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The Force Awakens (longer)
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No real spoilersCollapse )

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The Force Awakens
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I've finally seen this. I quite enjoyed it, down to just missing stepping in one of the prequels as I was leaving...

Longer comments later.

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Death in the family
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lovingboth
I'm feeling fine, as I have been before.

The grandparent who survived past my childhood was my maternal grandmother. We were close - we lived with her until I was seven. Unfortunately, she developed Alzheimer's in her mid-late 80s and she died a couple of years before her body did. I'm still a bit annoyed at being pushed to see her in the months before she died: no recognition of me at all resulted in disturbing her and not being good for me. The funeral was good, a chance to catch up with assorted cousins.* I can even remember when it was, because we went to the first bi activist weekend I organised from it, clutching baby JA, so it must have been Feb 2002.

My mother had a colon cancer that spread to her brain. If you end up with brain cancer, from what I (and Susie Bright) can see, do not go for surgery unless you like being a guinea pig for surgeons to practice on with almost no benefit - and plenty of downsides - for you. At least the NHS means we didn't pay (directly) for the unnecessary surgery and the consequent loss of quality of life, but death was still a release. My sister, after some faffing around with changing dates, scheduled the funeral for the one day JA couldn't do (very first day of school) so September 2006, but I enjoyed seeing someone from my father's side of the family after losing touch and that developed into several visits to Newcastle to see them before they died a few years ago.

This time, my father's death has followed a decade or so of increasing Parkinson's. Although the last couple of months were good (albeit with some hallucinations), the previous couple of years were horrible, particularly in the mornings, and he was very comfortable with death.

So while I've been sorry to lose them, the preceding disease has been more upsetting than the inevitable and prepared-for conclusion.

* Only one male cousin from that side of the family doesn't have male pattern baldness: I had the second most hair of all of them!

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2015 meme, prequel
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When I started doing it, I didn't know the answers to two questions, but... Read more...Collapse )

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Merry 25th December...
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lovingboth
Hoping the next year is better for many of us.

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What the squat? 2
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It looks like bicon2005.org.uk expired in 2007. It was then used by someone to appear to have a page apparently about a data recovery disk, but which actually had the (obfuscated) javascript:

document.write('<div style="position:absolute;left:-9000px;top:-9000px">');

.. hiding something off the screen?

Then in 2010, it started showing the text from old front page plus "There are many sites on the net for gay men and women - too many in fact! We would encourage all our readers to check out the reviews before joining any to make sure they're not being duped. These lesbian dating sites (link to website) have been thoroughly reviewed and come highly recommended by the people at No1Reviews.com. Sign up for free in order to perform searches in your local area and see who's online right now!"

.. before claiming to be a site for 'Building Industry Conference 2005' (yeah, right, a 2005 conference getting a 2005-name domain in 2010...) that was really there for a couple of links for new car leases, complaint.co.uk and carpet fitters. By the next year, it was pushing mortgages in Spain (good luck with that!) but the people paying for the latter spam links obviously stopped paying (unshock) because those disappeared by 2012, leaving just house-related ones.

.. before claiming to be 'Bitcon Expo 2005' a bit later, but still saying "Your house defines who you are. Let the Identity be strong. Providing construction services that stay true to your expectations" etc.

Sadly, although that site's still there, the advertised phone number is dead, so I can't ask WTF and who they paid.

Oh, and 2005.bicon.org.uk is now live :) Again, the formatting isn't right, but trying to recreate the output of a content management system you're not familiar with without the source to the site isn't easy. Given that the same person did both, it's probable that 2009.bicon.org.uk should look more like this one, but...

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What the squat?
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The registration for several old BiCon domains has ended up lapsing and several have been re-registered by other people. Links to your domain are useful in terms of Google listings and there tend to be plenty of links to BiCon sites.

bicon2009.org.uk is one such. Its second registrant had a small education website. Looking on archive.org, there were only a couple of pages with a few low quality but not obviously spammy links... and it started with "Welcome too bicon2009.org.uk". Oops.

Since July, it's now on probably its third registrant but they don't seem to have done anything with it, beyond putting it on a parked domain service that's probably showing ads to visitors. (Thank you AdBlock for sparing me those.)

Anyway, this is mostly to say that 2009.bicon.org.uk now has most of the real site. Unfortunately, I can't find any of the pictures it once had or the downloads (like a PDF of the programme booklet) so if anyone has a better copy than archive.org's...

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While I am reviewing stuff...
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Taking advantage of Compare the Market's '2 for 1 on Tues/Weds' cinema offer (if you don't otherwise qualify, book travel insurance for a one day trip in the UK - mine cost about £2 - and you save more than that on first use) recently, what have I seen?

SpectreCollapse )

The Lady in the VanCollapse )

Bridge of SpiesCollapse )

Star Wars: The Force AwakensCollapse )

notesCollapse )

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You can pay for a gay escapade
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Along with someone else, I do websites for escorts. Confidentiality is a Big Thing in this market, and one thing that's been useful is taking payments via Amazon gift certificates. You can only spend the money at Amazon, but that's not been any sort of problem.

Their big feature in this context is that they're anonymous: if you don't add a note, there's no clue as to who sent it to your email address...

... until recently, when Amazon have started adding what they think the sender is called, in the same way that PayPal have always done.

I'll probably continue accepting them - my Amazon spend is not zero, cough, and no-one cares about having Amazon appear on bank statements etc - but is there a useful, simple and stable anonymous remote payment method left?

Some people use mobile top-ups, but my mobile spend is zero plus the five or six quid a month for data plus more calls than I use. Bitcoin's lack of stability rules that out, plus there are too many steps involved. PayPal is possible, but I'd prefer something that doesn't do refunds.

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The only two series I'm watching on TV
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The current - and last - series of Peep Show is fabulous.

My previous favourite episode was s3e1 (the one with the mugging and the worst threesome ever) but the second and third episodes of this series have topped that. It's the descent into awfulness that I like: each step down the slope is at least vaguely sensible.

Fargo is also proving to be excellent.

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