 7pm, returned to con for parties. Glad I did. Met a really awesome cosplayer dressed as Finland from Scandinavia And The World. There was also a Denmark, Canada, England, and apparently Iceland and King Europe.

Opinion so far, nice enough, but needs way more function space!


Really need a Finland icon.

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It's been a busy day. Flew off to Finland at 17:50, the day after returning from Nineworlds.

Since I had the morning free, I'd arranged to book some more house viewings.

First house we have tentatively named Corner House. Really messy neighbours. On the plus side, quite cheap, with two large bedrooms and a box room that could hold a bed if really needed but is destined to become a study, or a Flickums-cave. It had a really good kitchen though. Not perfect, but cheap enough to compensate for any drawbacks. A lick of paint would really improve things.

Next up was "B&B house". To end of our price range. Looked lovely from the photos. Turned out to be surprisingly small. The owners were really making an effort to sell the place though. Pillows piled up on the bed (like a top quality guest house - hence its name). High end appliances we tastefully arranged on the kitchen surface. The owners were clearly trying to sell a lifestyle. Sadly the only thing really going for it was a conservatory. We were initially worried we'd fall in love with it, but it was so pokey.

Final house was a bit of an outlier. Worth looking at because it was late and cheap. Was a bit worried about how close it was to the motorway. And yes, the noise outside was terrible. It was also very much in need of some TLC. Flickums suggested it looked like the setting for a Stephen King novel. The Estate Agent arrived, and it was the first time he'd seen the place. I don't think he had high hopes  of making a sale. I think it's really one of those "investment properties"

Might go for Corner House. We have time to think about it.

Had enough time for a haircut and to phone my mum and wish her a happy birthday. Had a cup of tea, and then it was fine to fly!

Flickums saw me off at the airport, and now I'm checked into a pokey, but probably adequate Finnish hotel.

Worldcon here I come!
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I did rather enjoy Nineworlds. Aspects of it have a way of riling me up, but I've learned to avoid those aspects.

Went to a talk on writing licenced works. Interesting, but heavily focused on how to enter the field yourself.

There was a brilliant panel on creating virtual worlds. The key thing I took from it was that you can make virtual woods easily at aframe.io

Spent Sunday morning playing Lovecraftesque. A GM-less gaming system where we create an elaborate horror story. That was a lot of fun.

The creators had a panel on how to publish my own RPG system, as long as I'm willing to work for less than minimum wage... I do feel that a lot of the people who launch projects on kickstand lack the business savvy needed. The above game retails for £30 for the published version, which seems a lot for a small hardback book. There is a cheaper pdf version, but that sends expensive too. I just don't feel I can justify the cost.

Saturday evening I skipped out. A school friend was having his birthday party a manageable distance away. Since he normally lives in Switzerland, I felt I could make the effort. And I had a lot of fun. Felt I had to leave a little early because this was in Bognor Regis, and I was staying in London. The train back read the Katy train. Lots of dunk people who had been to the races. And for some reason we took the scenic route back, along the south coast. In hindsight, I should have stayed at my parents'.

Some really good cosplay including Lemmings, Sam Vimes and Sybil Ramkin, and Squirrel Girl. Really wish I'd done some costuming. Think I will next year.




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And as an unashamed capitalist, I'm planning to get on the theft ladder.

This is the house I'm after.

I liked the man attic. And the heaps of parking space outside. I also liked that it's opposite one of Manchester's nicer parks. The busy road, and not having a bath are minor concerns, but the large walk-in shower mitigates that one.

So I put in an offer, and it was accepted!

And now I get all panicky and stressed... I have to sort out a mortgage. Which means I need to work out how much I want to put down for a deposit, how long I want the mortgage term for, and so on. I do want a little extra money for a rainy day and enough for a nice car for a sunny day. Actually paying somewhat less mortgage than I'm currently paying rent would be nice.

Going to see the place again. I need the [personal profile] flickums nod of approval, and want to check on things that people have told me to check on.

My god! I'm going to be a homeowner! This sounds scarily like adulting!

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I've been looking at text adventure scripting systems recently. It appears that most games are written using Inform, or TADS. Inform is interesting. It uses a natural language approach. So a program looks something like this:
The Warehouse is a room. A box is a closed openable container inside The Warehouse. instead of opening the box, say "It's taped shut"
Which is great. Another plus is the IDE. It has a tile for developing, and another tile for Documentation of running the game; and also provides some tools to tell you everything that's defined in the game. The tutorial goes through things at a steady pace, and has some helpful examples; with IDE integration; so the examples can be copied to the main page with just a click. The natural language system understands a lot of concepts. For example I can say "if going into the ballroom for the third time...", "a bottle is a type of container. A bottle is usually opaque" It doesn't always work as expected. For example, if I write:
inside the warehouse is a box and a cat.
things work fine.If, on the other hand, I say:
inside the warehouse is a container called the box and an animal called a cat.
we get a container called "the box and an animal called a cat." The other problem is that the documentation is limited. There is a tutorial, and a "cookbook", but no reference manual. I want to know if the verb "cut" exists, and what it does by default. I'd also like a list of the basic properties and rules. This doesn't seem to exist. TADS is a much more programmer oriented language. Looks a little more like this:
hallway: Room 'Hallway' "This hall is pretty bare, but there are exits to west and south. " south = startRoom west = study ;
So perfectly readable. Might be worth switching.

Downside I see is that the IDE isn't as good for learners. I don't have the screen real-estate for a separate help window. I could always use my tablet as a help screen. Doesn't allow copy-pasting though.  Also wondering if it has the ease and flexibility. Might give it a go but I feel I should at least get to the end of the inform tutorials.
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The sun was shining. And there was a demo of the Ubisoft VR game at Blackpool's Star Trek Exhibition. I trip to Blackpool was on the cards.

First stop was the Star Trek Exhibition. Mostly this is a collection of props, and some history of the show. There are a few interactive exhibits, including a thing where you can record a video of yourself beaming down. Also the bridge section where you can put on a Star Trek shirt and get photos.

This weekend, Ubisoft was promoting their Star Trek VR game on the bridge. We had a go. [personal profile] flickums  was captaining. It was a little difficult to work out what was going on. There were people there to demo it, but since we had headphones on, it wasn't easy to work out what they were saying. VR takes a little getting used to. Having someone else's body there is a little disconcerting.

So, we flew around a bit, beamed some people up, found another spaceship, rescued the survivors, and then destroyed it (we were meant to do this - we had orders). Sadly, we were a bit too close to the other ship, and our shields were down, so we almost destroyed our own ship. Oops. We decided to bail while the ship was on fire.

Had lunch at a pirate themed restaurant.

Next stop was Blackpool Tower. This starts with the "4D experience", which is basically a 3D movie, with random water sprayed at you at various intervals, and puffs of air from behind you. After that, you're allowed up in the lift. They have windows so you can see blackpool. Poor Flickums found this a little scary. At top they have glass floors. Flickums found this absolutely terrifying, but showed how brave she can be, by stepping on the glass. The tower has several levels so we went up to the top to see the view from there.

Had tea at the base of the tower. Went to the sea. Went for a paddle. There seemed to be some jellyfish in the sea.

Also this weekend was a car show. Some gorgeous cars, including a couple of AC Cobras. And some vintage cars like the Austin 6s. Took lots of photos.

We also took a ride on the heritage tram. Apparently Blackpool has a selection that they wheel out at the weekends. This time we had an open-top boat shaped tram that sails up and down the coast -  This took us to the pleasure beach. The big fairground at one end of Blackpool. Not really enough time to go in, so we went back and tried the pier instead. Flickums bought me an ice cream!

And that was Blackpool. Lots of fun. Plenty more to do if we want to go again. We probably should do.
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I don't understand estate agents. Or the property market in general.

Okay - firstly, houses are next to unaffordable for anyone without a fairly high income. This is something that is often remarked on.

So I call an estate agent. He wants to know if I can view the place tomorrow at 2pm. Well, not really. You see, I have a job that I have to go to in order to earn money in order to buy a house. Is this an unusual situation? Do most house buyers not have jobs?

Last viewing is at 5pm. But that's taken. Presumably by one of those other weirdos with a job.

Well, at least they do weekends.

Sure there must be a better way to buy a house though.
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I received a trip to the lake district for my birthday. 2 nights in a wigwam, near Pooley Bridge in Cumbria.

It's a lovely part of the country. All so green, and so much space. And the weather was lovely! Checked into a cosy wigwam. Lovely little place. Bed in the corner, two ring cooker suitable for bacon sandwiches, and a table and chairs, as well as a picnic table outside.

Poor [personal profile] flickums  had a bit of a cold all weekend. Still, like a trooper, she made an effort to enjoy herself. We drove around a bit. Saw a sign for Mayburgh Henge. Saw another sign for King Arthur's round table. We went back there a few days later. King Arthur's round table turned out to be a neolithic earthwork Henge. Basically a round mound. Mayburgh henge was a rock in the middle of a round mound. A slightly more interesting henge.

There's a lot of King Arthur stuff in the area. He seems to have lived pretty much everywhere in England, and possibly part of Wales. Sometimes I suspect he may never have existed at all.

We had a trip on the Ullswater steamers as part of the package. A small flotilla of passenger boats zips up and down the lake, taking people
between Pooley Bridge and Glenridding. Had a look around Glenridding. the Lake district has a lot of small villages with lots of gift shops.

The final part of the package was a ride on the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway. This is a narrow gauge railway, that goes from the middle of nowhere, to 7 miles further on. Surprisngly long way away from the campsite where the wigwam was, considering it was part of the same package. But after 80 minutes driving, we arrived. There was a playground, so flickums was happy. There was a restored singal box that I got to look at so I was happy.

The far terminus is a short walk from the village of Boot, where there was a working watermill, but sadly, the mill showed no signs of being open, apart from a sign saying there was a small fee for admission. The other direction from Boot Village was Dalegarth falls. I went on a trek up there. Wasn't quite sure what I was looking for though. Was a pleasant stroll by the river, but a bit further and I would have found a proper waterfall. Sadly, at that point I was getting a little bored being stuck behind a slow moving family and wanted to get back. Trip back was in an indoor carriage because it was a bit cold and breezy.

Was so nice to get away for a few days. Might have to do something similar again next year.

To do list

Jun. 17th, 2017 10:57 am
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I have a pile of things I want to do, and keep getting distracted.

Here is a list of things to do. I do this because it's useful to write this stuff down to get it organised in some way
  • Write a "TO DO" list
  • Make a music quiz
  • Make costumes and props (Fallout, possible have a go at something Disney for Flick. Fix my brassy rocket pack)
  • Drawing. I want to make a comic strip. I still need to come up with an idea.
  • Robot making. Or maybe some computer vision type stuff.
  • Video game making. Want to co-write a text adventure with [personal profile] flickums  .
  • Finish the games I'm in the middle of. Fallout 3 is hardly started. Decent way through Mass Effect 2. Prince Of Persia: Sand of Time is sitting there taunting me. Knights of the Old Republic, I've totally lost the plot. Dark Forces I'm on level 3.
  • Read more.
  • Plan day trip to Tallinn
  • Finish reading Call of Cthulu RPG rules
And yes... The "TO DO" list is always the first thing on any "TO DO" list. There's a certain satisfaction in completing a task.
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J Michael Tatum is a lovely chap.

We went to Yorkshire Comic Con because [personal profile] flickums wanted to see him. Well, she would probably have gone anyway, but fangirls gonna fangirl. And I like dressing up. I dressed as Indiana Jones. Apparently he has a very sexy voice. She even made me watch an episode of Black Butler to demonstrate.

So having arrived, Flickums joined the autograph queue. I found myself in front of a raffle for lots of Lego. Looked around. Went back and found Flickums and promised to hold her had and stop her giggling like a loon. We got the the queue. He was very nice and chatty and signed Flick's Manga of Black Butler, and did a silly selfie with us. Flick asked him to do his voice. He demanded she command him to use his voice. Flick said "I command you to use the voice". He did. Flick melted. I cleared up the molten Flickums.

See under cut for selfie. )

The rest of the day was spent looking at stalls, taking photos of cosplayers, and looking at the various things that were happening on stage. It was a bit of a mixed bag. Talent show, Elsa and Anna doing a magic show. Mary Poppins and Bert doing the catchy songs from Mary Poppins. Flick later got a photo with them because she was wearing the perfect T-shirt.

Photo proof! )

We also met a Sheila the Thief from Dungeons and Dragons Cartoon, who was pleased because so few people got her costume.

Flickums bought lots of things for lots of people. I bought her a "Mr. Pool" Deadpool/Mr. Man mug. She bought me some T-shirts. One of them was Chip And Dale/Indiana Jones mash up.

There was a whole load of drama beforehand, because the venue was being a little overzealous with security and people were told not to bring large bags.Then the information on what size is acceptable was vague confusing and contradictory. After a lot of worry and panic, all they did was wave a wand over everyone and look through bags.

And so we saw friends, watched Doctor Who, drove home. There were a lot of lost sheep on the road. Flickums was very sleepy when we got back. Must have been the sheep.

New Car

May. 29th, 2017 04:16 pm
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So we bought a car.

[personal profile] flickums  suggested buying a rustbucket. It would mean we could get around easily, and she'd be able to practice driving. So we looked around and bought a Ford Mondeo more or less on impulse, for £400.

Flickums has named him Harrison.

In hindsight, we rushed into this a bit. Dealer did replace the battery but it was a dud. Kind of old, and too low ampage. We could have taken it back, and he probably would have swapped the battery back, but that would have meant waiting until Tuesday, he'd probably only pick a battery that was just about adequate if he did fix it, and it seemed way too much hassle, compared with getting the AA to fit a new one.  Also thought that the MOT was until December but it wasn't. Really should have checked the paperwork there. Wondering if I should fight on this one... But I think when a car is that cheap it's a case of caveat emptor.

Also needs a new beam headlight... But those are cheap and I can fit it myself. And the lighter socket didn't work but I managed to tinker enough to get that behaving.

With the car fully armed and operational, it was time to put Flickums behind the wheel. I thought it went okay. Although we do keep losing L-plates. Perhaps we should just gaffer tape them on. Flick seems less certain and didn't like roundabouts. I think we need more practice on quieter roads to get some confidence up.

We drove up to Poynton, where they have a miniature railway. That was fun. Had a look in the model shop and had lunch at the cafeteria in the attached garden centre. I had a fun day out.

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I read about a homeless guy helping out after the Manchester bombing. He talked about how he had to pull nails and bits of glass out of people. and this is something we always see in this sort of atrocity. A lot of people want to help.

He was a good guy and had the best of intentions, but my first thought was that he really shouldn't have done that. Removing shards from injuries can make them worse.

And I think it's important to be aware of this stuff.
  • Don't remove shrapnel from wounds.
  • Don't move people unless they're in danger.
  • In case of severe bleeding, apply pressure directly to the wound. Use clean bandages if available. Don't use a tourniquet.
  • Do try to get people into the recovery position.
More generally - other mistakes I've heard people make:
  • Don't remove helmets from motorbike crash victims.
  • Don't put yourself in danger.
  • People are not going to "swallow their tongues". This isn't possible. To prevent the tongue restricting airways, roll the body onto the side
  • If people are in danger and you can do so safely, remove the source of danger. If you can't then move the person out of the way.
To be honest, I think most people reading this already know this. Most of this is common sense. Still, people do make mistakes. An occasional reminder can't hurt.
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I usually get home by 5:00pm. I go to bed at 11ish.

That should mean I have 6 hours to do stuff. Plenty of time for cooking (which I only do half the time anyway), eating, catching up on TV, reading and still have a bit of time to do other stuff. And I was expecting that once flickums moved in, I'd have more free time, since I'd have weekends free, and snuggling can be done while watching TV.

Instead, I flump, argue with people on the internet, dither, and get nothing done.

I want to spend time creating a webcomic or making stuff, or reading up on rpgs, or even getting a bit further with video games. I really want to feel I'm doing something with my time. I want to progress with something. I want to opporunity to go out and do stuff. Meet new friends.

I can. The weekly role playing hasn't eaten into my time at all in any practical sense. Occasional trips to see films or go out with flickums doesn't seem to make me any more busy. It's just a question of time allocation.

Perhaps I should plan my evening. I'm  a control freak! I can do this!

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