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Just for the sake of security (because otherwise people couldn't be certain that was really me over there), I'm gothick on Dreamwidth. I'm not going to be posting over there yet, because I've not got time to explore, but if you're on DW and you get a friend request, yes, that's the real me.

I grabbed the name "gothick" because that's my username everywhere else and I only used "gothick-matt" here because someone had already taken "gothick". But of course now I'm tempted to grab "gothick-matt" over there, because one of the problems with moving across to DW is that any fool could grab your LJ username and profile pic and pretend to be you, and might even manage to fool your friends into adding "you" as a friend. Hrm.


Sep. 9th, 2010 07:02 am
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This is my first step towards dreamwidth from LJ... The next steps may be rather slow, I'm afraid. I'll still be posting to LJ for the minute, as I've not got any time to explore/set up Dreamwidth yet.
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I shall spare LJ the details, which are over on my running blog. Suffice it to say that I ran my first half marathon today, and did it in 2 hours, 53 minutes, and 43 seconds, which I'm very happy with.

I'm actually not feeling too bad, either. But I have a feeling tomorrow may be a different story. Painkillers at the ready...
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For more than half a year now, I've been snapping (roughly) one photo a day of myself, using DailyBooth.

To practice with jQuery, which I'm just beginning to learn, I have put together something quite silly, the Square of Matt. The "Less Matt" and "More Matt" links should update the page in place.
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In exactly one week's time, all going according to plan, I'll be getting ready to wander down to the start line of the Bristol Half Marathon. And then I will attempt to put one foot in front of the other for a smidge over 13 miles.

This does not sound quite such a foolish idea to me as it would have a year ago. Which is just as well, really.
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SimplicityI feel so good this morning. I really do. I've been trying to get more sleep this week, and it's been going very badly, up until last night. I've been going to bed at 11pm, or at least trying to. And every single night I've had problems getting to sleep, and slept badly, sometimes really badly, and felt increasingly like shit as the week's gone on, waking up with a headache on a couple of the days.

Only last night I tried yet again, and had a bit of a problem getting to sleep, and then was utterly out, flatlined for six hours. I woke up feeling a bit groggy, but at least not with a headache. Then I had my morning coffee (taking a photo of it first, as you do) and started to feel a bit more human. Then I read my mail and started thinking about my "to-do" list. Then I meditated, which went spectacularly well compared to most recent efforts.

And now I've had a shower and bloody hell, am I feeling awake and ready for anything. I'm just raring to go.

So, best make top use of this sudden surge of Surprising Morning Energy[tm]. I think I'm going to get a website finished that I've been fiddling about with for far too long, answer a load of personal mail, send someone a present, and clean the bathroom.

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Last One?
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I is tired. I is tired because I went to the night glow last night at the balloon fiesta. And then I came home, slept for about four hours, and got up to go to the dawn launch this morning.

Here is video of a short bit of each on YouTube:

Last Night
This Morning

Luckily (pah! to Friday 13th superstition!) I cleverly arranged to take today off work, so I am now going to have a very long bath and then do the couple things I absolutely have to get done today, and then I might have a nap.

Anyway *yawn*. Catch you laters.
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From today's work mailbox:

"In many cases the troops arrive home in just the clothes they were wearing when they were injured. Troop Aid provide the ‘basic essentials’ when casualties return from serving their country overseas. They supply are a GRAB BAG containing washing and shaving kit, towel, face flannel, shower mules, socks, underwear, t-shirt and shorts (female requirements are also provided)"

Yes, apparently I'm still so childish that when I got to "female requirements are also provided", the image that appeared in my head was probably not the one intended.


Aug. 4th, 2010 07:20 am
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I appear to be suffering from Holiday Lag. I knew it was going to be a bit of a killer when I woke up at ten o'clock on Sunday, finally dragged myself out of bed at eleven, and then realised that on Monday I'd have to be up four hours earlier, and moving significantly faster.


Also, Iain Banks's Transition being quite hard to put down of an evening isn't helping. But at least I'm reading again. Finished Chris Fowler's latest, and Mark Gatiss's The Vesuvius Club (a fine Edwardian romp) while I was in the Lake District.

In other literary news, I just ordered the new generation 3G Kindle. Thanks to [ profile] ruthj for the recommendation in general, and on the 3G in particular. I think you're right, the 3G will definitely be worth the extra £40. (I'm not so sure about Amazon's leather case being worth the extra £30...) I'm always rubbish about choosing which books I take on holiday, often taking far more than I can read just so I have some choice, plus I already have too damn many books for my tiny flat. Hopefully the Kindle will help with that.

I have been very quiet here, mostly because I have been writing either more specific stuff (and mostly quite dull I'm-just -logging-this-to-keep-myself-going stuff) about jogging and meditation and stuff elsewhere. Plus, having restarted my Morning Pages, a half hour of my time in the mornings that I might have spent LJing has been sucked up by that. I'd hoped that more stuff from the Morning Pages would be shareable, but it hasn't really turned out like that.

I may need to do that thing where I figure out what to concentrate on for a while again. One thing I need to concentrate on will be the upcoming Bristol Half Marathon, which I've foolishly entered. That's on 5th September, and will be fine if it's a good day where I've had plenty of sleep and am in the mood for running and the weather's right, but might be a bit of a bugger otherwise. Hmm.

An experienced runner told me yesterday that the adrenaline would carry me through. I'm not entirely convinced of that; I've never really associated running with adrenaline. But Adam runs a lot faster than I do. Maybe he speeds himself up by imagining a bear chasing him, or something. Personally, I just plod along putting one foot in front of the other, and I generally find it calming rather than exciting...

Anyway. This is an instead-of-the-Morning-Pages LJ post, and maybe that's something I'll do occasionally from here on in. Seems like an idea...
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I haven't had time to process my photos from Lake District group holiday jaunt yet. Which is probably just as well, as it's been a hard choice this month without adding more stuff into the mix.

A few contenders, and a winner, for July's Photo of the Month. )
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I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Now all I have to do is write as prolifically...

(via [ profile] juggzy)
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Vive La France! Vive La France!
Zis week, I 'ave mostly been being French. Oui.


May. 15th, 2010 08:23 am
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Arse. I've woken up with a nasty headache. And mostly today I need to do work in front of the computer. Before going to see some kind of percussionist this evening, I think. Urg.

Still very short of time. I'm going to try clearing some space over the next week or two; I think I need more space to do random things of my own at the moment; I see to be in a mood for creating odd things again.

Speaking of which, I finally got around to doing something with, too. Contains Language. Probably of most interest to the techier element of my flist.
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Today, I mostly ran the Bristol 10K, my first ever race. Not that I did it as a race1.

It was brilliant. I ran with my friend Mike -- here we are, at the finish:

Matt and Mike

...and we got round faster than I expected, finishing at about an hour and ten minutes. The official times still aren't all up, so I'll probably find out the exact time tomorrow.

Full debriefing on my running blog, if you're interested!

1 Just as well, as the bloke who won it did it in less than half an hour, which means he could have easily gone around twice and beaten me!


May. 8th, 2010 05:23 pm
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Today, I have mostly been being annoyed by Parcelforce. Warning: that is a rant, that is. I wouldn't normally cross-post, but that blog entry is designed for beyond-LJ public consumption, but is also a good summary of my day suitable for LJ.

Sigh. In more cheerful news, it's the Bristol 10K tomorrow, and I'll be running in it. I'll be starting off with the "slow" crowd at 9:45am. Between sometime around then and sometime around an hour and a quarter later, you should be able to check in on my progress live on my RunKeeper map here, if you're bored. Assuming all the technology is working, anyway.

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