Posted in Updates on Sunday 28th September 2003 at 10:19pm

Long and very pleasant walk this morning, visiting curious Commonwealth War Graves, then along Bristol Road Lower, exploring parts of Weston only previously seen by car. Dodged two sets of churchgoers successfully on Baytree Road, and headed back via Milton Road. Realised on the way that the unconfirmed rumour of a further attempted assault in Weston was true, and found my way blocked by the Police and a camera crew! Things have been very strange here lately.

We've branched Gaia for an alpha release. It now does everything initially planned, and we've ironed out all the major bugs. We're just some useable question data away from the release now - not bad progress, since I note the CVS server was set up on 30th August!


Posted in Updates on Saturday 27th September 2003 at 10:36pm

Its probably not of huge consequence, but as an experiment I've set up an RSS feed of the ten most recent stories on this site.

The link is in a little box to the right, or you can point your preferred RSS aggregator at:

If you find a use for it, let me know!

Lived vicariously today. First, went to the car wash with my sister and mother - I haven't been through one of these automated washers since I was tiny, and the new high tech ones are possibly even scarier than the old fashioned ones! Later, accompanied a friend on a shopping trip for stereo system components. Amazed at both the excellent deals available at Richer Sounds, and at my friend's ability to stay within a budget - something which declines in proportion to the size of the spend where I am concerned!


Posted in Updates on Friday 26th September 2003 at 10:37pm

End of a trying week at work, full of tensions and typographical errors.

Went out, in reasonably ebullient spirits to watch a football match. All seemed well, with a brief discussion of the name of Basil Brushes' master to look up when I got home (its 'Mr' something, but I've yet to find it).

Later, a random bystander referred to me as 'repulsive'. I'm called many things in the course of my daily work, I cope with most, but I must confess that this one hit me below the belt.

The people I perhaps usually and mistakenly rely on to convince I'm actually not repulsive are just making me feel irrelevant.

Perhaps its time to develop a Poll Module for this site - reader, would you prefer to be repulsive or irrelevant? What have I become?


Posted in Updates on Thursday 25th September 2003 at 11:01pm

A long awaited, and well prepared appeal was withdrawn today. It would have settled some dust still remaining from Bristol City Council days, but sadly the appellant withdrew after months of uncertainty. Of course I'm glad to avoid another hearing, but it would have been good to get this one under the belt.

Otherwise, work is in a slightly stressful spiral right now - all will be resolved soon enough, for better or worse...

More Gaia work today. We are rapidly approaching an alpha quality release I feel. I've never been involved in such an organised project, and getting to work with Bilbo has been a pleasure.



I've had a home on the web for more years than I care to remember, and a few kind souls persuade me it's worth persisting with keeping it updated. This current incarnation of the site is centred around the blog posts which began back in 1999 as 'the daylog' and continued through my travels and tribulations during the following years.

I don't get out and about nearly as much these days, but I do try to record significant events and trips for posterity. You may also have arrived here by following the trail to my former music blog Songs Heard On Fast Trains. That content is preserved here too.

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