I know I’ve used that title in the past, but it was then because daughter was off on a trip around Asia. This time however, it’s quiet because there’s just not a huge amount of work for me to be doing. It’s starting to become a little frustrating.
It’s fair enough that I’ve just come back from a week’s holiday, and so there’s a pile of email to work through. But once you’ve done that, then what? Well in my case - not a lot. Pooh’s got a couple of jobs on and he needed some help making up the numbers (which as we all know is what I’m here for) so that’s been some blessed relief from the tedium that is online education. He's also having to round up the Indians which is a perilous job especially if youre on the run for robbing trains and banks and the guy in the white hat is following you...
"They can't track us over rock. They're begining to get on my nerves. Who are those guys?"
I shouldn’t complain - because when it’s busy, it’s very very busy, so some natural downtime is something to be grateful for - but there’s only so much a chap can take. On top of which it starts my paranoia monkey fidgeting. I start imagining that IM is cleverer than I know him not to be and that he’s actually scheming the downfall of the house of ball. It’s ridiculous. I’ve thrown another banana in the cage to keep him (the monkey - not IM, although from a distance you’d be hard pressed to tell them apart) quiet, but for how long, who knows?
At least I have something kicking off towardds the end of the week... providing cover for someone who's providing cover. They must be desperate (who rattled that Monkey's cage?)
On the social front, it’s ben a non-stop round of spending money I haven’t got - and it’s not scheduled to end anytime soon. There’s a wedding next week and a wedding anniversary in a couple of days time which is bound to be fun. Wool. I thought I might get her a jumper ;-) Only kidding Mrs G. Perhaps a sheep?? Oh no. I’ve got it. A slap up lamb dinner and a lovely bottle of red. Perfect.
Looking at the tech news there’s been rather a lot of disruption lately. It seems everyone’s being hacked, passwords are going astray, software rollouts are failing causing the banks some frustration and the mobile phone networks are just switching themselves off. If I were a conspiracy theorist I’d say the government are very busy hooking into every system they can get near via their crack hacking team - known as “anonymous”. Of course, I’m not a conspiracy theorist or paranoid (oo oo eek eek), so I’m quite sure they’re far too busy watching my every move and logging it into a database somewhere to be involved in any of that other stuff.
We’re also a matter of days away from Apple releasing the next version of OS X (Mountain Lion). Rumor has it somewhere around the 25th July - a Wednesday, much like today.
Before that we have “The Dark Knight Rises” hitting UK cinemas on Friday. There’s every chance I’m going to try and see that on the big screen, but it’s all about time and money and all that jazz. Just as a quick aside on the subject of films... I’ve recently seen The Woman in Black, The Iron Lady, The Thing and The Awakening all of which were far better than I’d anticipated.
If I were to criticize one of them in particular it would be “The Thing”. The DVD extras include the bits they cut out of the cinema release - and that edit is a travesty IMHO. The missing scenes are the ones that put the film in context with the earlier John Carpenter version - which is a masterpiece of horror. Without them, the newer film, while looking the part just feels like a bit of a poor remake, which is clearly not it’s intention.
Back to the tech then and the latest iOS app not to reach our shores just yet is “Twist” - a genius idea that means you won’t have to hang around for your friends or relatives anymore. Live ETA’s... Here’s the video:
And finally - on the subject of video... (and not really on the subject of Tech, from which we seem to have strayed) I’m sure you’re as sick of this song as I am, but you can never be sick of Star Wars. Enjoy....
Until next time - The force will be with you, always.
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