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Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Subject:Ups and Downs of Standup Comedy
Time:10:37 pm.

I was booked to do a 'gig' last Wednesday.. but the day before I got an email saying the management team who owned the building had changed and decided not to run a stand-up night any more!

But have another booking, that will be my 6th performance and my first repeat venue.

And then, someone's taken the trouble to visit all my comedy YouTube vids and posted negative comments. Strange, it doesn't particularly put me off and I could delete the comments but not inclined to, I just wonder why someone bothers to do that, then sends me a youtube message repeating the same thing. Odd.

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Subject:More stand-up comedy
Time:10:36 pm.
I've so far done 4 standup comedy performances. Three have gone very well, though one was awful - the background noise in the pub (most people not there for comedy) meant those on stage couldn't hear any laughs from the audience, which was quite a problem so I lost track and gave up after a while.

Take a look at http://www.olistephens.co.uk/ 
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Subject:Reading Pride!
Time:10:33 pm.
I was at Reading Pride last Saturday.

It's the 4th year it's happened - it's a free set of tents (music, beer etc) on a field near Reading.

Quite a fun event, seem to be lots of people (though probably most didn't know what the event was).

Apparently the 4th largest Pride in the country!

Was anyone else there?
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Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Subject:Gaming convention!
Time:11:46 pm.
I spent today at GenCon, a gaming convention (card and board games of the D&D etc variety).

Why? Because it's there! Or, more specifically, because it's here. It's at Reading University, which is a short bus-ride from my house.

Not a lot of idea what to expect (the website's just confusing - genconuk.com)

It was rather confusing - the university has about 50 buildings, and after I'd found the registration area, even the guy running it was unable to tell me which buildings had con-related things in.

Most of it was filled with rooms and rooms full of games playing, mostly tournament games. Interesting to see (huge range of games being played) but not something a newbie can get involved with.

Then there were rooms where games sellers were pushing their games, so would show demos and let you play with them. I'd recommend Carcassonne as a neat but very easy-to-pick-up game (see wikipedia)

And the 'trade hall' where companies sell their stuff. Huge ranges of games, but also more dice than you can think of. I couldn't help buying a 'block' of 36 6-sided dice for £2.50 (purple!) just have to find a use for them - are there any games that need that many???

Watch out - they were selling 'cheat' dice too, like a 6-sided die that has 2 1's on it!

There was other stuff, such as a talk about 'getting your game published in the games industry'.

Interesting to compare with BiCon - there was no big social 'party' evening on the day I went, just games long into the night...

In all, a worthwhile experience (very 'different') tho not sure I'd go again unless I was more organised, having scheduled games etc. 
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Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Subject:Stand up for comedy!
Time:11:06 pm.
I've recently been getting into doing stand-up comedy :)

There are various venus that take newcomers into 'open mic' slots. So far only done 2 sets of 5 mins each, and haven't 'crashed and burned' so far... Quite fun tho, have another 3 booked.

Take a look at my tiddly website - olistephens dot co dot uk

Links there to recordings of my performances which are on youtube (search for 'olistephens'), although one is almost inaudiable.

Any feedback appreciated, good bad or indifferent.
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Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Subject:Nice dressing up at bicon
Time:8:25 pm.
I forgot to add to my bicon post, I had fun dressing up as usual.

One evening I was in red metallic zentai (full body suit) sometimes with hood up so I only had eyeholes, but most of the time unhooded. Another evening I was wearing a rubber shortie suit, one of only 3 people in rubber that night. And at times I was wearing various little 'secrets' too :)

I was very impressed by the costumes at the 'film' themed fancy dress night. I didn't really have anything themed, tho perhaps looked a bit like an Incredible in my red full suit. But many others had gone to a lot of trouble to perfect their costumes - HAL 9000 and Shrek amongst many others.

Already planning for next year :)
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Subject:BiCon etc
Time:10:37 pm.
I've been going to BiCon for 14 years now... some years I've had a profoundly wonderful time, others quite a miserable time.

This year in Wales was at neither extreme, but it was a really nice 'connecting' time with a few particuarly nice bits :)

The venue was quite good despite being very hilly and I'd hoped for more (efficient) on-site catering, but that's no criticism of the organisation, which generally seemed to go without a hitch (from the outsider's point of view anyway!) - well done all involved.

I planned for 2 workshops - Speed Dating was popular with about 30 people (room was pretty much full) tho I think I have to make some changes in future years (have chairs further apart and have a plan to cope with people leaving) and Confessions game, which was first thing on Sunday and only 2 people turned up to (thanks guys) so we disbanded it. But also I was asked to run a fun & games workshop since the original organiser was unwell - that kinda ran itself with input from other attendees.

Then spent a few days with parents and friends in Wales before returning home to Reading.

Always the disadvantage of a long holiday is the return to work :( But only for 2 days before long bank holiday weekend :)
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Subject:Still alive!
Time:10:30 pm.
Yes, I'm having another go at LiveJournal (thanks for the suggestion aster13!)

I'll see how it goes, not sure how well I'll keep up with posting.

But I think it will do me good to keep in touch with folks out there, I've been quite 'insular' recently but BiCon reminded me there's humans out there.
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Monday, July 24th, 2006

Subject:"I love you, and you, and you..."
Time:11:39 pm.
...is the name of the Channel 4 (in the UK) programme on Wednesday night, 26th July 11:05pm, in their Tainted Love series.

I have no 'inside' information about it, but the blurb mentions 'polyamory'. Could be interesting to see what they do with it...
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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Subject:Fun at BiCon
Time:3:23 pm.
I had a fun time at BiCon last weekend, got to meet lots of nice shiny new bisexuals, and had some fun wearing strange clothing in public, which I always like to do :)
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Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Subject:BiCon time again!
Time:8:58 pm.
Hi all!

Yes, it's that time of year again for BiCon to come around.

That would be the National Bisexual Coference/Convention - see http://www.bicon2006.org.uk/

Er, well, actually it's not that time of year, since that time of year is usually the end of August, but they moved it this year and so the end of August is in the middle of July (of course).

I always decide late, and this year once again have only just decided to go along and 'see the old gang' and all that.

But have you seen how much it costs to get from down here to up there - that is, from Reading to Glasgow? £97 by train taking 6 hours, or £97 flight plus another £20 or so in other transport taking about 4 hours. Checking megabus or coach options too.

I ticked the box to say I wanted to run a workshop but the registration process seems to have declined my offer - will research further.

So see you all in Glasgow, 13th to 17th July! Hurrah!
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Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Subject:Mark is alive!
Time:1:28 pm.
Mark, who was last seen in September, came to visit me last night!

He's alive and well, and in fine spirits, although a lot more hairy now.

He's been staying in a tent near Sonning Common for the last 5 months, getting enough cash from the DSS to eat, and spending most of his time listening to Radio 4.

He's gone back to his tent now, although he said he'd visit again so I hope he's going to return to roofed accomodation (but not sure of the state of his flat now). DSS have stopped his cash coming in, so he may have to return in order to sell his flat or something.

But seems like he's in no rush to do anything.

More news as I hear it...
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Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Subject:No news on Mark
Time:9:04 pm.
My friend Mark has now been missing for 4 months!

He was mentioned in the Big Issue and on a TV program about missing people and a few other places, but no sign of him.

I think the police have probably run out of ideas, and his sister is having to deal with sorting out the bills for his flat, which will probably soon be reposessed.

We fear the worst...
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Subject:Games - card, board and otherwise
Time:7:41 pm.
Some friends and I are considering a games playing session - 3 or possibly more for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon on an irregular basis.

I'd like recommendations for what's a good game to play. I've got Talisman, which is fun. I've seen people playing Munchkin which looks fun (oo it's available on ebay at the mo!)

None of the other players have a D&D background, but anything that's fun and easy and preferably amusing would be good to try them on.

Ideas pleez!
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Subject:Missing posters up
Time:6:20 pm.
My missing friend is still missing, and now the police have put up posters in the pub.

Police are taking it seriously now - hope they've checked his bank accounts for activity, though don't know if they have.

I'm rather clueless as to what could have happened... don't know where he might have gone, and can't imagine he would 'do himself in' (though who can tell).
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Monday, October 17th, 2005

Subject:Police taking notice now
Time:10:07 pm.
Update on the saga with my missing friend... been over a month now with no sign.

I raised the issue twice with police and they didn't follow up, but now my friend's sister has reported him missing, and they're investigating properly.

They know I have a doorkey to his flat, but despite that, at 3am last week they smashed through his flat's front door! Looked around but found nothing interesting.

Now the flat door is screwed to the doorframe, with no note on the door - not sure what he's going to do if he comes back!

I believe they're going to check for cashpoint withdrawals, but not heard anything yet.
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Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Subject:CV anyone?
Time:11:59 pm.
My bf's looking for a new job, and so has to go through the pain of putting a CV together (can't find his previous one).

I'm sure there are various sites on the net about how to do a good one, but would anyone care to recommend such a site that they've used?

I'll also pass my critical eye over his CV, since I'm an employer! But in a different field...

Any suggestions welcome.
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Subject:Police not investigating
Time:11:45 pm.
The police took details of my friend, but said they wouldn't investigate as he's not in any clear danger or involved in an attack.

But they directed me to the national missing persons helpline at http://www.missingpersons.org so I've reported him there.
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Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

Time:12:59 am.
I reported my missing friend to the police tonight.

They called me back at gone midnight... they're currently off checking out his flat, then will return to fill out some paperwork shortly.

And I have the bf alseep in bed upstairs!

I tried to report him as missing a few weeks ago - that time the police didn't want to know, but this time they took all the details. The length of time was not the significant factor, so I think it was just a case of getting a different person on the phone deciding to have a different attitude to the same issue.

Also, my friend's Mum called me earlier and asked if I'd seen him, as she normally speaks to him every 2 weeks and hasn't heard from him in a while.

All very odd...
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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Subject:New phone!
Time:3:33 am.
I got me a new mobile! Sharp GX17 which is pretty basic bluetooth phone. I'm on pay-as-you-go - no point going on contract since my call rate is about 2 hours per year! But that means I gotta pay for the phone.

Of course, the bluetooth bit doesn't work too well... connection to PC seems to have got better since I reinstalled PC driver software, though the software that came with the phone for upload/downloading stuff prompts me to click a button that doesn't exist!

...so now's your opportunity to tell me I should have got a different model...
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