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Last week my parents and I went to stay a couple of nights in Brighton because dad had a short golfing trip organised and mum and I fancied a couple of days shopping. Brighton's pretty fun, a funky seaside town with a pier and a fantastic little shopping area called The Lanes which houses a lot of quirky, unusual stores like Chocywoccydoodah and Fizzywigs.

Wednesday night, Moose joined us so he and I could get the train down to Bristol the next day to catch Jonathan Coulton in concert! It was my third Coulton show, and they're seriously my favourite gigs to go to; they're the perfect blend of nerdy and funny, with awesome music and a great atmosphere. He was joined again by Paul & Storm, a musical comedy duo who are so, so much more than just an opening band. It's funny, the first Jonathan Coulton show I attended, I initially didn't plan on getting there in time for the opening act, because they're usually so horrible. I'm so glad I caught it though, because Paul & Storm have become one of my top artists. They hold the stage perfectly and work so well with Coulton. Here's Storm, me, and Paul, with a Jonathan Coulton in the background. Awesome guys, the lot of 'em.

I adore JoCo's music, even if I was really late in the 'Still Alive' game (I hadn't finished Portal at the time, and so hadn't heard the song until I actually heard him sing it in his London show a few years back.) He performed a gorgeous acoustic version of Portal 2's song, too, after asking how many of us had actually played the game. Those who hadn't were spoiled, but I don't think they minded too much, haha. I got a sweet recording of both songs, anyway:

The following weekend was digicowboy's birthday, so we moseyed on down to Romsey to partake in his annual birthday BBQ, though while it was dry, the wind drove us inside the house and our evening was spent playing Smash Brothers, Boom Blox and the Mario Bros Wii game. We also watched Black Dynamite and Army of Darkness, which I swear to God I always thought was a zombie flick. Considering I've been a nerd my entire life, there are holes in my nerdy media knowledge that are vast and distressing! (Up until a few years ago, I thought Storm Troopers were robots.) DC also introduced us to Community, which was thoroughly enjoyable. It was basically Scrubs, if Scrubs was set in a community college, and if Scrubs wasn't so horribly derivative and trite.

Anyway, this week I worked pretty much every day because one of the staff is on holiday, but between shifts I've been selling Personality Core pin badges, which were stupidly popular at Expo and have proven to be popular online, too. (I gave a set to Jonathan Coulton at the show, haha).


More information can be found on my DeviantART page :)

There's big Medic-y stuff happening in TF2 so my weekend's going to be devoted to obsessing over that. See ya!



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Jun. 18th, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
Aww, the sad remains of the west pier.

I may have to get some Paul and Storm music. They were really good and a lot of fun.
Jun. 18th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
the pins look really good, what did Mr. Coulton said when you handed them these?

also, what medicy stuff?
as in .. finally the medic vid?
its been so long!
Jun. 18th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
I might be interested in some pinnnnnnnns, omg.
Jun. 21st, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
What do I have to do to get some pins on Sonic Saturday?
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