Much as I love my new shorter commute, it does create one small problem: I no longer have enough time to read the whole paper on the way into work. By this point in the week, and this one is no exception, I have usually acquired a large pile of unfinished Independents, and more often than not compound the problem by picking up Thursday’s Guardian, if only for Online, and Bad Science. This week, to make matters worse, a bumper crop of books that I ordered online weeks ago have all turned up. Frankly, the chances of me actually managing to finish reading Vernon God Little (or even starting Brick Lane) aren’t really looking good now that I have yet more reading matter at my disposal (most of which I have added to the ever growing list in the sidebar). I’m quite prepared for the last of them, Q, to be crap, but I couldn’t resist buying the “cult, historical novel” purely for the comedy value of the Italian anarchist collective responsible for it having chosen the name of the former Watford (and briefly AC Milan) striker Luther Blissett as their pseudonym.

In other news, inspired by Rob and Angel’s recent name-related postings, here’s the definition of my name from the Kabalarian website:

Your name of Matthew has created a most expressive nature, idealistic and inspirational, driven with a strong inner urge to be of service in some way that would uplift humanity as a whole. However, there is a tendency to assume too heavy a burden of responsibility for others, which leads to worry and undue concern. People with problems are drawn to you as they recognize you as one who has understanding and gives not only sympathy and comfort but provides also some constructive advice or assistance. You have a generous quality to your nature, but you must guard carefully against giving more than you receive or you will find yourself doing without because you have helped someone else.

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  1. I finished VGL. Very enjoyable. It gets unputdownable once he makes it to Mexico. (I don’t think I’m giving anything away by telling you that he makes it to Mexico; it says so on the back of the book after all.)

  2. Sounds good, but I’m not sure it’s going to help–I was enjoying it so far anyway (I haven’t got to the bit where he gets to Mexico yet, though) but the problem is that everytime I try to read it on the train, I have to put it down after 25 minutes, because carrying on reading it all day at my desk is, I believe, sort of frowned upon…

  3. Gosh, you’re one of only 1,570 names to have that exact definition on the Kabalarian site. I reckon their full subscription must be a bargain…

  4. Hmm. Hyperlink didn’t seem to have worked.

    Search Google for
    site:www.kabalarians.com has created a most expressive nature

    And you’ll see what I mean. Other names that share the definition include Ace, Sheila and Stlouisguy. Oh, and “Matt” and “Matthew,” needless to say, produce different results, as do “Dave” and “David.”

    Good god I’m bored. And sad.

  5. How funny… Although I can’t say I’m surprised: Dodgy new-age philosophical mumbo-jumbo in complete nonsense shocker…

  6. Dave, the reason your hyperlink didn’t work is because you had "<a src=" rather than "<a href="

    I’ve fixed it now…

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