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Name: John Kirriemuir
Joined: May 29, 2012


What's the deal with your nickname? How did you get it? If your nickname is self-explanatory, then tell everyone when you first started using the internet, and what was the first thing that made you say "wow, this isn't just a place for freaks after all?" Was it a website? Was it an email from a long-lost friend? Go on, spill it.

Work? The thing that pays for my airfares? I collect and analyse evidence about effective uses of digital games in education. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it doesn't.

Username? Words because I've spent most of my life reading or writing them. The shore because I've walked on a lot of beaches. And reading a good book, whilst sat on a sand dune overlooking a deserted beach on a fine day, is difficult to beat.

Childhood was a mixture of isolated rural farming, reading books from the public library, and video games. There's a piece on my work website which focuses on the games aspect. On a MetaTalk there are a few odd facts about me.

I've been online since September 5th 1988 (first day at university), and built my first website in 1991. There is a ridiculously large and extremely varied in quality load of content by me scattered across too many websites and other 'net resources. So be it.

My life for the last decade and more is pretty much all in pictures on Flickr. Therefore:
- Outside, recently.
- Foods encountered in America.
- I lived on an archipelago from 2004 to 2009. Great beaches but awful broadband.
- Playing Animal Crossing.
- Iowa in 2011 and 2015.
- Get a library card. Get many library cards.

When not on a beach or strolling through the countryside, traveling by train is fun. For a month in 2008 I took a 7,000 mile Amtrak loop to coincide with a couple of library conferences and a certain election. Life-changing.

Some posts and comments that, not always wisely, were submitted to MetaFilter. There's also been a few posts for the 2016 US election and its ... aftermath, for want of a better word. But, on to the more fun non-US political content...

Recent adventures in rural England
- An extremely summarized situation involving 18 pounds of cheese and the much fuller explanation and a bit of backstory.
- The Satanists sell me a cake.
- Maypole dancing and the inhabitants of rural English villages.
- The tombola at the village fete.
- The judges will handle your plums to check their size and consistency and more innuendo.
- The passing of Nutkins and afterwards.
- Harvest festival.
- Corruption at the village show.
- A guide to English pensioner speak.
- The Summer Solstice - achieved.
- The church organist goes rogue.
- Bukkake in rural England.
- Owl theft and on the case and no further update.
- Other fragments include a streaker, general ambling, another organ recital, some cows, some strangers in my kitchen, a Sunday morning, some unexpected band music, some time with Druids, more random ambling and more cake.

Random comments
- Otters in zoos build ladders during the night. Perhaps.
- My colleague's iPhone, in a pretentious restaurant.
- Showering.
- I do not like long films at the cinema.
- You were warned, America.
- Awkward.
- Borrowed.
- Summer nights in Iowa.
- Island living.
- Flotation tanks are disappointing.
- Helping the elderly with tech.
- Cider childhood.
- Why Britain is greater than America.
- Things that interest me.

- Things you were never told about approaching 50.
- 45 large bars of out-of-date Cadbury chocolate: should I eat them?
- Tea.
- Owl.
- Poo vs Gravity.

Food and drink posts
- cheese + tea = cheese tea
- The end of tea.
- There is cake. And there is Victoria sponge cake.
- A little piece of toast.
- One herring to bring them all, and in the darkness fry them.
- Exposed bottoms, spherical balls and a moist clutch.
- Let's talk about pies.
- Blimey! Beyond Buckinghamshire bacon badgers: British bites...
- “Grated cheese to be renamed Pulled Cheddar”
- Beyond the cheesy fried enchilada funnel cake: 2017 state fair foods.
- Decline and Fall of the British Empire, Episode 7,219 - the Walnut Whip.
- Turkey Twizzlers, cornflake tart, jam roly-poly, and spotted dick.
- My lips purse, like a cat’s arse that’s brushed against nettles.
- First cake of the season.
- Bring Your Own Pie.
- The Food of the (Northern) Gods.
- Coffee.
- Deep-fat fryers and dunking Jaffa Cakes: a nation further divided
- Cheese.
- Pizza.
- Again, cheese. More cheese. Running after cheese. And more (sort of). And making it. Bit of a theme, here.
- Spreads.
- Fluffernutter.
- Creme eggs.
- Iowa State Fair food.
- Posh British burgers.
- Scandinavian fish.
- Tea comes out of a teapot

Cat posts
- Lick your own cat.
- UK politicians trying to get their cats wedged into Parliament.
- Kimonos.
- Contacting.
- Chocolate Smoke Persian Sugartump Supremo Disaronno.
- Portland cat.
- Nyalan and Deshi.
- Bus
- The best.

Posts that are not food or cats
- The Seven Whistlers.
- Just shut up I need to craft this park bench for the owl ok?
- The UK and USA: two proud nations divided by damp, grey underwear.
- A legal alternative to academic publishing paywalls.
- Penis beaker.
- Modems.
- Gerudo Valley.
- Dildos.
- Amiina.
- aluminium.
- Man hair.
- Language differences.
- Scottish island blogging.
- Swimwear.
- Docking a boat.
- Wings Of A Dove.
- Psithurism is the best ism.
- God's Own Country: the nation of Yorkshire.
- Kate Bush - And Dream of Sheep.
- The 2016 song.
- Wave your hands in the air like you don't care.
- The 2017 UK general election is announced, approaches, and occurs.
- I try to remember not to sleep in full armor.
- The eeriness of the English countryside.
- Rural English pastimes that are not The Hunting of the Earl of Rone.

It's good to (Meta)Talk
- Were you the nearly megafamous MeFite?
- Sock sock shoe shoe versus sock shoe sock shoe
- The Joy of FPPing