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Saturday, 14 June 2008

sports day and course...

I've not really been writing so much in my blog of late, but I will try to bring it up to date with the chronicles of the past couple of weeks since we came back from holiday, although it will be in no particular order, since I'll have to write as I recollect!

Most notable of the family outings was a trip to see Cath and Pete and their respective families in Oxfordshire; Cath had organised a 'sports day' and, on one of the warmest days of the year, we gathered a tree-lined corner of the local park and had some great fun. The children loved running about with each other - I'm sure I've mentioned before how wonderful it is that they all get on so well, and Cath and Martin brought along some food for us all to eat - the journey home was a tired and happy one. There are some pictures in the gallery (click here to see them) - my favourite, though, is below. since it captures the enjoyment we all shared.

The Gherkin from Tower 42Much of my week has been spent in The City; I have been sitting on the tenth floor of the spectacular Natwest Tower, in the shadow of the even more impressive Gherkin (there are some photos in my new 'random collection 3' album, studying rather cool HP Blade Servers. The course has been, well, a little unusual; had there been a little more scraping away of the 'sales spiel' and with a little better execution of the worked exercises (which involved automated installations of Windows on virtual servers in western America.. the distance didn't slow the process down, but the number of reboots certainly did!) - one of which had to be carried out three times because the software was out of date - we could have been done by the end of today! However, we covered a fair amount when we could hear over the revolutionary 'turbine' fans cooling the huge enclosure!

Work's been rather busy of late in any case, which has made it a bit of a wrench being away from the office. I have become involved in creating the specification for the new playout system that'll be rolled out for the combination of all the services (News, Radio and World Service) that will eventually collide when all the buildings are finished. There have been lots of meetings, going into the details of the requirements and adding my concerns and opinions based on the support point of view. It's quite a change from the day-to-day support work I've been doing, so it's good experience.

So, what else? I have tried to make the most of studio time, but with so much to do (the list has grown no shorter since the beginning of the year!) it's been hard to work out where to start. I'm hoping to take a day off work in the next couple of weeks to spend a whole day working on some of the outstanding projects.

I suppose the main reason I haven't written much of a blog is because I haven't really done much else! Obviously, I've been tweeting with the minutae of my daily life... you can see a collection of each day's goings-on here: www.mus-ic.co.uk/dailytwitters

Link of the day
I've not done one of these for a while... but this is rather odd:

  • spaceyideas.com/todonnalovebob : I actually saw one of these photos near my office the other day, but didn't pick one up. If I see another, though, I shall certainly type the number in here.

Posted by james at June 14, 2008 10:23 PM

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