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Ocarina of Time: Forest Temple [Saturday 25th February 2017 at 8:14 pm]
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Huh, I ended up doing two writeups of the route to the Forest Temple because I forgot to tag the first one with "zelda" and so didn't find it when working out what next to write. Fail! Anyway, onwards with the next dungeon...

One in a deep forest...

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Twilight Princess HD: temple 2! [Friday 24th February 2017 at 10:57 pm]
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[Playing |Divinorum vs Aural Planet - Call to Ancestors [Power Liquids]]

I really ought to hurry up with these write-ups - as it is, I'm going to have a fourth in-progress Zelda game soon to blog...

It... grieved us to do this to our patriarch... but we had no other course of action.
Gor Coron


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The recapitulating saga [Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 6:13 pm]
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It appears that even more back-and-forth is needed with Important Documents, and they are winging their way towards me so I can sign them once again. I'm not entirely sure why - the advice from my solicitor was that I could sign the whole thing (multiple times, because Reasons) then and there, and The Bringers Of The Letters initially agreed that no further action on my part was needed - but The Bringers Of The Letters have now decreed otherwise. And as a result I have even more proof that solicitors have a sense of humour.
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Happy birthday [Wednesday 22nd February 2017 at 5:53 pm]
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Happy (belated) birthday,


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Mug cakeapocalypse [Sunday 19th February 2017 at 9:08 pm]
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[Playing |Show of Hands - Santiago [The Best of Show of Hands - Disc 1]]

I may have misjudged things slightly...

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Twilight Princess HD: still heading to temple 2 [Wednesday 15th February 2017 at 11:55 pm]
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[Playing |Star Salzman - Airships Make Me Happy (The Highwind Takes to the Skies) [Voices of the Lifestream: IV Order]]

A weak spirit is no match for the might of the Gorons! Do you understand me, human? Then away with you!
Goron guard

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I... I think I finally understand.
I understand what my dad meant when he told me I needed to be stronger, like you, Link...
He wasn't talking about strength, like lifting stuff. He was talking about being brave...

Colin
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(no subject) [Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 7:29 pm]
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Today's surprise is my old passport with a note saying that my "passport application is being processed". Yes, this arrived after the replacement passport did. Royal Mail's timing is weird sometimes.

Speaking of passports, why do they come with a sticker saying "Please remove this label"?
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Pasta night with SCIENCE BREAD [Monday 13th February 2017 at 11:06 pm]
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Pasta night! I had another go at SCIENCE BREAD, this time with actual butter instead of margarine - consensus was a success, but needs quite a bit more garlic butter in it. I also tried Sainsbury's instead of Tesco's tiger baton - I think in this case, Tesco's is a better choice for turning into garlic bread.

Why is it SCIENCE BREAD? Well, back when I first had a try at home-made garlic bread I said it was an experiment, hence SCIENCE.

Games-wise, my group played Dominion (specifically the Seafarer's Expansion) while the other group played Ticket to Ride. I thoroughly won the first round with a couple of well-timed plays of Treasure Map giving me a total of 8 gold, at which point I hoovered up most of the Province victory point cards (my only regret with the cards we used is that I didn't have anything to give me extra buys, otherwise at one point I could have picked up two Province cards in one turn!). Second round with the same cards went less well for me as the Treasure Maps stubbornly refused to show up at the same time - the mechanic for Treasure Map is you need two in hand at which point they turn into 4 gold.

We also discovered a bit of a flaw in the Voteamabob, in that it's quite hard for a game that only some of the group like to be picked. This is more of an issue when there's enough of us to split into two groups - as an example, tonight Boss Monster was the top three pick for just under half the group and rated at the bottom by the remainder, giving it the worst score despite some of us actually quite wanting to play it. Hence why Settlers, Ticket to Ride, and Dominion show up so often - most of us rate them in the top half and so they get a better score than more divisive games. We'll have to come up with a better algorithm than just "sum the scores and lowest wins"...

The evening ended with a couple of rounds of One-night Werewolf, with great success at sussing out the werewolves. In the first couple of rounds we very quickly deduced who everyone was, while the final round became rather confusing with three people claiming to be Masons, with the obvious contradiction of there only being two Mason roles (and the actual Mason claimed that only one of them was in play). The werewolves lost that round as well.
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Passport success! [Monday 13th February 2017 at 3:26 pm]
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That was impressively quick. I need a new passport for an upcoming trip (not Australia, as it happens), so wandered into town last Monday to get the obligatory terrible ID photo taken and then to the Post Office to fill out the paperwork. Now, gov.uk says passports normally take 3 weeks and I was allowing twice that as delayed passport applications are one of the standard news headlines here... so I was pleasantly surprised today to find a packet from the Home Office with a shiny new passport! It's actually dated 8th Feb so they must have issued it pretty much as soon as they got the form.

Curiously, I actually have to sign this one myself - my last passport came with my signature scanned and already printed in it.
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Guess the Movie Meme, round 5: the answers [Saturday 11th February 2017 at 9:52 pm]
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[Feeling |chipperchipper]

In other news, it's time for the answers to Guess the Movie! You've all had nearly a month now so I suppose I should put you out of your misery and give you the answers.

  1. Dilly-dally, shilly-shally
    Tifa, Final Fantasy: Advent Children
  2. I'm one with the Force, and the Force is with me
    Chirrut Îmwe, Rogue One
  3. No growth without assistance. No action without reaction. No desire without restraint. Now give yourself up and find yourself again
    Li Mu Bai, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
  4. But what about that shadowy place?
    That's beyond our borders. You must never go there
    Simba and Mufasa, The Lion King
  5. Everything is awesome!
    The Lego Movie
    Guessed by elemnar
  6. Oh, go on, then, eject me. See if I care
    M, Skyfall
  7. We mustn't panic! We mustn't panic!
    Bunty, Chicken Run
  8. That punk put a hole in my Versace
    Luther Stickell, Mission: Impossible II
  9. You actually go outside in these things?
    Well, what would you prefer, yellow spandex?
    Wolverine and Cyclops, X-Men
  10. Is this to be an empathy test? Capillary dilation of the so-called 'blush response', fluctuation of the pupil, involuntary dilation of the iris
    Eldon Tyrell, Blade Runner
  11. Prayer post-its!
    Bruce, Bruce Almighty
    Guessed by elemnar
  12. You always told me to stay off the freeway
    Trinity, The Matrix: Reloaded
  13. Are you not entertained?
    Maximus, Gladiator
    Guessed by elemnar
  14. As cunning as a fox what used to be a Professor of Cunning at Oxford University but has moved on, and now works for the UN at the High Commission of International Cunning Planning?
    Baldrick, Blackadder: Back and Forth
  15. Look! I have one job on this lousy ship, it's stupid, but I'm gonna do it! Okay?
    Gwen DeMarco, Galaxy Quest
    Guessed by elemnar

And the winner is... elemnar, by default, with 4 points! Have a celebratory cup of tea!

I wonder... was this quiz harder than usual, or are Name That Whatevers just going out of fashion on LJ? Memes do seem to be a lot less common than they used to be...

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Relocating to Australia?! [Saturday 11th February 2017 at 9:05 pm]
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So in relation to the ongoing saga I've been making various decisions. Some have obvious yes answers (get in touch with $WORK-1? Of course, they're practically right next door), some have obvious no answers (apply to $OUTFIT? No, terrible commute and I've got better options to try first), and some just appear out of nowhere and make one go "um.....".

This particular one is a message that dropped into my Linkedin inbox, from a fairly well-known company in the software development community, saying that some particular aspects of my profile had sparked their interest and they had some roles that might be of interest. I've had a look at their openings and they do indeed fit, and ordinarily it'd be a fairly obvious decision to follow it up.

Except... they're based in Australia.

On the one hand it's a great opportunity. But on the other hand... do I really want to relocate to Australia? Probably not, for many reasons... but then again, it could work out...

Poll #2062879 Relocating to Australia?!

Should I go for it?

Do it!
0(0.0%)
Noooo!
0(0.0%)
My opinion is far too nuanced for such simple phrases as "do it" or "noooo"!
1(100.0%)

Ticky box?

No poll is complete without a ticky box!
1(100.0%)
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More cross-compiling adventures [Thursday 9th February 2017 at 9:04 pm]
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Today's discovery is working out just how to configure Eclipse so that it actually finds the correct headers for a C++-based project I was poking at. This is hard enough most of the time but in this case it's cross-compiled with a MinGW-based GCC and a custom Makefile, and Eclipse CDT helpfully doesn't tell you that autodetecting the config failed.

No, this isn't the NAS I was poking at a few years back - that I solved by getting a slightly newer NAS with a more complete Linux install including compiler. Today's target embedded system is a 3DS, using the devkitARM toolchain.

Anyway the answer was surprisingly easy but not at all intuitive: in the project properties go to C++ Build and on the Builder Settings tab tick Generate Makefiles automatically but don't apply the change yet. Then go to C++ Build → Settings and a new Tool Settings tab will be visible. Select Cross Settings and fill in the correct path and prefix (including the trailing hyphen, so something like "arm-none-eabi-"). Finally go back to Builder Settings and untick Generate Makefiles automatically, and now you can apply the changes. Right-click on the project, pick Index → Rebuild and all the broken includes should sort themselves out.

That solved most of my problems but still left Eclipse whining about some unresolved includes. That turned out to be because the code I was looking at wanted a newer C++ standard - to fix that go through the rigmarole to make Tool Settings reappear and under Cross G++ Compiler → Dialect pick the appropriate standard. Or if the one you want isn't listed, then enter the option in Other dialect flags (for devkitARM I needed "-std=c++14").

I still had to manually add the header path for libctru and a couple of defines that were in the Makefile, but that's fair enough - it's getting the system headers all sorted that's the hard part!
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Happy Birthday! [Wednesday 8th February 2017 at 10:48 pm]
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Happy birthday,


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The culminating saga [Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 5:05 pm]
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Important Documents have now been scrutinised, legal advice obtained, Decisions made, and Important Letters signed. Several times, because Reasons. And I have proof that solicitors do indeed have a sense of humour :)
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Happy Birthday! [Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 4:56 pm]
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Happy birthday,


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The iterating saga [Thursday 2nd February 2017 at 9:34 pm]
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The Process has entered a new phase, in which Important Decisions have occurred, Important Letters despatched, and timescales are now fully known. And the timings in my case are such that certain other options are now moot, although it's not over yet and there are still options available.

Curiously enough for one particular part of the Process I am required to seek legal advice (well... technically I could choose not to do so, but certain Important Documents are invalid without doing so and work is paying for it). So today's new thing was formally contacting a solicitor - never had to do that before!
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End of the Year meme 2016 [Tuesday 31st January 2017 at 7:52 pm]
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Comments are still open on the Guess the Movie Meme, and I know that at least two of you know where one quote is from... so I'm going to be mean and not post the answers yet :)


In the meantime, here's the more-or-less on-time 2016 meme!

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Washing machine woes [Sunday 29th January 2017 at 10:24 pm]
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Of course I'd find out at half nine on a Sunday evening that the load I'd just put through the washing machine had somehow collected new stains. So I poked at it, did an empty rinse cycle, and spotted that the water was a little murky and that it was draining very slowly. That probably means there's some gunk in the filter - which I last cleaned out several years ago, so fair enough.

So the next challenge is to get at it, which means removing the kickboards, which means discovering that the cupboards have settled slightly and the gap has moved from "a close fit" to "well and truly jammed in". A careful application of unreasonable force solved that with only one more retaining clip being sacrificed, and I managed to extract the filter without flooding my kitchen (always a good thing to avoid). And yes, it was covered in fluff and nasty gunk, so that was all rinsed off and it now at least drains properly. With any luck it'll also wash my clothes properly now.

The final challenge was getting the kickboards back in - they did not want to go and I chipped a chunk of the veneer off. What I ought to do is get them out properly and sand/plane a few mm off the top of them, which will be an interesting exercise as they're made out of veneered chipboard. That, and trim the edges of the long one in front of the washing machine as it really doesn't need to extend 6 inches into both corners.

I'm also wondering if I can come up with a better way of fixing the kickboards as the existing clips keep disintegrating. Currently there's a springy plastic clip on the back of the board that clips onto the legs of the cabinets, which is all very well but it's as if they're purpose-built to shatter when you try and pull the board out unless you know precisely where the legs are. Screwing directly into the edge of the board is probably a bad idea, but I wonder if I could mount a block on the back of the board and then drop a long screw in from the base of the cupboard above? That would make removing them much easier as I can just take the screw out. There's the added complication that whatever I come up with needs to be reasonably hefty as it's got to stay put when attacked by a Roomba.
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Happy Birthday! [Sunday 29th January 2017 at 9:43 am]
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Happy birthday,


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Eat snacks and attempt to rule the galaxy! [Saturday 28th January 2017 at 10:00 pm]
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So today I trundled round to Jonners' to "eat snacks and attempt to rule the galaxy!". Sounds fun! We managed a fairly epic 7-way game of Eclipse (using an extra player from the Rise of the Ancients expansion), and I powered the Orion Hegemony to a very sneaky win.

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Delayed pasta night [Thursday 26th January 2017 at 10:55 pm]
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[Playing |Theophany - Deku Palace [Time's End II: Majora's Mask Remixed]]

As it happened there was no pasta night on Monday gone ('twas properly foggy all along the south coast and inland, and so I decided against the drive - it was bad enough just getting to/from work), but the week before the voteamabob threw up Dominion as one of the games to play. We played two rounds with randomly selected cards from the Intrigue and Seaside sets . Now, with random selections sometimes you get a decent choice of cards, sometimes they're rubbish and don't combo at all... and sometimes you get this:



That's Native Village, Shanty Town, Swindler, Pirate Ship, Cutpurse, Scout, Sea Hag, Minion, Treasury and Wharf cards. And fully half of those are attack cards, with no defence available. The resulting game was vicious - I used a mix of Sea Hags and Swindlers to good effect (I think at one point I got Matt into negative points with the Curse cards from Sea Hag), while Jonners worked out how to use Pirate Ships to give everyone else cash-flow problems in the early game and buy Provinces at a ridiculous rate in the endgame.
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Twilight Princess HD: en route to temple 2 [Thursday 26th January 2017 at 10:39 pm]
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[Playing |Theophany - Believe in your Strengths [Time's End II: Majora's Mask Remixed]]

I don't know why I'm avoiding spoilers in the title, surely everyone knows the plot by now...

Link is coming to save us all! ...I can feel it!
Colin

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Hmm... I don't suppose there's any nicer way to hunt these things, huh?
Midna
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The evolving saga [Thursday 26th January 2017 at 7:30 pm]
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Minor bit of hilarity today: it appears to have come as a great surprise to The Powers That Be that certain parties (not me, at least not yet) might not wait for the Process to advance to the next phase, given the uncertain timescales and the expected outcome.
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The interminable saga [Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 7:45 pm]
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In today's hilarity, it appears that all estimates for upcoming timescales of Important Decisions and Important Letters have just gone out of the window. There are certain Obligations that can't easily be disregarded, and one particular Obligation appears to be being extended. Certainly it will last longer than the Process was ever expected to run for.

This leaves something of a conundrum. On one hand, there are certain incentives that only occur if the Process is followed to the very end. But on the other hand, there are options that may come to fruition earlier than the Process... and the incentives from the Process are not particularly incentivising. Decisions, decisions.

In other news, we had a visit from a consultant who can provide services relating to the Process. It was actually rather informative, and the services look to be very useful. Unfortunately the services don't become available until the Process has reached a certain point, which is now looking further off than expected... but nonetheless I shall keep them in mind.
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Twilight Princess HD: Temple 1 [Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 11:51 pm]
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[Feeling |nostalgicnostalgic]
[Playing |Zelda: Skyward Sword - Skipper's Retreat Shack (Low Whistle / Oboe Cover)]

elemnar has requested a Zelda update, and in any case I'm well overdue posting them. I ought to finish at least one of the Zelda's I'm replaying before getting Breath of the Wild...

A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage.
Hero's Shade

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Do you remember what that spirit said? About how you had to match the power of the king of shadows? Could it really be so easy? Is this all there is to it? Eee hee hee!
Midna
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Webpage FAIL [Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 6:26 pm]
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[Playing |Motoi Sakuraba - Brave Way [Baten Kaitos]]

Riddle me this...

What's the point of having a footer on a webpage with infinite scrolling? You can't scroll to the end to click on any links in the footer, because whenever you do the page loads some more stuff and the footer disappears off the bottom of the screen!
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Carpark chaos [Thursday 19th January 2017 at 11:08 pm]
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So there are nominally 6 spaces for cars behind my flat. There's two spaces in front of the other set of flats (explicitly reserved for those flats), three under the viaduct, and a final space to one side.

There's also four flats in the building I'm in, and two in the other building, so in theory that all adds up and everyone gets one space. With me so far?


Well, I just looked out the window and there are now 7 cars and a motorbike (occupying one of the reserved spaces) in that area. While you can theoretically get one extra car in without completely blocking someone else, two doesn't work.

Perhaps I should suggest to my landlord that he should put up reservation signs for the un-reserved spaces, to match those that the other landlord has put up...
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Things beginning with a letter meme! [Thursday 19th January 2017 at 10:38 pm]
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Once upon a time rustica gave me a surprisingly tricky letter D... and this post disappeared into the pile of half-written posts, until today when I decided to go through them.


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Comment for a letter!

And if you've just experienced a moment of deja-vu... the Matrix has you, Neo. Or perhaps I misposted this early and then deleted it?
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The incrementing saga [Thursday 19th January 2017 at 6:28 pm]
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Well, we had an Important Conference Call on Tuesday which answered some questions and raised more ones. It's quite clear at this point what the decision is and in fact certain steps have been taken outside of this team that would make it very hard to do anything else.

It's also become very clear that certain justifications given are not the actual justifications for what is happening. Decisions were made months ago that have led up to this point. Which again makes one wonder what the point of the Process is if the Process is not being correctly followed.


Today we had individual Important Calls to continue with the Process. I exercised my right to have a representative present during my call which The Bringers Of The Letters seemed to take in their stride (my aim was to have another record should the content of the call be disputed - the saga is something of a learning experience, and Tuesday's lesson was don't assume the minutes are complete unless you wrote them). This was probably a better idea than what someone else had for ensuring they had a record of the content of the call - their idea was flatly shot down and they are now escalating things as a result.

Anyway, in my call I took the opportunity to point out that I was not impressed with the Process, but other than that the call was actually productive - various numbers have been clarified (or not - much will depend on the wording of an as-yet unknown Important Document), various timescales or lack thereof have been clarified, and the saga continues in hilarious fashion with no formal end date.
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Guess the Movie Meme, round 5 [Monday 16th January 2017 at 11:45 pm]
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I really shouldn't be putting a quiz together at Nik o'clock, but inspiration has struck. So, it's time for...

Guess the Movie Meme, round 5!

As usual, there are certain rules that must be obeyed upon penalty of snarkage:

  1. Pick 15 of your favourite movies.
  2. Find a quote from each movie.
  3. Post them here for everyone to guess, with comments screened so everyone gets a chance.
  4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it.
  5. Update with the answers in a week or two.
  6. No Googling or searching IMDB for the answers, because that would be unsporting.

Onwards and upwards!

  1. Dilly-dally, shilly-shally
  2. I'm one with the Force, and the Force is with me
  3. No growth without assistance. No action without reaction. No desire without restraint. Now give yourself up and find yourself again
  4. But what about that shadowy place?
    That's beyond our borders. You must never go there
  5. Everything is awesome!
    Guessed by elemnar
  6. Oh, go on, then, eject me. See if I care
  7. We mustn't panic! We mustn't panic!
  8. That punk put a hole in my Versace
  9. You actually go outside in these things?
    Well, what would you prefer, yellow spandex?
  10. Is this to be an empathy test? Capillary dilation of the so-called 'blush response', fluctuation of the pupil, involuntary dilation of the iris
  11. Prayer post-its!
    Guessed by elemnar
  12. You always told me to stay off the freeway
  13. Are you not entertained?
    Guessed by elemnar
  14. As cunning as a fox what used to be a Professor of Cunning at Oxford University but has moved on, and now works for the UN at the High Commission of International Cunning Planning?
  15. Look! I have one job on this lousy ship, it's stupid, but I'm gonna do it! Okay?
    Guessed by elemnar
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The growing saga [Thursday 12th January 2017 at 11:35 pm]
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Hahahaha. A new letter has arrived, and the core numbers in it are now correct... except the conclusion they come to is wrong. Either certain additional payments should be included on top of the total given, or the total is not as described.

This new letter also rewords certain sections in it in a way that raises interesting questions regarding change control of Important Letters. Curiouser and curiouser...
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The sky is falling! [Thursday 12th January 2017 at 4:48 pm]
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The continuing saga [Wednesday 11th January 2017 at 6:26 pm]
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Haha. Right, well, epic fail has occurred on many levels with the continuing saga - certain figures used in calculations were wrong, certain durations used were wrong (no, 4 weeks is not equivalent to 1 month), and an interesting tidbit of news has called various justifications into question as well.

The wording of a certain Important Letter is also rather curious - taken one way it could mean a large lump sum payment in additional to everything that's normally due. The way it's worded implies that some reliance can be placed on this figure, which did I mention is one of those wrong figures (wrong in my favour as it happens which makes it even more fun)?

The bringers of the letters (who are doing everything properly) have gone away with a set of rather pointed questions to ask certain parties. Legal's reaction to it all may be... interesting. There is a Process that must be followed in the ongoing saga and it appears that other parties have not followed said Process...
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Pasta night! [Wednesday 11th January 2017 at 6:22 pm]
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Monday's games of choice were Ticket to Ride and Boss Monster - this is becoming a common combination.

I played Boss Monster, and we tried the Crash Landing expansion. This adds a new alien treasure type which was just as well as that became the only decent treasure in my dungeon, giving me a steady supply of heroes to squash. Paddy built a rather strong dungeon based around monster rooms with mutual bonuses and was on course to win... until I added a Crushinator to my dungeon. That, plus Louise building over one of her money treasure types resulted in me getting a whole slew of thieves in the final round which were splatted by my now overpowered dungeon and gave me the win by 2 points. The Crushinator is rude - in the endgame it basically gives your dungeon +10, and even the strongest epic heroes top out at 13 hit points. I think every winning dungeon I've built has been powered by one.

Driving back there were a collection of clowns on the road. The gold medal goes to the numpty that decided a 40 limit wasn't fast enough and so overtook me on the approach to a blind summit (ignoring both sanity and the no-overtaking road markings). As often happens with such numpties, he headed off into the distance... only for me to catch up with him while climbing Bury Hill.

Second place goes to someone at one of the Chichester roundabouts, who picked the leftmost lane on the approach (which in this case was marked as taking the first exit) and exited in the rightmost lane of the third exit. And finally, honourable mention to the chap that tailgated me through the penultimate Chichester roundabout, immediately pulled out into the righthand lane to overtake me as we exited... and then didn't, as I accelerated up to the 70mph speed limit. He eventually decided that speed limits didn't apply to him and passed me at ~75mph.
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Blue 1157: Horsham winter, Falmouth Tall Ships' Races 1998 with Red Arrows [Saturday 7th January 2017 at 10:11 pm]
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Random film time! Blue 1157! With DX code 005813, this is a roll of Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 800 of all things. I'm not sure where I managed to find ISO 800 film, or why I bothered using it for outdoor photography in the Canon - presumably it was whatever Boots were selling at the time. I'm scanning it as "Fuji Super G 400 Gen 1" which isn't quite right, but looks to be about the closest Fuji preset. Colour correction for colour negative film is something of a black art, not helped by the lack of presets for anything vaguely modern.


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Christus Mansionem Benedicat [Thursday 5th January 2017 at 10:43 pm]
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And now for something completely different!

Yesterday's housegroup was rather creative for a change. See, there's a Catholic tradition that on Epiphany, Catholics bless their house by chalking "20 C ✞ M ✞ B 17" above the front door. The "C M B" in the blessing stands for two things: it's short for Christus Mansionem Benedicat, which is Latin for "may Christ bless this house". It's also the initials of the three wise men or magi from the Nativity: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. And the "20 17" is whatever the current year is.

So in housegroup, rather than chalking our doors we created our own banners to stick up just inside our front doors. Here's mine...



Speaking of Christmas, the mystery advent calendar went up to Christmas Day but as I was away I didn't get to open that until the other day. The contents: Great British Tea and a chocolate coin!

The plan is now that Christmas is over, elemnar and I will restock the calendars over the coming year with Mystery Items and swap them in time for December 2017. Mysterious!
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The ongoing saga [Thursday 5th January 2017 at 10:23 pm]
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Well, it's not even a week in and 2017 is already shaping up to be an interesting year...

The ongoing saga of work has taken an unexpected turn. Well, not entirely unexpected - it was always a possibility, but up until last week the plan was something else entirely. Except management has decided to do an about-face and this is the result.

Ah well. Onwards to the future!
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Happy Birthday! [Wednesday 4th January 2017 at 7:30 pm]
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Happy birthday,


talismancer

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End of the Year meme 2015 [Wednesday 4th January 2017 at 7:20 pm]
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The very delayed 2015 meme, which I really ought to have done a year ago.

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Happy New Year! [Sunday 1st January 2017 at 12:43 am]
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For auld lang syne, my jo, for auld lang syne, we'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

Onwards to 2017!


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SCIENCE! [Saturday 31st December 2016 at 3:31 pm]
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SCIENCE!

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Construction kits! [Wednesday 28th December 2016 at 10:59 pm]
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I have another construction kit! Can you guess what it is?



The previous one has been built, but needs a bit of fine tuning. And then I need to work out how to get video from the 3DS to Youtube in a sensible fashion. Which unfortunately I think means re-encoding the video (with resulting generational loss) if I want it in 3D - the 3DS generates 3D video as two separate streams, but Youtube expects a single stream containing the left and right images side-by-side. Hmm. I wonder if I can be clever and recombine the streams without re-encoding, given that the 3DS uses MJPEG?
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Boxing day traction engines [Wednesday 28th December 2016 at 6:46 pm]
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Horsham has a sort-of traditional boxing day steam up, where a collection of traction engines appear in the Carfax...



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Mystery kit [Sunday 25th December 2016 at 4:52 pm]
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Merry Christmas!

I have a construction kit! Well, actually I have several construction kits, but this is the one I'm building at the moment. Can you guess what it is?

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Advent day 24 [Saturday 24th December 2016 at 6:03 pm]
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Almost there!

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And behind the final Lego door... it's Santa Jango Fett, with a backpack full of presents!

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Advent days 22 and 23 [Friday 23rd December 2016 at 11:15 pm]
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Back to merely doing double posts

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In the Star Wars universe yesterday a young Boba Fett appeared, seen here perched on the wotsit from day 9...



...and today a sleigh appeared. Of course, this being Star Wars it's a rocket-powered sleigh...

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Advent days 19 through 21 [Thursday 22nd December 2016 at 12:07 am]
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Triple post!

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Anyway, in the Star Wars calendar there's a bevy of vehicles to construct. They're getting increasingly complicated to build...





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Things you don't expect to hear at housegroup [Wednesday 21st December 2016 at 10:19 pm]
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Things you don't expect to hear at housegroup: "Move, I can't see your cervix!"


We had a Secret Santa exchange, and a newly qualified midwife got given a personalised mug. On one side:

[name]
- YES -
I DELIVER!
(ANY DAY-ANY HOUR)
While on the other:

AMAZING
MIDWIFE
AT YOUR
CERVIX
And of course a photo had to be taken (not by me!)...

Our housegroup is bonkers like that.


My Secret Santa present is a spider robot kit - I'll post photos once I've constructed it.
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Advent day 18 [Sunday 18th December 2016 at 11:30 pm]
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On time for a change!

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Star Wars: another stormtrooper. He's armed himself with the large blaster from the other and is also taking aim at the battle droid (while a R2 or whatever scurries for cover). Nobody likes the battle droids!

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Bumper Advent Calendars post - days 14 through 17 [Saturday 17th December 2016 at 11:26 pm]
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And now, a quadruple post!

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Meanwhile, in Lego land, much has been afoot...



Yet another fighter thing.




A lizard person, who's taking aim at the battle droid! Weren't they on the same side in episode 2?




Another stash of blasters, one of which looks a bit heftier than most.




And finally, today this gunship appeared. It's getting rather crowded in the arena!
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