August 16th, 2013
|01:57 am - Sometimes they come back|
One day everybody will grow fed up with Facebook and Twitter and will return to writing properly on Livejournal.
March 31st, 2011
|11:08 pm - Annual update|
Life is going well, new house in Bristol, making good money, beautiful son.
July 4th, 2010
|07:40 pm - Johnny at five months|
About time I posted a picture of the young chap to my near-defunct Livejournal. He's the best.
July 1st, 2010
|12:38 am - Writer's Block: No bloody way|
I once knew this guy who was a member of this exclusive hunting club operating out of some Eastern European country. You could tell by this weird tattoo he liked to show off to his closest friends that it was serious stuff. Anyway he'd exchange a few texts with the owners and sporadically off he would go on one of his jaunts. He never gave much detail but it always cheered him up and besides, we shared a mutual interest in the early comic films of Steve Martin.
Could you ever be good friends with someone who hunted purely for sport?
June 27th, 2010
|07:46 pm - Writer's Block: Planet friendly|
The best case scenario set out by the IPCC is a rise of 2 degrees by the end of this century; this is not now a realistic possibility since our governments failed to commit at Copenhagen. Even a 2 degree rise will mean enormous changes for humanity, not least because - for example - it will devastate America's ability to produce its own food supply, let alone the effect it will have on African nations. A 6 degree rise would effectively spell the end of the human race as we know it, and without at least some mitigation this is a serious possibility. Do I think it's possible to reverse the trend? We already know how to limit warming to 2 degrees, so from a scientific and technical perspective yes. From a political perspective many people still do not believe in any anthropogenic factors despite vast amounts of evidence so, depressingly, no.
How concerned are you about global warming? Do you believe it's possible to reverse the climate trend?
May 3rd, 2010
|04:52 pm - Writer's Block: Pet central|
If you have a cat then you already know that you're only ever its guardian anyway.
Some animal rights activists are fighting to replace the term 'owner' with 'guardian' to convey a more balanced relationship between a person and her or his pet. Do you agree or disagree with the importance of this mission?
April 25th, 2010
|04:01 pm - Election|
Who gives a fuck? Everyone I know seems to have morphed into a smug Liberal Democrat-supporting tosser. Newsflash: Clegg is a cunt.
February 2nd, 2010
|12:26 am - Here's Johnny!|
Things went almost according to plan. The main issue was that Johnny was back-to-back so Jen wasn't getting any respite between contractions (which began at 5.30am). Despite this, we both managed to get some sleep in the afternoon and the midwives turned up at about 6pm. From there, I attempted to fill the birth pool that we both went to huge effort in procuring and setting up but as was entirely predictable Jen never made it back downstairs again and Johnny was born in our bedroom at 10.21pm. I'll leave out the gory details suffice to say that it was both one of the most traumatic and amazing experiences of our lives (more so for Jen of course!)
He weighed in at a whopping 10lbs 2oz so his mum is a true superstar. He they both are just minutes after he popped out.
January 30th, 2010
|11:13 pm - Parenthood|
At 10:21pm, 26th January 2010, I became a dad! Welcome to the planet, Johnny Shaw.
September 8th, 2009
|12:54 am - I mean to have you Livejournal... even if it must be burglary|
My brother recently returned from an extended trip to Vegas, where he stayed in a mansion and frittered away over $20,000 of a famous British poker player's stake money on World Series events. He was entertained by strippers who hawk their wares more liberally than in the UK ("one rule, no fingers in the pussy, boy..."), his brothers-in-arms faced attempted robbery from naked prostitutes, and then he lost his passport. Adventures, good times.
Meanwhile back in the bat cave I've switched to headsup NL exclusively - for the time being at least. Although I am only playing the $50 games I find the stress of headsup fairly intense and, more importantly, I'm not actually very good at it. All superfluous activities have been suitably defenestrated as I concentrate on cracking this damn game. I have approximately four months before my girlfriend gives birth to my firstborn son and in this time I would like to make some money.
After all. Can you imagine. Me. ME. Having to do some kind of normal job. Like a regular schmoe. Disgraceful.