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Sad mobile geek things 
24th-Jan-2007 06:12 pm
Sad mobile geek thing 1: You momentarily panic because you're about to head off to fencing at your Exclusive West End Club but you realise you've allowed your N80's battery to run flat.

Sad mobile geek thing 2: The panic is only momentary because the 6680 is charged and ready to go, following a quick SIM do-si-do.

En route, took HGST hard disk to UPS drop-off point at Tottenham Court Road for return and replacement. Wonder what they'll send me next?

Fencing tonight at ULU was pretty good, lot of close fought bouts. Even managed to get 10 points off Max, a distinct improvement over the meagre 5 two weeks ago. Closest thing to a downside is there's an ex-Navy guy gunning for a rematch because I beat him in 2 ultra-close bouts (16-15 and 15-13, well within the bounds of experimental error). Still, felt most flattered when he described me as extremely dangerous if he didn't keep his distance.

Had actually forgotten about asking Dutch!Girl about fishing mag email but she approached me because she noted I was wearing my sweatshirt from the Arnhem Airborne Museum. "Oosterbeek: that's a very Dutch sounding name" "Er... funny, that" Ah well, email adresses exchange and mail has been forwarded. Guess I'll soon find out that Erik Van Looi was a screaming pervert and she's passed my details to the Police...

Thanks to ksbpooks, now have details of Schola Gladiatoria, a medieval European martial arts society in Ealing. Now, I really don't need any more expensive and time-consuming hobbies but it does look interesting and they do have a chapter in Muswell Hill...

Been watching episodes of The Unit. It's increasingly bothering me with its portrayal of, well, pretty much every civilian US government agency. They're all shown just getting in the way of the Special Forces doing the right thing or even actually being deliberately obstructive or gutless. We're also expected to sympathise with them for ignoring minor constitutional issues like Posse Commitatus or ignoring or deceiving the FBI, CIA, State Department etc because they're the heroes. It's starting to give me the creeps in a way that even Over There didn't.
24th-Jan-2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
Shows always seem to have that feel though, if a government department or rogue agent or military unit of cop isn't breaking all the rules, ignoring human rights, getting in the way of everyone else and generally being assholes then they're just not being seen to get the job done. It's ok because they're The Heroes!
25th-Jan-2007 09:33 am (UTC)
True but it just seems much more blatant in The Unit or maybe I'm just becoming a liberal in my old age, spurred on by Dubya's track record...
24th-Jan-2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
We're also expected to sympathise with them for ignoring minor constitutional issues like Posse Commitatus or ignoring or deceiving the FBI, CIA, State Department etc because they're the heroes

Ugh sounds like bloody Torchwood!
25th-Jan-2007 07:24 am (UTC)
No. It's more like Stargate. Very American, very gung ho, very much not caring about rules that don't suit them, very prone to shooting and blowing stuff up. Utterly convinced of the rightness of their viewpoint no matter what the situation.

The Unit reminds me of all the aspects of Stargate that I never liked. That being said, it's a US military series, so you've really got to expect that kind of right wing conservative bullshit, it's a keystone of the genre in a way that it oughtn't to have been in Stargate.
25th-Jan-2007 09:38 am (UTC)
Good points. There was a lot in SG-1 that always bothered me, like the way we were supposed to boo and hiss not just at Kinsey, loathsome slug that he was, but also at the outrageous notion that a secret military operation should still be accountable to the civil government!

Also one of the reasons I love BSG: it's treatment of the Roslin/Adama civil/military crisis at the end of season 1 was very even-handed and refrained from telling us that one was clearly right but left it up to us to make up our own minds.
9th-Feb-2007 01:24 pm (UTC) - expensive and time-consuming hobbies
Hello there,

Sword fighting really isn't that expensive and time consuming, honest. We do our best to diminish costs and commitment to a level that suits you. We try to lay on all the kit you need in the first instance, charge only for the hire of the hall, and you can come along one a week, once a month, it's really up to you.

The coach is free, and he looks a bit like this...


If you're interested, feel free to drop me an email.

Schola Gladiatoria
13th-Feb-2007 12:34 pm (UTC) - schola gladiatoria
I agree...its not expensive at all, we have more than enough gear to get you started. After all your fencing I'm sure that you would relish the chance to truly "get to grips" with an opponent.
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