June 2015

Jul. 8th, 2015 08:55 am
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
The Brighton SF reading group discussed Synners by Pat Cadigan (on the 1st), once again I didn't finish the book ;-(
Had my annual asthma review, under control :-)
Ballroom Dancing classes revised Tango, new steps in Foxtrot, Ragtime Swing - sequence dance. End of the month social dance, on the last Saturday.
Saw Chiropractor and got my hair cut - clipper cut No 2.
Worked on the Coursera Python course, but finally gave up before the end, will re-take it's next iteration.
Finished watching iZombie series 1.
Discovered that both Brighton & Hove and West Sussex libraries can lend ebooks using the Bluefire Reader for iOS and Android. Was also able to use this reader to access DRM locked Nook ebooks (in particular the Hallowed Hunt by Lois mcMaster Bujold)
Got 2 books from Amazon and one from The Book Depository. A significant reduction from when I was working in London (5 years ago) and bought 3+ books a week!
Internet connectivity failed at home and was unavailable for nearly 3 days! Fortunately Internet was available at work ;-)
Trains delayed, and managed to claim some monies back, via Delay Repay.
My contract has been extended (at the 11th hour) to September!!!
My watch strap broke, fortunately at home so it didn't get lost! and replaced at vast expense.
The last weekend was not only the social dance but the Folk & Beer Festival at The Hawth.
Went to See the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on the Sunday evening. Also bought ticket for the Circus Festival before realising my Niece is getting married on that Saturday!
Collected two tickets to see the Last Tango - with Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace in Feb 2016 -to go with dance partner J (and a lot of Crawley Dance Academy).
Forgot my Nook eReader on Platform 5 at Three Bridges station! Contacted station master and got a call the following day that it had been found and could be collected!
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So since Picocon, taken an ITQ Database software module, and passed with a score of 92% (a suprise as I didn't compleat the course work). I've also signed up for the next module, I'm intending to work towards a BCS ITQ2 IT User Skills Diploma.I've taken 5 modules so far and have up to 8 more to go, but I'm half way there.

At work I've added an external monitor to my laptop which is very cool. I've also been providing mentoring / training on the new way of working mostly to groups of 1-3 people, but one group was for 11, which was quite scarey . Additionally I have moved into work flow management as "hot-house co-ordinator", not my favourite thing, but I seem to be able to do it. This is in addition to the original Report writing!

Last month was my Dad's birthday and I took a bus directly from work to Crawley and then a train to Horsham. Mum collected me (which was a suprise as last time I saw her she was walking with the aid of sticks). I showed Dad my EZReader and Android eTouch, also took him to Currys to see newer devices, but he decided not to purchase at this time.

When I got back from my parental visit, I took a walk around Bedelands, pretty bleak at the moment, despite the sun.

Due to a reccomendation on LJ I hunted my TV channels for Phineas & Ferb and have been watching episodes regularly since. They are great fun, and have earworminh tunes.

For Lent I decided not to buy chocolate or books, or anything from the vending machine at work. A few previously pre-ordered books from Amazon have arrived, including Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire, which I must remember to nominate for a Hugo next year, Fair Game by Patricia Briggs, Assassins in Love: Assassins Guild by Kris DeLake, and Raven Calls (Walker Papers) by C E Murphy (and the No Dominion Kickstarter).

I have been involved in a number of Kickstarter projects, mostly book related. This seems to be an excellent way of supporting an author to write a non comercial story that needs to be written.

As today is Mothering Sunday I decided to visit my Mum (and the rest of the family). Once again I left from work, though I was delayed by an hour and a half to compleat a report! Mum collected me and discovered my parents were the only one in on Friday evening. Saturday rained almost all day, helped Mum with her spreadsheets, and attached her lapto to the TV so she could play iPlayer on the big screen. I worked on my ITQ modules!

Just got back from church went with parents and sister.
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Last Saturday week I woke up with a muscle spasm in my left calf muscle. It had tightened to the size of a tennis ball and was very painful for a few minutes. After it finally relaxed I did have some issues with walking, so had to take the train to town, instead of as usual walking.

I had a few deliveries of books, ordered from Amazon since Easter. I've even started reading some of them!

Last Sunday I went to the local cinema to see "How to Train Your Dragon" an animated feature with very odd selections of accents, and some very different dragon designs. This was Followed by "Kick-Ass" an almost real world super hero story, that takes as it's premise why are there no super heroes in the real world. Even so some of the character were almost unbelievable.

On Monday I went to the Hawth to see the movie "Where the Wild Things Are" only to discovered it had been cancelled, as only 4 people had booked to view it!

Yesterday was the monthly Late at the Science Museum with an evening exploring the Science of Beauty. I tried a couple of table top experiments, trying to kebab a balloon, and making coat hangers sound like Big Ben! The main even for me was the Centenary Talk: Beautiful Mind with Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell who discussed her life in Astro-Physics, including the discovery of Pulsars. This was an hour long and made it impossible to get to any of the other talks / workshops. Left earlier than usual.
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Last Saturday week I woke up with a muscle spasm in my left calf muscle. It had tightened to the size of a tennis ball and was very painful for a few minutes. After it finally relaxed I did have some issues with walking, so had to take the train to town, instead of as usual walking.

I had a few deliveries of books, ordered from Amazon since Easter. I've even started reading some of them!

Last Sunday I went to the local cinema to see "How to Train Your Dragon" an animated feature with very odd selections of accents, and some very different dragon designs. This was Followed by "Kick-Ass" an almost real world super hero story, that takes as it's premise why are there no super heroes in the real world. Even so some of the character were almost unbelievable.

On Monday I went to the Hawth to see the movie "Where the Wild Things Are" only to discovered it had been cancelled, as only 4 people had booked to view it!

Yesterday was the monthly Late at the Science Museum with an evening exploring the Science of Beauty. I tried a couple of table top experiments, trying to kebab a balloon, and making coat hangers sound like Big Ben! The main even for me was the Centenary Talk: Beautiful Mind with Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell who discussed her life in Astro-Physics, including the discovery of Pulsars. This was an hour long and made it impossible to get to any of the other talks / workshops. Left earlier than usual.
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So after over ten hours sleep I got up and we went off to IHOP for brunch I had ham and scrambled eggs with all you can eat pancakes, I had 8 altogether! We then did various stops, I got some postcards and bought some trousers at Walmart. We also got cat food and some books, on sale at the library. Back home for dinner, chicken and sweet potato, and some TV watching.

Thursday was colder and we didn't stay out though we did return to the IHOP I had sausages this time, but otherwise the same. I hemmed the trouser cuffs on the pair of jeans I purchased yesterday. Read a bit, had a snooze in the afternoon. With dinner of soup and meat wraps watched some more TV NCIS pilot, and Stephen Fry in America!

Friday morning we collected [livejournal.com profile] hms42 from Gafilk hotel so we could have brunch together. I had ham again this time with eggs over easy. Also I only had 6 pancakes this time. The weather had been very cold with a light dusting of snow over night. We did hit a couple of icy patches but managed to navigate them without any problems.

After brunch we went to a couple of thrift stores, and I picked up a few cheap books, the other also found interesting stuff. Then back home, finished packing for the weekend then off to the Crowne Plaza and Gafilk.
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So after over ten hours sleep I got up and we went off to IHOP for brunch I had ham and scrambled eggs with all you can eat pancakes, I had 8 altogether! We then did various stops, I got some postcards and bought some trousers at Walmart. We also got cat food and some books, on sale at the library. Back home for dinner, chicken and sweet potato, and some TV watching.

Thursday was colder and we didn't stay out though we did return to the IHOP I had sausages this time, but otherwise the same. I hemmed the trouser cuffs on the pair of jeans I purchased yesterday. Read a bit, had a snooze in the afternoon. With dinner of soup and meat wraps watched some more TV NCIS pilot, and Stephen Fry in America!

Friday morning we collected [livejournal.com profile] hms42 from Gafilk hotel so we could have brunch together. I had ham again this time with eggs over easy. Also I only had 6 pancakes this time. The weather had been very cold with a light dusting of snow over night. We did hit a couple of icy patches but managed to navigate them without any problems.

After brunch we went to a couple of thrift stores, and I picked up a few cheap books, the other also found interesting stuff. Then back home, finished packing for the weekend then off to the Crowne Plaza and Gafilk.
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I've continued to suffer from cold / flu / asthma so I finally visited the Doctor last night. She said I'd probably had a mild viral infection exacerbated by my asthma, I need to increase the use of my inhaler by 4 times and it should resolve. It already seems to have had an impact.

At the end of October Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala was released and I've been playing with it. It seems to be faster starting and is easier to install on SD Cards and USB sticks. The Netbook Remix is also much smaller and easier to install too.

I've been trying to move material from my old 486 running MS-Dos 6.22 to more up to date storage, and have so far managed to recover some of my original digital pictures from a now defunct Casio QV-10, they were very small and grainy but at the time...

I have decided to reduce my book buying. This is because I was unable to pay off all my credit card bills for the last two months, a large chunk of which were Amazon and Forbidden Planet. Since the 6th October I have only bought 3 books, not including ebooks or books ordered prior to this point. This doesn't mean I haven't got anything to read as I do have a large too be read pile. This has been successful as I was able to pay off all my credit card bill this month.

Last Thursday I had my yearly appraisal, which boiled down to "must improve performance" ;-(
This was followed by going to The Hawth theatre to see Fascinating Aida which was great, for those who haven't heard them they, are a bit like a female version of Flanders and Swann!

My copy of Fledgeling by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller arrived in the post yesterday, I had already read it as an ebook, but it does complete my Liaden collection.

Recently the trains have been delayed and they have been particularly bad over the last couple of days. This morning due to cancellation and delay I got to work an hour later than intended.

This evening I have a Science Museum Tour booked. Details to follow later!
mbernardi: (Default)
I've continued to suffer from cold / flu / asthma so I finally visited the Doctor last night. She said I'd probably had a mild viral infection exacerbated by my asthma, I need to increase the use of my inhaler by 4 times and it should resolve. It already seems to have had an impact.

At the end of October Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala was released and I've been playing with it. It seems to be faster starting and is easier to install on SD Cards and USB sticks. The Netbook Remix is also much smaller and easier to install too.

I've been trying to move material from my old 486 running MS-Dos 6.22 to more up to date storage, and have so far managed to recover some of my original digital pictures from a now defunct Casio QV-10, they were very small and grainy but at the time...

I have decided to reduce my book buying. This is because I was unable to pay off all my credit card bills for the last two months, a large chunk of which were Amazon and Forbidden Planet. Since the 6th October I have only bought 3 books, not including ebooks or books ordered prior to this point. This doesn't mean I haven't got anything to read as I do have a large too be read pile. This has been successful as I was able to pay off all my credit card bill this month.

Last Thursday I had my yearly appraisal, which boiled down to "must improve performance" ;-(
This was followed by going to The Hawth theatre to see Fascinating Aida which was great, for those who haven't heard them they, are a bit like a female version of Flanders and Swann!

My copy of Fledgeling by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller arrived in the post yesterday, I had already read it as an ebook, but it does complete my Liaden collection.

Recently the trains have been delayed and they have been particularly bad over the last couple of days. This morning due to cancellation and delay I got to work an hour later than intended.

This evening I have a Science Museum Tour books. Details to follow later!
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Since I discovered Blood Ties was being turned into a TV series I thought I'd re-read the series that inspired it. I've just finished the last short stories. Which Tanya Huff has said will be the last in the Vicky Nelson series. I hope that she gives in to the lure of future short tales.

Yesterday two books arrived from Amazon.
This evening I visited Forbidden Planet (as usual) and bought two books, didn't buy anything at Murder One and when I got home there was another Amazon package with another 2 books.

Check LibraryThing for details. I've now entered over 1500 books and nearly all the books in my new book cases. Once I've done them it's going to be a little harder getting access to the remaining books.
mbernardi: (Stack_O'Books)
Since I discovered Blood Ties was being turned into a TV series I thought I'd re-read the series that inspired it. I've just finished the last short stories. Which Tanya Huff has said will be the last in the Vicky Nelson series. I hope that she gives in to the lure of future short tales.

Yesterday two books arrived from Amazon.
This evening I visited Forbidden Planet (as usual) and bought two books, didn't buy anything at Murder One and when I got home there was another Amazon package with another 2 books.

Check LibraryThing for details. I've now entered over 1500 books and nearly all the books in my new book cases. Once I've done them it's going to be a little harder getting access to the remaining books.

Friday news

May. 7th, 2007 09:11 pm
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I haven't got around to an update over the Bank Holiday weekend so now I have a spare minute..

So on Friday as usual I visited Forbidden Planet but only bought one book and one comic (Buffy part 3) then to Murder One and picked up one more book.

Once I got home I added another 50 books to LT, still suffering with hay fever.

My sister and brother in law went away for the weekend. leaving today

Friday news

May. 7th, 2007 09:11 pm
mbernardi: (Default)
I haven't got around to an update over the Bank Holiday weekend so now I have a spare minute..

So on Friday as usual I visited Forbidden Planet but only bought one book and one comic (Buffy part 3) then to Murder One and picked up one more book.

Once I got home I added another 50 books to LT, still suffering with hay fever.

My sister and brother in law went away for the weekend. leaving today
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Since I didn't go to Eastercon this year I did a lot of reading ;). I also went to Brighton (it's the closest city) to do a bit of shopping.

I managed to find a present for my older sister (2 years my junior) who's birthday is today, and for myself, some books (of course), new trousers, and some scissors (for beard trimming). So all in all time well spent.

When I got back it was to see the second episode of Doctor Who, so far I've managed to watch each episode 3 times, once with commentary (and timing the video and the mp3 file so they are in sync is a real pain).

The other stuff I'm watching at the moment includes Mythbusters, Heroes, The Dresden Files, and Bones. Thank Ghod for Sky+ (the poor man's Tivo).

On the book front, which is always going to be more extensive, since the beginning of April:

Re read, as a Baen eARC, "Lucy's Blade" by John Lamshead, I'll be buying it when it comes out in paperback, really enjoyed an Elizabethan tale from a totally different perspective.

"Command Decision" by Elizabeth Moon, latest in the Vatta's War, the titles of which irritatingly change depending on if it's a US or UK imprint.

"Danse Macabre" by Laurell K Hamilton, and the new comic of the first in this series is really cool.

"Magic Bites" by Ilona Andrews, set in Atlanta, some time in the near future, when magic starts to work again, and the nasty critters come out of the woodwork.

"Break No Bones" by Kathy Reich, I started reading this series because I'd started watching Bones and these were the books it was "based" on. But really it's more inspired by while the main character has the same name and profession as her TV counterpart the rest is differnt, good but different.

"Dante's Girl" by Natash Rhodes, a young woman discovers that monsters exist and romantic expectations are dashed.

The Dead Girls' Dance" by Rachel Cain is the second in the Morganville Vampires series. What would Sunnydale have been like WITHOUT the Slayer?

And finally "Definitely Dead" by Charlaine Harris the latest paperback in the Southern Vampire series,

You know there is a strong vampire / horror theme in this list that I hadn't realised. Only the two Baen books don't have vampires, and Lucy's Blade does have witches and demonic possession.
mbernardi: (seal)
Since I didn't go to Eastercon this year I did a lot of reading ;). I also went to Brighton (it's the closest city) to do a bit of shopping.

I managed to find a present for my older sister (2 years my junior) who's birthday is today, and for myself, some books (of course), new trousers, and some scissors (for beard trimming). So all in all time well spent.

When I got back it was to see the second episode of Doctor Who, so far I've managed to watch each episode 3 times, once with commentary (and timing the video and the mp3 file so they are in sync is a real pain).

The other stuff I'm watching at the moment includes Mythbusters, Heroes, The Dresden Files, and Bones. Thank Ghod for Sky+ (the poor man's Tivo).

On the book front, which is always going to be more extensive, since the beginning of April:

Re read, as a Baen eARC, "Lucy's Blade" by John Lamshead, I'll be buying it when it comes out in paperback, really enjoyed an Elizabethan tale from a totally different perspective.

"Command Decision" by Elizabeth Moon, latest in the Vatta's War, the titles of which irritatingly change depending on if it's a US or UK imprint.

"Danse Macabre" by Laurell K Hamilton, and the new comic of the first in this series is really cool.

"Magic Bites" by Ilona Andrews, set in Atlanta, some time in the near future, when magic starts to work again, and the nasty critters come out of the woodwork.

"Break No Bones" by Kathy Reich, I started reading this series because I'd started watching Bones and these were the books it was "based" on. But really it's more inspired by while the main character has the same name and profession as her TV counterpart the rest is differnt, good but different.

"Dante's Girl" by Natash Rhodes, a young woman discovers that monsters exist and romantic expectations are dashed.

The Dead Girls' Dance" by Rachel Cain is the second in the Morganville Vampires series. What would Sunnydale have been like WITHOUT the Slayer?

And finally "Definitely Dead" by Charlaine Harris the latest paperback in the Southern Vampire series,

You know there is a strong vampire / horror theme in this list that I hadn't realised. Only the two Baen books don't have vampires, and Lucy's Blade does have witches and demonic possession.

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