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Bookshelf [Jul. 28th, 2009|12:41 pm]

Bookshelf
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Photo of bookshelf in my funky new office.. that's after a massive cull of books that aren't relevent any longer like ASP/VBscript, NT4, etc
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Comic relief.. that reminds me.. [Mar. 13th, 2009|08:13 pm]
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Must donate some money to the DEC Emergancy Appeal for Gaza
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best graph evah [Jan. 16th, 2009|01:56 pm]
courtesy of davorg
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Wierd moment watching Mamma Mia [Jan. 5th, 2009|04:10 pm]
We were watching Mamma Mia and enjoying the Abba, the greek scenario and guessing where various beaches and harbours might be around greece when suddenly the bride reaches Agios Ioannis Church, on the Island of Skopelos...

Very odd to see your holiday memories writ large, but with added hollywood (http://skopelos.travel/mammamia/?p=82) on a big wide screen telly.

My photo doesn't do justice to just how perrilously steep that cliff is, and having seen more of the view (from helicopter and other camera angles) I really regret not climbing to the top and having freaked out about 2/3 of the way up when it got to some narrow old steps on a vertical section with just a couple of loose ropes slung between the occasional pole between me and a messy impact with sharp and hard boulders or a very rough and icy cold sea.
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London Perl Workshop 2008 [Dec. 2nd, 2008|10:11 am]
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On saturday I made the trip from my house in Cornwall to the Perl Workshop in London, and back : 2 flights (newquay to stansted, gatwick to newquay), some trains, tubes and walking.

Unfortunately I arrived later (due to delays at stansted) than planned and got into the Arbyte talk just as the 'Any Questions' slide flicked onto the screen. It improved a bit after that, and I really enjoyed the debugging and badger power talks, the Logging and profiling talks were also pretty good and I managed to video a couple of talks - but both of those were also recorded to video anyway so will probably delete them again.

Between talks, I managed to talk to Ed from Nestoria and Leo from Foxtons, both of whom shared what could be very useful info on caching, profiling and stuff - and caught up with Joel and had a chat about recruitment and my potential recruitment startup.

Finally - I picked up 2 books from the O Reilly store and headed off to gatwick for my flight back home.

While at Newquay and Gatwick I managed to spend some time hacking Padre, and now have a skeleton plugin for NYTProf and an outlined API for keybindings, I didn't get to hack on Maypole though.
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Follow up on F J Lord [Nov. 21st, 2008|02:36 pm]
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After some email correspondence with the Regional Partner, I think things are as resolved as they are likely to be, hopefully the staff will get a bollocking and start to actually check stuff like rental arrears notices, actually try to fix problems when they are reported rather than leaving it all day because they'd rather be out selling crappy flats to those unfortunate enough to rent from slum landlords, and not fuck things up royally, also they promised to review their procedures so that these kind of mistakes won't be repeated and are sending a cheque for 50 quid as a goodwill gesture - not quite making up for the several hours of chasing them, reassuring family, and trying to get it resolved.

I still probably wouldn't deal with them again after that, all previous experience has been pretty poor, and getting this kind of resolution was like getting blood from a stone.
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Felicity J Lord - Dodgy, unprofessional and shambolic [Nov. 19th, 2008|10:54 am]
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I'm trying to calm myself down after my unwarrented and unexpected dealings with this shower of amateurs... yesterday I received a letter (apparently sent by mistake by their automated accounting system - but quite how it managed to print, put it in an envelope, frank it and post it to me, I don't know) from these muppets demanding 750 quid in 7 days or they would instruct solicitors to start procedings towards a CCJ.

This came as a surprise for several reasons - firstly, the person I guarantored moved out a while ago, gave notice (in writing, in person, to both landlord and agency) well in advance, returned keys, provided receipt for professional cleaning after moving out, and was of course entirely up to date with rent and awaiting the return of the deposit, which had been authorised by the landlord.

This also came as a surprise to the manager of the branch, given that she had readvertised it and somebody there had updated their systems that the tennancy had ended. To her credit, the branch manager acknowledged the mistake and was apologetic to the tennant (although not to me) and said she'd get it sorted out.

It being south london, "There was some kind of mistake with the accounting, I'll give them a call, sorry about that" over the phone to the tennant is the end of the matter - nobody bothered contacting me again, and the only reason the tennant knew of a problem was because we called to check there wasn't a problem with the payments going through. Nobody thought to offer a written apology or correction, or even confirm that the problem with their accounting department had been resolved.

Apparently, I shouldn't call anybody and complain, despite their accounting people jumping not only to the wrong conlusion, but failing to contact anybody until now, and with legal threats to me directly - and apparently I shouldn't have spent any time going through the details with the tennant and checking how this happened and that it is resolved satisfactorily.

So now I'm waiting for somebody from F J Lord to call me, apologise, explain how this happen and confirm that they have sent an apology and correction by registered post to both me and the tennant - unfortunately this is pretty unlikely.

The dodgy bit I mentioned in the title is in regards to how they deal with guarantors - I would advise anybody to avoid any financial dealings with them, especially as guarantors - they way they bullied, lied and cajoled the tennant and I into signing a very one-sided agreement made me very angry, but at the time I didn't want to leave the the tennant stuck finding accomodation at short notice.
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emacs keybindings for Padre [Nov. 17th, 2008|10:06 pm]
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I've been meaning to play with Padre (An Editor/IDE written in Perl) as it has perl extensions and therefore I can do with it, what lisp gurus can do with emacs, without the use of mind-altering drugs or lambda calculus.

This evening, in the space of 90 minutes I was able to add some very basic emacs keybindings, only a handful, and some of them work, while some still have their original bindings, despite using "$self->CmdKeyClear(ord('w'),Wx::wxMOD_ALT());" which should unbind them. Bah.

Anyway, that's enough for now, but it has encouraged me to hack on it some more when I get the chance and to start integrating autodia based tools for generating and creating documentation and code at the click of a mouse.
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New DBIx::Class Model for Maypole [Nov. 12th, 2008|12:05 am]
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I think I've cracked the main problem with using DBIx::Class for object persistence / mapping, and have committed a prototype to svn. Hopefully I will have a Maypole application using DBIx::Class by the end of the week.
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The war on Fancy Dress [Nov. 7th, 2008|04:39 pm]

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That's right, half a dozen pretend police and a couple of proper coppers (who apparently know neither the law or even how to fill in the forms) are required to stop, search and ticket a handful of people because they're wearing V/Guido masks on Guy Fawkes Day and walking dangerously close to Parliament...

..of course because they're wearing vaguely political masks it's deemed an unauthorised protest, wheras had they not been wearing masks and doing exactly the same thing (walking to parliament, taking pictures, no protesting, no placards, no disturbance of the peace or political activity) - they would have been unhindered like the gazillion toursists walking by, who are no less likely to be carrying bombs or be terrorists (in fact a quick glance at historic terrorists in the last 10 or 5 or 2 years shows they all looked a lot like tourists - normal, maybe rucksack... not wearing a guido fawkes mask)
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