January 31st, 2004


More backdated reviews

Comments on The Silmarillion and Use of Weapons are now up. That's about me up to date for this month, I think.
Not much new on the diary front. I did a repeat run of the lecture on Judasim I gave last term, this time out in Forfar. This audience was both smaller and kinder than last time, but I think on the whole it was successful. I was sharing the stage with a Sikh speaker, and learnt loads about Sikhism. I have to say, the more I learn about it the more I feel drawn to it, as a religion. All good fun.

Went to J&J for Friday night last night. LC and her bloke, and RB were also there, and it was generally lovely. J&J really have a feeling for the shabbat atmosphere, and their older boy B is just starting to get the hang of what's going on. It's really wonderful to welcome the Sabbath with them, in a proper family. Not that I mind celebrating with students and friends, but there's something very special about going to J&J's. And Mrs J made a really wonderful meal, including home-made challah and many other yummy things.

B is the most incredible child: his favourite bedtime story at the moment is An illustrated social history of Britain's railways... He's learning to talk very, very slowly, but he is making noticeable progress. The little one is still too little to be interesting, but hey, he'll grow.

As for today, it's been sleety and horrible all day, so I stayed in and played on LJ, and did fun things with aubergines. Have stressful week ahead, with a lab meeting plus a meeting with the Überboss. But after Tuesday I might be able to breathe a bit.
  • Current Music
    Saint-Saëns: Piano Trio in E major

Radio recommendations?

I listen to streaming radio a lot while I'm working, and I'm having various boring technical problems with some of the stations I'm familiar with. So I'm thinking to branch out a bit. Does anyone have any recommendations for me?

I like more or less any kind of music (and part of the point of asking this very general question is to branch out into new stuff!). I'm looking for a station that's mostly music, but ideally with a little bit of DJing / news as well. All-music 'jukebox' type stations will do, if they don't repeat the same songs too often. I don't mind adverts but I get annoyed by self-consciously 'silly' DJs à la Radio 1.

Ideally I'd prefer sites that I can stream with basic programs (Windows Media player, reasonable versions of IE or Mozilla, etc), rather than anything that's going to require downloading software that I might or might not trust. In particular, I'm not letting Realplayer anywhere near my computer where it migh hurt important stuff like my thesis. And I'd rather not have to give masses and masses of personal information to be able to use the site. Email address is fine; much more than that would put me off.

Oh, and, I meant to say, I've been Paid Account fairyed again. I'm assuming it's just a random strike by the Support Fairy, but if it's actually one of you guys being nice anonymously, I'm most grateful!
  • Current Music
    Coldplay: Trouble (on radio)