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part three of the ever-exciting adventure

Archive for April, 2005

Cleaning the Piazza

A sign from the gods that are Unitemps that Summer has well and truly arrived on campus.

Unitemps job advert for cleaning the piazza

I’m so glad I’m no longer working for them – even if the pay isn’t that bad 🙂

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Sunday Morning

So it seems the whole leaving-my-keys-at-some-random’s-in-Birmingham debacle has an up side as well as a fairly major down side.

Specifically, getting onto campus half an hour early for work due to me having had to get the bus meant I got to spend twenty minutes chilling on the piazza while reading the Observer. Campus is a beautiful, tranquil place on sunny mornings and being (almost) the only person there to appreciate it made it seem all the better.

The piazza on a sunny Sunday morning in April

Random camera phone photos later. Honest.

A Welcome Return

As I can’t comment on her post (nudge nudge, Laurie) I’ll say welcome back to Carly via Planet Afterlife instead!

Now I’ve spent half an hour looking through your archives of old posts instead of going to bed like a good boy, I’m going to be that little bit more tired at work tomorrow. But as I had 15 hours’ sleep the night before, perhaps I won’t be after all.

Must remember to blog the pictures I’ve been taking on my phone over the last few days. Camera phone photos rock.

Meta-blogging

I fixed Planet Afterlife again. This time its cache had got corrupted somehow, which I think was what was causing the old entries to pop up a few days ago. In the end it started crashing while halfway through the update job, swallowing huge amounts of memory and CPU time until the computer seized up completely.

I cleared the cache and it all seems fine now. Although perhaps I should have copied it off somewhere else so I could use it to file a bug report against Planet instead. A rm cache/* command isn’t particularly helpful in allowing me to do that but never mind, eh?

Nice to have Matt back up there, even if most of the entries up there are now his! I wonder if it’s possible for one to spam one’s own blog? 🙂

Election Bandwagon

Who Should You Vote For?

Who should I vote for?

Your expected outcome:

Labour

Your actual outcome:

Labour -16
Conservative -33
Liberal Democrat 52
UK Independence Party 2
Green 35

You should vote: Liberal Democrat

The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.

Take the test at Who Should You Vote For

10k

Long time no blog. Meh.

I did ten kilometres in the gym in total yesterday. Five kilometres of cycling, three of rowing and another two on the treadmill. I’d have done more on the treadmill if there’d been some free earlier on, before I tired myself out doing other things. I don’t hurt too much today though, which has got to be good. Maybe I’ll have a delayed reaction tomorrow or something.

Also, Planet Afterlife has been changed around so that it only requires a single cron job running on my work PC. The new cron job runs a script to build the HTML and RSS files and FTP them up to my UNIX web space on mimosa. This means that Planet Afterlife will still work if my PC’s IP address changes, as the process is no longer dependent on mimosa being able to wget the files off it.

Warwick people may be interested in a story about blog censorship, via Blogging Pro. But as it’s related to work it’s probably best that I don’t say why…

A great run

I finally remembered to sponsor Clare and Ali for the Great Manchester Run next month.

Anyone reading this who hasn’t already sponsored them should feel thoroughly ashamed and should proceed directly to the web site without passing Go or collecting 200 pounds. Unless you’re going to give the 200 pounds to them, of course 🙂