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Hello internet, I'm back. Miss me? 

The last forty days have been rather interesting. Going from my previous browsing habits to a life without the internet was a pretty big change and I must say I've come out the better for it. Without having that ultimate tool of mass distraction to fall back on, my days were suddenly full of time I never knew I had. It turned out to be the most productive period in recent memory for me. 

While I was away I read a pile of books, watched a bunch of films, did my tax return a year early, setup an entire new workstation in my studio and upgraded my laptop, oversaw the building work in my flat (with the builders waking me up at 8 every morning), recorded interviews and voiceovers and composed new pieces and all manner of other things I had been putting off for what seems like years. I also continued not smoking/eating crap and generally had a normal sleep pattern. I ran over 100km in March alone! I've definitely lost weight but I don't weigh myself so I don't know how much. I just know my love handles are retreating, which is satisfying.

The craziest thing is though, I started to take piano pieces by Shostakovich, Bartok, Ravel and Prokofiev and arrange them for for String Quartet. I had a moment of inspiration, decided to get to grips properly with the score-writing program Sibelius and got going. As of today, I've written fifty (yes, five-zero) of these transcriptions, making about two hours of music that previously didn't exist. It's intensely pleasing. 

So, all things considered, I don't think I'll be as reliant on the internet so much in the future. I'll still be on social networks as I don't want to lose contact with everyone, but then social media was never my problem. It's more that I've broken the back of my habit of browsing reddit, wikipedia, youtube and all the other stores of endless interesting content while my life flashed by. I actually have things to do now, which feels nice. 

Anyhoo, what did I miss?
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aaah, got it. mine was an answer to "what did I miss?" "not much, I'm afraid", not "miss me?" "not much, I'm afraid". LOL XD
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When I was growing up we would always give up something for lent, usually sweets and chocolate. I would save up any goodies over the weeks building up to Easter until I had a mountain of sugar I would dive into first thing Easter morning. It was a fun little ritual that taught me a little self-discipline and the pleasure of delayed gratification and is something I try to do sometimes as an adult too. It's a good excuse to get something done that you usually put off every other day of the year. Six weeks is also a good length of time to break old habits and form new ones too.

Bearing that in mind, I have already followed through with my new years' resolutions since January (the key to success, I've found, is to not tell anybody you're doing them). During 2014 I have forsworn refined carbohydrates/sugar whilst counting my calories and eating healthily, hardly drank alcohol, only drank coffee in the morning, regularly been running along the beach front where I live, haven't smoked a cigarette and have been more or less keeping to a sleep/wake cycle that resembles a normal human being. All well and good and I'm feeling pretty great so far.

However, there remains one glaring, crippling vice in my day to day life that I'm going to attempt to wrestle control of that I have never tackled before: the internet. That's right, as of tomorrow, I will be ignoring Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Wikipedia, Cracked, Youtube, Reddit and all my online drug-like dripfeeds for the next six weeks. Yes, I know, I'm insane. 

I have no idea if this is even possible or not. I don't know if I'll last a single day. I'll still be replying to emails and using maps and what have you, but I will try not to just browse and check notifications and click click click my way through the day as much as possible. I have to try, if only for curiosity's sake. It's become such a fixture of my life that I'm dying to know what will happen when I whip that crutch away. It's honestly almost scary.

At any rate, this should be my final update until Easter, barring some kind of global catastrophe or personal bombshell. If it's absolutely essential for you to contact me, I'm sure you'll find a way to do it. In the meantime, have fun you guys, fill me in on what I missed when I get back. I'm going boldly in to the wilderness and am only half terrified. Wish me luck!

http://www.nointernetweek.co/

#nointernet #newyearsresolution #lent #masochism
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Cool! 
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I had heard the Lego Movie was really good, so I went to see it with high expectations. Somehow, it exceeded them. Seriously, it's a proper film. Go see!
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I luv'd Batman he owned the movie!
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A Jon Ronson article is always worth reading and this one's no exception.

It's about Space Tourism. Would you take a Zero-G trip if it became affordable? 
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...at least not in five minutes.
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One last message before I go. Take care out there you lot.

For more information, read this: http://www.cracked.com/article_20731_5-amazing-pieces-good-news-nobody-reporting.html

See you next month everyone! x
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See you in a month! :>
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Poignant tribute to Harold Ramis. 
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Cool but how did you get that

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Stephen Fry wrote an ace novel about this very subject called "Making History". It's an easy, fun read that I thoroughly recommend. 
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its impossible to travel back through time, really. Though if were possible you'd just shift dimension +Sonny Williamson will know about this, some call it the multi verse and strangely this is has been observed with a experiment called the double split experiment.  

i also think this is why +Dede King has been disappearing she's mastered jumping dimensions.

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Double Slit Experiment explained! by Jim Al-Khalili
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This is rather lovely. Terry Riley would be proud. Have fun! 
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Wow amazing..thank you, Sonny
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Just some kids playing in the park. 

  #moargoat  
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King Goat of the Hill!
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Composer, Chortler, Professional Enthusiast.
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Audio Wizard. Classical Pianist. Sesquipedalian badass.
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  • Self Employed
    Composer, present
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    Product Specialist, present
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Introduction
I'm a self-employed composer, musician, sound designer, recordist and general audio wizard. I mainly write music for adverts but I'm also a product specialist for Avid, demoing and explaining Pro Tools and Sibelius to people.

An Olympic-grade enthusiast, my particular areas of inspiration include classical music, science (especially physics), comics, coffee and critical thinking. Also zombies.
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I am occasionally dragged from drunken hangouts at the behest of the BBC for my prowess in science evangelism. I also once discombobulated Stephen Fry.
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  • Anglo-European School, Ingatestone
    1990 - 1997
  • University of Southampton
    Music, 1998 - 2001
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I arrived late to a party of 18 but was seated quickly and, though I ordered as their food was served, I had eaten my own meal in time for desert to be served at the same time. This, even though I ordered the rack of lamb, which is hardly a quick dish to prepare, which fell off the bone and was delicious. Very accomodating, great food and good atmosphere.
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High ceilings, wide walls and soviet paintings dominate this spacious but busy venue. Some nice drinks and a good menu helped make both my visits pleasant. Staff were friendly, though sometimes a little swamped. Overall a recommended destination.
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All in all, you can't go wrong with a night out at Bloomsbury Bowling. A great venue for birthdays and other such events, you get a nice variety of bowling, drinking, karaoke and a fifties diner, all bound up with a great atmosphere. Bear in mind that it's a popular place, so it's nearly always busy. But raucous fun times are nearly always had. Perfect for a 7-15 person group looking for a good night out. Don't forget to order your White Russians!
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I live in Temple Fortune and Piacere is always my first choice when eating out locally. Ideal for a quick lunch, it has a nicely varied menu with consistent quality of food (I'm fond of the eggs benedict) and the friendly staff always serve you promptly, even when it's busy (which is every lunch time really, always bustling). Recommended if you're looking for a quick quality bite to eat when in the area.
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Simply one of the Great London pubs. Located in a delightfully cosy corner of Hampstead, it feels like walking into an Inn from Hobbiton, with nooks and crannies filled with people quaffing ales and eating the delicious food. Always busy, it's worth spending time having a drink or as a destination for a fine evening meal. I take nearly every visitor to the city there if I can.
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The music venue at King's Place is a favourite of mine, particularly for chamber music. It has excellent acoustics and is laid out well. On top of this, they always program very interesting, varied content and showcase extended festivals, like the year-long Bach Unwrapped taking place during 2013. Easy to access (it's a stone's throw from King's Cross Station), it also features an Art gallery and some places to eat, including the quite tasty (but quite expensive) Rotunda. All in all, a great cultural destination and worth checking out the program for upcoming concerts and events.
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Top quality food, wonderful service, nice atmosphere. My dining guest and I had the set menu, which was well priced and had a great selection in each of the three courses. My starter of lamb was simply delicious and the beef bourguignon melted at the touch. Delicious dining, very friendly staff and overall a wonderful experience. Looking forward to returning for a repeat performance.
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