Goodreads Reading Challenge (2013/14)

Published on: January 2, 2014
Categories: Goodreads, Resolutions
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It is the start of a new year which means it is time for me to set up my Goodreads reading challenge for 2014. But first a update on 2013′s effort.

I started 2013 with a goal of reading 50 books in the year (The number was suggested to be as a good goal, and it was a good goal as I read 60 books in 2012)

In July I reached my 51st book, and had to up the goal to 100 books.

At the end of the 2013 I had read 105 of the 100 books (105%)

2013-goodreadsWhich I am counting as a double win because the original challenge was 50 books, and 100 = 2×50. So in 2013 I won the reading challenge twice!!

for 2014 I am going to start off with a goal of 60 books, which you may think is a bit low since i clocked up over 100 in 2013, but I have a load of rather big books I want to read this year which will take a lot longer to read.



MEME: The Year That Was 2013

Published on: December 30, 2013
Categories: LiveJournal, MEME
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Its that time of year again, where I look at the Year that was, and do the customary Year that was Meme.

MEME: The Year That Was 2013

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? OK, New things :-

  1. Joined Rose Croix, and all things associated.
  2. Installed my Successor into the chair of King Solomon, and became an IPM.
  3. Saw a good friend get put into the Chair of KS.
  4. Arranged to meet up with an Author for private book singing. 
  5. Became a Committee Member for a Charity Event
  6. Missed a Lodge Committee meeting for the 1st time since I joined the committee (7 Years ago)
  7. Got a Shout out on Planet Rock Radio!!

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I Have stopped setting Resolutions for myself as I have discovered that I am really crap at sticking to them. But I have discovered over the last few years I am better at completing challenges, so that is what I do instead. Last year was the 23 in 13. And in 2014 I will set myself another challenge for the Year.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? I do not think so. I do not recall anyone going on about babies, or any really big women suddenly becoming slim again. SO I will have to answer NO to this one. *1

4. Did anyone close to you die? No one close, but a few Lodge Brothers passed to the Grand Lodge Above.

5. What countries did you visit? Just England, But I did go to Bala and I think that should be counted as its own country.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? Tricky Question. Err Enthusiasm, True Love :) Or a Long term relationship with an Intelligent Woman, A plan, Enthusiasm, Pay Rise, An easy year in Lodge, A Presented Paper, Enthusiasm. Oh and an Intern/PA.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? hmm?

  1. Jun 19th – Joining Rose Croix
  2. Nov 7th – Finally leaving the chair of KS

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Finally escaping the Chair of KS. It was a very close thing.

9. What was your biggest failure? Not getting more stuff of my ToDo List done.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? ManFlu, that most deadly and fetal of all known illnesses.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Hard one. Nothing really stands out. Damn this means I did not get myself a new Toy in 2013!

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration? My JW, for stepping forward and volunteering to take over Mastership of my Lodge even though he knew he was not ready for the responsibility.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? I can not think of any off hand, So will say bigoted people in general.

14. Where did most of your money go? Toys (Gadgets & Games) And Petrol for commuting.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Getting a break from being WM, as you can probably tell from previous answers.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013? “The Loophole” By Garfunkel and Oates.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter (6 Christmas Dinners so far)
c) richer or poorer? Richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Falling in Love, Writing, Following my Dreams, Conquering the World, Finding a cure for the common cold and blackmailing people for the cure, You know, the simple pleasures in life.*2

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Putting things off, In 2014 I plan to do things when I think of it, as apposed to putting it off till later.

20. How will you be spending Christmas? With the Family. Family Christmas Dinner at my Parents place on Christmas Day, Then Boxing day its a free for all there, with dozens of extended family turning up to eat, drink and play games!

21. What was your favourite month of 2013? I may as well continue the current trend. November for finally leaving the Chair of KS. *3

22. Did you fall in love in 2013? Alas No. I am high functioning Sociopath. *4

23. How many one-night stands? One night stands? None (I’m a gentleman! And a gentleman never sleeps & tells) *5

24. What was your favourite TV programme? Dracula, Haven, How I Met Your Mother, Mentalist, Arrow, Agents of Shield. To name but a few.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? You know what? NO! I do not believe I hate anyone this year that I did not hate previously. Maybe I am growing as a person, becoming more enlightened? Or is everyone already on THE LIST *6.

26. What was the best book you read? The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? It was more of a rediscover, But I would say Garfunkel and Oates.

28. What did you want and get? To become IPM, To have more Published books, To Join Rose Croix.

29. What did you want and not get? Enthusiasm, Love, Slaves A PA/Intern, A new House.

30. What was your favourite film of this year? Hard one to pick, 2013 had loads of good films. But At this moment I would have to say, The Wolverine

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I celebrated it with my family, and I was the answer to Life the Universe and Everything.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not being the only Full time Inmate at the Asylum, A long lasting Relationship, More enthusiasm, Warmth, The Sun…

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? Mostly Cargo Pants (I like the extra pockets) Jumpers, and in work Coats…. Oh and suits, because suits are awesome…… True story.

34. What kept you sane? Me Sane? Interesting theory you have there. Well I still have the magic stone from the other year that I purchased off a traveling merchant that keeps away tigers & insanity. On a serious note, Friends bother the Real Life variety and the Net (Twitter/G+/Facebook) varieties.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Err, I am not sure, Anne Wheaton, Bonnie Burton, And I have to re-add Kaylee from FireFly as I have just completed a Firefly+Serenity rewatch.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? None, I don’t do politics.

37. Who did you miss? No one. “ high functioning Sociopath” Remember? Remember? from Question 22?

38. Who was the best new person you met? I do not recall actually meeting any new people this year, Well none that have stood apart from the crowd. So I shall just say New Interesting Twitter People!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013. The rat race is mainly for rats, so make sure you are the person in the white coat. Its a lot less stressful.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. 

We’re laughing and talking and the drinks are flowing
And I’m liking the direction this night is going
But then I look up and something has changed
Everyone around us looks fucking deranged


*1 Yes I know this is the exact answer that I gave last year.  BUT my eldest Nephews partner is pregnant so I will have a different answer next year.
*2 Yes I know this is the exact answer that I gave last year. This is because A)My Feelings & Situation have not changed since I answered last year, and B) Its a cool answer
*3 I really need some more memorable things to happen in 2014!
*4 see *2 Yes I am that lazy!
*5 See *4. OK, I need help.
*6 Just Kidding there is no list. *7
*7 Oh, There is a List.


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Merry Christmas

Published on: December 25, 2013
Categories: Holiday
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Just a quick message from all at the Ninja Temple wishing you all a very merry Christmas!!!


Conversations with Customers

Published on: December 17, 2013
Categories: Customers
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CodeNinja: “Hello!”

Customer: “Hi, I am on holiday…..”

CN: *interrupting* “You phoned up to tell us you’re on holiday? that’s a bit of a Dick move isn’t it?”

C: “What?? No I’m on Holiday at the minute……”

CN: *Interrupting again* “So you thought you would phone us to rub it in, thanks…”

C: “but…”

CN: *Interrupting and speaking to DemonPengu who was in the room* “Hey, this is great, he’s phoned up just to boast he is on holiday the git!!”

C: “No i didn’t….”

DP: “Who is it?”

CN: *To DP* “X from X”

C: “hello???? I’m still here”

DP: *speaking loudly at the phone* “GIT!!!”

C: “hey, I’m on holiday but customers keep phoning”

CN: “They do that.”

C: “Yes, it’s annoying”

CN: “Yes it is, you are trying to do something and they keep phoning you, and they are always whining about some trivial thing or another”

C: “exactly. it’s very annoying…….” *Pauses as he realises in this conversation he is the whining customer* “err, anyway they have broke their emails, can you disable SPF checks for them for now”

CN: “Not a problem, just drop the request to us on an email, we need a paper trail”

C:But I’m on holiday? everything’s shut down for xmas, can’t you just do it.”

CN: “Yes, as soon as I get an email request I can do it.”

C: “Come on, don’t be an arse”

CN: “says the guy who phoned us to boast he was on holiday”

*INSERT 10 minutes general grumbling as he goes to turn on his home computer, logs into his work account to send the request all the time insulting me*

C: “Right, I sent the bloody request, when will you be able to do the change?”

CN: “Oh that, I did it 15 minutes ago when you first asked.”


CN: “Happy Holidays!”

Dear Constant Reader I should point out that the customer in this conversation is one who often laughs and jokes around with us here, and often phones me for advice/help with his personal engineering/electronic/computing projects.

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Friday 13th – triple bad look score Part 2

Published on: December 13, 2013
Categories: Mythology, Trivia, Weird
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Today is Friday 13Th.

Don’t Panic.

It is just a stupid superstition right? In this modern technological world we have no need for ancient superstitions right? Or in this impersonal online world are we more in need of reminders of things beyond our comprehension?

Did you also realise we are in the 13th year of this century? SO that makes :-

Today is Friday 13th 2013.


Here is a fun fact for you. Did you know that this 13th year of this century will have two Friday 13th’s in it? and that they will be 13 weeks apart?



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Happy Thanksgiving

Published on: November 28, 2013
Categories: Holiday
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Well it is the last Thursday in November and I find myself asking along with 85% of the world’s population (actual statistics) “Where did the year go?“. I also find myself thinking about things I am thankful for. I blame the amount of Americans I know for this thoughtful mood, since it is their Thanksgiving day.  This year I decided to join in with my cousins from across the pond, and to do so I would have a traditional American Thanksgiving.


It turns out that if you try to order a batch of smallpox off the internet, to try to genetically modify the strain to wipe out a large racial group you get a visit by a bunch of men in black suits and mirrored shades, and a pat-down that makes the TSA look like a nervous schoolboy with his first above the clothes fumble.

Also, most races are slightly more streetwise these days, and you can not claim their country as your own with the cunning use of flags & the Winchester repeating rifle. Also the men in black will confiscate said Rifle when they leave


So this year due to the restraining orders, and the black vans, & choppers that seem to be just loitering in my vicinity, I have decided to just be thankful for some stuff. I therefore raise my cup of coffee to you dear readers, neh friends and am thankful of you. I am thankful for the internet shrinking the size of the world, and for good friends spread over it’s every shrinking surface. I’m thankful for good food & drink, Good films & Books. And Dear Constant Readers I’m thankful to you, and you, to him and her, but not You, and you know who you are, I’m not thankful to you, not since you did that thing to that cat…

Happy Thanksgiving.

Your meaning of “Have me for Dinner” is different to mine!


Doctor Who?

Published on: November 27, 2013
Categories: TV Shows
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Doctor Who is a Timelord, and as it’s been stated many times over the years TimeLords can regenerate 12 times. It is a fixed number! Now counting the original Form + 12 Regenerations A time lord basically has 13 Lives. After that he is no more, Unless like the Master he steals other people bodies, or other such things to keep living. This is set in stone Doctor Who cannon “Twelve Regeneration”

Some people were starting to worry that with Matt Smith stepping down we were running out of the number of regenerations left to the Doctor, which would then lead to major problems when future actors step down.

Then to make matters more interesting Moffat Slipped in a New Regeneration. We never saw Paul McGann (8th) regenerate into Christopher Eccleston (9th).  Now we find out that there was a regeneration between them “The War Doctor” the incarnation the Doctor hides even from himself. So from 9 upwards we now have to add 1. Mr Smith goes from 11th Doctor to 12th. We are still ok for the Xmas regeneration since there can be 13!

BUT. Tennant used up a regeneration to save off death after being shot by a Dalek. Which makes Mr Smith the 13th and final Doctor. (A lot of people were saying the Tennant extra regeneration did not count, since he did not change form. Moffat has now admitted that it does count and Mr Smith is the 13th)



1st  Doctor William Hartnell
2nd  Doctor Patrick Troughton 1st  Regeneration
3rd  Doctor Jon Pertwee 2nd  Regeneration
4th  Doctor Tom Baker 3rd  Regeneration
5th  Doctor Peter Davison 4th  Regeneration
6th  Doctor Colin Baker 5th  Regeneration
7th  Doctor Sylvester McCoy 6th  Regeneration
8th  Doctor Paul McGann 7th  Regeneration
War Doctor John Hurt 8th Regeneration
9th  Doctor Christopher Eccleston 9th  Regeneration
10th Doctor David Tennant 10th & 11th Regeneration
11th Doctor Matt Smith 12th Regeneration
12th Doctor Peter Capaldi ????????


So how are they going to fix it?

First off lets remind ourselves why there is a limit to the number of times a Timelord can regenerate. It has been stated that a Timelord has a fixed amount of regeneration energy inside them, enough for 12 regenerations. Although it can be used for other stuff, like The Doctor using a small part of it to repair rivers broken hand in the Daleks take Manhattan.


1: Sisterhood of Karn

The writers could have claimed the “War Doctor” did not use up a regeneration since the Sisterhood of Karn held off his death and gave him a choice of what he wanted to be. And they are the keepers of the Flame of Eternity. This would only give them one extra regeneration, so not a good long term solution. +1 Regerneration.

3: Bad Wolf

Another option they could pick (And we know how they like going back to Rose/Bad Wolf). When Rose took the Time Vortex inside herself and became the Bad Wolf Girl she had silly amounts of power (Technical Term). She ended the timewar by turning all the surviving Dalek’s to dust (Even though they returned several more times since) And she brought Captain Jack Harkness back from the dead so well she made him immortal. It would have been very easy for her to have topped up the Doc’s energy store, reset it to full. Or even make it never run out. Unlimited Regenerations.

4: River Song

This would be my preferred solution, and the one I would pick myself if i was the writer. In the episode “Let’s Kill Hitler” She poisons the Doctor with a kiss. The poision not only kills within an hour but DNA locks out his ability to regenerate. She then relents and kisses him again, using up all of her future regenerations to save the Doctor. Now it has been revealed in past episodes a Timelord can give up their regeneration energy to other people, but it will leave them basically human and no longer a Timelord (Which happens to River). If I was writing it, I would have the poison have wiped out all the Doctors remaining regenerations, but Rivers energy being available to him. We know she regenerated at least twice, plus power needed to save the Doctor means a possible nine left. +9 Regenerations.


I am not a fan of the idea of giving the doctor unlimited regenerations, it would make him reckless and take out and risks from future episodes. But 9 more? That is a nice number. And it allows for the possible future Valeyard (The Dark future incarnation believed to be between his 12th and final regeneration) And also from the hints given by the Curator (Tom Baker) that in the future the Doctor may look again at old favourite faces. And his implication that he is a future version of the Doctor.


Whatever the writers decide. The Xmas special should be interesting!


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Published on: November 23, 2013
Categories: Illness
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Greetings & Salutations Dear Readers,

I just thought I would give a slight update.

I have ManFlu which is scientifically proven to be one of the most destructive illness known to mankind, Its so bad that even Nations who use Biological Weapons have signed a treaty never to use it in a weaponised form.

Now maybe there are a few Female readers who may be doubting the SCIENTIFIC evidence on ManFlu. Well to you I say “Good Day! You can not argue with Science IJMU

Here’s a chart I got from the NHS website showing the deadliness of several known infections, and as you can clearly see, ManFlu is quite bad.

Medical Chart

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Least We Forget

Published on: November 11, 2013
Categories: Holiday
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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae (1872 – 1918)


These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Some day you’ll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you’ll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms

Through these fields of destruction
Baptisms of fire
I’ve witnessed your suffering
As the battles raged higher
And though they hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms

There’s so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones

Now the sun’s gone to hell
And the moon’s riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it’s written in the starlight
And every line on your palm
We’re fools to make war
On our brothers in arms

Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms

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Happy Samhain/Halloween

Published on: October 31, 2013
Categories: Holiday
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Halloween is one of the oldest surviving holidays, its origins going back thousands of years. Hundreds of years ago in what is now Great Britain and Northern France, lived the Celts (A friendly bunch of People). The Celts were Nature Worshippers, and had many different gods, The Sun God being one of the most common ones, since the sun dictated when they would work,rest and play. The Celtic New Year was on November 1st. It was celebrated every year with a festival and marked the end of the “season of the sun” and the beginning of “the season of darkness and cold.”

On October 31st after the crops were all harvested and stored for the long winter the cooking fires in the homes would be extinguished. The Druids, the Celtic priests, would meet and light new fires and offer sacrifices of crops and animals. As they danced around the the fires, the season of the sun passed and the season of darkness would begin.

When the morning arrived the Druids would give an ember from their fires to each family who would then take them home to start new cooking fires. These fires would keep the homes warm and free from evil spirits.

The November 1st festival was called Samhain (pronounced “sow-en”). The festival would last for 3 days. Many people would parade in costumes made from the skins and heads of their animals. This festival would become the first Halloween.

By some small quirk of fate, the 3 day festival has significant meaning to me, As I was born at some point during the 3 days (oct 31/Nov 2) I’m not sure when, so I tend to celebrate for the 3 days, And class the middle (Nov 1) as my birthday..

So Happy Halloween, Merry New Year, Happy Samhain, and any other greeting you wish!!!

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