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Wednesday, August 31st, 2005
4:24 pm
A Storm In New Orleans
There was a storm in New Orleans,
That brought the rising tide.
It's been the ruin of many a family.
When God was not at their side.

A mother fled to Arkansas,
She took her whole savings.
The father was a stubborn man,
Stayed in New Orleans.

The waters came and filled their house,
It poured through the windows.
He climbed and climbed and reached the roof,
But was missed by state troopers.

Now the only things left standing there,
Are the churches and the trees.
And the only ones left helping out,
Crawl around on their hands and knees.

Well there was a storm in New Orleans,
That brought the rising tide.
And it's been the ruin of many a family.
When God was not at their side.

© 2005 Nicholas Shanks

Current Mood: invigorated
Friday, August 26th, 2005
11:55 am
Random MP3s
And some more:

16) Jaspinder Narula - Aaja Soniya
17) Sara Evens - On The Backseat Of A Greyhound Bus
18) John Lennon with Jimi Hendrix - Day Tripper
19) Blur - Ultranol
20) Supertramp - Breakfast In America
21) Sash! - Adelante
22) Nickelback - Good Times Gone
23) Oingo Boingo - Stay
24) Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark - Enola Gay
(excerpt from Deutsche Welle Radio's course for german learners)
25) Gypsy Kings - Trista Pena
26) No Doubt - Hey Baby (erm… yes, no comments please! I didn't select it.)
27) Céline Dion - S'il Suffisait D'aimer
28) Pet Shop Boys - Liberation
29) Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygène, Part VI
30) (Unknown choir) - O Tannenbaum
11:30 am
Ten Songs (approx) Meme
The most recent songs played in my MP3 player:

1) Nik og Jay - En Dag Tilbage (and Lækker too)
2) Rick Braun - Kisses In The Rain
3) They Might Be Giants - Istanbul
4) 陈慧琳 - 对不起不是
5) Chad Kroeger - Hero
6) Gwen Guthrie - Ain't Nothing Goin' On But The Rent
7) Dimitri From Paris - Sacre Français
8) Rupert Holmes - Escape
9) Chumbawumba - Tubthumping
10) Booker T & The MG's - Soul Limbo
11) Era - Ameno
12) Super Furry Animals - Ysbeidiau Heulog
13) The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire
14) Ian Boutouk & His Guitars - Калинка
15) Groove Coverage - God Is A Girl

Current Mood: funky
Monday, July 18th, 2005
7:02 pm
It chucked it down today as inoxia and I were coming home from a day out to the London Museum. We got very cold and very wet. As soon as I got to the front door, the sun came out again. I took off my shirt and wrang it out, then I spotted that all my upstairs windows were open. I discovered that my bathroom and bedroom are also soaked through, and the situation was not helped by not having my main towel at the moment. :-/

Current Mood: wet
Thursday, June 9th, 2005
9:11 pm
As seen on Slashdot

Monday, 6th June 2005

Saw him in the evening and he was acting really strangely. I went shopping in the afternoon with the girls and I did turn up a bit late so thought it might be that. The bar was really crowded and loud so I suggested we go somewhere quieter to talk. He was still very subdued and distracted so I suggested we go somewhere nice to eat. All through dinner he just didn't seem himself; he hardly laughed and didn't seem to be paying any attention to me or to what I was saying. I just knew that something was wrong. He dropped me back home and I wondered if he was going to come in; he hesitated but followed. I asked him again if there was something the matter but he just half shook his head and turned the television on. After about 10 minutes of Silence, I said I was going upstairs to bed. I put my arms around him and told him that I loved him deeply. He just gave a sigh and a sad sort of smile. He didn't follow me up but later he did, and I was surprised when we made love. He still seemed distant and a bit cold, and I started to think that he was going to leave me and that he had found someone else. I cried myself to sleep.


Monday, 6th June 2005

Apple switched to Intel.
Absolutely gutted.
Got a shag though.

Current Mood: loved
Sunday, June 5th, 2005
3:37 pm
Cool German word of the day
Nicholas: my cool german word of the day is Sprachwissenschaft.
Andreas: heh, why that?
Nicholas: just came across it in a book citation
Nicholas: no idea what it means, but it sounds good
Andreas: heh
Nicholas: sprach is speach
Andreas: do you want to know?
Nicholas: sure, if you can tell me!
Andreas: it's the science of languages
Andreas: wissenschaft = science
Nicholas: ooh, okay
Nicholas: i'm reading about palæoanthropologial linguistics
Nicholas: as one does on a sunday afternoon
Andreas: heh

Still to do:
Read Leigh's blog. I have discovered NetNewsWire doesn't give me private livejournal posts and I've been missing out on loads of entries :-(
Post an entry about my recent trip to Hungary.
Unpack suitcase, tidy bedroom, wash hallway carpets, erase garden, clean kitchen, etc…

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, May 18th, 2005
8:23 am
Old Flames, Lost Friends
I was just having a dream about one of my schoolboy love interests, and woke wondering what has happened to her. Then I thought about others, and wondered too what has happened to them. I would love to meet up with them, see how their life has gone, share some anecdotes, etc. So if anyone reading this has any idea who, what or where these people are, please let me know!
(In chronological order)

Allana (aged 5)
This was a girl I spent some time with at Butlin's Holiday Camp in Skegness when I was about five years old (1986).
We met the same week in early May about three years in a row, and spent time chatting and dancing (awww). I don't know her surname, but she will be about 23 now.

Anna Yates (aged 6)
This girl lived next to my grandmother and was the first girl i sent a love letter to. We used to play together in her back garden. Her family moved to the south coast and I lost contact. She is now a doctor or nurse at Warrington hospital in Liverpool, though I don't have any contact information. I tried calling the hospital but they said they couldn't give out staff details nor could they passed on any message for me :-(

Veronica Grebecki (aged 10-11)
THe first girl I sent a valentine's card to, although I left it anonymous! Veronica was only in West Bridgford for a year before moving on again. I have no idea where she might be, but she is of Polish descent so she could have gone back to Poland.

Claire Thomas (aged 13-18, and lingering warm fuzziness)
Oh the pain of unrequited love! She moved to Nottingham from Newcastle and joined my form. We built up a good friendship but it took me two years before I told her I was interested. She laughed me off :-(
I watched her date all the guys in our year whom I held in the lowest regard. The weed smokers, the arrogent/dumb/lowlife types. It hurt but I tried to remain at least friends. After telling her of my true feelings though she spurned me, and we hardly spoke after, certainly not to the extent that we had done when our friendship was strongest.

In other news…
I have for the first time in my life found someone that is on the exact same wavelength as me (intellectual, spiritual, sexual, recreational, etc). And she's single! And cute! *bouncy bouncy bouncy* She seems to be interested in me too so I'm definitely going to pursue this.
Now I have to work out how I'm going to let down all my other women…

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, May 14th, 2005
10:33 pm
Update on life.
What's been happening to poor old(er) Nicholas?
Well, had my 24th birthday a fortnight ago. I spent the day sat at home reverse engineering Tiger's Metadata.framework and writing a CMM plug-in to let you edit a file's Spotlight metadata. Later in the evening my mum called to wish me a happy birthday, which I appreciated.
I called the council about the tree in my garden which they told me 15 months ago they were going to remove (it has a preservation order on it, so I can't touch it). The sent someone around to take another look (alas not Claire the cute girl who came by last year, shame, but oh well). Earlier that day I had burnt my lunch (some garlic bread slices I was grilling) due to thinking the grill was set to 1 (of five) when in fact it was on 3. My grill will burn anything under there for more than four minutes if it's on a setting higher than 2, and I had put them in for five thinking it was set to 1!
Hmm, what else… Well, my garden went from 1ft to 4ft high in two weeks, then I cut half of the weeds back again and now it's only 2ft high :-)
I've been trying to improve my Hungarian in preparation for my trip to Hungary next week with my mum, siblings and grandmother. Sadly the only thing I could remember prior to this month was about 100 words, all nouns and adjectives (no verbs, conjunctions or other useful things like grammar), and the numbers 1-19. Well i think I have learnt the verb lenni (to be, quite an important verb :-) and can now count to 999,999,999 (cardinals and ordinals) and say a bunch of stock phrases like Az mennyibe kerül? (How much is that?), Kérlek, szeretnék egy üditőt. (I'd like a drink, please) and the blatantly useful Bochánat, én nem beszélek sokat Magyarul (Sorry, I don't speak much Hungarian).
I have also been overdosing on tea recently since I know it's supposed to be good for one's longevity (antioxidants and all that) so been drinking a couple of cups a day.
Odd thing happened yesterday. I had three different female friends brag to me about getting laid. Now this is not the sort of thing a chronically single guy likes to hear about too much! :-P

Current Mood: energetic
Saturday, April 23rd, 2005
7:02 pm
Y'know I don't do online tests, well…
Extraversion |||||| 30%
Stability |||||||||||||||||| 80%
Orderliness |||||||||| 36%
Empathy |||||||||| 36%
Interdependence |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Intellectual |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Mystical || 10%
Artistic || 10%
Religious || 10%
Hedonism |||| 16%
Materialism |||||||||||| 50%
Narcissism |||||| 23%
Adventurousness || 10%
Work ethic |||||| 23%
Self absorbed |||||||||||||||| 70%
Conflict seeking |||||| 23%
Need to dominate |||||||||||| 43%
Romantic |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Avoidant |||||| 30%
Anti-authority |||||||||||||||| 70%
Wealth |||||| 30%
Dependency |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Change averse |||||||||||||| 56%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||||| 70%
Individuality |||||| 30%
Sexuality |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Peter pan complex |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Physical security |||| 16%
Food indulgent || 10%
Histrionic |||||||||| 36%
Paranoia |||||| 30%
Vanity |||||| 30%
Hypersensitivity |||||||||||| 43%
Female cliche |||||| 23%

Stability results were high which suggests you are very relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic.

Orderliness results were moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly flexible, improvised, and fun seeking at the expense of reliability, work ethic, and long term accomplishment.

Extraversion results were low which suggests you are very reclusive, quiet, unassertive, and secretive.

Trait Snapshot: secretive, reclusive, messy, disorganized, introverted, unassertive, rarely worries, dislikes large parties, does not like to fit in, does not need to control others, solitary, ambivalent about chaos, tough, leisurely, does not respect authority, not aggressive, observer, abstract, impractical, dislikes leadership, daydreamer, bizarre, does not make friends easily, not a perfectionist, suspicious, rarely irritated, strong physical instincts, unsympathetic at times, risk taker, submissive, weird, sarcastic, strange

Well I disagree on the emphasis on disorganised, messy and disorderly. Yes I need to tidy up more often, but I'm not as bad as this would suggest! Also, what on earth is a 'peter pan complex' ? Does it mean I want to be played by a female lead in the theatre? Does it mean i want to fly? The rest though is pretty damn accurate.

Try it yourself and let me know.

Current Mood: bored
Saturday, April 2nd, 2005
11:01 am
Bush vs Kerry
Since everyone else is linking to it, I may as well do so too:

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005
4:08 pm
Saturday, March 5th, 2005
10:47 pm
Well that was entirely predictable…
You scored as Rupert Giles. You're very wise. Though you've only recently begun thinking about yourself, you're always there to help. Everyone around you holds you in high regard. You've always pulled through.


Rupert Giles


Buffy Summers


Dawn Summers


Tara Maclay




Willow Rosenberg


Xander Harris




Which Buffy The Vampire Slayer Character Are You Most Like!?
created with QuizFarm.com

Current Mood: sleepy
Saturday, February 5th, 2005
3:17 pm
What Am I Missing? Suggestions Welcome.
Artificial Intelligence
Band of Brothers (box set)
Blackadder (box set)
The Blue Planet (BBC documentary series)
Bridget Jones' Diary
A Bug's Life
Con Air
Cruel Intentions
Enemy of the State
Finding Nemo
Good Will Hunting
Indiana Jones (box set)
The Italian Job (original)
The Italian Job (new version)
The Last Samurai
Leon (possibly my favourite film ever)
Lord of the Rings (box set)
The Matrix (on loan to my neighbour)
The Matrix Reloaded (possibly the worst film ever)
Men In Black II
Mission Impossible 2
Monty Python and The Holy Grail
Monty Python's Life of Brian
Saving Private Ryan
The Shawshank Redemption
Star Wars The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Attack of the Clones
The Usual Suspects
Tuesday, January 25th, 2005
9:27 pm
J'aime Amelie!
Mon frère a acheté le film 'Amelie' sur DVD pour moi à Noël mais je viens de la voir le semaine dernier. C'est un film parfait! Ils n'ya pas d'autre mots pour le décrire. Voyez.
3:19 pm
Wow, somebody just donated $30 to me to re-start work on my Diablo II editor 'Alkor'. I sent them a special edition with his name in it :)

How many Mac users still play Diablo II ?
How many of you would pay a small shareware fee for a character and item editor that could do mods too ?

Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
11:01 pm
Guess The Song From The Lyrics
Katherine (katamagoo) informed me that this was the latest craze I ought to join in on, but I decided to make it a bit more difficult :-D Half of these lines are in the original language of the song, half are not. Usage of Google (or other search) is not permitted.

1) どんな奴等だろうと 俺たちに勝てる訳が無い / さあ行くぜ さあ行くぜ
2) Wir lieben unsere Autos mehr als unsere Frauen / Denn deutschen Autos können wir vertrauen — Identified by n_true
3) I don't care what songs you sing / Or how you think of all those pointless things — Identified by scottishgirl
4) Мне захочется увидеть улыбку твою, чтоб скрасить будни серые / Когда я не могу более видеть радуги
5) Jeg ville egentlig ik vide hva jeg sku gøre af mig selv / Måske kig mig lidt i spejlet, slå tiden lidt ihjel
6) Quand tu penses en avoir eu trop de cette vie, eh bien accroche-toi. — Identified by scottishgirl
7) On Fortune's throne / I used to sit raised up / crowned with / the many-coloured flowers of prosperity — Identified by lukafox
8) Mille et une jonquilles jaunes / Commencent à danser en face de toi, oh chéri — Identified by scottishgirl
9) Nansoke inkanye enhle kunazoznke / Eyalandelwa izazi zivela empumalanga
10) Look at my face and then tell me my place in town / And he's in and she's in and he's in and she's in — Identified by timwi

I suspect number two is the easiest, followed by number three or five, but we shall see :-)

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, April 7th, 2004
2:21 pm
Things you ought to see
I strongly recommend that everybody read this photoset (about 25 pages long), and techies amongst you may like to read about how an irish guy got spammers arrested.
Thursday, March 4th, 2004
9:10 pm
Cute Girls
Two lovely miss's to add to your friends list:

spiritrover & opportunitygrrl

I am amazed at the character portrails prior to landing and how the progress of the mission has bourne them out :-)
And if anyone is interested...

Current Mood: relaxed
Wednesday, June 11th, 2003
12:25 am
Erika's mensa test thing
Erika sent me a mensa test thing. Out of the 33 questions i've been able to solve 27 of them. I'm stumped on the last six. This is annoying. I started 28 hours ago and have to finish it!!

Current Mood: stumped
Tuesday, June 10th, 2003
11:06 pm
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