Well, there's a little bit of stuff going on for me right now. I'm being amused by the new Ann Summers shop opening in Bath (right in the middle of the high street) tomorrow at lunchtime. I think it's great, many would argue that it lowers the tone. (you know who you are...mike) I think it's great, I won't have to go to bristol anymore. Besides, from the number of people I saw trying to get into it today (even though it hasn't opened yet), it's gonna prove popular.
Claire's heading down at the weekend which is oh so good. I can only take so much Super MonkeyBall before I need to take a break and remember what my life is for. I was also happy to realise that Mel gets back into the country tomorrow. This was short lived as she's going to Turkey on Monday...so no chance of meeting up before September sometime when she returns for good. But still, i'll at least get an email whilst she's in the country. I really have no idea if we will meet up, but I have to take some holiday anyway before october. I might aswell use it to trip over to London. (I've got 5 days saved up to spend with Claire when she get's back too :) )
Work is ok. We're sorting out the finer details of the poker program and it's interface/networking now. I'm looking forward to getting into it tomorrow as i've slacked off for the last few days. We're probably losing the most Java capable person of our team at the end of the week which limits me and Simon to sorting it out. Should be interesting.
Finally, Hixie's buggered off to go to Europe. He's spending some time with his family, then Nadia and then going to his brother's wedding in greece. All of this means he isn't around to chat to me during the day whilst i'm working and on icq. Still, I wouldn't begrudge him a trip around europe with some crumpet...it's much deserved.
I doubt anyone cares but it should be noted if you ever get confused that my blog entries are usually named after references close to me. It could well be from South Park, the Simpsons or an album i'm listening to. I try and make them applicable. Today's entry is from the Joe Satriani album "Engines of Creation" which i'm listening to and perfectly describes the way my life is right now. It doesn't mention "dull" though.
I had a weird dream last night. One of my best from recent times. I was in a car park somewhere with Daren (a friend from university) and we chatted for a bit before getting on our extremely new/fast superbikes and then racing around, through traffic, down roads...all done in a scary but exhilerating anime style. (Akira, Bubblegum Crisis, Macross Plus etc).
It kicked ass though, it felt so real and I enjoyed it so much. After waking up from this dream I remembered about the Johnny Herbert Celebration Pizza. A couple of years ago (my second year of university) we watched the British formula one grand prix. It was just me and Daren in the house at the time and we used to watch a lot of formula one back then. He probably still does. So anyway, we were rooting for Johnny Herbert but he was in about 12th position, I don't recall why. The strangest thing happened though, as I wished for the driver in front to go off the road and Johnny go up a place, it happened. What fluke you say. The conditions worsened in the race and one by one we willed for Johnny Herbert to overtake the guy in front or for them to spin off until finally, he won the race. It was a great day and it co-incided with us having bought a giant pizza with _everything_ on it. We cooked the pizza and it was named "The Johnny Herbert Celebration Pizza" in honour of the event. I'd all but forgotten about this until last night. Funny how these things turn up.
Fairly uneventful few days for me. I was sad to find out that an older relative (My grandmother's sister in law) died yesterday. Whilst I didn't really know her, I do remember her and it's somewhat depressing. More importantly though, I feel for my grandmother who was a lot closer to her and I feel for the widowed husband who I remember well from when I was little. Whilst I don't really believe in the catholic God that I was raised to worship, I think something set up this universe and i'd like to believe that she's gone to another place.
In other news, i've found that cats can come into my flat by way of the lounge window and the roof. This is great news as I like cats and they can come and go into my home. Yay for cats.
Well, what a weekend. Claire came down and we had a great weekend. Not too suprising. We found that Desh, our local indian take-away is fantastic (look here for details) and we just spent time getting used to being us in our new flat. She then left on Sunday and life went back to normal holiday routine.
Work got interesting today when we finally started on a project to create a network poker game. The plan is "no limit Texas hold'em", the fairly modern variety shown in "Late Night Poker" on channel 4. We're making it work on the network at IPL, and it should come with a nice GUI and reasonable interface. The main reason for doing this is to expand our knowledge of Java and OO programming. Having never coded in Java on anything significant before, it's going to be interesting. I don't exactly like the language, but it's one used at IPL so I really should get used to it.
Anyway, you will find it in a downloadable form on wuki when we've finished, presuming we get the time and no actual work comes along. I do have other training to do but if this allows me to actually pick up Java in a useful way then the company would probably be a lot happier that I did it instead of reading some stuff on algorithms. Besides, I (a) want to keep my skills intact, and (b) want to add to them.
So yeah, progress will be given here. Morrowind has been put on hold for a while til I get my shit together. I need to sort my flat out and still keep a social life. I should be seeing friends tomorrow for a relaxing drink in the pub. Will be good after a hectic day of programming :). I'll probably also try and work out the copyright details of this program i'm writing. It'll probably belong to IPL as it's being done on work time. Not that I have a problem with that. I doubt we'll make money off it, we just want a cool and useful network game.
Few are those who can see with their own eyes and hear with their own hearts
Tomorrow I become 22. This poses no problem for me. It should be quite some time before I start worrying about my age. Besides, right now I have no concerns over getting older. I'm getting closer towards the stuff I want in life...a house, pool table, plasma tv and 2 cats. I'm not wildly ambitious in this way. My ambition in life was to find (in the Ally Mcbeal sense) that _one_ person. There are obviously some issues that with around 3 billion women on the planet, there is more than one. There aren't that many though. It would stuggle without a good level of english and various other things. Besides, I have high standards (which is ironic). I actually recall reading a website outlining just how many people you're right for on the planet. It's not a big number, especially if you're a little less than "normal" (whatever normal is) like me.
Anyway, the moral of the story is that i've done that ambition. I found her and thus completed the main goal of my life. My other ambitions aren't really big things. I have little desire to change the world. I do that by living in it and being polite and friendly to people. I promote good karma. I do however, want to become a pool god. My interests aren't competitive, just fun. I enjoy pool and i'd love to get really damn good at pool, hence my own table. One day.
As for the impending birthday, plans have changed a little. Meeting up with Ian and Mike (and maybe other people) tonight for food and drinks. I spent the evening out with work people yesterday and will be doing something at lunch today. Claire's also coming down early. It's a lot to get done in a Friday but I think i've managed to accomodate everyone, myself just about included. It's gonna be a fun day (besides doing nothing but training at work). It's gonna be a fun weekend too.
I got halfway through a blog entry yesterday and then got busy with something else. I only realised this having just seen my blog front page. Oh well.
The last few days have been a little hectic. I moved house, got my stuff mostly set up, bought new stuff and then vegged out by the tv playing Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind. It's a god damn RPG and it's taking over my life. It's a little annoying in that sense, but i'm really enjoying it. It definitely has me feeling a lot more like a real character than FFVII ever did. Final Fantasy games are great, but every path has a purpose, everyone you talk to has very specific lines. It's like a book that you play though. Morrowind is the opposite, besides an overall governing plot, you write the script. If you want to go and hunt treasure...then do so. If you want to never pay for anything then steal it, but beware of getting caught. There are lots of people who want stuff done and will reward you for doing it. I've so far joined the Mage's Guild and the Fighter's Guild. Whilst I am a mage, i want to be able to hit people and not have to run away screaming. Anyway, enough on Morrowind.
My birthday this weekend and I have no plans yet. Claire's coming down on Saturday so that's my weekend sorted. Probably a few drinks with the people at work on Friday. Who knows what else. It should be a good weekend and I hope that I've got my new place sorted by then. I really just have to buy a little more stuff and do some unpacking/tidying etc. Not too hard. So onward with being back at work and no xbox...I think i'll just read some Morrowind reviews :)
This is the time of year when more british people display south park knowledge than any other, for Tim (Timmahhhh) Henman is in the semi-finals at Wimbledon. This isn't a bad thing because I like both tennis and south park. Would be good to see him win for once.
I'm picking up the keys to the flat at 1pm today. I'll probably spend the evening packing and praying to God that this will all go ok. I'm apprehensive about moving my stuff, but also pretty scared of moving into the new place and living on my own for a while. It's only gonna be about 2 months before Claire joins me, but it's still quite a long time. On reflection, I have done similar before. Before my final year at university I lived and worked on campus with barely anyone I knew around to talk to. Yay for tv, games consoles and cooking.
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(who needs a feature to delete entries anyway)
Two things have got me today. Firstly, I really should sort out the packing and moving of my stuff. I have two days left before moving, and i'm barely prepared. I guess it doesn't take as long as I currently think. I can't have that much stuff...can I? Secondly, I get some really shit results on google. The closest two things to wuki.net, are some site about a german band called "wukiundband" and some guy called "Wuki Tung" and I bet within a day, google links to my site, but only for those two things on this page.
Personally, I don't care much about google. I do like the idea that people can look me up on the web just by sticking my name, or url into google and me coming top though. I do come up, but only for old stuff where my details don't exist anymore. You will note that Hixie has 7/10 of the entries on the first page for "Ian Hickson" and also posted recently about now coming top in a search for "natural log". What is the world coming to?