April 2016

May. 4th, 2016 05:00 pm
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With Barnes & Noble / Nook leaving the UK market (only one book I bought has been transfered to Sainsburys), I decided to root my Nook - It was out of warranty anyway.
It was relatively straight forward; using NookManager, allowed me to finally browse the net on the Nook tablet, I've been unable to run the kindle app on it but the Kobo app seems to work. and generic epubs can be easily read.
Went to see Zootropolis which was a sci-fi, cop buddy, animated feature. well worth a watch
Dance classes continued every Tuesday, and this month we had an extra Saturday dance mid month. Finally started to learn some new Latin steps (in Cha Cha)
It was my 55 birthday this year, so I can technically take early retirement - I decided not to. But the family got together for a meal the Saturday before.
The second Monday is SF Book Club and as this was on my actual birthday I ate at the pub (rather than the cheaper Burger King / Subway) drinks were also purchased for my fellow readers.
Also for a change I had just completed reading " "Station Eleven" by Emily St John Mandel, this month book to read. Once it got going it was an interesting example of Literary SF (it won the Clarke Award last year)
The following day went to lunch with J before we went dancing, extra long weekend!
Started listening to Audible; audio books; again (after not listening at all during March). Especially the Noctis Magicae series by Sylvia Izzo Hunter - looking forward to the 3rd in the series.
I have a belt bag that I keep all the stuff I need every day (keys, wallet, pen etc) it was hand made a number of years ago. While the leather is still in good shape the seams have been coming apart. I returned to the shop (Clever with Leather in Brighton) and they repaired all the seams and replaced the belt attachments for £5!
As a belated birthday present I decided to buy myself an Amazon Fire Tablet for £49, it arrived only a few days later and was a delight, nearly the size of a paperback (though thinner) and with the ability to read kindle books aloud, download and read epubs (inc library books) watch video and of course browse the net and check email, it even has a pair of cameras (though not the greatest quality).
Finally uploaded my Eastercon report to LJ!
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Renewed my season ticket for the month £212.80, Contract at work has been extended again!
Used up all the eVouchers I had accrued due to train Delay Repay to pay for my ticket to Marks Tey, for this year's Filkcon
Took half day off so that I could go to the Matinee of Private Lives at The Theatre Royal in Brighton
Next day off to Con2bil8 (The 28th UK Filk Convention), 5th – 7th February, 2016 at The Marks Tey Best Western Hotel
With UK Guest of Honour: Piers Cawley and Overseas Guests of Honour: Stone Dragons (Tom & Sue Jeffers)
Discovered the Bungalow Diner just a few minutes down the road. Ate most of my meals there, an English version of an American diner.
Went to Earth & Stars pup on second Monday for SF reading club where we discussed The Diamond Age.
Went to The Hawth to see The Last Tango with Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace, no dancing this week.
Learning new steps in Foxtrot, an revised this every week, Social dance was a week early as the school was using the space for a play.
Forgot my yoga gear one week so missed that class. The funding by NHS stopped this month so we decided to continue funding the class personally at around £6 per week.
One of the irritations of the yoga class was that when we moved the tables in the conference room many off the legs fell off! I finally found an Allen key which allowed me to tighten the appropriate screws and now none of the legs detach!
Listened to audible books almost every day usually for over an hour, due to having the St Mary's Chronicles by Jodi Taylor, to listen to.
Updated The Bujold Nexus - (Bibliography). Need to update more regularly as it is coming up to the 20th Anniversary!
Saw Deadpool at the Dome cinema in Worthing. One of the best moves I seen in the last year. Rather more adult in nature than the usual super hero fare but funnier too.
Used paper Delay Repay vouchers to get ticket to London for Picocon 33 on 20th. Guests of Honour: Paul Cornell, Carrie Hope Fletcher & Michelle Paver. Had to leave early as the social dance was this evening.
Booked bed at YHA in Manchester for this years Eastercon. I've also got membership of Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland.
Got two hardback books from amazon at enough discount that it was paper back price. Amazon locker in town is really handy.
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As J had just returned from 6 weeks travelling across Canada, we had to have a catch up private dance lesson. Managed to cover all the new material, and revised those bits she had forgotten!
Went to see The Martian at The Dome Worthing in 3D. It was very impressive, almost everything in the film occurred in the book (except for the coda at the end). and they managed to show the highlights without it feeling incomplete (see Dune for a counter example)
Nominee contender for next year's Hugo Awards? I still think the audiobook was the best version though.
Dance classes every Tuesday, revised Viennese waltz, learned new steps in rumba.
Saw Dr Who, and the new Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries series.
Worked on Scratch programming via Coursera, it's a lot more involved but simple.
Yoga class continues for an hour every Wednesday after work
The Brighton SF Reading group discussed King David's Spaceship, which I actually managed to finish! Not the liveliest discussion.
Went in to surgery on a Saturday for my yearly flu jab, despite arriving at 8:30 there was already a long queue, it went down quickly.
This was followed by a visit to my chiropractor, who indicated that my posture had improved since I started yoga.
Bought a load of clothes at ASDA, and had to hem one pair of trousers due to being too long. but only pair in my waist size ;-(
Got a first day cover of star wars stamps - very pretty
Saw Back to the Future (part 1 & 2) on the 21st. Booked the following day off, as there was a drop in session at the library I was interested in.
However Gentleman Joel & the Red Queen eARC by Lois McMaster Bujold was published the previous day so instead I spent the day reading my favourite author!
On Thursday 28th my dance teacher organised a night out at a theatre in London, however due to miscommunications I didn't discover I was invited until Tuesday (two days before!),
I had to get emergency time off of a couple of hours on Thu which was allowed and met up with J and other early.
Saw Pig Farm at St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street SW1E 5JA seat C20 about 2m from the stage! Performance from 7:30-9:30 with intermission, interesting choice - only 4 on stage roles.
Not something I would have paid to see but for free!... Got home 11:20!
Went social dancing on the last two Saturdays of the month. First with Strictly Dance Magic at Burgess Hill School for Girls, then with Crawley Dance Academy at St Wilfrid's School Crawley.
Clocks went back an hour on 25th at 2am/1am
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So my final LJ entry of the year. I've just started editing my diary notes so I can get a printed diary, using print on demand. Doing so last year got me a book of over twenty five thousand words, and I want to do so again.
First on the agenda is the Brighton SF Reading group, the book was "The Clockwork Rocket" by Greg Egan and once again i didn't finish it!
I did have a half of stout after initially arriving at The Earth & Stars
D finally finished fitting the downstairs toilet, a thing of beauty. And the roller blind style shower curtain finally arrived. Also new toilet to replace old one in bathroom arrived.
Final two ballroom dance classes before the Christmas break, were revision of dances especially the new jive (now if I could only remember the jive we learnt 2 years ago..). The final class was more of a party with food, drinks and dancing, with all the classes mixed.
Had to prune my mailbox as ISP told me it was getting too large.
Got a new ear ring, slightly smaller than the one I'd been wearing for the last few years.
Strictly Come Dancing Final, one of the closest ever. Also the Christmas Special was nice too.
Went dancing with J on the second Sunday evening, raining and dark but still arrived on time. Danced all evening, had unexpected competitor demo and snacks.
Saw "Paddington" at the Cinema and saw a doctor regarding pain in my left foot.
Determined it was cheaper to buy fish and chips at the local Wetherspoon pub (on Friday) than from the chip shop.
Lost filling or chipped tooth in upper left of my mouth, booked an appointment in the new year.
Took exam for "LFS101x Introduction to Linux" (online learning - didn't finish all the coursework) got 30/30! though a few questions did require 2 attempts (as allowed in the rules)
J learned that Salsa Julia was offering a Salsa Taster at Wivelsfield Hall, so J & I went and it was fun, stayed to see the freestyling for 20 min then went home. If it didn't clash with Book Club I'd go back!
Discovered how to install personal screensavers on the Nook ereader and added some quotes and XKCD ones.
Xmas eve got train to Horsham via Barnham the the bus to see my parent and the rest of the family.
Christmas was particularly festive with a Christmas service, an open fire, dinner and Doctor Who & Frozen
Home for the weekend, and caught up with recorded TV. back to work on Monday but a half day off for New Years eve, so I could get reading and to Crawley early in time for:-
The New Years Eve Dinner / Dance which was awesome - buffet dinner, professional demonstration (Latin & Ballroom) and danced a lot (restricted to 50% or less) by table numbers due to lots of people being there.
Helped tidy up after and left 12:40. Stayed at J's over night and listened to dance music and watched Galaxy Quest on tv before I went home! (New Years Day!)
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The organisation I am still working for (a year after I started) is now South East CSU (Sussex IT Services).
One of the advantages of working in Worthing as I am travelling in the opposite direction to everyone going to London. As a result I have got a seat every day (apart from a couple of exceptional times).
Got the new Mercy Thompson anthology "Shifting Shadows by Pat Briggs" from Audible
For the first time I got on the wrong train (in the morning) and was travelling east (rather than west). Got off at Berwick and got in to the office an hour later than intended!
D got a second apple tree and vine, and i dug the holes to plant them into. Told him to stop buying any more trees!
Brighton Reading Group discussed Pattern Recognition by William Gibson (I didn't finish reading it) at Earth and Stars pub
Bathroom tiled so all walls and floor of bathroom covered (no longer any bare floorboards).
Went to the dentist, got filling in bottom right incisor.
Went Ballroom Dancing every Tuesday with Social Dance on the last Saturday of the month with a practice night the Friday 8 days prior to this.
Visited my family for the weekend (with a laptop issue to solve).
New Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight arrived unexpectedly. Works perfectly. However discoved that most of my books are on the US site with the Nook accesses the UK one.
Contacted support to get this resolved to no avail (Nook iOS app connects to US site)
New steel bath is finally installed (apart from the overflow)
Completed pottermore.com to date (end off Goblet of Fire)
Saw "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 3D"
Contract extended to end of March! This can of course be cancelled at any time by either party but still.. Nice to have some income while it's disappearing on bathroom refurbishment.

July 2014

Aug. 3rd, 2014 05:11 pm
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My Kobo eReader had it's ups and downs this month. The operating system / interface was upgraded to make it work more like the iOS app. Unfortunately the micro USB, used to recharge and copy files to it, got damaged do it's now unusable. In addition it appears Kobo have decided not to continue making it so a replacement is not available.
Dancing with C & J on Tuesday of every week and the social dance on the last Saturday. J arrived early but in general the number of attendees was low. Gave J a copy of Firefly (the series) for her birthday. Also booked to see the HP Experience next month with her. Paid £5 deposit for New Years party.
Weather has been warm and sunny for most of the month, so I have been wearing short sleeve shirts to work. Dress code requires a collar so T-shirts are out.
I got a discount ticket (from work) to see Billy Smart's Circus at Lancing. The seat and program together only cost £5, this may have been the first time I've seen this particular circus.
Went to see my chiropractor, and he also tried my first acupuncture on my left leg. not sure if it made any difference, did feel odd though!
Renovating my garage and back garden. CS has emptied it of his stuff and installed a back door leading to a new path in the garden. He has also installed a hefty new gate and new fencing (on the right side looking from my back door). Attempted to buy replacement front garage door but no luck.
D took me in "his" taxi to the post office to collect a package from amazon. First time he's taken me anywhere!
Bought a new watch strap, to replace the broken original one, and saw "How to Train Your Dragon 2 - 3D"
Mowed the front and back lawns (in different days).
First Monday in the month I was at the Earth and Stars in Brighton for our Science Fiction Discussion Group to talk about Device Endurance. We were relegated to a table in the main back as the upper room had been book by another function.
Had to visit the dentist to get a filling in my upper left. I arrived much too early but is was raining and I didn't want to get wet wandering around town.
Mum phoned to say that she kept getting popup adverts on her laptop, so I went to visit and sorted it out. Had to de-install a load of Adware, and a couple of apparent trojans. Started accessing pottermore.com site - eats time! but fun.
Had a cough for the end of the month, finished bottle of cough mixture.
Walk to the Post Office Delivery Office, took just over an hour and a half there and back! Collected amazon package.
Saw Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five to Go [Live at the O2] on the Gold TV channel. It was of more interest as a event than the content.
Renewed my train season ticket. Got my London hotel booking extended to a day before and after Loncon3, Mobile version of program now live.
Bought 2 pairs of shorts and 2 short sleeved shirts. Returned 2 audible books for credit.
Have had blisters on right toes, but as the first two weeks in August dancing is off, I should recover.
Last Monday of the month had a major thunderstorm. Lightning strike on electric substation at Hove station; meant no trains on South West line from Brighton. So couldn't get in to work (did get to Brighton) so went home for the day.
Sent in my Hugo and Retro Hugo votes online. Alarm clock batteries expired.
Started setup for LFS101x - Introduction to Linux at courses.edx.org/courses/LinuxFoundationX/LFS101x. Created Ubuntu 14.04.1 install on USB Disc
Also started editing my electronic diary for last year prior to printing it out.

June 2014

Jul. 11th, 2014 08:38 pm
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Still working on two Coursera modules - "Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You" and "Programming for Everybody (Python)"
This month's SF Reading Group book was "Falling Free" which I did manage to read before the discussion. Mosoup finished it and like it.
Danced with J for the last time until the Social Dance - as she was on holiday in Peru for the rest of the month. Also danced with C and then on my own. Got lift to TB station from I & C.
Went to the Theatre to see 2 live episodes of Dave Gorman's Modern Life is Goodish.
The Hugo Voter's Packet was available for download from www.loncon3.org, though 3 of the novels were excluded - got them from the library instead
Had my 6 month dental check, needed a filling in back left tooth in the upper jaw. Had to book another appointment for this to be repaired.
On the 12th to visit family before going to Somerset on Friday 13th for my little siters renewal of vows / handfasting. Travelled there and back with my niece and fiancé.
The 7 of us stayed in a chalet (John Fowler Holiday Park - Sandy Glade). Saturday was a lovely sunny day and H & F renewed vows with a druid and a circle of friends.
Went to Beer and Folk festival at the Hawth - before the social dance on the last Saturday of the month. Took my winter coat to be dry cleaned
Saw the X-Men: Days of Future Past. Renewed my train monthly season ticket.
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This month was a bit more exciting. I've been using the Time to Talk phone counseling, regarding possible depression due to losing my job. It has helped to talk, though I don't think I was ever clinically depressed.

On the 7th of April my Mum fell and dislocated her hip! She was admitted to Worthing Hospital, the following Sunday my Dad and sister collected me to go an see her. This put a spanner into plans for a party for my 50th birthday (and my sister's 48th). So we returned to their home for a reduced birthday tea and cake.

Monday was my 50th birthday and I'd already arranged to go to London, so first I went to the Science Museum again. As a Plus member I'd got a voucher giving me a free Birthday cake from one of the museum shops, which was very nice. I bought a couple of books (Yuri Gagarin: The First Spaceman, and As Easy As Pi: Stuff about numbers that isn't (just) maths). Then off to Forbidden Planet and got a single book there, then had a wander around Covent Garden, where I listened to Lotus Classics a classical music ensemble who dance to their own tunes. I was so impressed I bought a CD! You can hear some material streamed from their website.

I ended my day at Penderel's Oak, High Holborn, where the Science Fiction Book Club met to discuss The Vor Game. I was pointed to this meeting by [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi, and it was quite interesting hearing to views of people who had never read any Bujold before. Most had bought the omnibus edition of the Young Miles, so had also read The Warriors Apprentice. I don't think anyone hated the story, and all finished it. There was some issues of story background not being that clear (for those who didn't read TWA). I had a good evening and will probably be back.

The following Friday I had to get a blood test, and delivered a volunteering application to Sussex Oakleaf. The next Monday I had my hair cut, including the removal of my pony tail after 18 year. Later I went to the cinema (on Monday the tickets are cheaper) to see Source Code, a fun romp which combined Groundhog Day with Quantum Leap in a good way. This was underlined by the father of the hero being played by Scott Bakula!

The following day I went to Worthing, mostly to see Mum, but I also visited the Library and the seafront.

I dithered about if I wanted to go to Eastercon until the last minute, (as I was feeling a bit sniffley) but as I'd paid my hotel deposit already and it was going to be very sunny I decided to risk it, and I had a good time (details to follow?)

After Easter Mum was moved to Shorham Hospital, so I went to visit on Thursday after going to see my Chiropractor in Hove (halfway to Shorham-by-Sea) so managed to kill two birds with one stone. Also popped in to Shorham Library! mum was looking forward to watching the Royal Wedding on TV. I didn't bother, and was a bit sad that as someone unemployed I didn't get any benefit of the four Bank Holidays in April!
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This month was a bit more exciting. I've been using the Time to Talk phone counseling, regarding possible depression due to losing my job. It has helped to talk, though I don't think I was ever clinically depressed.

On the 7th of April my Mum fell and dislocated her hip! She was admitted to Worthing Hospital, the following Sunday my Dad and sister collected me to go an see her. This put a spanner into plans for a party for my 50th birthday (and my sister's 48th). So we returned to their home for a reduced birthday tea and cake.

Monday was my 50th birthday and I'd already arranged to go to London, so first I went to the Science Museum again. As a Plus member I'd got a voucher giving me a free Birthday cake from one of the museum shops, which was very nice. I bought a couple of books (Yuri Gagarin: The First Spaceman, and As Easy As Pi: Stuff about numbers that isn't (just) maths). Then off to Forbidden Planet and got a single book there, then had a wander around Covent Garden, where I listened to Lotus Classics a classical music ensemble who dance to their own tunes. I was so impressed I bought a CD! You can hear some material streamed from their website.

I ended my day at Penderel's Oak, High Holborn, where the Science Fiction Book Club met to discuss The Vor Game. I was pointed to this meeting by [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi, and it was quite interesting hearing to views of people who had never read any Bujold before. Most had bought the omnibus edition of the Young Miles, so had also read The Warriors Apprentice. I don't think anyone hated the story, and all finished it. There was some issues of story background not being that clear (for those who didn't read TWA). I had a good evening and will probably be back.

The following Friday I had to get a blood test, and delivered a volunteering application to Sussex Oakleaf. The next Monday I had my hair cut, including the removal of my pony tail after 18 year. Later I went to the cinema (on Monday the tickets are cheaper) to see Source Code, a fun romp which combined Groundhog Day with Quantum Leap in a good way. This was underlined by the father of the hero being played by Scott Bakula!

The following day I went to Worthing, mostly to see Mum, but I also visited the Library and the seafront.

I dithered about if I wanted to go to Eastercon until the last minute, (as I was feeling a bit sniffley) but as I'd paid my hotel deposit already and it was going to be very sunny I decided to risk it, and I had a good time (details to follow?)

After Easter Mum was moved to Shorham Hospital, so I went to visit on Thursday after going to see my Chiropractor in Hove (halfway to Shorham-by-Sea) so managed to kill two birds with one stone. Also popped in to Shorham Library! mum was looking forward to watching the Royal Wedding on TV. I didn't bother, and was a bit sad that as someone unemployed I didn't get any benefit of the four Bank Holidays in April!
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Since I haven't blogged since October I though I'd leave an end of year place holder until I can find last year's diary.

So nearly a year later (7 January 2012) I've found my 2010 Diary and as a resolution, will update more often.

Was assigned a Personal Advisor when I signed on at the Job Center. Sally had been dealing with my case since the beginning but now it's official. During this period I have been using a paper based record of my job searching.

My TV License had to be paid for and cost £145.50. Signed on to to do-it.org to look for volunteering options.

Visited the dentist and got the permanent filling installed at a cost of £100.

Started watching Strictly Come Dancing. The final was on 18 Dec. I actually phoned the bbc and voted for Pamela and James.

Brian from Home Learning College came to talk about courses. But I couldn't afford them.

Went to see "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1" at the cinema.

I started reading the webcomic "Digger" (http://www.diggercomic.com/) A wombat, a dead god. A very peculiar epic.

It snowed at the beginning of December, and I decided to trek through Bedelands Farm, in the nearly foot deep snow. It was very memorable, but a had slog where walking where no one else had been before.

Got the old PC from my parents/sister up and running Windows XP took over 3 hours (I could have used Linux and got it working in half an hour but I wanted to be able to use Windows, to keep my skills up to date).

A few books arrived from Amazon, I read fanfic, and walked around Bedelands without snow.

Spent Christmas at my parents/sister's family. This was followed by my sister and brother-in-law's silver wedding anniversary. We all went out to dinner/lunch at the Tollgate, Bramber. I then went home.

This wraps up 2010, in which I lost my job and my sister celebrated 25 years with her husband!
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Since I haven't blogged since October I though I'd leave an end of year place holder until I can find last year's diary.

So nearly a year later (7 January 2012) I've found my 2010 Diary and as a resolution, will update more often.

Was assigned a Personal Advisor when I signed on at the Job Center. Sally had been dealing with my case since the beginning but now it's official. During this period I have been using a paper based record of my job searching.

My TV License had to be paid for and cost £145.50. Signed on to to do-it.org to look for volunteering options.

Visited the dentist and got the permanent filling installed at a cost of £100.

Started watching Strictly Come Dancing. The final was on 18 Dec. I actually phoned the bbc and voted for Pamela and James.

Brian from Home Learning College came to talk about courses. But I couldn't afford them.

Went to see "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1" at the cinema.

I started reading the webcomic "Digger" (http://www.diggercomic.com/) A wombat, a dead god. A very peculiar epic.

It snowed at the beginning of December, and I decided to trek through Bedelands Farm, in the nearly foot deep snow. It was very memorable, but a had slog where walking where no one else had been before.

Got the old PC from my parents/sister up and running Windows XP took over 3 hours (I could have used Linux and got it working in half an hour but I wanted to be able to use Windows, to keep my skills up to date).

A few books arrived from Amazon, I read fanfic, and walked around Bedelands without snow.

Spent Christmas at my parents/sister's family. This was followed by my sister and brother-in-law's silver wedding anniversary. We all went out to dinner/lunch at the Tollgate, Bramber. I then went home.

This wraps up 2010, in which I lost my job and my sister celebrated 25 years with her husband!
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Last few day's D has had his brother and family pop over to visit (they came over for a family Christmas from the US). They were around to see the New Year in.

New Year was Doctor Who day, re watched first episode, then the final one with ten, and the appearance of eleven! Followed by the Confidential, and the Best of.

On Saturday I lazed around mostly, though I did go shopping. Listened to desert Island Disks with David Tennant on iplayer.

Sunday morning I intended to go for a walk around Bedeland, if the weather was Ok, it was find but cold, but I didn't make it out until 12:45! anyway I did have a nice wander say a bird or two includin 2 swans on the lake and some ducks on the ice! pictures were taken...

After my constitutional I went to the the local cinema to see Sherlock Homes. The time spun by though I found the mystical storyline a bit suprising until the end.

This morning I was up early as I had a chiropractic appointment at 10:00. I discovered that Gold card discounts don't start until 10:00! Fortunately I had a refund voucher for £4.00 which paid most of the ticket price of £5.00. Since it was a nice day I walked from Hove to Brighton and got to the Odeon just after 12:00 to discover doors didn't open until 12:40 (the film has a start time of 12:45 with 20min of trailers). The reason for this visit was I wanted to see Avatar 3D. It was an Ok movie, the story was fairly straight forward, the effects were amazing and the 3-D didn't seem to be apparent half the time. If you can get to see it on an IMAX screen it would be breathtaking, but I wouldn't pay to se it again.

Then home, the weather has been very cold around 0 degrees C +/- a few. Finished packing, charged ezreader and ipod, minor update to the Bujold Nexus and so to bed. up at the crack of dawn due to the new security procedures.
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Last few day's D has had his brother and family pop over to visit (they came over for a family Christmas from the US). They were around to see the New Year in.

New Year was Doctor Who day, re watched first episode, then the final one with ten, and the appearance of eleven! Followed by the Confidential, and the Best of.

On Saturday I lazed around mostly, though I did go shopping. Listened to desert Island Disks with David Tennant on iplayer.

Sunday morning I intended to go for a walk around Bedeland, if the weather was Ok, it was find but cold, but I didn't make it out until 12:45! anyway I did have a nice wander say a bird or two includin 2 swans on the lake and some ducks on the ice! pictures were taken...

After my constitutional I went to the the local cinema to see Sherlock Homes. The time spun by though I found the mystical storyline a bit suprising until the end.

This morning I was up early as I had a chiropractic appointment at 10:00. I discovered that Gold card discounts don't start until 10:00! Fortunately I had a refund voucher for £4.00 which paid most of the ticket price of £5.00. Since it was a nice day I walked from Hove to Brighton and got to the Odeon just after 12:00 to discover doors didn't open until 12:40 (the film has a start time of 12:45 with 20min of trailers). The reason for this visit was I wanted to see Avatar 3D. It was an Ok movie, the story was fairly straight forward, the effects were amazing and the 3-D didn't seem to be apparent half the time. If you can get to see it on an IMAX screen it would be breathtaking, but I wouldn't pay to se it again.

Then home, the weather has been very cold around 0 degrees C +/- a few. Finished packing, charged ezreader and ipod, minor update to the Bujold Nexus and so to bed. up at the crack of dawn due to the new security procedures.
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So after my exciting day Out, the following Saturday I saw my chiropractor then went to the cinema, where I say the South African SF movie District 9. It was well made but in a totally un hollywood style. It's filmed in a documentary style and the main protagonist is a very unlikely leading man. It does raise some interesting issues, possible Hugo contender?

The following weekend I spent watching / clearing my Sky of TV shows, on Saturday 9 episodes of "Legend of the Seeker" not to mention watching Merlin and Strictly Come Dancing live. Then on Sunday 8 epidodes of Dexter (most all of series 3). I finished off the last 3 episodes by Tuesday! I really have to reduce my reading and increase my TV watching to keep up.

Last Wednesday I was back at the Science Museum, for a behind the scenes tour of two new exhibitions, for Plus (and corporate members) only. These were shown off by two members of staff who had worked on creating the exhibits. There were 30 guides to "Cosmos and Culture" and "Measuring Time" and then we had a further 30 minutes to explore ourselves. Unexpectedly free drinks and finger food were also provided, another perk of Plus membership!

On Saturday I saw my chiropractor again, and once more went to the cinema in Brighton, this time I saw Up in 3D. It was pretty effective, though I'm not sure if it really used all the 3Dness it could. Good story and it was different having an old protagonist (ie older them me!)

Yesterday I went for a walk around Beadlands and despite the dropping temperatures most of the trees still had green leaves, though some also had a few brown ones. Saw a few birds and a pair of model airplane flyers!
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So after my exciting day Out, the following Saturday I saw my chiropractor then went to the cinema, where I say the South African SF movie District 9. It was well made but in a totally un hollywood style. It's filmed in a documentary style and the main protagonist is a very unlikely leading man. It does raise some interesting issues, possible Hugo contender?

The following weekend I spent watching / clearing my Sky of TV shows, on Saturday 9 episodes of "Legend of the Seeker" not to mention watching Merlin and Strictly Come Dancing live. Then on Sunday 8 epidodes of Dexter (most all of series 3). I finished off the last 3 episodes by Tuesday! I really have to reduce my reading and increase my TV watching to keep up.

Last Wednesday I was back at the Science Museum, for a behind the scenes tour of two new exhibitions, for Plus (and corporate members) only. These were shown off by two members of staff who had worked on creating the exhibits. There were 30 guides to "Cosmos and Culture" and "Measuring Time" and then we had a further 30 minutes to explore ourselves. Unexpectedly free drinks and finger food were also provided, another perk of Plus membership!

On Saturday I saw my chiropractor again, and once more went to the cinema in Brighton, this time I saw Up in 3D. It was pretty effective, though I'm not sure if it really used all the 3Dness it could. Good story and it was different having an old protagonist (ie older them me!)

Yesterday I went for a walk around Beadlands and despite the dropping temperatures most of the trees still had green leaves, though some also had a few brown ones. Saw a few birds and a pair of model airplane flyers!
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D installed a permanent shaving mirror in the bathroom. While I don't shave I do trim my beard so this will be very handy.

On Wednesday I spent the evening at the Science Museum Lates. I had to eat first, and got Chicken Noodles at Chopstix near the tube station.

Lates allow adults free entry to the Museum from 18:45 to 22:00, with themed talks and demonstrations. This month's topic was all things forensic. I arrived at the museum at 16:30 to find that the queue stretched the length of the Science Museum and half way past the Natural History Museum! By the time the doors opened the queue had got to the traffic light at the end of the block!

The doors opened on time and I got in by 19:00 which given all bags were being check was pretty good. Wandering about without any children screaming, was very strange and seeing people wandering about with a glass of wine or a bottle of beer was a bit surreal. There were a number of interesting talks being given, but queuing times of 15 minutes+ and cut off points when the rooms had filled meant I only go to listen to one of them "Going Ballistic" in the Wallace & Gromit classroom. I did get to see some new displays (3D printing, in both metal and plastic was very cool. An itinerant forensic photographer from the beginning of last century was interesting. I also spent time in the Kensington Gore workshop where I was able create a realistic cut on my left hand (photos may appear), I left just before closing at 9:40 and managed to get the 22:03 home.

On Wednesday [livejournal.com profile] alexmc noted that "Terminator: Salvation" was playing at the Prince Charles Cinema so last night I went along, and finally took out a lifetime subscription (I really should have done so 20 years ago!!)

At only £3.50 I wasn't too disappointed, but the film had almost no plot and little character growth. the SFX were good though! I also discovered that "Moon" is currently being shown in the new upstairs cinema. They show current releases at a premium price (but still cheaper that other London venues) so I hope to get to this sometime next week.
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D installed a permanent shaving mirror in the bathroom. While I don't shave I do trim my beard so this will be very handy.

On Wednesday I spent the evening at the Science Museum Lates. I had to eat first, and got Chicken Noodles at Chopstix near the tube station.

Lates allow adults free entry to the Museum from 18:45 to 22:00, with themed talks and demonstrations. This month's topic was all things forensic. I arrived at the museum at 16:30 to find that the queue stretched the length of the Science Museum and half way past the Natural History Museum! By the time the doors opened the queue had got to the traffic light at the end of the block!

The doors opened on time and I got in by 19:00 which given all bags were being check was pretty good. Wandering about without any children screaming, was very strange and seeing people wandering about with a glass of wine or a bottle of beer was a bit surreal. There were a number of interesting talks being given, but queuing times of 15 minutes+ and cut off points when the rooms had filled meant I only go to listen to one of them "Going Ballistic" in the Wallace & Gromit classroom. I did get to see some new displays (3D printing, in both metal and plastic was very cool. An itinerant forensic photographer from the beginning of last century was interesting. I also spent time in the Kensington Gore workshop where I was able create a realistic cut on my left hand (photos may appear), I left just before closing at 9:40 and managed to get the 22:03 home.

On Wednesday [livejournal.com profile] alexmc noted that "Terminator: Salvation" was playing at the Prince Charles Cinema so last night I went along, and finally took out a lifetime subscription (I really should have done so 20 years ago!!)

At only £3.50 I wasn't too disappointed, but the film had almost no plot and little character growth. the SFX were good though! I also discovered that "Moon" is currently being shown in the new upstairs cinema. They show current releases at a premium price (but still cheaper that other London venues) so I hope to get to this sometime next week.

Last Week

Aug. 23rd, 2009 09:41 pm
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While I was away D got a lot of repairs done to the house. Most importantly the hot water pipes got replaced, they had been leaking, very slowly for a while, and had corroded. He also repaired the grouting in the bathroom, raised the bath a tad and replace the drain pipe so it emptied properly, replaced the carpet with the tiles remaining from the kitchen and anchored the sink to the wall properly!

He also fitted a new gutter and drainage pipe to the porch, and it now drains into a large water barrel, with an overflow to the drain (which has been excavated from the dirt!)

This last week has been hectic at work as two members of the Ops team are on leave, and one is on maternity leave. I've also returned to encrypting laptops so things are busy.

Double Vision from SRM Publisher arrived the day after I'd put in an order for copy of it and a couple of chap books. I emailed [livejournal.com profile] kinzel so hopefully I won't get a duplicate. But if I do I'm sure I can find it a good home, it was a fun read.

The LX/Orbital Souvenir / Program book also arrived this week bringing back memories of Eastercon of this last year and the year before. This is a much better solution to the "cool book" for each member, as it give you what actually happened rather than what was hoped to happen (even though I didn't find any snaps of me anywhere ;-).

This weekend has been very busy. I was up early on Saturday as I had my first chiropractic appointment in a month, not too bad but must practice my ballance more (if I use my new bike enough it should help). Since it was a nice sunny day I walked from Hove to Brighton stopping of at Celly's hairdresser to get my hair cut, for the first time in years. This is because my passport is due for renewal and I want to look my best ;-) I'd checked out the hairdressers as I passed and prices ranged from £13 to £35 for a wet cut, so when I saw the price at Celly's was only £9 with walk-ins only, no appointment allowed, I knew I had to stop. Less than 20 minutes after arrival I'd been washed cut and left!

Got back home to help D clear the main gutter of dirt and moss, using a high power water spray. It was fun but tiring having to aim the water nozzle at the roof and being up a ladder didn't help. Then went into town for my first real shop in four weeks, my trolley was overflowing, when I returned home.

Sunday morning I wasn't up so early (just after 9:00) read for a while, then around noon D and I went back to re-glue the gutter. It's now mostly fixed but may need one more application for a thorough water proofing.

After this I went for my first bike ride, on a real road (ie not the driveway behind the house). It was a bit scary, and I wobbled a bit but it was fun too. But even the short ride to the nearby roundabout was a bit tiring, I'll have to practice regularly.

Today is the 30th anniversary of my first convention (Seacon 79 in Brighton) so I celebrated by going to the local cinema and seeing G-Force. A live action adventure, where the main characters and heroes are guinea pigs! The CG character integrated seamlessly into the real life action such that you forgot they couldn't be real.

When I got home I caught up on four hours of "Legend of the Seeker" fairly generic fantasy, but the scenery is good (not just the location!)

Last Week

Aug. 23rd, 2009 09:41 pm
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While I was away D got a lot of repairs done to the house. Most importantly the hot water pipes got replaced, they had been leaking, very slowly for a while, and had corroded. He also repaired the grouting in the bathroom, raised the bath a tad and replace the drain pipe so it emptied properly, replaced the carpet with the tiles remaining from the kitchen and anchored the sink to the wall properly!

He also fitted a new gutter and drainage pipe to the porch, and it now drains into a large water barrel, with an overflow to the drain (which has been excavated from the dirt!)

This last week has been hectic at work as two members of the Ops team are on leave, and one is on maternity leave. I've also returned to encrypting laptops so things are busy.

Double Vision from SRM Publisher arrived the day after I'd put in an order for copy of it and a couple of chap books. I emailed [livejournal.com profile] kinzel so hopefully I won't get a duplicate. But if I do I'm sure I can find it a good home, it was a fun read.

The LX/Orbital Souvenir / Program book also arrived this week bringing back memories of Eastercon of this last year and the year before. This is a much better solution to the "cool book" for each member, as it give you what actually happened rather than what was hoped to happen (even though I didn't find any snaps of me anywhere ;-).

This weekend has been very busy. I was up early on Saturday as I had my first chiropractic appointment in a month, not too bad but must practice my ballance more (if I use my new bike enough it should help). Since it was a nice sunny day I walked from Hove to Brighton stopping of at Celly's hairdresser to get my hair cut, for the first time in years. This is because my passport is due for renewal and I want to look my best ;-) I'd checked out the hairdressers as I passed and prices ranged from £13 to £35 for a wet cut, so when I saw the price at Celly's was only £9 with walk-ins only, no appointment allowed, I knew I had to stop. Less than 20 minutes after arrival I'd been washed cut and left!

Got back home to help D clear the main gutter of dirt and moss, using a high power water spray. It was fun but tiring having to aim the water nozzle at the roof and being up a ladder didn't help. Then went into town for my first real shop in four weeks, my trolley was overflowing, when I returned home.

Sunday morning I wasn't up so early (just after 9:00) read for a while, then around noon D and I went back to re-glue the gutter. It's now mostly fixed but may need one more application for a thorough water proofing.

After this I went for my first bike ride, on a real road (ie not the driveway behind the house). It was a bit scary, and I wobbled a bit but it was fun too. But even the short ride to the nearby roundabout was a bit tiring, I'll have to practice regularly.

Today is the 30th anniversary of my first convention (Seacon 79 in Brighton) so I celebrated by going to the local cinema and seeing G-Force. A live action adventure, where the main characters and heroes are guinea pigs! The CG character integrated seamlessly into the real life action such that you forgot they couldn't be real.

When I got home I caught up on four hours of "Legend of the Seeker" fairly generic fantasy, but the scenery is good (not just the location!)
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The last two weeks manages to include 3 juggling classes. And things have been getting good!

The first class of the term we got 2 new people and one not so new person joining, which kept the numbers up and meant the class could continue.

The day was nice and sunny so I walked to the school (new location meant that I can actually get there, if a lift isn't available. Managed some work on club passing with P. Self Pass pattern is now getting solid.

Week 2 weather was less nice so got on the train for the short hop to town. Did some more jugging with P and worked on the 3,3,10 pattern (this follows the pattern, self, self, pass x 3 then self, pass x 3 then pass, pass, pass x3+1 (ie pass 3 times in one pattern, 3 times in the second pattern and 10 times in the third pattern) The best we managed was 3,3,8 ;-( We did however manage to throw 10 passes on their own (so I knew I could do it) We also tried triangle passing with three of us, catching from one person and passing to the other, not too successfully (but that we tried....) We did manage self, pass, with 16 passes though.

The previous week end I decided to try my hand at fire club juggling again (ie I tried but got nowhere last year, I wasn't really a good enough club juggler then). Unfortunately the flames were rather excessive when I started, and by the time the flames had died a bit when I did juggle most of the flame died out. I'll have to try again later (possibly with better clubs!)

Week three P and I managed 10 passes and stop a number of times, though we kept failing on the elusive 3,3,10 until finally success was achieved! I did the happy dance I was so pleased.

This was one of my goals from the start of term, the first to improve my club passing had already been achieved. Getting past twenty passes with self, pass is another (that's in my grasp). Passing in groups of three or more, while not lasting very long is improving and then there is success at the 3,3,10 pattern. Now I have to be able to do it with other partners!

K and I did some self, pass passing. We aren't as well synced as P and I but D joined us as we managed some fairly consistant four person + passing.

On to other topics, this last 3 weeks I've been on the backup rotation at work, which isn't the most interesting, logging success or failure of backup jobs and changing tapes is fine one week in four or six but palls after two plus weeks!

I'm in the process of upgrading my kitchen, and I've also ordered a new 32" flat screen TV (my current one I got second hand nearly 20 years ago!) Sky+HD have just updated their program interface, and you can now see you currently selected channel while looking through the program guide (I believe TiVo has had this for years). It also stacks series so material you record doesn't take as much screen space. You can choose to record a single program or the whole series. But you still can't select anything that is more than 7 days in advance.

Last Saturday I saw Coraline in 3D in Brighton (after visiting my chiropractor). After my Imax experience in Bradford it was a bit of a disappointment, the glasses didn't work as well over my glasses and there was less use of 3D WOW! factor. Later in the Bank Holiday week end I watched The Hunt for Gollum which shows what amateurs can achieve when they sets their minds to it.

I've finally caught up with Dexter series 2. It's been resident on my Sky+HD box for months and since they started showing series 3 last mont... It's one of those show that once you start watching you wonder why you didn't catch it when it was broadcast. Ive got the fist few of S3 to look forward too!

I almost forgot, with the good weather, I've managed to get in a walk around the Bedelands farm area both week ends. Last Sunday I saw half a dozen rabbits, a magpie and a number of black birds though if they were crows, ravens or blackbirds I couldn't tell. I took some photos which may appear at some future time. The change from leafless winter to current spring time leafy greenness has been wonderful to see.

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