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So yes [livejournal.com profile] glittersavvy  and myself have seen the Dark Knight twice. Epic. I'm sure MOST of you have seen it by now. We do plan to see it once more before it's out of the cinema (oh dear IMAX only screenings ;_;)

Lysa stayed over towards the end of July and during August which was good as it allowed Sam to have some fun, and so while I went off to a conference in Edinburgh they went down to London.

It was good to see everyone out for Luke and Michelle's wedding reception and I was coerced into dancing with Sam to the Timewarp. 'TIMEWARP!' - Tim Beasley

We've also been out to see the new Mummy film. Nice visually but the Yetis... oh for the love of god the fucking Yetis! I shall say no more.

We also picked up a copy of REC which if you haven't seen is a great little spanish horror. Very disturbing to the end. Well filmed and really takes the 'reality horror' genre to a new level. Oh and did I say I hate screaming granny like monster throat biting things???

Oh did I say my hair is white again? Go see Sam's/[livejournal.com profile] glittersavvy 's LJ for evidence

The conference. Well those of you who don't know the Faraday Discussions (this one was on the topic of water at interfaces) are very different to others. We get all the papers before the conference and the speakers only have 5 mins to present their work. After that they have a grueling 15 minutes of questions where their work is praised/torn apart by their peers. Needless to say it was quite interesting to learn what the state of the art is in simulations of water and has led to me outlining a project proposal and feelign quite confident about my own work and where it can lead to. My poster was recieved well and quite a few people realised the novelty of it.

Coming back I was welcomed with a nice new top that Sam got for me while I was away. It was hard no being with Sam for just those few days but I was happier knowing she at least had soem company and that she was having a lot more fun that me sat in a lecture hall dosing up on coffee.

Next film on the list of things we have seen was 'The Duchess'. Good period drama, great sets and costumes. Even quite funny in places. Oh except for the fucking harlots that were talking all the way through it sat behind us.

More importantly was Sam's 23 birthday. I think I did well on the presents this year as they are all quite personal or deeply desired. Some Dior perfume that she has been pining for ages and two awesome pictures on canvas. One a montage of Heath/Joker. We has also been out to get birthday cake and bits for a bit of a party for after the meal at Felicini's.

However no matter my efforts the birthday weekend seemed a bit blah. It's upset Sam and myself somewhat. Birthday candles seemed a bit pointless in the end. Thank you to Donda and Phil for coming round though.

Recently work has been getting crazy. I official have no more funding and really can only afford to carry on until the end of October meaning papers are being written and a thesis is being pulled together. It's kinda weird but I am amazed that I have met my objectives of my PhD... just need a job now. Time at evenings and weekends are getting channeled to get this finished.

The plans for the wedding are set and invites for the handfasting/blessing/reception have been given out. I have my outfit for Venice and Sam's should be arriving soon. I do hope everyone who has been invited can make it.

On another note hopefully I should get to see the photo's from Sam's new photo shoot with Rob. There are already 2 up on his website and 2 others which are cut downs of the main one (one in the slide show banner and the other on the faq page I think). Can't wait to see her in the wedding dress now!
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So I'm now 25, and really it doesn't shock me, just makes me realise how much time has been taken up by Uni and higher education. Imagine what else I could of done in the time.

I have to thank all my friends who turned out at Negresco for what was an awesome, amusing, puerile and absinthe fueled birthday. And of course a big thankyou to [profile] glittersavvy for making sure I wasn't too drunk, and of course her excellent presents (a lego Joker toy).

Saturday afternoon we went to see Sweeney Todd, which was brilliant and funny throughout. If your not a fan of musicals I can still say that this one is not like most. Also it has loads of touching moments through out the film, especially the amusing 'seaside' section.

Now with xmas, new year and my birthday out of the way the trip to Venice draws near so as of next Saturday I will not be about until a weeks time.

Now, go have a Hapsburg on me ya bastards!!!
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First up..... my favourite EA insturmental.

Next something else EA related... you'll note why I like it.

Of course tonight is dinner with m'lady [profile] glittersavvywho's birthday it is, and then we're off to watch Transformers.... again... with extras in it.... on the IMAX. Nice!

Rock of Ages #14, Abandoned Granite Section, Adam-Pirie Quarry, Barre, Vermont, 1992
chromogenic print
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Wow what a week so far. I feel like a tampura prawn... all frazzled and crunchy.

So whats been going on you may ask (or not...sigh... hard crowd to please).

Well the last few days in labs have been good, no better than good, lets say it's been a culmination of things well over due and finally there are signs that things are on the way to the ultimate goals.

Basically yesterday the computer churned out the numbers and god damn their nice. The theory seems sound and the predictions really nice. All the numbers and files and computations have given me some great stuff to put in my paper. There is still one thing left to sort out due to a well stoopid error I made but then thats what you get when you deal with vast amounts of data manually. Oh well seems Mike has premptively hit on the same idea as I had and those errors should not happen again.

Silly fucking human. remember guys.... KIBO.

So things are also ready for my presentation on Friday, just going through a few papers to give the group a quick overview of the theories and the problems (basically some bad ass quantum mechanics and how it can be used to classify chemical bonds, finally removing the ideas that even though being over 100 years old are taught to every undergrad today). Looks like I'm going paradigm killing. Plus it totally fits with my main project, the one I design for my Bsc student, and also the work by Alex in our group (QSAR using quantum mechanical descriptors).

SO yes Friday. 6:30pm, the Big G(C), drink. There is good reason for this all. Presentations and early morning meetings means no proper drinking Thursday night (tonight) or my birthday. Just gotta postpone things a bit.

Ok other news?

Well I finally slogged through writing a D20 character sheet for Etherscope, and wrote the character background for the main protagonist in my short story. So hopefully that should all appear very soon on a shop shelf.

Also finally, after running the game for a good year and a half, have written the last two episodes for the game. Feels like a weight has been taken of my shoulders completing that. It's meant that i can finally gorge myself on some books that have sat unread since the day I bought them. Forward ho!

Right so thats  about a wrap.

Oh this Sat i know most of you lot are off to Wendyhouse, and I will be there so much merriment is to be had.

Finally next Sat is my trek to London with others for a proper birthday outing (seems quite a few are going down that weekend with the same plan).

Oh and Chung Kuo.... read it... live it.... begin!

Yeah that looks like the lot.

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