All entries for May 2005

May 19, 2005

Trying to get back into regular blogging..

Its a strange thing. No matter how much you resolve to blog, you never get round to it!

I guess I have a few things to write about today though! Firstly work. Well, lets just say its been a tough week for everyone in the IT team as we are about to go live with a new website on Monday, and the amount of work involved has been incredible.. Matt has definately had the rough end of the deal (being the web editor and all) and I think he'll be ready for a holiday once the site is running and all the bugs that we've missed out in testing have been mopped up.

Secondly.. I went into Albany Cycles earlier and put down a deposit to secure an order for a Mongoose 2005 Tyax Comp – total price is £210. I know there are some keen bikers on here (plenty of them work in IT Services in fact) so i'm sure to you guys this is probably childs play, but i've been looking to get some kind of reasonable entry level, but not crap, bike so I can start going on some good bike rides throughout the summer. Partly for exercise and well being reasons.. but also because I want to get away from the computer screen a bit, and maybe even just rack the bikes onto my new car every once in a while and just go biking for a weekend. Should be good fun!

Lastly.. roll on weekend! Got plenty on including (hopefully) going to see the new Star Wars movie on Saturday, and going to a friend from works flat on Sunday night for a bit of a Seinfeld watch-a-thon and a few glasses of plonk :) By all accounts, the new Star Wars movie kicks butt.. so i'll be keen to see if this is the case!

Ciao for now!

Currently listening to: Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place (Hybrid Remix)

May 17, 2005

To the owner of the blue Citroen Xsara…

To whoever it was that blocked me into my space in the sports centre car park this evening (and who consequently got a well deserved clamping by Security), i'd just like to say thanks very much for inconveniencing me and my family for the evening. I had to get my dad to drive down to the uni to pick me up and then drive me BACK there again after you'd gone so I could reclaim my car.

You parked on a yellow gridded area (which indicates no parking funnily enough) – as if that wasn't bad enough the upper floors on the multistory car park right next to the sports hall looked deserted – and the parking is free in there after 4pm! You were off to play an hour of sport so surely another 30 seconds of walking wasn't going to be the end of the world was it? And worst of all, there was absolutely no way I could get my car out of the 'gap' you left me.. what the hell were you thinking?!

Next time use your loaf. It'll save you £35.

Internet Explorer rant…

Why oh why Microsoft can you not code a good, working browser. All that money.. all those resources.. the potential to make the best software in the world, and instead you inflict upon us a substandard broken product.

Allow me to explain myself. I've never really managed to work out web design and coding.. I am pretty handy at general techie type stuff, but coding and such have always been a bit of a problem for me. But recently in my job i've been introduced to Dreamweaver and have been adding content to the current and the forthcoming website. My current task is creating a little set of tabbed pages which will contain contact details for different sections of the academy.

This is where i've come to learn how badly Internet Explorer sucks. The tables that I make preview fine in Dreamweaver. The tables that I make render exactly as I expect in Firefox. The tables that I make render NOTHING LIKE WHAT I WANT THEM TO RENDER LIKE in Internet Explorer. I truely sympathise with guys like eLab – a site as big and complex as Warwick Blogs for example must be an absolute mind bender to get working right on the different browsers out there!

Damn you Microsoft.. the day of my switching to an Apple Mac is approaching rapidly! Grrrr…..

May 11, 2005

Ah.. Ghostbusters was ace!

Well as you can see in my previous blog entry, I was getting all excited because I was finally going to see Ghostbusters on the big screen thanks to a small promotion Odeon are running.

So we went last night – about 9 of us, and got seats in the tiiiny little screen number 6 (I can only assume this is where they show all the kids movies and such) – and the curtains opened, and I crunched through my popcorn and enjoyed one of my favourite movies of all time! It was as good as I hoped it ever would be on the big screen and I left the cinema feeling really pleased!

Only downers were where the reels were linked together.. obviously the film had degraded a bit over time and there was the occasional skip (only happened really 4 or 5 very noticable times in the film) but it didn't detract from the experience at all! I heard a few people complaining about it, but hey.. if you want a digital 'problem free' experience, go buy the DVD!

Next visit will be in two weeks time to see Pulp Fiction.. I was too young to go see that when it came out at the cinema, so would like the chance to see it on the big screen! :)

May 09, 2005

Who you gonna call! Hooray for Odeon!

Tomorrow is the day that I celebrate the greatness of Odeon cinemas.. and in fact I will celebrate them even more if they make this a regular thing.

You see.. tomorrow the Odeon at the Skydome is showing Ghostbusters. One of the best comedies ever made.. well, in my opinion at least! I've always wanted to see it at the cinema and now I get my chance. I went this evening to prebook tickets and also learned of the rest of their little schedule. Consider this some free advertising Odeon, seeing as you didn't actually bother to promote this little event any further than the escalators at the end of your foyer!

10th May – Ghostbusters (going to see!)
17th May – The Goonies (probably going to see!)
24th May – Pulp Fiction (going to see!)
7th June – Donnie Darko (probably won't see)
14th June – Grease (definately won't see!)
21st June – Top Gun (also definately won't see!)

I've always wondered why local cinemas don't show some once great movies.. i'd gladly pay full price to see some great movies on the big screen again.. movies that I was simply uninterested in at the time or too young to see! Honestly the list is endless.. just looking at one line of my DVD collection and I can pick out 6 movies that I was too young to go and see (Predator and Die Hard for example!) :)

So go support this people.. i'd love for this to be a success!

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