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New Toys

A 4-post collection

Disruption to (ir)regular seervices

Yes, once again, life interferes with my PLNs. This time, it's getting into the inner circuit at Chaos' school so I can help with her learning at home. To that end, I'm turning up to assist at an excursion for her class.

Which means that most of this morning will be eaten up by Parenting instead of my usual faffing about on the internets.

I also have a NEW new keyboard with a programmable light interface :D Which means double the typos and a dash of nerdiness. Yes, folks. Once again, I have made my mouse and keyboard glow blue, except for a few keys that have some "green matter" powering them ;)

The old new keyboard went straight to Mayhem, who is enjoying it immensely.

The only downside is that this spifftastic keyboard is LOUD. The keys make a lot of noise, but not as much as the old-fashioned ribbon typewriters. It does let people know when I'm actually working, but still not when I'm thinking about what I'm going to type.

I have to pack some food and beverage for myself. And through some miraculous foresight, I invested in a can of Zero Ultra Monster, "in case I needed it". And going out and doing stuff with people definitely drains my batteries. It's the best-tasting sugar-free energy drink on the market, IMO, and I am going to NEED it by the time the day is done.

But for you, my dear readers, it means that everything is going to be LATE. The Instant will likely happen much later in the day than you're used to. On the plus side, I will be taking my lappy with me for the "hurry up and wait" part of the day.

I'll TRY to cram in time for my Instant, but the odds are not in my favour.

I thank you for your patience.

Tropes That Annoy Me: Manic Pixie Dream Girl

This one's been a long time coming. As John Lennon once said, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans". But enough of that noise. Onwards with this noise.

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a trope dating way back beyond the dawn of fiction. You can even find her in The Tempest as Prospero's daughter. But that's sort of blended with Born Sexy Yesterday [which might not have a trope page just yet] which I will cover at a

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Best-laid PLNs

I had planned to get some spare change counted, on our travels yesterday. But the banks don't operate on weekends. On the plus side, I got a new keyboard and mouse out of it so that Beloved and I can play a better quality of game together. The downside is that the spiffy new keyboard won't work with a mac.

Sigh.

The mouse looks pretty awesome, though. I just wish I knew how to change all its colours according to my whims.

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New toys

Beloved bought me a vinyl turntable, yesterday. While I was out with Chaos and gently stewing in my own juices, Beloved was rearranging the front room to include surround sound, once more1. Beloved, who claims to be tone deaf, has turned into an audiophile overnight.

So now I own a record player that doesn't take twenty minutes to warm up2 and is compatible with most of the other technology in the house. Plus there's a chance I can bootleg save

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