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Sam W
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Pencils are very important to me. Mostly I work on a keyboard, but before I do anything serious I normally make a note with a pencil. Occasionally a pen, if that's all I have, but little good was ever done with a pen.

Work related notes go onto sheets of paper, and are inherently transient. Personal notes go into a book, whichever one is to hand, and I never knowingly throw one away. Yesterday I made a shopping list in a book which, on the previous page, contained a list of people I was planning on inviting to a party 11 years ago. With results like that the system is obviously a good one.

Anyway; the books are a distraction. And it's not a hard and fast rule. Some work goes in books and some personal stuff is lost on paper. I'm don't care all that much because the real goal is to have allowed myself to consider things while holding a pencil.

Until a week ago I was a slave to the Faber-Castell Grip 2001. The Grip 2001 sits on a merry perch of tactile delight and sensible pricing. Then I got my hands on an e+m Workman Long Clutch Pencil. It's the first clutch (mechanical) pencil I've ever used that I actually like. And I like it a lot. The weight is just so nice.

I think everything may have just changed. As is so often the case CultPens.com were the merry merchants behind the enlightenment.
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Happy 1st Birthday Eva! A new truck and a cake, just what every toddler surely wants.
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The show may have tanked, and I never saw an episode anyway, but I'm loving my new 49p Lion-O. That is all.
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Mia was taking part in the filming of some Christmas carols for the BBC tv show Blue Peter today, and I fear she has been left with a variant of post traumatic stress after the ordeal. The filming in the outside courtyard in front of the new BBC buildings in Salford Quays, and the weather could be best described as torrential. 

I don't know how they're going to get any usable footage from it. There was an ever dwindling group of kids clad in plastic rain ponchos huddling for warmth, Mia abandoned her station about half way through and retreated inside. Perhaps 30% to 50% had gone by the end. When they arrived back at school they came off the coach sobbing, shivering and looking like a pack of drowned animals. 

Ha, it'll be character building for her! She hasn't yet been awarded one of the fabled Blue Peter Badges for her efforts, if one doesn't turn up soon I think outrage will be in order!

The Blue Peter Christmas Special is on CBBC on Thursday at 17:45, repeated on BBC1 Friday at 16:00. She'll be the one sobbing under a hood :(

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I must never learn the spoons. Because if I start I may never stop. And how far down this road dare I go?

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Many, many people have ranted about the appalling decisions the Gnome shell team have been making recently. I tried to drink the Kool-Aid, I gave them a 6 month run on my main desktop. But seriously... its terrible. I've got so many extensions installed that its become a maintenance nightmare, and I still haven't managed to purge all their deranged ideas. I give up.

So today I'm throwing out the stock Gnome 3 experience out. Also going is Ubuntu, after a 3 year run, because the direction their stock install is going (Unity) is almost as nuts as Gnome 3. If I can't live with a distro's preferred desktop stack then I may as well have the distro I know best under the hood.

I've been running Centos on my servers for a few years, and Red Hat prior to that. So it feels right to go back to Fedora for my desktop. Fedora is probably the closest you can get to a Gnome-centric distro these days so many of my complaints would remain if I didn't shift the goal-posts with some tweaking. I've decided to go with the unusual, but well reviewed, option of Cinnamon (itself a fork of an earlier incarnation of Gnome 3) running on top of Fedora 18 Beta. 

Wish me luck ;)

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I keep telling Rebecca that my bikemanship would be improved by a carbon fibre frame but she just doesn't see the sense...

Martyn Ashton - Road Bike Party

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I'm just loving the MAHLI output from Curiosity. Viewing them at full zoom just allows you to revel in pure tech. Those wheels, the tread-marks in the dust. Money well spent my American friends. 
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