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My week, so far. - The Paranoid Android
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My week, so far.
This week has been action packed, both at work and at home. I have been neglecting to update again, so I will try and make amends now.

Tuesday was a departure from the norm, no whinge night! Instead we had a drink to celebrate Jenny's immanent loss of singledom. After a couple we set of in search of a good eatery, and found ourselves in Brick Lane - home of 50% of all the Indian restaurants in the country! (Almost) Now Indian food kills me, but after a few drinks the smell is enough to turn me into a puddle of drool... so Wednesday morning I was seriously suffering the effects of a night of beers and my eating out.

Wednesday Misty went shopping with nuala. I met up with them after work for a few beers and a meal in Chinatown. Nuala is a real sweetie... this will not be the last time we meet. Her and Misty's circumstances are spookily similar. The beer was good, the quiz was fun, and the food was fantastic! For the second night in a row we were travelling on one of the last trains home.

Thursday I had a little trouble getting up. All this late night partying is too much for a man of my age. Misty has a very bad cold, so a night in front of the telly was about the best thing for both of us.

Tonight I am playing in a 5-a-side football tournament. I haven't played for ages and my back has been killing me all week, so that should be lots of fun.

On the work front, the week has been occupied with the final clearing up of the GFA ledger, making a proposal document for the new revenue journals, and writing up an introduction to MS Access lunch. (Lunch and Learn™) which I will be hosting in the new year.

I've found several fantastic introductions to Access on the web. I think I will be stealing ideas from most of them. I've also learned a whole bunch of new stuff! I have written an open file dialog in VBA (because Access 97 does not include one!) which not only works, but looks very professional too! As I am writing it with the revenue journals in mind, it will do a bit more than just open files.

In other news, I read about this in another journal this week. This amazed me in a couple of ways. The most obvious one being just how friggin cool it is!

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to Whavey about wireless speaker systems. I was commenting upon how cool it is having a wireless network and not having to worry about cables and the like. The two ideas briefly collided and formed another, bigger, and better idea. How about wireless speakers that were on the wireless network so you could control them from a PC, or other device on the network. It blossomed into a house wide system, with different music in every room and speakers controlled by a hand held device.

My knowledge of electronics isn't that great, and my programming skills are amateurish (by my own reckoning) so as a project is was most probably doomed to stay just an idea. Imaging my surprise when seeing a link to the squeezebox and seeing my idea in a neat black box solution. It even has the "hand held device" to control it - a remote whose commands are sent back to the PC via the wireless network.

I should have known an idea so great would actually exist somewhere!

My only problems now? Getting the £500 for a pair of these babies and ripping the rest of my CD collection to MP3!


Edit: 16:25
I should also note that Nuala also sent me a nice link to the South Park Character Generator. It was with this I was able to create a South Park me! It is my default image (for now), but here's a nice big one so you can see me in all my glory! :)

South Park Me

Current Mood: geeked out

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teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: December 5th, 2003 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Correction .. Bengali restuarants, not Indian restaurants, just about the whole of Brick Lane has become the new Bangla town. In fact, I'd lay odds that less than 1% are Indian restaurants.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: December 5th, 2003 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I stand corrected. (or should I say - sit!) I hope you'll excuse my ignorance, but the food seemed about the same! (I think it's Anglo-cised anyway init?)
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: December 5th, 2003 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
They certainly don't have dahl puri on the menu, altho a few of the restaurants have made it for me when I've asked nicely. I like the non-licensed ones with the off licences across the road!
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: December 5th, 2003 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Gee.. I wish I'd kept my old things about.
I used to work for a Company called Catapult that wrote the Office application training materials for Microsoft Press.
Up until a while ago I had piles of Access CBTs and manuals sucking up space.
Damn.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: December 5th, 2003 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
It's surprising how much of that stuff is out there. not that I'm complaining - I wouldn't know where to start on this otherwise. Tech people should never be allowed to go near training!
seattleforge From: seattleforge Date: December 5th, 2003 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
That was my motto. I used to run a training bidness, and I kept them VERY far away from it.

You should definitely check out the MS-Step by Step series. Very clean. Written by Catapult. VERY good for beginnerss with solid instructional design.
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: December 5th, 2003 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Sony have a home cinema system that has wirless back speakers, was looking into it, but clever trevor said they couldn't really be wireless cos they'd still need a power source ... I hadn't worked this one out being a technobimbo. Still, it wouldn't be too much of an issue as we have plug points just about everywhere, but the price of just over £2k is not so great.
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: December 5th, 2003 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
That is about the problem for anything wireless. You either need to plug it in - or it needs batteries which means it will run out of juice when you most need it - or will weight a ton because good batteries are damn heavy... or both. Probably both.

Wireless *power* would be the mutt's nuts!
nuala From: nuala Date: December 6th, 2003 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Fabulous icon! Woo hoo!

A group of us ended up back in Chinatown last night. I suggested the same place (the yellow one on the right!) for dinner, and everyone agreed it was fabulous. And apparently the veggies in our group approved of it as well. So yay! They weren't just having a good night, it was yummy both times! We had the duck and the orange steak again, but everything else was different. yum!

Unfortunately, the 5 of us missed the last train back so we had to sit on a bus for an hour and a half back to N Finchley. Didn't get home until 2ish. Meh. But dinner was so worth it :o)
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