Things I have done today

Oct. 16th, 2017 01:39 pm
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Finished a languishing application for an audio transcription job. Not sure whether I'll get it or not, but at least it's done now. Applied (successfully) for a website testing job. Both of these are self-employed, no guarantees that I'd get actual work from them but worth a try. Boggled at the adverts for 'work from home' jobs many of which are prison officers.

Reading stoats

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:13 pm
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The Big Meow, Diane Duane

That woman can turn me inside out, and make me grateful for the experience. I nearly cried when reading this over lunch at work. It's in the same universe as her Young Wizards series, but focused on feline wizards (it's the third in that series, all of which are now available in a portable electron format). I love the character growth, the description of cats, the love of the Universe and so on. This also has a strong 1940s Hollywood thing going on, which I suspect is wonderful if you have interest in it, but for me was just sort of background noise.
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I have an Android phone and tablet. The sound quality is eminently usable, and I have Skype to call people on!

How the arsing fuck do I record it?

There appears to be no standard option. Skype itself has no facility for recording calls. There are assorted extremely dodgy apps that claim to do the job, none of which I want to go near. I can Google for dodgy apps as well as you can — I’m not asking you to do a quick Google for me. What I want to know is — has anyone reading this done this personally, recording a Skype call? How do you do it? What do you use?

(Last time I did it on a Linux desktop — I had to run Audacity capturing the microphone and Audio Recorder capturing the speaker, then put the two recordings together. Hideous and stupid and I don't want to do that again.)

you've got a post because...

Oct. 11th, 2017 10:09 pm
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I accidentally hit "post" when trying to load my reading page.

I might be a bit tired. Still, on Friday, I'll get a break from being in "All the doors on this spaceship have a sunny and cheerful disposition" mode, because my meetings have been cancelled! We got time off for good behaviour (having meetings yesterday and today)!

I don't know what I'll do on Friday. Probably look at the size of my to-do list and gibber uncontrollably; it's been growing exponentially.
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Today I was in a meeting. I was chairing (the usual chair was away). There were 9 people in the room, and 4 more dialled in via the Magic Of Technology (TM). I was the only one that wasn't a man.

I mean, they're all good people, and I don't feel inferior or left out because of my gender. I just tend to think it's a bit of a shame that it's mostly middle-aged white men* who are getting the fun of designing a really cool piece of scientific kit. I know that some of this is a result of the dire gender balance in physics, computer science, maths and engineering twenty, thirty, forty years ago. But I looked at the gender balance of the current undergraduates in maths (15%), computer science (13%) and engineering (23%) at Cambridge. This... is not exactly promising for the future. I mean, it's getting better. There have definitely been more men doing engineering and computer science in the past. It's just that the pool of people who'll get to work on cool computing projects in the future is still overwhelmingly male. And that's a bit sad.

* We had one person who wasn't white. At least a few of us are under 40 (at the moment).

Vive la France!

Oct. 9th, 2017 10:04 pm
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Just a quick 'Hello!' and, goodness me, I *have* fallen behind with LJ DW a bit...

After some frustrating and expensive delays by employment agencies, I started working at a French Bank last Friday - in the same building as my first real trading-floor job, nearly two decades ago.
Out with the Old... )

...And in with the new. The work is shaping up, and looking very interesting indeed; and it looks as if I can be very useful here.

It and I had better be: this contract, and the working relationships I build with my new colleagues in both Paris and London, are my Brexit lifeboat.

Then and now

Oct. 8th, 2017 07:39 pm
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[Cold open]
Last Saturday, I plodded along several miles of Thames path to find one specific building.

Hambleden Mill, past and present )
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Continuing our adventures in mainstream popculture, Andreas and I are baking cookies and boogeying to Little Mix. I'm having fun and I'm quite enjoying both the music and the dance and of course the cookies :) So he also asked to watch X Factor and we've set it to record, although it's a few weeks in, it turns out.

Cream 40g of marge, granny sugar and light muscovado, add a beaten egg and a few drops vanilla sugar, then 75g sr flour and 50g mixed dried fruit or chocolate chips. Drop spoonfuls on a baking tray and 180c/gas mark 4 for 10 -12 minutes.

reading stoats

Oct. 3rd, 2017 09:41 pm
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Stoneskin, KB Spangler (2017)

This is a prequel to something I haven't read. It works well as a standalone - clearly there's lots of lovely backstory for people who know the story - and as a coming of age tale. It's also mildly creepy, if you don't like body horror, and there's quite a lot of violence.

Down Among The Sticks And Bones, Seanan McGuire (2017)
Definitely creepy. For those who've read the first story, this follows Jack and Jill. From what we already know about them, this tale will not be filled with sunshine and kittens (unless the kittens are to be Horribly Tortured TM). I found this stronger than its prequel. Will be Nominating this for Things.

getting older continues

Oct. 3rd, 2017 01:51 pm
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I get older on 2017-10-22. To mark this occasion I will be in the Dog and Bull (CR0 1RG) from 12:00. Come along if you want.

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