[17:00] The last day of August. Where has the summer gone? I really need to
do something to capture it before it vanishes for this year. I'm sure I'll
think of something in the next week or so. In the meantime I've got things to
be doing and people to be seeing. Also shopping to do. How I can manage to
eat enough on my own to require going to the shops as often as I seem to be
doing I don't know. Still, it's not just food I'm buying at the moment. A
new pair of sandals, contemplating a new pair of day-to-day shoes for rough
ground, that lens (I really shouldn't have), stuff like that.
It's been another day of ups and down. Some excellent stuff sorted out for
next week, as well as a lunch meeting and potentially some networking kit for
a friend's workplace, depending on how things go. Not much else is going on
to be honest. It's probably time to go home to be honest. Thursday this
evening and there's at least one film I definitely want to watch, if not two.
Of course, I'm actually hosting the evening so it's not going to happen before
I get there...
[11:10] Ended up going for a Thai meal last night on the spur of the moment
with a friend. Damned good food. I really must start going there again with
people. Walked around town for a bit after the torrential downpours before
heading home for some tea and a chat. I think I got to bed some time around
01:15. Unfortunately this morning I felt really terrible. I don't know if
it's the coffee followed by tea I had, the Thai food or some of the possible
side effects of having a "live" injection like the MMR but I've a pain between
my pectoral muscles and generally feel a bit lethargic and achey. Maybe it's
just another late night and an early morning. I've had breakfast (for once)
to try and give my body enough energy to fight whatever's going on and I'm
meeting someone for lunch in a few hours which should help (as I'll be forced
to eat something then too).
Am thinking about taking this afternoon off just to have some down time. I
think I need to take a break and not go climbing tonight, again. A shame but
I've been pushing myself a little too much recently and I'd rather get some
proactive recovery in before anything breaks.
Currently Thursday and Friday appear clear as far as I can tell. This is
actually something of a relief. Not entirely sure how the weekend'll go yet
but I'm hopeful it'll be pleasant.
[14:05] OK, lunch was nice (company, food, etc.), but I'm still going home
shortly. There's relaxing and stuff needs doing.
[10:10] 10 Damnit, the hairdressers doesn't have an appointment until
Thursday. I was hoping to get it done today. Ah well. Weekend was damned
good here and there. Friday was excellent with gym leading to going to the
pub for dinner rather than cooking, meeting a friend for a drink and then a
pleasant evening at home. Saturday was spent in town buying a Will kit and
then going shopping for food (the house was almost empty given how much I've
been away recently). Saturday evening was very enjoyable consisting,
as it did, of an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet where the main ingredient was
duck pancakes, a viewing of Snakes on a Plane (really, I can't explain why I
liked it) and one of my favouritest people. Not many ways it could have been
Sunday I decided to go for a run, and did so. Very refreshing, wish I had the
chance to do it more often but usually my evenings are chock full of other
things. Not entirely sure what else I did... oh yes! Gardening. I mowed the
lawn, cleared the errant weeds and grass away and trimmed my bushes (hur hur).
Everything looks a lot tidier now. It should last the next few weeks without
looking messy at least.
Monday was a lazy day. I actually had breakfast, then went for a really,
really long run picking a running partner up enroute and splashing her with
puddle water, before coming all the way back again. That one really
did for me and the rest of the day was spent on the sofa doing some
preventative maintenance for work via laptop. I'm really not getting back
into work yet, it's odd. I think I need a proper break so as to get myself
reset and ready to do things.
This morning Shaun's back in work after a protracted period away. It's good
to have him back as pretty much the entire management structure all seem to be
away at the same time. Unfortunately this means that a lot of stuff is going
to fall on his head this week.
Hmmm, I wonder what's making the monitoring display box throw such a hard
[16:45] OK, spent the day with a co-worker going through some of the patch
stuff I've been talking about on and off about for the past few weeks. We've
come to the conclusion that it's just Too Hard to get the information we need
and in the end the most sensible thing to do is to do the thing we thought we
were going to do anyway because it makes sense. Honest, that's how it went
down when we looked at it. As a result I've been going through doing some
preliminary work for the upgrade of the load balancers from vanilla Solaris 10
x86_64 to update 2 of same. This'll mean GRUB's on there, there'll be better
console support and generally the boxes'll be a bit happier. There's a
ton of updates which this reinstall will neatly sidestep given they
don't install cleanly in some cases. But it's nearly time for home and the
[20:35] You know what I miss? Someone to share carrot and coriander soup with
on a Sunday evening. Odd how some things get you sometimes. Still, more for
me. On the other hand I've got tons done today.
[16:10] Tired again. No, I know; "stupid". But it was such a good
conversation and I was still buzzing tremendously from a flawless train
journey (perfect connections) upon which I watched DivXen all the way home,
and then an exhilarating cycle through town on my bike with some really quite
excellent tunes in my ear.
Since I started this entry I've been out for lunch and to drop some switches
off at home for pickup later in the week by a friend. I also meant to tell
you something but I don't remember what it was. I'm sure it'll come to me
before I publish this entry. In the meantime I can say that I went to the
doctor's recently and had my MMR done twenty-nine years late, found out my
blood pressure was 125/60 and generally that I'm in good health.
Oh, I know what it was. As I was talking to my parents at Piccadilly station
in Manchester I realised I hadn't made a will and that's something you should
do when you have a house and stuff, probably. Anyway, I worked out who I'd
like to get my savings, books, computer stuff, A/V equipment, camera, etc. and
the actual house. It's something I've been thinking about doing for a while,
just never got around to it until now. It's actually been kind of fun to do,
don't ask me why. Anyway I sent the email with my preferences off a few
minutes ago. I know it's not a Will but given my parents are next of
kin... actually no, I'll get a pack from WH Smiths over the weekend and fill
that in properly.
Other than that this weekend will hopefully contain climbing, cinema, a meal
which I cook for someone and, with luck, some sleep. It's a long weekend so
I'm sure I'll have the time to do everything I want to (such as more sleep,
some reading, clothes washing, house cleaning, washing up, food shopping, DivX
watching, cheese eating).
Hmmm, next week's currently looking fairly OK with something happening most
evenings. Mustn't think about it any more in case something bad happens. For
now I'm off to the gym, then, probably home for the evening. Maybe the pub
for a swift drink later on.
[13:35] I had an excellent night's sleep. Pretty much exactly what I needed
given the kind of things that've been going on in my life recently. Had some
unfortunate news list night though from one of my friends online, but it
was kind of expected so not that much of a surprise. Anyway, I picked up
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon which
was sitting on my mother's bookshelf before I went to bed last night. I knew
all about it already but hadn't ever got around to reading it before this
morning. I found the book a little... frightening, actually. No, I can't
really explain why. As many others have said, they found it saddening,
enlightening or uplifting in some ways. But for some reason there was
something to it which frightened me in a way I don't really know how to expand
upon (which in itself - for those of you who read my journal regularly - is
something of a calendar event). Suffice it to say I woke late and didn't get
up until I'd finished it. That's something I haven't actually done in a very
long time. I may start again on weekend mornings when I'm not actually due to
go somewhere or aren't actually somewhere else other than my bed already.
Other than get up, I've started reading a discourse on Locke's collected
essays entitled Human Understanding which belonged to my father and
his father before him. It's extremely heavy going but it has reminded me of a
word I'd forgotten about; "prolixity". You'll be unsurprised to learn (on
knowing, or finding out its meaning) why I like it. I've also been for a walk
around the area to attempt to get my bearings and discovered a perfect place
for power-kiting, some blackberry bushes and immersed myself in the very
essence of suburbia. For those of you who don't know, my parents
recently moved back from Leeds to Manchester (Sale) having lived in Salford
previously while I was growing up.
It's about time for lunch, after which we're going to go into the centre and
look at some of the things which have changed since I was last living here
before I get on the train this evening and I head back home again. It's going
to be a long day I think.
Still, the sun is shining here, there's a light breeze and I'm with my parents
in their new ("and last", yeah, thanks for that dad) home. Other than my
brother being here to complete the set there's only one other thing that'd make
[19:30] OK, hands up who stayed up too late last night given they had to be up
for 06:30 this morning? Anyone? Anyone? Just me then. Right. Yeah, none
too smart, especially given the punishment I've given my body in the last seven
days or so. Oddly I think I'm getting into the swing of things now. Leastways
the bags under my eyes don't seem to be visible at all and I honesty have only
fallen asleep once today.
Was up and about in good time, finished my packing and cycled to the station
in fine weather. The train was one of the rare all-the-way-through ones from
my town to Manchester so I got to make myself comfortable, fire up the old
laptop and watch three episodes of Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis (quiet at the
back) before the battery gave out. Luckily I had an emergency iPod to take me
the rest of the way.
Manchester has changed again in the few months since I managed to make
my first return visit in a few years. It's extraordinary just how much is
going on here (in the centre) and how different it looks to the slightly
dowdy place I remember from growing up. The cityscape is drastically and
almost futuristically different and I spend most of my time when I'm walking
around with my head tipped back admiring what is some really quite nice
architecture. Happily, on my journey south by tram I got to see some of the
Manchester I remember; the old iron bridges over the rivers and canals tamed
by the red brickwork of the just slightly post Industrial Revolution-era boom
as well as some of the beautiful new bridges which give me faith that there
are still some people out there who know how to make a structure look fragile
yet strong, purely functional yet beautiful and basically not a monsterous
I like Manchester an awful lot. I want to come back here again and bring my
friends (old and new) to show them how things have changed. For now though,
[14:40] Wahey! Back at work! Woot! The end of the Convention went very
well. The Monday programme items went smoothly, we dashed about like chickens
with heads that were a little confused but in the end it all came off very
well. Speaking of which not only that but once the closing ceremony was over
and tear-down was complete I got to relax utterly in my hotel room
for a while before going to the pool and swimming and sauna'ing for a while
The ConCom and staff then got to go for a wonderful slap-up Chinese meal with
Terry and some of the other guests before coming back for the standard Donal
Room Party. I bailed out some time in the early hours so that I was able to
be up and about very early in the morning to get back in time for a normal
working day. Unfortunately traffic wasn't so stunning and I also ended up
waiting for a delivery from Loyal Fail which didn't seem to arrive until I
checked the letterbox and found a card saying that apparently I wasn't in and
as it needed a signature I'd need to come and get it. I was in!
So, I'm at work now, having got in a little late. Working through lunch and
then heading into town to move a server from one rack to another, then to the
sorting office to pick up my package and then back into town to head to the
doctor for an appointment. I then want to go to the gym but I'm not sure how
long that session will last given how tired I probably am. Also I need to be
early to bed tonight as I'm on the 07:28 to Manchester tomorrow to see my
parents in their new house and help them with some of the unpacking and
similar. This is going to be a busy week. It's a shame as I had hoped to see
a friend this evening but I'm going to be far to busy to do it. Luckily
they're house-hunting anyway though so it's not like either of us had the
time. Maybe next week.
I'm trying to catch up on what I was doing Wednesday of last week and failing
miserably at the moment. Still, I can have another go on Friday. I do know
what I need to do today though. I can cope with that for now.
[10:35] Really, really so very, very tired. But then really, really so very,
very happy. The Con is going excellently well. Yesterday's events went very
well. The highlight for me was sitting in the Tech tower with Tim, drinking
whisky, watching the attendees for the Gala Dinner come in and staying cool
and relaxed. Well, that and helping to co-ordinate the string quartet which
didn't do so well in room but absolutely blew everyone's socks and the roof
off with their 'acoustic' session in Reception after we'd got them moved and
a drink each. Possibly the best after-Dinner entertainment ever surrounded
by some of the best people ever.
Wouss that I am I headed to bed about 01:30 as I was actually asleep on my
feet. It was nice to get my head down so early for once, even if the sleep
itself was interrupted and the room too hot. I'm running on adrenaline now
I think. Although I think this was the case yesterday and probably the day
before too. Hmmm, other things that stick in my mind... Oh yes. Introducing
Peter and Diane to the pleasures of Avenue Q (must get them the MP3s when I
get home), finding three different sets of gophers at the same time, tracking
down some people who wanted to do fire-breathing/eating without permission (we
wouldn't have minded if they'd told us in advance), watching people getting to
know each other in the signing queue, laughter of people in the Hub during the
Church of Om service and the really fun radio chatter which results in puzzled
faces of those standing nearby as headset-enabled people burst into seemingly
spontaneous sychronised laughter.
I should head off and start actually doing my job, I think.
[14:00] 20 Another late night. Not terribly late, but after the fun of the
day had died down, everyone had retired to the bars and the drinking had begun
in earnest I took the opportunity to spend some time relaxing in the Rotunda
for a little while before going back to my room around 01:30 to relax a bit
more and then get some sleep. Quite a pleasant evening all told with the
drink and the company and the way that a large chunk of the ConCom eschewed the
hotel's attempt at food and got someone to go out and bring in £88-worth
of food. Happily we not only got a 10& discount, but also some metal
cutlery, roses for all the women in the party and free poppadoms (and as much
mango chutney as I've seen in one place at any time).
Thus far I've spent time talking to Peter Morewood and Diane Duane, seen a
short film by the Alchemist and Seamstress Guilds, eaten far too much more
sugar, managed to eat some fruit, missed lunch most days, flirted outragiously
with many, many women and helped a lot of people smile.
I'm also in the dealers room at the moment and it's about to reopen after
lunch so I better go.
[15:05] Yet another late night at the Convention. Spent far too long eating
pizza and then drinking beer in the bar with others. The remainder of the day
went swimmingly with the Opening Ceremony and the introduction of the Guilds
and their heads easily surpassing the humour and involvedness garnered last
time. All the Guild Heads are very much enthused by their roles and I think
it's all going to be really good. I've already been approached by the
Seamstresses Guild's youngest member who is eager to collect as many tokens as
possible. I've also just been told how many tokens are required to show that
I'm a 'repeat performer'. They have no idea.
All the guests are enjoying themselves, the membership is happy, there's been
a few small injuries as you'd expect and only one lost child requiring
reuniting with her mother. The person who needed my laptop for the work she
needed has achieved what she wanted and I actually feel like I could do
another three days of this without keeling over. Whether I can manage the
remainder of next week with all its travel and visiting is another matter.
I'm overdosing on sugar, drinking too much tea and probably not cleaning my
teeth enough. Other than that, everything's grand. In a stroke of good
fortune my room mate didn't snore at all last night. Or at least, I didn't
hear them. Oh, did I mention that the hotel had another mini-flood on Friday?
Just as before the heavens opened, the rain came down and had nowhere to go
but into the hotel by the side door. Sandbags were deployed but that end of
the hotel is off limits... again and the dehumidifiers are out in force.
We're very close now to the Guest of Honour Interview (Terry) so as I listen
in my left ear to the comms chatter which is causing me slight bi-polar
disorder over the course of this event I hear that we're in desperate need of
some brandy for Mr Pratchett before (or most likely during) his event.
There's a phenomenal amount of cleavage on display at this convention. The
number of extremely well-filled basques, bustiers, corsets and, well, leather
bras is beyond reproach.
It's enough to make you hungry.
[14:10] Hello again from the Discworld Convention. Things are really getting
off the ground now. Despite staying up far too late last night
talking online and watching new Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis episodes after the
bar closed I managed to sleep through most of my room-mate's snoring and be
able to get up and have a very large breakfast after my shower and be plugged
back into my walkie-talkie before nine in the morning.
There's an awful lot of new people at this year's Convention and it's nice to
see everyone seemingly enjoying themselves so much. Having a second Gopher
Master alongside me is also proving to be more useful than I thought too.
Everyone's in fine fettle, no-one seems stressed and thus far nothing's (touch
wood) gone wrong.
I should head back out and see if anyone needs any Gophers for anything but
for the time being things are so well organised that there's nut much call
for them most of the time. I've just helped open the dealers' hall and been
talking with some of the members about this and that. Maybe it's time I
actually had some food, like I promised someone yesterday.
[15:35] Am here, at the Convention. Whole place has been redecorated. The
wifi reception's not bad, all things considered. Not many gophers here as yet
so doing a lot of the stuff myself, which is actually a lot of fun. More
hungry than anything else. Food's dead expensive (as I knew it would be) and
the drinks are even more so. Still, I have provisions and stuff and there is
some kind of buffet this evening.
I should get off, there are dealers arriving and things need carrying around.
[13:00] OK dates fixed on a few previous entries. I guess everyone reads me
on LiveJournal now and doesn't notice when things go a bit askew on
Had a good night last night. Quiet in the main but with some enjoyable
moments. Early bed. Must remember that I set the alarm earlier for this
morning and needs changing back. Also that soup does not make a complete
evening meal. I'm so very hungry this morning even though I was awake and up
and about early enough to have some breakfast.
I've been flipping through a book this morning trying to plan some things as
well as being stymied in buying a new lens for my camera. I've spend a lot of
time thinking about this purchase and in pretty much every regard it makes
sense. In the end I've managed to order it, but my life is planned to be so
busy for the next eight days that I'm not entirely sure I'm going to be in for
it to be delivered to home (how useless is that in this day and age?). I've
tried to arrange it for Tuesday morning when I hope to be back from the
Convention, but as far as I can tell I don't think I'm going to be home in
time for a morning delivery. Still at least it won't be courier who can
only redeliver. But then it is going to be Royal Fail or Parcelfarce and
going to their delivery offices can sometimes be an exercise in pain.
Otherwise I'm back on track with work and bored stiff by what lies ahead of
me. Still, only half a day to go until I'm gone for a while.
[13:45] Can I just say "Can I just say Bavarian smoked cheese at lunch time?
[16:50] OK, in a few minutes I'll be heading off for climbing this evening
and then packing and going to the Discworld Convention tomorrow morning
around 10:00. As I said I may be doing journal entries from there in the
evening if the wireless plays ball and there's nothing better to be doing.
I imagine I'll take my camera, but it's not something I want to be carrying
around all day, so I probably won't get many shots. Anyway, I need the
break from everything I'm juggling at the moment so this should be just the
thing. Tuesday morning, afternoon and evening are all organised, as are
Wednesday and Thursday and possibly Friday evening too. Then there's
a weekend at home rather than going on a climbing trip. I wish I was going
but I need to stay in and by that time get some decent nights of sleep.
Things are only going to get busier I think.
[18:15] Well, bofhcam.org came back online some time this afternoon, which is
nice. In other news the person I was hoping to see this evening has had to
cancel so I've made other plans instead. It's nice that I've actually got
something else I can easily slot into place, as it were. Just like last
night. I didn't have anything planned and then someone cropped up and asked
if I wanted a curry. Cue one very fun evening in a curry house followed by a
drink in a nearby pub. A fun time had by all.
Today I solved the problem of the failing to install UPS software. Turns out
it was actually the problem of the idiotic sysadmin. One day I'll learn the
reason why you don't have a finger macro that does "su -" when what you really
need is "su". Don't ask, I'm just annoyed it took me so long to work it out.
It does mean I can get back to the job I was doing beforehand after
two days of struggling with my own ineptitude.
I think I may go home soon and reflect upon my mistakes while decompressing
and destressing in as pleasant manner as possible.
[16:00] OK, for some reason the domain information for *.bofhcam.org. is
currently in flux and on "client hold". This means that not only won't you
be reading this on BOFHcam until it's fixed, but also that you can't see the
photos from the party I was at this weekend either unless you use the
Anyway, about the weekend. I spent Saturday morning upgrading my bike with
the new wheel, fixing the puncture, bedding in new brake blocks and fitting
the new bar grips. After that I was able to cycle to Tesco to get some nice
food for the weekend, then to work to collect the cheese I left there on the
Friday. Around midday Kate and Nigel and Co. turned up with Dave the dog in
tow and we set about running through the
I've now uploaded. After the job I've had trying to get down to a sensible
number I'm quite pleased with the ones I've felt able to publish. Anway,
after they'd left the remainder of the day before the party was spent looking
through more photos and having a very pleasant lunch. Mmm, Reblechon.
The party itself was almost a standard Keith party except for a few changes in
the shape of new people, new situations and just how many shots were taken
with my camera. Cormac got hold of it and attempted to fill the memory card.
All in all about 740 shots were taken. As you can see, there's significantly
less than that in the collection. Left the party around midnight to help
Nigel walk Dave and also on account of being quite knackered but ended up
being awake for quite a while anyway. A great party for the most part. A
wonderful day on the whole with a few great highlights. The morning was lazy
and consisted of a very large cooked breakfast and lazing happily on the sofa
until someone mentioned coming to the pub. A quick game of pool and a few
drinks later there was time for a walk around town to work off the late
breakfast before saying goodbye to those people heading off for distant parts.
This morning everything seems to have been broken. Including me. I'm so very
tired (something to do with late nights and activity). Other than that a lot
of bits of things are broken; I can't install UPS software on our Solaris 10
boxen, the DNS is screwed for BOFHcam, turns out the old UPS software was
still running on some machines along with the new stuff. Other than that
things are just peachy keen. Also, I get to have curry this evening.
[16:15] I've been expecting some kind of karmic payback for the good time I've
been having recently. Therefore when I got on my bike to leave work last
night and was instantly aware of just how flat my rear tyre was I knew it was
obviously my time. After a few seconds searching I found what appeared to be
a large, rusty industrial-sized staple firmly inserted into the rubber. Once
extracted I walked my bike home trying to put as little weight from the bike
on the folder tyre as it rolled alone. This lead to a fairly good arm workout
but also meant that pretty much everyone was already in my house (Cormac has
keys) by the time I got there.
The evening was pretty quiet with just one film watched and James and I
popping upstairs to work on the wedding photos now and again. The film was
Lord of War which I have to say is a rather excellent way to spend some time,
even if some of the lines gave me considerable pause for thought. I
was quite pensive, thoughtful and shaken by some of the feelings it elicited.
I've rationalised pretty much all of them now, but it wasn't good for a while
there. Still, I slept OK, so I think I have a handle on things.
After getting up this morning I tried removing the tyre from the rear wheel of
the bike so I could fix the puncture. Twenty minutes late I'd not only not
succeeded in removing the tyre I'd also managed to gouge some small bits from
the alloy rim and apparently split the brazing where the rim is joined to
itself. Basically I buggered the rim. In the end I gave up, got a co-worker
who needed to drive somewhere anyway to give me a lift into town where I
spent some time talking to guys in my favourite bike shop. £60 for a
handbuilt wheel using the existing hub and axel versus £59 for a new
wheel entire with a Deore hub and axel. I went with the new wheel as well as
a new set of brake blocks, a proper set of tyre 'irons' (plastic) as part of
a multi-tool and some new handlebar grips. Basically this puncture's cost me
£90. I think that's a good start on whittling down whatever karma
imbalance I apparently seem to have.
Today has been all about collecting patch revisions, looking things up,
getting very bored and working out which machines exist at the moment and
which don't. That and going into town to buy cheese. Now I'm just marking
time, working out what to do with Monday and wondering how wet I'm going to
get walking home with a bike wheel in one hand. I should get to the gym this
evening, do the bike maintenance and get the house ready for the weekend.
[18:10] Tired. Didn't sleep much last night. Needed the window open and
there was a bit too much noise. Still, had a pleasant evening anyway. Spent
some of it on the sofa watching Dog Soldiers for the first time in a while as
well as upstairs generally trying to keep cool. My house gets so hot
sometimes it's silly given how cold it can get in winter.
Day one of the great patches/etc. collection and with the aid of awk, cut and
sort it looks like it may actually not be too bad to work out what all the
machines have. I just have to SSH to every machine and collect what I need.
My thanks to Larry for his astute suggestion. I'll be looking into it more
later. Otherwise the day's been pretty good. Started very well and didn't
really get much worse to be honest. Bit of stress in the middle but that
seems to be under control now. Well, settled anyway. Turns out my
laptop is going to be very useful at the Convention so I have no excuse for
not bringing it now, which is cool. It'll mean I don't feel like a total geek
for dragging it along. Just have to make sure there's no incriminating
evidence on it, given I'll be lending it to someone else now and again.
For now though, let's see... Something planned for tonight, tomorrow night,
Saturday and Sunday are hopefully going to be pretty fun, Monday should be
good but may end up being normal (which is fine too) and with luck Tuesday
should be fun as well. Call me crazy but, so long as I don't plan too much in
advance, things should be fairly interesting for the next couple of days or
so. Of course, now I've said that they won't be, but hey, Life is short and
there's no sense in being too depressed about things that go wrong*, just have
another go. It's all good really; the hurt's as useful as the pleasure is,
* I reserve the right to still be depressed when they
do go wrong though.
[15:50] 30 Well, I think today is going to be an OK day. I've been given a
monster task in the shape of auditing all the machines for firmware and patch
levels. All of the machines. This isn't a small job, but it's actually going
to be quite interesting as it'll require gaining some knowledge I don't
already have. Which is why I'm here! With luck it won't take me too long
once I've written some scripts to collect all the information and do
some kind of initial sorting for me. Of course we have all kinds of different
machines and there's going to be more than the Recommended Patch Clusters to
deal with given the extra stuff we have on most of them and some of the weird
and wonderful hardware we have hanging off the back of most of them.
Unfortunately I'm not climbing this evening either, which is pretty bad. I
may go nuts. However gym last night was pretty fullfilling. Spent twenty
minutes on the treadmill at some insane pace before doing the tail end of my
normal weights routine and some body work. You don't really care about the
details. So instead of climbing I have something at home to keep me happy and
amused, so it won't be that bad. Also pizza for tea.
What else... Oh yes, I've been recommended a new cheese. We like cheese.
My new target for purchase which happily the cheese shop in town seems to have
is Reblechon. I'll be getting some on Friday to sample over the weekend.
[17:00] I started off today very well prepared for the evening of activity I
thought was going to be happening. Unfortunately my activity partner was
forced to go to a meeting this afternoon and evening which may or may not have
netted them a rather good job, so I can't really complain as they've been
after something that stops them going nuts for a a while now. This means that
I'm at something of a loose end this evening. I should have gone climbing
yesterday rather than going to the gym and doing photos, then I could have
done the photos this evening. I think instead I'll pop to the gym again this
evening for some cardio-vascular work for once and get my lung capacity back
up, while listening to some music for a while. There's always an opportunity
to do some more photo work too; I still have too many to give to the bride and
Otherwise today's been a day or reorganising my week, putting things in place
to keep the evenings busy and generally getting on with the day-to-day
management and arrangement that is my life at the moment. I seem to be
perpetually in about three conversations which all need constant attention and
varying levels of concentration and involvement. Still, it keeps the mind
busy between installations, compilations, discussions on the NetApp and
potential iSCSI interface stuff and documentation jags.
Oh, yeah, the Discworld Convention's coming up soonish. End of next week
basically. Turns out there's wireless there so I'm dragging my laptop along
to do some stuff in the evenings when everyone's finished getting rat-arsed on
the real ale and gone to bed. This means probable journal updates between
the 17th and 21st. Aren't you lucky?
[17:45] Weekend goodness in almost every way. Missed out on a few things by
being elsewhere but there's a chance I can make up for it before the end of
the summer if nothing else. The day's been pretty good. I've
achieved all kinds of things, put in place some stuff for tomorrow
and had to pass on climbing because I haven't been to the gym (which I'm
paying for), done any washing or washing up in a long time and I
really need to deal with the photos from the wedding. I also need to
eat something filling and get an early night so I'm all rested and stuff.
Tomorrow is going to be all kinds of busy here and there what with one thing
and another and I'm still not sure I'm completely recovered from the fun of
What else, what else? Nope, I think that's about it. Gym, washing and
washing up and an evening spent dealing with photos.
[14:00] Coo, yes, last night. Eleven people for Thursday:! Talk about
packed. Haven't had that many people in a while, it was excellent. Also a
brand new person (who wasn't scared off) and someone who hasn't been for three
years! All good. The films were rather fun too, even if there was a a lot of
chatter (as there should be). I'm feeling in fine fettle today as the
morning's gone well, I'm off to Wakefield in a few seconds and there should be
a ton of fun organised between now and at least Wednesday morning.
Life is short. It's all good.
[15:35] Today is really dragging at work. There's not much I really want to
or need to do now that I've fixed as much of the machine that frotted itself
yesterday as seems to be visible to a fairly rigorous investigation. I'm sure
there's tons of things I could be doing (like upgrading the kickstart areas to
Update 8) but I so can't be arsed it's not even funny.
Part of the problem is that my coworker has brought in more sweet things to
eat than anyone should see in one place, let alone be allowed to eat. I've
eaten far too many of them and need to get up and run around, or similar.
Maybe some poi. Yeah, that sounds like a plan. Or some racking of kit, or
maybe some more doughnuts. That might work. Yeah. I'll do that. More
sugar. Yum. Couldn't hurt...
[12:05] Thus far this morning I've been: slightly late for work, solved a
tricky issue with someone, made arrangements for next week, missed breakfast,
remembered my insurance documents but not phoned about them yet and explained
to a colleague just returned from honeymoon that his workstation was the
sacrifical lamb for the RPM updates I did last week and it didn't go too well.
Other than that, there's work to do, climbing tonight and... I think that's it.
Just another day on the farm. Oh, I need to spend some time with the wedding
photos, but I don't know when I can do that as yet.
Annoyingly I've tried to bid on a new lens on eBay and had it cancelled
because I haven't got five or more positive feedback comments for previous
purchases. There's a reason for this: I don't have the money to fritter away
on eBay purchases. If I did I wouldn't have bought things on eBay and would
be able to afford the full-price lens. Gah.
[17:10] Even with someone else (with feedback) bidding for me I still lost the
auction. Damn. Will go climbing shortly to dull the massive pain I feel.
Not terribly much from the loss of the lens, but because the servers I've
tried to update today broke in horribly bad ways when my workstation froze up
during an 'up2date' run over SSH to them. I'm now going to have to spend
rather a long time unpicking the mess that I've accidently created. Stupid
things. That'll be tomorrow though. For now I've made arrangements for next
week, the weekend after this and hopefully will manage to juggle things such
that things don't come tumbling down around my ears as they stand a very good
chance of doing if I'm not careful. I really should be careful.
[02/08/2006 - 11:40] Sorry, yes, this is a day late. I got kind of busy in
the morning and was then out for the afternoon helping someone with an issue
they were having. Suffice it to say we managed to get it sorted and a
satisfactory situation resulted. Erm, the day was fairly quiet other than
that. Probably not worthy of an entry at all, but there's always something to
write about which will be a useful reminder when/if I read back one day. So,
yes today was the day I got to help a friend with an issue. Other than that,
I had some useful documents arrive, learned a new thing, had a useful
conversation and managed to get to bed before midnight!
The final point is probably the most significant of the day, now I think about