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Date:2007-01-31 10:56
Subject:C'mon the Saints!

It's the big game today: Saintees versus the Hibees in the Semi-final of the Scottish League Cup.

Of course, this means nothing to practically everyone else on the planet, but it's a big deal to me. I'm planning on sneaking out of the company offsite we're holding in Palo Alto to find a quiet corner of the hotel bar, where I can watch the game online.

Fingers crossed...

Update: One word. Bugger.

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Date:2007-01-25 14:23
Subject:Bog roll

This needs to be settled, or I'm heading for a divorce. I reckon that toilet paper should be lined up with the next piece facing the room (so you pull down on the front). My better half insists that it should face the wall.

She's clearly wrong, and my straw poll of bathrooms in the local Starbucks and my office seems to back me up, but I need to be scientific about this.

Poll #914055 The correct orientation for toilet paper

What's the right way for toilet paper to be oriented?

Facing the wall
Facing the room

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Date:2007-01-24 14:32

Bizarrely, I've actually had a number of different folk bug me about the dearth of postings in the past eight months. This comes as a surprise, since I was pretty convinced that even if people knew this blog existed, nobody would actually care enough to read it.

So I'm playing catch-up. In a nutshell, here's the past eight months:

Watched lots of the World Cup with Aliya, who's become a bit of a footie fan. Sadly, she's decided to support Man Utd, for all the wrong reasons.
The wedding. And the stag weekend in Vegas before the wedding. And the honeymoon in Maui after the wedding. It was all awesome. We have lots of photos. I've been too lazy to upload them.
Back to work after three weeks off... Started the second season with Clockwork Orange, hoping that our run of shitty results would improve (it did).
Simanti and Matt got hitched in Tahoe too. It was cold... I started looking at the various job offers I had inside and outside of Sun.
I decided to finally do it, and gave a couple of weeks notice.
Started work at Narus in Mountain View. Lots of commuting. Even took the train a few times.
Started the winter season with Clockwork Orange -- we should have a good chance of challenging for the division title this time round... Went to my first American Football game -- Cal versus Stanford... Aliya decided to host Xmas dinner at our new house with her Mum's side of the family... We spent Hogmanay at Ruby Skye in the city with Simanti and Matt.

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Date:2006-11-03 18:43
Subject:Cutting the umbilical

Today was my last day at Sun, finally putting to an end ten years of collective service for IXI/SCO/Tarantella/Sun. I know it was ten years because they sent me a telescope.

On Monday I start work for a startup called Narus in Mountain View. For the first time since I left college, I think I'm technically unemployed this evening.

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Date:2006-05-22 09:26
Subject:It's just like watching St Johnstone
Mood: frustrated

Another league game for Clockwork Orange, another defeat, but this time we had a nightmare and went down 6-0.


To cap it off, we had one guy break an ankle and a few other injuries to add to the existing, and lengthy, crock list.

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Date:2006-05-17 10:19
Subject:Unofficial Scotland World Cup Song

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Date:2006-05-10 11:18
Subject:House update

We've moved!

Photos to follow...

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Date:2006-05-10 11:18
Subject:Football updates

We've started playing much, much better in the last couple of games, although we lost both of them the same way: Losing 3-1 after being level at 1-1 at half-time.

I'm also pleased to report that I've been playing my part, with an assist in the first game and a real bona-fide goal on Sunday.

I think I've even started to lose weight...

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Date:2006-04-24 10:56
Subject:Ugly Sunday

Aliya came along to watch my silky football skills yesterday. Probably a mistake: Our second league game of the season, and we were gubbed 6-1 and had a player sent off. Ugh.

I chased that result with a migraine and the discovery that I'd run out of Imitrex. Not the best start to the week.

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Date:2006-04-18 22:50
Subject:House update

I've had the painters in.

No, really. We got a good offer from a guy who's been doing a lot of interiors in the Oak Commons development, and faced with the certainty that I was going to be pressganged into decorating at some point, it seemed to make sense to get him to do it now.

It looks pretty good. Photos to follow shortly...

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Date:2006-04-16 23:16

No game for the team this week. Last week we had our first league match (finally), and even though I played pretty poorly myself, we came away disappointed with a 1-1 draw.

Next up: "Roaring Turtles". Quite.

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Date:2006-04-04 21:08
Subject:House update: we have lift-off

Well I have the keys now. It feels like a bit of an anti-climax.

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Date:2006-04-03 13:42
Subject:House update: T minus 1 day

I'm currently facing the hassle of moving for the third time in three years, and once again Scott Adams provides a contemporary commentary on my life.

For the record, I'm going to hire movers this time for the furniture, and I'm thinking about shifting the boxes of accumulated crap myself.

At least I've already got all the utilities and appliances sorted, and I've ordered 7.1 meg DSL which will make living in Garlictown feel like less of a backwater existence.

I swear, I'm never, ever going to do this again. Probably.

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Date:2006-04-03 13:32
Subject:This week in fitba'

You win some, you loose some. And some don't count because the league decide to cancel the day's program of matches without telliing you.

We were supposed to have our first game in SBASL Division Two yesterday, but with kick-off fast approaching, and with both teams ready to play, there was no sign of any referee. The weather was fine, by the way, but presumably the mearest hint of drizzle is enough to sent Californians into a panic.

Of course, we went ahead and played, and embarassed ourselves desperately in the first half. We played much better after the break, but ended up on the wrong end of a seven or eight goal drubbing. At least it doesn't count.

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Date:2006-03-28 22:24
Subject:House update: T minus 7 days

I signed the final paperwork today and we close escrow next Tuesday.

My offer to provide my signature in blood wasn't well received. No sense of humour, some people.

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Date:2006-03-27 09:07
Subject:Eleven goal thriller

Our second pre-season friendly and, despite not having our strips ready, we scraped our first win 6-5 after being behind most of the game.

In a sad waste of bandwidth, behold five of the goals, incuding two from corners taken by yours truly:

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Date:2006-03-22 10:41

I haven't played competitive, organised football for a few years, and I really miss it, so after moving down to the South Bay I registered as a free agent with the local adult soccer league.

Months later, even after turning up at a free agent trial, and there was no sign of getting on a team. For once, this seemed to have less to do with my poor levels of ability and fitness and more to do with the fact that existing member clubs weren't loooking for players.

It turns out that I wasn't the only person in this position, with some guys having been on the list for over six months, so a few of us got together to start a new club:

Ladies and gentleman, I give you the hideously coloured* and inappropriately named Clockwork Orange AFC with me, your team captain, Number 10, Stevie T.

The league season was due to start on Sunday, but it's been postponed, so we organised a friendly against the well-established Red Devils and promptly lost 5-1.

* (The club president and manager, Martijn, is Dutch, so I'm sure you'll understand)

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Date:2006-03-11 19:44
Subject:Perth's finally on top again

My home town's football team might still be mired in mediocrity, and we don't even bother entering that "Britain in Bloom" competition any more, but at least Perth can boast Scotland's Dummest Criminal.

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Date:2006-03-11 14:50
Subject:There's a Japanese-bond-yield-affecting-long-term-interest-rates loose aboot this hoose!
Mood: exhausted

The new house is nearly completed, and we're closing in a few weeks. For anyone keeping track, I predicted many years ago that my entry into the housing market would trigger a price crash and an interest rate explosion. Well, fuck me backwards and call me Nostradamus, if I haven't just been royally screwed by the Man (again).

Ah well. At least I get to live in Gilroy. Garlic country. W00t!

Wedding plans are progressing at least: We've got a web site up, pre-invitiations were sent out last month (although I'm still as mystified as Scott Adams as to the point in these "save the date" cards), and most stuff of the main stuff is booked (if not paid for): Location, dress, music, photographer, flowers, honeymoon...

The stress involved in all this (and, to be fair, I've shirked most of it) makes me really wonder why homosexual men are so eager to tie the knot: It's nothing but shopping, looking at flowers, picking out colours, and... ah well, I think I've answered my own question there.

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Date:2006-03-08 14:48
Subject:Wedding Costs

Scott Adams has it about right.

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