Wez is a nutter. This morning he got up at about 5:00am, drove to Skegness, went on a rollercoaster (twice) and drove back again, before school started. Why? “Stress Relief” !!!!!!! What a legend.

I posted on the Bourne Forum yesterday, but the words “James Wearing Smells” were edited out of my post by Rex Needle. Hmm. A little censor-happy me thinks.

Wez and I manufactured our very own fully XML compliant geek, end geek shirt today in textiles. Very much like the T-shirts seen on thinkgeek.com, only ours are real shirts and a hell of a lot cheaper. I’m sure some photos will follow open evening on Thursday.

Got a lovely email from ma KT today which cheered me up considerably. My DVD drive hasn’t arrived from DABS yet, they’re still trying to find me a power splitter, grr.

I’ve finally made Ben a web site, albeit not a very good one, to put his amazing flash animations on. wonchop.hippygeek.co.uk. Hopefully someone will spot his talent 😀

Still missing Kaz.


School is going OK, I got a decent mark in a recent maths test which is a good sign – still a long long way to go though. I’ve been pondering over what to do in my gap year if I take one, a couple of jobs in mind although the one in Dublin isn’t being advertised any more :'(

This weekend went to pot as it turned out I couldn’t get to Norwich. That means I missed the ALUG meeting and couldn’t return the book I borrowed and much worse, I probably won’t be able to visit Kaz until half term now. Major Bummer.

I’ve spent most of today fiddling with pointless things on my computer like wallpapers, getting GKrellM to look pretty and say “mmm, you’ve got mail’ in a sexy british woman’s voice and give me a live news feed. When I got bored with that, I started making my aterm colours (or should I say colors) just right with the tinting so I can see the text on top of the background, then another half an hour changing the colour blue it uses to display HTML text!! Get the impression I’m avoiding doing work? Yes, well.

Had a visit from two cousins today, one of whom I hadn’t seen for months. That was a nice distraction from my (non)work.

It’s school open evening next thursday which may be fun or may be a pain in the arse. Between watching A Beautiful Mind and reading more of A Tour of the Calculus I’ve been trying to sustain my enthusiasm for maths. I bought two DVDs for £7.99 from Blockbuster, which is a little odd as I don’t have a DVD drive… so I ordered one on dabs, and a power splitter cable to go with it… then realised I couldn’t afford to go to the Ceilidh in Rippingale.

GKrellM tells me that tralk has now been running for 50 days and it’s still running like a dream 😀 Considering I could only ever get windows XP to run for 10 days at a time before it became unusable I think that’s pretty impressive.

Oh, and this is very very very very very very very cool… Magnatune.


Kaz has left for University! So far all I’ve heard about her first day is “im 67% drunk, i sobered up lots on the way to uni, i was rolling on the floor laughing at one point which i got to ld off for becuase the waitress alomst tripped up”. Hmm. I’m missing Kaz.

Thursday night was Adam’s birthday do at Smiths and an Italian restaurant which finished earlier than I expected and was a bit of hard work for various reasons. I also got to experience ice being stuffed down my trousers, thanks laura. I think Adam was suitably offended by the electric shock lighter I bought him, well Adam – smoking is bad for your health. Overall though it was quite enjoyable.

Last night was Wez’s 18th birthday booze up which stretched across three pubs and a “night club”. I’m still trying to figure out how he managed to not throw up after the amount he drunk and the two helpings of birthday bumps in the street (right under a CCTV camera I might add, hmm only a geek would notice something like that). Wez’s present was a pair of very snazzy DJing glasses with torches on, as seen on iwantoneofthose.com 🙂 Kaz’s birthday present was an “optic” – you know one of things you use to get a measure of whisky or vodka, etc. Lot’s of birthdays in a short space of time. I don’t think she knew quite what to do with it, and her mum is trying to palm off the kumquat plant and make me look after it while Kaz is at uni! I do get awkward presents don’t I?

Tomorrow there is a meeting in South Witham about the cyber cafe they want to start up and then I must get on with my UCAS application, whoopee! :S


I’ve just noticed that in one of the applications I edited this page in all the HTML tags got turned into upper case, how annoying.


What’s happened since the last post? I spent three days in manchester recording a brass band with b+h. I felt quite guilty on the train there because I fell asleep in someone’s reserved seat. I knew that the seat was reserved from Nottingham onwards but I got on at Grantham. Unfortunately by the time we got to Nottingham I’d fallen asleep and when I woke up I noticed that I was still sitting on a seat with a reserved ticket on it :S

The actual client turned out to be Warner Brothers so I knew quite a few of the tunes we were recording which made a nice change 🙂 Think Star Wars and Bob the Builder. The recording was in the Peel Hall at Salford University. I had a full english breakfast all three days to keep me going, very long days. Eating venues varied from a greasy road side cafe full of manchester workmen in fluresant jackets to a posh french restaurant on the quayside in Salford. I ordered my dessert in French… kind of 😉 I tried Mrs Raymond, I tried. The waiter just smiled as if to say “Yes we get your sort in here all the time”.

Another of our meals was a pizza, but we had a whole one each and couldn’t eat them all. My roommate, who was great, had a great idea and hung our half eaten pizzas out of the window at the travel lodge overnight (4 stories up over a street pavement) so that they would be fit to eat in the morning. Right…

It turned out that my roommate was a bit of a computer geek. We got talking about computers somehow (I didn’t start it, honest) and when I mentioned I’d just set up a web server in my bedroom I was quite taken aback when he said “Is it running Apache, PHP?”. He did however have a girlfriend (they were engaged!) so there’s yet another geek who has a girl. Frelling…

Once the van was unloaded and all the mics were rigged and everything plugged in, my job was basically two fold – 1) making drinks and 2) pressing record. Both had their difficulties. Making drinks was difficult simply because the nearest source of water was down a labyrinth of dark corridoors deep inside salford university and the fact I had to get through the room where the recording was taking place holding a tray full of cups and a kettle to get there.

The pressing record part wasn’t difficult because of the 7 buttons that had to be pressed in the correct order and combination for every take, that’s very very easy after a while. It’s the fact that I had to remain perfectly concentrated for hours at a time, that and I had to sit cross legged so that Brian could see the digits on the display in our very cramped control room. Every take I had to write down the time on the tape, the take number and exactly which bar from which piece was being recorded – without the aid of an actual score or any knowledge of the title of the pieces! To make things worse, on the second day someone kindly mentioned that my notes would be sent off to Norway along with the recording so that the Norweigan editors could make sense of the forty eight tracks we had recorded a few bars at a time, not necessarily in the right order. Oh and then they were going to cut 15,000 copies of the CD. No pressure then. Do they KNOW I’ve never done this before?

Since then I’ve been back to school. I’ve started to hate that word. Not in the same way I’ve loathed it for all the years I’ve been at one, but in a whole new way. I’ve started to cringe every time I say it, perhaps I feel embarassed that I’m still at school now that most of my best friends are either at Uni or at work. Kaz’s departure from my physical world is growing ever closer and Norwich seems to get further away by the day. Aren’t I sad?

As part of my drastic change in lifestyle this year in order to do better in my exams (yeah, right) I’ve stopped spending quite as much time in #imen. All I seem to do is irritate people. I’ve started trying to go to bed earlier and getting up earlier, which works sometimes. I’ve even said that I’m quitting stage crew this year to make more time for my studies. I may even go to the games lesson tomorrow to shock Mr C who is responsible for that session this year! I haven’t stopped geeking however. The Linux Lab at school now has 6 working compaq workstations and I’m making plans for the school open day to show off my lab to everyone 😀 I might even invite some ALUG and PLUG members.

School is a bit of a pain at the moment because I’m carrying on doing all five of my subjects which means I have half as many “non-contact study periods” as everyone else and have a lot to do. Maths is hard work, but I’m determined not to let it get on top of me. I’m thinking of dropping Physics for complicated reasons, although I’m a bit upset because I find it really interesting.

Went to my cousin’s wedding yesterday. It was a fantastic day and she looked as gorgeous as I’d expected. It’s unbelievably weird for the girl I pretty much grew up with to be getting married – especially seeing as I hadn’t met the bridegroom until the wedding. I really hope she’ll be happy. I feel very close to her. Hope nobody was embarassed by my family turning up in the VW camper 🙂 !

I’m just going to finish watching this programme on channel 4 about the brilliant french sport of “free running” and I ought to do some work before I go to bed!