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Not such a happy weekend

Had some worrying news yesterday, my cousin who lives on the mainland right now has been taken very suddenly to hospital in what sounds like quite serious circumstances. The doctors don’t know what it is yet, he’s just been unconscious and on a ventilator for over 24 hours, Meningitus is a possibility which obviously isn’t good. It’s weird because I only ‘spoke’ to him (on IM) on Friday afternoon and he didn’t seem any different to usual - I feel kind of guilty now for not talking to him for very long since I was flat out trying to hit my deadline.

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Another project out the door

Woohoo! Despite all my apprehensions about the doability of this one at the start of the month and a pretty hectic schedule, particularly in the last 2 weeks, the contract work I’ve been involved in has reached a successful conclusion, just in time (deadline was today). I can’t say much more today, but what I can say is that I’ll be allowed to post some more news on Monday, and yes - screenshots of what I’ve been working on.

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I smell toasted neurons

Wow, I’m feeling really mentally tired this evening. I’ve been troubleshooting a number of spatial transforms and lighting calculations the last few days and my head is still buzzing. I’m pretty spatially aware, but for some reason when I try to visualise some (particularly non-affine) combination transforms which include things like handedness switches and axis inversions I start to overheat. I spent almost 3 hours this morning trying to diagnose why a worldspace to volume image space to realigned volume image space transform blows up with certain combinations of settings, and although I eliminated quite a few things and clarified the precise situation in which it occurred, I don’t feel much closer to explaining it yet.

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OGRE code would have cost millions to write?

I happened to be looking at Koders.com today and stumbled across the project summary page for OGRE, which has some really interesting stats. Particularly eyebrow-raising was the estimated development cost based on KLOC metrics - not a super-accurate estimating tool by any means but it’s the kind of metric many people use to estimate cost in the absence of anything else. Based on that, everything that’s in the OGRE CVS repository would have taken 683 man-months and cost 3.

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Better progress this week

Well, I’m feeling quite a bit better about the progress I’m making this week on work projects. I had a breakthrough on Monday morning which helped to start the week off well, and since then I’ve been happy at having visible progress each day. I can’t show you what I’m working on unfortunately because it’s for another company - perhaps after they’ve gone public I’ll be allowed to link some screens.

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Kudos to another Guernseyman

I don’t particularly follow motor racing (or much sport at all in fact), but something pretty incredible happened last weekend - Andy Priaulx, who hails from and indeed still lives on the same tiny little island I do, won the World Touring Car Championship for the second time in a row. That’s an amazing achievement and although I’m not a sport fan, it’s fantastic to see someone from our neck of the woods doing so well on the world stage.

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Treacle wading

It’s been one of those weeks where every task seems to have taken longer than it should. When I look back at the week, I can see there has been some progress and I’ve certainly been chipping away at quite a lot of things, including general OGRE issues, a few Eihort tests & fixes, the contract project I’m on, and I even did a morning with my ex-employers since they needed a little urgent help.

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Marmite a British icon? Vote now!

The Greek classics referred to Ambrosia as the food of the Gods, and there is still much speculation as to what it actually was. Personally, I just think they’d discovered Marmite a little early - it’s just that through an incredible stroke of bad luck the recipe got lost when they hid this great secret from the incoming Persian empire. Recently in the news here they’ve been talking about a website which is building up a list of British national icons, so I took a quick look today.

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My new ally in the fight against RSI: Enermax Aurora

If you’re a coder, or indeed a regular keyboard user of any kind, and you don’t have RSI of some form yet, I have a depressing fact for you - it’s just a matter of time. I used to foolishly think I’d somehow be immune to it (for some bizarre reason no doubt associated with youth) but a few years ago it started to stab it’s little knives in my knuckles, wrists and sometimes palms.

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Millstones, musings on finance versus personal issues, and illness

This morning we had to attend court to officially transfer our millstone (ie our mortgage) from one bank to another. The mortgage we took out 5 years ago was good value but the business was bought by another bank who are not as competetive, so we’re switching over to a better deal, as well as reorganising our financial affairs generally from this month due to my altered working arrangements This is now technically the third mortgage I’ve had over the last 10 or so years - I’m an inconstant customer 😀The bonus is that our monthly debt repayments will be quite substantially reduced due to all this juggling, which gels well with my new lack of reliable income.

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