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Of weeks gone by - The Paranoid Android — LiveJournal
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Of weeks gone by
Free time... there is just never enough of it.

I am constantly amazed by people who claim to get bored when away from work for any length of time.  Claiming poverty is one thing, but boredom? - I'll just never understand it.

I have spent the last couple of weeks reading a lot of Dan Brown.  I was determined to read the Da Vinci code before the film came out and spoiled the plot for me.  It was bad enough that most of the guys in work had already read it and hinted at bits of the story line.  I was pleasantly surprised that there were twists and conclusions that hadn't been spoilt for me.  I have just started reading the last of his books I own, the Digital Fortress, which is about cryptography - a subject I have always found fascinating but is often poorly used in story telling.  We'll see if Mr Brown is up to the task.

Dan Brown has been described to me as a "Holiday Novelist." - his writing is not that good, but he tells a good story that keeps you turning the pages.  He has some annoying habits - like teasing (telling) the reader about some information about 15 pages before the character in the story knows about it, or tells you about it.  I have to admit to reading far worse writers in the past.

Apart from reading a load, and working a load, there have been a couple of points of interest in the last couple of weeks.

Two Wednesdays ago I had to visit the Lux office.  The work style in Lux is very different to the style here.  I thought (uncharitably as it seems) that it was just the JP staff who were laid back.  This is not the case!  Dave and I got to the airport about an hour before our flight.  We already had our boarding tickets so walked straight through to the secure area.  I grabbed some duty free (half price booze and fags!) and we joined the longer than usual line to get to the boarding gate.  The border police man? (we'd already gone through one passport control) was taking about 3 minutes per person to check boarding tickets and passports.  The line behind us grew to the point it was holding up people coming through the security screening area.  An airport official came over to him and pointed out the line... which had no affect on him what-so-ever.  Needless to say our flight was delayed while we waited for people who had checked in but not made it to the gate in time!

We've had a bit of trouble with our PC's recently.  My old machines hard drives have died, and Misty's would make strange noises and not start at all.  After a few long calls to Dell (!) we have determined that one of the drives in Misty's machine is also buggered.  I'm not entirely sure that's the entire problem - but we'll fix one at a time until it's working again.  A couple of Fridays ago I got a call from Dell saying the replacement  drive would arrive "tomorrow" between 9 and 6.  We sat home all day (wasting a very nice day) and it failed to arrive.  Turns out the dozy bint meant "next working day" which would have been the following Tuesday!  A day wasted for nothing.

That Sunday we met Dora and Joe and went to the London Planetarium.  That was a big disappointment.  The show (all 30 seconds of it) had very little science in it.  It was like a child's program explaining that space was that bit in the sky beyond the blue and clouds.  The planetarium has now closed... and small wonder why.

Last weekend we worked some more in the garden.  It's looking good now.  I also went to the Colonel's wedding reception.  A whole bunch of us managed to turn up without a camera!  I was blamed the most as I almost always have a camera with me.  it was a good bash, and a few of us ended up at JAP's until the small hours drinking all available alcohol in the house.

Sunday I was feeling very rough... but managed to get up and visit the 'rents and get into Romford to go see a film.  The best laid plans of mice... the wait for a table at Nandos meant we didn't see a film after all.  We did manage to spend a months wages (okay - slight exaggeration) on Misty's birthday present.  For some reason she wouldn't let me wrap it and insisted she play with it as soon as we got home!

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tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: May 10th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
A month's salary for me is a bargain at twice the price. I may be easy, but I ain't cheap.
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: May 10th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
P.S. And when do we start this class then? ;)
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: May 11th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would depend on which class we choose - a lot of them run from september "term times"
From: _jjjzmey Date: June 3rd, 2006 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
The project "Dan Brown" - is the unswer by "The Last Gambit".
And all sensation statements from Vatican and others Christian church easy open
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