Now I thought I’d try something new: there wasn’t a lot of juice left in my phone battery, but I thought I’d try writing my blog on my route home. Except that was yesterday and Oragne were having network problems yesterday, so it wasn’t until this afternoon I could email it to myself. Bloody figures.
I’ll update it shitloads, once I get back, not least with all those links I’ve mailed myself and not yet put here, but it could be a laugh :o)
Varied day. The weekend was rather hedonistic — Friday night saw a works do, with free-but-cheap bar, followed by drinks at Retro for RobL and Richard’s birthdays; much hungover sleeping on Saturday (and missing Helen’s birthday meal) was followed by a trip to Starkers with James , Warren and Gwilym (and lots more chatting with Jamie, the deeply hot straight guy). Most of Sunday was spent recovering and getting a little stoned.
Today, by contrast, has been a lot of a chore. Because of the stupid hours I was keeping over the weekend, I was all out of sync with my nicotine patches, so there was no early-morning fresh-patch nicotine hit. By the time I got to work, I was very much craving, but it got worse and worse (naturally) so, by 1100, I had to go to the chemist’s, where they only had Nicorette gum. I think I can safely say it must be the least pleasant substance I’ve ever had the misfortune to put in my mouth. So bad it was that, an hour later, I went and bought some step 3 patches at Tesco and slapped one of those on, along with my step 1 patch. Now I feel much better (and am surprised I’ve had no symptoms of nictone overdose, which is really not fun).
Work wasn’t much fun either. I was meant to be fixing two relatively trivial problems in an affiliates marketing feed for Marks & Spencer, though Andy (who knows the code far better than I) is on holiday and I just couldn’t get my head round it. I spent all day looking at it, yet got nothing achieved. Not a good day.
And, to top it all off, as I was leaving, one of the fittest guys in the office was going for a slash and, because I didn’t realise it was him, I didn’t think to try to catch a glimpse of his knob. I wouldn’t mind quite so much, but several hours of sharing a bed with Gwilym, with one of us prodding the other for most of the night, have left me really needing to get laid. So guess who’s gonna be on the ‘dar tonight, then? ;o)
The new album from the Pet Shop Boys is out today. Play.com seem to be a little confused though, as they have the regular version listed (with no RRP) and another version (with a bonus DVD that I’d really like) priced at a large discount from RRP, but “Unavailable” (and since removed). Phoned HMV’s Oxford Street store (after Kevin texted back to say he wasn’t working today), but they don’t have it in their central computer, so I guess it might be a snafu. Ach well.
Work today (onto Tuesday now) was deeply dull, though I managed to get a fair amount of extranets work done nonetheless. I think the weather is what really put me in a crabby mood; not even a nice chicken salad followed by Krispy Kreme cheered me up. Though caffeine made me obnoxiously cheerful quite quickly and a nice Thai green curry this evening helped some too.
Last week was utterly manic, as I might have indicated. In the end, I didn’t make Thursday’s NO2ID Open meeting, as I was shattered, but I did manage to get myself hooked into another campaign: the Open Rights Group. I guess any illusions I had about not going into politics permanently are beginning to dissipate.
Anyways, those links I promised (if only to get them out of my Inbox!), with a couple of rather dated ones first:
- Historical tale reconstruction kit, which produces marvelous images such as this example from Lee
- Bruce Schneier on why shoot-to-kill is a fucking stupid idea (specifically vis à vis the policy here in London at the moment)
- Rob thinks that these sliding doors are a great idea but (a) they won’t be the same without the “sssh” noise and (b) they’d be a perfect weapon for slicing that woman in twain.
- A piece of news from work: one of our clients (Unilever) now has websites we’ve helped make, localised to each country, covering 40% of the online population, which I think is pretty cool!
- An inventor in South Africa has come up with a very good, novel, interesting (and squirm-inducing) solution to the high level of rape in the country.
- A colleague mailed me an interesting-looking list manager: Listal
- Some intriguing bits of Hurricane Katrina news: an interesting use of Google Maps has created a publicly-editable information site; and how computer modeling predicted Katrina
Think that’s about it. Except mam called me today. It was her tenth wedding anniversary last week and I bought them a Freeview box, so she was all excited, having just received it (they were in Wales for their anniversary, so today was the best day to send it). She’s very pleased, so I am too :o)