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Who broke the internet?

Huh. Internet still mostly dead. It seems to like livejournal, but not much else. I can get to the top level of a few sites, sporadically, but nothing that requires following many links or logging in. This is annoying, especially when I'm selling stuff on ebay for the first time in ages and the auctions finish tomorrow.

There are 208,464 files on my computer. This seems like a lot. I think it needs a thorough clean out. No viruses, though, apparently.

Question meme

1. Elaborate on your default icon.
It's a crop of a picture I really like, Cat out of Hell by Danny Flynn. I saw it somewhere years ago, and then found out who it was by at Worldcon last year, because Danny had an exhibition in the Art Show there.

2. What's your current relationship status?
Single, and happy to be so except when it leads to being excluded from things.

3. Ever have a near-death experience?
No, my life has obviously been pretty dull.

4. Name an obvious quality you have.
Um...cheerfulness, usually.

5. What's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now?
I don't seem to have one right now. When I went into my head to check, I found "The Scientist" by Coldplay, but I know that's just the default, for some reason. It always gets stuck in my head when I brush my teeth; I'm not sure if it's something to do with the electric toothbrush. OK, now I sound weird...

6. Name a celebrity you would marry:
Unfortunately strange_complex is marrying Stephen Fry, or he'd have been up there. Thinking of QI, Bill Bailey might be interesting! Or Simon Pegg would be fun, but I'd have to put up with Nick Frost (is that his name?) coming round all the time to play PlayStation.

7. Who will cut and paste this first?
Dunno - most of the memey people have done it already.

8. Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?
Not that I can remember.

9. Do you wear a watch? What kind?
No. Less people seem to wear watches these days - whenever someone asks the time, everyone has to fish into their pocket or their bag for their phone.

10. Do you have anything pierced?
Just my ears, and just once. I've thought about getting more piercings in my ears, but haven't got round to it.

11. Do you have any tattoos?
No. I'd quite like one, but I'm not sure, what with the whole permanence thing. I've thought about getting an ankh on my ankle, but a bad pun doesn't seem like a great reason for a lifelong adornment.

12. Do you like pain?
Nope.

13. Do you like to shop?
Yes for shiny gadgets and books and DVDs, no for food and clothes (except for Tshirts on the internet.)

14. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
A bunch of things in the local shop today. Bread, milk, turkey slices, blackcurrant jaffa cakes, diluting juice...

15. What was the last thing you paid for with your credit card?
Debit card - ticket back up from my parents' on Saturday. Credit card - T in the Park tickets the other week. I must go and pay it off, but I can't get on the bloody bank website.

16. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
Appointments person at the doctor's.

17. What is on your desktop background?
At home, my cows posing picture which I'm sure I've posted here before. At work, the Ninth Doctor as seen through the eyestalk of a Dalek.

18. What is the background on your cell phone?
I haven't actually got one on the moment, because I've got my phone set to automatically upload all photos and images to the computer when I connect it, and I haven't got around to finding an image I like and hiding it in a folder where it won't get uploaded and deleted.

19. Do you like redheads?
Yeah, they're the best :o) So much so I'm a fake redhead.

20. Do you know any twins?
Not these days, I don't think. There were two sets of identical twins in my class at primary school, one set of whom I occasionally see at Christmases.

21. Do you have any weird relatives?
Yeah, but I haven't seen them for years. There was one alarmingly fat bloke who still lived at his mum's when he was far too old too, and I always thought he was weird as hell, but it occurs to me now he was probably just a geek.

22. What was the last movie you watched?
I watched the first half of Lost in Translation last night, I've taped the rest and will probably get round to it soon. It was a bit slow and sweet, and I was in a bad mood. Last one I watched all the way through - I'm not sure, actually. Might have been Back to the Future 3, *weeks* ago.

23. What was the last book you read?
I just reread the Magicians Guild trilogy by Trudi Canavan, and I'm in the middle of a book of essays by Robert Louis Stevenson about other authors. (I'm reading it on the bus.)

Comments

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vonandmoggy
Jul. 24th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
Wasn't me, uh-uh, swear to gawd, I didn't break the internet! Nooooo!!!! Me like internet!!!

:)
carrie2004
Jul. 24th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Apparently the excessive heat has been affecting the internet, it even
led to Myspace being shut down for a half day or something.
the BBC news article

P.S. I don't know how much you already know about computers and stuff...but did you check alt-ctrl-del to see what programs are running on your computer?
Also, Start...Run...Msconfig...Startup? To see what programs are on the startup? You may have spyware messing stuff up or maybe it's not your computer at all.
brenmacneil
Jul. 25th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
mmm that explains something, most of sunday evening i couldnt get into my yahoo email, yet i could get into LJ and plenty of other websites

then yesterday morning no problem (and not as if ther was any emails worth checking anyway, but still)

at least we now know the 'net doesnt like the hot weather either
rwrylsin
Jul. 25th, 2006 05:57 am (UTC)
davidcook & I have had a few weird internet problems in recent months (using NTL) where suddenly most sites couldn't be found (but some could), or you could get to some pages of a site but not others.
Usually seems to come good on its own, sooner or later, but I think David power-cycled the modem in some cases.
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