Over, here

May. 15th, 2017 07:19 pm
j4: (Default)
I think I've successfully imported my LiveJournal here. It's all still in boxes and I don't know if everything survived the move and maybe eventually I'll unpack it and put things where they should be, or maybe I'll just leave it where it is and wonder occasionally why I ever thought any of it mattered.

I didn't plan this move. The writing has been on the wall for some time (by which I don't mean everybody moved to Facebook instead), but I hung on far longer than sensible until the Terms & Conditions suddenly became actually untenable. Sometimes it feels as though everything in my life is merely a clumsy metaphor for something else.

I don't have a Plan for doing something Different with this journal. Life won't wait while I sit around trying to think of a way to reinvent myself.

Is anybody even reading this? Does anybody want a recap of the story so far, or at least the latest significant plot points? Or shall we all just keep on keeping on?

It's a wrap

Jul. 3rd, 2014 10:34 pm
j4: (shopping)
I am moving my plastic-free July posts to my shopping blog (first posts there in about a year...) because that seems like a more sensible place for them. I won't delete the versions here, but subsequent plastic-free July posts will be over there instead. I've massively cut the first day's post to take out most of the rambling emo; the second is more or less unchanged, and today's is ALL NEW. Sorry to all those who've already commented on the first two here, no obligation to go and comment again!
j4: (bicycle)
Over a month ago, [livejournal.com profile] barnacle very kindly lent us his car ([livejournal.com profile] hatmandu's trusty old friend Hrududu) so that we could try to drive to Cambridge to deliver a moses basket to [livejournal.com profile] rmc28 and to look at cargo bikes (and to say hello to all you tabs over there!).

The first attempt was stymied by, ahem, us not actually having the key for the car's petrol cap (& [livejournal.com profile] barnacle and the key being about 100 miles away at the time); the second attempt was called off due to predicted snow; the third was quarantined off by Img's chicken pox; and the fourth was prevented by Img's "mystery virus" (fever, non-blanching rash, trip to hospital for blood tests, kept in overnight for observation, ugh -- fortunately didn't turn out to be anything alarming). We did use the car to get to the hospital, and were very grateful to have that convenience; but on the way back it started violently overheating & pouring steam out of the bonnet and, on eventual inspection by Mr RAC, was pronounced to have blown its head gasket.

Given that our attempts to use a car at all seem to be fairly comprehensively cursed and our time will be much more limited once we both go back to work, I think we're going to abandon (or rather postpone until further notice) the attempt to come over to Cambridge in the near future; we don't really need to try out the extra bikes (in fact the nice man at the Bristol bike shop says he has another model we could try, & we can get there slightly more easily), and we're hoping to find someone else who's going from Oxford to Cambridge who could deliver the moses basket for us -- one friend says they're almost certainly going to Cambridge in the next couple of months, but if any of the rest of you could volunteer something more definite, I'd be very grateful! ([livejournal.com profile] rmc28, if this is all too vague & you'd rather get something definite by some other means, please let me know).

It will be a shame not to come and see you all, but hopefully we'll be able to do a general visit for fun later in the year by train (though it's still difficult to do as a day-trip, & it's hard to stay over anywhere while Img sleeps so badly...).

Separate post coming up later about the State of the Baby!
j4: (angry)
Gahhh I give up. We are not going to make it to Cambridge today because at some point in the night baby's "mystery temperature" was replaced by "mystery rash" (which looks to me like it might actually be chicken pox). :-( :-(

We've got an appointment with the out-of-hours doctor at 10:20, and I fear that by the time we actually get seen it will be far too late to try to get to Cambridge for lunch, even if the doctor can absolutely guarantee that the rash is something mild and non-contagious (e.g. her eczema flaring up weirdly).

Also, the roads are apparently still icy. :-( And it's MINUS TEN DEGREES out there! Stay indoors, dudes!

Seriously, though, GAHHHHHHHH.
j4: (badgers)
Hello Cambridge!

1. We have the use of a functioning car (and we now have all the relevant keys for it too).

2. The snow has mostly gone here, and no more snow is forecast either here or in Cambridge.

3. The mystery temperature that baby developed last night seems to have gone down (she is still in a foul mood, but from the constant whining and copious dribbling I suspect imminent TEETH rather than anything contagious).

Consequently I think we're actually going to try to make that trip TOMORROW ie Saturday 11th February.

The plan remains the same as the first time: we'll aim to get to the Carlton Arms at around 12:30 for lunch; after lunch we'll head towards Hope Street Yard to try out bikes (hopefully with [livejournal.com profile] claerwen too!).

We will be bringing a Moses basket for [livejournal.com profile] rmc28. If anybody wants us to ferry anything (within reason!) from Cambridge to Oxford, we will have space in the car on the way back, as we won't be buying a cargo bike on the day (or rather if we do we'll be asking them to deliver it for us).

I will post to my journal before 10am tomorrow if we're not going to travel after all because of snow/baby/etc; if you don't see anything, assume we're going to get there. Unless there's been an alien invasion or a terrorist attack or something, in which case, RUN FOR THE HILLS*.

* Warning: Cambridge may not contain any actual hills
j4: (roads)
I'm afraid despite last week's promise we're not going to make it to Cambridge today. Given that SNOW is forecast for later today in both Cambridge and Oxford, it really doesn't seem sensible to try to get to Cambridge and back and risk being stranded somewhere en route. :-(

I am really starting to feel like this trip is cursed! The person who told me off for using a car will doubtless be cackling with gleeful schadenfreude. Nonetheless, we will try again NEXT SATURDAY (11th), weather and transport permitting...

ETA: I have sent a txt to the people who originally said they'd come along for whom I have mobile numbers, viz.: [livejournal.com profile] rmc28, [livejournal.com profile] lnr, [livejournal.com profile] ewx, [livejournal.com profile] juggzy, [livejournal.com profile] claerwen and [livejournal.com profile] fivemack.

I do not have mobile numbers for [livejournal.com profile] ghoti or [livejournal.com profile] uitlander, so if anybody thinks they're likely to be making a special trip to see us, could they let them know? (Confusing pronouns, sorry!)

BTW I appear to have three mobile numbers for [livejournal.com profile] fivemack -- I picked the one that I believe to be the most recent, but sorry if I picked the wrong one! :-(
j4: (roads)
Due to car-related fail I'm afraid we haven't managed to get out of Oxford so we won't be in Cambridge today. :-( Really sorry, folks. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] rmc28 for (hopefully) passing on the message -- hope nobody had a wasted journey.

HOWEVER: all being well we will try again NEXT SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH! Aiming for same time and same place otherwise. Hope people can make it then instead.
j4: (goth)
So I'm not doing NaBloPoMo, obviously, because I can't guarantee getting enough time free to shower every day, let alone blog every day. However in the spirit of trying to make it a month of writing, I started a NEW BLOG (because hey! I don't have enough half-finished projects!) which now has enough posts that I can just about bear to link to it.

The new blog is here and (as those of you who watch my flickr stream -- weirdos! -- will probably already have figured out) it's about PINK and BLUE or rather how everything is stupidly gender-stereotypically colour-coordinated (plus more general mockery of gender-stereotyping in toys, gifts etc). I don't promise to update it all that regularly, though depressingly there's enough material that I could probably update it a hundred times a day & not run out.

... So, yeah. Blog. Not much to shout about but there you go.

In other news, daughter is slightly bigger and I am slightly tireder. (If I don't manage to post anything else for the next decade or so, this summary will probably stay reasonably accurate!)
j4: (admin)
BTW, I have not been following LJ very much at all recently (I am only really following the internet with one hand on an iPhone, and the LJ app for iPhone is rubbish), so if anything has happened in the last 2 months that you think I should know about, please comment here & let me know (or point me at the relevant posts) and I will try to read those specific bits.

I also can't check my chiark account on the iPhone, so if you've emailed me there, it's highly likely that I haven't seen your email, because I don't get many chances to look at it and when I do it's absolutely overflowing with rubbish so I may well have missed important things. If you want to email me, gmail is probably more reliable: I have the same username on gmail as for my chiark account. NB I still don't check email as much as I used to and don't get anywhere near as much opportunity to reply to things! Twitter probably works best if you need a quick reply.

Will try to keep in touch a bit better as things start to get easier.

Anon anon

Mar. 28th, 2011 04:54 pm
j4: (admin)
A brief admin announcement: I've finally given in and disallowed anonymous comments on this journal. The vast majority of anonymous comments I've had in the last couple of years have been spam (which I started screening so it didn't annoy my readers, but it still annoys me & I still have to delete it); a handful have been friends forgetting they weren't logged in (sorry, guys, but you'll just have to log in); but there have been so few actual genuine anonymous comments (and they tend to be drive-by advice from people I don't know) that I reckon I can live without them for the sake of not having to delete a ton of new comments from Japanese spammers and viagra sellers every time I check my mail.

PS: yes, I know that Dreamwidth has no spam at all and you get a free open-source magical kitten with every account. I do have a username there; I don't have the mental energy at the moment to start figuring out how to migrate sensibly.
j4: (internets)
I have several Google Wave invitations left; if you want one, comment here with the email address you'd like the invitation sent to (comments screened).

ETA: No, really, EMAIL ADDRESS. There isn't a magic code: I have to submit an email address, then Google sends an invitation to that address.

Also, I'll be giving them out to people I know first; anonymous commenters will be very low down the list!

Cable girl

Jun. 21st, 2009 01:24 pm
j4: (diagram)
Further to the previous post... I took photos of all the cables and adaptors that were hanging around. I know what some of them are, and can guess at others, but some are a complete mystery. See the full horror on Flickr and feel free to tag, annotate or comment!

The VCR, TVBox and monitor are at the beginning, for those who were asking about those specifically.

[livejournal.com profile] addedentry has just bought a coax-to-coax with "standard aerial connectors". It doesn't seem to do the right thing. :-/ Sound is coming out of the video! I think we may have lift-off! :-)
j4: (diagram)
We exchanged contracts yesterday, so we're most of the way to owning a house. As an absolutely essential part of the packing/moving process, we are trying to connect the VCR to an LCD monitor (this is actually sort of essential - we really want to get rid of the space-consuming TV, but might have to settle for getting rid of the VHS videos). This is proving difficult.

So, please help me untangle my cables! )

Flat out

Jun. 10th, 2009 07:19 pm
j4: (bookshelves)
[livejournal.com profile] addedentry and I will very shortly be handing over an enormous amount of money in exchange for A REAL ACTUAL HOUSE subject to etc etc. This means that we will regretfully be leaving our lovely flat in Botley (ETA: that's Botley just outside the Oxford ring road, not Botley, Bucks!), which means that our lovely flat in Botley will be up for rent. If you're interested in taking it over, now would be a very good time to get in touch. :-)

For those of you who don't know / can't remember the details, here's a bit more information:

* First floor flat (above shops)
* Living room, kitchen (plus extra cupboard/room for fridge/freezer/storage), bathroom, master bedroom, three further rooms
* Balconies front and back :-)
* New double glazing throughout
* Unfurnished (except oven, washing machine, fridge/freezer & a couple of weird glass-fronted cupboards)
* Very convenient for shops - not just the ones underneath :) but full-size Co-op round the back as well
* Very convenient for buses (buses to station/town every 10 mins from literally outside the front door)
* Only 15 mins cycle from the station anyway

Rent is currently £795pcm -- the landlady may put it up but hasn't shown any signs of doing so since at least 2006.

Downsides:
* it is quite noisy at the back at certain times of day (viz. 6am when the lorries unload at Iceland, grrr)
* the decor is all a bit student-shabby
* the light on the (electric) hob doesn't work
* there's no TV aerial socket (this may not be a downside :-)

I can't think of any other downsides! It's an ace flat! We shall be sorry to leave it! Shout if you have any questions.

Net loss

Jun. 29th, 2007 09:24 pm
j4: (dodecahedron)
[livejournal.com profile] addedentry and I are having persistent network problems. We're on Eclipse; if anybody else on Eclipse is having similar problems, we'd like to hear from you, except we can't guarantee to be able to check our email. If you're not on Eclipse and have any recommendations for a good, reliable, affordable ISP, we'd even more like to hear from you.

The chap from Tech Support says that the problem is that the series of tubes pipes are getting clogged, and if we disconnect and then reconnect, we might (randomly) connect to an unclogged pipe. What next: the screen getting fogged up with electrosmog?

Meanwhile, if you want to contact us urgently, phone/txt is probably a better option than email. Phone numbers are on Facebook!

No comment

May. 3rd, 2007 10:30 am
j4: (work)
I don't seem to be getting LJ comment notification mails at the moment (none since yesterday). If I haven't replied to a comment, it's probably because I haven't seen it; if you especially want me to see something, email me.
j4: (disco)

Saturday May 5th (a week on Saturday) is my (and [livejournal.com profile] addedentry's!) birthday. I'm not having a party, but we're planning on going to Feeling Gloomy in London for some much-needed INDIE DISCO. If you want to join us you will be very welcome, and I will probably bounce excitedly at you in my big indie shoes... which may or may not count as an incentive. :-)
j4: (back)
So, um, yeah. I've been quite quiet about life here lately, and my back(b)log is already overflowing. Usually it's fairly safe to assume that if I don't post anything I'm just having too much fun to blog it. Unfortunately at the moment I'm just having too much stress to blog it in any kind of interesting way. Nothing life-threatening, no cause for alarm, but lots of things piling up at once. [livejournal.com profile] addedentry is doing a wonderful job of keeping me sane, and the people on chiark IRC have been very patient, putting up with me squatting on the channel and doing very little except screaming in a corner like some kind of evil furby.

I'll be at our big annual conference from Tuesday evening to Friday afternoon next week, so more or less off the map (or at least under the Hammersmith flyover, which amounts to the same thing). Pretty much all the doom should have either exploded or evaporated by about April 4th, but don't be surprised if I'm in hiding until then. I'll try to update my twitter occasionally so you know I'm alive (it's like blogging without the content).

This was a public service announcement. Normal service (or what passes for it round here) will resume in a couple of weeks.
j4: (work)
chiark: 34 messages ($rants[0] to follow)
earth: 0 messages
gmail (for freecycle): 256 messages ($rants[1] to follow)
gmail (other): no idea, hardly anybody mails me there anyway ($rants[2] to follow)
herald: 628 messages ($rants[3] to follow)
work: 83 items ($rants[4] to follow)

@rants = ('spam', 'freecycle', 'misc', 'oucs-d', 'work');

Posted more for my own benefit than anybody else's; it's just useful to see that I'm slowly getting them all under control.
j4: (oxford)
Whew! Sorry it's taken me so long to get round to posting this announcement, but [livejournal.com profile] addedentry and I are now officially resident at:
Flat 6
Elms Parade
Botley
OXFORD
OX2 9LG

[How to find us: google maps]
And I'm coming up to the end of my second week at UCISA.

I'll post more when I get time, but in summary: the flat is spacious, quirky, rather noisy, and full of boxes and badgers; the job looks set to be varied, challenging, and interesting (but is currently feeling quite overwhelming); and Oxford is much as it always was, which is great.

There will be a proper housewarming towards the end of January, but in the meantime, visitors are always welcome (provided they don't mind boxes).

And if anybody feels like giving me a crash course in Zope/DTML (yes, I have found the Zope book) I will pay them generously in beer or equivalent local currency.

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