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Friday, 26 September 2008

Friday is Friday

Today is a very Friday kind of Friday, too. If you don't know what that means, then you obviously don't work full time with a family as well. Or study full time with the same. Or both.

It's been a flat out week of software testing, running examples, collating results, running more examples, documenting and general tail-chasing. Madness. It seems we are pretty much at the end of it, though it would help if I had kicked over the right analysis last night. That wasted 15 hours of processor time quite nicely.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Heavy concrete is heavy

If you thought the weekend was for relaxing, maybe a leisurely bike ride or perhaps some armchair sports, then you would be wrong. Instead is was dumping several hundred kgs of concrete blocks onto a trailer, dumping them off again at the tip, and filling the hole left by them with multiple barrow loads of fresh concrete. Plus dumping some old railway sleepers, tree roots and branches, tidying the yard, cleaning the car and eventually collapsing to watch the start of the L&H 500. Oh, and there was a soccer presentation evening thrown into the middle of that as well.

So what did everyone else get up to on the weekend?

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

The Box has Arrived

The "Black Box" to be precise, a multimedia horror anthology from Brimstone Press. It contains, among other things, my short story called "Pants". The cds only arrived in the mail today, so I'll check them out and give a report later.

I'm also working on a short story for an American competition on the theme of "election horror". I think it's a bit hackneyed at the moment, so I need to work on that.

Damn but I hate using this keyboard.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

General Ramblings

I've spent the day today at home, or at least not at work, as members of the family have been down with a stomach bug. It's been nice in a way, as I've been able to watch swimming lessons that I normally can't, as well as pottering about the house and even making dinner. It's enough to make me think that working from home wouldn't be so bad, though I'm sure a certain tech reviewer would be able to put me straight on that point fairly quickly. It's nice for a change, at any rate.

For those who are curious I'm writing this with a cat on my lap and using perhaps the worst keyboard I've ever had. That's entirely my fault on both counts, as I encouraged the cat to sit and also used my own money to buy this particular cordless keyboard and mouse. It combines what you could consider the worst of two evils - cheap and M$. The mouse chews through batteries at a tremendous rate and the action on the keys is abysmal. They feel as though they want to catch each time I press them, and I've had this keyboard for over 12 months. I think they will wear out before they wear in, if you catch my drift.

I'm working on a short story, and again it has a horror theme. I find it curious that all my published and submitted work has been of a dark bent, when I've never been a fan of the horror genre. I've always been a sci-fi and fantasy person, yet find myself writing about zombies, serial killers and presidents who make deals with demons. The last one is the my current focus and I plan to submit it to a group that is running a competition with the theme "Election Horror". Fun times.