Diary December 2000
- Sunday 31
Still snow on the ground in the morning. Started sleeting at around
3ish. Turned to rain by 4. Most of the snow melted, but some
survives, complete with a lovely layer of ice where the rain hit
it and froze. Lovely. Unpacked. Watched Wizard of Oz. Went
to a party.
- Saturday 30
Still snow on the ground. This is getting repetitive, ain't it? Went
home. Interesting drive, involving black ice, not-so-black-ice and
freezing fog all in large quantities. This biggest problem was
that my screen wash (complete with antifreeze) froze, meaning
that there was no way to get the ice off the windscreen without
- Friday 29
Still snow on the ground. Next door decided not to go to Belgium so we
don't have their dog to look after. Went for a walk in the
- Thursday 28
SNOW!!!!! *BOUNCE*. It snowed. Only about 1.5 inches, but still
- Wednesday 27
Took grandparent back to London, visited other grandparent in Amersham.
This really did take almost all day.
- Tuesday 26
Boxing day. Even less exciting.
- Monday 25
Christmas day. Release sendip-1.4. Ho hum.
- Sunday 24
Gran arrived at 3ish in the afternoon, brother at around 1am. Nothing
interesting happened. Hacked around on
a bit, started working on version 2 which will be cunning. Yes.
- Saturday 23
Drove home leaving around 10:30. Went and alternative route that took
around 2 hours, but would've been a lot quicker if I knew the
road and it wasn't thick fog. Horribly thick fog. Bought a
DJ. Reassembled oakley in its temporary new home.
My parents have some cool flashy outside lights on the
oms now works.
Almost. It plays a DVD fine, but the image is stretched
vertically and I haven't persuaded it to go full screen.
- Friday 22
Half day at work. Spent the afternoon tidying (a bit), packing (some)
and hacking oms (mostly). Decided not to drive home due to it
being gone 10pm before I was ready to leave.
- Thursday 21
Feeling better than yesterday, but still not 100%. Worked 9 'til 4, but
didn't actually achive a lot. oms now compiles, but doesn't
- Wednesday 20
Bleugh. Bleugh, and bleugh again. Probably should've taken the day off
work, but didn't. Feeling mildly better this evening though.
Had a nother crack at getting my dvd player going. Some
progress. Now all the dependencies compile, libtool is only
broken in a small way. However, neither oms nor xine compile at
the moment. I think my oms tree may be broken though. Made
myself a nice hot chilli to use up the chillis before going home
at the w/e, and to try and blast this bloody cold away.
RedHotAnt are not as good now they are free. It has been second
time connects every time now.
- Tuesday 19
Walked to work, arriving at around 10ish, because my car was still there
after last night. Had a fairly productive day, for a change.
Free dialup available again. Yippee! Went to bed early due to
feeling not exactly fantastic. This is due to a cold, not a
hangover. No, really. It is.
- Monday 18
Uncensored Offices Xmas parety. Wrokwdd 10 til 11. Got pissed.
Wend to romsey m. mrysy mickelmerxhs silver mabnd . got
pisseder. got reallye really bisyt.d. got a taxit home./ 20
2uid .. bisy[ep[ed piseed, even. piseeded. uest. yes. um.
Censored Office Xmas lunch followed by pissup in Romsey. Joined a
brass band we met in Romsey
- Sunday 17
Tidied most of the flat. That took all day.
- Friday 15, Saturday 16
- Did basically nothing at work except hunt for a new ISP and
investigate collocation. The conclusion was that I now have an
account with RedHotAnt,
and I can't afford collocation yet. We'll see if RHA are as
good as they first seem. So far I have got connected first time
every time I've tried and the bandwidth seems pretty good. It
won't be free until thye get my money, which I need to post.
Went to a party in Harpenden on Friday night, got home about
5ish, knackered. Gained a SPARC station. Spent the evening
catching up with email.
- Thursday 14
Aparently we might be going to get our deposit back. Maybe. My ISP
sent me and email saying they cancelled my account yesterday
because I was using it too much. Could be something to do with
all the cvs getting I was doing. Or the mirroring of a few
small parts of gnu.org. Anyway, I am still dialled up with
them... My Estate Agent also phoned to say that I could not
continue to have my flat on a month by month basis when the
current 6 month tenancy expires as we had agreed. I'll either
have to move out of have it for another 6 months. I thinik I'll
keep it. Its a nice flat. And I can't be bothered. to look for
another one. It was sunny today, most of the day. First time
in over a month.
- Wednesday 13
Definately going down with a cold, unless its the 'flu'. Ho hum.
Upgraded all sorts of things on oakley in an effort to get
oms to work. Failed.
Went to a friend's for dinner and met an extremely good looking
bouncy American MOS.
- Tuesday 12
Got to work at 8:30. Left at 5. Got home after 7:30. It rained. And
rained. And winded. And rained some more. Its a fucking
joke. All the roads are closed. People appear to be completely
stupid. Busses appear to think that just because they can
drive through 2 foot of water they should do so at 50 to make
sure the tidal wave goes over everybody coming the other way.
Cars appear to think that if you take a run-up at a flood you
will get through. Which, while true, is unhelpful when it means
you add to the nice little pile of broken down and/or crashed
cars at the exit to the flood. The police appear to think that
just because most people are too stupid to get through a couple
of inches of water they need to close the road to stop them
trying. So. Instead of a 5 mile journey home, I had to go via
Then I get home and read email to discover that our letting
agents from last year in Oxford have changed their mind about
trying to con us out of 190 quid for cleaning the property. Now
they want to charge us for a bed, a chair, a burnt carpet, and
who knows what else just because they never bothered to record
the fact that they took the bed (it collapsed) and the chair,
and the carpet was burnt when we moved in. Quite why they think
they might get away with this, I'm not sure. It does make the
letter claiming that they would endeavour to pay our deposit
back within 21 days slightly laughable. Its only taken 4 months
so far. Incompetant bastards.
Oh, and I think I am going down with a cold. And Channel 5 is
broken. And it is still raining. And very windy.
No, I am not having a good day.
- Saturday 9 & Sunday 10
Got car serviced. Black tie dinner in keble for people who got firsts
and people who have given keble lots of money. Drunk a
significant quantitiy of various varieties of alcohol, mainly
port. Spent Sunday recovering. Yes. Stuff. Bleugh.
- Friday 8
Worked 9 to 4:30, mainly trying to fix everything I broke yesterday, but
with limited success. Humpph. Spent the evening sitting on IRC
doing absolutely nothing of any use to man or beast. Went to
look at some impressive floody things.
- Thursday 7
Worked 9 to 5:30, during which time I learned an important lesson.
Never say "Surely that should be trivial" when it might be
interpretted as "I'll do it". 5 hours later, it quite
definately isn't trivial. Little spanner-shaped light I never
knew my car had came on on the way home. Did remarkably little
in the evening except for catching up with mail and breaking
- Wednesday 6
Worked from home mostly. Gave up by about 6ish, and spend the evening
catching up with a rather large mail backlog, updating this,
wibbling on IRC, catching up with sendip patches (and there are
more of them than I know what to do with) and generally
spodificating. Made up a new word.
- Tuesday 5
Worked 10ishish to about 5ish. Had dinner with a friend.
- Monday 4
Worked about 10ish to about 5:45ish, then when straight to Oxford for
the OxIRC black tie dinner. Got back around 1am.
- Sunday 3
Spent the afternoon in Oxford almost entirely without good reason. Got
some interesting carpet burns. Got back around 3am.
- Saturday 2
Er. Did almost nothing. Slept a lot.
- Friday 1
Worked 8am to 7pm *again*. Still, things were working when I left, and
that did include a 90 minute lunch break in the pub. Too
knackered to do anything other than sit on irc and watch all evening.
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