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Originally uploaded by Jeremy Dennis.
It's been an interesting weekend, in a few different ways.

I've been invited to do the comics workshop at Dublin Ladyfest. A little investigation suggests a train to Brum and a cheap flight from there is perfectly doable. Never been to Dublin, although I have read Ulysses. Probably won't help much.

Then there was Friday. I had no idea what I was doing that night but ended up doing what Warren Ellis told me to which was probably as good a decision as any. For the record, it's the record of me making a good, solid attempt to live in the future. Not very far into the future; I was thinking maybe ten months to a year.

It had a few interesting side-effects; anything I might have been worried about, work troubles, current projects, that bloody mural, I could file under "it won't matter any more" and forget about it. Certain relationships had developed; a few things annoyed me less, or more; the pub stayed open a bit later; and there were rather more people with their Treos out at the gig than I would have expected, even for a noise/experimental/electronica night.

That logical impossibility, "live each day as if your last" gets about a lot, but there's not much being said about the benefits and difficulties of living slightly into the future, even though for anyone expectant or expecting, posessed of ambition or forethought, planning scheming or plotting, it's the emotional truth of their existence. I liked it, a lot.

Planning the following night a year into the future had the predictable result and Saturday would have been a bit of a wash-out were it not for cartoons, sake, and the late addition of several friends. I must have been rather sullen, though; I found myself completely unable to insult Jamie's hair with any conviction even though it (and he) was begging for it.

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Originally uploaded by Jeremy Dennis.
Sunday started late, but we eventually got onto breakfast sometime in mid-afternoon. This left plenty of time for Damian and I to pay a couplish visit to Habitat (the christmas lights are in!) and then a three-hour stint on the aforementioned bloody mural. I painted a gigantic cockerel and a sly-looking cat onto the electrical cupboard. My oranges were giving me heck, and kept drifting off into pinkness. Cheap whites'll do that, I guess ... I didn't notice the humour of what I'd done till this morning, when I spotted somebody's web-polls about nick-names for you-know-whats. Well, I'm not changing it now.

As if trying to get me to wake up a bit, in the post-painting slump (too ... many ... leaves ...) Tivo showed me an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy (a cartoon about two kids who live with the Grim Reaper) where Billy gets kidnapped by semi-naked dwarves who work in mushroom mines and persuaded to help in their assault on the smug cookie-making elves (who looked disquietingly like Tony Blair). Conflict eventually resolved when they decide to put the dwarves' mushrooms into the elves' cookies.

The scene where the dwarves' mushroom battering ram bursts though the door of the elves' tree-house was especially striking.


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18th Oct, 2004 11:02 (UTC)
Anti-Importance drug!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!
18th Oct, 2004 11:10 (UTC)
Drawin' In Dublin!
Ohh, Dublin's cool. I know an excellent B&B on Leeson St. Good for you! ...It's expensive, though, and too many stag parties, of course.
18th Oct, 2004 15:00 (UTC)
I'm hoping being at ladyfest'll
steer me clear of the stag parties. You mean this place? http://www.infotel.co.uk/101572.htm
19th Oct, 2004 12:46 (UTC)
Re: 31 Leeson Close
Nah, this one...


It's quite famous, gets used in films a lot, etc. I was there about 10 years ago, on a special low-price trip, so gods know what it actually costs, these days, but it's smashing, really homely in a very posh sort of way. Totally central, too.

Now about those semi-naked dwarves in the mushroom mines... (puts on a 'Dr Melfi' face and reaches for shorthand pad...)

20th Oct, 2004 02:50 (UTC)
Re: 31 Leeson Close
They were very hairy. And grumpy. And the king dwarf was voiced by Michael Dorn.

(checks the prices -- €95-150 -- er ... I think I'll be staying somewhere else)
18th Oct, 2004 12:13 (UTC)
<sad habitat stuff>
Interestingly, some of the lights which were described last year as 'christmas lights' are now just lights. Sensibly as they didn't seem very christmassy when on the tree.

And what did you think of the thousand pound glowing coffee table? My main thought was, well I'm not going to buy it, but it seemed 'worth' a grand somewhat more than the non-glowing two hundred pound ones seemed 'worth' two hundred pounds.
18th Oct, 2004 14:53 (UTC)
holy crap
a sound-activated lightchanger coffee table designed by Daft Punk?

< drowns in her own drool >

... I didn't see it, or the focus of the post may have been a little different. I did like the helena christensen flower light -- it flexed like vertebrae -- but it's too expensive ... unlike the volet "decorative" lights.

But I didn't buy them either. I'm trying to cut down on the glowy things ...
18th Oct, 2004 14:58 (UTC)
Re: holy crap
Yes, that is the table I am talking about.

We bought two sets of the 'christmas' lights last year. t__m__i thought they weren't very christmassy on the tree, I rather liked them actually, but we have got them up as non christmas lights anyway. We also have some other lights from their in the kitchen, I forget what they are called, they don't flex but are slightly organic in pattern.
18th Oct, 2004 15:04 (UTC)
I've heard tell
that some people only put up their fairy lights for christmas ... actually there was one very christmassy set this year -- little folded metal flowers, pretty pretty. Called Rapunzel or something
18th Oct, 2004 15:35 (UTC)
Where and when can one see this Billy & Mandy? Or have you just made it up, you mad genius?
18th Oct, 2004 16:58 (UTC)
Tivo suggests
that new episodes are showing daily on cartoon network. And it's in the wikiverse, so it must be true. They even sing.

Did I mention the bit where a strung-out Yogi and Boo-boo turn up all bloodshot and bleary and try to theive Billy's picnic?
19th Oct, 2004 02:35 (UTC)
Note to self. Do not make plans while drunk. Or at least bloody well write them down. Sorry about that.
19th Oct, 2004 02:39 (UTC)
note to self
"interpret = well, we *might* be role-playing" as "no, sorry, we'll be role-playing"
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