current mood: blah
Like myself, madelgine is a bit of an arty type and has expressed and interest in designing the flyers for the theatre productions she's been in. Until last year that was limited to the English department's drama group, Joot (she did a rather nice flyer for Faustus); but with Lip's previous chair gone (and his prestigious New York graphic designer contact gone with him), the floor has been thrown open at Lip too. So far my attempts (for example Reindeer Pie and High Girders) have intimidated her from trying, but Joot's next performance (John Fletcher's unofficial sequel to The taming of the Shrew: The Tamer Tamed) offers an opportunity for her to get something out there. I offered her to help digitalise her pen-and-paper artwork (in the absence of a graphics tablet), and as a demonstration asked her to send me a copy of one of her sketches to work from.
Being bored at work* and a bit of a showoff, I turned it into a demo flyer design. It came out looking kinda web 2.0. Okay, not really. But the only reason I mention it is that it just really reminds me of something - the colour, the suspended-card shadow look. I just can't think what. Does anyone know what I mean, and what the hell is it reminding me of? >_<
* not that bored of course - I think I've spent more time writing this post than I did on the design
Which axiom is better?
I've noticed that when I ingite my gas stove (currently using a barbecue lighter, as the piezo has died), there's a strong whiff of a pungent and familiar smell, which I know all to well from the lab - it's formaldehyde. For a while I though I was imaginging things, and then remembered that it's not all that improbable (to one with only a hazy grasp of chemistry such as me) for methane (CH3) to produce HCHO in the presence of oxygen. A quick squinty at the intarwebs reveals this:
[Aledhydes are] One of several families of compounds formed as products of incomplete combustion in engines using gasoline, methanol, ethanol, propane, or natural gas as fuels. As a general rule of thumb, the presence of methanol or methyl ethers in the fuel will lead to formaldehyde as the primary aldehyde in the exhaust, while ethanol or ethyl ethers will lead to acetaldehyde as the primary aldehyde in the exhaust.
Interesting. I'm curious as to why there are methyl ethers - a fuel additive in the US, reduced probably for the reason that it produces fix when burnt - is present in my gas supply, or whether there's any other possibility for how this is happening. If it's relevant, I'm fairly sure this is only happening in that first "puff", when the gas is relatively dilute with air; I don't detect any smell once it's burning normally. I'm looking specifically at haggis for this, but anyone who knows would be welcome to comment.
On a side note, it's not really a surprise to me who works with it daily, but the above website also says this:
Formaldehyde and acetaldehyde are toxic and possibly carcinogenic.
Anyone think I should be worried that my stove is producing such a substance every time I turn it on? I'm not particularily worried for myself - honestly, the amount I inhale at work dwarfs what I'm exposed to here - but I'm a little concerned for the potential safety of others... anyone think I should get in contact with my gas supplier/landlord about this?
Europeans consider America biggest threat to Global Security.
Not entirely surprising - I think mostly everyone in my circle of friends would say the same thing, I think - but it's nice to have it confirmed that this feeling is universal across Europe.
Most interesting was the passage: "the youngest US respondents share the Europeans’ view that theirs is the biggest threat, with 35 per cent of American 16- to 24-year-olds identifying (America) as the chief danger to stability." Well, there's hope for them yet; even if I have a feeling this is probably a slightly kneejerk reaction to the huge investment of troops in Iraq with no particular improvement. Still, if it provides any check to the behaviour of the American government, it can really only be a good thing.
With absolute minimal preamble:
Is it wrong to have a child for your own benefit?
How appropriate... we were just talking about this the other day. ^_^
Okay, this is beginning to bug me a little. For the third time in as many days, I've been hearing about this petition. The idea is that the Inland Revenue (ignore the fact that there hasn't been an Inland Revenue for several years) takes student loan deductions from your pay in the same way as they deduct tax, PAYE. Some people are getting all hot under the collar about the fact that deductions are made monthly, but not paid off from your student loan until the end of the tax year (hence your student loan is generating interest, and the Inland Revenue are generating interest on your money).
Fair enough. That's something I'd get pretty hot under the collar about too. Apart from the fact that it's not true.
Based on the note at the bottom of this page, there are two points to make:
"The interest rate charged on student loans is linked to the rate of inflation, based on the Retail Prices Index... Taking inflation into account, the value of the amount you pay back will be more or less the same as the value of the amount you borrow - no one makes any profit on the loan."
So actually, you're not really accruing interest at all, just inflation. But still, surely if your loan has inflated between the time you paid the money, you're losing something somewhere?
"If you repay your loan through PAYE or Self Assessment, the Student Loans Company will receive details of your repayments from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) after the end of the tax year. When these details come through, the amount of interest you are charged will be adjusted to reflect when you actually made the repayments. This means that you won't be charged interest on the part of the loan you have already paid back."
So basically, you are not losing out. At all. Please, for the love of God, don't sign this goddamned petition.
Dammit. It feels like only ten seconds ago I was here before.
It's not going to be long before there's no point in even going to bed. :/
And there we are.
Time to go home and collapse in a heap.
Oh, and make cookies.
Right, my presentation is - I hope - at least all *there* now. Setting up the transitions could take anything from one hour to two, but hopefully no more - and since I was resigned to being here until 3am anyway, that's not too bad.
Then I'm going home to bake cookies.
See you on the other side...