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2004-01-11 03:47 UTC DDR Diet Notes 1

The DDR diet should be undertaken where possible on the ground floor. This will avoid the unfortunate death of anyone living below you. When this is not possible, play at reasonable times.

To stop your entheusiasm for the DDR Diet decreasing, attempt more difficult songs. When you start the DDR Diet (Which requires a games console, dance mat and a copy of a DDR game, and a tv, and the owner having legs...or arms I guess) you may find the dances difficult. Start off with the easy dances and progress up. When you are competent at doing any "3 foot" rated dance then progress onto the 4 foot dances. This is a significant increase in difficulty in my DDR game but with a little time and patience I hope to master the 4-foot dances and then continue to progress upwards.

There is a considerable benefit to be had from doing this with someone else. If you have any competitive nature between you then you will put the required effort into the dancing and improvement to keep getting better at the game.

My DDR Regime will consist of approximately 1 hour per day of dancing at weekends and 15-30 minutes od dancing per day. On weekdays dancing shall be undertaken before work (it's amazing how quickly I can go from zombie to fully awake when made to do a difficult dance straight out of bed) and then optionally some after work.

To increase the difficulty and improve the exercise undertaken I intend to purchase little wrist and ankle weights to wear whilst playing DDR.

Some of you may find this regime funny. Hilariously funny. I do too. However, in the future when people can pilot mechas you will find that the "historical documents" show people training for such things by exercising with weights and co-ordination (Gunbuster) and by co-ordinated dancemat training (Evangelion). Ok, so i'm not 14 ... i'm expecting the real world to be just slightly different.

My progress using the DDR Diet will be updated here as and when progress happens. I also appreciate that there really is very little "dieting" involved with the DDR diet. The name is really just there to sell the book when i'm a best selling author.

2004-01-11 03:24 UTC The Last Samurai

Went to see The Last Samurai last night. I'd avoided knowing anything about it except that it had a really good score on the IMDB. I loved it. I was very impressed at it's respect for Japanese culture and how they managed to avoid almost all the hollywood cliches that could have gone into it. There were a few in the overall plot but really not many. The cinematography reminded me in parts of Crouching Tiger due to the beautiful landscapes and surroundings. The acting and story reminded me much of some of Kurosawa's stuff. I don't think it got as much characterisation as Kurosawa used to, but then the action was that more exciting for the extended time given to it. The acting was also top notch. I will happily admit that it reduced me to a couple of tears more than once, though at incidental moments.

For the bloodthirsty sword lover in you there is a fair bit on offer. A fair bit of samurai training, fighting and small combat off the battlefield. In many ways stuff like this and Kill Bill are what I wanted to see at the cinema since I saw Highlander. The fact that this movie stars Tom Cruise may put a few people off. Don't let it. He plays his role wonderfully and never overshadows the place or the other characters, he just helps bring it all to life. This is immediately my favourite Tom Cruise movie.

So what are you doing still sitting there? Go see it!

2004-01-10 08:48 UTC thinkGeek strike back

I have a follow up to my earlier post. Think Geek sent me a wrong t-shirt in the order in place of another. It was a little annoying but the t-shirt they sent was pretty cool anyway so I emailed them to mention it and to say that I wouldn't return the shirt and that it wasn't a problem. They got back to me today to let me know that they'll send me the t-shirt I did order and that I could keep the one I got sent incorrectly by way of an appology. What cool people.

I am now suggesting that you all go shop at thinkgeek.com for cool t-shirts and other things. I am certainly happy with my new clothing and I feel that GwieF will be too. I'm even happier that i'll have 5 new t-shirts rather than just 4. Yay for geeks.

2004-01-10 07:38 UTC The DDR Diet

I watched a BBC1 show last night. Had Victoria Wood going on about fat people and the current human obsession with weight. The essential message of the show was "be happy with your fucking weight and stop paying the diet industry to get you out of a problem they created". Years ago people didn't feel bad if they were heavy...now people do. I don't worry about being a fat bastard. I took enough shit about it in school that by a really young age I was just happy to be the person I was. Stuff like that has made me into the happy person I am today and I'm almost entirely without a care in the world. I don't eat too much, I don't comfort eat either. I occasionally eat a couple of penguins because I like to indulge, but I don't shove them all down and then feel depressed. I do like to cook, but again I cook healthy food. I eat a fair bit but not stupid quantities. I could eat a little less but it's not the problem.

So I reckon all I have to do to get fit is to do some exercise and stick with my pretty sensible eating. I'm really really lazy and apathetic...this doesn't help. I also feel pretty happy in my body which doesn't help as it provides little motivation. The motivator is pretty much health. I do sometimes feel self-conscious but it's really fucking rare. I have no problem letting it all hang out in Greece etc as everyone else does. It's a different mindset in Europe, a much more comfortable one.

So health. Maybe it's time I lost some because it means I can live a bit longer and a bit easier. So we have "The DDR Diet". It involes eating whatever the fuck I like as long as I do lots of DDR everyday. I just have to discipline myself enough to do it everyday. We'll see how it goes. Videogames made me be this way...can they save me? Sounds like an episode of Jerry Springer..

2004-01-07 11:30 UTC Cashback

A follow up to the earlier post, I got a phonecall today from UPS. I don't remember the exact conversation but it was something like "Hello Sir, your package has just entered the UK. Please could you drop your trousers so we could repeatedly fuck you in the ass for some Import Tax and VAT. Would you like to do it now or with the delivery man?

I don't mind, it just always seems to god damn expensive. It's not like I can buy the damn t-shirts in the UK. I'm not fucking outsourcing to India either.

2004-01-07 05:29 UTC thinkGeek

I have orders coming! Everyone seems to get excited when they have packages coming for them and I am too. I have a small share in an Amazon delivery which should arrive for someone at work this week or next. It will contain an item I can't recall, a couple of gardening books by Alan Titchmarsh and "Kagemusha", Akira Kurosawa's epic movie on dvd. I don't need to say what my share is.

Even better than this is an order from thinkgeek.com. They sell all sorts of cool stuff and t-shirts etc. I see the banner from wwdn everytime i'm reading it and I finally got around to putting an order in. I've also ordered several items for Claire and for GwieF. That is currently in a plane crossing to the UK I believe. Thanks go to UPS for far too much information about where your package is. How long til individual packages have transmitters on them and we can see exactly where they are? That would be cool, if not mostly pointless.

Yay for orders. Even though I know they won't be here today, i'm still going to watch for delivery vans in anticipation. I bet they don't turn up for months now. Bastards.

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2004-01-07 05:20 UTC RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD

Where the fuck did the last few weeks go? Now I remember...I bought Star Wars: Galaxies and then played it for a few weeks. Interesting and fun game, though in many respects a little too much like real life.

Around the new year was a pretty slovenly time for me. A tapas night did occur where much lovely tapas was cooked by a small group of us (work friends and partners) which was then followed by some ultimate jenga. This is like jenga, except that it's fucking insane because you've eaten too much tapas, had some wine and everyone is pulling out a miracle brick until the thing is a fecking huge. Kudos to Lilly for putting in more effort and concentration into anything than any tired, drunken person that i've seen before.

Work has started all over again this week. I finished a project before christmas and this Monday saw me joining another one, a project i've spent much time on in the past. It's one of the few places where I can have a proper clue what's going on a mere half-hour after starting on the project. It's kinda nice to be back and be around people again. The world seems fairly lame without wookies though. One day we'll have wookies. We'd fucking better. What's the point of science if not to make wookies?

Oh, as the title suggests i'm also really into the darts this week, following nearly every match going on at the lakeside. I'm a big fan of Barney and hopefully he'll get the job done. I've never watched it all from the 1st round before so I guess this will be a new low for me..

2003-12-25 07:04 UTC Merry Christmas

It seems that even I, with my lack of christmas spirit, am still not immune from making a merry christmas post. Well there you go.

Christmas Eve was once again lots of fun. I didn't actually take 27 or so minutes to type that post yesterday, Karl turned up in my office early and we went to the pub shortly after. We had finished all our work so there wasn't much use waiting. Turned out that we were last to leave the pub having been in there for around 6 hours. Went back to his place, Matt (his neighbour and my office co-inmate) joined us for a while and Adam and Lilly also turned up for the evening. A curry feast was had, some sobering up was done and we all watched Back to the Future on dvd. Nice.

Today has been a pretty relaxed day. Some tidying, movie and tv watching and there's more to follow, probably with cooking later. This is the first day of about 10 days off in a row for me. Haven't had any holiday since mid August so it's going to be a real pleasure. Oh yes! I can sort out the flat, go sale shopping, renew my love of games, movies and cooking ... and maybe even get bored and blog and probably do a little work on the site.

2003-12-24 04:08 UTC Work End

The following 27 minutes will be the last 27 minutes of my working year. I say working though right now I am indeed blogging. Servers have been shut down and work has ground to a halt. I also leave my current project today, starting on a new one on the first day back after the break. I've had a somewhat tough 8 weeks or so on this project but it's been a learning experience and certainly a kick to my brain that it sometimes needs to think really hard. I've also met a few nice people over here and now know almost everybody who works on the projects that I seem to go around.

Once I leave my desk, I will walk over the road to grab a drink on the free bar and then most likely not leave for quite some time. I will hopefully take a short break at some point to grab some lunch from town before returning to the pub for more free drinks. I was the last out of the free bar last year, lets see if I can do it again this year. I'm not really in it for the drinking, just the having fun and chatting.

Anyway, to the pub....

2003-12-23 14:20 UTC Apathy is king

I really like posting on my weblog. I'm just about to do something i'm complaining at someone else about. Discuss a topic with my _entire_ readership and then blog about it. Who knows. I guess this place is like a column, almost like that stupid bint in sex and the city. She has glimpses of ideas in life and during conversations and then the column is like a "expand and contrast" essay thing where you really get behind the issue. In this case the issue is my apathy. I enjoy the creative writing that is my weblog. I never really saw it as "creative writing" before Wil Wheaton started putting his in books, and occasionally someone reads one of my posts and finds it pretty funny. I like that. Why do I never fucking post? Gaaaah.

If I set aside a time of day for blogging then I think i'd be blogging for the wrong reasons. This isn't a place to put up what I had for breakfast everyday. Many people use them for that (i'm looking at you, yes you, the users of livejournal here) but I don't want to look back on my life/journal as a collection of breakfasts. Life is more than that. I want this to be a collection of thoughts and quirky memories that are essentially my day to day journey through life. Hmm, I like that idea. Maybe the daily thing would actually inspire me to write though, as long as I contain it to not talking shite.

I once mentioned that we all have problems blogging. Hixie naturally said he doesn't. He does indeed blog more often than me, much of it we don't even get through the first paragraph of. Well, Xiven probably does. Tom has pictures of big mowers, Kam has teddy bears and I have vinegar and knives. I read our blogs several times a day, maybe we'd all find them more fun if we posted on a daily (or nearly daily basis).

So this is my post and posts. Nice eh? Well lets see if this kicks it all off. I should really fix my pingback thing but now so isn't the time. It'll go wrong, i'll forget how to update my blog and Hixie will lecture me on my own stupidity and the wonder that is my job title of Phil Waring, Senior Programmer.

Begin Cliche. Music - Soundgarden. Mood - quizzzical. T-shirt - El Hazard godesses. Thing at eye level - GTA Vice City OST. Interesting thing I did today - Didn't cook mexican, would have been 3 days running. Bad thing I did today - Ate too much garlic bread cus it's date was due and Claire ordered too much and we used it up. Plans for tomorrow - Wooo, christmas eve. FREE BAR. End Cliche.

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