paradoxrealm: (Paradox)

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paradoxrealm: (Killer kitty)
Hmm, seems we are also missing A series of Unfortunate Events dvd from our collection, and a few other GNs from my collection, including the first 3 books of Planetary, a couple of brightest Day and Transmetropolitan's Back on the Street.

So, this is now a general recall. If we have lent you anything, please let us have it back. If we have anything of yours we have not mentioned to you directly, please let us know and we'll happily return it to you as well.
paradoxrealm: (Killer kitty)
So, having been reminded about the awesomeness of Jakita Wagner in the excellent Planetary series by Warren Ellis, I decided to treat myself to the final volume of it yesterday after so long.
It finished excellently, as predicted.
Now I wish to re-read the rest of it.
And now I cannot find it.
Did I loan it to someone? A friend? Was it you?
Would you care to give it me back please?

As an aside, if you do have anything of ours, please let me know so I can make sure it is on our inventory.
paradoxrealm: (Lounging)
So, this thing still exists.
I also have a dreamwidth account, and am considering moving there.
Is there anybody out there still?
Does anyone actually care about reading my ramblings still?
Is anyone on dreamwidth? Is it worth moving there?

Also, how you doin'? (For those still here)
You may know me as:
Midnight Atropa
James Calero
Jacen McKinley
Athanatos of Corinth

I'm still the same guy though.

A Rant

Sep. 14th, 2011 10:48 am
Dear LRP community
Please cease with the wild speculations about the upcoming new game for which you have the sum total of one flyer and one teaser webpage of information on.

Here is a summary of the information you have:
There was an Empire.
It had a Queen as head, so technically a Monarchy, but that never stopped Queen Victoria.
The Queen is dead.
The Empire is broken.
You still exist.

There is no information about period setting, races, skills, advantages etc nor the background beyond that stated above.
There have been empires since the dawn of time up until late 19th century (and later if you believe evil dictators and Bond villains)

Wildly speculating on things you do not have enough information to back a solid basis on could be damaging to the game.
Remember 8 years ago when the pregame froth was going on about Maelstrom? How many people have you heard over the years saying that the froth then and now put them off playing the game? I personally have heard it far too often.

By all means look forward to it, and possibly suggest what you would like to shine through from Maelstrom to Empire, but please stop saying "it's going to be in *this* period" or "it's going to be human only" and other things similar.
You do not have that information.
The only people who have that information are the writers and they will not be telling you because you are not a special snowflake and therefore must wait until the information is released to everyone.

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paradoxrealm: (Staff)
Yes, I am aware this LJ still exists.
No, I'm not likely to be using it in the future.

Most of you have me on facebook, I can now also be found on G+.
I can invite you to G+ if you wish, as I will likely be moving more and more to that, as it seems to have the best of LJ, facebook and twitter these days.

Feel free to find me there.



Jan. 8th, 2011 10:02 am
One opinion.
Go on then sell me on this twitter thing. Why should I use it? Would it be worthwhile to me? Is there any point to it other than more noise to signal...?
paradoxrealm: (Chair leg)
IN honour of today's Political votings, I felt a reminder of just what it is to vote was in order...

Bastardry underneath... )
So, I still haven't decided on the new phone despite being able to choose and acquire for something like a month now...

I currently have the list narrowed down to 3 that I like, so here's the list and the currently information/issues about each.

T-Mobile Pulse
Free upgrade, 4 star review
Android 1.5

Responsive touchscreen
Wi-Fi and HSDPA
Integrated Google apps
A-GPS with compass

Rubbish camera
Battery life not great
Odd headphone adapter
Available on T-Mobile only
Video player app limited

HTC Hero/T-mobile G2
£54.90 upgrade, 4.5 star review

Excellent Sense UI
Compact design
Responsive screen
Facebook and Twitter integration
I can probably con it for free if I threaten to leave the network...

Poor camera
Lack of video codec support

HTC Desire
£70 upgrade, 5 star review
Android 2.1

Gorgeous screen
Slim chassis
Fast processor
Good quality 5MP camera
Speedy internet browser
Flash video support
Again I can probably get for free if I threaten to leave...

Bluetooth playback stutters
Battery life suspect out the box
Can't delete whole inboxes in POP3 messaging

So there you have it.
I think I am leaning more to the Desire or G2, but am undecided as yet and a persuasive arguement might sway me. Thoughts, impressions, for, against, tell me!

Adjusted the number down again. The one thing really stopping me from just going for the Desire is the lack of GPS whih would be a benefit with my silly driving at times...
Stolen from various friends.
I'm kind surprised by the result. I may have to look a little closer at their policies and see if they are indeed more compatible with my ideas than Lib. I am also kinda disturbed by how high Tory and UKIP featured...

Take the Who Should You Vote For? UK General Election quiz

Liberal Democrat37
UK Independence4

You expected: LIB

Your recommendation: Green

Click here for more details about these results

When I look to the more technological;y minded of you for guidance in choosing new mobile phones.

Am thinking something in an andoid based device smartphone thing, but am not fixed on that.
So tell me what you have and why I should or should not decide to have the same myself.

According to the list I am allowed any of the following at varying prices from Free to £210...

Blackberry Curve 8520
Blackberry Curve 8900
HTC Touch 2
LG Intouch Max
Nokia 5800 Chrome (with or without Music)
Nokia 6303
Nokia 6600 I slide
Nokia 6700
Nokia E71
Nokia N79 White
Samsung Galaxy Portal (i5700)
Samsung Tocco Lite
Sony Ericcson C902
T-mobile Pulse
Nokia N86
Nokia X6
Samsung Jet
T-Mobile G2 Touch
Sony Ericsson W995
T-mobile Compact 5
Sony Ericsson Satio
For those who do not want to be made jealous by the quantity... the list is below the cut.

Read more... )

All in all not bad...
Can you get Itunes for Ubuntu?

This concludes the temporary frustration vent.
Something that passes for Normal service will be resumed shortly.


Jun. 17th, 2009 02:18 pm
paradoxrealm: (Staff)
Snaffled from various people including [ profile] eviladara

Apparently you are supposed to copy/paste and fill in the answers in comments...
Read more... )
As tagged by nobody really...

Three Names I go by:

1. Gareth
2. G
3. Ickle

Three Jobs I have had in my life:

1. Merchant Cadet
2. Payroll Administrator
3. Accounts Administrator

Three Places I have lived:

1. Southport
2. Manchester
3. The North Sea

Three TV Shows that I watch:

1. 24
2. Spooks
3. Battlestar Galatica

Three places I have been:

1. Rome
2. Las Palmas
3. Gothenburg

Three of my favorite foods:

1. Pizza
2. Pasta
3. Chicken Fried Rice

Three songs you love:

1. Land of a Thousand Words – Scissor Sisters
2. Burn – The Cure
3. Wish you were here – The Wonderstuff

Three books you would read more than once:

1. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
2. Do Androids dream electric sheep? – Philip K Dick
3. Imzadi – Peter David

Three movies you love:

1. The Princess Bride
2. The Dark Knight
3. Iron Man

Three friends I think will re-post
<lj user="Misthawk">
<lj user="Eviladara">
Anyone who wishes to

Things I am looking forward to:

1. Maelstrom
2. My wedding
3. a trip to Gran Canaria

Three drinks:

1. Southern Comfort and coke
2. Mead
3. White Zinfandel

Three people you miss:

1. Anyone I’ve not seen in more than 6 months
2. Miss Sara
I've been on a bit of a Scissor Sister's kick lately and have grown to love their track Land of a Thousand Words.
I can find a bit of meaning in it for both my current IC relationships...

So here are the lyrics:

Another constellation dies
Do what you want 'cause it's your own sky
Just call me when the phone stops ringing
Thanks for coming by
I'm just glad I'm on your good side
Where it's smoldering or freezing
It's never all that easy to decide

This is the land of a thousand words
But it seems so few are worth the breath to say
Except I'll be looking after my own world
And you just keep on saving the day
I'll try to stay but it's in vain when you're far
I'm on the run to wherever you are

And that's the nature of the chase
You fall so far behind you end in first place
Pass the torch this time we're running to each's own regret
There'sno harm in playing hard to get
Boundlessness deceives me
Baby you may turn the corner yet

This is the land of a thousand words
But it seems so few are worth the breath to say
Except I'll be looking after my own world
And you just keep on saving the day
I'll try to stay but it's in vain when you're far
I'm on the run to wherever you are

I'm a gonna do everything I say
Tried to stay but time's running out
But now I'm on my way
Some appropriate lyrics based on events this weekend...

Paranoia, paranoia
Everybody's coming to get me
Just say you never met me
I'm running underground with the moles
Digging in holes

Paranoia - Green Day

This post was brought to you by the feeling of exhaustion, the phrase AAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, and the number 3.
paradoxrealm: (Bauer family)
So, Delvy asks me to write on the following topics:
Letters, Driving, Birth, Religion and Food.

So here we go.

I'm quite fickle when it comes to my moods for writing letters.
I often wanted a penpal when I was a lot younger, but knew that I'd never keep it up. I joined a couple of fanclubs for various things that involved staying in contact with people mostly via letter, and while they were around I did actually write back.
Then the clubs folded and while I tried to keep in contact afterwards, eventually I just stoppeed writing letters once again.
TBH I think it might have mostly been when I went to sea and the lack of contact for days on end that stopped me writing letters.
I started writing letters again when I started playing Omega, as I'd just developed a new IC relationship and both Sally-Ann and I wanted to get to know each other better both IC and OOC, all the better to know how to react in the IC relationship if you know how the other is OOC.
But then someone killed the world including Loran and Aria and so brought that to an end to that chapter of letters.
It's only recently that I've started writing letters again. I'm also quite happy to receive IC letters as well. Certain events at a recent M! player event have given me a lot to do now and one of the best ways to do this is to write letters and start some groundwork that way. Although that said there really is only so much you can do and should do with letters before you have to take it IC face to face, which is always the best way for all involved.
I'm currently trying to practice my handwriting with a new classic style fountain pen and ink well, but am finiding that I have no real handwriting to speak of.
I'm tempted for the next events to buy a small printer and keep it with the netbook in the car to print the letters I need there and then, and just seal them IC, so at least the words are not lost in my atrocious handwriting...

I love driving. No really. It's one of the best feelings just sitting there with something good on the stereo driving down an open stretch of road either going to or coming from an event or some variety.
I passed my test in June 99 so I've been driving for nearly ten years, and officially at least, I have never had an accident or an insurance claim.
I passed my test the day befroe my aprent flew out of LPL on holiday and left me with the Rover. So that night I went round to a couple of friend's house in Southport ([ profile] trevordavies will remember Eve and Steve and their little house just out of town centre.) At some point we realised that drinks were needed and so I took the car out to the shops about 5 mins drive away. yes it was slightly lazy and I paid the price for it, as when reversing out of the park, I reversed into a bollard that was lower than the boot window.
In my time I have driven many different cars, most of which have been owned by me. I have never yet met a car I could not control almost immediately.

Now I wonder why this has been chosen...?
I'm gonna have to be quite light on this one as it's an unlocked post and as some of you already know, I have issuesthoughts on birth that I will never mention out loud or in public.
So in less than 3 days I will be a father offically. Ninfa doesn't know it yet, but I will be disobeying her orders to go to work on Monday, and have taken the morning off to go to hospital with her, even thought she has said repeatedly that she doesn't want me there...

Ooh. Controversial topic.
I was raised Christian and had little choice but to attend church each Sunday, as at that age the only choices you have are the ones your parents give you.
The only real giggle I ever had was turning up to church parade one sunday after a friends 18th and the rest of the VSU were just assleep deprived and recovering from alcohol abuse as I was.
I escaped from them at 18, and never really looked back.
When I joined my first ship in Inverness I accidentally wandered into a New Age shop and bought a couple of books on alternative religion and witchcraft. Yes I am now well aware that the books I bought then were of the fluffiest fluff that ever fluffed, but I cannot deny that they got me interested. And interest that gave me to research more and more, learning different perspectives and truths.
Now I would state my religion as Pagan as although I was previously a coven Wiccan, I am not any longer, however I still retain some affinity for the beliefs and practices.
Ninfa and I quite quickly decided that when Cassandra is born we will be raising her in our own beliefs, although if she ever decides to investigate other ideas, we will not restrict her much.
I have no intention of raising my daughter to have affection for either Christianity or Islam.
Neither of those religions have done much to promote peace and harmony, and while Paganism has not really done anything overt in those lines, neither has it actively caused war and conflict.
Christianity in the Crusades and Islam in it's very meaning and modern day existance.
Yes I will quite happily agree that there are devotees of both religions who do their very best to live a peaceful harmonious life, and who decry current ideology. I have met many of that camp in both religions and reamin friends with a few of them.
However the moderates are more focussed on telling the public that extremist views are not the mainstream in their religion when i believe they should try focussing more on preventing extremist views from within and therefore not have to defend their religion constantly.

I'm not the worlds biggest fan of food in general. Most people are well aware by now that I am a fussy bastard. I know what I like and I like what I know.
I don't eat for the taste of food.
I only really eat to keep me going. That's why I snack. I will eat a proper meal if it's in front of me, but mostly I'll eat as and when I feel the need and not at "proper" times. My house mates will probably attest to my odd eating times and frequent forgetting to eat. The forgetting occurs when I am either not hungry or not in a position to eat imemdiately and so i just forget and carry on.

If anyone wants topics setting, post and I'll throw you some subject matter. Like wise, if you want to chuck me another topic, do so and I'll write another one of these when I get five.
It's a source of great irritation to Ninfa as she loves food, as you could expect given she is Italian.
Alright people, I've been looking at spotted this for a sat nav.

Also [ profile] eviladara do you happen to have an image of the Debrynn rose you could email me?
I'm looking into t-shirts now.



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