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Almost a Rooney

Ok, so this morning didn’t start so well. I was coming down the stairs after getting up just to stick some washing on before starting work (yes, I’m that domesticated), when I slipped and landed really badly on my right foot. There was a really loud ‘cracking’ sort of sound and monstrous amounts of pain (and a generous fountain of dirty clothing, I have to say) which led to the air becoming rather blue.

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Bunching of a not unpleasant kind

It seems the old adage ‘It never rains, but it pours’ is particularly appropriate at the moment. I seem to have had something of an influx of business enquiries & early stage project talks recently and it’s been fairly time consuming to keep up with it all. All too often I’ll find that most of the day has gone answering business-related emails, talking on the phone and IM, and addressing the paid work I already have going, leaving just enough time to do the forums and perhaps a few bits of Ogre but not much more.

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6 months already??

Yep, I’ve been full-time self-employed for 6 whole months already. Where on earth did that go? ๐Ÿ˜• I was getting frustrated at the weekend, partly because of that milestone - feeling like I had nothing but an ever-expanding TODO list in that time. I’m generally always dissatisfied with my productivity - it drives Marie crazy, but it’s a trait that I can’t seem to shake off. Occasionally I’ll be contented (typically for a couple of days after the end of a project), but pretty soon that ‘I wanted to get more done today’ feeling will start creeping back in, the knocking-off time in the evening will start stretching out again, and the weekend working will sneak back, despite my best intentions.

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Dog food and selfishness

Yes, I am at the moment merrily tucking into my own dog food, whilst working hard on my editor project. It’s far from the first time of course, typically the majority of contract work I do for others is using OGRE and as such I’ve had my fair share of experiencing it from a user perspective. And you know what, it’s actually pretty tasty. I spend an awful lot of time working in a bubble of sorts, advising people how to use OGRE in their products and trying to make it both powerful, flexible and intuitive at the same time - it’s actually really nice to step away from that and work on a specific application of my own, and not have to worry about anyone else’s problems, about generality, about how this feature might be used by others, about whether feature A is appropriate for both B and C - I just have to make it work the way I want, then I stop.

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Fakespeare

I’ve caught these short sketches a few times on Paramount Comedy and they regularly leave me in stitches - basically it’s a series of 1-minute shorts where a stereotypical Essex boy & girl express views on their everday lives in Shakespearean style verse. Extremely funny, if you like irony and fast word-play comedy (that might well be a British thing, I’m not sure) so I thought I’d share links to videos of them on Paramount’s site.

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Furry Office Companions

I definitely have a soft spot for animals. I always have, as far as I can remember, and when I was younger I was dead set on becoming a vet, until I realised I didn’t fancy having to slice open, or worse put down, particularly cute furry creatures. I’ve had quite a lot of pets over the years and tend to get on pretty well with any creature, cats / dogs / rabbits / horses / lizards - you name it ๐Ÿ˜€Even when we get mice in the house I don’t particularly like having to kill them if I can help it - luckily our traps tend to just stun them, at which point I can grab them and release them into the hedgerows at the bottom of the garden, hoping of course that our cats don’t catch them again and bring them back in (which is invariably how they got loose in the house in the first place).

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ADSL blues

I’m been having some really annoying issues with my internet connection for the last 36 hours or so. CVS has been really playing up especially, which has scuppered my ability to do some cross-branch merging that I’ve been wanting to catch up with. It’s been really odd - mostly browsing & downloading has been fine, albeit feeling pretty slow when opening new web pages, navigating around etc, and small CVS operations like diffs and log viewing has been generally ok, but if I try a global update or merge, I’m in hangsville.

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Le Retour

I’m back; refreshed, revitalised and a little bit sunburnt. The weather was absolutely fantastic for April - we didn’t see a single cloud for the entire 4 days, and whilst we’re not the laying-on-the-beach types (when you grow up in a place where a beach is always within spitting distance, the novelty isn’t quite there anymore), just being outside walking around for that time was enough to absorb a fair amount of solar radiation, most of it on the bridge of the nose.

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Off for a few days

As planned last week we’re off for a long weekend in France to celebrate our recent wedding anniversary, back on Monday. No, I won’t be checking the forums See you next week.

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First Webinar Experience

I’ve never actually attended a webinar before, until today. That’s for a range of reasons, including that I haven’t seen one that interested me much, and the fact that the word ‘webinar’ somewhat irritates me - another new buzzword that the world didn’t really need. How hard it is to say ‘online seminar’ anyway? I can’t say ‘webinar’ out loud without feeling like a total tit yet; it’s all I can do to type it without shuddering.

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