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If anyone is too fat it is NOT POLLY.

I hate it when stupid people try to have opinions about my baby.

She's perfect and healthy and clever. UNLIKE SOME PEOPLE I COULD MENTION.

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Thanks. That's all.
Hmm, wonder if someone has updated Facebook.


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Hmmm, wonder if someone has updated Twitter.


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Hmm, wonder if someone has updated Facebook.


oh, no.

Hmmm, wonder if someone has updated Twitter.


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Oooh, yes!

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Hmmm, wonder if someone has updated Twitter.


oh, no.

Hmm, wonder if someone has updated Facebook.


oh, no.

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ooh, yes!

15 seconds later...

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oh, no.

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Tasty dinner


* Lamb cutlets, or lamb chops, with a nice seam of FAT (you could of course substitute aubergine, or perhaps even some lean lamb, whatever floats your boat)

* Cherry tomatoes. Lots of them. I use a whole punnet. Are they still called punnets when they don't have strawberries in them?

* Garlic. As much as you can take. I usually use about 3 cloves.

* Veg (optional). Courgette or aubergine are favourites. Red onion might be nice.

* Rosemary or another herb, such as thyme, or whatever you like.

* Crushed chilli, unless you don't fancy it, which I usually don't actually.

* Balsamic vinegar, this bit is crucial, unless of course you don't like it.

* Olive oil, preferably not extra virgin, but who's watching?

* Salt & pepper. Of course I use maldon sea salt flakes and freshly crushed black pepper, but I'm a pretentious cow like that.

Vague directions

Score the fat on the meat.
Sear it in a hot pan if you want. I don't always bother.
Bob it in an oven dish/roasting dish/suitable container
Chuck in tomatoes
Crush the garlic into the dish
Get bored of step-by-step instructions, and just put everything else in too.
Smush it around a bit so most things are covered-ish with the herbs, oil & garlic.

If you're not sure how much balsamic to put in, use about 1.5 times what you think, then add a glug more.

Put in oven. 180ish or 200ish or whatever temperature you want to roast things at.

Take out of oven when fat is crispy tasty. Probably about half an hour. Unless I mean 40 minutes. Speaking of which, I forgot to pay attention to when I put it in the oven this evening... it may be ready now in fact.

Oh, if you want, towards the end, chuck in some black olives.

Serve with the kind of things you like to serve food with. Like a salad or potatoes or whatever. I prefer a knife and fork to be honest.


This was inspired by a sausage dish by Jamie Oliver.


While we're on the subject of making things, does anyone have any idea why Gravatar doesn't like me? I followed instructions, the website tells me its working fine, but my icon doesn't appear on comments on four good corners - which I take to mean it won't work on blog posts there either (which is why I have refrained thus far. That, and the fact that I'm up to my eyeballs in school work)
I have already studied:

S197 - How The Universe Works
- Cosmology & Particle Physics. I actually enjoyed it and started reading the related articles in New Scientist with genuine interest. Not so much any more. Its become boring again.

S180 - Studying Mammals
- I hate courses with the words "Studying" or "Understanding" in the title. I enjoyed this though. It was beautiful, and involved watching David Attenborough.

SK183 - Understanding Human Nutrition
- I understand that nutrition guidelines are bullshit

T184 - Robotics & The Meaning Of Life
- interesting but quite basic. The "robot" I made out of lego for the course was basically a box on wheels. I also got to read I, Robot. Not sure I learned much, apart from the existence of the "Uncanny valley"

M150 - Data, Computing and Information
- bog basic computer course. I could do no work for a month, then catch up in an afternoon. Which was good, because at one point I was also studying 3 other courses. No, 4. But only for a couple of weeks.

MST121 - Using Mathematics
- revision in parts. Challenging (in a nice managable simple challenge way) in others.

MS221 - Exploring Mathematics
- Extension of previous course. More challenging, but still not hard hard challenging. This was my first level 2 course, which is when you start getting grades of pass, rather than just "Pass". I got a distinction. Go me!

M255 - Object Oriented Programming with Java
- Not finished this one yet. Done all the assignments (average mark 97%! Its easy when you can tell if your code works or not. Just run it - does it do what it says on the tin? No? Try again!) - got the exam on June 15th.

SD226 - Biological Psychology: Exploring the Brain
- REALLY enjoying the actual studying part. But hate the assignments. Mostly because I got my worst EVER mark in the first one. So bad I actually sent it back to get marked again, becuse I couldn't believe I was capable of such a bad mark. What pissed me off the most was losing marks for not describing two lobes of the brain, in a question about representations of the brain, which merely asked me to MENTION two lobes. Not describe them.
- Also, I suck at essays
- Trying to work on my second assignment for this one now.

Because M255 is just about coming to an end, I would normally be just about starting my next course. I like to do two at once, and overlap a little at the ends. Because SD226 has been so much more time consuming and demanding than the others I've done so far, I'm holding off starting another one until October. Then, I'm going to do two more Java ones.

I also want to do 6 short courses which culminate in a Web Development certificate. They have had bad student reviews about being a lot of work with fairly little support, but I figure that it might actually be useful in real life. So I might go for it.

I also want to do Signals & Perceptions: The Science of the Senses - but I suspect I'll have similar problems to those I'm having with the Biological Psychology one.

The final course that I'm aiming for is Natural & Artificial Intelligence.

At this rate, I should get my degree in 2013.

p.s. - I went through a phase of calling the Biological Psychology course Neurobiology, because it sounded less fluffy.
With my new bed, I have fantastic sleeps these days. I konk out, then don't wake up until I'm actually supposed to. Its great and everything, I feel more awake and rested and all that, but I kind of miss that feeling of waking up in the middle of the night, looking at my phone, and having that lovely comforting feeling of "oooh, I get two whole more hours sleep, lovely!"

Anyway. This morning I did a real good sleep in and didn't get out of bed until like 11am.

This is bad, because I've taken 2 days off work to catch up with my school work. Losing half the day didn't really help me achieve my goal.

I will take this opportunity to tell you all about my school work. Oh, actually, no I won't.

I'll tell you all about it in a WHOLE NEW POST!! Vanessa, I took you seriously!
Can you disable that annoying link preview thing that lj does on mouseover?
Hello all

I am sorry to say that I have set up a new blog. It is just about me and what I'm interested in at any given moment I'm afraid.

One of these days the graphics will be replaced, but it is currently what I could achieve by clicking a couple of buttons.

You can find it at http://www.tangoshoes.me.uk/blog/.

I hope to see you there!
Using one word for each letter of the alphabet, make a list of the words you most associate with yourself or that you feel best describe you.

awkward, bouncy, childlike, doodler, excitable, floppy, garish, happy, independent, juvenile, kinetic, lazy, mean, nonsensical, optimistic, preoccupied, quixotic, restless, spontaneous, territorial, unchannelled, vacillating, wistful, xxx, yellow, zesty
Just stumbled across this article and video.

Amazing. Go watch the robot try to walk across an icy carpark.