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Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Once more dear friends

Otherwise known as the first football training run for the year. That's "soccer" to the rest of you lot out there. I ended up with a blistered toe and a stiff back this morning, not too bad an effort considering I've not trained at all since 1/3 of the way through last season. That was when I seriously sprained my ankle. It was well after the season ended before it was approaching 100% healed.

Monday, 26 February 2007

Weird wet stuff falling, falling.

Yup, it's raining here again. Good, solid, soaking rain for the second day in a row. Considering how parched the country is the amount of rain we've been getting has been phenomenal.

The weekend was fairly ordinary. I played cricket for only the second time this season and we came away with an easy win. Not that I overly contributed, but it was nice to get out on the field again. We even finished early enough that I could get to chapel on time. After that we all headed out to the bush dance. Not my preferred evening entertainment in any way, but the wife and kids enjoyed it.

So now I'm sitting here, listening to the rain and the thunder, waiting for programs to compile before I consider wandering back home again. At least my bike is back on the road so I don't have to organise a lift or get Ang to load up the kids in the car and come pick me up. Much better all around.6

Thursday, 22 February 2007

I worry about this world...

...for several reasons.

1) Life coaches. These have been around for a while, giving big seminars, selling lots of books and tapes/cds. But a new twist has been added - the celebrity sobriety entourage coach. Yes, various wild-partying celebrities are now adding designated non-drinkers/drug takers to their entourage to help keep them on something approaching the straight and narrow. The appearance of these new style groupies seems to follow on from a stint in rehab by the celebrity in question. It would appear that the regular groupies who are just there for a good time are having too much of a good time and it's rubbing off on the poor, naive, impressionable celebrities. So they need some yin for their yang. Or is it the other way around?

2) Darn, I was getting so worked up about #1 that this one has completely gone out of my head. Ahh, there it is. Email addiction. Yes, people's inability to tear themselves away from the computer has now reached the same level of their inability to tear themselves away from TV shows they despise. There are, believe it or not, 12-step programs to overcome said addiction. Like one man who, when playing golf, would check his blackberry *after every shot8. I don't even like to take my phone out on the course, my game is bad enough without having a ring tone interrupt a shot. Being connected is all well and good, but all the time? And suffering "withdrawal" when the power goes out? Gee, get a droud [1] installed and be done with it!

[1] Obligatory sci-fi reference for you all.

Monday, 19 February 2007

Monday once more

A different Monday this time. A Monday known as "the first day of lectures". And as such my text sits resolutely closed next to me on my desk. I've had far more interesting things to do, such as rejig the power connections in the office here, now that my funky new 8x, surge protected powerboard arrived. Gleeness, I guess. That, and a desire to finish "On Writing", which, at 10:45pm, I have managed. Double glee.

10:45pm? Crud! There goes any chance of an early night tonight. Ah well. Who needs sleep, after all?

Saturday, 17 February 2007

Yeah, that worked

I've been inundated with responses to my last post. Absolutely swamped. Overrun, even.

No, not really. Zero as per usual. So I'll have to think of some other plot device to lure visitors. Perhaps alien autopsy photos? Autopsy photos of Anna Nicole Smith? Perhaps the same photos would suffice for either.

For those vaguely interested, this post is typed on my new keyboard. Nice enough, but it's slightly out balance, regardless of whether the legs are up or down.

Ahh, fixed it. Just a quick application of tortional forces and things are dreamy again. Back to the regularly scheduled inanity.

Friday, 16 February 2007

Nonsensical postings

I should post more gibberish, those postings seem to generate more comments than my more reasoned, lucid ones. Of course, I could be boring everyone to tears/sleep in general. So in that spirit, here goes.


Better? Perhaps not.

Wednesday, 14 February 2007

More blog, less blerg

Things are better today. Large doses of coffee certainly help, as does food and rest. And Babylon 5...

Tuesday, 13 February 2007


Blergh. Grumpfh. Glah. Wibble, even.

Monday, 12 February 2007

And so it begins

Which could refer to either the system upgrades or the cold that is fast approaching, take you pick. I'll keep you updated on both.

I've ordered a surge protecting power board and 4x usb hub. Bids are also in on a keyboard/mouse combo that will come up in a few days.

Wifey as well as #1, #2 and #3 all have flu/colds at the mo, so it looks like I'm next. I won't give in without a fight though - being crook plays merry hell with my gym sessions.

Sunday, 11 February 2007

Upgrades, upgrades

That's the joy of having an older computer, when it's time to upgrade everything has to be done. No simple plugging of a new processor or video card, we're talking the whole lot, machine, key+mouse, monitor. I can hear the bank account shaking in fear already. At least finding stuff online is much cheaper than a brick and mortar place here in town.

Methinks the process will be gradual. Since I've gotten the computer working with the ADSL modem that will keep me going a while, but the profusion of USB devices means a hub will be first, then KB+mouse and monitor. Oh, and a good quality surge-protected power board. Who in their right mind only puts one power point in an office/room?

Friday, 9 February 2007

Welcome to the 21st Century!

Otherwise known as "I've got my broadband working, w00t!". Soo much nicer than dialup. Now to spend all my time online in MMRPGs, at least once I get a faster machine.

Wednesday, 7 February 2007


Found the blighter of a permanent marker that disappeared the other day. The little sod had leapt off my desk and rolled under an old monitor that was sitting on the floor. Now I'll chain the marker to a large brick to make sure it doesn't run away again.

Coding coding coding...

...boy my eyes are rolling, Rawhide! Trying to track down unusual data errors in someone else's code can be a royal pain. Still, the hard part is next - modifying said code so that the data errors are eliminated. Gharg.

Monday, 5 February 2007

February already?

Ok, now that we're into month 2, time to check out those goals and targets I so foolishly made at the start of the year.

1a: writing. Hah, there's a funny one. The idea of something each day kinda disappeared in a hurry, though I am at least now up to editing three flash fictions and trying to pound out something a bit longer. We'll see.

1b: submission. Not yet, as it's not time.

1c: longer stories. See 1a.

OK, so target 1 is off to a shaky start. Must keep going!

2a,b,c: Hah, had about one practice game so far. I need a new board so that makes things difficult. No comps as yet, they're still a couple of months off.

3: bodyweight. This one is going somewhere: last report was 82.5kg. Yes, yes, those who are reading this will probably want to lighten (and shorten at the same time) me a bit for trying to up my weight, but nya nya, you're all too far away :-)

4: guitar. I'm sure it's around here somewhere...

Friday, 2 February 2007


How can I lose a black permanent marker five minutes after using it and when I haven't gotten off my chair??? Little bugger has run off to join the coat hangers and socks.

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Thirsty Thursday

Except The Powers That Be tend to frown on drinking during work hours. Spoilsports. I'll just have to stick to some brewed coffee. Which I'll make as soon as I'm done here.

I've started to review a couple of flash fiction entries based on the critiques from a few friends. I had put them aside for a few weeks before getting back to them, in order that I would be a little less connected to the first drafts. Stephen King mentions this process in "On Writing" and it seems pretty sensible. I've looked at them again and realised that while they were a reasonable first draft, that's all they were - a draft. One especially (Liar) just about needs a complete rewrite to get across my ideas, something rather hard in just 120 words.

My other, longer project has started. I'm thinking it'll be about 1000 words, so not too long, but the first piece of decent length I've written in a while. Not counting law essays, which really shouldn't be considered as works of fiction.