?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Gavin Greig [userpic]

General Update

November 6th, 2005 (12:15 pm)
current music: The Anniversary Collection: Jethro Tull

Sometimes this blog goes quiet for a bit, but the last couple of months have been more quiet than most, as I've been a bit busy; not with anything big and important, it's just that generally there's been a lot to do and I haven't had the time to spare for blogging.

I've more or less recovered from the trauma of reorganising the house to accommodate msinvisfem, and one of the things that's kept me busy is introducing her to aspects of British televisual culture such as Doctor Who and The Prisoner. On Thursday we start to catch up on The Avengers, as they begin repeats on BBC4.

Hobby-wise, I've not achieved an awful lot, though I have painted a few more figures. I discovered that Games Workshop have a decent set of "jungle foliage" scenery which I've invested in to scatter across a gaming table. Now of course, I have to build a whole lot of bases to stick the foliage on, so I visited a model railway exhibition in Dundee a couple of weeks ago to buy plastic card and Das modelling clay. I could have bought the clay in St. Andrews, but it was worth going to the exhibition to see what the scenery experts are using. I was tempted by a waterfall modelling kit, but managed to remind myself that I wouldn't have any use for it. So, maybe next year then...

Another "highlight" of the last few weeks has been visiting the dentist for a root treatment (last appointment will be this Thursday). The tooth in question has been under threat for a few years; I guess I've been lucky that it hasn't really given me much serious trouble, but it was showing signs of becoming a problem and the dentist didn't seem in any doubt once she'd opened it up. For my part, I do feel more comfortable now - I guess I'd become used to it being a low-grade nuisance.

At work, things feel positive as we're starting to get involved in the more practical and productive aspects of software design and coding, having spent a lot of time in the lead-up to getting the "real" work started. Of course, it's all real, but actual coding is more enjoyable. We can also switch to the release version of Visual Studio 2005 having downloaded it last week; all I have to do is carefully remove the beta bits from the build server (according to the instructions) and hope it doesn't go pear-shaped. Our production machines can go straight to VS2005 without the need for an uninstall, as we've been running the betas in Virtual PC.

We've also had a new developer join the team, which should make a significant difference to how much we can achieve - we've been a bit light on manpower since tobyaw left a couple of years ago.

Yesterday was qidane's annual fireworks party, with the theme of conspiracy theories. Few people dressed for it this year - maybe because it's a difficult theme? - but having an old Ferrero Rocher pyramid lying around, I was able to cover it in kitchen foil and the foil wrappings from some Hallowe'en chocolate eyeballs to make an Illuminati tin-foil hat. Some badges given to me earlier in the day by silverwhistle allowed me to claim to be both The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and one of the S.M.O.F.s. While a velvet jacket may not exactly be classic Men in Black, I also went for an overall black motif.

The new icon is a Lego-block version of my features from the Block Head iconizer. Sadly, it's been commented that it is a better likeness of me than most icon programs achieve!

Comments

Posted by: It's my brain and I'll do what I like in it (pink_weasel)
Posted at: November 6th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)

ooh, root canal work! i know that's just not fun, you have my sympathies.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: November 6th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
Blockhead

Thanks! It did knock me out a bit, but I think it was just the strain of lying still in the chair for a couple of hours at a time - there wasn't really any pain and I was glad to get it over with.

Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: November 7th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
Conrad

Did they use the rolled-up bits of paper? When I had root-canal work, the dentist used rolled-up points of paper to poke around. As you say, it's not really painful (with gum injections and the root being dead anyway), just feels very, very strange...

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: November 7th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
Beep the Meep

They used a variety of things to poke around - I can't say for sure whether rolled up bits of paper were included, thought there was a live ferret.

Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: November 8th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
Conrad

Oh dear!
Love the Beep icon, btw.
Incidentally - is there any chance of a loan/copy of the Maltese Penguin from you, please?

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: November 8th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
Beep the Meep

is there any chance of a loan/copy of the Maltese Penguin

I don't have it, I'm afraid.

Posted by: Nik Whitehead (sharikkamur)
Posted at: November 6th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)

Good to see you back - I was beginning to wonder what had happened to you.

I can just imagine the Illuminti pyramid hat - brilliant idea!

Posted by: msinvisfem (msinvisfem)
Posted at: November 6th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
In my bedroom - CA

    I've more or less recovered from the trauma of reorganising the house to accommodate msinvisfem, and one of the things that's kept me busy is introducing her to aspects of British televisual culture such as Doctor Who and The Prisoner. On Thursday we start to catch up on The Avengers, as they begin repeats on BBC4.
Um, sorry... :-/

Hallowe'en

That's just wrong! ;-)

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: November 6th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
Crazy or smart?

Um, sorry... :-/

I may not have been entirely serious... :-)

That's just wrong! ;-)

Not in the UK: the apostrophe replaces the missing "v".

Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: November 6th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC)
Conrad

How come a Ferrero Rocher pyramid is classed as 'British food' on that website?
The home of Ferrero Rocher is Alba, in the Province of Cuneo, Piemonte, with historical connections with the Marquessate of Monferrat!
Those are Piemontese hazelnuts!!!

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: November 6th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
Moustache

Shocking, n'est-ce pas?

Posted by: silverwhistle (silverwhistle)
Posted at: November 8th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC)
Conrad

Extremely... There are Ferrero Rochers and similar delicacies everywhere in Monferrato!
Calling them 'British', well... For once, if Paul Williams' mistake about 'Flemish' had been made, it might have made sense - Belgium=chocolate.

12 Read Comments