November 15, 2007

Rather plain ones with holes in

A busy day and one that started with deep frost on the car and fog on the road, Winter is really giving sign of being just around the corner.
I managed to get to grips with some software in preparation for teaching next week but there is still a lot to do. It looks like I will be busy working this weekend.
I went to the library and checked out a book that looked quite promising – at least from its title – but when I got down to scanning it properly realised that is wasn’t very informative. In fact it was downright staid. Rather than being visionary it has nothing to recommend it – anyone with a slight appreciation of the internet could have written it. So don’t waste your time on Roadmap to the e-Factory by Beavers (2001). Instead, have a nice drink (I made a very nice Dry Martini when I got home) curl up on the sofa, close your eyes and think – you will learn more.

Very discomforting news item about the way disabled children in Serbia are treated. You’d have thought they might have learned from the Romanian orphanage stories a few years back. Tried to watch Pan’s Labyrinth but it was too much like hard work after a long day so saw instead the best item on the telly : Hugh Fearnly-Whittingwahtchumie’s Gone Fishing programme and had a bottle of Leffe Brune.

Finally, rather plain ones with holes in:
Sock4


November 14, 2007

Whats so bad about the iPhone camera?

Driving in to work at this time of year I often see fantastic sunrises. This may not be the most spectular but it is nice all the same. At least I could take it: I usually don’t have my camera on me and only I then get to experience it.
Sunrise 14/11/07
So what is so bad about the iPhone camera?

evening edit: SoTD
Sock5


November 13, 2007

From my iPhone

Via a Graduate hotspot.
Sock8


November 07, 2007

trying and failing

So, a quick catch up on SoTD for yesterday before we come to today…
Sock1

The season has really changed now, dull gray and cold this morning as I walked in from Westwood and the leaves no longer crisp and scuffy but pasty and rotten. I did a bit more learning/development with GoldSim, saw a potential project student and drank too much Coffee-Choco hybrid from the machine. I really don’t like it that much but have fallen into a habit with it; it doesn’t even give me much of a caffeine kick.

I drove up to Stoke-on-Trent for a meeting, had it and drove back – really could’ve done this by phone or video conference. On the way back I decided to count phone boxes (don’t ask). Between Stoke and Birmingham via the A51 there are 3 phone boxes visible from the road – thats one about every 15 miles – I hadn’t realised what an endangered species they are.

Got home and have been trying to write lecture notes, trying and failing.
SoTD:
Sock5


It makes me wriggle

Title:
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

Okay, so this isn’t new (2002) but as I am about to buy my first iPod-type device and will be deciding which of my music collection to burn I thought of this – I love it.

Why? Because I really like the mellowness of the sound, the slightly techno voice which has a bit of a Yes-like, Geddy Lee quality, the vocals are a bit melancholic and spacey. It’s Sci-fi music and it just makes me wriggle.

Favourite tracks:
Flight Test
Do you Realize??
In the Morning of the Magicians
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt1
Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell


November 05, 2007

Colourful No?

I cant believe this.... Blogbuilder just trashed my entry!!! I'll try and remember the main points:

Rocket Man by Elton John being played on all the radio channels. Seems its the anthem for Guy Fawkes, better than Candle in the bloody Wind.

After lecturing and seeing some project students I had a surprise message on my phone which spurred me into action. Ispent the rest of the day learning some new software (GoldSim) and making calls, eventually getting through to someone I'd wanted to talk to for a seeming age - at last!

Evening spent watching people put their lives on the line for us in Afghanistan. It confirms in my mind the almost unbelievable adaptability and resilience that we have.

Finally, sock of the day:

Sock8

Colourful no?


November 04, 2007

Books I read this Summer 07

Title:
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

I was reminded by Lee that I hadn’t reviewed any books lately. This is partly because I haven’t read many but one I can recommend is this book by Sergei Lukyanenko.

Night Watch is the first of 4 books translated from Russian and tells the story of the suppressed conflict between the forces of light and dark from the perspective of the ‘police’ who monitor the vampires and other creatures of the dark who live amongst us. It is a supernatural thriller but doesn’t come across as silly. It may not be art but it is a good read. I’ve never read this type of stuff before but enjoyed it and will read the next ones as they come out in paperback. The next in the series is The Day Watch, then The Twilight Watch, then The Last Patrol.

Night Watch was made into a film in 2004 more… and Day Watch has just finished production, I think.


The fog rolled in,

I made the right decision this morning and set off westwards into Shropshire. The fog gradually lifted as I drove along Wenlock Edge and by mid-day I was looking out from the top of a hill over a picture postcard view of this part of England. Fog lay like a white sea in some of the valleys to the south. To the East, Clee Hill appeared framed in clouds like some disembodied head, to the West the hill of Caer Caradoc reflected back the low Autumn sun and in the valley below cows farted and sheep pee’d themselves and ran away.

Sock of The Day will be seeing some new appearances after I tidied another drawer and found some socks that were making a bid for freedom but by then I had already put these on:
Sock6 I know, these should have been retired and they will be.

This evening was spent enjoying fireworks in our neighbors back garden with their young children and some of their family. They even managed to get 2 of the 3 Catherine Wheels to spin properly then the fog rolled in.


November 03, 2007

Why is this so rare?

Jay is right, I have been less than honest, economical with the actualite, I have been posting sock of the day late and today is no different. I’m watching Match of The Day on Saturday (Arsenal vs. Man (cheating starbards!) Utd.) and here is Sock of the Day for Friday.
Sock2

Todays socks are long blue woolly ones and not worthy of SotD status.

Anyhow… I have to Rave today about Bonfire Night – okay its not actually Nov 5th but in practice this is the night. It has dawned on me that this is one of the few events that brings communities in Britain together these days. As I drove home from the Bonfire Night at my archery club – where I was in charge or the fireworks (fortunately nothing went wrong, I won’t be featured on UTube) – the streets were full of people walking to or from bonfire parties, in good spirits, smoke drifting everywhere and bangs, whistles and screeches coming from all directions. For me it is like general election evenings with people walking to the polling stations and New Year or Christmas Eve but without the drunkenness. Why is this so rare?


November 01, 2007

A new old sock

Busy day, into work first thing then off to Stoke-on-Trent. I checked the traffic report before leaving but still ran into the queue from a traffic accident at Spaghetti Junction. I did what I hate: drove up the outside lane when most other people had already merged across but I was late and I needed to have my meeting.

I met with Rob at Stafford services for a quick catch-up on the main issues then on to Stoke. Meeting a success -although I have committed to some modelling that will be a challenge. I’ll need to buy some special software but the project budget can take it.

Straight back to Warwick afterwards and yet again a hold up on the M6 due to an accident. Can’t people keep their bloody vehicles out of the back of each other!!!

Did a couple of lectures and by 6 I was ready to head back home. Opened a bottle of Rose – very nice – strawberries.

Sock of the Day? Found at the back of my sock drawer this morning – A new old sock.
Sock7


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