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Happy New Year

Okay, I’m now going to abandon you for the snowy wastes of Wales.

Well, this isn’t strictly true, I suppose. I’m now going to London, where I will be a ruthiminicloggietypemeetthing, then on to Wales the next day. Which is Nice.

But fret not, yea of little entertainment. Stuff will magically appear and disappear on the site over the next few days, NSD will update daily monday though friday, and there are whole reams of other sites to visit while I’m gone 🙂

A minor update on the whole present debarcle, the entire package is currently sitting in The Forge security office in Sunderland. Unfortunatly the Sunderland switchboard is closed for the holidays. Merry Christmas, it says.


Anyway, so It’s out of reach for a little while, so I’m going to have to feel guilty when I get the present from Lonecat.

I *still* think she’s got me the same thing I got her, but just don’t ask me how…

Anyway, I’ll take this opertunity to wish all of you, insane people that you are for reading this pile of trash, a fantasic 2002 and hope you all have a fun New Year’s Eve.

Also, send your sympathies and good wishes to hippo, who has been in hospital over christmas, after breaking his kneecap at a meet. If you get to read this hippo, *hugs*, and I hope to see you soon. Kay? AFP would be a much sadder place without you.

And so now I’d better leave you so I can catch my train. TTFN, world, and a Happy New Year to you all.

–Nicholas ‘Aquarion’ Avenell

later: I was right, we both got each other Neil Gaiman graphic novels, Death 🙂

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Actual Content!!

Gosh. Exclaimation marks too. And snowflakes. I spoil you, don’t I?


There is only thing worse than a personal website that is purely to stroke the ego of the webmaster, and that’s a site that is purely to stroke the ego of the webmaster, and yet has no content at all. This, in my case, is mainly because the Content Management System (Klind) has been down for a while, so all the content has been out of action for a short while.

I promised to put all into the new nodes section, but that’s not really very helpful at the moment is it?

Say “no Aquarion

So I’ve put a smaller version of Klind, in fact just a few lines that display the files, up. You can get to it by clicking on the “nodes” in the menu, or by the word Klind in this sentence.

Oh, and I have an Admin Section. And it looks like it was designed on a BBC Micro. But deliberatly!!

Ahem. Sorry…

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Three French Hens.


I mean “Oh dear, apparently things are going suboptimally”

So, whilst on the phone to my darling lonecat, I checked up on the state of my Amazon order. And, in true fuckwitted Aquarionic style, I didn’t check the default shipping address on the order, so It’s going to the primary address on my account, ie, the one in fecking Sunderland. Not, I should point out, the Argyle Street Address I was living in last year

oh no

This was the Forge address I spent 1999-2000 term in.

So lonecat and my maternal unit’s presents are both sitting in the secutity guard’s office in The Forge, Sunderland.

As I say. Feckery

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Two Turtle-doves

Okay, New incentive to actually write stuff.

Okay, New Stuff, as you may have noticed, has magically appeared down the right hand side. You now have access so some of the cooler features of the Klide engine, the last five Shiny Things I have been drawn to, some things I want – nay, *need* – and a few new obsessions.

Also, thanks to Norman De Forest who – without realising it – gave me the solution to the HTML problem I had (Ampersands (&) aren’t legal in URIs, but are necessary to pass multiple variables to CGI scripts, so all the “reply” links broke the HTML4 compliance) So there are quite a few behind-the-scenes changes, mainly that the navigation image is now one image (It was three, but it’s now one, because it doesn’t increase the load-times much and stops the site breaking NS4 completely), we are now WAI (Web Accessibility), CSS (Cascading Style sheets), HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and P3P (Privacy Policy) compliant, which are all the technologies I’m using. I’m sure someone will pedant my CSS or HTML usage now, but it works damnit 🙂

Aha, Christmas, yes. Presents are mostly listed in the “Shiny Things” to the left. Much Chocolate, also CDs, More Chocolate, Sweets, Books and Toys. My mum got a Bread maker, my brother a PS2, and my other brother a day at a Skid-pan to destroy cars in the safety of experts 🙂

The family isn’t failing to speak to each other, but my plans of maybe going to the Huntingdon Meet have been dashed against the rocks of reality, since we are now going to my Aunt’s to see Cousins. They have asked for the Dog to come along, and I really, really doubt their house is Jasperproofed. This could be fun.

So tomorrow I’ll be dealin’ with four year-olds on wheels (They got bikes for Christmas. Yay).

Small shock, but I actually like small children. Other peoples’, anyway. Kids you can put in a box and send home at the end of the day 🙂

Happy Holidays, flocks.

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Season's Greetings

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an
environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive,
and gender neutral celebration of the winter holiday, practiced within the
most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice or the
secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular
persuasions and/or traditions of others or their choice not to practice
religious or secular traditions at all … and a fiscally successful,
personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset
of the generally accepted calendar year 2002, but not without due respect for
the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have
helped make the USA great, (not to imply that the USA is necessarily greater
than any other country or is the only great country in the Western
Hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical
ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference
of the Wishee.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTABILITY: (By accepting this greeting, you are accepting
these terms.) This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal and is
freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies
no promise by the Wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for
herself/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is
revocable at the sole discretion of the Wisher. This wish is warranted to
perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period
of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting,
whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish
or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the Wisher.

Taken from an afda post by Tina Harter. Origin unknown

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Merry Christmas

I had a huge State Of The Nation type post to post here, but Editplus ate it – first entry I’ve lost since I started the new system – so I won’t bother.

Mum & LoneCat’s presents failed to arrive this morning. This isn’t good, but I hope they arrive by Boxing Day, at least…

Email is back. Mailinglists are not

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Mopey Christmas

So, updates for those who didn’t already know…

In quick sucession, my Switch card failed (I hit my overdraft) and my credit card co sent me a *really* nasty red letter. This meant that, for the past week or so, I’ve been running around talking to banks and begging parents and trying to raise funs to get me to meets, and presents to deserving peoples. This has been antifun.

Then, at roughly the same time, all emails from Aquarionics started bouncing. And all emails from Demon at the same time. I love these little co-incidences, don’t you? So my orders and confirmations were getting lost, and I was running close to the deadlines for posting and… and… and…

And christmas day is on Tuesday, and three of my presents on order have yet to materialise. This is Not Good.

So I’m procrastinating, and have been all week. The new comments system, design, and rethink (Threaded comments are working, btw. You can now reply to comments :-)) are a feature of this.

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Mopey Christmas

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Klide 1.6

Okay, I’ve upgraded Klide. It’s still untested code, but that’s what you lot are here for 🙂

First, the most obvious bit. The Comments. You can now add comments to any diary entry, both public and private entries (With support in the code to comment on *anything* in the Klind Database, this will be nodes, links, and – and here is the fun bit – other notes. Thus I can have a threaded commenting model, to have arguments in code. Fun 🙂

All comments are currently flat only, I haven’t worked out how to make the interface deal with multiple text boxes neatly (A box like currently exists below the system below every comment would look *horribly* messy, you see.

I point out for referance that the new K3 system has *no* admin features at all atm. I haven’t changed the database format from 1.2, however, so I’m writing entries from the old interface on a differant server. I *must* write that interface…

The upshot to this is that I have no easy method to read private notes atm, so if you post them, I may not reply as quickly.

The other bit is behind the scenes. Klide now can display seperate entries (, for example, goes to entry number 200); it can display all the entries *since* a date (for example, is everything since Sept 11th) and *also* the last x entries ( is the last 3, for example) complete with comments. The ability to turn off comments is coming. Promise :-). Also, the system now has a text-mode ( for those in Non-CSS compliant browsers. So Comment. Have Fun. Speak 🙂

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So I’m reviewing Startopia for you. Arn’t I nice?

Ahem. Yes. Of course. Reviewing. Not addicted at all…

There are things I *should* be doing. I should be pulling my CV together and sending it places. I should be writing the bits now missing from Aquarionics. The AFPanto. The Movie. Everything.

But I’m playing Startopia

In Other News, I have bought Lonecat’s present, and it should be here Real Soon Now.