| Thursday 30th May 2002 18:14MDT | → 0 Comments |
It looks like the workman who have been doing ’something’ to the ourside of my block have somehow knackered the communal aerial. I can’t get a decent picture anymore which is a bit of a pig when one’s nice new DTVA requires perfect reception.
Complicated times at work. People don’t really seem to be in the mood for working due to the redundancies. Morale is at rock-bottom. The migration of my Sun workstation to the new network meant it was out of action for practically the whole of today, so I did little. The project I’m on, which I almost feel I’m running myself, will soon get it’s third project manager in as many weeks.
Valentina has invited me to a World Cup party at her house (Brazil’s first match). I don’t know if I’ll go as I don’t care for football but the atmosphere could be good, even though I won’t know most of the people there.
I haven’t got anything planned for the Jubilee. Decorations around the town centre, and in almost every shop window, are nice.
| Wednesday 29th May 2002 21:49MDT | → 1 Comments |
For those with tin-foil hats, here is my PGP public key:
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| Tuesday 28th May 2002 17:01MDT | → 0 Comments |
Boyf sent me a lovely card, thanking me for the money. It’s the little things in life as they say.
Pace replied to my technical support email. Apparently my aerial only supports Mux 1 which covers just the BBC channels. I would have to get a better aerial to get the other channels. As the one here is a shared aerial, I’m considering getting some sort of indoor one but how successful would it be?
My inflatable penguin has been inflated and is sitting on my desk at work. It dominates the skyline (or cubicle line). I wonder how long it’ll last before it’s either (1) stolen by the cleaners or (2) trashed.
This diary entry comes to you care of, or rather through, the Blackbox window manager. It’s nifty and looks quite cute.
| Saturday 25th May 2002 20:57MDT | → 0 Comments |
Issues already with the DTVA - more later.
Tomorrow will be devoted to taking (digital) photos of street signs, letter boxes, plug sockets, etc. More about that later too.
This month’s clutch of search terms that have led folks to my site:
- fiend gay friends
- white rug
- nosering -nerf -herder
- world traveller plus photo
- funnies mr blobby
- orange smoothie shower gel
- teacher jaffa cake advert
Oh yes, I ordered an inflatable penguin yesterday.
| Friday 24th May 2002 22:55MDT | → 1 Comments |
Finally bought the Pace DTVA from Argos. As soon as I noticed Argos were now selling them I reserved one straight away - looks like it got the last one too
Very simple to set up (auto-configuration) and the unit itself is surprisingly small. Interestingly it only found nine channels, all the BBC ones, but none of the ITV ones - strange that. Picture quality seems good (I’m watching News 24 right now) but it looks like my signal is affected by how windy it is, making the aerial sway, and any cars going past. If it’s very windy, as it has been recently, I almost entirely lose the picture! I shall investigate this further over the weekend.
Boyf received the money and is therefore (I assume) safe in his apartment for at least another month. He also received my latest consignment of old cookbooks. Happy, happy.
BTW if you ever find yourself in a similar situation of having to transfer dosh to a US bank account, I suggest you get a Co-op bank account, or one of its subsidiaries, as they only charge
| Monday 20th May 2002 9:40MDT | → 0 Comments |
Boyf’s rent, which is normally paid automatically by the state, has gone awry (due to someone messing up the paperwork) so I’ve been madly trying to arrange a money transfer to him through Western Union, something I’ve never done before. I hope it works as the money has to get through this week.
Watched Spooks yesterday (recorded from last week). It looks like it has potential but the first episode did look a bit like Bugs (i.e. lacks gravitas).
| Sunday 19th May 2002 12:41MDT | → 0 Comments |
I’ve just been through the main section of The Observer, marking up all stories according to whether they were (in my opinion) good news, bad news or neutral. Going up to just before the editorials and ignoring the tiny little stories, of only about 20 or so words, out of 52 stories:
60% were bad news
19% were good news
21% were neutral
I rest my case when it comes to how depressing The Observer is. It’s almost impossible to ‘accentuate the positive’ in this country as society has been so corroded by cynicism. Then again should we consider ourselves lucky that we’re not like the USA, who maintain the blinkered “our country is perfect, irrespective of any evidence to the contrary - and I’ll throw a missile at you if you say otherwise”?
Maybe I’ll try The Independent next week. Or I could just not bother with Sunday papers.
| Sunday 19th May 2002 9:01MDT | → 0 Comments |
Bit cold and rainy in MK. Oh well. I bought a copy of Naomi Klein’s No Logo. I find it ironic that it’s got a website that proclaims it to be the book that became part of a movement, as if it invented anti-corporatism and anti-globalisation. The website also takes the form of an IndyMedia style blog, with what looks like the same sort of content. Welcome to the No Logo brand…
Also bought Nigel Warburton’s Philosophy: The Classics. Warburton is a dude (and quite good looking too).
| Friday 17th May 2002 20:03MDT | → 3 Comments |
My, it’s been hot today! I hope it carries through to tomorrow - I’m very much in a t-shirt and shorts mood.
Daryl is going away for two weeks and has asked me to keep an eye on his house. Should I invite fifty party-goers and trash the place? Probably wouldn’t work in Guildford.
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| Wednesday 15th May 2002 19:51MDT | → 1 Comments |
Apparently, while in hospital, boyf fell over and hit his head on a bedside cabinet. He now has stitches but otherwise seems to be OK. I think I’m going to worry myself into an early grave.
Virgin Trains wrote back with an apology that looked like it was constructed of stock phrases. However they did append a rail voucher for