Nothing to see here
Don't have time/inclination to post here much more. More active elsewhere. Until free time intervenes, cya.
Where's the separation of church and state in that?
Part of Barack Obama's inauguration will involve being sworn in by an officiating priest - in this case, Rick Warren, pastor of a mega-church. Hitchens has plenty to say about this: http://ping.fm/AWiZE While Hitch is entertaining, for the best reasoned debate look to Sam Harris: http://ping.fm/zmhS2 Money quote:
"WARREN: So you are open to the possibility that you might be wrong about Jesus?
HARRIS: And Zeus. Absolutely."
Wanted: Time Machine
This was posted on my local Freecycle group:
Wanted : Time Machine
Posted by: xxxxxxxxxxx
Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:15 am (PST)
Someone posted something I realy fancied on here a couple of months
ago and I would like to pop back and see if I could get it. I would
gladly return the time machine to you possibly even shortly after you
gave it to me. Honestly you wouldn't even miss it at all.
Ups and Downs
Been rather busy, getting to know the ins and outs of the new job. Also been making an effort not to procrastinate by surfing at work - so easy to spend hours doing nothing on the web when I should be benchmarking, writing or chasing PRs.
Internet access has been on and off at home as my landlady has a basic system she uses to check her email daily: turn on computer, double click the big "e" (which automatically fires up the USB modem) and voila - Hotmail. Unfortunately, in my attempts to share the broadband with her, by installing wireless for example, something has always gone wrong and left her unable to connect, and as she's unwilling to give up her simple system and learn to troubleshoot the connection, I'm stuck with a type of "sneaker-net": i.e. to connect I have to unplug the telephone cable from her modem and plug it into mine.
Feeling pretty awful today. My colleagues think it's the effect of working in the labs basement, and I think it's probably the effect of working in an office again after such a long time, and commuting to work on the bus for 45 minutes each day. My immune system hasn't had to cope with such a quantity and variety of other people's bacteria for quite some time. It's unfortunate timing to be ill at home as I have my first labs deadline on Wednesday, a group test of 12 laptops.
Saw Angel last weekend for the 2nd time since I arrived back in London. She's growing up fast, but seems to have hit the teenager phase early as a result. Her Mum's been having lots of trouble with her, although I don't see this side of her in the short periods I see her. The upside of being a once-a-month Dad I suppose. Hopefully I will become a fortnightly Dad from next weekend.
Got a beta key for Warhammer Online which should start on Sunday. I'll be reviewing it for our next issue, one of the perks of working in IT journalism. Downside is, although I'm in effect replacing a freelancer, I don't get paid extra. Still, free games, can't complain. Reviewed an excellent game, Mount & Blade, that looked like a cheap Oblivion knock-off but turned out to be a genre-busting delight.