All entries for Wednesday 18 October 2006

October 18, 2006

and so I started blogging

So, this is my first proper blog, where I actually put down some of the things that made me rant and rave today.

Usual journey to work, get there plenty early so I can get parked for free opposite University House. Weather still amazingly warm so I don’t get frozen or drenched getting to the office. Is that the VC I pass some days or just someone who looks a bit like him? anyway – he wasn’t there today.

Big gaggle of people in reception and its not yet 8am – is a free breakfast really worth it? ‘spose so but perhaps the timing was driven by the need to find car parking spaces for our esteemed guests.

Wrote a ranting e-mail about the increasing bureaucracy that has been seeping and now flooding into The System. The centre really doesn’t seem to want ‘us’ to make progress, sometimes think they would rather we didn’t get out of our beds. To me ‘they’ seem a bit like the NUS: playing at the real game but not really self-aware. Hoom Hum.

Did some lecture prep and then wanted to update one of my course websites and finally got round to properly investigating RSS Feeds – incorporated a NewsBuilder page – some people may moan about Sitebuilder but really I think for most people who are prepared to engage it really is a treat ( I remember Mosaic – hey that was only 12 years ago).

Insite popped up in my inbox – read the VCs interview – Car Parking , hmmmm.

Shared lunchtime up the road with a colleague and one of his tutees – what a civilised way to have a project meeting- strange thing though these students of today: only drank water, in my day not even the Libyans drank water in the bar!

Finished off my lecture prep (mostly) then off to a company in the Black Country for a meeting with a research associate. Business isn’t too great there which is a shame, opportunity for making a difference is now passing by, being frustrated by the short-term focus they understandably have. People often say that a down-turn is the time to invest in the future – good in theory but when you dont know where the next meal is coming from you don’t plant the nuts you have (Ooh er Missus!).

Back home fairly early, feed the cats and wait for MDW to return from work too - and so I started blogging.

Books I read this Summer(06) – Lewycka

3 out of 5 stars

Was this the Captain Corelli of 2006? – amongst my fellow engineers I know I wasn’t the only one to read this. Perhaps it had something to do with the title. Sorry, but there really aren’t (m)any tractors in the story but there is a heavily modified Roller – hey! that is the tractor!

Funny, but in a rather disquieting fashion, not quite sure what sense of humour The Times reviewer has.

Books I read this Summer(06) – Perez–Reverte

3 out of 5 stars

If you want a quick read with plenty of sword-play and clear goodies and baddies this could be for you. Captain Alatriste is still the main player but the narrator is who you are likely to be rooting for.
_“How easily he scales the high wall of stone
spurred on by his youth”_
I’ll read the next one when its translated – hopefully while on a plane somewhere.

Books I read this Summer(06) – Akunin

3 out of 5 stars

Erast is back in Russia but now in Moscow. Still a good read but I think he’s getting a bit too Bondish for me – he’s just so accomplished it gets a bit wearing. That is one …

Books I read this Summer(06) – McCarthy

4 out of 5 stars

A welcome return to the Wild West (the first book of the author’s I read was Blood Meridian you see). Had me going from the start, the side commentary is really evocative and sets the mood marvellously. I really wanted him to get away with it.

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