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Monday, 11 October 2004

my life in five words.

It's been a great weekend - once again, it's presented plenty of interest. Pete, Lisa and Jordan came over on Saturday afternoon, en route to Barcelona; we enjoyed the football match, and Beth prepared some lovely snack products. After dropping Pete and family off at the airport, the children were left with Beth's parents so that Beth and I could go out.

Having two little ones makes a Saturday night social something of a rarity - we'd been invited to Suzanne's for a LAN party, though, and it was very kind of Beth's folks to enable us to attend it. The time flew by - certainly for me - as the tribulations of setting up a computer network, followed by some intense playing of a 'real time' strategy game called StarCraft, added to a few drinks (I had never played this particular game before, so I didn't really see the harm) meant that 2am came far too quickly.

I was immediately aware, though, that StarCraft is an immensely complex game, and it's practically impossible to play without an in-depth knowledge of all the little characters, machines; almost like entering a different world. I have enough trouble with this one - perhaps it's my age, but having spent half an hour over lunch making the slightest of dents in the strategy guides (I am, of course, talking about the game) made me rather despondent.

Fortunately, Sunday had a slower tempo - Beth's computer decided to stop co-operating, so I brought forward the task of building her a new one, which I finally installed shortly before bedtime. When I plugged all the cables in, and tested each of the bounteous selection of peripherals she uses (two printers, a scanner, a video capture card and, occasionally, a webcam) I noticed that the power LED wasn't on on her speakers. What had happened to make her previous computer so beligerent was that a brush had fallen down the back of the kitchen cupboard and switched off the power to one of the four-way mains blocks. How annoying? Still, she's able to play The Sims now, and it's a faster machine.

Another workday has been and gone - it's been a fairly busy day, but I didn't want to get involved in too much, as I'm visiting the new Mailbox building in Birmingham tomorrow.

I did take the opportunity to go and see The Future Heads in the 6music hub this morning. Once again, it feels like the 80s are back again, with a kind of Big Country meets Franz Ferdinand sound. They put on a fair performance, though, and seem like thoroughly decent chaps. From Sunderland, apparently.

The Future Heads
click for short MP3 (131kB)

Posted by james at October 11, 2004 10:04 PM

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