02 Aug

lots of stuff!

This post may seem a bit whacked, as I am suffering the side-effects of anti-depressant withdrawal.

As an example, I closed the last paragraph by typing “</P>”, looked at that in confusion, turned the caps lock off and tried again, then realised I had turned on the caps lock, turned off caps lock and tried again, this time tutting to myself as I caught myself pressing the caps key (or “shift”, as some silly people call it).

By the way, the caps lock is called that because it locks the caps key. If the caps key was called the “shift” key, then the caps lock would be “shift lock”. It’s not, so stop calling caps shift.

You know?

Good news, everybody! I’m having a baby. Actually, my wife is. We have a load of plastic laid out on the sitting room floor, and we’re waiting for the midwife to arrive.

Other good news, everybody! KFM grows yet again. Hubert Garrido has donated a French translation of the project, which brings the number of languages now up to …many! Thanks, Hubert – the language will be available in version 0.5, which I hope to have in beta either tomorrow, or the day after.

I took the plunge and splashed out on a laptop to replace my broken one. I can now code from the comfort of my couch again, which will raise my productivity to no end!

Sitting here, listening to Johnny Cash singing The Mercy Seat (fantastic version). Bronwyn made a list of tunes she asked me to make some CDs of, to listen to while birthing. Here they are:

CD 1

  1. All About Eve – Infrared
  2. All About Eve – Outshine The Sun
  3. Bjork – Joga
  4. Cocteau Twins – I Wear Your Ring
  5. Johnny Cash – The Mercy Seat
  6. Massive Attack – Teardrop
  7. Snow Patrol – Run
  8. Tangerine Dream – Crystal Voice
  9. Tori Amos – Hey Jupiter (Dakota version)

CD 2

  1. Smashing Pumpkins – Stumbleine
  2. All About Eve – Freeze
  3. Blur – Battery In Your Leg
  4. Kate Bush – Breathing
  5. David Bowie – As The World Falls Down
  6. Lacuna Coil – Veins Of Glass
  7. Sneaker Pimps – How Do
  8. Jane Siberry – It Can’t Rain All The Time
  9. Enya – The Memory Of Trees
  10. Tori Amos – Bells For Her

By the way, for those of you who are wondering what side effects there are to coming off Effexor, here are those that I am noticing:

  • At random times, nerve impulses are annoyingly enhanced, for a few tenths of a second. This means that sometimes, for example, sound will increase in volume, or a small movement will turn into a jerk, or the feeling of fingers typing on a keyboard will turn into mild electric shock.
  • Random body jerks. Perhaps related to the above. It feels like Tourette’s syndrome for the body. Watch that guy Pete on Big Brother. The way he jerks every now and then is how I feel. Usually, its quite contained, though, and ends up as a tensing of the body and an audible in-drawn hiss through my teeth.

Snow Patrol’s Run is playing now. That’s the only one I suggested for Bronwyn’s CDs. I love that song.