Birthday #32

Yesterday Jane bought me my birthday present (my birthday isn’t until Tuesday 11 November): a Panasonic personal CD player (SLSX418S) that also plays CD-Rs of MP3 files. How do I know this? I chose it. We went to Richer Sounds on Chambers Street here in Edinburgh; I thoroughly recommend them.
I’m now in the process of MP3-ing my albums; I’ve got as far as ‘B’. For the ripping and conversion I am using CD’n’Go which is wonderfully simple to use and uses the CDDB facility at freedb.org to recognise the disc and saves me typing in the song titles. This means I’ll can take around 160 albums away with me on only 10 CD-Rs when we visit California in January.

In Binary my age is 100000
In Hexadecimal I am only 20!

Fantasy Football

Right, well we’re a couple of months in since I hand-picked my team of professional football players for the BBC Fantasy Football thingy on this thing we call the internet, and I am now quite definitely bottom of the Pie-miership.

My fantasy football team
My fantasy football team

I asked previously if my team was rubbish. I now know the answer: yes. But as I said before, I know absolutely nothing about football and chose my players because they were the only nine I recognised the names of, and the other two were the same name as a band I like (Primus) and my mate Danny’s surname (Curtis).

Holiday 2003

Jane and I are just back from a week in Bath and Bristol, with a brief jaunt in Manchester to meet up with Jamie Burton and the Hallé choir and orchestra.

In Bath we visited the famous Roman Baths, and Bath Abbey.

We caught up with Lindsey Dear and Jim Whalley in Bath, and Jonny and Emma Coore in Bristol, with a guest appearance by Nick and Kate Morgan.

Our trip down south coincided with Danny Wallace’s book reading at Borders in Clifton. So we went along, and in good Join Me style we ended up over a pint in a local hostelry.

I’ll put up some photos in the next couple of days, and move some of this older news to the… er, news section.

Edinburgh Fringe 2003

The buzz in town just now it fantastic. I took a walk the other day with Rich Olyott, when he was visiting.

We met Lolita, the 2 Joinees we met at the DG gig, Paul Daniels, and played Travel Monopoly in Princes Street Gardens. A fine day!

On Sunday 10 August we saw Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure which was very good. Better than the Edinburgh tattoo, I’d say. Then DG came to the pub with us, and we went home to find 5 googlewhacks of our very own and register them at www.googlewhack.com.