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After the New Year's Eve Dance, I stayed over with J, and finally started watching Game of Thrones! Actually finished watching series 1 and started series 2.
I ordered two print on demand books, one collecting all my LJ posts and comments, the other all the books I've read since March 2007 (when I started using LibraryThing to catalog books owned and read.
The LJ material actually generated something the size of a normal novel! I've also finished editing my 2015 diary but I am waiting for a discount code before sending it to print.
Finally bought my membership for Eastercon in Manchester this year.
Dance classes continue on Tuesday with J. Learned new steps in Tango. Started working on technique.
D finally fitted new shower, much improved over the previous unit. Bought new digital blood pressure monitor and scales - bluetooth enabled. Now I can measure both my Blood Pressure and my weight accurately
Yoga class restarted. Funding for this ends the first week in February, but we intend to continue classes self funded.
Discussed "The Androids Dream" by John Scalzi at the SF Reading Group. Once again I fail to finish the book before the meeting. Still enjoyable though.
Saw Stargazing Live (recorded ;-)) with first British space walk - Tim Peake born in Sussex!
Used my new scales and BP monitor to record weight and BP every hour on one Sunday, quite surprising the fluctuations and consistencies.
Temperature finally dropped below 0°C for the first time, we even got a light dusting of snow!
Decided I need to go to the theatre more often (especially as I currently can get there for free) so booked 3 performances at The Theatre Royal - Brighton. Saw the first one "The Mousetrap - 60th Anniversary Tour" on the last Saturday as a matinee.
Got a copy of Gentleman Jole & the Red Queen from Lois McMaster Bujold personally signed.
On the last Wednesday in the month went to London. Saw the Alice in Wonderland exhibit at the British Library. Then to the Science Museum to see the Ada Lovelace exhibit. Returned to the Science Museum for SMLates. Main reason wa to see the "Cosmonaut" exhibit which was excellent.
Ordered the Audio version of LMB's GJ&tRQ - I have all the others, though I haven't listened to all of them.

March 2014

Apr. 5th, 2014 09:02 pm
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First weekend I was still visiting family. Saturday am sis pulled me out of bed to go for a walk with the dogs and BiL. More fun than I thought it would be though the mud, and tree devastation was unpleasant.
First Monday was the SF Book Reading meeting at the Earth and Stars in Brighton. This month's book was Ubik by Philip K Dick (didn't finish this one)
Been ballroom dancing with C & J every Tuesday this month.
Last Saturday of the month was the social dance and danced all the dances with J even the recently (still learning) Tango.
I've been to the chiropractors (on Saturday) and I'm fairly certain that the results are due to the Placebo Effect, but still it works.
Got a MyWaitrose card which gives me a free coffee every day, and discounts on some purchases.
Continued to update GoodReads, though my main book database is still LibraryThing. I've been uploading local photos there.
Got the code for a streamed version of the Veronica Mars Movie, but the original HD version wouldn't play on my PC and none of my other devices would either. Eventually a SD release appeared and this would play (but I haven't finished it yet!)
I started taking e-learning courses at work (these are apparently mandatory if you work in NHS) but it's a good thing to be able to do during down time between phone calls (especially on Fridays)
Got confirmation that my contract had been extended to the end of April.
Went to London on the last Wednesday of the month. Mostly so I could go to the Science Museum Lates, and visit the CERN/Collider exhibition (half price). I went first to the British Library and also popped in to Forbidden Planet and got 3 books!
Finally took a short walk around Bedelands (first time in over a year), must get back into the habit when the weather improves.
Manage to break one of my two cereal bowls, fist such breakage in years so not a major issue.
Saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier (didn't have much of the winter soldier in it).
Finally got around to sending in my Hugo Nomination on the last day. I really need to be more organised a) about remembering what to nominate during the year and b) actually nominating well in advance.
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I had planned to post my biweekly update last weekend, but Duple Time happened and I didn't, and then I was thinking about a filkcon post and...

Anyway since my last post....
The day after I saw The Artist (A modern Black and White silent movie) was the last Wednesday in the month and so was the evening for a Science Museum Lates opening. Due to finances I haven't been to one of these evenings in a while but left straight from work and got the 16:38 train from Gatwick to Victoria (£14.40 off peak return). Had a BK meal at the station then to South Kensington. I got to the museum at 6:00 and was in the first 3 in the queue (by the time the doors opened I was 9th!) Exhibition Road has now been redeveloped to a more pedestrian friendly location and the street lighting is very bright. The theme for the evening was Space, hence my high interest. The biggest problem with the Lates format of short presentation is that due to timing considerations it's almost impossible to get to more than two events in the three hours the museum is open. I did get to hear Dr Stuart Clark on Isaac Newton (who was more of an alchemist than a scientist, but provided the scientific method). My Second talk was by Caroline Crawford on the stars of Orion. I did see the working model of the Astrium Mars Rover but it wasn't running at the time.

I managed to forget my keys at work a couple of times, fortunately they were still in the drawer lock when I got back to work in the morning. I am now more rigorous in making sure I take them with me!

I've gone through the next stage of training at work, entering data from written reports. The example I had already completed was used as an example for the other trainees! I've also been given responsibility for managing some of the workflow ie ensuring that the priority work gets done first and no-one is twiddling their thumbs.

And then we get to the first week end in February and filkcon 2012
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I've just realised it's been nearly three months since my last posting! I'll try to summarise.
At the beginning of March I had an interview at a local residential home. It was a nice walk, and the interview went OK but I didn't get the job. A couple of days later I had an interview for an IT job in Redhill, this was also unsuccessful.

On the first Monday of the month I went to see "The King's Speech" at the local cinema, It was very engrossing, and a worthy Oscar winner.

On St Patrick's day I visited my chiropractor then walked from Hove to Brighton.

Nearer the end of the month I went to Crawley for a job fair, at which I discovered the Reach project (providing training for unemployed), important later.

Learned that Diane Wynne Jones had died, one of my favourite authors. I did get to meet her at Sadler's Wells at a performance of Witch Week as a ballet.

On the last Tuesday in March I went up to London to the Science Museum, saw the new James Watt workshop exhibition, this was followed by a visit to their archive a Blythe House.

The following day I returned to London, went to Forbidden Planet, back to the Science Museum, and then stayed to the Lates evening.
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I've just realised it's been nearly three months since my last posting! I'll try to summarise.
At the beginning of March I had an interview at a local residential home. It was a nice walk, and the interview went OK but I didn't get the job. A couple of days later I had an interview for an IT job in Redhill, this was also unsuccessful.

On the first Monday of the month I went to see "The King's Speech" at the local cinema, It was very engrossing, and a worthy Oscar winner.

On St Patrick's day I visited my chiropractor then walked from Hove to Brighton.

Nearer the end of the month I went to Crawley for a job fair, at which I discovered the Reach project (providing training for unemployed), important later.

Learned that Diane Wynne Jones had died, one of my favourite authors. I did get to meet her at Sadler's Wells at a performance of Witch Week as a ballet.

On the last Tuesday in March I went up to London to the Science Museum, saw the new James Watt workshop exhibition, this was followed by a visit to their archive a Blythe House.

The following day I returned to London, went to Forbidden Planet, back to the Science Museum, and then stayed to the Lates evening.
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Last Wednesday, was the last in the month, and so was the night for Science Museum Lates. This time it was celebrating the science of genius.

Arrived at 6pm after getting a 6" sub for dinner. After 50 minutes waiting went straight it.

Renewed my Plus+ membership, which got me a free drink (I had a bottle of Mangers cider usually £3) and this also gives me access to the IMAX and exhibitions for free. It also gives advanced access to the workshops and talks, at the smlates without queueing.

The first thing I went to, and the best thing of the evening, was a demo of The Babbage Difference Engine No 2. The noise was awsome, and even the printer was Babbage's design.

The next talk was about the history of IQ testing, with example of physical tests, some from decades ago, to the most recent.

TruFact the first testing of intellegence, with statistical analysis, occured at the site of the Science Museum over 100 years ago!

I then checked out the Tenori-On demo a rather strange electronic musical instrument. (there are iPhone apps that simulate this behaviour).

And the final item was The Guardian's Science Weekly podcast Live! With A twitter feed broadcast behind the participants. It over ran til just after 10pm so we has to be escorted out, as the event had already closed! Oh yes I met someone fom the ZZ9 fan club!

Over the Bank Holiday weekend I upgraded my PC operating system to Linux Mint 9, which is the third version I've had installed, which means that I've been running Linux now for over six months, possibly even a year.

Mum phoned to let me know she'd just got back from Spain, having once again put out her hip and having to spend most of her time in hospital. fortunately she was at church when it happend so there were a lot of people to rally round and help. (It was almost exactly a year ago that a similar problem with her hip put her in hospital, in Spain.)

On Sky1 there was an excellent two part adaption of Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. Charles Dance as Vetinari was chillingly perfect, though I'd not previously imagine the patrician as a blonde. The Clacks were just wonderful, as was the smoking gnu!

I used my slow cooker to make rice pudding, the first use since I got the replacement pot (rice pudding was the first thing I'd cooked previously too). I also made some bread. I really must get back into the habit of bread making, there is nothing like fresh bread and butter.

And then back to work today!
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Last Wednesday, was the last in the month, and so was the night for Science Museum Lates. This time it was celebrating the science of genius.

Arrived at 6pm after getting a 6" sub for dinner. After 50 minutes waiting went straight it.

Renewed my Plus+ membership, which got me a free drink (I had a bottle of Mangers cider usually £3) and this also gives me access to the IMAX and exhibitions for free. It also gives advanced access to the workshops and talks, at the smlates without queueing.

The first thing I went to, and the best thing of the evening, was a demo of The Babbage Difference Engine No 2. The noise was awsome, and even the printer was Babbage's design.

The next talk was about the history of IQ testing, with example of physical tests, some from decades ago, to the most recent.

TruFact the first testing of intellegence, with statistical analysis, occured at the site of the Science Museum over 100 years ago!

I then checked out the Tenori-On demo a rather strange electronic musical instrument. (there are iPhone apps that simulate this behaviour).

And the final item was The Guardian's Science Weekly podcast Live! With A twitter feed broadcast behind the participants. It over ran til just after 10pm so we has to be escorted out, as the event had already closed! Oh yes I met someone fom the ZZ9 fan club!

Over the Bank Holiday weekend I upgraded my PC operating system to Linux Mint 9, which is the third version I've had installed, which means that I've been running Linux now for over six months, possibly even a year.

Mum phoned to let me know she'd just got back from Spain, having once again put out her hip and having to spend most of her time in hospital. fortunately she was at church when it happend so there were a lot of people to rally round and help. (It was almost exactly a year ago that a similar problem with her hip put her in hospital, in Spain.)

On Sky1 there was an excellent two part adaption of Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. Charles Dance as Vetinari was chillingly perfect, though I'd not previously imagine the patrician as a blonde. The Clacks were just wonderful, as was the smoking gnu!

I used my slow cooker to make rice pudding, the first use since I got the replacement pot (rice pudding was the first thing I'd cooked previously too). I also made some bread. I really must get back into the habit of bread making, there is nothing like fresh bread and butter.

And then back to work today!
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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.

Last Night

Nov. 26th, 2009 09:10 pm
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So yesterday was the last Science Museum Late of the year, and the theme was Christmas.

On the way from the South Kensington Tube station I passed the Natural History Museum, there was an Ice Rink and a Carousel outside the main building, the former was still open when I left the Science Museum just before ten.

Despite arriving at 18:15 there was already a long queue, though it's the closest I've been to the door so far! Doors didn't open until 18:50 and I got through the security check by 19:00.

There were two main items I wanted to go to and the first didn't start until 19:30 so I spent a few minutes learning to fold paper with the London Origami Group. I followed a diagram to make a christmas tree, then joined a group to make a spinning decoration.

By this time it was time to get queuing for "Miniature Toy Worlds" starting with a book by H G Wells on his son's play, continuing into its use a a therapy tool for children, after the Great War.

There was live carol singing near the main exit, and during one of the gaps I bought a very expensive (and sweet) traditional christmas mince pie. I also caught "Table Top Science" where three different oddities were shown. Making heaver than air soap bubbles using dry ice, Showing the odd behaviour of cornflour and water, and a demonstration of dropping eggs into glasses (eggs originally on tubes on card over the glasses, card knocked away, eggs in glasses) A better explanation is found here.

And finally the second programmed item, Punk Science Christmas Special which was a blend of comedy and lecture! Explaining it is impossible, you had to be there. And that was it. I almost forgot to mention the free candy canes that there had been more time to try them all but.... we were given as we entered, or the free chocolate egg we got if we left feedback as we left.

I thought that having more stuff you could just dip in to for a few minutes was a very good idea, I wish the had been more time to try them all.

Last Night

Nov. 26th, 2009 09:10 pm
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So yesterday was the last Science Museum Late of the year, and the theme was Christmas.

On the way from the South Kensington Tube station I passed the Natural History Museum, there was an Ice Rink and a Carousel outside the main building, the former was still open when I left the Science Museum just before ten.

Despite arriving at 18:15 there was already a long queue, though it's the closest I've been to the door so far! Doors didn't open until 18:50 and I got through the security check by 19:00.

There were two main items I wanted to go to and the first didn't start until 19:30 so I spent a few minutes learning to fold paper with the London Origami Group. I followed a diagram to make a christmas tree, then joined a group to make a spinning decoration.

By this time it was time to get queuing for "Miniature Toy Worlds" starting with a book by H G Wells on his son's play, continuing into its use a a therapy tool for children, after the Great War.

There was live carol singing near the main exit, and during one of the gaps I bought a very expensive (and sweet) traditional christmas mince pie. I also caught "Table Top Science" where three different oddities were shown. Making heaver than air soap bubbles using dry ice, Showing the odd behaviour of cornflour and water, and a demonstration of dropping eggs into glasses (eggs originally on tubes on card over the glasses, card knocked away, eggs in glasses) A better explanation is found here.

And finally the second programmed item, Punk Science Christmas Special which was a blend of comedy and lecture! Explaining it is impossible, you had to be there. And that was it. I almost forgot to mention the free candy canes that there had been more time to try them all but.... we were given as we entered, or the free chocolate egg we got if we left feedback as we left.

I thought that having more stuff you could just dip in to for a few minutes was a very good idea, I wish the had been more time to try them all.

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