August 15th, 2003

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Clyde Bruckman: You know, there are worse ways to go, but I can't think of a more undignified way than autoerotic asphyxiation.
Mulder: Why are you telling me that?
Clyde Bruckman: Look, forget I mentioned it. It's none of my business.
--The X-Files: Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose
I just thought that needed saying.

Well, we're tired and seem to have spent the last couple of days doing about five things at once. But the illustration went off to Borderlands (despite the melting of our email system), and all seems right with the world, give or take a coupla billion people. I spent my breakfast reading autopsy procedure and rates of decomposition, which is always a good start to the day.

Scully: All right. So how do I die?
Clyde Bruckman: You don't.
(and hey, they followed that up, so you can't complain about that.)
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We had a retirement lunch today, for one of the guys in my division. It means I'm now the second longest serving member of Ansto IM (even if IM doesn't quite officially exist anymore, and you have to count my vacation work in '88). Lots of retirements lately, but most of the old crowd were back again today. These are the people who -- to pull an anecdote from the air -- pushed for Unix on site, to make Ansto/AAEC one of the first sites in Australia to implement it (along with a uni or two). There's an incredible amount of expertise among them, and they've remained flexible as time creeps on.

This retirement is why I've suddenly got lots of web stuff to do, and there's plenty more to be done as well, I suspect. I got his computer though, to add to the stuff on my desk.

Among the crowd was my old boss, Eric C. He is enjoying retirement greatly, and apparently has just starred in a short film! Eric is probably the bestest human being I know, which would undoubtedly horrify him greatly, but there you go. He even gave me a present, which was very nice -- a collection of Guido Crepax's S&M comics. You know it's art when it's in hard cover.
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The Sopranos

Ginger Meggs had a Sopranos joke in today's paper. It wasn't a very good joke (but hey, it's Ginger Meggs, what do you expect?).

But it did presage the email from Amazon saying Sopranos S4 is ready for pre-order. Not that I'm buying from them, but it's nice to be told... October 28 is the date.