Okay...it's more than a year this time!
Soo...life is slow, with the resession and all it's been mostly a waiting game wondering where the next peice of work will come from, but we'll survive here.
Recently installed a small solar pv array and am currently running the laptop off it - nice but it leaves you wanting more
Woo hoo! It's not been a year since my last post. That's nearly a personal best. ;)
Anyway, now that the sun is getting around to my window in the evening I'm getting enough electricity from my little solar array to charge my phones and the batteries for my camera. I'm hoping to use some of that energy to capture a lightning strike in a photo, but I'll just have to wait for the right storm to roll by at the right time. Already had 2 rumbles of thunder. :)
Also been playing with a telescope. Not massive - a 11.4cm reflector - but get some interesting views from it. Captured an image of saturn too. It was exciting to take a grainy video of an orange blob and stack the frames together to produce an image where you can see the rings. It's a steep learning curve and I can see why many astronomers have no money.
And finally, my favorate lpeice of text from last year; In reply to sombody saying "I'd rather be poor and happy than rich and miserable" I say "I'd rather be rich and miserable than poor and miserable". Not that I'm any of those, mind.
Like I said - I don't seem to be able to commit to blogging.
Anyway, when it rains it seems to pour. But I can't complain; I didn't have to deal with my house taking a bath. I feel for those that did and do.
I know I've mentioned it before but...Sometimes, even now, I miss childhood. Not having to deal with the full force of the world, complicated choices based on abstract principles, balancing short term pleasure with long term security, ... Then I come to my senses and think Who's childhood are you remembering? Maybe nobodys, but deffinately not mine. Every era has its good and bad bits. I'd enjoy the good but I wouldn't want to sit through the rest again.
Now what is it with people and laptop computers? You look at one second hand and then at a similar one new and think ??? Why is it that people are paying not very much off new price for a castoff? If I were to buy one I'd pay the extra 20% and get one with a warranty, NEW battery, legal software (a lot are, but then a lot aren't), unscratched screen. Oh well, if they want it that much they're welcome to it, I won't be going up against them.
And as a final though: It's deffinately worth a little investment in a UPS. I just wish mine would power my monitor as well so that I could see what I'm doing during a power cut. But it was an excelent price. ;)
Well I've had a stiff neck all week and it's playing with my head at the moment. It feels like a hangover - a alcohol free hangover. Never mind, at least I ccan take some painkillers.
I tried some canalphones recently. I got some cheap ones to see if I was comfortable with them and to hear the differance they make to the background noise. And I found them very comfortable and they do block out some of the noise. I can immagine that some higher quality ones with better fittings would block out a lot more of the outside world. I think I'll save up for a set.
A new phone is on my agenda. I'm after a nice one but my number one requirement is that it has to be a clamshell. I've seen many nice sliders of other peoples with big scratches across the screen and that's very offputting for me. A nice clamshell protects the main screen and stops keys being pushed by accident in the pocket and I'm not too bothered how bad the outside of the phone gets, as long as it is only cosmetic and the time and the caller id is readable from the outer screen. And a bonus of a tatty looking phone is that it's much less of a target for sticky fingers.
And talking of sticky fingers at some point I'm going to be making some of my famed balls. Chocolate or a sweet encased in marsipan covered in icing. Mmm, nice and fattening but then I only do it once a year.
The world is filled with important philosofical questions that can only be answered personally. It's always euphoric to find an answer to a given question but it's also important to be part of the world you're thinking about before it passes you by. I think I'll be part of that world for a bit now.
It is truly frightening sometimes fighting a battle where the best outcome is a stalemate. It's like fighting an addiction to somthing that you must (in the literal sense) take to stay alive. But sometimes these battles simply must be undertaken and I much prefer to draw than lose.
Okay, now I've got that off my chest:- Happy new year to everybody!
Like most other people I've definately over indulged over the past week. Difinatley too much food, probably a little (!) too much drink, and unusually too much sleep - which is nice for a change. The question that I have been pondering today, though, is Why are duvets designed so that you have to choose between either a clod neck, cold feet, or backache from being curled up all night? And no I won't be putting bed socks on, I'm hot enough as it is already ;)
Hmm, I've never been very good at this blogging lark - I can never seem into getting into the rythem of writting enteries. So, what's happened? Well...
Since my last post I've completed one course at collage and I've booked in for the next one that I need starting in the new year. I near completely lost touch with everything that I enjoy in life due to the lack of free time but I'm getting back into things now, like the weather - this storm that's blowing around as I type, I watched it form and close in on us. I'm still not fully back up to speed but at least I've again got a idea of what to expect the weather to do more than one hour in advance again.
Thinking about it that's all that's really happened. Life rolls on and many days seem like many other days. Still, good to be a part of it.
Well it's still hot and that's still playing havoc with my sleeping, but such is life. Lots of lightning last night that was nice to watch, and we've hade some torrential rain in the area with a few drop outs in power but nothing like down in Soho - rota disconnection, that's somthing that I know I'll be on the receiving end of at some point in the future.
And I've finaly decided to buy in some poteen to try - looking forward to some of the stronger stuff, that should be interesting to try. Anybody care to join me? ;)
Ah, finally last night I got a good nights sleep. It was beutifull in bed after the thunderless (!) breakdown of the hot spell.
Got asked at the bank the other day if I wanted to 'upgrade' my account: hmm, pay for what is mostly overseas travel support services. I'm not going abroad any time soon. There's also breakdown cover - worth half the annual fee for the upgrade. Do I have 'financial sucker' printed on my forehead? I did pay my credit card bill with exact change, whick was a bit of a clue.
I don't know with these car windscreens sometimes. Got a big crack in it so I tried patching it up with that repair resin. The resin is good but it doesn't get into the fine cracks that glass makes. Oh well, I did come up with a solutions - since it's in an area where I will never need to look through (under the tax disc holder) I just slapped it on and let it set. Not overly prettybut it should stop the crack from spreading any further. I can't really afford to get a new window at the moment. I do have a sledge hammer though if it tries to give me any more gerif than it did today.
Oh, and the car stero has decided it no longer want's to eject CDs. Ho hum, but that's not so much of a headache to solve.
Ah, I nice bit of retro gaming. I was playing Worms 2 earlier - it's suprising had well I can control the worms, even after how ever many years it's been since I last played it. Mind you, I still play some of my Amiga games from time to time, but not so much gaming these days. I guess the lack of time available to me these days limits any desire to sit down and lose a day staring at a screen with sprites moving around on it.