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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Catching up.....

That’s been the summer then - although looking out the window this morning, it’s not going anywhere in a hurry.  A proper Indian summer is with us in the UK but it’s a rubbish excuse for not blogging.  I have no-one to blame but myself. So what’s been going on ?....

 

Well - workwise, Pooh and I have got to the end of our run with the Big American company that needed Starfleet’s help.  We think we’ve helped and everyone (including the Big American company) seem to be quite happy with what we’ve done.  We haven’t really p!ssed anyone off and signatures are on the relevant pieces of paper to prove it.

 

Talking of signatures on paper - I’ve collected three in the last month that I’m particularly pleased about.  One is (to be fair a digital one) from my UK departmental lead, who agree’s that I’m a good guy really and anyone who said otherwise was wrong in the past - so actually I’m worth hanging on to.  That’s nice to know.

 

The second is from my UK bosses, bosses, boss which says thanks very much for your help, and the third one is from the overall commander of Starfleet (Mr very very important - and extremely influential - although not quite so well known as Steve Jobs) who says congratulations on being here still after 25 years!  25 YEARS!??!?!  REALLY!??

 

In reality - I haven’t been here for 25 years - although I have been here for 10 - and I find that scary enough.  The way employment law works in europe, means that should you transfer from one company to another as part of a take-over or outsourcing agreement, your service up until that point all counts as service with your new employer.  

 

I’ve had three interviews for jobs in my whole career - but only the first one was as an unknown. The other two were internal interviews. That's how good I am. They all want to keep me really. :-) I’ve worked for five different companies in that time (so that’s an average of one every 5 years) and they’ve all been related to each other in one way or another.  Basically, it went like this: a take-over, a promotion, a promotion, a merger, an outsource which all adds up to 25 years.

 

I got a great pen. :-)

 

Now - armed with my new pen - Pooh and I are all set to run off a new adventure, which is just around the corner.  We’re just fending off the remnants of the old one, but there’s really not a lot left now.  Who knows what delights await us - but I’m sure some of them won’t be too delightful.

 

Outside of the work-o-sphere, I’ve had a couple of weeks off (one of the other benefits of being around for so long, is that for this year only I get 35 days vacation - so I have to crowbar it in where I can).  

 

Me and Mrs G went down to Swanage for a week to stay in a lovely little cottage by the sea.  Swanage is a quaint old seaside town - rather stuck somewhere in the end of the 50’s and 60’s in places, while a few businesses are trying to drag it into the new century.  To be honest, I wish, they’d mostly leave it be.  The old pubs and fish and chip shops, hark back to a time when summer holidays meant sandcastles and fish and chips and not airplanes and overcrowded hotels. Proper english in a traditional way. Sticks of rock and “kiss me quick” hats - all that sort of stuff. Lovely.  

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We had great weather for a week so late in the year and had a great time too.  I’d particularly recommend the Globe pub as one of the most traditional I’ve been into in a while.

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Daughter also had a holiday - and jetted off with her mates to the Canary Islands for a week, only to come back with a georgous looking tan. Pah!

 

The second week was spent at home in the rain. Not quite so much fun, but I did get a few little jobs done that needed doing, including the reframing of a few photos that I’d been meaning to sort out for ages. Very happy with the result.

 

Then we’ve had a trip to the Rugby to see good old Gloucester kick it out of Bath. That was fun - if a little too much imbibing. 

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My next big trip is only a week or so away now too.  This time it’s golf - with the lads in sunny Spain.  I’m sure Mrs G isn’t over the moon on one hand, because we’ve not been abroad for any proper sunshine this year, but on the other hand, she’ll be glad to have some space to herself for a week without me - and we are planning on doing something a bit more special in the new year.  Not decided exactly what yet - but it’s on the cards.

 

SO there we go - a bit caught up.  I don’t want this to be huge - so I’ll limit my tech news comment - which is vast - to another post.  If you’re interested I’ll be blathering about Facebook, Google+, the iPhone 5 (or lack thereof) and the Kindle Fire (and others). But that’s for the next post.

 

Glad to be back - stay safe - and keep calm and carry on.



This post originally appeared here: Posterous

Sunday, September 25, 2011

More truths.... (Tag: Dilbert)

This seems in line with my experience.... Apart from the raise of course. No such thing at Starfleet. Dilbert.com

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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Diaspora is coming.....

Diaspora
Dear Stuart Allen -

Thanks for your interest in being part of the Diaspora* community. You may not have heard from us in a while, but we’ve been working hard, head-down. We’ve built the first stage of a new social web, one better than what’s out there today: a place where each of us owns our own information, where each person controls his or her own privacy, where no-one is a product, and where we all control our own destinies.

We’re sending out alpha invitations now, as quickly as we can. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, you will receive it by the end of October.

There's been big news in the social networking world recently, and we can't help but be pleased with the impact our work has had on two of the biggest developments. We're proud that Google+ imitated one of our core features, aspects, with their circles. And now Facebook is at last moving in the right direction with user control over privacy, a move spurred not just by Google+, but more fundamentally by you and thousands of other donors, as well as hundreds of thousands of people who've lined up to try Diaspora* -- that is, by all of us who've stood up to say "there has to be a better way." We're making a difference already.

And aspects is just one of the many ways we're pioneering the future of the social web.

Here's a quick preview of some of the other ways:

  • We'll make the social web more fun than it is today.
  • Our distributed design gives you the security of owning your own identity and data.
  • This also gives you the freedom to do what you want online.
  • Our ecosystem provides the commons, the connective tissue for an evolving social web.
  • We're not gatekeepers, so our ecosystem will always support the latest apps.
We’ll tell you a little more about each of these points in the weeks ahead.

And we’ll keep working to get your alpha invitation to you just as quickly as we can.

Until then, thanks again for your interest in Diaspora*.

Sincerely,
- Maxwell, Daniel, Ilya, Sarah, Yosem and Peter

The Diaspora* team
Thursday, September 8th, 2011



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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The most dangerous website in the world...

Now, I've warned you.  This place could suck up a lot of your free time....   look away now...  no, honestly - don't go near it!.. it's a TRAP!

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Monday, September 05, 2011

The ultimate video of pure data visualization

Awesome..um..ness

The ultimate video of pure data visualization

While everyone is jumping with excitement over data visualization these days, here’s one video of Pure Data Visualization that will only have the geekiest of geeks on the edge of their seats. This pure data is an audio visual trip through the back of the binary code, and its hidden qualities: structure, logic, rhythm, redundancy and composition.

As an installation, the following video project functions like a machine to scratch the hard drives’s data content of the computer used for the installation. Artist and data geek Nicolas Maigret put the video together in Pd version 0.42.5 extended (Mac OS X Intel release). He writes:

In this video version, as a tautological process, the content of the Pure Data application is read as pure data, directly displayed as sounds and pixels. A direct immersion in the heart of data flows.

Check out the body of his work here and watch the 12 minute ultimate data vis video below:

Love data visuals? Check out voyurl and vizualize.me.



This post originally appeared here: Posterous

Saturday, September 03, 2011

On Set With The Avengers....

It's been very quiet on here of late. Normal service WILL be resumed shortly. However, in the meantime, this is cool.....

On Set With The Avengers [Gallery]

Check out Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey, Jr., Jeremy Renner, Stellan Skarsgard, Mark Ruffalo, and Tom Hiddleston on the set of Joss Whedon’s upcoming The Avengers. The group were filming in New York near the city’s Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.

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[G.TDW]

Related posts:

  1. WANT: Fan-Made Avengers Minifigs
  2. The Problem With The Avengers Movie [Cartoon]
  3. Avengers Set Footage and Pics



This post originally appeared here: Posterous
 

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