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The life and times of james Hart: his family, his music, life in Luton and his occasional escapes onto the internet.

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Tuesday, 31 October 2006

back, music and mac browser

So it's back to the grind after another week off, which took us to the Leicestershire/Lincolnshire border, where we spent much of the time sheltering indoors away avoiding the rain.

Unfortunately, the geocaching.com website was down when I attempted to check out the local opportunities to go and play hide-and-seek, and we were entirely internet-free during our stay. That said, though, we did have the Playstation, on which we spent rather a lot of time flailing our arms in front of the EyeToy; combining that with copious amounts of swimming, I think we all did ourselves quite a lot of good, despite staying indoors.

On our return, Beth decided to paint the lounge - we had cleared a large space on the middle floor so that Rob and Claire could use it temporarily to store their personal effects during their move last weekend. Despite being on holiday, we were still on tenterhooks, since the chain was long, and their buyer had a 100% mortgage, so only faced a loss of £200 if he'd pulled out at the last minute! Fortunately, it all went well (eventually) and they're settling into their new house now.

There are some downsides to working where I do (putting aside the usual stresses and strains of office life!); I would love, for example, to enter this competition - as part of Children In Need, a member of the public could be the next voice of The Speaking Clock.

I really want to spend some time making music, though. One of the objectives I set myself while I was away was to work on three songs, and I have completed the lyrics of one, and made copious notes on another. The third has still eluded me (which puts me in mind of a song by They Might Be Giants []!), but I'm hoping to have some studio time on the two off-shift days tomorrow and on Thursday.

On the subject of music, spoof songs (such as those by Weird Al Yankovich) have always appealed to me, and I would love to be as prolific and accomplished as Mitch Benn - you can see the video for his song "Everything Sounds Like Coldplay Now" here.

Mac bits:
I had a great chat with Ed the other day, who really helped me with the dilemma of my Mac's slowness - apparently Firefox puts a hefty load on the memory, and he recommended the rather quicker-loading Camino as an alternative. From my limited experience (I only installed it yesterday) I would recommend it, too - especially considering the things I've heard about Firefox 2...

Posted by james at October 31, 2006 9:30 PM

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