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Wednesday, 14 June 2006

too hot, homely Excel-lence

I've been back to work for a couple of days, and it's been hot hot hot! The rain came, though, so although it's still quite humid, the air is fresher and our air-conditioning free office is a little more tolerable.

One of the jobs I've had to do at work is to sort out how many engineers we'll have once all the contractors and attachees have gone away - we have a 'rota template' spreadsheet, but I wanted to add some automation to it, so that I could make sure there was consistent coverage and each engineer did their full hours.

There's a brilliant introduction to worksheet automation and some really handy excel scripts at www.cpearson.com/excel/ExcelPages.htm - it's turned my Spreadsheet of Doom into a Quite Whizzy Spreadsheet of Doom.

Lenni had her pre-school sports day this morning - photos to come - and now we're relaxing before popping up (as is customary on a Wednesday) to visit Lenni's great-grandparents for the afternoon.

mac bits

My big brother Pete was fortunate enough to win tickets to the England vs Sweden game in Germany in just under a week's time. To add a bit of a twist, he's decided to hitch there, dressed as a lion... you can sponsor him online (and in doing so, support the British Red Cross).

Link of the day:

  • www.searsarchives.com/homes : I had no idea that, in the early 20th Century (seems like a long time ago writing it like that!) an American shop called Sears sold flat-packed homes which you could pick from a catalogue. What a brilliant idea! Apparently, there are lots still standing today, since the timber and fixings were well-constructed. Can we say the same for Ikea these days? Perhaps when Christopher or Lenni's grandchildren are writing their blogs in the early 22nd Century, we'll find out!

Posted by james at June 14, 2006 1:13 PM

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