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17th-Jan-2010 11:17 am - OS woes
So last night me and Darren tried to install Windows 7 64 bit on my Samsung Q310 laptop. Oh God did we have issues...

First of all, we considered doing an upgrade install. However, upgrading only works for Vista 64-7 64 by the looks of it, and my laptop is on Vista 32 bit (God knows why... It's hardware is more than capable of running a 64 bit operating system).

So next we considered dumping all my files from my C:/ drive onto the other half of the partition, D:/ and doing a clean install onto C:/. However, this would mean that if the install failed, I'd be stuck without an OS as Vista came pre-installed, and unless they've been hidden well somewhere at my mum's house, I don't have the discs, and certainly wouldn't until I go back in a couple of weeks.

We decided then, we'd try a clean install onto D:/. We started up the computer, went into set up, and changed to boot order to read the disc drive (where the disc for 7 was, that wouldn't read at all in Windows Explorer, but managed here) before booting up Vista. This worked, and we started the install. After about 20 minutes it was done. All done I thought! Until the final restart, where it came up with an error message claiming the system had not shut down properly and that we'd have to start the install again. So we did... And it did it again. We were pretty sick of it by this point, so while Darren went and got ready for bed, I did some Googling, and found that some other people have had issues too. Some people claimed they were getting Easy Display Manager issues with 7 crashing whenever they tried to use it (an issue I get currently with Vista). Some were also saying they had to disable half the RAM, which means I'd be running on a gig less RAM taking into account the fact that Vista takes up nearly a gig of my 4 anyway, which was one of the issues I had with it. Some people were claiming they'd had some success with Samsung laptops by updating the BIOS to a 64 bit one. One guy claimed that Samsung had e-mailed him a 64 bit BIOS, so I tried, despite the fact that Samsung don't officially support 64 bit for my machine.

I got a reply this morning, which I picked up on my mobile, and therefore couldn't really access the address they had sent me (my mobile e-mail hates some hyperlinks). Told Darren about it, and he said I could take the 7 disc back with me to try it out. However, now I'm back, I've looked at the link they sent me (http://micurl.com/vxcAD), and while it doesn't state the BIOS is only compatible with 32 bit, all the Windows 7 drivers on the page next to it are, so I can only assume. I don't want to just try it out as Samsung don't cover their laptops if their own software updates brick your machine, and I'm not sure how much my extra cover from John Lewis covers either. This is really annoying though, as they provide 64 support for some of their laptops in the R series, and the hardware in them in virtually identical!

So my options I'm figuring are:

1) E-mail Samsung again reiterating that I need a 64 bit update, and hope they'll pull something from out of their sleeves.
2) Buy a 32 bit version of 7 (the version I'm trying to install is a reward that Darren got for Beta testing 7, and I'll have to buy my own licence for it later this year anyway).
3) Give up on 7 and Install a version of Linux on my partition.
4) Locate my XP discs while I'm back, and install that instead.
5) Download the R series updates for 64, which I've heard very few success stories about.
6) Put up with the crap that is Vista :/

Now I'm pretty new to this whole thing, I've usually just stuck with a pre-installed OS that my computers have come with, so computery types who are reading this, if I'm talking complete crap at any point in this entry, please point it out. If it helps me learn more about this process and/or find a solution, I will be very happy. Any suggestions otherwise?
8th-Dec-2009 01:47 am - Writer's Block: Top ten playlist
What is your top-ten song list? What was it when you were a kid? Is there any overlap?


Top 10 is actually a really difficult question. Music is so wonderful, and there's so much of it! At the moment, I'm listening to these songs a lot.

1. Psyclon Nine - Divine Infekt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3duzpLQSmI). I started listening to this song when I was about 14. I've redsicovered it recently, and I likes ^^
2. Cruxshadows - Quiksilver (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcfE4iTUbL0). I started listening to the Cruxshadows when I was about 14. This is their newish single. I saw them live last Friday for the fourth time. I love them <3
3. Rob Zombie - Dragula (Hot Rod Herman Remix) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6szTZdIuCTA). This was on the sound track of a game I had as a kid (about age 9) called Sled Storm. I couldn't find it for years, but kept hearing other mixes in clubs, not knowing what it was called. Finally found this mix about a couple of months ago.
4. Eiffel 65 - My Console (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeOSWLGKuaE). I loved Eiffel 65 as a kid, and this song pretty much sums up the better bits of my childhood. Video games and crap Europop :D I'm listening to them a lot at the moment. They did some really awesome, more serious songs, like King of Lullaby too. I remember when I was about 9, my mum refusing to buy me an Eiffel 65 cd from a bar boot sale, and I still wish she had!
5. Rya - Personal Cosmos (apparently this one is too obscure for Youtube), Started listening to Rya when I was about 15. It's like weird, German space music.
6. Juli - Perfekte Welle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaOjNetOV4I). Yes I know I'm sad! I saw it on Rockband and got all nostalgic. Was in the charts when I visited Germany at age 13.
7. Das Ich - Destillat (VNV Nation Remix) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wExOx38IEsY). I've been listening to VNV Nation since I was about 14, but have always shrugged off Das Ich. This song proved to me I really shouldn't, so I've been listening to some of their stuff.
8. The Buggles - I love You Miss Robot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm00l5N8Jao) . I love this song! Got obsessed with Video Killed the Radio Star through DDR/Dancing Stage at about 12. Stole my step dad's vinyl version for quite a long time.
9. Killing Koke - Love Like Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnpwuRlXbhk). Started listening to these guys when I was about 13. Went to see them live at about 16. Shattered all my illusions. God their new stuff is crap... So I try to remember listening to this song on repeat of a £2.97 Alt 80's compilation album from Woolworths ^^
10. Siouxsie and The Banshees - Happy House (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeBMHnJqAvM). Probably about 13 when I started listening to Siouxsie and the Banshees, and this song always makes me smile! They played it in the union bar the other day which properly cheered me up in the lesson we were having in there (you try keeping drama students in our 4 buildings :D).

I have been on a proper childhood music binge recently, though I suppose a lot is early teens. Looking back, it's actually really interesting to see how my tastes have developed. The only music I've really truly left behind is the Spice Girls :D The rest has created an evolution. I wonder where it will lead me next!
1st-Sep-2009 07:30 am - Tattoo inspiration
Inspiration for next tat

Here is the inspiration for my next tattoo which will be going at the top of my right arm. I'm hoping to get it done before the end of the month, just before I go to uni by Ash at Custom Art. I should be going in tomorrow to get a new piercing, so I'll book it properly then. The idea behind it is that uni signifies a new start in my life, kind of like spring is the start of a lot of things in the year. The plan is to have autumn leaves on my left arm (so it reads left to right to someone looking at me) at the end of uni, which signifies an end to that part of my life, but recognising that the spring always returns, and there will be another start for me. Hopefully one day these tattoos will continue down to a geisha standing under the cherry blossoms and an oak tree from which the leaves are supposed to be blowing away from. Also the feather extending into wings, which I am no way going to be able to afford before uni is over.
1st-Jun-2009 10:13 am - Stolen from Gecko
1. Randomly pick a song from your music library.
2. Find the lyrics for the first four verses/chorus
3. Go to Google translation and translate the lyrics into German.
4. Take the new German lyrics and translate them into French.
5. Take the new French lyrics and translate them into English.
6. Post the NEW English lyrics and have people guess the original song.

I live in a town called Millhaven
And it is small and it means, and it's cold
But taking a little as the sun goes down
You can the entire city of gold
It is the one I previously go roaming
Singing La la la la la la la de
All children of God all Gotta
My name is Loretta but I prefer Lottie
I am close to my fifteenth year
And if you think you have seen, eyes green
So, you are sure that this is not in the vicinity
My hair is yellow, and I'm always a-comb
La la la la la la la de
Mom said, we have all of me
You have the curse of Millhaven
How last Christmas Bill Blake's little boy is not home
She found it in the coming weeks a Mile Creek
His head and his pockets full bashed stones
Now, imagine the use of wall and moaning
La la la la la la la de
Even small Boy Billy Blake's, he had to
Then Professor of O'Rye High Millhaven
Located nailed to his door his prize Terrier
Then the next day the old fool a little Biko to school
And we all have seen as he buried his
His speech on Biko had all the tears flow a --
La la la la la la la de

26/5/09

 

 Seeing as I got bored of revision long ago, I should probably write the obligatory MCM Expo blog.

 It was a very, very, stressful Expo. With parents determined to make me feel miserable and useless the night before, when I already felt not that great anyway, I started off the weekend in a bad mood (I know I should blog about the last day of school too, but like most school days, there was feck all to blog about, perhaps besides finally seeing Scotty’s hair out of a pony tail... I’ve waited two years for that!). We all finally went to bed at 1 am after frantically trying to do everything, only to get up four hours later to catch the train.

 Almost nothing went right with public transport this weekend, starting off with the train. We were supposed to be getting a replacement bus to Stratford from Ipswich, but thankfully they sent us to Ingatestone instead, where we got a bus to London Liverpool. I suspect if we had been sent to Stratford, we would have been sent to Romford instead, where we went via on the way back. This way meant we got in half an hour early, which makes up sorta for getting on the wrong tube first thing. We finally got to Expo, and took up residence along with Michael and “Chii” (she was Cosplaying Chii, so shall forever be known that way :P) whom we had met on the train, on the hill for some lunch. Filled with Curry pasties and fruit, I left Lu and Rosie Cosplay watching on the hill (Sunstroke didn’t sound like my idea of fun...). When Me, Em, Michael and Chii got to the queue, we were horrified, they had an entire Expo hall for the queue. Michael and Chii then produced pre-ordered tickets out of Chii’s bag, which I didn’t even realise you could do. This filled me with much envy, as we then had to stand in the queue for an hour and a half. It has some perks, Cosplay watching and the dancing Doctor Who (She was awesome! I still regret not being a able to talk to her properly... But the one time I saw her, she was in Expo stress mode too, though I did overhear her saying she’d Cosplay him too next time :D). Once we had finally paid our £10 (yep, ticket prices have gone up *le sigh*) we went into the hall, to be bombarded by the hordes at the dealers stalls. At this point, I had Expo hate. I’d just queued for ages, only to be confronted by my idea of hell (but with added cosplay costumes which was partially cool, and partially quite annoying as then take up so much room). I was tired, stressed, felt like shit in my Costume, that I’d hated the idea of more and more through the making process (I’m not a Cosplayer... Sorry... I’d much rather just design my own outfits than copying someone elses), and was ready to go home. We went back out to the hall, and onto the hill, which only caused more rage for me, with it being rather too hot and sunny. After a bit, I decided to separate off from the others, and go back into the hall, if only to escape the sun. I managed to get a proper look at the Indie comics area (and bought far too many of them, but they’re only a pound or two each mostly!) and met some charming artists (including one that read me a story in a rather epic manner, I wish I’d filmed it!). Warren Ellis (FreakAngels) was there to meet, but I really couldn’t be bothered to queue up to meet him. I’m like that with most celebrities oddly, except Rogue, who gives awesome hugs and smells good :D

 After I finished in the comics area, I went over to the DDR area, passing the Tokyopop stall where I’d had much rage at the fact that earlier I’d bought the English Gothic Lolita Bible, only to find it cheaper on the Tokyopop stall later. The DDR area at MCM is awesome though. They have a few DDR machines, two of which are standard ones, that are in a few arcades around England, and then their custom one that has everything on it. From Malice Mizer, Dead Can Dance, Corvus Corax, to Bemani originals like Scotty D and Naoki. This is the one they bring to Tokonatsu (anime camp), so any guessed what I’ll be doing all weekend this Toko? They also have various drumming and/or DJ games (I didn’t see the DJ one this expo, but I was crap at it anyway) and Singstar (which me and Rosh had great fun with last time). And then of course, my favourite bit, ParaPara Paradise. A game which DDR:UK have told me there simply isn’t the demand for in England (it’s on the PS2 in Japan, which it what they bring to Expo). This makes no sense to me, as not only is it beyond awesome, but I know many people who have poured hundreds into the lone UK machine at Trocadero in Picadilly square, and there’s even a UK ParaPara nightclub (as in the style of dance without the machine, coordinated moves to each song that the whole club dances) called Roppongi street that runs on an unfortunately infrequent basis. Anyway... I played for ages on that, and got talking to a Para Para enthusiast who knew all the dances! I’m still learning L  I kept playing this until last games were called, when I left and met up with the others. My Expo love was definitely resparked, but I was ready to go home, and regretting the fact I’d been talked into a second day especially considering the incentive of having my accommodation paid for had been taken away without warning, and I was leaving early because I simply couldn’t afford not to. This means I’m going to have to magic even more money out of thin air for my summer plans *sigh*.

We then had to do the massive trek to the hostel. This would have normally been extremely simple, with only one change to get onto the jubille and straight to our hostel. Instead, it took 6 changes and nearly 2 hours, stupid TFL... Once we got there, the others collapsed, and human Duracell bunny me went to Sainsbury’s. It took longer than I remember to get there, probably because last time I walked it with Creep, and everything seems to go slower when you’re alone. I even got a call from Em who must have thought I’d been kidnapped or something. My card got refused at the checkout, as I had forgotten that my payment for my Hull accommodation deposit was going out, and I’d forgotten to pick up cash that morning, so I had to sort that which left me with £3.54 in my bank account... And another day of Expo to go... Great... I got back to the Hostel, and made some food for everyone, which went down very well, and then we collapsed to try and catch up on some sleep (especially Em, who was rather ill, hope you’re feeling better! And somewhat especially me, I had twisted my ankle on the way back from shopping, and was hoping it wouldn’t be swollen and painful by the next day, which it was then).

 The next morni ng, we all got ready for another day of Expo, with Em a little bit better for a good night’s sleep, and my ankle better but not perfect. The others were in Cosplay (not sure what from...) and me feeling much cuter in my Lolita (it will be that or Steampunk for pretty much every Expo from now on, I repeat, I am not a Cosplayer. Though Shilo may be a possibility, as it wouldn’t really involve buying anything, and I’d still feel like me somewhat). The tube was much simpler that day, with the jubilee line up and running and the only replacement bus being to Custom House which was a short journey. Once we got to Expo, the others went to the hill, but I went straight in, wanting to at least get my money’s worth seeing as I was forced to stay an extra night (I had intended to go to Beltane Bash instead, but decided it’d be easier just to play arcade games all day). I met up with Bakura to meet Urahara (a MegaTen buddy of mine) and get some money she owed me to pay my entrance fee, seeing as I scarcely had £4 to my name. I then got in the queue (or lack thereof more like...) for my ticket. I went in, claimed some various freebies (though I missed out on a free bag, they were awesome, so it makes me sad, I did get a T-shirt from the same stall mind). I then played Dofus for a bit, another MMO that I will probably get addicted to... When I have internet again. I got talking to another gamer, who had been playing Dofus for about a year. I took her username so we could chat later. After this I intended to go and waste the day in the DDR area, but never actually got there... I got distracted by the Trading Cards area. Firstly, I got distracted by a new game called Huntik, which is absolutely awesome! It very different to most games I’ve played, as it includes the idea of quests. You play it either as someone trying to complete the quiest, and the other trying to prevent it, or as both of you competing to complete the quest. Once I’d played a practice game, they gave me a free “evil” starter deck and let me sign up for a beginner’s tournament at 3. I went away from this and other to the other side of the Upper Deck stand to play the new World of Warcraft table top game. It’s not played like Warhammer (which is a good thing... As an army of Warhammer figures can cost in excess of £100 just for the figures, sans paint, flock and terrain, which is a shame, because it’s an awesome game). It played with around two figures each, and a board with hexagonal squares. I won’t go into the whole rules, but I started playing a game against a very pretty member of the Upper Deck team. Later in the game, someone else took him over, so he could be taught how to play too, with the watchful eye of the pretty Upper Deck guy over us, telling us what to do. He sent us off with some free figures, and I went for a wander again. I went to the Magic the Gathering stall, and managed to blag some free cards, despite the fact I’ve been playing for years (I tried to get the other to get me some free decks too, but it didn’t work out *pouty face*). After a bit, it was time to go back to the Huntik stall for the beginners tournament. They gave us each 5 unreleased boosters with which to make a deck out of, and gave us 20 minutes to build a deck. I managed to get the rather rare Araknos legendary hero card (it’s a fecking giant Spider! How perfect is that!!), and the person I was meant to be battling was kind enough to give me the amulet of Araknos you use to summon it (which was actually his downfall, but neither of us were actually bothered about winning, really, it was all just for fun). We then started to play a game, with us pitted against each other to have a bag of Amulets equipped in zone 3 by the end of round 5 or 7. I had forgotten the geekish thrill these games bought as I haven’t even been able to play Magic properly in ages (even the sessions at Battlenet clash with BLAH L). I got both Araknos and the Amulet quite early on in the game, so I tried to lull him into a false sense of security in the first four rounds to lay Araknos in the 5th, with a line of defence built up before him so I was guaranteed to win. I had major fear the turn before I was due to lay Araknos when he said “How many cards do you have ?”. Usually if someone says this in a Magic game, it’s reasonable to assume they have some horrid card like Mind Rot, which makes you discard two cards. For about a minute, I was so nervous with only Araknos and the Amulet in my hand! But it came to my turn with the 2 cards still in my hand, and I played them. I brought Araknos forward, to claim the Amulets. I can’t remember how (probably some odd free action), but he mananged to delay his fate for this round by stopping me claiming the amulets until round 7. We kept playing till round 7, when I claimed the amulets. After a turn or two, he just gave in, there was actually nothing he could do. All this took an hour and a half, leaving only half an hour of expo left, and only the first round played. This wasn’t very well organised. With the prize only being a T-shirt (I already had another design, I was all that fussed) and a proper playmat (which be useless for me anyway, as it’s really nor portable, whereas the paper version I have is), I decided to drop out and go and explore the last couple of stalls. I played a bit of a game called Chaotic, which was fun, but I wasn’t overly impressed. Plus they weren’t giving out free decks or anything, which means I’d actually have to pay to get a basic deck behind me. Huntik had given me a started deck and 5 boosters... Once I’ve found someone to play with (it’s a new game, so Battlenet hasn’t picked it up yet it appears, which is a shame, but we’ll see!), I will have to buy a small pack of quest cards, or redeem the online codes I have for a few free ones, and I’ll be ready to play. Lastly, I went to the WoW stall to play the card game. I didn’t get to play a proper game, only watch someone elses (I got chatting to the 2 playing afterwards, as well as the pretty Scottish Upper Deck guy too); but I was sent away with 2 started decks and a disc on how to play. It seems such an awesome game, and with the wide availability of this one, the fact that it’s pretty well established, and it’s World of Warcraft, which is stupidly popular (though I’ve never played out of fear of getting addicted, perhaps when exams are over). I traded contact details with the two girls I met, who were both awesome (one was even dressed up as Shilo! Awesome! She thought I was awesome as I was the first one to recognise her!). On the way out, the girl dressed up as Shilo said she loved Expo, because where else could you be taught to play WoW games (she loves WoW the computer game) by a cute Scottish guy. She said it was a shame she had a boyfriend lol! I was thinking more “Shame he has a penis...” which kinds of makes anything else irrelevant anyway, but he really was a lovely guy.

  After this, we started the journey home, and lucky we had 3 hours to get to the train station, because instead of getting the one change on the DLR to Stratford route as it would normally be, went went fecking everywhere. Not trains from Custom House, so we got the bus to Canary Wharf (after much panic because Bakura was so slow getting there, and they kept calling “LAST 3 BUSES!!!!” “LAST BUS IN 5 MINUTES!!!”), only to discover there was no tubes to Stratford until 19:30. So we went to Bank, then back onto the central line to Stratford. From Stratford, we were then told replacement buses had been cancelled, and that we were to get the train from Romford. This involved getting back on the tube, to Newbury park, then getting a replacement bus to Romford. This journey caused us much lols, simply for the fact that the man in front had a cat on his shoulder... We got there in plenty of time though, and got the train to Ipswich, where we changed, and managed to blag our way onto an earlier train, despite the fact we were on fixed tickets, getting us home 45 minutes early, which was a good thing, as all I wanted was sleep and to not be around people. Dropped everyone off home when we got back, went home and collapsed.

 Since, it’s been rather uneventful. Mostly recovering from Expo, being very Geeky and doing things like deck building with all my new TCG cards, failing to meet up with Emily (though I get to see her tomorrow :D) and attempting to tidy my room. I’ve rather enjoyed some time by myself to be honest, a rare thing in my life it seems. I’ve actually watched some TV, mostly Doctor Who though, and the second episode of Dollhouse, which is definitely worthy TV. I sniggered today at the fact that Huntik has a TV show, it’s really crap! But I like the game, so I won’t complain. I just hope I can actually find someone to play it with...

 Here marks the end of another one of Spider’s epic blogs.

 See, I’m even worse if you take my internet access away, gives me too much time to do stuff like this...

 I went back to school today to what should have been the worst day ever, though it wasn't so bad. It started off with my last HPV jab, which I was really not looking forward too. Both previous jabs have made my arm ache for ages and made me feel really sick. Ironically, I'd rather get a tattoo than I would that jab. Yeah, it hurts, but the end result is a beautiful piece of artwork, and being as high as a kite for about an hour after. This one however, wasn't so bad. OK, so I'd still rather get the tattoo, no suprise there, but my arm hasn't ached anywhere near as much as usual, and I barely felt sick after. I'm just glad to know they're all over now. Though as far as risks go, from what I understand, I'm pretty low on the risk scale for Cervical cancer, being gay and all. Not that I'm not grateful, I appreciate every nasty little vaccination I get, knowing that I am very fortunate to get them. Though if they could give me a jab for breast cancer prevention, that'd be bloody handy.

 Those of you who follow my blog vaguely will probably have heard me moan about the horror of Le Brun's lessons on Monday, and this one was no different. I was literally nearly nodding off the whole time I was so bored. Although playing Snakes and Ladders with Sparrowhawk was pretty fun, but predictably that's not allowed in her lessons and she had a moan at us. One thing in the lesson did make me smile though. She worked out how many lessons we would have left. The figure started off at 8, 4 double lessons. She then knocked 2 off due to Bank holiday, and I then mentally knocked off 2 more for Whitby next Monday (squee!). That leaves 4 hours of hell. I think I can deal with that!

 I shall mention the pubs yesterday. It was the last talk of the Spring with the moot on Shamanism. It was really quite interesting, especially hearing the lives that seem to lead people to Shamanism. After the Moot, I moved on to the good ol' Nelson. It wasn't quite so busy this week as it's that awkward time where some of our friends have gone back to uni, but a lot of the Deviants who invade the pub aren't back from wherever home may be. I was hoping to see Minnie and Creep there, but they were otherwise occupied (and rightly so I should say, I miss Creep like crazy and I suspect Min missed him even more! Love you guys!!). But on Thursday we'll start the long trip to Whitby, stopping at Hull for a night with Non, and I can be with my Goth Mum and Dad as well as my Husband for ages! I love our little family structure! Anyway, twas a rather pleasant evening of lovely music, knitting, chatting (catching up with Mike too who I hadn't seen for a while), and trying to avoid eye contact with Mark. I barely know the guy, and I already find him rather annoying. Or more his ability to infiltrate any event, whether he is invited or not. After the pub I went back to Leaf's for a bit to try some wonderful cookies :D A lot less oily than the ones we made earlier, which was very nice. She's got a real knack for baking I think! There shall be many more cooking adventures for Leaf and Spidey! Gecko is talking about experimenting with Vegan ice cream too! I like the sound of this! Especially considering I find neopolitan so uninspiring, it's been in my freezer a while now. There are more interesting flavours of Vegan ice cream to buy, I've just never manged to actually buy some.... I have made Pumpkin Maya Gold ice cream (though somewhat by accident, it was failed truffles!) with LaughingBloodyMurder before though, which was beyond tasy. A rather epic couple of hours was spent eating that and watching Sugar Rush. Gorramit, she needs to come to Norwich again! Especially now I'm not working. Hopefully she will visit during the Summer, many picnics to be had if she does methinks!

 Anyway, I should get some sleep. I'm not allowed to be nocturnal now I'm back at school.... *grumble grumble*.

 Night!!!

 Spidey xxx
11th-Apr-2009 01:24 pm - The Goth Family trip to London
 Me, Min and Creep got back from London last night, after being diverted through Harwich International (It's a fecking port!!! We're still not sure where mind... *googles* Essex apparently), then to Manningtree, then to Norwich, making 4 hours out of a 2 hour trip. Ironically though, it was rather fun! As some of you may know, it was Fuck You Friday yesterday (Creep only noticed how inappropriate this was after sending out Facebook invitations, being Good Friday. We then completely forgot this and decided to name today shitting Christ Saturday...). I think this was very fitting with how many Fuck Yous we said. Mainly "FUCK YOU NATIONAL EXPRESS!!!!!". But there was some very fun bits on the train back. One being Creep asking me if something could be considered Vegan and Cruelty free (inspired by my lovely tattoo lotion that I want to eat) if the person making it simply punched a cow every few minutes while it was being made (WTF!?!?!?). Min suggested they'd have little moving pictures on them depicting this. She then proceeded to punch the air, which left me in a fit of giggles. Fist+imaginary cow= A Spider in fits of laughter.

 Friday in London was a half fail. We went to the British museum, which was awesome. We looked at Mummies, bits of the Pathenon, and
lots of pretty jewellery! Shame about all the people! Especially horrid Spanish who proceeded to stare at Min and me evily, assuming that because we speak English, we wouldn't be able to understand. Grrrggg!!! Actually all day I received more odd looks than I usually do in Norwich, which is a shame as I always considered London to be more of an open minded city than Norwich. That'll teach us for going to more mainstream tourist areas!!! The second half of the day was a fail. Covent garden isn't nearly as fab as I imagined it would be. It's expensive and full of tourists. I'd been to the bit near the jubilee market before, and hated it, but assumed once we got out a bit, it would be nicer. Not really. Neal's yard was tiny!! And the only nice thing it seemed to have was a decent restaurant. Pretty expensive mind, and I'd choose Greenhouse food over theirs any day, not just because of the price. We found the street with Coffee, Cake and Kink on, as well as a good sex shop called Liberation. Both however, were closed... Grrg! Cybercandy which I love in Covent Garden was a fail. They were out of Oreos, and nothing else was sufficiently interesting (or had crappy American food labelling). But I did get a very yummy tofu and spinach quiche! And some cute Hello Kitty beads. Oddly, the best thing about yesterday was breakfast! Scrambled tofu (which me and Creep had had much fun finding the day before!!) with peppers, mushrooms, onion, and Jack Daniel's BBQ sauce. We stumbled across that sauce in Sainsbury's, sooo yummy!!! It going on everything! We had beans (with added Jack Daniel's of course) and toast too. Yum!!

 On Thursday we went to see the Sisters of Mercy. You'll notice a lack of enthusiasm in this statement. They were ok on some of the later songs, but especially the earlier song, sucked! The first few songs, I couldn't actually decipher what they were. One song seemed to start off with the lyrics for Long train, and end in ones for Detenation Boulevard, with the tune for neither. I took a lack of pictures at the gig, as they used so much smoke you couldn't see fuck all anyway! To hide the fact they're old and not so pretty now perhaps... Also, the guy doing guitar and back vocals was chronically annoying! Bring back a woman to sing! Creep even shouted "You're doing it wrong!" when they sang Temple of Love, 'cause they really were. The vocals remained on the backing track of the original song, if only we could have shut Eldritch up for a song, it might have actually been good! The support band were awful too, but me and Min had fun taking the piss out them singing "Woah!!!" in every song. I counted how long it would take them to sing it in one song. 21 seconds, fail! And we also had fun shouting "NO!!" when they kept asking us if we believed in rock and roll. After seeing them, no, no I don't. *sigh*

 Anyway! Min and Creep are coming to mine to watch movies soon! Yay hiding from humanity! Goth month continues! Roll on Whitby!!

 Spidey xxx
7th-Apr-2009 02:31 am(no subject)

"I'm giving it a massage!"

- of bread being karate-chopped in a less-than-vicious manner

"It... gives me the impression of cheese ice-cream"

"Pot roast cyber-chicken"

"3 tablespoons of wafer"

"Bitey bitey, pass the basil?"


L: We've been making cheese straws. Lots of cheese substitute stuff, bright yellow pastry and mustard. Sifted mustard, at that... don't ask me for the logic behind that. I don't understand it myself... and all that stuff about adding eggs to pastry seems bizarre to me, but hey. Apparently it's what normal people do. Once again I'm baffled by cooking conventions and have to wonder about the science behind them... cool hands I understood once. Ehh.
Apparently they're edible but need a bit more cooking.
The tiger bread is still trying to rise without enough warmth... poor yeast. Cruelty to... ummm... what are they? Protoctista? Cruelty to prokaryotes, anyway. Poor little things. Might be eukaryotic, actually. Anyway, getting sidetracked here.
03:45 and I think we're running out of things we're in the middle of cooking. So far, we've got finished interesting brownies and bread, just-out-of-the-oven cheese straws and bread-in-progress. Like a work-in-progress but yeastier.


Having stolen a piece of cheese straw, I should be able to comment on edibility soon. Yay.
...It's like shortbread. Crumbly. As I thought - it's a bit lacking in the normal oils you'd have in normal cheese, and it's trying to fall apart. Nice, though. Quite cheesy.


The interesting bread with Marmite seems to be being eaten mostly with mushroom paste, and why I'm not using my own LJ account is beyond me. Oh, wait - I remember. Laziness.


Finally giving up and going home - with tiger bread, other bread, brownies and cheese straws - at almost 6am. Hmm. 8ish hours!

7th-Apr-2009 12:36 am - Brownies!!!!
 Me and (L: ooohh, the grammar...) Leila *rolls eyes*, have been baking brownies! We did start off with a proper recipe, this one in fact: allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/6036/vegan-brownies.aspx . However, it didn't stay like that for long! We added some extra flour as it was very, very gooky! It wasn't sticking to the side like most cake mixes do (or according to Leila, it was sucking its bits back in). About 3/4 cup. We then went crazy adding everything in the cupboard including:

Chopped dried apricots
Barley malt extract
Chopped (or more precisely bashed) walnuts
Raisins
Maya Gold chocolate
Ground almonds
Orange Extract

 And probably some more stuff we've forgotten...



Quotes from various times:

"Polygamy for Dummies?"

"Protect it from crawling artists in the airing cupboard"

"It sucked all its bits back in... I know my little brother can do that, but still!"

"Naked malt extraqt!"

"Are you removing them from their nest?"

"Yum, bird entrails!"

"Sutff, aww!"

 I cooked some scrambled tofu which Leila kept stealing! We now have another concoction, bread rising. There may be another blog post soon so we don't forget what we put in that one too if it's yummy.
 


L here now. I've taken over as Spider wandered off to retrieve the bread. Which hasn't done very well in terms of rising (tsk) but at least seems to be... probably edible. Or will be, anyway.
It was a basic bread mix at first, until I wanted to add barley malt extract instead of normal (well, normal for Spider) sugar... Added quite a bit of that, actually. And some Marmite. ...And reduced-salt soy sauce. Yep, normal bread. Of course it is. Then we added chopped/crumbled walnut bits and some of the herb-type Food Doctor seed concoctions (which may be discontinued, but may not. Look out for it. Fun stuff). Not sure what else went into it... I mostly remember thumping it for a bit and being surprised that I hadn't been thinking of anyone in particular at the time. Hmm.
Apparently the warm oven is helping the rising of the bread, at least. It was a bit pathetic earlier.


I'm not actually sure when I got here. About half 8, I think. PM. I'm still here and it's almost quarter past 1 in the morning... Not sure if I'll be sleeping. In general, I mean, not necessarily here... wow, I do tend to ramble. Ah well.
Have decided that I need to acquire tofu. Didn't look like the creepy silken stuff.
The music is making me amused... so did something else, which... was important but has been forgotten. Bah.
Ah. I think she may be cleaning up. I should be helping, probably, though we've made surprisingly little mess, considering. And they have a dishwasher, so I'm thoroughly envious.
Bread is going bakeybakey, I think.
I also think one of us will post an update once we've tried the bread, but for now... I think it shall be posted before I witter much more.

26th-Mar-2009 07:05 pm - Loituma girl moment
 I'll probably make a few posts tonight if I have time, full of food, train revelations and An Cafe wonderfulness. But first, the cooking based one. I've decided I want to start blogging on some of the yummy things I make, mostly as a record for myself so I'll know how I made certain very tasty dishes so yummy, but feel free to steal anything, and if you discover a way to make it even more delicious, do tell me!

 First I'll start off with what I cooked today. My organic veggie box was delivered today, which had some leeks in. I seem to have an endless supply of these at the moment because they are in season, so I decided to try and make something that would use up at least half of my stash. I couldn't think of anything off hand I'd have all the ingredients for, so I went and attacked Google. I stumbled across this www.youtube.com/watch, which looked positively yummy. I did a bit of substitution seeing as I didn't have any fresh vegan parmesan (in fact, I'm not sure I've ever bought fresh vegan cheese...). I had the dried version, so I made a half batch of Cheezly sauce from Veganomicon, and used Parmazano insted of nurtritional yeast. Here's the recipe from Veganomicon:

Cheezy Sauce
From Veganomicon

2 cups vegetable broth or water (I used water)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of dried thyme (crumbled in your fingers)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Several pinches of freshly ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon turmeric
3/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard

Combine the broth or water and flour in a measuring cup and whisk with a fork until dissolved (a couple of lumps are okay)
Preheat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Place the oil and garlic in the pan and gently cook for about 2 minutes, stirring often and being careful not to burn the garlic.
Add the thyme, salt, and pepper, and cook for about 15 seconds. Add the broth, turmeric, and nutritional yeast, and raise the heat to medium. Use a whisk to stir constantly. The mixture should start bubbling and thickening in about 3 minutes; if it doesn't, turn the heat a bit higher.
Once the mixture is bubbling and thickening, stir and cook for about 2 more minutes. Add the lemon juice and mustard. The mixture should resemble a thick, melty cheese. Taste for salt, turn off the heat, and cover the pan to keep it warm until ready to use. The top might thicken a bit while it sits, but you can just stir it and it will be fine. Serve warm

 I just added Parmazano to taste. I love this recipe as it has none of the disgusting greasiness of regular cheese sauce, and if you take out the nooch (nutritional yeast to most of the world), you can adapt it tons.

 The only other additions I made to the recipe was I added green olives and fried some mushrooms along with the leeks, as they are two things I think no pasta dish can go without. I thought it would be nice with some vegan rashers (despite my irrational hate for nearly everything bacon flavoured), but the saltiness of the olives seem to fill that gap.

 Spider xxx

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