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Month: March 2005

Oops, there goes Easter

Oops, there goes Easter

So, here I am at work again after a lovely 4 days off. The weather obviously forgot about the double bank holiday deal, and blessed us with bright sun all weekend. It finally got its act together today though, with a “lights-on” journey to work through the fist and mog.

Couple of things to talk about. First of all my second ever eBay purchase arrived last week. It’s a Line6 Pod, and it’s fantastic. For the unenlightened, it’s a kidney bean shaped guitar effects unit which does an insanely good job of emulating a huge range of well known guitar amps. It has models for everything from clean jazz combos, through to vintage Fenders, Marshalls, and on to modern Mesa Boogies (…rock!). The range of sounds is astounding, and it was a very worthy purchase.

Secondly, the seven-year-old Gran Turismo franchise is now into its fourth version, and quite good it is too, despite its hideous network code (Anyone had any consistent success in getting 2 or more PS2s linked up? If so, can you let me know exactly which voodoo incantation you recite to make it work? Do we need to slaughter a small mammal, too?) Last night I was racing in the Supercar Festival in my oh-so-nice Mercedes McLaren SLR. It was hard work, with all of the races being decided by less than a second. Them’s good races, and that’s not what GT is usually known for. Oh and it’s also nice to see 106s, Corsas, Carltons and Cappuccinos in the game. There’s something slightly surreal about seeing ‘your’ car hurl itself around Laguna Seca :o)

Bank Holiday Monday saw us visit the establishment formerly known as the Whitbread Hop Farm (now just ‘the Hop Farm‘). A fun day out was had by all, as we saw shire horses being put through their paces (I don’t think they’re really built for slalom courses), a very proud peacock, inquisitive cows and shetland ponies. There is an interesting mix of things to do for all ages, so small people can amuse and be amused with paddling pools, pottery painting and the animals, whilst big people get to wander around a couple of museums, sit in the sun with a beer (or two), and join in with the painting and animal-watching. (No wolves though, more’s the pity).

DevWeek 2005

DevWeek 2005

Right… this is going to be an immensely dull entry for the majority of people. I heartily recommend you skip over this and on to something slightly less coma inducing. If you actually need some sleep or something, then go to the full entry to get the full SP. But don’t say I didn’t warn you! :o)

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A momentous day

A momentous day

Yep. hold on to your baseball caps, people, today was the first day of 2005 that I walked from the car park to the office without a coat!

(Have I officially reached the bottom of the blog-barrel now?)

At work we are just starting on a new project with another "well known high street brand". I don’t think it’s all official yet so I can’t tell you exactly which W.K.H.S.B. will be benefiting from our combined expertise, but rest assured if you’re reading my blog you’ll have heard of them :o) At the moment we’re still figuring out what it is that we’re doing, exactly, but it all sounds like interesting work, and it should keep me out of mischief for a month or two…

Elsewhere, well we paid a visit to Wildwood at the weekend (thanks to our lovely membership). I learnt that wild boar piglets are quite cute, and they do quite a good ‘frolic’. Wild boar mothers, on the other hand, are just a little bit scary, and I grew quite fond of the electric fence between me and her. I didn’t learn anything about wolves; I already knew I liked them :o)

Pictures are hidden away over here

Are you motivated yet?

Are you motivated yet?

You know those websites you visit which are difficult to categorise? They’re either very very funny, or a bit sad and very worrying? Well, here’s one – successories.com. It’s full of those sickening pithy products that tell you to “Inspire relationships” and “Dare to soar”. How about a pair of dice telling you how to behave? Or a mug telling you to "Make it happen"? Hmm, I wonder if they do ‘inspiring’ sick bags too? Or further down the line, maybe a set of ‘energising’ razor blades would do the trick?

As always, despair.com says it best:

"If a pretty picture and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job. The kind robots will be doing soon."

(Brought to you by the letters T and S, the number 7, and the Google Blog)

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

I haven’t blogged for a while, and so inevitably there are loads of things that have been in and out of my head before I got round to writing them down. Predictably, now I’m sitting and my pc they’ve all gone, so I’m sorry but this entry is going to be immensely British – topics of weather, driving, and more weather… Strap yourself in, dear readers :o)

I have decided that snow is all well and good when you are looking at it out of your bedroom window, but it’s not quite so nice when you are stood at your office window, watching the world outside become whiter and whiter, wondering if you’ll be able to get home today. Well, the call from on high came at about 11 o’clock this morning telling us to ‘get home safely’, and I think I was one of the last out at about midday (except poor Ed who had important stuff to do…) The snow was nothing like the nice stuff we had on Monday – it was wet, and cold, and slushy, and slippery. The lorries in the yard were having trouble pulling away from the depot bays, and I was having trouble staying on my feet. Surprisingly, the journey home was quite uneventful. The minor roads were a bit ‘interesting’, but the main roads just seemed a bit slushy.

A while ago, we took a trip down to Worthing and, amongst other things, saw quite a nice sunset. Pictures are (as ever) in the gallery, here.

Watch out for a self-serving aide memoir entry on DevWeek 2005, and the obligatory look what we did in the snow entry (although it seems someone beat me to that one…)

Take it easy if you’re out in that snow’n’ice, mmmkay?