British Summer Time? Bit cloudy for that.

As promised, eight years have passed, so here are not one, but two photos. They are not the view from my office since we all work remotely now and the view of the neighbours’ back gardens from my home office are not interesting. How many patios, trampolines and rockeries do you need to see? Bit of nature instead.
Slight concern at the interval of posts. It’ll be sixteen years before the next one, so I’ll set a reminder for 2039. See if the site is still up then.

British Summer Time? My arse, it might just be!

This was the view from the office today.

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A slightly damp but green looking patch of woodland somewhere in North Yorkshire, with Spring on the way.

So, two years, where did they go in between blog posts? Well an office move has happened due to lack of space, hence the change of scenery, but less than a mile or so away in distance. I spend most of my work time coding in C# now instead of Delphi as we gradually make the move across to .NET. I’m slowly learning that managing developers is like herding cats. And that cats may have longer attention spans…

My Apple addiction has well and truly took hold. From an iMac, a MacBook followed, along with a couple of iPhones and an iPad. Nothing quite compares to Apple gadgets.

In the meantime Windows 7 popped up and has made the land of PC’s somewhat pleasant again after Vista’s excrement shaped attempt. Almost tempts me into getting one to play Portal 2, but I’m still addicted to Xbox and I’ve got it pre-ordered for that… Dead Space 2 is currently consuming a lot of my spare time!

Formula One still entertains. Not entirely happy with the previous two World Champions, Button and Vettel. Still deep down rooting for Alonso to blitz them all. Will this year be it? Not so sure, those Red Bulls are damn fast. It’s gonna be great watching though.

MotoGP has certainly been interesting. Not so sure Rossi will conquer all at Ducati, as much as I would love him to. Lorenzo is just too good on that Yamaha and Stoner looks ominous on the Honda! Still, it’ll be a cracking year before the 800’s take a bow to be replaced by the 1000cc’s.

So yeah, pretty busy! Will I blog some more? Perhaps ;).

Formula One back on the Beeb

_45613258_buttonind.jpgWhat a cracking start to the 2009 season. Brawn GP certainly kicked up a storm. Jenson put in a great performance with a pole and start to finish drive. Looks like his bright yellow helmet worked it’s magic…

Barrichello was pretty hap hazard and I’m amazed he managed to keep his second place, even with him lucking into it! He certainly had his fair share of shunts. The raw performance of his car, even with a dodgy front wing, kept him in it.

I’m particularly chuffed for them given the trouble they’ve gone through to get onto the grid. Whether their form will continue, it’s too early to say. I suspect the other teams will work on their own versions of the rear diffusers and so catch up on whatever performance gap there currently is.

The rest of the field was equally unexpected. Vettel and Kubica should have finished second and third had they not crashed into each other. I think Vettel was unfairly treated with a ten spot grid drop for the next race, given it looked to me to be a 50/50 incident.

Ferrari seemed to fall to bits as the race progressed and McLaren weren’t exactly on form. Lewis Hamilton snuck into third position after Trulli was given a 15 second penalty. But he did start 18th and would have finished top six without the last minute incidents. And it should noted Trulli, in his Toyota, started in pits, so did well to get up so high.

f1-ferrari-2009-diapo_105.jpgIt seems the new regs have caused chaos. The cars look particularly odd with their large front wings and dinky rear ones, but I like them. Much cleaner looking. There did seem to be a fair bit of overtaking, but I don’t think that was down to the aerodynamic changes, but more to do with the large differences they now have in the compounds of tires. The super soft tires seem to go off really quickly and that caused the disparity.  

That, and the KERS systems giving the drivers a power boosts on demand. It’s certainly an interesting addition but it’s disappointing that some teams aren’t running them (like Brawn!). It should be an all or nothing thing.

I must admit I had my reservations about F1 returning to the BBC (since the ITV coverage was better than what the BBC were previously doing), but I needn’t of worried! David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan did an excellent job as pundits. David’s knowledge of the sport really shone through and whilst Eddie was a tad waffly he put some good points across. Certainly better than the punditry on ITV and watching without adverts was ace.

Race commentary was also better than before, but I think Legard and Brundle need to work together more since they were interrupting each other a bit . The further added bonus is the new F1 website is top notch, much nicer than the increasingly advert strewn effort of ITV. Plus with iPlayer built in, its great for watching extra clips on.

So, all in all, a great start to season! Less than a week to Malaysia!

Word of the Day – Golem

No, not “My Precious” Gollum, but golem. At first I thought it was one and the same, but apparently not:

In Jewish folklore, an artificially created human supernaturally endowed with life.

From Wikipedia:

In Jewish folklore, a golem (גולם, sometimes, as in Yiddish, pronounced goilem) is an animated being created entirely from inanimate matter. In modern Hebrew the word golem literally means “cocoon”, but can also mean “fool”, “silly”, or even “stupid”. The name appears to derive from the word gelem (גלם), which means “raw material”.

Picked this one up whilst reading one of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, The Last Continent.

Word of the Day – bucolic

Bucolic (adj):

  1. Of or characteristic of the countryside or its people; rustic. See synonyms at rural.
  2. Of or characteristic of shepherds or flocks; pastoral

Spotted this one whilst reading Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky. I picked up the book after reading about it on Coding Horror.


I’ve not finished reading it yet, but it’s interesting stuff, explaining how the advent of the Internet and social based software has helped previously disconnected groups of people communicate and the kind of other changes it’s creating.

Yardmaster Shed Instructions

Seems like I’m not the only one to have fun putting together a Yardmaster shed. A commenter on my previous post on our wonderful green monster of a shed, (it’s over a year old now and still standing, so we must have done something right!), lost his destructions and so, being the kind soul that I am, I’ve scanned mind in and uploaded them. The content has been OCR’ed so it is a searchable PDF.

They cover building:

  • Model 108 GEY – Green (what we have)
  • Model 1010 GEY – Green
  • Model 108 ZGEY – Silver
  • Model 1010 ZGEY – Silver

Destructions download: