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.
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.
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.
I normally get a fair amount of spam. This is mostly down to owning a number of domains and having the default address set to me in case someone decides to email a random address like firstname.lastname@example.org - spammers frequently scatter-shot emails at popular domains or use those domains as spoof return addresses for spams to others. I’ve pretty much just resigned myself to dealing with this, and recruit several layers of filtering using the likes of SpamAssassin, Exim filters and Thunderbird to keep me sane.
Well, we’re still planning on getting Eihort out of the door in time for the end of the year, although judging by previous experience there may be some small amount of last-minute slippage 😉 The majority of the headline features are done, what remains is either already in progress, partly done or at least well understood, or could wait until the next stable if we got into a fix. On my current immediate TODO is (this isn’t everything on the list, but it’s for the next few weeks):
Well, I’ve managed to pepper my week with more social activities now my evenings are more free, and last night I went to see Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan with a couple of friends. Hmm, where to begin. None of our wives were interested in going, not particularly enjoying the humour of any of Sacha Baron Cohen’s characters (perhaps it’s mostly a bloke thing), and given how raw some elements of the film were in comparison to his TV escapades, I’m quite glad they stayed at home because I doubt they would have approved.
Well, a month after punters were getting their hands on it, I finally got my couple of free copies of Pro OGRE 3D Programming (Well, a month after punters were getting their hands on it, I finally got my couple of free copies of Pro OGRE 3D Programming ( | Amazon.com). An unfortunate administrative oversight had led to them not being sent when they originally should have been, but luckily a quick email to Apress last week sorted that out, and they successfully completed their journey over the Atlantic and then the English Channel this morning.
Well, this week is the start of my new working life proper, and whilst I’ve had to spend a bit of time sorting out admin type things, I’ve been trying to polish off a feature I’ve had in my head for a couple of weeks before I get stuck into a client project tomorrow. Ogre’s always had some pretty cool real time lighting and shadowing features, not least of which was 4 dynamic shadow techniques (2 stencil and 2 texture based), with a ton of configuration options and, in particular with texture shadows, lots of opportunity to do funky shader-type things.
Well, yesterday was my last day at work. Officially I’m still employed until the 31st, but I had some holiday I hadn’t taken so yesterday marked the occasion of my leaving. It was a whirlwind of mixed feelings - excitement at cutting loose to do something new, relief at being able to leave at a good time on a postive note (project wise), sadness at leaving behind people whom I’ve very much enjoyed working with, trepidation as it sinks in that I have no regular paycheck to rely on any more.
As a friend of mine has just posted, Lik-Sang, a very, very popular importer of games hardware and software in the UK, has just been put out of business by Sony. For the heinous crime of actually meeting a demand that Sony themselves didn’t fill - PSP’s in Europe. I’ve been a customer of Lik-Sang too (a trait I allegedly share with many Sony employees in Europe too, laughably), although in my case it was for DS accessories - the range you get in the UK is pathetic and there was much more variety on Japanese import.