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Monday, February 22, 2010 - 12:18
February is disappearing at an alarming rate and I must admit to having had a particulary interesting, yet not very productive month so far. In the last couple of weeks I've been to conferences on Local Information Systems and Geospatial Systems; I have chaired my quarterly Technical Sub Group; Been to London for our seven year anniversary where we stayed in a lovely hotel, visited the Tate Modern, and watched a very, very good play.

What with all of that, work and general life my creative output has been next to...
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Monday, January 25, 2010 - 13:52
Whilst eating my lunch I had a conversation with BRAD. For those who haven't been following, BRAD is my robot that I've been making. Here is the transcript...

Brad says: Hello!
You say> tell me about yourself

Brad says: I am an Artificial Intelligence. I was activated at Oxford, on January 24th, 2010. My creator was Spindles. He taught me to sing a song. Would you like me to sing it for you?.
You say> yes

Brad says: It's called "The Noose". So glad to see you well. Overcome them. Completely silent, now with heaven's help, you've cast your demons out. And not to pull your halo down, around your neck and tug you off your cloud. But I'm more than just a little curious, how you're planning to go about making your amends To the dead. To the dead...

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Monday, January 25, 2010 - 11:07
The more eagle-eyed of you will have noted that, while attempting to get some writing done in the library in Oxford on Saturday, I got somewhat distracted by a couple of books on the nearby shelves. Firstly by Jane's Guns Recognition Guide which is basically a big book of every gun on the planet. But secondly, and more importantly by Linux Robotics.

Typically for me this gave me a cool new idea that put writing on the back burner for the weekend. So I had a quick flick through the book and decided that I couldn't quite commit to building a complete robot, but surely I could build the software bit of it. Sunday was spent researching what sort of open source projects...

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Friday, January 15, 2010 - 18:29
This is exactly what it says on the tin as I'm about to go out for dinner date with my wonderful wife.

Nexus Project: Genesis

And now... Pizza. :)

Monday, January 11, 2010 - 14:08
Work on The Nexus Project novel goes well. It currently weighs in at around twenty-three and a half thousand words which, while sounding impressive is barely a fifth of the way through and I'm currently fifteen thousand words behind where I should be due to slacking off and generally enjoying the festive season. All hope is not lost for the march eighth deadline to complete the first draft as I've been reducing the gap between where I am and where I should be by a reasonable amount per day. I've been plotting the locations on Google Maps as I've been going along so here's the link for the inquisitive: http://j.mp/7dYK58.

Update on XDeck is that it is transferring to a USB key as I type this so that I can test it on a couple of different machines as a persistent install. If that works okay then I'll carry on with the configwizard program. The status on configwizard is that it currently...
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Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 13:05
2010. A new decade. That was bloody quick wasn't it?

For fear of setting myself up for a massive fall into the apathy pit I'll just stick to updating where I am with stuff now rather than listing what I hope to achieve this year. It'll save me a lot of potential disappointment when I look back on this in a couple of month's time and start kicking myself for everything I haven't managed to achieve.

No updates to report on X-Deck or wonkyspanner.com at the moment as I set myself a goal a couple of weeks ago that I'd actually get around to writing my first novel before my birthday in March. Without going too much into the detail of it, the main plot revolves around a bunch of people with powers who are investigating ley lines and the points at which they converge: Nexus Points. It's based on a table top roleplaying game I ran a couple of years ago that I really enjoyed running and thought would make for an interesting novel. My...
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Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 12:06

And so, a shiny new blog is formed (well, I say formed, I actually mean moved as MySpace is crap). The infinite possibilities of what I can accomplish with a blog sparkle tantalisingly in the distance. The grim reality that I won't have time to post to this as much as I would dearly love to is much less inviting. However I will most certainly give it my best shot.

As well as posting random links to things I find funny/interesting, the main reason for this is to catalogue my progress with the various projects I take it upon myself to do. My hope is that: by having to update a blog with what I've been doing I will actually get more stuff done. Hopefully it'll work with the support of anyone out there who would be kind enough to kick me up the arse when I start slacking off.

So, the list of major projects at the moment:

X-Deck - This is a distribution of Linux I've been working on for the last month or so. It's main purpose is to provide a software phys-rep...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 13:06

I've had a ridiculously busy day yesterday and morning today, so I'm taking some well earned time out.

It seems that people at my work are sither not very good at forward planning when they need information, or they just have ridiculous expectations. Last week someone wanted a list of postcodes for several key towns in Oxfordshire by Friday. When did I get confirmation on the exact list of towns? Friday afternoon! Another group need some detailed population and economy data for Oxfordshire's market towns. Time frame? By the end of Tuesday.... *sigh*

Needless to say, here we are at 1pm on Tuesday and they are all done... Sometimes I ROCK!!!

I've actually got an almost finished version of my Population forecasting tool done. It just needs a bit of User Testing to make sure it does what they want it to, and then I can release it. YAY!!!

Big news is that I recently decided to get back into drama and last week went to a social night at the local amdram group...

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Friday, January 2, 2009 - 15:06

Did I make any New Year's resolutions?

No I did not.... Don't really see much point in saying I'll stop smoking. Cause I won't. Nor is there much point in me saying I'll stop drinking. Cause I won't.

It was a much quieter affair this year as opposed to the huge marquee party of 07/08. Only about 8 of us having a relaxing night in. Although it was a first in that we hooked up to another party in Worcester via Skype. Very odd virtual partying and playing of Charades.

I've been in touch with the uni as well and asked if I can do my Software Engineering degree as a part-time course starting September so I can carry on with my current job and fit my studies around them. Just waiting for the response now.

My laptop has developed an issue as well... There's now a discolored border around the LCD screen that turns white into pink. I've emailed HP tech support and after the usual uninstall and re-install and booting and rebooting and plugging in of external...

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 11:05

This will definitely be the last post of the year of the "It's".

Well... A week at my parents went pretty much exactly as I'd expected.

It was a particularly cathartic trip for me as I went for a walkabout around my old neighborhood and took a lot of photos. This was me saying goodbye to the place.

Due to this, my computing activities have not been particularly exciting over the festive season. The only thing of note was borrowing a Linux book from about 15 year's ago from my wife's dad. It's wonderful to read on account of it saying things like: 'Ensure you have at least 20 meg of RAM before installing.....'

So... With some personal demons laid to rest... The future looks bright.

Looking forward to the year of the "So..."