Thursday, December 31, 2009
About 69 desperate journal entries were posted, all just musings that define the year's highs and lows as you would expect.
- The year saw some tentative entry into English pub life .
- I started having fun building micro controller gidgets (these notes now move to a new space)
- I was really enjoying my new workplace
- But it came to an unfortunate end for no "good" reason.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
"dad is not allowed
in my bedroom
in the morning"
I think this writ was a response to my harsh words ejecting the aforementioned denizen from the parental bedroom. I found it stuck on our door, I also hope this means we can use words much more in the future.
Monday, December 28, 2009
I've also added more widgets to my blog - but have a question now about audience and focus.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Because the history has been lost in the British observance , its particularly cunning to bring up the topic of how we treat our history. It's honestly moot, because even the origins of festival days 'adopted' by the christian faith seem to be lacking in effectiveness at bringing their point across.
For a long time I thought public holidays (called bank holidays in the UK after the abolishing of the slave trade) were just ways to get extra holidays, and undercut a countries GDP in a secret communist plot to make people believe they were getting a day off for free. That was a long time ago, a long time ago. I went on for a while to the idea that holidays were productivity devices, intended to make people work even harder in the run-up. It works well for projects that need to get out of the door sometimes. But my healthy paranoia has been proven unfounded time and again. It's just a in which day to recover from our own indulgences.
It is probably the most exciting time of year for children. this year was pretty good because it has been snowing up to Christmas, the snow has all melted now, but that does not change the white Christmas feel. In fact I'm not sure a frost feast-day is all that great a deal. before someone comes out in Grinch mode, we will just clarify, it's Scrooge mode this year, although the boys are not that hard done by in the end. This year there is just not a 'big-ticket' present under the tree for each of them.
I have gotten out quite cheaply too, all I have is a Mr Men coffee mug - appropriately it's the Mr grumpy character. I hope that's not a predestination.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I got the following email this morning - still waiting for my fresh South African passport to come back. We need to renew soon, so may as well get it done now before the rush on British Citizenship applications begins. You got to apply early, it looks like it normally takes 2-4 months, and 6 on the outside.
CLOSURE OF THE CONSULAR SECTION DURING FESTIVE SEASON
23 DECEMBER - 8.45 – 12h45
24-28 DECEMBER - CLOSED
29-30 DECEMBER - 8.45 – 12h45
31 DECEMBER - 1 JANUARY - CLOSED
Still enjoying reading the study guide for the "Life in the UK" test :-). It's pretty much Hobson's choice I hear - whatever that means.
It's obligatory to have images in blog posts, so here is one blast from the past - in South Africa.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Pray for schools is an evening to encourage such a vision! So whether your a parent, student, or staff member. Church, children, or youth leader, please join Christian Resources Into Schools, Ely Diocese, Scripture Union, WCCYM and Cambridge & District YFC for a special night of inspiration.
Pray for Schools - Friday 22nd January 2010
For those who are in the area:
St Bede’s School
7.45-9.15pm (Coffee from 7.30pm)
3 web based resources to ignite and inspire:
Bible engagement - www.wordlive.org
School clubs and groups – www.schoolslive.org
Sunday groups – www.lightlive.org
Report for - Modbus - PLC Simulator
Report for - DIP Switch
I will have to come back in a month's time and compare.
Statistics are gathered from these 2 URLs on a 3rd-party download site called BrotherSoft. (nope, not related to Broederbond)
I need to turn this all into a marketing window.
Monday, December 21, 2009
On a lighter note, 2010 may be a good year :-)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
OK, so you are selling me another free book, I think without even asking the question I am asking more. So I'll share a bit about Dignity (this was my TFTD a week ago by some co-incidence), nothing spooky going on.
"Dignity is more important than wealth. It’s going
to be a long, long time before we can make
everyone on earth wealthy, but we can help people
find dignity this year (right now if we choose to)."
Go ahead, download it, I dare you to rush this.
The snow is very powdery as you can see here. Not wet enough to roll up into a snowman without a whole lot of effort.
It's unusual to get snow before Christmas, if at all until Feb, but it has been pretty much fun.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Well the problem was a bit more complicated than that, but I nonetheless went off to consider this problem. Firstly with fear because if it could be done, software developers would start putting themselves out of work, but eventually once convinced it could not be done, I relaxed a little. Well this was a long time ago, perhaps a few decades hence I could re-formulate the same original question properly and on paper (I won't now because that would loose IP), and ask it again.
Engineering is full of questions and solutions that just do not quite work at the time. How many new technologies enabling their completion do there need to be?
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The following was sent email to Cateye global service:
I am writing to complain about the H34 bracket. http://www.cateye.com/store/parts.php?cid=2_74 I bought a really brilliant light, and then battled to install the bracket. I latter ordered another smaller light for my wife's bike, this time the bracket went on a bit better. BUT, you can never get it tight enough to stop the light slipping about without using a bit of persuasion - and then you can not get it off again without a lot of effort. The tightening nut turns, but it's really tight now and I cannot move it to over to the other handlebar to make space for my cycle computer. The light is great, but the bracket is below par, I'm ordering a replacement bracket for now - can the engineers please improve this part.
Let us see if they can fix it before next winter....
(update : I got a response from the local and end distributor - I've attached the one here)
Thank you for your e-mail regarding the H-34 Flex Tight Bracket.
Please be assured that we will pass your comments onto the R & D department at Cateye for their consideration in future product development.
Customer Services Manager
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I am loosing emails because they are getting filtered out as spam, what can I do?
I am also forwarding mails from websites to my hotmail as a convenience, but if I never get any of them, I cannot know people are trying to reach me. My junk folder is 'empty' too, is hotmail just deleting my spam automatically?
Anyway, this is not the only bit of hotmail that annoys me, can I get some feedback, and get my lost mails back. Please.
Is anyone else out there having similar junk/spam questions? I mean my GMail account hold around 50 junk mails for 30 days, so even 2 mails per day is reasonable. But Hotmail is totally spam-free, also contact-free. I had a similar issue with Yahoo 3 years ago, and they lost their advertising revenue space because of being blocked regularly, a similar, but not similar problem to my current one.
Come on Microsoft, if Tiger can do it, you can too!
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Just because your data is not worth much no longer means someone will not take it away without a second thought in a bot-net attack using mall ware installed on our PC last night when you downloaded that handy little video converter or viewer.
Friday, December 04, 2009
My first hat device is almost 4 years old now, it's called "throwing your hat across". The bestway to cross a river with no bridge is to throw your hat across first. It guarantees you have a solid motive for crossing, and although appearing foolish it is a kind of contract too.
We could get all technical about the hat, but motive is the means, and motive is something we can trust in (our legal system appears to do so at times). Oh Tipping,... yes I got another tip today - I think I will spend it all on registering an internet domain, part of my next venture into the wild world of open-source.
If you think suddenly he's insane, please visit www.plcsimulator.org , and click on the donate button - either that or send me a new hat, mine is getting soggy.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
I've been promised an Editors Pick on Brothersoft, they are a pretty neat and tidy downloads site, with a good navigation system. So please click on the button above.
Do not click on this link, its here just for the crawlers.
1 slice of toast - butter/grease is optional
around half a tomato per slice of toast
- Grab a warm slice of toast
- Butter it lightly
- Thinly slice the tomato over the toast
- Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon sugar
Make a cuppa and consume, it's so yummy, you will be making two.
I've tried it on brown/wholemeal bread, if you do, you might consider a tiny sprinkle of ground pepper instead.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Thanks to Christa Pretorius for this recipe
Duifie se melktert
2 k meel
1/2 k suiker
1/2 k margarien
2 t bakpoeier
Room margarien, suiker en eier. Sif meel, bakpoeeier en sout saam. Knie deur en rol uit. Sit in tertpanne. Bak ligbruin en bere tot nodig.
4 k melk
2 1/2 e meel
sout na smaak
2 1/2 e maizena
3 e margarien
3/4 k suiker
Kook en berei voor. Eierwitte word laaste ingegooi. Gooi in voorafgebakte kors. Moenie weer bak nie. Strooi pypkaneel oor.
4 K meel
2 t margarien
2 t bakpoeier
1 glas melk
Meng al die droe bestandele. Voeg eiers en melk by. Knie vir 20min. Rol uit, sny repies en vleg. Bak in diep olie en druk in stroop.
8 K suiker
knippie kremetart 4 k water
bietjie gemmer of suurlemoensap
Kook vir 10min saam.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
All things in this world exist in balance, everyone has their own balance, now children can learn theirs too.
Go on, relive your childhood today.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
If you would like to hear more about your holiday, please press 1"
If you do, it just rings with no answer.
The number source is 0019515455076 - and we seem to get one every now and again (every few weeks) barring un-disclosed ID callers (I set this up recently) has definitely dropped the number of idiot calls we get. BTW, registering with the TPS is a waste of time.
Another junk call this (4-Dec) morning 02031891150, caller just hangs up immediately.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Motor passengers were today treated worse than dogs, it's unclear why sanitation, and security was withheld for 4 hours when trapped on the M10 on Sunday afternoon.
Anyway, I think you get the idea, caught in a tailback that took an our to get out of, and 3 hours totally stationary with no information, no loos, and hence missing the plane at Heathrow by about 40 minutes.
I started out at 12:30, leaving 2 hours, with an hour and a bit to spare, to get there at around 4pm. M25 expeditions (it really is an expedition using this bit of gravel-way) have proved they can have 2 hour delays, and since I use it about 10 times a year, I get caught in a delay at least twice a year. I vipped myself (no that's not an english word) this time though, the customer experience was totally crap, I was treated worse than a bloddy dog. I am unsure of why people put up with this crap, probably because many other civil services are just as dismal.
Anyway I have started out to write to the Highways agency to find out why incident scenes are so dangerous. I'm not suggesting portable toilets get dropped off, just that people with problems get some kind of help. Hey I feel sorry for anyone ho got killed on the motorway, don't get me wrong. I also know that the boy-racers who cause the problems also get out of these accidents unscathed most of the time.
I know many people who turn even a 1 hour stint on the M25 into a "great trek", because it is concievable to get stuck for 5 hours. This has to stop.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This little group of 8 (two of them are rather dark) were found above the front door, where it's pretty cold. I don't know what they are surviving on, or are they simply resting here for a few days out of the way? The question about the 2 darker ones is probably the most interresting, any clues? They are alive, I gently dislodged one and it waddled off begrudgingly.
This is my test-victim, as you can see he is not dead at all, and giving me the 1000-yard stare after being rudely woken up. I feel bad about shifting these diligent predators outdoors, but it's probably better that way.
- A Ladybird fact sheet .
- Ladybirds do hibernate .
- How to make a bug motel - this is something I think we have seen again and again to death, but this time it's a tiny hotel that the kids can help make at home.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The world is a dangerous place, but right now the greatest risk to my mental health stems from being jobless because of some ass-covering bankers and accountants.
We do have a job offer available for you in response to your initial inquiry in reference
to the job search directory in USA, CANADA and AUSTRALIA, which we have not been
able to process completely since we do not have a Book Keeper/Payment personnel in these region.
We have decided to recruit payment employee online, hence we will be needing a representative
to process our payments in your region. if interested please do supply the following order of requirement
as it appear below:
CONTACT ADDRESS (not p.o box)
ALL CORRESPONDENCE SHOULD BE KINDLY DIRECTED TO firstname.lastname@example.org
Whatever will they think of next? I see people slipping into believing tricksters harvesting info all of the time. Businesses need to cough up on data protection all around the globe or else this kind of crap is going to get lots of people hurt.
... Conrad thinks Blair needs to learn how to use a 32-bit computer.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Synopsis : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/So_Long,_and_Thanks_for_All_the_Fish
Buy the book : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thanks-Hitch-Hikers-Guide-Galaxy/dp/0330287001
It's gonna be a chilly weekend in the UK, so we are going to huddle together and watch more telly.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I needed to either write a huge perl-script(and without a debugger that's a cramp) or reidirect the stderr and stdout from a static code analysis tool called splint so that I can gather statistics on any dodgy lines of 'C' code.
Why a beer? Well that's a celebration of a slight change in the wind. Where it will go is probably nowhere, but it's a change nonetheless.
Returning to the redirecting of standard error and pipes, the downside it the default pipe-buffer size, in fact although you can easily increase the pipe buffer size, we all know a huge buffer is in-efficient. You see, unlesss you can empty a smaller buffer in the background while the child-process is filling it, the child will get blocked if it tries to overflow the buffer. A very bad thing, normally solved by spawning a thread to process and empty things while you wait for the child to terminate. I hate and love threads, so forgoing a complex solution, I solved this by simply waiting 100ms for the child to terminate, and then emptying the stream buffer in between by polling using WaitForProcess(). It appears to solve the problem, but exactly how?.... because someone has to close the stream in order to detect the end and not get blocked yourself in the parent waiting for a read on a dead stream?
As it so happens, the parent can happily close it's copy of the redirected stream handle and then keep reading from the duplicate knowing all will unblock when the child terminates (because the handle closes in the child when it does so). Problem solved.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Yep, he's carrying something there.
They are easy to photograph up close (contrary to some reports) and I soon got within 3 meters of this one because black squirrels are more aggressive than their gray cousins. The black colour is actually caused by melanin, coming from a dominant gene.
Zoom in and you can see, it's a nut!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Solid proof that it is possible to fall off. To be sure that's not all I have fallen off recently.
In other unrelated news, I have fallen off the social ladder by staring at unemployment. This is the first time ever for me that things are not my own choice; so how do we take it? I suppose we could talk about hope, we could talk about prayer, we could talk about humility.
Maybe all it means is time to clear out the closets, air the loft and start anew. Bad thing happen to bad people, bad thing happen to good people, even to great people. God lets sh%t happen all the time, I mean He let stuff like life and intelligence and self-awareness happen. He let random subatomic particles happen too, I don't do that stuff at all tho.
Time to get the shovel out and find work because I expect I have only got a few more weeks of real motivating work still to do. I hope it's not so, but due to the lack of respect held by some people in suits, I now shall have a chance to get to the loft.
Hey if that was glum!
My mum is coming to stay with me next month. maybe I will let her hold the camera, which I so closely guard every time we go out so as not to monopolize every photographic composition. (grin)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The sticker that means my house could blow up due to a gas leak on 10/10/10 and it would be my fault.
Do you have millions of friends on facebook? I find I am staying in contact with a lot of people I would never have, and in so far it creates a way of publicly meeting with folk I know - but Facebook Apps (the advertising/Commercial side of FB) are invading my time, every day I have to brown-down at least one person by ignoring a request to install a virtual vaccum-cleaner or aquarium. Every home needs a vacuum cleaner, but it's like ice cream, fun - but not achieving anything more than a environment to chat a little longer.
So if I dont' respond to your Pokes, Bloody Marys or Bacarat, it's because I'm busy cleaning up a desert island oil-slick, not offense meant nor taken.