March 2015

Apr. 14th, 2015 10:02 am
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First Monday of the month at Brighton SF Reading group discussed The Disappeared, I had actually completed this one!
Danced every Tuesday of the month with J - learnt/revised new steps to quickset, waltz and foxtrot - also new sally anne cha cha
Finished listening to The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
Saw Saturday Night Fever at the Theatre Royal in Brighton - took day off and went to matinee
Terry Pratchett died 12 march! I couldn't remember if I'd ever actually spoken to him or not, then I discovered a personally signed copy of Strata from 1987. So I must have told him my name at least.
Made black cape for relay pig (at work) RH then created bat mask from paper
Went to visit my family - continued on pottermore.com and got early birthday present from my sister.
Helped sister make sunday dinner!
Got confirmation that work contract ending on March 31
Sasquan (Worldcon 2015) PR3 arrived. Sent in request for partial refund of train ticket due to delays
Social dancing on last Saturday in Crawley, tried to create a Jive sequence out of steps learnt, as not given an official sequence of any length since J&I started dancing together nearly 2 years ago.
Trains delayed on last day of work, got to office 8:10 for 8:00 start!
At dance class got small easter eggs from teacher and larger one from J.
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I'm on two different shift patterns at work, 9-5 and 8-4 they alternate every week. On the first couple of days at work I sat with JA learning the ropes
My normal travel route to work is via Brighton, where I change trains. On my way home I get a train to BH where I change. Unfortunately there are no direct trains to Durrington-on-Sea. The office is only 30 seconds walk from the station so it's very convenient.
By the end of the first week at work I was answering the phones on my own.

Still dancing on Tuesday though it's a bit tight getting to Crawley for 7:00 when I an working til 5:00 (I have to eat before travelling). Whereas on the early shift I can eat in Crawley. Paid for my New Year dance ticket. Also J on holiday most of the month, so no partner for later dance class.

Renewed dendarii.com domain for website.
First Monday in the month was the meeting of the Brighton SF Reading Group at the Earth & Stars in Brighton were we had a fairly lively discussion of the Moon is a Harsh Mistress and confirmed Man Plus for next month.

Got a Sky wifi box which allows me to connect to the internet and download media on demand. The first program I downloaded was the 2nd episode of the new series of Haven (unfortunately the fist episode wasn't available).

First week salary was paid into my bank account. Had my eyes tested and got two new pairs of glasses.
Sat my final two tests for Business Admin L3 and got confirmation that I had passed both, meaning that I had completed my certification.

Ordered my first CD from Big Finish (Dr Who: Fanfare for the Common Men) downloaded to iPod.

Mum had to have an operation removing her eye! Surgery went well, and she came home sooner than anticipated.

Storm on the last weekend of the Month, Trains disrupted on the Monday - tried to get to work but only got as far as Brighton before giving up and going home.

BBC starting the lead up to Dr Who 50th Anniversary on 23 November.

Ordered two tickets for Strictly Social Dancing @ the Hawth for J & I and I saw Vampires Rock at the Theater Royal in Brighton.

Back home

Oct. 11th, 2012 11:01 pm
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Uploaded Tuesday's post to LJ then messaged L&S and then used FaceTime to video chat with them.
Tested Skype between mum's laptop and my iPod. It worked but I should have tried it earlier.

Wed 10 Oct
Up 7:15 stepped on glasses! Had shower with newly fitted shower head, better spray. Had breakfast, last check of email then off to Valencia airport at 8:30.

Got to airport 10:20 said goodbye to mum and sis. Queued for check in and boarding card, done 10:55.

Through security when I realised wine bottles weren't allowed in hand luggage, so had to dump them! Bought cigarettes and whisky for 65.80€ paid £54.53.

Discovered antihistamine tablets had fallen from my coat pocket, though only 5/30 left. Started queuing to board flight EZY8642 at gate C11 at 11:35 (no reserved seating).

Through passport / ticket check by 12ish. On tarmac 12:20, on the plane seated 12:30. Plane took off 12:56, due to arrive at Gatwick 2:00.

Ate packed lunch 1:30ish read. Landed 2:57/1:57 on time, out of plane by 2:20 to passport control in the chipped passport queue done and out of North Terminal 2:40 to train station platform 5 by 2:50 to catch the 15:00 to Haywards Heath. Then to Specsavers to get my glasses readjusted, and to chiropractor to get tomorrows appointment moved.

Home 4:20. Unpacked, watched Mythbusters had dinner, then caught 6:53 to Gatwick.

Got the 100 bus to St Paul's church hall. Arrived 8:00, got New Year's Eve dance ticket. Lesson started 8:30, J didn't turn up so mostly danced with the teacher or solo. Mostly worked on new steps to the quickstep.

Finished 9:45 caught bus back to Gatwick then home.

Thu 11 Oct
Back to work, after work some of the team went to the Jubilee Oak in Crawley for a farewell drink. I got a lift from MB but still got drenched in a torrential downpour!

MB had to leave early as he was starting an evening class at 7:00.
CR, SF and JW turned up just before he left. Organiser of the event MG with OD and KO turned up next, with boss TOM arriving just after 7:00.

I left at 7:30 to catch a train at Crawley for Three Bridges and then home. Unfortunate due to a body on the line at Gatwick all services were being delayed. The train from Three Bridges was SRO and packed like sardines (or the tube at rush hour).

When I got home I caught up with Strictly Come Dancing from last week end.
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My last post was about Unicon, my next one will be the start of my Chicon / Worldcon adventure. So what has been happening in between?

I've been to the chiropractor only one. I was due to go again on Friday but there was an emergency and my appointment was cancelled.

I've booked a ticket at Can't Stop the Serenity in Chicago, for the Saturday after Worldcon.

Last weekend I spent hours watching stuff recorded on my Sky+ box, so there will be space for stuff over the next two weeks. Doctor Who starts next Saturday!

Last Monday I went to the local cinema to see Brave. It was a very Disney style Pixar animation, but enjoyable even so.

Yesterday I got an email saying my contract had been extended to mid October. This is good and bad news. Good because I've still got a job when I get back. Bad as the day before I booked to fly to Spain with my parents and sister for a week. If I'd know about the extension I could have booked their last week rather than their first one!

Also yesterday I went dancing with K in the evening, since we hadn't danced for over two weeks our stamina was less than usual so we didn't dance as often as in the past. We did manage at least one of each style (except those we don't know yet!)

Today I packed ready for my flight tomorrow.
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It's not been quite as interesting since my last post but..

The Monday after I went to the local cinema to see "Rock of Ages" I think there were only 3 of us in the cinema!, so not popular. However I enjoyed this musical rock and roll story set in 1987 with a mesmerising, if loopy performance by Tom Cruise.

On Wednesday we continued to practice various dances, and also continued to learn (or re-learn) the foxtrot. We finished the last part this week, just in time for tomorrows end of month social dance. I'm still not 100% re the last 12 steps!

I uploaded a few more revision to The Bujold Nexus, and hopefully I won't leave it so long between updates. I also need to overhaul some pages, but that will have to wait for longer spare time.

I've also been visiting a chiropractor twice a week, and I think my back has improved but... I also went to Specsavers as I was having some problems with my new glasses. after some discussion it appears that I can no longer get fully corrected vision even with glasses, so have to settle for a slight fuzz.

Got news at work that an extra 3000 reports will need to be created (that's in addition to the 8000+ we have nearly finished) so I expect to be employed now until Worldcon or even after.

This weekend is the Crawley Beer and Folk Festival at the Hawth. I went after work this evening, not much was happening so I came home after a couple of hours. However if the weather is fair I'll return tomorrow, before going off to dance.
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Well the most important occurrence after Easter was my birthday, which I celebrated by going into Crawley and used my McD free vouchers to have McNuggets and a Big Mac, paying for fries and a milk shake. Then read in the Library, and then walked to the church hall for an hour of dancing with K. (This is now my regular Wednesday evening, though I sometime go to BK rather than McD.) When I got home I had a number of birthday cards arrive, with a book from sister H and a ballroom dance music cd ordered from Amazon.

On Friday I got a bus from Crawley to Southwater, to visit parents and sisters family (the first time I’ve used such transport, I usually get the train). It stopped only a few dozen yards from the door! I’ll be using this method of transport more often in future.

We had a celebratory fish and chip dinner, and I one upped my sister by giving her some ladybird ear pods (for music listening). On Saturday I finished my latest ITQ module and watched Heather Dale streamed from The Mill House Love, which was a nice house filk.

I’ve just discovered a new exit from Gatwick Airport, via an Emergency exit that means I don’t have to cross the road to catch my bus, the walking time is less too. With the recent rain that has been a major plus.

The small Android tablet I bought via eBay arrived, It’s pretty cool, a LOT lighter than the 10” model, though battery life isn’t great. Pity it doesn’t use a micro USB interface for charging. Also via eBay I've ordered: a Blooth headset, keyboard and mouse, but so far I haven't got any of them to work!

Since Easter I’ve ordered a lot of books (to make up a lack of ordered during Lent!)

Last w/e I got a haircut, it’s now shorter than it’s been in 40 years! Dug out and watched Ballroom Dancing with Angela Rippon on DVD. Then went to the cinema for a double bill of “The Pirates! An Adventure with Scientists” followed by “The Hunger Games”.

I’ve been handed even more responsibility, now I am actually assigning work directly in the database system. I feel that I’m running fast to stay where I am!

Last Wednesday (before dancing) I went to Crawley bus station and discovered I was eligible for a Gatwick Travelcard. This allows me to travel on ANY bus that at some point passes through either Gatwick Airport or Crawley Bus Station, for a pound less than the current ticket (PlusBus which was a pretty good deal anyway). This means that my bus journey to Southwater will now be free!

Tomorrow I'm due to go dancing again, and I hope to see the new Avenger movie some time over the week end.
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In my last post I forgot to note I had my six monthly dental check-up. Unfortunately one of my older fillings had deteriorated to the point that it needed repair, so I returned last Tuesday. Got injected and the upper left hand side of my mouth went numb. Small hole drilled and filled and then left with just under a hundred quid less in my account! (but this did include the price of the check-up)

Prior to this I visited Rewards training to confirm that I was on track to get my ITQ Level 2 Diploma. I then visited my bank and ex-mortgage company to get paper work to allow me to get the payment from my endowment policy. Which did not generate enough funds to pay off my mortgage entirely. Fortunately my Mum is a better / luckier money manager than I am and paid off the mortgage last year!

Before I started at university I took up Ballroom Dancing, and continued with the Uni Ballroom Dancing Society while in Manchester. Then I started a job and moved to a new town and didn't continue dancing. Since Strictly Come Dancing started I have been meaning to restart my interest, but there weren't any dance schools locally, or at least that I could easily get too (having no car) or were only in the afternoon.

Now I'm working in Crawley, I thought I'd check locally and found Crawley Dance Academy the final straw was one of my work colleagues (K) mentioned she had danced previously so a three weeks ago I went searching for the local. Unfortunately Google located a fair way from it's actual locations and after 20 minutes of searching, I gave up and went home! I was given the correct location the following day! So a week later I did get to the correct place and we (K & I) had a good time learning the waltz (or more correctly reminding ourselves of it). Last week was the turn of the Quickstep and Cha Cha Cha. Next week is Easter week so the hall isn't available, but the week after... It's really surprising how much I do remember as it must be over ten years since I did any dancing and twenty five since I did so regularly.

So good news this week, my contract has been extended to end of June so I've got longer to practice my dancing! So thinking of stuff I've had to stop doing, I realised I'd not done any juggling and Circus Wurx meets in Crawley so... They meet on Thursday so after Easter I'll have to check them out.

I ordered a keyboard/case for my Android tablet and it arrived last week. This effectively turns the tablet into a netbook running Android, however with only one USB port I could plug both mouse and keyboard in, so had to order a USB hub too. This arrived a few days back and (given that the touch screen had failed, hence it's low price) now it's a very nice bit of kit.
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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 post was about Filkcon, this will end with Picocon.

Patches of snow stayed around for about a week, an things have generally been frozen. I got my first book from Amazon in a while. I used to get 2-4 books a week, now it's that number per month!

When I imported my ebooks from Stanza to ShuBook I chose the wrong switch and all the books were imported with the title in the Author field and vice versa. I have just finished changing the last of these around! A long winded process but now all the books by a particular author are together.

I did a bit more training/mentoring at work and entered the first data into the live system. So far so good but it's taken over a week and it hasn't moved to the next step yet! Fingers cross this will happen soon as I'm the guinea pig of the session!

Last Saturday I was at Picocon 29 and next week is my Dad's birthday so I haven't been able to do any weekend shopping. I have had to stop over on my jurney home so get a few bits and bobs that had run out (and other stuff too).

Picocon 29 "Apocalypses" had all the bits a Picocon has had for low these last many years. Unfortunately I couldn't enjoy it as much as I might as I had a cold! Anyway the guests were Adrian Czajkowski/Tchaikovsky was enthusiastic and entertaining (I need to look for his work) Justina Robson was more introspective and Tricia Sullivan was also new to me, but hopefully a new read at some point.

During lunch I dashed off to Forbidden Planet for old times sake and bought 4 books, though when I'll read them I don't know. Since I started listening to podcasts as I walk around, and my train journey is ony 20 minutes I don't have long periods where I'm static and can't do anything but read!

I left Imperial just after 4:00pm and made my way home in the rain!
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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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The Sunday after my last post I helped The Friends Green Circle Network to trim a hedge in Bedelands Farm. Spent two hours cutting withies, (there was also a bonfire), then completed an hour's walk around the site.

I've recently rediscovered PortableApps.com where applications have been modified so they will run from a USB drive without installation. Quite like the 1980 when that was how DOS worked!

It does mean I can use programs at work which I can't install on my supplied laptop (mostly graphic tools and OCR).

On the work front, when we started we had to generate nearly six thousand template reports, there are less than a thousand to complete now (I did nearly two hundred). We have just started to peer review each other's work. This may take a while!

Last week I went to the cinema to see Hugo, based on a book (not really a novel though) it concerns the film pioneer Georges Méliès in his later life. I enjoyed the story even if the fact and fiction have been blended, possible Hugo material?

Last Friday I took the but into Crawley, as I'd just discovered some of my library books were overdue and one couldn't be renewed online. I got that sorted out and bought another pair of earphones.

My EDI Technical Certificate in Principles of Business & Administration Level 2 arrived on Friday exactly 2 months after passing the last module in the course. So I now have the paperwork proving my qualification.

Peacock (clothes shop) has gone into receivership, but is still open for business, I I bought another black shirt at 20% off, and also got some woolly socks at half price from the shop opposite!

I've been watching a number of new programs on TV including: Dancing on Ice, )as usual I don't recognise most of the contestants but....), Hawaii 5-0, NCIS: Los Angeles, Sherlock, Earthflight, Body of Proof, Lost Girl, NCIS, The Story of Musicals, Stargazing (a once a year series on BB/C2), Gadget Geeks, Suits, Unforgettable,

Just got back from the cinema. I saw The Artist at Cineworld in Crawley, first time I've visited this 15 screen cinema.
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The Sunday after my last post I helped The Friends Green Circle Network to trim a hedge in Bedelands Farm. Spent two hours cutting withies, then completed an hour's walk around the site.

I've recently rediscovered PortableApps.com where applications have been modified so they will run from a USB drive without installation. Quite like the 1980 when that was how DOS worked!

It does mean I can use programs at work which I can't install on my supplied laptop (mostly graphic tools and OCR).

On the work front, when we started we had to generate nearly six thousand template reports, there are less than a thousand to complete now (I did nearly two hundred). We have just started to peer review each other's work. This may take a while!

Last week I went to the cinema to see Hugo, based on a book (not really a novel though) it concerns the film pioneer Georges Méliès in his later life. I enjoyed the story even if the fact and fiction have been blended, possible Hugo material?

Last Friday I took the but into Crawley, as I'd just discovered some of my library books were overdue and one couldn't be renewed online. I got that sorted out and bought another pair of earphones.

My EDI Technical Certificate in Principles of Business & Administration Level 2 arrived on Friday exactly 2 months after passing the last module in the course. So I now have the paperwork proving my qualification.

Peacock (clothes shop) has gone into receivership, but is still open for business, I I bought another black shirt at 20% off, and also got some woolly socks at half price from the shop opposite!

I've been watching a number of new programs on TV including: Dancing on Ice, )as usual I don't recognise most of the contestants but....), Hawaii 5-0, NCIS: Los Angeles, Sherlock, Earthflight, Body of Proof, Lost Girl, NCIS, The Story of Musicals, Stargazing (a once a year series on BB/C2), Gadget Geeks, Suits, Unforgettable,

Just got back from the cinema. I saw The Artist at Cineworld in Crawley, first time I've visited this 15 screen cinema.

Busy week

Jul. 15th, 2010 04:47 pm
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So after being sacked last Tuesday I been busy visiting the Jobcenter, organising my finances and visiting my parents / sister and her family.

On Monday I went to London to collect my remaining stuff from work, I took my middle sized back pack and filled it with this and that. I also visited Forbidden Planet and canceled my regular orders!

Tuesday was my first actual sign on day at the Jobcentre in Haywards Heath, got a meeting to help create a CV (since I haven't had one for 25 years and have no clue if there are any copies anywhere) I also had to buy a new printer, one that worked with Linux, so I checked what was on sale and looked reasonable, then had to go home to look the details up. Since Brother has it's own site with linux drivers I decided to buy a Brother DCP-135C which is a printer/copier/scanner and was on sale at Clarkes Stationers for only £39.99. I also checked with the cartridge refill store and the Brother cartridges were the best value for money. So I bought one from Joy M. (old friend!) and lugged it home on the train.

I then spent hours trying to get it working, without any success, only to discover that I hadn't plugged the USB cable into the printer's internal socket! Once I wired it up correctly both scanning and printing worked perfectly (I did have to install the drivers from the Brother website, but the instructions were fairly clear. It's actually very cool being able to scan and print and print at home.

Wednesday I visited the Citizen Advice Bureau, and was recommended to appeal the decision to sack me, so I have.

And finally I discovered a small leak in the downstairs toilet. I think it's on the inlet pipe, but for the moment newspaper and saucepans are my friends!

Busy week

Jul. 15th, 2010 04:47 pm
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So after being sacked last Tuesday I been busy visiting the Jobcenter, organising my finances and visiting my parents / sister and her family.

On Monday I went to London to collect my remaining stuff from work, I took my middle sized back pack and filled it with this and that. I also visited Forbidden Planet and canceled my regular orders!

Tuesday was my first actual sign on day at the Jobcentre in Haywards Heath, got a meeting to help create a CV (since I haven't had one for 25 years and have no clue if there are any copies anywhere) I also had to buy a new printer, one that worked with Linux, so I checked what was on sale and looked reasonable, then had to go home to look the details up. Since Brother has it's own site with linux drivers I decided to buy a Brother DCP-135C which is a printer/copier/scanner and was on sale at Clarkes Stationers for only £39.99. I also checked with the cartridge refill store and the Brother cartridges were the best value for money. So I bought one from Joy M. (old friend!) and lugged it home on the train.

I then spent hours trying to get it working, without any success, only to discover that I hadn't plugged the USB cable into the printer's internal socket! Once I wired it up correctly both scanning and printing worked perfectly (I did have to install the drivers from the Brother website, but the instructions were fairly clear. It's actually very cool being able to scan and print and print at home.

Wednesday I visited the Citizen Advice Bureau, and was recommended to appeal the decision to sack me, so I have.

And finally I discovered a small leak in the downstairs toilet. I think it's on the inlet pipe, but for the moment newspaper and saucepans are my friends!

Ten Days

Feb. 18th, 2010 09:06 pm
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So what have I been doing since Van Der Filk?

I've still got the cold I had then, despite taking vitamin C. Continued to watch NCIS and watched the pilot of Caprca (which I remotely set to record from Grantham). On the Wednesday (10th) I went to the Hawth to see "One Man Lord of the Rings" a tour de force by Charlie Ross. If you are a fan of LotR then this is a must see performance.

I renewed my Friends of the Hawth and got a spiffy new card. I also booked two more tickets.

On St Valentine's day I went to the local cinema to see The Princess and the Frog, a slightly less traditional Disney tale.

Most of this week over half our department was not in the office, either off sick or on leave. Tuesday was the most stressful as I was the ONLY member in the office! Colleagues from other teams did help out so I wasn't completely swamped. Most of them were back today.

On Monday I got home to discover that the bottom of my new slow cooker had cracked off and the contents of my second meal had escaped! Hopefully I can get a replacement as it's been less then 30 days since it arrived.

Tuesday being pancake day, I visited my chiropractor before getting home to make pancakes. lemon and sugar and maple syrup were both tasty fillers.

Earlier this month I arranged for a survey of my house so that I could get cavity wall insulation and extra loft insulation subsidised by the government. The survey was done today and my front wall is apparently half wood and so can't be filled. The back wall can be done, as can the loft, but all the junk and flooring has to be removed first! So I've spent the last hour and a half passing down stuff that's been up there for about 20 years. I've only moved about 20% so I know what I'll be doing over the weekend!

Ten Days

Feb. 18th, 2010 09:06 pm
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So what have I been doing since Van Der Filk?

I've still got the cold I had then, despite taking vitamin C. Continued to watch NCIS and watched the pilot of Caprca (which I remotely set to record from Grantham). On the Wednesday (10th) I went to the Hawth to see "One Man Lord of the Rings" a tour de force by Charlie Ross. If you are a fan of LotR then this is a must see performance.

I renewed my Friends of the Hawth and got a spiffy new card. I also booked two more tickets.

Om St Valentine's day I went to the local cinema to see The Princess and the Frog, a slightly less traditional Disney tale.

Most of this week over half our department was not in the office, either off sick or on leave. Tuesday was the most stressful as I was the ONLY member in the office! Colleagues from other teams did help out so I wasn't completely swamped. Most of them were back today.

On Monday I got home to discover that the bottom of my new slow cooker had cracked off and the contents of my second meal had escaped! Hopefully I can get a replacement as it's been less then 30 days since it arrived.

Tuesday being pancake day, I visited my chiropractor before getting home to make pancakes. lemon and sugar and maple syrup were both tasty fillers.

Earlier this month I arranged for a survey of my house so that I could get cavity wall insulation and extra loft insulation subsidised by the government. The survey was done today and my front wall is apparently half wood and so can't be filled. The back wall can be done, as can the loft, but all the junk and flooring has to be removed first! So I've spent the last hour and a half passing down stuff that's been up there for about 20 years. I've only moved about 20% so I know what I'll be doing over the weekend!
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I've been for a couple of short rides on my bike, I need to get some training in how to use 18 gears properly.

Our offices are in the process of being repainted (at least the halls, stairs and toilets), so there is the smell of fresh paint in the air.

The weather has turned and we are no longer even able to pretend it's still summer, I saw my first conker earlier this week. I re-potted some plants over last weekend, hopefully they will stay alive.

The laptop encryption project is still ongoing, but has reduce considerably, and should finished in by October.

Last we I was on an "Embracing Equality and Diversity" training course, mandatory for all staff. didn't really learn anything startling, but I did get to see colleagues away from work (and it was on one of the last sunny days, and had a walkabout during lunch.)

I ordered a EZReader Pocket Pro earlier this month and it arrived on Tuesday. It cost $199 (£150+VAT) as a promo launce price during September. It's an ebook reader with eink and uses a kinux kernel, it supports most open formats (and some closed ones). It can be charged via USB cable to a PC and came with a free 1GB SD card with 300 books reinstalled. So far I've read one and a bit books on it, it's about the size and weight of a paperback.

Last Sunday I went to see "Aliens in the Attic" at my local cinema, and on Monday I went to the Science Museum for a talk by Sir Tim Berners-Lee on The Web Revealed a reminiscence on 20 years of the Web. This cost me £5 but was well worth it.

This weekend we're celebrating my neice's 18th birthday! It seems hardly any time ago she was a baby, now she's as tall as I am (nearly!). Report after the fact.
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I've been for a couple of short rides on my bike, I need to get some training in how to use 18 gears properly.

Our offices are in the process of being repainted (at least the halls, stairs and toilets), so there is the smell of fresh paint in the air.

The weather has turned and we are no longer even able to pretend it's still summer, I saw my first conker earlier this week. I re-potted some plants over last weekend, hopefully they will stay alive.

The laptop encryption project is still ongoing, but has reduce considerably, and should finished in by October.

Last we I was on an "Embracing Equality and Diversity" training course, mandatory for all staff. didn't really learn anything startling, but I did get to see colleagues away from work (and it was on one of the last sunny days, and had a walkabout during lunch.)

I ordered a EZReader Pocket Pro earlier this month and it arrived on Tuesday. It cost $199 (£150+VAT) as a promo launce price during September. It's an ebook reader with eink and uses a kinux kernel, it supports most open formats (and some closed ones). It can be charged via USB cable to a PC and came with a free 1GB SD card with 300 books reinstalled. So far I've read one and a bit books on it, it's about the size and weight of a paperback.

Last Sunday I went to see "Aliens in the Attic" at my local cinema, and on Monday I went to the Science Museum for a talk by Sir Tim Berners-Lee on The Web Revealed a reminiscence on 20 years of the Web. This cost me £5 but was well worth it.

This weekend we're celebrating my neice's 18th birthday! It seems hardly any time ago she was a baby, now she's as tall as I am (nearly!). Report after the fact.
mbernardi: (bladerunner)
The next three weekends I going to be away. Next week at Constitution in Cambridge, then Anticipation in Montreal and then the local juggling festival at The Hawth.

So the last two weeks or so at work have been hectic, working as part of the team working on laptop encryption. Usually I might get one or two voice mail messages a week, over the last two weeks I've had 10+ a day! We've encrypted nearly 600 laptops so far and are nearly done!

I re-read the last 3 Harry Potter books prior to seeing The Half Blood Prince at the Cinema. I think they got the balance right, turning a book that long into a movie requires cuts and modifications, and I think it turned out OK.

A week ago last Thursday I went to City Airport at Docklands, just so I could tell how long it took to get there, and to find it. Since I'm flying from there to Montreal via Amsterdam next Tuesday. I also stopped off to see the Thames Barrier an then stopped at Gatwick for something to eat, as it was getting late.

Last Saturday after getting my back adjusted I walked from Hove to Brighton, since it was sunny. My niece was due to bungee jump on Saturday and when I spotted a crane on the seafront I texted to find out where she was. When I got home I discovered that the crane I'd passed was the one she'd jumped from!

I haven't managed to get many walks around Bedelands recently, due to poor weather at the weekend, and inertia! I have however been walking from Hove to Brighton, when it hasn't been raining, so I think that makes up for it. This Saturday I managed to buy some fresh Tamarinds, which I hadn't tasted since I was living in Barbados 40 years ago. The same shop also had fresh sugar cane but it was expensive, and wasn't my favourite even as a kid.

I've just ordered a new bike from ASDA it was only £75 including delivery, but at least I'll find out if I can still ride, and enjoy the process. I haven't been on a bike in about 30 years so... I didn't want to spend a few hundred pond and then discover I hated it ;-)
mbernardi: (bladerunner)
The next three weekends I going to be away. Next week at Constitution in Cambridge, then Anticipation in Montreal and then the local juggling festival at The Hawth.

So the last two weeks or so at work have been hectic, working as part of the team working on laptop encryption. Usually I might get one or two voice mail messages a week, over the last two weeks I've had 10+ a day! We've encrypted nearly 600 laptops so far and are nearly done!

I re-read the last 3 Harry Potter books prior to seeing The Half Blood Prince at the Cinema. I think they got the balance right, turning a book that long into a movie requires cuts and modifications, and I think it turned out OK.

A week ago last Thursday I went to City Airport at Docklands, just so I could tell how long it took to get there, and to find it. Since I'm flying from there to Montreal via Amsterdam next Tuesday. I also stopped off to see the Thames Barrier an then stopped at Gatwick for something to eat, as it was getting late.

Last Saturday after getting my back adjusted I walked from Hove to Brighton, since it was sunny. My niece was due to bungee jump on Saturday and when I spotted a crane on the seafront I texted to find out where she was. When I got home I discovered that the crane I'd passed was the one she'd jumped from!

I haven't managed to get many walks around Bedelands recently, due to poor weather at the weekend, and inertia! I have however been walking from Hove to Brighton, when it hasn't been raining, so I think that makes up for it. This Saturday I managed to buy some fresh Tamarinds, which I hadn't tasted since I was living in Barbados 40 years ago. The same shop also had fresh sugar cane but it was expensive, and wasn't my favourite even as a kid.

I've just ordered a new bike from ASDA it was only £75 including delivery, but at least I'll find out if I can still ride, and enjoy the process. I haven't been on a bike in about 30 years so... I didn't want to spend a few hundred pond and then discover I hated it ;-)

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