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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
4:37 pm
Friday, February 9th, 2007
1:04 pm
We need to speed up research because we need...
Winged Monkeys for carolive
Pet Velociraptor for elseware
Flying DeLorean for lionsphil
Clone Army for mikej_uk
Moonbase for nmg
Space Rocket for clarehooper
Antigravity Belt (like were promised) for rbus
Jet motorcycle! for alisdairo

and for
Please sign the petition in support of the European Commission's proposed Open Access to Research Results!
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
1:58 pm
I felt slightly grumpy when I woke up, but since then it's been one of those days where every little thing seems to go to plan, and everything seems completely on my side. Having just started my PhD, I feel full of ideas and enthusiasm, yet relaxed at the same time.

The world is a good place.

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
2:39 pm
A previously existing, unpatented drug has been discovered to kill most cancers. Pretty cool, huh?
Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
1:13 pm
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” - Luke 12:33

The issue of gay adoption has come up recently, as a result of a law to prevent discrimination based on sexuality. To quote the BBC, Catholic leaders in England and Wales say its teachings prevent its agencies placing children with homosexuals and they will close if bound by the rules..

This is utter, utter bunk. I have no problem with them asking for the right to discriminate - after all, this affects the kids being adopted as well as the prospective parents, and everyone's voice should be heard in a democracy. The thing is, though, that they're asking for the right to discriminate because the Bible states that homosexuality is wrong. If this is the case, why don't they discriminate against other groups of people? Most Christians behave in a manner not according to the bible - most particularly, they do their best to obtain wealth, and do not share a significant portion of it. Why are these people considered fit parents to adopt, and homosexuals not? I don't recall ever being shown a passage in the bible that says "It's bad to not help others much, but tapping ass is, like, so much worse."

The church tells us that while they still love the homosexual, they can't allow the wrongdoings of active homosexuals to be passed on to the children. Where is it said that it's okay to pass on the wrong of greed? Particularly given that it's increasingly shown that sexuality is not a consciously chosen thing, and it's thus relatively unlikely that a gay upbringing could somehow make a kid gay anyway.

The desire to discriminate against homosexuality clearly isn't based on the teachings of the bible, or the need to 'protect' youngsters. It's an expression of ages-old distaste for a sexuality that many still find themselves uncomfortable with. Only, if they put it like that, they'd be laughed off, and ignored. All those kids really need is a home with parents in it who will love them and care for them - all other concerns are secondary. You may consider the prospective parents greedy, or deviant, or whatever, but why not stop to ask yourself whether the kids would really be worse off than they are in a home, or skipping between foster parents?
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
12:22 pm

This work is known as a toddlerpede :)

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
10:27 am

Meanwhile, secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said: "We will have a world in which any terrorist who has ever been in a safe house or has ever been in a training camp is going to ask himself or herself this question: have I ever left a fingerprint anywhere?"

Pity the poor plumber or electrician who happens to work on a house which the US thinks, maybe, might have had a terrorist's grandmother in it once, eh?
Thursday, January 11th, 2007
10:56 pm

So, spyware gets on a PC, and you have to spend 40 years in jail? How can the understanding of technology be SO poor?
Thursday, November 30th, 2006
8:38 pm
My inestimably lovely blog site is being closed down, and that means that I have to use smelly LJ instead.  Okay.  Unfortunately, it lacks an import feature with which I can bring in all of my old blog entries, so now I have to do them all by hand.  This displeases me, but oh well.  I am up to april 2003 so far.

Henceforth, all you unfortunates who have me on your flist will have to deal with my (very) occasional ravings.  I hope this makes you happy.
Monday, June 26th, 2006
12:55 pm
The Daily Show on violent video games...

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
11:55 pm

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

I am Marcus Cole!

An honest and chivalrous adventurer that pursues just causes, you would sacrifice much to help others.

I am a Ranger. We walk in the dark places no others will enter. We stand on the bridge and no-one may pass. We live for the One, we die for the One.
Saturday, December 10th, 2005
8:49 am
Meme meme meme
Your 2005 Song Is

Feel Good Inc by Gorillaz

"Love forever love is free.
Let's turn forever you and me."

In 2005, you were loving life and feeling no pain.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
9:11 pm
Another meme!
Year in summary:

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10:10 am
Ah, of course. Who could possibly disagree? ;)

Amorous Lover Incomparably Supplying Delightful Affection and Intense, Rapturous Orgasms
Thursday, October 6th, 2005
11:14 pm
My actual blog
Since I actually only have this account to comment on Clare's blog, if anyone is interested in goings on in the life of Alisdair, I point you towards http://www.g-blog.net/user/Nicator
Saturday, April 5th, 2003
7:33 pm
I was reminiscing over my childhood with my dad earlier today. We got on to my favourite cartoons, one of which was Count Duckula. Anyone else remember this? I seem to recall loving it :D. I loaded up kazaa and downloaded the theme tune. There's also a full episode on there somewhere, but I keep getting queued up....without ever gettin unqueued. Ah well. Will leave PC on overnight, it shall be grabbed eventually :).
7:31 pm
It's a beautiful day...
And I'm stuck inside working. Bah.
Monday, March 31st, 2003
4:25 pm
Now I am truly weirded out. My mother has just come upstairs and thanked me for doing a good job.

Nicator joins the legions of people that will never understand their parents 
Thursday, February 27th, 2003
7:22 pm
Exams out today. Despite possibly doing less revision than I ought to have done, all went well.

Computational Modelling (evil maths): 63%
Computational Systems (evil scheme): 84%
Databases: 72%
Operating Systems: 80%
Compiler Engineering: 78%
One course result still to come in.

Average: 75.4%

This means I'd have to score below 43% on that last subject to bring it below a first. This is an 8% improvement on last year :D. All this leads to a happy me right now.

On the minus side, no replies to all my job applications yet =/.
Tuesday, February 11th, 2003
7:20 pm
Birthday tomorrow :o)
Well, tomorrow I will reach the grand old age of 20. I think I must actually be getting old, because I'm finding that I like hardly any new music *shudders*. I'm off to the Crown for a meal with some friends in the evening, and my parents are coming up on saturday.

Health regime is going well after two days. Exercising, and much improved diet. It's surprisingly easy to do, too :o). I probably won't be saying that in a month's time though :D.

Jumpgate-wise, OV is getting reformed under the command of the scary man Sparhawk tonight. All seems to be going fairly well so far :o).
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