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Tuesday, 31 August 2004

Monday-ish Tuesday?

This is in no way a complaint - I have vowed, since those (now long since gone) uncomfortably hot days of early summer, never to moan about such things - when I left the house shortly before seven this morning, there was a distinct chill in the air, such that I needed to wear my coat on the way to the bus stop. It's ended up being a dry day, though, and less than twelve hours later the sun is making its final approach towards the horizon, and the sky is Dulux Matchpot sky-blue, sparsely punctuated by my favourite brand of clouds (the cotton-wool ones are called cumulus, aren't they?) as I sit on the coach and tap at my laptop.

It's been the typical 'day after a bank holiday' in the office - I'd intended to carry out a fairly delicate operation today, but authorisation didn't come through, so it's been delayed, probably until a week's time (by which time, hopefully, everyone involved will be back from holiday). Fortunately there have been other bits and bobs to do, including quite a few meetings that'll need writing up, so it hasn't been an entirely wasted day. It's gone by quickly, though.

I've been making small modifications to the website although it's still not quite how I want it yet. It's still got a bit of that "information overload" feeling. I have added a few new features, which is soon to include a 'text me' function, which works in isolation, but needs a little work to squeeze it somewhere useful. Want to have a go? [please don't be mean or rude, though!]


Well, that's it from me, then. And, it would appear, August.

Random link:

  • Bexhill (my childhood home) - through the eyes of a visiting American.

Posted by james at 8:24 PM

Monday, 30 August 2004

dodging the showers

As is traditional, it's not such a sunny Monday - we've not ventured forth yet, although the children have been bathed and Christopher and I have had a good go at tidying his bedroom. He's got so many books, I'm having trouble finding places to put them all!

Beth's treated me to an early birthday present - a tiny little (second-hand) Nokia 6510, to replace the 3310 that was kindly handed down to me by Beth's mother which has served me well. It's got a bright blue light and a radio! I've been listening to Radio 1's Bank Holiday special "Ten Hour Takeover" which reminds me of the days when the station was good.

They've already played "Two Little Boys" by Rolf Harris, the Dangermouse theme and Guns 'n Roses' "Sweet Child o' Mine". It's great to know that in some small way (see here for a picture of a small fraction of the kit I look after) I'm part of it!

Hopefully we'll make it out of the house between cloudbursts later...

Posted by james at 12:41 PM

Sunday, 29 August 2004

out and about ... a bit.

Sunday afternoon, and the sun's finally made it past the clouds. There was a rather unpleasant squall earlier, which makes the eventual appearance of some warmth a little more surprising.

We've not ventured much further than Letchworth (one of our preferred destinations for Saturday shopping) so far this Bank Holiday weekend. It has a fairly pleasant little park at the end of the high street, and doesn't tend to be too busy at the weekend.

Today, apart from church in the morning (Beth's Dad has created a website for St John's - http://www.stjohn-luton.co.uk) and a trip to Asda in the afternoon, we've been relaxing at home.

I've been working on a new discussion forum for my website - please feel free to contribute if you fancy it!

Finally, I've noticed there's been a spate of 'collaborative' websites turning up on the internet lately. Here are two:

  • http://www.bornmagazine.org/youandwe/ : "You and We" - words and pictures submitted by visitors, displayed in a continually changing 'slideshow'
  • http://gbsfm.klasson.se/a : "GBS FM cyberweb radio station" (note: some rude words) - a rather primitive, but ingenious combination of internet radio station, jukebox and filesharing system. Send them a track, and they'll play it!

Have a fine Bank Holiday Monday (if it's available!)

Posted by james at 5:30 PM

Saturday, 28 August 2004

bank holiday weekend

To compensate for yet another (the possibly all-time-longest?) almost interminable blog entry, I shall attempt another brief report for the last couple of days. Yesterday was a Good Day Off - we popped into town for breakfast (it's about the only time I ever go to McDonalds these days, and the longer I stay away, the less edible I find the burgers, although the food they serve before half-past ten isn't so bad) and then dropped Christoper off at the summer playscheme he's been attending - and enjoying - all week. It's organised by the Pentecostal Church in town, and appears to be energetic and good natured, with a Christian theme and a good ratio of helpers to children.

We were, understandably, a little concerned to start with, as it's the first time he's spent practically the whole day away from the family, but it was encouraging to see him emerge with a smile at the end of yesterday's session.

Beth, Ella and I popped to Hemel Hempstead to start - can you believe it? - on the Christmas shopping, and some birthday present buying. It's a busy time of year, certainly for my side of the family! Then, once we'd retrieved Christopher, it was the rundown to the evening, when Beth went to her slimming meeting and I did some tidying up, while listening to one of my German colleagues who has a show between 7pm and 8pm (our time) every Thursday on Radio CT in Germany.

Back to work today, then - it's cheered up a little, weather-wise, which bodes well for the weekend - but I needed my raincoat as I caught the bus this morning. I seem to have spent much of the day writing a "method statement" for a rather tricky firmware replacement that I'll (hopefully) be doing on Tuesday, and distracting myself looking at some forum software to play with at work and, erm, at home. Suzi suggested that it might be an idea for the website - I'll give it a go, but it remains to see whether anyone'll use it!

As I researched my options for forum software, I came across a remarkable website that lists web forums in order of popularity (mainly by posts). It's interesting to note that Digital Spy's forum is the 141st most popular on the internet - evidence that it's gone from strength to strength since the days of the digiNEWS network.

Oh - I almost forgot - one of my colleagues informed me that there would be a small live music session in the 6music rest area, and I wandered up the fifth floor to see a performance by Ed Harcourt who played keyboards and sang some very passable songs. I took a couple of little photos as he played - just to prove I was there!

So to the weekend, then - we've not got much planned, but it would be great to get out and about (in spite of the roadworks, engineering works and flight delays that seem to be about to blight the Bank Holiday!)

ed harcourt singing and playing

Posted by james at 3:57 PM

Wednesday, 25 August 2004

taxes, texts and statistics

It's been rather a fruitful couple of days, really. Work has kept me busy, although oddly enough more in the morning than the afternoon. This is something of a turnaround as I normally deal with meetings and mail during the first half of the day and all the interesting stuff (and the writing-up of the same) attempts to prevent my leaving at the usual 6.15 departure time.

This is all good news - not least from the feedback my boss is giving me, as I send out my now-regular missives on all things VCS and security-based, so there's nothing to complain about there.

I have also finally completed my tax return. I elected to submit it electronically, even though I had completed the paper form, as delivery was all-but guaranteed, and it would give me the bad (or good) news of how things are at the end. I may have mentioned that a number of attempts were made to sign up to the government's "Gateway" page - the first required that I sign up, enter my details and await a PIN and confirmation of my user name. The second, about a week later required that I sign in with the user name and my password, which - like a fool who doesn't read things properly - I confused with my PIN and locked my account. I elected to request a new password, since at least I wouldn't have to recall it, and it would be sent to me in paper form, in spite of the fact that my account would have been unlocked after two hours anyway (as I discovered when I finally resorted to calling the helpline).

Clutching three bits of security coated paper in my hand, I secluded myself in the studio for some painstaking tapping of security data, personal information and numbers from other documents that I had collated beforehand. Within forty-five minutes (during which time, I also did a bit of chatting on MSN Messenger while also dishing out advice on new computer purchases*) I had received those words that I longed to hear: "Your return has been checked and has no errors." Or, possibly better: "Tax refund: £15.00". It's gone, now, though, along - hopefully - with any need for me to fill in a form ever again. I'm rubbish at it. This, of course, is why I rely on Beth to deal with the internet banking...

During a quiet moment at work, I decided to try and sort out a couple of the little problems I've been having with my website. "Now!" you may rightly say "That's our licence fee [good heavens... I (sorry, Beth - we) spend £3.37 a month on BBC1!] you're wasting." I would, however, counter that my Linux skills still need developing - especially since I have a plan to make a rather attractive knowledge-base-discussion-board thing for the team (see how I can muster a smug tone, even in written text?)

Anyway, I have managed to work out how to make a primitive "send me a text message" feature, which works fantastically in theory, although Orange have since steadfastly refused to support their end of the bargain, as they offer a free 'email alert' service that I was banking on using, and has since been shown not to work. When they've fixed it (I've sent them an email; they've acknowledged it and given me some kind of reference number) I will put it in here for fun and entertainment. Thanks must go to Ed (who has designed his own website content management system and gallery software) for his expert advice.

I have also finally managed to get Webalizer to work. This is such great fun - it prints attractive graphs to say how many people have visited my website over a given period, and also lists top ten visitor IP addresses, websites that visitors have surfed from, and, my favourite, results of web searches that have landed on my site. For a limited time you can see all the interesting stuff here (I'll be password protecting it soon - if you'd still like to be able to see it, please ask, though!)

Before I go, the links of the day

That's quite enough from me.

*This is a free service. Terms and conditions apply.

Posted by james at 8:37 PM

Monday, 23 August 2004

week on wheels

Another week begins, then - we're rapidly running out of August! It would appear that the weather has pre-empted this, by greying out the sky and liberally sprinkling water - this doesn't bother me at all, though farmers seem to be suffering from the incessant dampness.

For some reason there's not that much to report of late - although 168 hours seems a lot to fit into a week, over half of it seems to be spent at work (my boss and the other specialist have been on holiday and off sick respectively), asleep, travel(l)ing or any combination of the three.

Beth drove up to Birmingham for the afternoon on Saturday to see some friends, so I took the children on a bus ride into town. It's amazing, now that Christopher's five, that it would cost £2.70 for the three of us (£3.60, when Ella's older!) to spend less than ten minutes in a bus, driving us to and from the town centre - especially since I could get a return to Bristol on Megabus for £2.50!

Fortunately, my season ticket entitles me to free local travel, too, so it only cost fractionally more than it would to park for the hour we spent shopping. But it still doesn't seem to work out...

Enough of my moaning. There's nothing better than to find out something new and unsual - today, for example, I was informed that ants 'milk' aphids. I had no idea that any other creature did 'farming' like we humans do. Nature is so complicated. It's probably best if I leave it alone - except wasps, who deserve all they get from my small collection of hard flat objects.

Hmm... it would appear, though, that wasps can actually be beneficial as, rather than keeping them like pets, they eat aphids. So... I'm not sure what to think any more. Well, actually, I do. Wasps are still horrible, and there seem to have been more of them this year. I have to shake out the duvets at the end of a warm day, for a start, and that annoys me.

Before I vanish, here are some customary links:

That's it from me... it's Tuesday tomorrow. I could never get the hang of Tuesdays.


*There seem to be more flexibly spelt words around than ever before: "yog(h)urt", for example. I wonder if, in a hundred years time everything will be spelt in "text speak".. "trvlng"... "ygt"... "nTdsStblshmntRENsm"... it'll never catch on.

Posted by james at 5:38 PM

Wednesday, 18 August 2004

midweek miscellany

It was such a long, tedious post yesterday - if you made it to the end, I'm most impressed - that this one will be much briefer... more brief. Less lengthy.

Last night was unusual - Joanne popped over to play the bass onto a CD; she's applying for a scholarship at a, erm, bass college, and wanted to record some octaves and arpeggios.

Today was more conventional. However, I did discover that Minnesota has a State Muffin.

On more musical matters, I'm keen to buy a CD by hillbilly tribute to AC~DC band Hayseed Dixie - their interpretation of Queen's Fat Bottomed Girls was played on Radio 2 the other evening, and struck me as something of a novelty. I probably won't, though.

Finally, a warning to anyone invited to join sms.ac... I would emphatically advise against it. I accepted an invitation to send 'free SMSes', and subsequently - it would appear - received two premium rate 'junk' messages at 50p each. Suffice it to say, I have deleted my account. And sent a snotty email. More woes on the Digital Spy forum.

A mixed bag, then, for a Wednesday of varying weather conditions.

Posted by james at 9:04 PM

Tuesday, 17 August 2004

Seaside

Christopher and I took a trip "down south" on Sunday - it had been ages since we'd visited my Mother on one of our "Father and son" adventures, and as I could take the Monday off work, it worked out very well.

The train journeys were warm, but not uncomfortable. I can vaguely remember getting off at London Bridge on the hottest day of the year last year and almost being overcome with the heat. Christopher very much enjoyed the travelling, from being able to drag his suitcase-on-wheels behind him, to the clanky old South Coast trains that I'm surprised are still in service in these safety conscious days (and the 'nonsense' that was spoken by the guards through the tinny little speakers). The one we caught from Gatwick Airport had the bars on the doors that were put there to stop schoolchildren sticking their heads out!

Mother met us at the station, and we walked gently up the hill to 'our old house' - a large Victorian semi located about ten minutes walk from the sea. I still can't believe Mother's lived there for twenty-one of its hundred-and-two years, which means it's that long since I started secondary school.

Amusingly, we finally handed over the Christmas presents that hadn't made it at our last family visit (can you believe it was nearly eight months since we'd been down?) and Christopher took delivery of a large floor-puzzle, which he managed to assemble in impressive time, once we'd sorted out the corners and edges.

I popped out for a walk after dinner, once Christopher had gone to bed, because there's only so long I can keep myself from the sea! As the horizon slowly vanished between the darkening stretches of blue, I was a little surprised to feel the rain start - by the time I reached the house, I was definitely damp, although it could have been a lot worse, if the heavens had opened in the same way they did last week.

The next morning, Christopher and I ventured out to get our hair cut. The least expensive place (why do they not put the price lists outside the door?) was the Eversleigh - the father of someone with whom I went to school did a fairly conservative job of staving off the next visit to the barber's, before we went down to the seafront with Mother.

I forgot to bring the 'proper' camera with me, but I rarely miss an opportunity to take some mini-photos - I've included some in this entry, and there are more in the gallery.

Christopher enjoyed a paddle in the sea, after which we visited the park - a beautifully kept grassy area where we could throw a ball to each other, a boating lake (perhaps for when C's older and would tolerate a whole half-hour on the water!), a well-appointed playpark and the largest congregation of ducks, swans, cygnets, pigens, seagulls, starlings and sparrows on the bak of the lake that I'd ever seen. There are some photos of them in the selection below.

After picking up some sandwiches from the Co-op and looking for a small gift for Beth (we eventually found Bill Bryson's excellent "Notes from a Small Island" in a lovely little second-hand bookshop on our way to the station) we returned to the house, and it wasn't long before we had to set off for the three-hour journey home.

We started off on one of the rather modern air-conditioned swanky trains, that took us to Brighton. Within twenty minutes, the Thameslink train was ready for boarding - a dingy, mucky and slightly odorous collection of carriages in comparison. We busied ourselves looking out for various items on a list in one of Christopher's magazines, and trying to work out what the square red-and-white 'battenburg' sign actually said (not "Warning: steady on, old chap", then). As the carriage filled up - we caught the front of the London rush hour - it was a relief to alight and meet Beth and Ella in the car park afterwards.

A fine, if not a little tiring trip down south then - now I've got a Network Card, maybe we'll do it again sometime before the end of the year!

It's back to work today, though - not too many emails to catch up on, but a few meetings to attend, as my boss is on holiday this week.

I'm trying to cut down on my 'internet playing' these days, though it's not helped by some rather fun games that are out there - I especially like this swizzy online version of Mastermind (the version with the coloured pegs, rather than Magnus Magnusson) and a simple, yet enjoyable interpretation of WeBoggle (another game from my childhood. In fact, Christopher took great interest in arranging the cubes on the floor at his Grandmother's. Full circle, then.


Miniphotos from Bexhill

Posted by james at 8:36 PM

Wednesday, 11 August 2004

What do points make?

I get so many emails inviting me to take part in Free Prize Draws (or "Prize Drawers" as - it would appear - plenty of websites would have it) that every now and then I can't resist the temptation, and spend twenty minutes or so skipping through page after page after (ahem) page of competitions for everything from iPods to Mercedeseses.

Of course, with the chances of my winning being one in astronomical there are probably much more productive things to do.

Speaking of productive, work's been the same ol' thing, really. There's a lot of political stuff going on at the moment (especially considering the sale of BBCT and the move to the refurbished BH [we love our acronyms!]) so I'm juggling the usual 'fixing and installing' with 'contingency and migration planning.' I love my job!

Speaking of which, it's nearly time to sort out some sandwiches and prepare my clothes for tomorrow. The day goes so quickly!

Before I nip off, though - want to be on television? http://www.beonscreen.com looks like a good place to start.

If it's just free entertainment you're after, there are sometimes some real gems at the BBC's ticket unit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/whatson/tickets/ - I prefer to see radio programmes being made, though, as there's less of a wait between takes!

Good night!

Posted by james at 9:24 PM

Tuesday, 10 August 2004

damp amusements

We had a fantastic day out at Gulliver's Land - it started out a little ominously, with almost unremitting rain from long before we arrived. The main upshot of this (apart from the inevitable dampness) was that hardly anybody bothered to turn up, so that when the sun came out, a little before lunchtime, there were still no queues for the rides - which we enjoyed with impunity.

Here's a miniphoto of Beth and Christopher as we rode on the "Chair-o-planes":


Chair-o-planes in flight

I was most impressed with Christopher's enthusiasm for the rollercoasters and more 'daring' rides - he loves the outdoors, and as long as it doesn't make too much noise, the exhileration was often evident. He also enjoyed clambering around in the play areas - especially climbing some rope-ladder rigging to a 'crows-nest' about twelve feet up.

To finish off his 'birthday treat' day, we popped to Asda for some "Create Your Own" pizza, and sat down to watch some Rough Science and the erstwhile Scrapheap Challenge (which always inspires some whacky invention concept from Christopher!) on Discovery Science before he went to bed.

Back to work tomorrow, then. Before I go, though, a couple of (now classic?) online distractions:


Posted by james at 9:30 PM

Monday, 9 August 2004

humidity, and inexplicable websites.

Saturday was Christopher's birthday - I still can't believe he's been around for five years! We had a small party at Beth's grandparents, and - of course - made a fuss of him!

It's been quite a busy weekend, all in, not helped much by the sunny, humid weather that kept the house a little too warm overnight - I'm hoping for a little more comfortable sleep tonight, now that the rain's come, and there's a cool breeze through the windows.

That's one of the problems with living in a townhouse - the top floor is where we sleep and where the heat congregates, which is fantastic in winter (especially with the added benefit of lots of loft insulation) but not so good in summer.

It's far too easy to moan about the weather, isn't it! Every summer I promise I won't complain about the cold in winter, but several weeks of constant drizzle soon expose my poor short-term memory.

Christopher, Beth and I are off to Gulliver's Land in Milton Keynes tomorrow for a birthday treat. Hopefully the strange weather will mean it's not too busy - we can hope!

Apart from that, it's been business as usual. I tried to fill in my Self Assessment tax form on-line this evening; I managed to enter all my details, but was stopped in my tracks because they send a PIN by post. With any luck I won't get one next year, as I'm quite dull and the guidelines have changed.

Christopher and I are off to Bexhill-on-Sea to see my Mother on Sunday, which will be a fine (and far too infrequent!) adventure. In order to check that we could get hold of tickets, I visited TheTrainLine website this morning, but having had no kind of luck buying a child's ticket for less than ?60(!), I resorted to calling the rather harrowing National Rail Enquiries telephone number, whereupon it was fairly obvious that I was having an international conversation, and that the lady at the far end had no idea where Bexhill was. It was all sorted quite quickly, though - I'll be buying a Network card, which costs ?20, but reduces the price of travel quite significantly.

I was idly scanning through some links as I caught up with my work email this morning, and realised that I probably hadn't registered with the Organ Donor Register - something I'd been meaning ot do for ages. In fact, today's been quite good for that sort of thing; I've booked the car in for a service (only two months late... and I got the registration number wrong on the phone, too - oops!) and sorted out quite a few bits at work.

I also came across the NOTBBC website, but I'm not quite sure what it's supposed to be about. There are quite a few inexplicable sites like this (including Kittens In Underpants and Read My Fridge) but that's the fun of the web, I suppose...

Posted by james at 10:08 PM

Friday, 6 August 2004

Thank heavens for fans!

It's been another sunny, sunny day - I don't know how many times I commented about the clear blueness of the sky (yes - even over Luton!)

Seeing the family again was lovely. Christopher and Eleanor had stayed overnight at Beth's folks', so we drove over there shortly after Jon had left (he stopped over on his way up to Scotland for a wedding) and from there to the park.

How three out of the four knees of our offspring ended up being grazed I just don't know - perhaps it was the shorts-wearing weather and gravel path that did it. In fact, I'm fairly sure it was.

I've updated the mini random photos section of the gallery (again!) this time including:

  • the last photo of Christopher at four years old;
  • a couple of views of the scenery around Wood Norton (in a brief moment of calm - just as we were finishing off the course, there was yet another storm and power cut!) and
  • an antique-looking picture of Ella wearing a wedding veil - there was a wedding exhibition at Luton Museum

While we were in the museum, we also wandered into the 'toys of the past' section - always a favourite with the children - and Christopher asked about the Daleks, and Star Wars toys on display. He then pointed to a small black box with the rectangular rubber keys and asked what it was. How could I resist getting out the old Sinclair ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 for some tape-based game "fun"? Well, OK - we spent longer waiting for most of the tapes to load than actually playing the games! By the way, I've still got my old DEC Rainbow 100 weighing down a joist in the loft, but it's not seen the light of day for several years!

(The above links variously visit http://www.old-computers.com, by the way)

So... Christopher's fifth birthday tomorrow. When I saw him for the first time in four days this morning, I couldn't believe how tall he's grown. He's also looking so grown-up! We've bought him some interesting presents - I hope he likes them.

I'll leave you with that 'last photo as a four year old' picture...

P.S. Oh... more nonsense, while I still remember: another classic "George Bushism" was added to the growing collection yesterday. Listen to it here (48kB MP3)

Posted by james at 6:57 PM

Wednesday, 4 August 2004

unexpected tempest

It's been an eventful couple of days; mostly yesterday, though.

Storms had been predicted, but I hadn't believed the weathermen; by three o'clock, the sky had turned to slate, and the lightning show began - the course continued unabated, as did the rain, until just after five, when we packed up for the day, and storm didn't.

The lights flashed a few times - frustratingly the power dipped, so my catch-up of the day's work emails was interrupted at least three times (I was on my laptop, but the battery had run out on the train, so there hadn't been enough charge to sustain it even during the brief outages). I decided to give up, and accompany some of my other colleagues, who had been studying Linux in an adjacent classroom until it all went a bit flakey, back to the hotel.

I don't think I've ever been so close to a lightning strike as the one I witnessed out of the corner of my eye. There's a power substation and a small aerial cluster in the field behind the hotel, and I'm fairly sure one of them was struck by the unignorable flash of light, and concurrent 'zwaaaap' of electrical discharge. It was then, I understand, that everything went dark.

The realisation that the restaurant was probably plunged into as much darkness as the rest of the local area struck me, so I ventured out again into the rain - I still hadn't packed a coat, jumper or wellington boots - to find that my colleagues had been in time to help themselves to platefuls of food before it was cleared away.

Fortunately, someone had found there was a generator at the back of the building, so the lights popped back on after twenty minutes of chatting with workmates about storm-related stories and nibbling on the bread roll that had not yet been removed from my side plate.

The rather pleasant (very, in fact, under the circumstances) chef decided to start cooking to order, and I benefitted from a hot, freshly prepared turkey thing in mushroom sauce and chips. And some cheese and biscuits for dessert.

Once the power had returned and the rain had subsided (only a little), I walked back to my room, and that's where I stayed, trying to get on the internet (I mean, if people are going to leave network sockets lying around on the walls, what can they expect?) and listening to the rather brilliant Paradise Lost In Space radio comedy/drama/thing that I recorded off BBC7 last week until bedtime.

Today was completely different, weatherwise - the sun has returned, and the breeze has been comfortable (thank heavens!) The course is still very interesting - I'm learning all about AES/EBU and how to look at it with bits of expensive equipment. It's the last day tomorrow - I'm definitely looking forward to going home, and having a three-day weekend with the family.

No links today - someone was talking about a tiny PC today that costs less than a hundred pounds and runs off a laptop power supply, but I've not yet found it... I'm fairly glad, because I think I'd probably want one!

Posted by james at 6:11 PM

Monday, 2 August 2004

humidity

A "one day week" is quite a challenge in some respects - in spite of the fact it's the quietest part of the year, having to make sure everything's up-to-date before the long departure takes quite a bit of effort and time.

However, the benefits (no trips into London, and a load of cancelled meetings!) far outweigh the stress of getting things done in time.

In fact, most of the day was looking into the Microsoft security patches - it's all rather complicated, because there seem to be an awful lot of them!

I ended up subscribing to one of the two mailing lists - can you guess which?

Tomorrow, then, I'm catching an early bus to London, and then catching a slightly less early train to Evesham for the course. I'll miss Beth and the children for the three days I'm away, but it'll be good to get away, I think.

On other matters, ever wondered: "what is the tune that's being played during an advert?" Well, http://www.commercialbreaksandbeats.co.uk might help. Like that irritating Woo hoo! song.

That's all from me; hopefully I'll be able to update this while I'm out in the sticks!

(p.s. Here's a mini photo of my desk from the gallery. I love my desk - and Barry the Well'Ard Aloe Vera plant {right of picture})


my lovely desk
my lovely lovely desk

Posted by james at 8:49 PM

Sunday, 1 August 2004

still (and) warm

Well, it would appear that this is the first proper entry in my 'new look' (or rather 'new engine') blog. If I'm honest, though, the weekend's activities have been punctuated with long periods of bashing around with cascading stylesheets and templates and things, between installation of new toilet seats, ice creams, a jazz band performing in Bletchley's bandstand (what a great idea) and general shenanigans at home.

The weather's varied between glorious (at about nine in the morning) and unbearable (no breeze, around three in the afternoon), and I think it might be set to continue for a few days yet - although the BBC seems to have a more comfortable outlook than Yahoo!.

That's mostly immaterial, though, as I'm attending a course at the BBC's training centre at Wood Norton - the place where, until not long before I started with the BBC, almost all the engineers were made. What with the sale of BBC Technology, who knows what will happen to the broadcast engineering scheme...? I'm travelling up to the picturesque Cotswold town of Evesham on Tuesday, and will be all trained up on digital mixers by Thursday. Most helpful.

Posted by james at 5:53 PM


 
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